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3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

A Night Hike at Blandford Nature Center

A Night Hike at Blandford Nature Center

Adults can register soon to enjoy an evening of crisp winter surroundings.

Blandford Nature Center invites the community to take to the woods on Thursday, December 1 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. This is the chance to discover your nocturnal listening & night vision skills on the longest night of the year.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Cost is $3 for members & $6 for non-members.

Register at www.blandfordnaturecenter.org or call (616)735-6240 for more information.

Beneath the Wreath Returns

Beneath the Wreath Returns

The Junior League of Grand Rapids invite the community to attend this Beneath the Wreath fundraiser, while supporting the projects that help to improve children’s physical health.

Great holiday gifts can be found this Friday, November 4 from 9:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday, November 5 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Visit St. Nicholas Cultural Center located at 2250 East Paris Avenue SE in Grand Rapids.

These important projects are funded by the generous 15% donation of selected exhibitor’s sales, along with 100% tickets sales.

Visit www.juniorleaguegr.com for more the exhibitor list.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation

Giving back to the community is a fulfilling purpose and helping an adult, improve their English language, reading and writing skills is the perfect opportunity.

This orientation gives possible volunteers an understanding of the Literacy Center of West Michigan programs, the chance to meet a staff member, learn how to volunteer to assist an adult who is working to better their language skills, while interacting with those who have the same literacy enthusiasm.

This Volunteer Orientation takes place on Tuesday, October 26 from 10:00am – 11:00am at The Literacy Center of West Michigan located at 1120 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 240 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit www.literacycenterwm.org for more information about the Literacy Center.

Call: (616)459-5151 or e-mail info@literacycenterwm.org to RSVP.

Zoo Goes Boo Returns

Zoo Goes Boo Returns

Let’s get this Zoo Goes Boo party started! Superhero is the theme for this favorite Halloween Ritual.

Community families are invited to visit the Zoo located at 1300 W Fulton St. in Grand Rapids this weekend, October 21, 22 & 23 or next weekend, October 28, 29, & 30 in their costumes! From 10:00am to 3:00pm each day families can check out the Zoo all decked out, enjoy special animal demos plus live entertainment. Don’t miss the treat booths!

Since this is a children’s event, adults in costume are encouraged to dress appropriately.

Admission can be purchased at the gate for: $8/person, $3/person for members, 1 year old & under are free.

Call: (616)336-4300 or visit: www.jbzoo.org for more details.

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.