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Live United 5K / Walk returns for a second year September 29

Live United 5K / Walk returns for a second year September 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The second annual Live United 5K Run/Walk takes place on Sunday, September 29 at the David D. Hunting YMCA in Grand Rapids.

This year's race is presented by The Heart of West Michigan United Way and Steelcase. People of all ages and abilities are invited to lace up their athletic shoes for this event.  The course will take them by a number of outdoor ArtPrize exhibits.

The Live United 5K Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m.  The David D. Hunting YMCA is located at 475 Lake Michigan Dr.

Inaugural 'Cross Town Throw Down' August 29

Inaugural 'Cross Town Throw Down' August 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Ottawa Hills and Union high schools will open their football season Thursday with the inaugural Cross Town Throw Down.

Fans are invited out to Houseman Field for tailgating and children’s activities starting at 2:30 p.m.  The gate opens at 4 p.m. and kickoff is at 5 p.m. The festivities will include performances by the Grand Rapids Public Schools marching band and choir, giveaways and half-time contests.  Admission is $5 at the door.

Hundreds of students to get new shoes ahead of school year

Hundreds of students to get new shoes ahead of school year

WYOMING, Mich.—Hundreds of students are heading back to school with new athletic shoes, thanks to In the Image’s Shoes Help Our Elementary Students (S.H.O.E.S.) Program.

Program organizers plan to distribute 13,000 pairs of new athletic shoes to at-risk children before the new school year starts.  Eligible students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools and select schools in Kentwood, Wyoming and Godfrey-Lee will receive new shoes. 

In the Image added Potter’s House School to their list after realizing it would have enough shoes to serve children at that school.  Potter’s House students can pick up their shoes at 1823 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids at the following times:

Grand Rapids Community Foundation announces $385,000 in grants

Grand Rapids Community Foundation announces $385,000 in grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Four non-profit organizations are getting $385,000 in funding to improve the neighborhoods, health, engagement and environment of Kent County.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced the grants Tuesday.   The foundation awarded Habitat for Kent County $150,000 for its Building Blocks program, which is expected to restore or rehabilitate 36-40 properties in two years for low income families.  The funding also includes $150,000 to West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition to expand and improve trails, and a $60,000 grant to Health Intervention Services (HIS) for dental rooms, a nursing station and an improved volunteer area, which should allow HIS to double the number of patients it serves.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation also awarded $25,000 in grants to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to create three Grand Rapids area programs to support local arts.

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

The “Stuff the Bus” community challenge is back.

 Now through August 9, Hand2Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation will be collecting school supplies and personal items for children.  The donations will be distributed to about 3,000 middle school students in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.

 “Soap, Socks and Supplies” is the theme for this fourth annual campaign. Donations can be dropped off Fifth Third Bank locations throughout metro Grand Rapids.  Financial donations are also being accepted.

 "Each year Fifth Third supplies the backpacks for the students, and we look forward to working together with the community to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank.

Family campfire at Blandford Nature Center

Family campfire at Blandford Nature Center

Families are invited to enjoy a summer evening with a campfire at Blandford Nature Center school yard Thursday, August 1.

Participants can roast marshmallows over the fire and make S'mores while getting their questions answered by a Blandford Naturalist.

The campfire event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW.  Tickets are $5 for nature center members and $6 for non-members. Visitors must RSVP by calling  (616)735-6240. For more information, visit www.blandfordnaturecenter.org.