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Easter Egg Hunt on April 15

Easter Egg Hunt on April 15

Community children, 10 & younger are invited to join in on the fun of the Kentwood Easter Egg Hunt!

There will be thousands of hidden eggs to discover that can be exchanged for candy with a few eggs containing special prizes. Special guest, The Easter Bunny will be stopping by for photos.

Bring your own bag on Saturday, April 15 at 10am to collect eggs on the City Hall Lawn!

Call: (616)698-9610 for more information or visit www.ci.kentwood.us for event information.

West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to Pay Tribute to United Sates Military Members

Students from across West Michigan are joining area business leaders to celebrate local members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – during the 2nd Annual West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, May 5th. Military members will be in attendance for this event aimed at strengthening awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made and continue to make on behalf of their families, their friends and their country.

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.

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

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.