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My Town: YMCA announces site for new facility

My Town: YMCA announces site for new facility

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is opening a new facility.

The approval process begins April 21 with the Cascade Township Planning Committee, but the YMCA has already signed purchase agreements for 36 acres at Burton Street and Kraft Avenue SE. 

The new facility will replace the existing Southeast YMCA on Forest Hills Avenue.  It will include the same basic design that was planned for the Grand Rapids Township property, and feature outdoor athletic facilities, a healthy living center and a farm.  Leaders hope to begin construction on the new YMCA this fall, and open to the public in the fall of 2015.

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Arthritis Walk will return with a new name and new leader when it returns to Grand Rapids next month.

Dr. Thomas A. Malvitz of Ada will serve as medical chair of the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis, formerly known as the Arthritis Walk.  Malvitz is a surgeon with the Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan in Grand Rapids.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a three-mile walk aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight arthritis.  Proceeds from the event go to the Arthritis Foundation, which works to help some of the more than 2.3 million Michiganders with arthritis.

My Town Cascade: Register now to Golf for Guiding Light Mission

My Town Cascade: Register now to Golf for Guiding Light Mission

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Tee off to help men on the path to recovery during the Guiding Light Mission 17th Annual Golf Outing.

Now is the time to register for the event, which will take place Monday, May 19, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Watermark Country Club.  Registration is $125 per golfer and includes 18 holes, a golf cart, driving range and putting green use, dinner and a golfer gift.  A team of four golfers can register for $500. 

The deadline for registration is May 6. To register, visit the event website here

My Town: Forest Hills Community Expo March 15

My Town: Forest Hills Community Expo March 15

FOREST HILLS, Mich.-- Learn more about upcoming programs by the Forest Hills Parks & Recreation Department during the Forest Hills Community Expo this Saturday, March 15.

The event is free to the public.  Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment, food from area resstaurants and enter to win door prizes.  Grand Rapids Gymnastics will also set up a play area for children.

The Forest Hills Communty Expo runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ada Christian School.

My Town Ada/Cascade: Grand Rapids Triathlon on the road to World Championship

My Town Ada/Cascade: Grand Rapids Triathlon on the road to World Championship

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The road to the 2015 World Championship for triathletes cuts right through West Michigan.

This year, the Grand Rapids Triathlon will include the USAT Long Course Nationals.  That means any triathlete who wants to qualify for the World Championship in Sweden next year must participate in the Grand Rapids Triathlon. 

The competition will take place June 8.  The triathlon is open to all athletes of all skill levels.  The course will take participants along the riverside.  Residents can expect road closures in the Ada/Cascade area Saturday June 7 and Sunday, June 8 because of the event.

A portion of proceeds from the GR Triathlon will go to support Kids Food Basket. For more information including how to register, visit the Grand Rapids Triathlon website here.

Gymco offers free membership to military families

Gymco offers free membership to military families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids gymnastics studio is offering a special perk for military families- free membership for the rest of the year.

Gymco, Inc. recently announced the special deal for active duty service members and their immediate families.

“As the daughter of a military hero, I understand the sacrifice and commitment of our military families,” said Doreen Bolhuis, Gymco’s founder and president. “By offering a free membership, we can recognize and thank military families in our community. We also hope to inspire other businesses and community members to discover their own unique way to support military families.”

To redeem the offer, service members must show a military I.D.  Memberships are valid through 12/31/2014.  Members of Gymco receive discounts on all programming, including birthday parties, open gym times, special events, preschool, drop-in daycare and gymnastics classes.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp free class and auditions Jan. 19

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp free class and auditions Jan. 19

ADA, Mich.--Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp will host a free dance master class and summer camp dance scholarship auditions on Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The class and auditions will take place at West Michigan Youth Ballet, 6086 Rippling, in Ada. Students should arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo of themselves in first arabesque position.

For more information, call Blue Lake at 800-221-3796, or log on to www.bluelake.org.