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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.

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.

ParkPlay classes coming to Rogers Park

ParkPlay classes coming to Rogers Park

SPARTA, Mich.--Are you looking for a way to get a great workout in without being trapped inside this summer?

Always wondered how to work out without having tons of gym equipment to worry about? Have you been interested in working with a personal trainer, but not sure where or how to start? It's time to get outdoors and have some fun all while burning calories, and strengthening your body and soul!

  • What: ParkPlay
  • Where: Rogers Park in Sparta
  • When: Tuesday 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. & Wednesday 9 a.m. -10 a.m. starting June 11

First Classes are being offered at no cost!

Downtown Sparta Farmers Market returns June 13

Downtown Sparta Farmers Market returns June 13

SPARTA, Mich.—If you’re craving fresh local produce, the wait is almost over!

The Downtown Sparta Farmers Market opens for the season June 13.

The market will be open on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through September 26.  It will take place in the ChoiceOne Bank parking lot, located at 72 N. Union.

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

Cast Your Monday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Cast Your Monday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products.

Soccer Coaches Needed for FC Ridge League

Soccer Coaches Needed for FC Ridge League

Recreational Soccer Club FC Ridge is looking for Head Coaches and Assistance Coaches. FC Ridge is a Sparta-based organization aimed at providing a well balanced and educational soccer experience for those who live in West Michigan’s Fruit Ridge area and surrounding communities, such as Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kent City, Casnovia, Walker, Coopersville and other nearby communities. It was previously known as Sparta Youth Soccer Assoc.