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West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to Pay Tribute to United Sates Military Members

Students from across West Michigan are joining area business leaders to celebrate local members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – during the 2nd Annual West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, May 5th. Military members will be in attendance for this event aimed at strengthening awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made and continue to make on behalf of their families, their friends and their country.

Blood Drive on Friday

Blood Drive on Friday

West Catholic High School welcomes those who would like to give the gift of life for those in need for their Blood Drive on Friday.

The Fitness Center/Wrestling Room at West Catholic located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW is the place for appointment guests to donate blood. Donations will be taken on Friday, March 24 from 8:00am – 2:00pm.

Call: (616)233-5900 or email: toddbeaudoin@grwestcatholic.org to schedule an appointment.

Sugarbush Festival Returns

Sugarbush Festival Returns

For the 47th year, Blandford Nature Center invites maple enthusiast to this sweet spring activity!

The chance awaits you to learn how maple syrup is created from the dripping sap of the tree to the end product for a taste test. It’s an all-day event of family fun with wildlife encounters, hands-on experiences, draft horses, fun treats and more.

Drive the family down to Blandford Nature Center located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00am – 4:00pm for this famous sweet arrival of spring celebration!

Tickets: $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

Visit: www.blandfordnaturecenter.org for tickets online or get them at the door.

Special Event on March 1 – The Solar Eclipse of 2017

Special Event on March 1 – The Solar Eclipse of 2017

The public is invited to this special presentation to prepare for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Across a wide area of the United States, there has not been a total eclipse of the sun, since 1970. This summer, we will experience total darkness for possibly 2 minutes and 40 seconds within a 70 mile radius on August 21, 2017.

Dave DeBruyn and George Lessens will give a presentation on Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm called “Where to Go and What to See” taking place at the Grand Rapids Public Museum located at 272 Pearl Street NW in Grand Rapids. This presentation will give the public useful knowledge during this special August event.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Taste of Soul Sunday

Taste of Soul Sunday

The Grand Rapids Public Library invites the public to celebrate African American month with a fun-filled Sunday afternoon.

This celebration showcases African American history, art, music and FOOD from 1:00pm - 4:30pm. Bring your family for this free popular event at on Sunday, February 19 at the Main Library located at 111 Library Street NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Call: (616)988-5400 or visit: www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul for more information.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

All ages are invited to discover the activity taking place in the woods during the winter months at Blandford Nature Visitor’s Center.

Register soon to experience woodland habitat while walking on top of the snow on Saturday, February 18. From 2-3pm, guests will discover the many tracks, homes, scat and even the chance to see the natural warm covers that cloth these Michigan mammals during the winter months.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504. See Cost online before Registering.

Call: (616)735-6240 or visit: www.blandfordnaturecenter.org to Register.

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”