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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.

23rd annual 5K run/walk through Sparta

23rd annual 5K run/walk through Sparta

SPARTA, Mich.-- From children in strollers to dogs on leashes, the whole family is invited to take part in this 5k race, which begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 20.

The Fast and Flat Certified 5K begins and finishes at Balyeat Field on Olmstead Street in Sparta. There are two new registration options this year-- Run for Rides and Run for Beer.

The Run for Rides registration comes with three free carnival ride tickets at Town & Country Days and a  Run for Rides  t-shirt. The Run for Beer registration includes two free drink tickets that can be used at the Town & Country Days beer tent and a Fun for Beer T-shirt.  People who register for the Run for Beer category must be  21 years or older and carry a valid ID. 

Sounds a Little Fishy to Me- One Day Only- June 8

Sounds a Little Fishy to Me- One Day Only- June 8

Since the state's free fishing weekend is this weekend, Howard Christensen Nature Center is offering a crash course in fishing.

Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals, including casting, baiting a hook, handling fish. After the lesson, particpants can practice their new skills on the floating dock at Chrishaven Lake.

Bring your fishing pole,  fishing gear and life jackets to the Nature Center,  located at 16190 Red Pine Dr. NW in Kent City. HCNC will supply the fishing bait - worms. Participants are asked to donate $4.50 per child, but parents are free.

For more information, call (616) 675-3158 or visit  www.lilysfrogpad.com.

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!

Fish for free June 8 & 9

Fish for free June 8 & 9

All anglers can fish for free June 8 and 9.

As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the state is waiving all fishing license fees for residents and out-of-state visitors. Free Fishing Weekend applies to all species of fish in inland waters and Michigan’s Great Lakes.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.  To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

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

WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.