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My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town: 'Be a Hero, Be a Foster Parent' run June 28

My Town: 'Be a Hero, Be a Foster Parent' run June 28

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Foster children face a tough road- only half graduate high school and within two years of leaving foster care, one in four land in jail.

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan also says children and teenagers that go through the foster care system experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at twice the rate of U.S. war veterans.  That’s why the organization is looking for additional adults and families to “Be a Hero, Be a Foster Parent” and help these children.

Super hero capes will be handed out to participants of the Super Run, taking place June 28 at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, located at 3142 4 Mile Road NE.  The fundraising and “friend-raising” event includes a 5K and 1K run/walk, which begins at 10 a.m.  Registration is $25 prior to the event or $30 the day of. For more information, email service@thesuperrun.com or (856) 777-8737.

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Firemen, ballerinas, mascots, sports figures, literary characters and more will be at local library branches on June 21 to get kids reading!

Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way are joining forces to present Book Buddies, a program that encourages children to check out a “book buddy” and spend ten minutes reading their favorite book together.

The Book Buddies program is designed to help children meet the goal of reading 400 minutes over the summer, the amount of time it is estimated that kids should spend reading to prevent summer slide and maintain the reading gains they made over the school year.

Seven local library branches will present Book Buddies on June 21. The schedule is as follows:

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Help a kid discover their passon for reading by becoming a “Book Buddy” this weekend.

The United Way, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library are looking for volunteers to read to children this Saturday, June 21. Volunteers are especially needed in Lowell and Sand Lake.  Volunteer roles include:

Book Buddy- Dress up as a character and listen to kids read. Wear costumes of your profession (police officer, doctor, etc.) or simply put on your best listening ears and be a buddy. Give your attention to a child as they read for 10 minutes.

My Town Plainfield Township: Farmer's Market opens for the season June 10

My Town Plainfield Township: Farmer's Market opens for the season June 10

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Shoppers will have even more time to enjoy the Plainfield Township Farmer’s Market this year.

The market will open for the season on June 10 with longer hours, from noon to 6 p.m.  As in previous years, the market will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 9.   The Plainfield Township Farmer’s Market will be located at 4411 Plainfield Avenue NE in front of Frontline Church, located at the corner of 5 Mile Road and Plainfield Avenue.  Organizers say dozens of vendors have signed up to showcase their wares, produce and flowers at the market.  This year’s vendors include three bakeries, a beekeeper, kettle corn producer, an organic meat purveyor and more.  

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town: Deadline nears for 'Many Hands Against Hunger'

My Town: Deadline nears for 'Many Hands Against Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Time is running out to join Feeding America West Michigan for “Many Hands Against Hunger.”

Hunger hero Owen Ronning will share his inspirational story during the benefit.  Last summer, the 8-year-old boy went without the traditional birthday gifts, asking for a mobile food pantry instead.  With his parent’s encouragement, Owen went door-to-door, asking for money to make the pantry happen.  In June, his act of kindness came to fruition, as he and his friends distributed 5,000 pounds of fresh produce, milk and baked goods to 115 families in need.

The luncheon to support hunger relief is Thursday, June 10 at the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth SW in Grand Rapids.  Those interested in attending must RSVP by 12 p.m. on Friday, June 6.  Registration is available online.  Admission is $25.