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Run for Sight on August 31

Run for Sight on August 31

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Make a difference with the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ABVI) in West Michigan by taking part in this 5K run/walk at Pere Marquette Park Saturday, August 31.

Pere Marquette Park is located on Beech Street. Race registration will take place at 7 a.m. with the run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

The 5K is a non-competitive event for all ages.  The race is dog friendly, but dogs must be on leashes. An awards ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. for overall male and female winners.

For more event information, call  (231) 737-4717 or visit www.run4sight.com.  

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Healthy alternative foods to grace school menus this fall

Healthy alternative foods to grace school menus this fall

Some healthy, new foods will grace the lunch menu at elementary schools in Montague and Whitehall when classes begin September 3.

This summer, Chef Jamie Paquin, owner of Mia and Grace in Muskegon, spent several weeks training the schools’ kitchen staff on how to make alternative, healthier foods, including:  penne pasta with chicken and parmesan, hummus with vegetables and pita chips, roasted chicken salad sandwiches, southwest chipotle wraps, rotini pasta with broccoli and chicken, chicken taco salad wraps, and quinoa with roasted chicken, cranberries and apples.  All of the foods are part of Chef Paquin’s “Fresh” school lunch menu.

Catholic Charities West Michigan seeks school supply donations August 20

Catholic Charities West Michigan seeks school supply donations August 20

Catholic Charities West Michigan is in need of school supply donations to help struggling families and more than 250 foster children as they head back to school.

Employees and volunteers will be collecting donations Tuesday, August 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The collection sites are at 40 Jefferson Ave. SE in Grand Rapids and 1095 Third St. in Muskegon.

Catholic Charities West Michigan is looking for the following items:

·         Backpacks

·         Notebooks

·         Folders

·         Markers

·         Colored pencils

·         Rulers

·         Binders

·         Calculators

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

National Night Out is August 6, providing community members a free and fun opportunity to meet neighbors and local police officers.

National Night Out started in1984 as a way to encourage the community to get involved in crime-prevention, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Organizers often fold food and family-friendly activities into the event.  This year’s participating communities include:

Kalamazoo County

·         Kalamazoo: Arcadia Neighborhood Assoc., Arcadia School, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., Rockwell Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Edison Neighborhood Assoc., 816 Washington, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Billy Bear Hug Foundation to receive $10,000 from Amway's 'Who Cares' Challenge

Billy Bear Hug Foundation to receive $10,000 from Amway's 'Who Cares' Challenge

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The Billy Bear Hug Foundation, a non-profit organization in West Michigan which provides quality of life support to children with chronic and terminal illness, announced August 1 that it has been selected to receive $10,000 from Amway’s “Who Cares” Challenge: Youth Leadership Contest.

The online contest selected the top 10 outstanding youth change-makers from across the U.S. and Canada to give them a chance to amplify their impact on the world. The ten recipients were given $10,000 each to provide to the non-profit organization of their choice. Charlie Wondergem, co-founder of the Billy Bear Hug Foundation, nominated the organization in memory of his brother, William B. Wondergem.

Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids Giveaway returns

Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids Giveaway returns

WHITEHALL, Mich.-- The Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids Giveaway returns next month, just in time for the new school year.

This year volunteers will be handing out backpacks filled with school supplies at five locations, including the Holton United Methodist Church, the GateWay Church in Spring Lake, Lebanon Lutheran Church in Whitehall, Samuel Lutheran Church in Muskegon and Mission for Area People in Muskegon heights.  Children can also get their hearing and vision checked, a hair cut, snacks and take part in fun activities.

Both parents and children taken part in the Lakeshore Backpacks For Kids Giveaway must come with IDs.