The Rapidian

Grand Rapids

Don't Let the Flu Join Your Trick-or-Treating

by (RedCrossGGR)

Submitted 10-29-2009 under NONPROFITS

With Halloween right around the corner, and H1N1 flu widespread across the country, the American Red Cross offers tips to help parents and children celebrate safely this year. “We don’t want anyone to go out trick-or-treating and come home sick,”...

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Meet a candidate for 3rd Ward commissioner

by (aimbo333)

Submitted 10-28-2009 under NEWS

In 1971, Volunteers In Service to America sent a young Carol Townsend to Grand Rapids. Having seen the bright lights of two big cities, Carol was bummed to be here. Early disappointment soon evolved into deep appreciation. “If I had stayed in...

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350GR - City Participates in International Day of Climate Action

by (dostafinski)

Submitted 10-28-2009 under NEWS

On Saturday, October 24th nearly 60 activists gathered at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, MI for the 350.org International Day of Climate Action. Overall 5,200 events in 181 countries happened on the 24th, marking it as the largest day...

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4th Annual Color Their World Gala

by (D.A. Blodgett S...)

Submitted 10-27-2009 under NONPROFITS

Written By: Carrie Lyzenga, Special Events Coordinator and Linda Postma, Development Director    D.A. Blodgett for Children hosted their 4th Annual Color Their World Benefit dinner on Thursday, October 8th at...

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Grand Rapids Hosts Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Tournament

by (silverman)

Submitted 10-24-2009 under NEWS

This weekend Grand Rapids played host to the Tae Park Institute's 2009 World Class Championship Tournament. Over 500 competitors both local and abroad gathered at the Ford Field House on GRCC's campus Friday and Saturday. Friday evening, the 23rd...

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Buddy Walk Event Sets Record for Funds Raised

by (DSAWM)

Submitted 10-13-2009 under NONPROFITS

BUDDY WALK HELD TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DOWN SYDROMECool Weather Cannot Keep ‘Walkers’ Away, Event Sets Record for Funds Raised The 2009 Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (DSAWM) Buddy Walk took place this morning at Millennium Park....

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First Time Marathoner: Kate Washburn

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 10-07-2009 under NEWS

Kate Washburn is a very unassuming runner. She laughs a lot when she talks about running and gives the impression that she even wonders how she ended up training for a marathon. Kate began running five years ago and never had it in her head to run a...

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A Precious Princess - DSAWM W.I.W. Series - Part #4

by (DSAWM)

Submitted 10-02-2009 under NONPROFITS

  Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - WHY I WALK Series - Part #4 A Precious Princess - By Susan Blanchard My name is Susan Blanchard, and I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Jana, on June 10, 2008.  We found out at...

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Telescopes Entertain Thousands Wednesday Night

by (drewsa9)

Submitted 10-01-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

Wednesday night was the only night this week the weather cooperated enough for members of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association, local amateur astronomers, and Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium staff members to set up high-powered telescopes...

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Road Racing Jones: Don Kern, Director Metro Health G.R. Marathon

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 10-01-2009 under NEWS

This periodic feature of The Rapidian will reveal the road racing jonesing* of Grand Rapidians. My record is doing four marathons in a month. Usually it is at least one. I've run a least one marathon every month for 79 consecutive months. I never...

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