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My Town: Black Jake & The Carnies take the stage for the Rogue River Blues Series

My Town: Black Jake & The Carnies take the stage for the Rogue River Blues Series

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The Huntington Rogue River Blues Series returns Tuesday night with Black Jake & The Carnies.

The band will take the Garden Club Park Stage at 7 p.m.  The two-hour performance is free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.  The remainder of the tentative schedule also includes:


After the Blues

  • Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014: Kari Lynch Band
  • Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014: The Crane Wives

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Organizers of the inaugural Rogue River Expedition are calling the event a success.

More than 50 people participated in the three-day paddling and land tour of the river and its watershed.  The idea for the expedition originated from the 2010 Grand River Expedition, which involved hundreds of boaters who explored more than 250 miles of water over 12 days.  Because the Grand River Expedition is held only once a decade, its organizers decided to hold similar events on the Grand River’s larger tributaries.

The Rogue River Expedition kicked off in June with a land tour at Howard Christensen Nature Center and the Fruit Ridge Area, which is considered one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world.  The exploration also included trips to Rogers Park in Sparta, Nash Creek and Camp Rockford.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

My Town Rockford: 'Color of Spain' piano concert July 20

My Town Rockford: 'Color of Spain' piano concert July 20

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- The First Congregational Church in Rockford invites the community to this evening performance by pianist/organist Stuart Leitch.

He will play “Impressions of a Diverse Land” by Falla, Granados and Albeniz.

This concert is one of a series of bi-monthly piano concerts. Donations will be accepted at this performance taking place Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. inside the church sanctuary located at 192 Bridge Street in Rockford.

For more information, call (616) 866-2412 or visit www.fccofrockford.org

My Town: Rogue River Blues Series returns July 15

My Town: Rogue River Blues Series returns July 15

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The Huntington Rogue River Blues Series returns Tuesday night with Little Frank & The Premiers.

The band will take the Garden Club Park Stage at 7 p.m.  The two-hour performance is free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.  The remainder of the tentative schedule also includes:

  • Tuesday July 22, 2014: Thirsty Perch Blues Band


After the Blues

  • Tuesday July 29, 2014: Black Jake & The Carnies
  • Tuesday August 5, 2014: Kari Lynch Band
  • Tuesday August 12, 2014: The Crane Wives

My Town: North Kent Community Services introduces new outreach program

My Town: North Kent Community Services introduces new outreach program

ROCKFORD, Mich.—North Kent Community Services is expanding its community outreach.

The nonprofit is looking for women and children for its new program, called Thrive.  Thrive is aimed at helping struggling Kent County residents become self-sufficient through education and training.  The program starts Monday, Sept 22 with weekly classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Those interested do not need to be a current client of NKCS to take part in Thrive. For more information, contact program director Cherie Elahl at (616) 866-3478 ext. 109.

North Kent Community Services currently serves low-income families in the Cedar Springs, Rockford and Sparta areas through a comprehensive food pantry and resource center.