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Ford Museum tree lighting

Start the holidays out by attending and joining in the fun at the Gerald L. Ford Presidential Museum when they light up their annual display of decorated trees on November 18th at 7pm. This is a free admission outdoor event along with a sing-along and refreshments.

Harrison Park School hosts garage sale this Saturday

Harrison Park School is hosting a garage sale on Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. There you'll find gently used items that have been donated to the school.

The sale is being held outside the front entrance. If weather does not permit then the sale will be moved inside the front lobby.

All proceeds of the sale will go to Harrison Park Elementary for supplies and fun things for the students.

Visit the events Facebook page for additional information.

Cash donations give food pantries more options

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - When you think of making a donation to a food pantry you  may think of boxes of canned goods or dry cereal.  But as WZZM 13's Mike Roorda shows us in the attached video report, some local pantries say they would rather you donate something else entirely.

Students Walk to Raise Tuition Assistance Funds

From: http://www.grwestcatholic.org

Over 1200 students from both West Catholic and Catholic Central high schools walked with their classmates to John Ball Park in the annual All A’s Walk.
Students from each school took their own route from the schools to the park. The walkers from both schools converged at the water station on the corner of Seward and Fulton and completed the walk together. This year, students from both schools raised $102,835 for tuition assistance for their classmates! Each year, approximately 1 out of every 4 students receives tuition assistance aid. This was the 19th year of the All A’s Walk.

How Many People Have YOU Fed Today?

Meet  my son, Paul. He’s five years old. And we’re really proud of him.

I’m a little tired of referring to him as “Buddy Boy” or just the impersonal “my son,” and besides that, there’s no getting around seeing his name in this post anyway.

The kid deserves some recognition, if I’m allowed to be a proud mommy today.

Paul forfeited gifts at his fifth birthday party (the kids’ version) in lieu of food for Kids Food Basket, a local organization that provides sack suppers for school kids who might otherwise go home hungry.  Besides that, he willingly (more or less) left his friends playing outside to volunteer to make sandwiches for an entire school.

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Fun and frugal family entertainment in Grand Rapids this week

I have a ton of stuff for you to take a look at this week.  Check out my Calendar for a full listing.

September 11th, 2010 - Back to School Kid Parade

First Ever “Back to School Kid Parade!”West Side leaders make big plansGrand Rapids---The upper west side of Grand Rapids will be filled with colorful bikes and banners Saturday, September 11 as a group of people with deep ties to the community host the first ever Kid Parade to celebrate being Back to School. The idea was hatched by Ed Kettle, Chief of Staff for State Representative Roy Schmidt and long time neighborhood advocate. He enlisted City Commissioner Dave Shaffer and School Board Member Jon O?Connor to help assemble a group to make the event a reality.The Kid Parade will begin at 11am sharp. The parade starts at Westend Street, one block west of Covell Road, and will proceed west on Leonard to the Elk?s Lodge 48 (Highlands Golf Course). Once there the group will offer a brief ceremony to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of Fire and Police professionals on the anniversary date of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.