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My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.

My Town: Meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO Sept. 13

My Town: Meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO Sept. 13

WALKER, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO this Saturday, Sept. 13.

Jason Meyer recently took over the post for the nonprofit group.  Meyer previously worked at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing.

The meet and greet event will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the nature center, located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW.  The event is free with regular admission.  Visitors can also enjoy a fall scavenger hunt as well as refreshments.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center names new president and CEO

My Town: Blandford Nature Center names new president and CEO

WALKER, Mich.—A new person is at the helm of Blandford Nature Center. 

Jason Meyer recently took over as president and CEO of the nonprofit group.  Meyer previously worked at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing.

Community members are encouraged to meet Meyer during a welcome event Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center introduces new program

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center introduces new program

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is getting ready to launch a new wildlife program.

The Wildlife Encounters program begins in August.  Visitors can drop in, get an up-close view of wildlife and ask any questions of wildlife staff, who will be on hand. 

Wildlife Encounters is free with admission.  The program will take place on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.  For more information, visit Blandford Nature Center’s website here.

My Town: Naming Blandford Nature Center's newest additions

My Town: Naming Blandford Nature Center's newest additions

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is enlisting your help in naming two of its newest four-legged additions.

The female baby goats are temporarily being called Maple and Cherry, after the tree varieties. Blandford Nature Center says it’s trying to stay away from their mother, Wonder’s lineage of bread names.  Both goats are lively and fun.

To submit your name ideas, visit Blandford Nature Center’s Facebook page.  The center hopes to announce the final names in approximately one week. 

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center hiring

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center hiring

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is looking for another employee to join their team.

The center recently posted an opening for a part-time development administrative assistant.  A qualified candidate will have a degree in nonprofit or public administration with experience in fundraising and working knowledge of Giftworks, MS Office Suite, Social Media and WordPress.

Applications will be accepted until June 17.  Blandford’s goal is to grow the part-time position into a full-time opportunity in 2015.  For links to the job announcement and application form, click here.

Millennium Park winter birding event on Feb. 8

Millennium Park winter birding event on Feb. 8

WALKER, Mich.--The Grand Rapids Audubon Club invites bird enthusiasts to join this birding opportunity on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Millennium Park at 8 a.m.

Participants should meet at the south parking lot in Johnson Park off Butterworth Drive, north of 28th Street. This is a morning trip but you may bring a snack and a drink.

This is the chance to experience Millennium Park in the winter with leader Tom Leggett. Some of the ponds may have open water where a variety of waterfowl may appear, along with Northern Strike and Horned Larks. If you spot Horned Larks, be sure to look for Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs.

Visit  www.glsga.org/grac.htm for more field trip opportunities or email GRAC.information@glsga.org for more information.