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Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

LAST CHANCE FOR FREE TAX FILING ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Walk-Ins Welcome April 12, 14 & 15

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 8, 2014 – IRS certified tax preparers and accounting students from Aquinas College, Davenport University and Cornerstone University will be joined by community volunteers to provide free tax preparation for people with incomes under $57,000 on April 12, 14 and 15.  Every year, millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most.

My Town: Grand Rapids Film Festival April 9–13

My Town: Grand Rapids Film Festival April 9–13

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--The celebration of film and filmmaking comes to the public April 9 -13 in downtown Grand Rapids.

With 46 film screenings throughout the area, there is something for everyone. The public has the opportunity to check out student films, lectures, panels, documentaries and a production workshop throughout the five days. Families are also welcome to the Grand Rapids Public Museum to see family-friendly films, along with Saturday morning cartoons.

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My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is joining a nationwide campaign to pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard this spring.

The Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull will be April 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers are invited to come to Blandford and do their part.

Participants should meet in the green learning lab, located across the parking lot from the main visitor center.  Blandford workers will first share information about identifying Garlic Mustard and other invasive plants before heading into the forest to start pulling the leafy invader.

 Volunteers should come dressed in warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty.  This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

My Town: Kroc Center to extend hours, welcome animals for spring break

My Town: Kroc Center to extend hours, welcome animals for spring break

WYOMING, Mich.—The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is extending its hours and  teaming up with John Ball Zoo, the Kent County Animal Shelter and Blandford Nature Center to provide spring break staycation solutions for children.

From Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, kids can take part in activities like three-on-three basketball tournaments, dodgeball, bounce houses and art activities.  Animals from John Ball Zoo, the Blandford Nature Center and the Kent County Animal Shelter will also visit the Kroc throughout the week.    Children will also get more time to enjoy the climbing wall, pool and game room throughout the week.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School will celebrate the grand opening of their own exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to take  part of this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit centered around the Grand River, which will open at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town GR West: West Catholic to adopt Pope John Paul II as patron saint

My Town GR West: West Catholic to adopt Pope John Paul II as patron saint

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  West Catholic High School is getting ready to celebrate its new patron saint- Blessed Pope John Paul II.

The school will hold a celebratory mass with Bishop David Walkowiak, Monsignor R. Louis Stasker and West Catholic Chaplain Fr. Scott Nolan on Wednesday, April 23.  The service begins at 10:10 a.m. inside West Catholic Gymnasium.

This week marks nine years since Pope John Paul II passed away.