our-city.pngLINC’s OurCity Academy is a program designed to help Grand Rapidians find services and resources in our community. The four-class series will focus on empowering residents to lift their voice in the community. LINC is committed to ensuring that all community members can live, work, and play in Grand Rapids.

OurCity Academy class dates and topics are as follows:

  • October 9, 5:00 – 6:15 City Structure and How it Works.
    Presenter: Tom Almonte, Managing Director.
  • October 23, 5:00 – 6:15 City Attorney’s Office and its functions.
    Presenter: Anita Hitchcock, City Attorney
  • November 6, 5:00 – 6:15 City Budget and Where your dollar goes.
    Presenter: Jon Globensky, City Treasurer

Dinner and presentation begins at 5:00 pm in the Linc Up Gallery. Transportation will be provided for those who want to attend the City Commission meeting afterward


Farmers’ Market at LINC Oct. 6

SEAFM fallSoutheast Area Farmers’ Market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays
Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3 & 10 at LINC Parking Lot, Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE
Oct. 27 at MLK Park

grfd.jpgOn Oct. 6, GRFD Residential Safety Program (RSP) will share resources at the market.  The RSP is designed to reduce the number and severity of fires in Grand Rapids. The GRFD and our partners are offering free in home fire safety assessments, free smoke alarm upgrades and installations, one-on-one fire safety consultations specific to the residence and a connection with our partners to assist with fire safety issues

Farmers’ Market at MLK Jr. Park 9/29

IMG_1119Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays

MLK Jr. Park, Sept. 29 & Oct. 27 Franklin St. & Fuller Ave. SE 

LINC Parking Lot,
Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3 & 10
Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE 

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 Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and many other assistance and coupon programs.

Women’s Summit for Southtown.

sothownThe Women’s Network of Southtown is planning it’s first Women’s Summit for Southtown. It will be an opportunity to inspire, motivate and engage women on self awareness and living confidently. Events start at Madison Square Church, October 27, 2018 and proceed down Madison street.  This event will be the first of many to increase awareness and stimulate the economy of Southtown of Grand Rapids for the 49507.
If you are interested in helping this event in anyway, by offering gift bags, tokens for participants or even  sponsoring a woman to attend; please help us to  encourage and support the women of Southtown.
If you would like to be a  vendor, tables are available for $50; all vendors should reserve their spot by Oct 8, 2018. Reserve at:

5 reasons to shop Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this weekend

  1. 2018 flyerFresh is best for you and your family

Freshly picked, local produce has more flavor and more nutritional value than produce that’s grown far way, picked green, and transported hundreds or thousands of miles.

  1. You are helping build an alternative

The industrial food system feeds us nutrient-poor, chemical laden foods that cause a wide range of health problems. We need to build an alternative. You can start building it right here in Grand Rapids.

  1. You are helping Mother Earth

Local foods grown in living soil without chemicals do not contribute to global warming, environmental degradation, and the global health and environmental risks associated with GMOs.

  1. You get to know your neighbors

Yes, you can shop the market in less time than a fast-food drive-through, but why? Stick around, chat with our vendors, get acquainted with your neighbors and build community.

  1. Help reduce the stigma

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market not only accepts food assistance dollars, we WELCOME them. Not because there is a profit to be made, but because healthy food is a human right. Everyone should be able to purchase healthy and whole food in our communities!

Learn about Planned Parenthood’s resources at Farmers’ Market Saturday

unnamed (2)Southeast Area Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 15
LINC parking lot,
Madison Ave. north of Hall St. SE.
Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

On Saturday Sept. 15, staff from Grand Rapids’ Planned Parenthood Irwin/Martin Health Center  will table at the market, providing information about the full range of affordable services that they offer area residents with or without health insurance.

Did you know that in addition to helping with women’s healthcare and contraception, the health center offers general healthcare, HIV testing, LGBT services, men’s healthcare, pregnancy testing and services and more?

In addition, Planned Parenthood’s trained educators offer comprehensive sex education that helps youth and others learn about sex and sexuality, explore values and beliefs about those topics ,and gain the skills that help them make healthy choices despite bullying or peer pressure. Statistics have proventhat comprehensive sex education is more effective than abstinence only programs in reducing teen pregnancies, abortions and STD rates.

OKT is proud to stand with Planned Parenthood!