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My Town: Harvest on the Ridge returns Sept. 20

My Town: Harvest on the Ridge returns Sept. 20

SPARTA, Mich.—  A celebration of West Michigan's agricultural Mecca returns to Sparta this weekend.

Harvest on the Ridge festival will unfold at Rogers Park Sept. 20. This year’s event includes a couch racing fundraiser, the Dirty Apple Obstacle Run, a cupcake baking contest, an apple pie eating contest, hay rides, corn mazes, kids’ activities and a farmers’ market.  Johnny Appleseed is kicking off the event with donkey rides and his tale of how  “The Ridge” became filled with apple orchards.

Annual Dirty Apple Obstacle Run on September 20

Annual Dirty Apple Obstacle Run on September 20

Experienced runners, walkers, along with families & their children who are willing to get a little DIRTY, are invited to take part in this 2-mile obstacle course.

The Annual Harvest on the Ridge Festival takes place this Saturday, September 20 and showcases this challenging run at 10:00am at Roger’s Park located at 75 N Union Street in Sparta. There will be 12 obstacles including apple pits, dirt bogs, apple box jumping & more to navigate through for the completion of the race.

Cost is: $35 individual, $85 Family or 4 person Team.

On-site registration & packet pick-up takes place on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 9:00am at the Sparta Civic Center at 75 N. Union.

Visit www.spartachamber.com or Google Dirty Apple Run for more information.    

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Knock back a beer and help knock out cancer this month with “Hops for Hope.”

 

During September, several West Michigan breweries will be donating $1 from each “purple beer” purchase to Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community.  Proceeds from sales of Hops for Hope growlers and refills will also go to the cause.

 

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood. “It’s wonderful that VAI is in Grand Rapids, and 100% of what we raise goes to research.”

 

My Town: Johnny Appleseed helps kick off Harvest on the Ridge Sept. 20

My Town: Johnny Appleseed helps kick off Harvest on the Ridge Sept. 20

SPARTA, Mich.—Johnny Appleseed is on his way to Sparta to share his story of how “The Ridge” became filled with apple orchards.

Johnny will bring his trusted donkey, Levi for rides while entertaining children with his story and song.    His tale helps kick off this year’s Harvest on the Ridge festival in Sparta on Sept. 20.  This year’s event will include a couch racing fundraiser, the Dirty Apple Obstacle Run, a cupcake baking contest, an apple pie eating contest, hay rides, corn mazes, kids’ activities and a farmers’ market, all located in Rogers Park.

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town Sparta: GriefShare support ministry welcomes all to free program

My Town Sparta: GriefShare support ministry welcomes all to free program

SPARTA, Mich.-- GriefShare Support Group is for anyone  who has lost a friend or family member from an accident, illness, suicide or cancer.

Sparta United Methodist Church hosts this free 13-week course two times a year. The next GriefShare course begins on Sept. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and anyone interested is invited to come. The evening consists of watching a 30 minute DVD on different grief topics and situations. The remaining 30 to 60 minutes is spent sharing whatever is on the hearts of those attending. A participant can come to any or all of the meetings.

My Town: Help families with 'Simply Give' program through Sept. 27

My Town: Help families with 'Simply Give' program through Sept. 27

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- The North Kent Community Services is partnering with Meijer to help local families with a much-needed hunger relief program called “Simply Give.” 

The Simply Give campaign helps to replenish shelves of more than 200 food pantries in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Make a difference with a visit to the Rockford Meijer on 10 Mile Road now through Sept. 27 for the opportunity to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards. Your donation cards are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to a local food pantry in the stores community.

Visit www.nkcs.org or call (616) 866-3478 for more NKCS information.