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Zeelmania Street Fair: 'Fun with Safety' August 5

Zeelmania Street Fair: 'Fun with Safety' August 5

ZEELAND, Mich.-- A free family activity night promoting "Fun With Safety"  will take place Monday, August 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Zeeland.

The kid-friendly activities will take place on Main Street between Church and Elm. Fire and medical professionals will also be on hand with a number of learning tools. The community can take part in blood pressure and diabetes screenings.  Visitors can also enjoy free mini-chair massages by Parkhurst Chiropratic, face painting and the chance to see caricature cartoon artist Britta Lindemulder develop quick, comical drawings to take home.

More Zeelmania Mondays:

Farm animals - Monday, August 12

Things that Go - Monday, August 19

Celebration - Monday, August 26  

Visit www.feelthezeel.com for more details.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

School is over, but the need for blood donations is not

School is over, but the need for blood donations is not

Now that school is out, the need for blood donations is even greater.

High school and college students donate about 20 percent of the blood collected through the American Red Cross, so the organization is anticipating a drop in donations this summer.

“Just because summer is here, it doesn’t mean donating blood is on vacation, too,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. “You might find there’s a lot of fun to be had in donating blood, or even sponsoring a blood drive of your own.”

The American Red Cross’ Great Lakes Blood Service Region must collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals.

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.

'Gran Fondo' in West Michigan Saturday, June 29

'Gran Fondo' in West Michigan Saturday, June 29

There will be some “Gran Fondo” in West Michigan this Saturday, June 29.

Roughly 1,500 cyclists have registered to ride in the inaugural Gran Fondo, which will benefit skin cancer research by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Participants are coming from Canada and 15 states, including Oregon.

 Riders will choose between three courses spanning 12 miles, 40 miles and 80 miles. The 80-mile route takes cyclists through the Grand River Valley, which cuts through My Town Grand Rapids Central, My Town Walker, My Town Grandville and My Town Coopersville.  They’ll turn around near Lake Michigan at North Ottawa Beach.

Children invited to ride with Griff as part of inaugural criterium June 28

Children invited to ride with Griff as part of inaugural criterium June 28

ZEELAND, Mich.—Families are invited to watch Zeeland’s first twilight Criterium Friday, June 28th.

A critierium is a bike race on a short, closed-circuit course where riders complete multuple laps.  Participants will race for a specific length of time then complete a specific number of laps. 

The race course for the “2BContinued Zeeland Criterium” is a one mile loop through historic downtown.  The award ceremony will take place at the southeast corner of Main and Church streets immediately following each race.

Zeeland’s inaugural twilight crit begins at 6 p.m., when kids can ride for free with Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Helmets are required.  Each child will receive a ribbon.

Professional cyclists can register for the crit up to 30 minutes before the race. Registration is $55 for the first race and $40 for a second race.

On-site registration still open for Zeeland Zoom 5k on June 25

On-site registration still open for Zeeland Zoom 5k on June 25

ZEELAND, Mich.— On-site registration is still open for the Zeeland Zoom 5k, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

The race takes participants through Zeeland’s historic downtown and neighborhoods.  Organizers say more than 1,000 people took part in last year’s race.

Complimentary pink lemonade, cookies and fruit will be available to “zoomers” after the race.  The awards ceremony will also take place after the run, near the corner of Main and Elm streets.  The top male and female finishers in each age division will receive prizes.

The Zeeland Zoom is a professionally timed race.  Runners can register on site at the Howard Miller Community Center & Library, located at 14 S. Church St.  from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Only cash or checks will be accepted.  For more information, visit http://www.feelthezeel.com/.