Free class with Flip Dog Yoga at Farmers Market Saturday

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday July 24, the Southeast Area Farmers Market will offer a free yoga class with Flip Dog Yoga! The class is part of our Market Moves event.

Flip Dog Yoga’s instructors

“We help you find the form of the pose that makes sense for your body,” said instructor Nick Dobkowski. “Yoga is a time to quiet your mind and notice what is going on in your body—that takes the practice from something that is being done to you to something you are doing.”

Read more about Flip Dog here.

We will also be welcoming community partners, Consumers Energy Helping Neighbors and Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of local produce, cottage kitchen foods, personal care items, crafts and ready-to-eat foods. Our vendors are primarily women of color, home growers and residents of OKT’s targeted neighborhoods. In addition to providing access to healthy food, the market hosts meal preparation activities, workshops and guests from community organizations.

We welcome Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and many other assistance and coupon programs. How the Double Up Food Bucks Program Works 

In solidarity with Michigan food workers

Strikes Waged Across the Country Come On the 12-Year Anniversary Since the Last Increase to the Federal Minimum Wage

Today, starting at 12:00, dozens of restaurant workers in Detroit will conduct a ‘wage strike’ at Mcdonald’s on 14142 Fordham in solidarity with McDonald’s cashiers and cooks going on strike. One Fair Wage leaders are demanding a full minimum wage plus tips in order to remain in the industry, with the overwhelming majority of them citing low wages and tips as a core reason for finding new employment.

The ‘wage strike’ is being organized by One Fair Wage, a national nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of tipped subminimum wage workers, and the Fight for $15 coalition, just before the July 24th date, which marks 12 years since the last increase to the federal minimum wage. 

WHERE: McDonald’s, 14142 Fordham, Detroit, MI
WHEN: Tuesday, July 20, 12:00pm EST
LOCAL CONTACT: Chantel Watkins, 313-623-9022

According to a report from One Fair Wage, 53% of all workers say they are considering leaving their restaurant jobs, with the overwhelming majority of them citing low wages and tips as a core reason for finding new employment. The report comes as restaurants (and other low wage paying businesses) across the country are reporting difficulty hiring new workers, with nearly 40% of restaurant companies saying they’re having trouble finding servers, cooks and other workers.

“The restaurant industry doesn’t have a worker shortage – it has a wage shortage. Tens of thousands of restaurant workers do not want to go back to work to earn poverty wages putting their lives on the line,” said Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage. “Now is the time to change that. With strikes taking place across the country this week, workers are demanding One Fair Wage – a full minimum wage wage with tips on top: the only way to put our nation back on the road to economic recovery and to ensure that restaurants and their workers can thrive as we rebuild our economy.”

The report, “It’s A Wage Shortage, Not A Worker Shortage: Why Michigan Restaurant Workers Are Leaving the Industry, and What Would Make Them Stay,” identifies how the core problem with restaurants recruiting workers isn’t the lack of workers available, but rather, the lack of workers who will go back to jobs that pay so little. The report finds that: 

  • 64% of Michigan workers are considering leaving their restaurant job with the pandemic. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of Michigan workers report that they are leaving restaurant jobs due to low wages and tips. ‘Low wages and tips’ was the most popular reason for leaving the industry, nearly 7 percentage points higher than the second most popular reason — COVID health risks.
  • The vast majority of all Michigan respondents (77%) report having a full, stable, livable wage would make them consider staying at their job. Again, ‘full, stable, livable wages’ was by far the most popular factor that workers reported would make them stay at their job, nearly 30 percentage points higher than the second most popular factor — better COVID safety measures.
  • Nearly 9 in 10 Michigan workers (89%) say their tips have decreased during the pandemic, and nearly three quarters (76%) say their tips are down 50% or more.
  • Michigan workers report leaving their restaurant jobs due to hostility and harassment from customers at a rate 24% higher than the national average.
  • 82% of Michigan workers reported coming into contact with maskless individuals at least once per shift. 62% know someone that has died from COVID. 
  • Women in Michigan were most than twice as likely as men to report a noticeable increase in the levels of sexual harassment during the pandemic (51% v 24%).


MSUE free online canning classes start Thursday

Register here!

Are you thinking about preserving food at home this summer? Join MSU Extension to learn best practices for safe home food preservation and receive valuable resources to ensure the safety of your home preserved foods.

Classes offered at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. each of the following Thursdays:

July 8 – Preserving Berries

July 15 – Preservation Methods-Safe or Unsafe?

July 22 – Pickling-Not Just For Cucumbers

July 29 – Water Bath & Atmospheric Steam Canning

August 5 – Shopping & Storing MI Fresh Produce from the Farmers Market & U-Pick

August 12 – Peaches-Can or Freeze?

