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Plainfield Christian Church garage sale August 10

Plainfield Christian Church garage sale August 10

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Plainfield Christian Church will hold a community garage sale in its parking lot this Saturday, August 10.

Church members will keep the proceeds from their own table sales.  Donated items and baked goods will also be on sale to benefit the ministry.

Leftover items will be donated to Algoma Christian School’s thrift shop and/or Guiding Light Mission.  The garage sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Future of Plainfield Farmers Market up for discussion

Future of Plainfield Farmers Market up for discussion

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The future of the Plainfield Farmers Market will be up for discussion during the Township’s regular board meeting August 5.

Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the board will address all aspects of the farmers market-- including whether it should be scaled back to one day a week, or eliminated entirely. The farmers market currently operates Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Frontline Community Church.  Van Wyngarden says the increased number of farmers markets may make it more difficult to obtain vendors.

The board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 6161 Belmont Ave. NE in Belmont.

Back to school buys helping Northview bands

Back to school buys helping Northview bands

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—Now’s your chance to help Northview school bands while shopping for school supplies.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday night in August, visitors to Crossroads Middle School can purchase gift cards to Meijer, Target, Kohl’s, Aeropostale, Gap, Walmart and other stores. Gift card amounts start at $25.  At least 4% of the money spent on each gift card will go to support Northview band students in grades 5-12. 

Community members can also show their support by visiting the Northland Drive Burger King Thursday, August 15 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant, located at 5488 Northland Dr. NE, will donate 15% of sales to Northview bands.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Duck Tape bus stops in West Michigan July 6-8

Duck Tape bus stops in West Michigan July 6-8

The 31-foot Duck Tape bus will roll into West Michigan this weekend.

Visitors to the bus can take part in a variety of activities, including iPad stations with tutorials on how to make a Duck Tape wallet as well as other projects, a fan photo wall,  Duck Tape formal wear and a seven-foot timeline of Duck Tape’s 70-year history.  There’s also a video and photo kiosk where you can share your Duck Tape story or snap a photo against a Duck Tape background and life-sized sculptures for more photo opportunities.

 The Duck Tape Rolls Across America tour schedule includes:

  • July 6: Meijer, 3757 Plainfield Ave. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview
  • July 7:  Meijer, 1801 Marketplace Dr. SE, My Town Kentwood
  • July 8:  Meijer, 5500 Clyde Park Ave. SW, My Town Wyoming

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.