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Talent Show Competition Auditions

Talent Show Competition Auditions

All residents have the opportunity to showcase their talent.

The City of Kentwood welcomes all ages to perform their comedy, dance, magic, voice & more at the Talent Show Competition this summer.

Auditions will be held at the Kentwood Library located at 4950 Breton SE on Thursday, March 9 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. All applications must be received by Friday, March 3.

Enter at: www.yourkprd.org or the Kentwood Activities Center locate at 355 48th St. in Grand Rapids, MI 49548.

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tree Lighting Ceremony

It’s that time of year again, so tell your neighbors that Holiday Festivities are coming to town.

The community is invited to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place on Friday, December 9, beginning with the holiday light parade at 6:00pm taking place from 52nd Street & Breton to City Hall. The tree lighting and caroling in front of the library starts at 7pm.

Bring the family for a fun evening with shopping at the Elves Express Gift Shop inside the Kent District Library located at 4950 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood from 5:00pm through 9:00pm. There is the chance to visit Santa, enjoy hot chocolate & cookies, take carriage & hay rides, along with the entertainment of live music. It’s a magical night you won’t want to miss.

Visit www.ci.kentwood.mi.us for more event information.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Leaf Disposal Available

Leaf Disposal Available

Those colorful trees will disperse their petals, painting the grassy floor beneath!

Before the white flakes roll through the countryside, Kentwood residents are invited to bring their leaves to the cities leaf disposal site, next to the recycling center located at 5068 Brexton. Your leafy collection can be dropped off from 10am through 8pm, Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6pm on Sundays.

This service is provided to Kentwood residents and proof of residency is required at the time of drop-off. Only leaves are permitted and no plastic bags, brush, grass clippings, tree trimmings or trash!

Call: (616)554-0817 or visit www.ci.kentwood.mi.us for more information.

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Parents want the best education for their children. Increased engagement with their child’s school gives them an opportunity to see that through. School choices continue to emerge, with online education thriving amongst families in the United States with a 58 percent increase in enrollment since 2010.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a tuition free school serving students in grades 6-12. As an online school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy allows local families from communities like city to learn from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever there is an internet connection. Enrollment numbers continue to increase with this learning model because of satisfaction with virtual education, the level of expertise through online institutions and the rigorous curriculum of the offered programs. One of the primary benefits of Great Lakes Cyber Academy is the level of parent engagement across all grade levels.