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Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

 

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

Zeeland to stage 'Wintervention' Jan. 25

Zeeland to stage 'Wintervention' Jan. 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—Zeeland is staging a Wintervention Jan. 25, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

This is the fourth year for Wintervention, although the festival has been canceled the past two years because of a lack of snow in Zeeland and/or competing cities.  To avoid the same problem this year, organizers have added more events that are not reliant on snow.

Wintervention’s main event is a snowman building competition.  In the festival’s inaugural year, the Zeeland community created 268 snowmen in 120 minutes, earning them second place among three competitors.  The City of Saline took the title with 483 snowmen built.

ASU president-elect to present MLK Civil Rights lecture

ASU president-elect to present MLK Civil Rights lecture

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, president-elect of Alabama State University, will present the address “The Heart of an Activist: Grow Local, Think Global” on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel as part of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Lecture at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free. The presentation will address key issues regarding the use of scholar-activism in addressing major social and cultural issues.

Boyd will begin her tenure as Alabama State University’s 14th president, the first woman to hold the position, on February 1.  The first African-American to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University, she has most recently served as an engineer and executive assistant to the Applied Physics Laboratory chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the past 33 years.

Spanish presentation of Living with Diabetes Jan. 19

Spanish presentation of Living with Diabetes Jan. 19

HOLLAND, Mich.—An estimated 25.8 million Americans are living with diabetes, and Hispanic adults are 1.7 times more likely than Caucasian adults to be diagnosed with the condition.

That’s why Holland Hospital is teaming up with St. Francis DeSales Church to host “Living with Diabetes” in Spanish.  The presentation will take place at the church, located at 171 W. 13th Street on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.  A registered nurse from Holland Hospital’s Center for Good Health will be leading the presentation, which is free to the public.

No registration is necessary.  For more information, contact St. Francis DeSales Church at (616) 392-6700.

TEDx Haworth presenter brings message to MSU in Holland

TEDx Haworth presenter brings message to MSU in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich.—  A TEDx speaker will take his message of green chemistry to Holland Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Mike Werner recently spoke at TEDx Macatawa about the role of green chemistry in the circular economy.  You can watch his talk here. Werner will present “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Product Design” at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Werner is a chemist, engineer and sustainability strategist with Haworth.  He gave up the life of a pharmaceutical chemist to dedicate himself to eliminating toxic chemicals from consumer products instead of creating them. Werner has served as a sustainability advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Building Sciences.