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Southeast Area Farmers’ Market at LINC Saturday 10/19

Red Christmas Retail Medium Rectangle Banner (1).pngSoutheast Area Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays

Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & 9 at
LINC parking lot, Madison Ave.
just north of Hall St. SE 49507

Oct. 26 at MLK Jr. Park,
900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Only four weeks remain to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market! On Saturday Oct. 19, the market meets at LINC. The harvest is abundant and it’s a great time to but fresh local veggies to freeze or can for the winter months ahead.

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) will be sharing information at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday Oct. 19 and 26. CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders-High School Seniors) at no cost to families. All programs take place at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center. Come join the adventure! Registration for Fall 2 is now open! Fall 2 : November 11 – December 19 – 5 week (NO Class November 25-29).

In all classes students will work to write and edit content for The Book of Explosions, the CYC’s annual anthology of student writing. Students explore various genres and techniques, learning about poetry, narrative, or nonfiction. Students will have the opportunity to share their work in an informal performance at the end of the class term in the classrooms as well as being invited to share their work at an open microphone event at a local business at the end of the term.

Mondays :

Afterschool Adventure – 3rd-5th grade – Book Club 4-5 pm, Creative Writing 5-6 pm – 12 total spaces

Wednesdays :

  • Afterschool Adventure – 1st & 2nd grade – Book Club 4-5, Creative Writing 5-6 – 12 total spaces
  • Amplify – Middle School, 4-6 pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 14 total spaces
  • Craft – High School, 6:15pm-7:45pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 10 total spaces

Contact KAIT by email: kait@creativeyouthcenter.org or by phone (616) 458-5505 to request.

Other community partners at the market on the 19th include the Grand Rapids Public Library Storytime program and United Healthcare with information on accessing free benefits if you have Medicare and/or Medicaid.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market at LINC Saturday

20190824_110954Southeast Area Farmers’ Market

  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays
  • Oct. 12, 19, Nov. 2 & 9 at
    LINC parking lot, Madison Ave.
    just north of Hall St. SE 49507
  • Oct. 26 at MLK Jr. Park,
    900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Only five weeks remain to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market! On Saturday Oct. 12, the market meets at LINC. The harvest is abundant and it’s a great time to but fresh local veggies to freeze or can for the winter months ahead.

Community partner, United Healthcare, is sending its Kent County community outreach coordinator, Molly Carpenter, to share information on accessing free benefits if you have Medicare and/or Medicaid.

Grand Rapids Food Co-op hosts Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story

unnamedTuesday, October 22 7-9 pm
DGRI Conference Room, 29 Pearl St. NW.
Admission is free

Grand Rapids Food Co-op is hosting Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story, an in depth exploration of cooperative grocery stores and how they differ from the commercial sector. Jon will be offering an engaging presentation with time for discussion, book signing.

Who Owns Your Grocery Store?
New book about consumer-owned grocery stores pulls back the curtain on the grocery giants. Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery store―the epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.

unnamedThrough penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Author Jon Steinman:

  • Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
  • Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
  • Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access.

Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.

Jon Steinman is the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner (2006-2010) and of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada’s largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia. www.deconstructingdinner.com

OKT will present at “Rise Up & Drawdown” statewide conference on climate change solutions

Rise-Up-DrawdownLet’s Rise Up & Drawdown Carbon in Michigan

From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  September 25, the Michigan Community will come together at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids to offer local solutions and opportunities for engagement on the important subject of climate change. The stakes have never been higher and will require action at every scale and across every sector.

Participants will begin the day learning from our state and local government leaders who will confirm the direction of the mitten state followed by a keynote presentation from Paul Hawken, who is shifting the larger global conversation on climate change from “doom and gloom” to a sense of opportunity, possibility, and hope for the future.

Next, the focus will engage in local solutions. Would you like to support policy advancement? Perhaps you’d like to advance clean energy? Or maybe you’d like to learn how we can reduce food waste? Increase mass transit?  Build and operate sustainable buildings? There will be something for everyone.

Finally participants will be encouraged to act locally. The solutions to climate change exist and are economically viable.  Human beings have a history of solving complex problems and we will rise to the challenge.  The cost of inaction is catastrophic and no change is too small. We are in this together and together we will prevail creating a socially just world focused on human health, security and prosperity.

OKT’s Lisa Oliver-King will take part in a panel discussion focusing on our Program for Growth along with colleagues Winona Bynum, Detroit Food Systems Council; Phil Jones, lead chef, Make Food, Not Waste; and Daniel Todd, director, Make Food Not Waste. Carissa Patrone, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, will moderate the panel.

Ticket prices vary, with a $25 Advancing Equity ticket available for community members.

Grand Rapids Public Library Storytime at Southeast Area Farmers’ Market

GrpLJoin staff from the Grand Rapids Public Library for a very special story time at the Southeast Area Farmer’s Market every Saturday starting Sept. 14 from 12 – 3 p.m! They will read stories, sing songs, have activities, and information on library programs. Come celebrate!

The Southeast Area Farmer’s Market meets from 11 a,m, to 4 p.m. at:

  • LINC, 1167 Madison Ave just north of Hall St. on Sept. 14 and 21, Oct. 5, 12 and 19; and Nov. 2 and 9.
  • MLK Jr Park on Sept 28  and Oct. 26.

Free tickets for the GR Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony will be celebrating their 90th season this year. Any client receiving assistance from DHHS is eligible for a Scorecard. Cardholders are entitled to four complimentary tickets to more than 20 different Symphony events! Last year, the Symphony provided 4,112 tickets to Scorecard members!

If you are interested, contact Colene Johnson, Community Resource Coordinator, Kent Co. DHHS at Johnsonc18@michigan.gov