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Going to the dogs: Covell Dog Park open and welcoming pets

Going to the dogs: Covell Dog Park open and welcoming pets

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   Dogs now have a new place to roam in Grand Rapids.

The new entry gates are up and the cement entryway is down at Covell Dog Park.  Project co-leader Jessica Kooistra says volunteers have also brought picnic benches, dog waste pickup bags and trash cans into the two acre space, which is already being used by dog owners and their pets.

Covell Dog Park is located at the corner of Bridge and Covell, behind Union High School.  Kooistra says the space was once occupied by tennis courts.  The city eventually ripped out the cement and planted grass, but left the high fences, making it a perfect spot for a dog park.

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Fourteen local Pizza Hut locations on Wednesday, October 23 from 11am to 11pm will donate 20% of the customer’s bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

Go to www.crashslanding.org locate Upcoming events for October 23 Pizza Hunt Fundraiser to print flier for participating locations; must present flier with your order.

Call: (616)821-6065 or more information.

Join the Cause

Join the Cause

Are you a person who would like a dog but not sure if you could make a real commitment? The following may just be a reality check for you. If you are a person with lots of patience, check this out. It is such a worthy cause and a way to see if you, yourself might eventually become a pet owner.

Join the Cause!!! Paws with a Cause organization is looking for people to raise a future Assistance Dog. Join PAWS for an informational orientation on Monday, July 29th at 6:00pm at the Paws with a Cause National Headquarters, located at 4646 So. Division in Wayland, MI.

Please RSVP to jthorington@pawswithacause.org or call, 1-800-253-7297 to reserve your spot.

'GR's Got Talent!' looking for acts

'GR's Got Talent!' looking for acts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Arena District is looking for comedians, dancers, singers, bands and other acts to take part in this year’s “GR’s Got Talent!” competition. 

This is the second year for the competition. Anyone age 10 and up can send in a submission to be part of the audition show at www.grsgottalent.com/howtoenter.  The submission fee is $30 per person or $50 for a group. The deadline for audition submissions is July 15 or when 120 submissions are received. 

The public is invited to watch the auditions at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre, 341 Ellsworth SW.  Admission is $5.

John Ball Park Zoo offers animal care demonstrations

John Ball Park Zoo offers animal care demonstrations

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Visitors to the John Ball Park Zoo will get the opportunity to get a close look at how zoo employees take care of the animals.

There will be eight to ten different daily demonstrations, ranging from animal training to feeding time. Visitors will be able to see animal training sessions, live enrichment feedings, and even participate in some of the demonstrations. "It's not a show." said General Curator, Barb Snyder. " It's what we do every day for the well-being of the animals, but now we share the 'whys and hows' with our guests."

The zoo made the decision to go public with the animal care demonstrations to show people exactly what goes into caring for the over 2,000 animals.

17th Annual Festival in Walker, June 15th

17th Annual Festival in Walker, June 15th

Put Saturday, June 15th on your calendar and take time to check out the Walker City Annual Festival to be held in the park behind Walker City Hall on Remembrance Rd. NW in Walker.

The Festival kicks off at 8:30am and runs until 11:00pm, starting off with a bike parade in the Library parking lot. Throughout the day there will be a car show, book sale, children’s play area, petting zoo, laser tag, and bingo along with something new this year, “Festival of Furry Friends” for pets.

From 9:00am to 3:00pm, Ford Motor Company will offer a program titled, “Drive 4UR Community.” During this time you are invited to test drive one of the many new vehicles they will have on hand and in turn, for each test drive, Ford will donate $20 to the Walker Ambucs to raise money for Amtrykes and Indian Hills Trails Camp.

Nearly a dozen food booths will be open during the day. Kramer Entertainment will provide games for both adults and children.

Million Meal March 5K Hike for families and pets in need May 18

Million Meal March 5K Hike for families and pets in need May 18

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Million Meal March 5K is the perfect opportunity to make a difference for families and pets that are less fortunate.

Make plans to put on your walking shows and  visit  the Outdoor Discover Center, located at 4214 56th Street in Holland to take part in this 5K hike on Saturday, May 18. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Children and pets are invited too!

All donations will directly benefit the homeless pets and families in need that are served by Harbor Humane Society and  Feeding America West Michigan’s food bank.

A summer fundraising luncheon will also take place on Tuesday, June 4 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.