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Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

By Chealsea Slocum
Photography by Adam Bird 

Roselle Park River Festival: Come for the run, stay for the fun!

Roselle Park River Festival: Come for the run, stay for the fun!

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Ada Township’s Parks & Recreation Department is bringing back the Grand River-Run for the Roselle Park River Festival Saturday, September 28.

This is the second year for the run.  Participants can chose to participate in an 8k run or a 2k family friendly fun run/walk.  The 8k course takes runners through the 240-acre nature preserve, on trails and paved paths running alongside the Grand River, wetlands, woodlands, meadows and streams.  The 2k course is a flat, paved scenic mini-tour of the park, which is stroller-friendly.  To register, click here.

The Roselle Park River Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park.  The activities include live music, animals, hands-on activities and crafts, artwork, nature walks and children’s games and activities, as well as Monarch butterfly releases.  The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

Volunteers needed for Roselle Park River Festival

Volunteers needed for Roselle Park River Festival

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Roselle Park River Festival is Saturday, September 28 and the Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department needs your help making it a success.

Volunteers are needed for preparing supplies and setting up the park.   Snacks and lunch on Saturday will be provided.   Open volunteer shifts are as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 25

  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:  Set up stations

Saturday, Sept. 28

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Enjoy a “Night of Nets” while helping prevent malaria in Zambia during next week’s Cornerstone University games. 

Cornerstone is teaming up with Hope and Calvin colleges to purchase bed nets that prevent infected mosquitoes from spreading malaria.  The first of five fund-raising games took place Saturday, September 14.  The next benefit is Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. during the Cornerstone men’s soccer game against Siena Heights.  The last match-up to prevent malaria will be Wednesday, October 2, as the Cornerstone women’s volleyball team takes on Aquinas. 

Each suggested donation of $6 will provide a bed net for a family in Zambia.  Over the past three years, the Night of Nets campaign has generated more than $35,000 to purchase nearly 6,000 bed nets for families living in sub-Saharan Africa.  Cornerstone’s goal this year is to raise $30,000 for the project.

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The season is over for the West Michigan Whitecaps, but the games will continue on at Fifth Third Ballpark this fall.

According to the ballpark’s Facebook page, the Whitecaps grounds crew began removing the pitcher’s mound Tuesday, September 10 to prepare the grounds for the high school football game the ballpark hosts each year. 

Forest Hills Northern will take on Greenville in this year’s game, which will take place October 11.

Construction nears completion at Roselle Park

Construction nears completion at Roselle Park

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Another stage of construction at Roselle Park is nearing completion.

Workers are expected to finish improvements to the playground area around the silos within a few weeks.  They already completed a new parking area and entrance earlier this summer. The new entryway is located off Grand River Drive NE, directly across from the Michigan Street Entrance.

Roselle Park, located at 1010 Grand River Dr. NE, features 240 acres of nature preserve with a paved main trail. A river outlook and canoe landing are being planned for the space, as well as an environmentally friendly portable toilet.  The park space was formerly home to the Ada Beef Company.

Skeet shooting fundraiser September 18

Skeet shooting fundraiser September 18

ADA, Mich.—Learn clay/skeet shooting while helping West Michigan youth during a Salvation Army fundraiser September 18.

This is the third year for The Salvation Army’s Sporting Clay Shoot at the Kent County Conservation Club, located at 8460 Conservation Rd. NE in Ada.

For a $250 donation, participants get a lesson, a chance to shoot clay pigeons and a filet mignon dinner at the Kent County Conservation Club.  Proceeds from the event will go to The Salvation Army Outdoors, which provides camping experiences for underprivileged children from West Michigan.

Registration is required.  For more information, contact John Schroeder at (616) 459-3433 ext. 1165.