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Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.

EGR helps grieving kids through football game fundraiser

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Friday nights in fall mean football to many around West Michigan, but a group of students is using that excitement to help grieving children and teenagers.

East Grand Rapids hosted the community-wide Hearts of Gold fundraiser during its home game against Forest Hills Central Friday night.

The event raised more than $65,000 to supports Ele's Place, a healing center for grieving children, teenagers, and their families.

School leaders say the event is more than one night.

"As an individual, you are bigger than yourself, and if you can do something solid for your community, it is something we want to teach our young people to do," said Director of Athletics Tim Johnston. "Athletics is an opportunity to do that."

One of the highlights of Friday night's event: a performance by the University of Indiana's marching band at halftime.

Bissell Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof

Bissell Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof

Rain or shine the community with their families and four legged friends are invited out for an afternoon of Howlin' good times, while raising awareness for animal adoption.

Take a trip to Gainey Field located at 1661 East Paris Avenue SE in Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 24 for an afternoon, from noon - 3:00pm to experience fun-filled activities.

Eggtoberfest on October 24

Eggtoberfest on October 24

Rylee’s ACE Hardware welcomes the public to experience a day of cooking with the outdoor grill, Big Green Egg.

Grilling Eggsperts, 6 cooking demo stations, food samples and more will be taking place during this free event. Visit Rylee’s Ace Hardware located at 1234 Michigan NE on Saturday, October 24 between 11am – 2pm.

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky for the last time until next April. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

Don’t miss the final public observing night on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm for the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune & Gibbous Moon.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township. These Observing Nights are brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Note: The Parking area is at the bottom of a quarter mile uphill walk. Ask parking lot attendant about available assistance. Public Observing Nights take place only when skies are clear on Saturday evening.

Taste of My Town: Harmony Brewing in Eastown

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- In many ways owning Harmony Brewing in Eastown is a family dream come true for Heather Van Dyke-Titus and her two brothers. "When I went to college we lived in this neighborhood and have been here on and off for about 20 years. We love Eastown, we've always been here and loved the character, love the small businesses, love the funkiness," said Heather.

East Grand Rapids celebrates opening of Reeds Lake trail boardwalk

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- East Grand Rapids is celebrating the grand opening of the newly completed Reeds Lake Trail boardwalk.

The city held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning between Reeds Lake and Fisk Lake.

The boardwalk replaces a more than 80-year-old structure that was too narrow for safe passage and often flooded when lake levels were high.

"We are thrilled that the boardwalk is completed on schedule and that it is a beautiful gem for all to enjoy," said E.G.R. Mayor, Amna Seibold. "We are committed to ensuring that popular amenities in our community such as the Reeds Lake Trail are taken care of and available for generations to come."

The new elevated boardwalk is 14-feet wide and 500-feet long.