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YOU can get involved and participate in your local government!

unnamedLINC Up is hosting a free  community dinner and conversation about what’s happening in the city of Grand Rapids and how YOU can get involved and participate in your local government! Dinner is at 5pm at the Linc Gallery At 341 Hall St. SE, followed by a bus ride to City Hall for the City Commission Meeting. For information, contact Samika at samika@lincrev.org or 616.451.9140.

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Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival Saturday Nov. 3!

Don’t miss the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market’s biggest event!

Meet our celebrity Judge: Chef Trimmel, Forty Acres Soul Kitchen

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Grand Rapids Food Co-op Initiative hosting Town Hall at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries

downloadThe Grand Rapids Food Co-op is offering a Community Town Hall on Tuesday, October 30 at 6 pm at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries, at 618 Jefferson Ave SE. The Grand Rapids Food Co-op is a committed group of people from all walks of life who have been working together for the past four years to bring a community owned, full-service grocery store to central Grand Rapids, specifically to the part of town that has the least access to fresh, healthy, local and affordable food.

This Town Hall will provide participants with information about the food co-op including:

  • how the co-op can help with much better food access,
  • how the cooperative business model leads to local empowerment,
  • how the co-op allows for business ownership for low and moderate-income people,
  • how the co-op can provide a way for people to come together in a time-honored way to meet their needs and build up their community.

The event will also include a discussion session and the choice to join the co-op and become actively involved in creating and bringing this amazing store into being. This is truly a grassroots project to meet a deep need and empower our entire city.

So come on out to the Grand Rapids Food Co-op’s Community Town Hall at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries, at 618 Jefferson, SE. on Tuesday, October 30 at 6 pm. Refreshments will be included and the event is free and open to everyone.

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

14021690_1263886476963384_2948188631749601892_n-1Southeast Area Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 20
LINC parking lot,
Madison north of Hall St. SE

Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Welcome!

On Saturday Oct. 20, 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!

Have a tasty time at the Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival Nov. 3!

greens-1-4.jpgThe Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is gearing up for its annual Greens Cook-off and Green Tomato Festival.

Chef Nancy LaVoie will honor us as our celebrity chef. Nancy serves as Director of Culinary Events at Thought Design Management Consultants. She has taken part in past our past cook-offs and contributed many delicious recipes to our Green Tomato Cookbook — even a cake! We are in the process of recruiting judges and community partners to take part in the event, as well.

first-placeLast year, first prize went to Andy Geelhoed for greens made in ham-bone broth. Andy won a $75 gift certificate to our market cake vendor. He plans on using it for his mother’s upcoming birthday. Alita Kelly won 2nd place prize, a $50 gift certificate for Country Life Natural Foods. Third place winner, Darlene Gibbons, won a gift certificate to LINC UP Soul Food Café for her super-healthy Kale and Collards.

To enter, simply bring your crock pot of greens or green tomato dish to the market by 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. We will provide plug-ins to keep crock pots warm. Prizes will be awarded no later than 2 p.m.

 

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