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Food Is Distributed To Needy Denver Families Ahead Of Thanksgiving
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Mel Trotter Ministries Helping Needy Families With Christmas Food Boxes

Mel Trotter Ministries is always there for people in need, and this year, as in years past, one of the biggest needs over the holidays is food.

In the greater Grand Rapids Area, Christmas Food Boxes will be given out to 650 families as part of Mel Trotter Ministries’ Holiday Food Box program.

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Courtesy Mel Trotter Ministries
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Feeding 1,000 West Michigan Families is Mel Trotter Ministries Goal

The Food Drive is ON!

Mel Trotter Ministries is collecting non-perishable foods for its annual Brown Bag Food Drive this fall, and it begins today. The goal is to collect 35,000 pounds of food items that will be used for more than 1,000 Thanksgiving and Christmas meal boxes for Grand Rapids area individuals and families in need. Food collected will also supplement Mel Trotter’s community food pantry.

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New Horizons, Direct from Pluto Mission Manager Speaking at Calvin College Thursday

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA) announced Dr. Thomas Strikwerda, who managed the design, guidance and control teams responsible for the success of the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto this past July, will speak about the mission this Thursday, October 15th in a public presentation at Calvin College.

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Last Day in the Pool for all Things Four-Legged [Video]

Summer vacation is over and kids are back in school. One of the sad moments of the unofficial ending of summer, is the closing of swimming pools in parks, at clubs, etc. Oh, well, wait 'till next year. However, the city of Calgary, Alberta, decided their closing for the off-season should be special.

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#GRFamilyFireworks: Amway Family Fireworks Live Via Twitter, Instagram on 100.5 The River

The Amway Family Fireworks today at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids is more than just fireworks celebrating the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It's music, entertainment, food, frolic and fun, while embracing family, freedom and community.

Share the fun you're having and the festiveness and friendliness you're seeing by using Twitter or Instagram, and posting tweets and pics using the hashtag #GRFireworks, and see it all posted below on 100.5 The River.

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“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” Comes Alive at the Airport [Video]

Many of our hero's of WWII have been flying to Washington D.C. for visits to the WWII Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and other points of interest. I had the honor of Emceeing an event several weeks ago here in Grand Rapids just before several of our WWII Veterans boarded flights to DC. I'll have to admit, I sure didn't see anything like this happen.

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Matt Milhouse
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West Michigan Chalk Art Festival in Byron Center This Weekend

The West Michigan Chalk Art Festival brings children and adult artists together for two days of art and competition.

The festival is June 19 - 20 in Byron Center.

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West Michigan Hispanic Chamber Announces Program for Spanish-Speaking Entrepreneurs

The Education and Empowerment Committee of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  announced the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s launch of MedioDía- Infórmate y Actívate, a series of business educational workshops designed to provide a wide-range of business development resources for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in the West Michigan region.

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Courtesy Diocese of Grand Rapids
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Cathedral of Saint Andrew Celebrates 140th Anniversary This Weekend

The Cornerstone reads May 30, 1875. It was a marker for the Church of Saint Andrew and was sealed on that date 140 years ago. This Saturday, May 30, 2015, the Church, which has become the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, will commemorate its 140th anniversary.

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Making a Goodwill Donation is Easy This Saturday

Do you have a lot of items around the house that you would love to get rid of? You know, de-clutter. Of course you do.  I know we do.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 2, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids is making it super easy for you because you won't have to drive all your donated items to a drop off center, they will pick them up, FREE OF CHARGE!

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Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry Night Is On Menu Thursday at The Bistro [Sponsored]

The Bistro at the Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott is celebrating medical and pharmaceutical professionals with a special Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry Night this Thursday.

Socialize with other medical and pharmaceutical professionals from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Thursday (March 26) at The Bistro, 11 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

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Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott
Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott
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Wedding & Social Event Industry Night Is On Menu Thursday at The Bistro [Sponsored]

The Bistro at the Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott is celebrating manufacturing with a special Wedding & Social Event Industry Night this Thursday.

Socialize with other manufacturing industry professionals from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Thursday (March 26) at The Bistro, 11 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

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