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My Town EGR: Conductive Learning Center reception Feb. 20

My Town EGR: Conductive Learning Center reception Feb. 20

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Conductive Learning Center at Aquinas College will be celebrating National Conductive Education Day with the community Thursday, Feb. 20.

Everyone is invited to join staff, family and the board of directors for a casual reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Moose Café at Cook Carriage House on campus.  CLC students will also be on hand to discuss the benefits of conductive education.

The Conductive Learning Center began in 1997, For more information or to schedule a tour, call (616) 575-0575.

Trinity Lutheran Church opens new day care facility

Trinity Lutheran Church opens new day care facility

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Trinity Lutheran Church is celebrating the opening of its new day care center Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The new facility is on the church’s campus, located at 2700 E. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids.  The center features nearly 1,300 square feet of day care space and four rooms.  The day care center will serve up to 25 children from ages 0-4 years old.

Parents interested in the day care center can tour the new facility during an open house Wednesday at 6 p.m.  Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m., followed by tours and a chance to meet the staff.

The day care center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full-time child care (4-5 days a week) will be $45/child per day; part-time care (1-3 days a week) will be $50/child per day; the cost will be $7 per hour for families not seeking a full day of car.  Enrollment is $80 per child.  For more information, contact Tim Van Der Bilt at (616) 949-2510, ext.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department will begin tapping the community for ideas to make the county healthier Tuesday, Feb. 11.

From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent. "The data and information gathered in this step will help us develop top priorities to improve health outcomes in Kent County."

Local health departments are required to update their Community Health Needs Assessment every five years for state accreditation.  Hospitals must update their CHNA every three years.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

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National Charity League, Inc. Grand Rapids Chapter looking for members

National Charity League, Inc. Grand Rapids Chapter looking for members

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The Grand Rapids Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. is looking to double its membership.

East Grand Rapids is home to the only NCL, Inc. chapter in Michigan.  The NCL, Inc. is the only mother-daughter based philanthropic organization in the country committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Gina Kuyers, chapter president, says the local NCL, Inc. chapter started with 12 moms and 14 daughters two years ago.  Since then it’s grown to 25 moms, known as patronesses and 27 daughters, known as ticktockers.  She says the goal is to double that number this year, which will allow the group to become a fully chartered chapter.

The Grand Rapids Chapter of NCL, Inc.

Learn the 'Basics of Juicing with Sip' Feb. 8

Learn the 'Basics of Juicing with Sip' Feb. 8

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Learn which fruits and vegetables are best to juice, taste bud-pleasing recipes and how to choose the right juicing equipment for your lifestyle during the “Basics of Juicing with Sip” Saturday, Feb. 8.

Participants will also get a chance to sample some juice combinations provided by Sip Organic Juice Bar.

The complimentary class will take place inside the East Grand Rapids showroom at Lululemon Grand Rapids, 2213 Wealthy Street SE from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. 

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—How would you make Kent County healthier?

That’s the question Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department is hoping to answer with a series of community meetings over the next three months.   From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent.

East Grand Rapids expected to keep current water and sewer rates

East Grand Rapids expected to keep current water and sewer rates

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The City of East Grand Rapids plans to keep residential water and sewer rates the same this year, despite an increase in costs.

Last year, water and sewer rates set by the City of Grand Rapids decreased.  However, the City of East Grand Rapids chose not to pass that decrease onto residents, instead building up the city Water and Sewer Fund and hedging against future rate fluctuations.

This year, the Grand Rapids water rates are decreasing, as well as fixed sewer rates.  However, the variable sewer rate is increasing, costing the City of East Grand Rapids approximately $13,348 more over last year.  The city plans to use the Water and Sewer Fund to counteract the rate increase, so residents will see no change in their water and sewer rates.

The East Grand Rapids city commission is being asked to confirm keeping the existing rates during its meeting Monday, Feb. 3.