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2014 Grand Rapids Walk for Farm Animals on October 5

2014 Grand Rapids Walk for Farm Animals on October 5

Rain or shine the community is invited to lace up their athletic shoes on Sunday, October 5 to join in this 2.9 mile Farm Animal Walk taking place the 6th Street Bridge Park located at 627 Monroe Avenue NW.

Check in time is scheduled for 1:00pm. There is a yoga stretch at 1:30pm provided by Michele Fife and the walk takes place from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Dogs are welcome at this event.

“Free parking is available south of the 6th Street Bridge on the west side of Monroe Avenue near the park.”

Visit www.walkforfarmanimals.org  for more information.

Varsity Football Game: Sparta vs West Catholic

Varsity Football Game: Sparta vs West Catholic

Sparta High School & West Catholic Varsity football teams take to the field tonight - Friday, October 3 at 7:00pm.  

Sparta High School Football field located at 465 S. Union Street in Sparta, Michigan comes alive tonight with athletes, cheerleaders, band members and fans. Concessions are available on the grounds. Don’t miss the fun & excitement!

Visit www.spartachamber.com or www.westcatholicsports.com for more information. 

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

by Stephanie Doublestein, photography by Adam Bird
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside. One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities.

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town: Tim Hortons serves up sweet treat for Special Olympics Michigan

My Town: Tim Hortons serves up sweet treat for Special Olympics Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids area Tim Hortons are serving up some sweet smiles for a good cause.

Now through Aug. 17, participating Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shops will be selling Smile Cookies to benefit Special Olympics Michigan’s Young Athletes program.  The cookie is chocolate chunk with a smiley face draw on it in pink and blue frosting.  Each treat is $1 and available while supplies last.

The Young Athletes Program introduces children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities to sports, fostering their physical, cognitive and social development.

This is the second year for the Smile Cookie program in Grand Rapids; last year, participating businesses collected more than $5,000 for Special Olympics Michigan in just 10 days.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Help make history while getting your pooch squeaky clean during the World’s Largest Dog Wash.

The clean fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The event will happen before the Whitecaps’ “Dog Days” game. There is a $10 per dog minimum donation, but participants will get free parking and a doggy bag, while supplies last.  Proceeds from the event will go toward the children’s cancer and grief program at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The World’s Largest Dog Wash will include a pet contest with prizes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The categories include best pet trick, tallest dog, dog with the longest ears and the dog that looks most like its owner.

For more information, visit Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ website.