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My Town: Blandford Nature Center Sugarbush Tours begin March 8

My Town: Blandford Nature Center Sugarbush Tours begin March 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Blandford Nature Center will offer the community a glimpse into the history of maple syrup production during its Sugarbrush Tours March 8 and March 15.

Participants can learn how maple syrup was created by Native Americans and pioneers, as well as modern methods. Visitors can also peek inside the Blandford Sugar House during the tours, which run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required for these informative tours, which are open to all ages. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for non-members.  To register or for more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit  www.blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

The Great Brew Ha-Ha returns to the DeltaPlex

The Great Brew Ha-Ha returns to the DeltaPlex

WALKER, Mich.—The Great Brew Ha-Ha is taking over the DeltaPlex this weekend.

More than 100 craft beers will be available for tasting, as well as the Brew Olympics and performances by comedians Al Jackson, Pat McGann and many others.  The event was established in 2009 by 101.3 the Brew. Country music station B-93.7 also plans to broadcast live from the event.

DeltaPlex employees say a Groupon deal for the event has been very successful for ticket sales. 

The Great Brew Ha-Ha runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, visit the event website here.

Robotics director earns presidential honor

Robotics director earns presidential honor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Catholic’s robotics director is being honored for her commitment to the high school’s robotics program.

Mary Beth Zakfeld received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from David Price of GE Aviation Systems on Saturday, Feb. 2.  The prestigious award recognizes people whose commitment to their community inspires others to volunteer.  As part of the honor, Zakfeld received a congratulatory letter of recognition from President Obama, along with a commemorative pin.

In addition to her work with West Catholic, Zakfeld has also spent numerous hours working with Kettering University, Aquinas College and Catholic Central to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Grand Rapids.

January deal means more activities for families

January deal means more activities for families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and Blandford Nature Center are offering a deal to their members.

Throughout the month of January, both groups will be honoring each other’s memberships.  That means if you have a membership to Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, you will get member benefits at Blandford Nature Center and vice versa.  Blandford Nature Center says the offer provides even more opportunities for families looking for winter activities.

Furry Friday Films provide night out for parents

Furry Friday Films provide night out for parents

WALKER, Mich.—   The Humane Society of West Michigan will host its first Furry Friday Film of the year on Jan. 17.

Parents are encouraged to drop off their child from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and enjoy a night out.  The cost is $25 per child with a $10 sibling discount.  Furry Friday Films is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Kids can hang out with the animals, enjoy pizza and popcorn and watch an animal related movie.

Furry Friday Films will take place the third Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November.  For more information and to register, click here!