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Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

 

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

East Grand Rapids Library hosts Dance Party Jan. 19

East Grand Rapids Library hosts Dance Party Jan. 19

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The pint-size patrons of East Grand Rapids Library are invited to put down the books and bust a move during Sunday’s Dance Party at the Library.

Rock out to tons of kid-friendly music from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19.  Partiers can come and go as they please.  Dance Party at the Library is open to children ages 6 and younger.

Test child skills with make and take learning games

Test child skills with make and take learning games

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--   Help sharpen your young child’s skills by creating games at the East Grand Rapids Library to take home and play.

Early Childhood Essentials: Make & Take Learning Games for Preschoolers is Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The adult-only event helps parents create games to evaluate early literacy and math skills.  All materials are provided.  Pre-registration is required as class size is limited.  To register, call (616) 784-2007 or visit the library’s circulation desk.

Seva Yoga family helps keep children warm for winter

Seva Yoga family helps keep children warm for winter

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Seva Yoga is thanking its staff and students for generous donations to keep kids warm this winter.

On Friday, the yoga studio dropped off two large boxes filled with coats, hats, mittens and snow pants to D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s KidsFirst Emergency Shelter.  Seva Yoga says both boxes contained gear for infants all the way up to age 18.  According to Seva Yoga’s Facebook page, D.A. Blodgett was very happy to receive the warm gear, which will go to local children.

UPDATE: East Grand Rapids collects tree limbs after storms

UPDATE: East Grand Rapids collects tree limbs after storms

Public Works Director Ken Feldt says Christmas tree, holiday wreath and tree limb collections are beign delayed, as city crews continue to work to clear streets of snow.

Feldt says public works employees are also busy fixing water service line leaks.  He says collection of all trees, wreaths and limbs may not be finished until the area begins to thaw out, since many items are now covered with snow and frozen in place.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  In addition to Christmas tree recycling, the City of East Grand Rapids is offering a special tree limb pickup service in the wake of the recent ice and snow storms.

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