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Eco Stewardship Work Day on April 9

Eco Stewardship Work Day on April 9

The public is invited to volunteer to help maintain trails, restore habitat & clean up streams on the 143 acre site of Blandford Nature Center on Saturday, April 9.

This work day from 9:30am though 12:30pm will give volunteers a learning experience about plants & animals that can be used at their schools, parks & their own backyards.

Dress with good work shoes & warm clothes to take part in this Eco Stewardship Day at Blandford Nature Center located at 115 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

Visit www.blandfordnaturecenter.org for more information.  

Monday Night Jazz

Monday Night Jazz

The Mike Frost Project jazz band has released 3 CD’s that have earned them national airplay & ranked in the Jazz Week charts for several months.

Mike Frost on sax, along with his members, Bill Boris on guitar, Dave Rosin, on bass & David Hilliker on drums will give a memorable jazz performance this Monday, February 15 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

The West Michigan Jazz Society invites the community to the Guest House located at 634 Stocking Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan for this jazz evening.

Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members and includes a meal.

Call: (616)490-9506 or visit www.wmichjazz.org for more information.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Make a difference by volunteering for individuals to help improve their reading, writing and English language skills!

The Literacy Center of West Michigan, located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240 in GR is offering volunteer orientation sessions on Tuesday, February 9 from 2-3pm & Thursday, February 11 from 6-7pm.

Register at (616)459-5151 or at info@literacycenterwm.org

Visit www.literacycenterwm.org for upcoming orientation sessions.

GRPD holding community meeting tonight


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) --- Grand Rapids police will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss improving its relationship with the community.

It's the first in a series of upcoming community conversations.

Department representatives will talk about their mission, determine what's important to the community, and make sure those priorities drive department goals, officials said.

Tonight's meeting begins at 6 o'clock, at Rockford Construction on First Street and Seward Avenue.

4 GR firefighters hurt during overnight house fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four firefighters were hurt after a fire caused a partial collapse overnight on the city's northwest side.

Dispatchers say reports of smoke came in just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. It happened on Lexington Avenue between Bridge Street and Lake Michigan Drive.

The firefighters who were hurt were taken to the hospital and have since been released. An updated statement from the Grand Rapids Fire Department indicated four fighters were injured, rather than two as first reported.

Damage is estimated at more than $600,000.

There's still no word on what caused that fire.


Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Going on line and doing a little research will help you find something to do during the cold winter months of Michigan and Grand Rapids MI seems to have an abundance of interesting things to do. This is a follow-up to our coffee visit on Saturday, January 16th.

OK, so now Pat & I had our coffee and checked out the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, so it was on to Fredrick Meijer Gardens for the Orchid Show, something else that was free on Saturday, January 16 & 17.

Lots and lots of beautiful Orchids and so many different kinds. There were many people out there, just like us, curious to see these beautiful flowers. I’m sure many of them were people who had their plants displayed. How proud they must be.