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My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town: The Tuesday blues return to Rockford

My Town: The Tuesday blues return to Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Blues will fill the air again this Tuesday night, as the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series returns with Vincent Hayes.

Hayes 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 1, 2014: Weezil Malone Band
  • Tuesday July 8, 2014: Big Boss Blues
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014: Little Frank & The Premieres
  • 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: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town: Climb Out of the Darkness at Cannonsburg Ski Area

My Town: Climb Out of the Darkness at Cannonsburg Ski Area

BELMONT, Mich.—It’s a condition that affects 10 to 15 percent of new mothers: postpartum depression.

Survivors, family, friends and supporters will put on their hiking boots this Saturday, June 21 to raise awareness about this condition.  This is the second year for the Climb Out of the Darkness event.  At 9 a.m., participants will climb Cannonsburg Ski Area to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and rejection of the stigma of maternal mental illness.  The event is open to everyone and registration is free.

The climb is one of more than 100 such events taking place worldwide during Summer Solstice, in conjunction with Postpartum Progress

My Town Rockford: Volunteers needed to sort pantry donations

My Town Rockford: Volunteers needed to sort pantry donations

ROCKFORD, Mich.—North Kent Community Services is looking for volunteers to sort thousands of pounds of donations from the 13 Food For Families campaign.

Sorting will take place at 2:45 p.m. June 26 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids and between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 27 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to lift 10 pounds.  All of the sorted donations will go to North Kent Community Services.

If you’d like to help, contact Katie Hop at katie.hop@nkcs.org or at (616) 866-3478.

Rockford Start of Summer Celebration

Rockford Start of Summer Celebration

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce invites the public to join in on the fun this weekend, June 13 – 15 in Rockford, Michigan!

There is something for everyone with Carnival rides, live entertainment, 3 beer tents, children’s activities, a parade, fireworks & more.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.