August 19 – Picked a Peck of Peppers-Now What?

August 26 – Filling your Freezer

September 9 – Too Many Tomatoes

September 16 – Salsa 101

September 23 – Drying Produce and Fruit Leathers

GRPS Summer Meals Program NOW AVAILABLE!

Summer Meals Program FREE for children up to 18 years old.

Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation, which is why the Grand Rapids Public Schools Nutrition Services Department will be sponsoring the USDA funded Summer Meals Program this summer at multiple GRPS schools and community locations throughout the city. Serving times vary by location and are subject to change. Pick up a nutritious lunch. Check with the site for snack and breakfast availability. Sites may also have exciting summer activities scheduled for your child.

For more information , click HERE or call (616) 819-2135.

GR Juneteenth 2021: Dickinson Park Dunumba “Power In the People!”

Independence Day Celebration
Sat. June19, 2021

12:30 p.m. Parade begins at 12:30 Pm

1 p.m. Opening ceremony  

Dickinson Buffer Park                         
1635 Linden Street SE GR, MI 49507

Bring your family and friends to this FREE, fun in the sun event. Walk, jog, or ride your bike. Take Rapid Transit #3 (Madison) or #4 (Eastern) Enjoy refreshments, bring a drum, lawn chair, jump rope, Free throw challenge and more.

Sponsored by; (ADDPA), City of Grand Rapids and West Michigan Jewels Of Africa LLC

For information email or text (616)633-8148

Join OKT and FGRP for Movies in the Park

7 p.m. Friday June 18
MLK Jr. Park
900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

OKT will be tabling with information on our programs and the Southeast Area Farmers Market during Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Movies in the Park on Friday June 18 at MLK Jr. Park. FGRP is excited to bring Movies in the Park, the free, family-friendly summer series, back to five neighborhood parks this summer!

Feel free to bring along lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, but please no alcoholic beverages.

schedule for each event:

7:00 PM – Community partners will be providing yard games, music, dance, entertainment, as well as recreational activities for all ages

9:00 PM – Movie starts! (Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse)


  • June 18: Martin Luther King Park
  • July 17: Sullivan Field
  • July 31: Roosevelt Park
  • Aug. 7: Plaster Creek Family Park
  • Aug. 21: Highland Park

¡Friends of Grand Rapids Parks se complace en traer Movies in the Park, la serie de verano gratuita y familiar, de regreso a cinco parques del vecindario este verano!

Siéntase libre de traer sillas de jardín, mantas y aperitivos, pero no bebidas alcohólicas.

horario de cada evento:

7:00 PM – Los socios de la comunidad ofrecerán juegos de jardín, música, baile, entretenimiento y actividades recreativas para todas las edades.

9:00 PM – Comienza la película  (Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse)

The Movies in the Park series is generously supported by Lake Michigan Credit Union, the Grand Rapids Police Foundation, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent Count Health Department, Aligned Planning, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, Consumer’s Energy, the Wege Foundation, the Community Media Center, and the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department. .

Get Vaccinated Thursday at LINC UP!

Vaccine Event At LINC UP
1167 Madison Ave SE
Thursday June 17 from 1:00PM – 7:00PM

Walk in or schedule ahead of time

My name is Vincent and I am LINC UP’s Director of Communications. Last April, my mom called my brother and me once a day to give us daily updates about my dad. My dad caught the COVID-19 virus at the height of the spread in Detroit when hospitals were overwhelmed with cases. Fortunately, after three weeks of breathing treatments, trips to the doctor, and a lot of help, he pulled through. It was one of the most difficult times in our family’s life. As soon as I was able to sign up to be vaccinated I did. I got vaccinated to protect my family and the families of so many other people in our community.

Right now, the disparities of who has had access to the vaccine have kept Black and Brown communities from taking the vaccine. From technology to the vaccine clinic locations, it has been difficult for Black and Brown communities to sign up. LINC UP is teaming up with SpartanNash to address the disparities by hosting a Vaccine Clinic right here in the Madison Square Neighborhood. 

This Thursday, from 1:00PM to 7:00PM, you can get the Pfizer vaccine! You can sign-up by clicking the button below or walk-in! If you have questions about the vaccine, we can get you connected to the SpartanNash Team! If you need help signing up you can get in touch with LINC UP’s Senior Community Liaison, Samika at or by calling 616-451-9140 and asking for Samika directly! Vaccine Event with SpartanNash
At LINC UP | 1167 Madison Ave SE
1:00PM – 7:00PM