Our network

Sports & Recreation

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Kentwood Parks & Recreation Fall Classes are about to get underway beginning November 1, 2013. This is a listing of the classes:

Fridays, November 1st thru December 13th: (Skip 11/29) from 6-7pm, Dog Obedience classes will be held. This class is for dogs 5 months and older who have never had formal obedience training or as a refresher course for others. The cost is $60.00.

Mondays, November 4th through the 18th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ballroom Dance will be taught to beginner couples and those who may need a tune-up. Cost: $99.00 per couple.

Mondays, November 4th through December 9th, from 7-8:30pm, Introduction to Pottery will be taught with a variety of techniques working with clay in this fun, hands-on class.

WMU: More people working out at work

WMU: More people working out at work

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Western Michigan University & WZZM)-- More Americans are standing, walking and even cycling through their workdays thanks to new office equipment that lets them stay active.

The new workstations include standing desks with treadmills, physio balls instead of chairs and cycling equipment that fits under the desk, says Dr. Timothy Michael, a WMU professor of human performance and health education.

"There are lots of suggestions of ways we can increase our physical activity," Michael says. "A lot of jobs, where you're sitting at a desk all day in front of your computer, we know that that encourages bad behaviors in general. We also know that sitting all day long is starting to become a risk factor for heart disease. It's really getting close to where cigarette smoking is.

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:

'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.

Five local pools host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Five local pools host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Swimmers filled five West Michigan pools on June 18 to try to make history.

This is the fourth year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson—an event aimed at raising awareness about water safety, while trying to set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson worldwide.

An employee of the Holland Aquatics Center says about 105 children took part in this year’s event at their location; that’s more than double the number of participants they had last year.  Participants also took part at the East Grand Rapids High School Pool, the Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Center, and Full Blast in Battle Creek.  MVP Athletic Club also welcomed 30 participants, ranging in age from two years to 75 years.  This is the third year MVP Athletic Club has taken part in the event.

This is the fourth year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

Register now for 5k cross country race in honor of fallen Navy SEAL

Register now for 5k cross country race in honor of fallen Navy SEAL

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Now is the time to register for a 5k in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL.

David Warsen was one of seven U.S. service members killed when their helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan in August 2012.  The  East Kentwood High School graduate was supposed to return home as early as September for his wedding in December. His fiancée said she knew something was wrong when he didn’t call after his last mission.

The inaugural David Warson Legacy 5k cross country run/walk will take place Saturday, August 10 at East Kentwood High School.  To register, visit the David Warsen Legacy website here.

Fish for free June 8 & 9

Fish for free June 8 & 9

All anglers can fish for free June 8 and 9.

As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the state is waiving all fishing license fees for residents and out-of-state visitors. Free Fishing Weekend applies to all species of fish in inland waters and Michigan’s Great Lakes.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.  To find inland lakes in your area, click here.