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Parkapalooza events return for summer 2011

From: http://www.eastgr.org

The weekly parties in Collins Park are back by popular demand! The EGR Library staff is hosting six family-friendly parties at John Collins Park (650 Lakeside Drive) this summer. All events are 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Thursday afternoons and are free to attend.

June 23: Art Attack - get creative with multiple art media styles and forms - painting, sculpting, etc.!

June 30: Carnival - complete with games, prizes, a Moon Bouncer and a miniature horse!

July 7: Kid & Teen Craft Sale - sell your homemade wares at this always popular family event - register at the library

July 14: Splish Splash Water Party - Put on your bathing suit and join us for some water fun for all ages - don’t forget the sunscreen!

4th of July in East Grand Rapids!!

4th of July in East Grand Rapids!!

Come join the fun in East Grand Rapids for the 4th of July, there is sure to something for everyone with tons of family fun festivities!

Presented by Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital

12P-1P - Parade starts at Woodcliff Administration Building Lake Dr. to Lakeside to Wealthy ending at Croswell

12P-Late - Concessions open (by Shafer Concessions)

12:30P-5P - Activities open including Giant Slide, Crayon Bouncer, Bounce House, Clown and Air Brush Tattoos

1P-1:30P - Performance by Firecracker Cheer Camp

1:30P-2:30P - Water Ski Show by Grand City Show Skiers

3P-5P - Drummuity- everyone participates-from 10 to 400 or more people - all playing together! Using hand drums, percussion, and simple drum circle games, Lori Fithian creates a positive, noncompetitive experience for people of all ages and abilities to share.

Band Camp Info

To: 2011 EGRHS “Pioneer” Marching Band Families RE: Summer marching band camp (July 24 – July 29) Dear EGR band students and families: As we enter into the last marking period of the 2010-11 school year we begin looking forward to the Summer and our upcoming “Pioneer” Marching Band Camp. Once again, camp will be held at the beautiful Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville, MI. The dates of camp will be July 24 – July 29. Camp Manitou-Lin offers a wonderful facility that insures a successful experience both academically as well as socially. While the camp itself provides a safe and adequate learning environment with clean living accommodations and ample rehearsal space, the structure of our camp’s itinerary will include both an aggressive work schedule as well as activities that will provide time for social bonding and initiate the camaraderie on which we will build our program for the coming year.

Volunteers Sought

Two events are currently seeking volunteers to assist with community events. If you can spare 2-3 hours of your time on a Saturday morning, you can make these events run more smoothly:

Bank of America Reeds Lake Run - Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th. Volunteers are needed for a variety of posts, including packet pick-up, start and finish line, aid stations, traffic assistance, and others. Times range from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday evening and 7:00 am to 10:30 am on Saturday. Contact Matt Ponstein at mponstei@eastgr.org or call 949-1750.

Reeds Lake Trail Blazer - Monday, July 4th.

Area Health Club Pools Open This Weekend Leaving GR Moms to Ask: Who Has Picnic Ideas?

Area Health Club Pools Open This Weekend Leaving GR Moms to Ask:  Who Has Picnic Ideas?

Various Health Club pools open tomorrow morning (MVP Sportsplex, Orchard Hills), leaving many moms scrambling to pick up sunscreen and pack those new bathing suits and towels.  One topic is always a challenge:  WHAT safe food to pack for the long, busy summer days ahead?  The moms over at Grand Rapids MomsLikeMe.com are sharing great tips and ideas for fresh and easy food on the go as we hit the ground running.  The weather looks fabulous this upcoming week so get everything packed and get out there and enjoy West Michigan!

Summer Reading Club Returns to Kent District Library

Summer Reading Club Returns to Kent District Library

The Kent District Library invites the whole family to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and spend some time reading this summer! This year’s Summer Reading Club runs from Monday, June 13 to Saturday, August 6.

With new activities for babies and adults, KDL's Summer Reading Club really does offer something for everyone! There's Baby Bingo for babies 0-18 months, One World, Many Stories for kids 18 months through 5th grade, You are Here for teens grades 6-12, and Novel Destinations for adults. Meet your reading goals and enter to win great prizes such as gift certificates, a new bicycle, and even a Barnes & Noble Nook Color eReader.

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of summer programs, including Animal Crackers Petting Zoo, Master Arts Street Theatre, Zumba Dance Party with Aimee, Summer Carnivals, and so much more!

Campfire Cookout

Join us for a campfire cookout in the park. We'll provide the essentials and instruction for an evening of fun and delicious food. You'll learn several different methods of how to prepare food over a fire, and meet some friends and neighbors in the process. * Rain date is Saturday, August 20. Fees are per person. Children under the age of 17 will need an 18+ chaperone enrolled with them.


Location: Pavilion @ Manhattan Recreation Area

Instructor: Jonathan Kornoelje

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