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My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town: Weekend happenings in Lowell

My Town: Weekend happenings in Lowell

From the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter:

April 26

BABYSITTING TRAINING

This class will provide all participants the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe and responsible care for infants and children.  We focus on five key areas:  Leadership.  Safety and safe play.  Basic first aid.  Critical emergency action skills.  Professionalism.  An American Red Cross Certificate is issued upon completion.  Ages 11-15 years. Bring a snack lunch.  Rockford Ambulance.  Runciman Building.  Saturday.  9:00am-4:00pm.  $65 includes handbook and certificate.  Lowell Community Education 987-2550 or tstranger@lowellschools.com

 

April 26

Veen Observatory Visitors Night

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

LOWELL, Mich.—Spring is here, which means the Kent District Library has officially opened its Seed Library at 13 branches.

Patrons can visit the library to “borrow” up to three packets of heirloom seeds for their garden.  People who take seed packets are asked to save seeds from the plants they grow and return them in late summer or fall for someone else to use next year.

The library is also accepting any heirloom variety seeds gardeners want to add to the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website.

Participating branches include those in Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Wyoming.

My Town Lowell: Artists and vendors needed for Riverwalk Festival 2014

My Town Lowell: Artists and vendors needed for Riverwalk Festival 2014

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Chamber of Commerce is looking for artists who want to take part in this year’s Arts and Crafts and Re-found Treasures Show as part of the 20th annual Riverwalk Festival.

This year’s festival will take place July 11 and 12 on the Riverwalk along the Flat River in Historic Lowell.  Organizers expect 11,000 to 16,000 visitors during the weekend event.  The $1,500 State Farm Duck Raffle is set to return, as well as the Laurels of Kent fireworks show.

The booth fee for the Arts and Crafts and Re-found Treasures show is $60 for Friday and Saturday, with $10 additional for electric service.  To apply for a vendor spot, click here or contact Barb Zandstra at (616) 897-8088.

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town Lowell: Fairgrounds to host new summer event

My Town Lowell: Fairgrounds to host new summer event

LOWELL, Mich.—A new event is coming to Lowell this summer.

The Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell will welcome "2014 Weekend in the Country" on June 21 and June 22.  Visitors can sift through a variety of shabby chic art, crafts and vintage items.  Admission is $6 per person. Parking is $2, with proceeds benefitting the Lowell Boy Scouts. 

Event hours will be Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For additional information, visit the event website here.