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My Town Grandville: 'Granny Grace' author book signing event April 12

My Town Grandville: 'Granny Grace' author book signing event April 12

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  Bookworms are invited out to meet local author Ruth Ann Lea during a book signing event in Grandville.

On April 12, Lea, who is a resident of Grand Rapids, will be signing copies of her book, “Granny Grace”, which is written for everyone who has lost a loved one.

 Here is an excerpt from the book:

“Granny Grace has been in our church as long as anyone can remember.  She was Granny Grace when my mamma was little. 

The other day, Mamma got a call about Granny.  They said she got very sick and went home to be with Jesus.  Mamma cried. I cried.”

The book signing event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, located at 3819 Rivertown Parkway in Grandville.

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

LOWELL, Mich.—Spring is here, which means the Kent District Library has officially opened its Seed Library at 13 branches.

Patrons can visit the library to “borrow” up to three packets of heirloom seeds for their garden.  People who take seed packets are asked to save seeds from the plants they grow and return them in late summer or fall for someone else to use next year.

The library is also accepting any heirloom variety seeds gardeners want to add to the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website.

Participating branches include those in Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Wyoming.

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town: Vendors needed for upcoming Hudsonville events

My Town: Vendors needed for upcoming Hudsonville events

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.-  Vendors, vendors vendors- that’s what the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for as three events return for the year.

First up is the Hudsonville Showcase, promoting businesses and organizations within the community.  Organizers still have a few vendor spots available for the April 12 event.  Visitors will sample test and browse local products and services while enjoying free activities, giveaways, games and door prizes.  The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hudsonville High School. 

The Hudsonville Farmer’s Market returns in a few months, but now is the time to sign up to share your produce. And artists are needed for Hudsonville’s Art in the Park event, which will be June 12.

 Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should contact Michelle Fare at mfare@hudsonville.org or call (616) 669-0200 ext. 1411 for more information.

My Town: Grandville RoboDawgs Open House March 27

My Town: Grandville RoboDawgs Open House March 27

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Community members are invited to meet one of the top robots of its kind in the world during an open house by the Grandville RoboDawgs.

The team will hold its annual Competition Robot Open House and Silent Auction Thursday, March 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Grandville High School Robotics & Engineering Center.  Visitors can meet the teams, drive their robots, see their 3D printers and CNC mill, tour the Grandville Robotics Center, eat ice cream and bid on merchandise from more than 100 Grandville businesses.

The Grandville High School Robotics & Engineering Center is located at 4900 Canal SW in Grandville, just south of the main high school building.

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.