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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 Walker: Salvation Army honors veterans and WZZM 13 with doughnuts

WALKER, Mich.—Friday, June 6 is National Doughnut Day, and the Salvation Army is celebrating by delivering thousands of the treats to local organizations.

Don Tekautz of The Salvation Army says the organization invented the doughnut during World War I, as a way to support U.S. troops.  He says The Salvation Army sent approximately 200 officers, mostly women, to the frontlines to create a treat to remind military members of home.  Because the bakers couldn’t figure out how to cook the centers of the dough, they cut them out- and the doughnut was born.

Approximately 20 volunteers with the Salvation Army Action Group will be visiting West Michigan organizations Friday to honor their commitment to the community with doughnuts.  WZZM 13 is among those groups the Salvation Army is celebrating; the organization awarded the station with a certificate of appreciation during Friday morning’s newscast.

My Town Walker: Memorial Day tradition returns to Lake Michigan Drive

My Town Walker: Memorial Day tradition returns to Lake Michigan Drive

WALKER, Mich.—A Memorial Day tradition will return to the streets of Walker on Monday, May 26.

The Memorial Day parade kicks off at noon.  This year’s procession of floats, bands and organizations will run down Lake Michigan Drive, between Lincoln Lawns and St. Clair NW.

Walker City Hall will also be closed Monday in observation of Memorial Day.

My Town: Standale Summer Concert Series lineup released

My Town: Standale Summer Concert Series lineup released

STANDALE, Mich.—  A free, family-friendly tradition is returning to Standale this summer.

The 2014 Standale Summer Concert Series  returns to Walker Community Park Thursday, June 19.   Each performance begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  The concert lineup is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 19 – The Adam’s Family
  • Thursday, July 10 – Deep Greens & Blues
  • Thursday, July 24 – Free Hand
  • Thursday, Aug. 14 – Boogie Woogie Babies
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – The Lazy Blue Tunas

Each concert attracts an average of 300 people.  If you would like to sponsor a performance, click here.

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event thgis Friday, May 2.

Students have spent weeks preparing for the benefit, which will take place at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Proceeds from Homes For A Hero will go toward building a home for a veteran.  Students are teaming up with Homes of Hope, a Grand Rapids organization, for the six-day build.