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Youth Service Day Mini-Grants for Michigan Youth

LANSING, MI. - The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The LEAGUE Michigan, and Michigan Campus Compact, with support from Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced the distribution of more than $11,000 in mini-grant funds to support 2014 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects across the state. Thanks to these mini-grants, hundreds of Michigan youth will lend their considerable resources to addressing critical issues in their communities this April.

Thirty-four organizations from across Michigan received funds to coordinate service projects that tackle critical challenges in their communities; including education, environmental stewardship, hunger, homelessness, and services for veterans.

Grants range in value from $90 to $500.

My Town: Construction begins on Bus Rapid Transit stations

My Town: Construction begins on Bus Rapid Transit stations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--   Spring is here, which means the return of construction season.

One project already underway is work on the Bus Rapid Transit stations, which line the route Rapid’s Silver Line will soon take.  According to The Rapid’s public outreach coordinator, construction on the inbound station at S. Division Avenue and McConnell Street SW began this past weekend.   Crews are also expected to begin working on the outbound Division-McConnell station, the inbound Jefferson station at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and the outbound station at Michigan Street and Bostwick Avenue NE within the next two weeks.

Construction on all four stations should be complete by June 27.

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Arthritis Walk will return with a new name and new leader when it returns to Grand Rapids next month.

Dr. Thomas A. Malvitz of Ada will serve as medical chair of the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis, formerly known as the Arthritis Walk.  Malvitz is a surgeon with the Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan in Grand Rapids.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a three-mile walk aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight arthritis.  Proceeds from the event go to the Arthritis Foundation, which works to help some of the more than 2.3 million Michiganders with arthritis.

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.