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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

The Grand Rapids Ametuer Astronomical Association invites the public on designated evenings from spring through the fall to experience the skies above.  A close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects are possible to be seen through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The first public observation night for the spring season is Saturday, April 25 from 9:30pm – 12:00am. This is an opportunity to see Jupiter, the Quarter Moon, along with clusters. The Spring – Fall Schedule is pictured below. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for kids, 17 & under, under 5 & GRPM Members are Free.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township.

Art Display Coming to a Close on April 15

Art Display Coming to a Close on April 15

Over 300 pieces of art were submitted by talented artists in the 29th Annual West Michigan Art Competition. 103 of those remarkable creations are on display for the community to enjoy.

Jon McDonald, a Professor at Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University & an accomplished painter, juried this Competition & also selected award winners.

Visit the King Gallery, Tuesday-Friday from 10am-6pm or Saturday from 1-4pm in Lowell Arts Gallery, located at 149 South Hudson Street by April 15, 2015.

For a list of winners & their works, visit: www.lowellartsmi.org

Peace while paddling: Flat River kayak trip May 9

Peace while paddling: Flat River kayak trip May 9

LOWELL, Mich.— Lowell Community Wellness is teaming up with the Fortune Bay Expedition Team to help you find peace by paddling.

On Saturday, May 9, community members are invited to jump in a kayak and explore the Flat River as it weaves across the Kent-Ionia county line.  Participants will meet at the covered bridge in Fallasburg Park at 10 a.m.  A shuttle will take them to the launch site at White’s Bridge Road. Take in the flora and fauna on the trip back.

Admission is $25, which includes $15 for kayak rental.  To register for the trip, visit the event website here.

My Town Lowell: Feast for fire equipment March 28

My Town Lowell: Feast for fire equipment March 28

LOWELL, Mich.— The fire department will be flipping pancakes for new equipment this weekend.

Community members are invited to feast on a pancake breakfast at Look Memorial Fire Station beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 28.  The fire department will also be serving up eggs, sausage, coffee and milk. Proceeds from donations made at the door will go toward purchasing new fire equipment.

The breakfast benefit runs until 11 a.m. at the fire station, located at 315 S. Hudson.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A homeowner in Eastown is getting $10,000 to renovate her place.

Cami Estep won the giveaway contest by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and Option 1 Credit Union.  The two groups launched the contest in February, during the Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Home Show. 

“Our home is more than 100 years old, so the possibilities for projects are endless,” said Estep. “We were already planning on redoing an upstairs bathroom, but our furnace has been making some interesting noises lately, so we may choose to replace our aging heating and cooling system instead!”

Although she may not know exactly how to invest the money yet, one thing is for certain-- Estep and her family are very grateful for the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.