Creative Youth Center at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday 11/2

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 2 & 9
LINC, Madison Ave. SE just north of Hall St.      cyc
Stock up on fresh local produce!

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) will be sharing information at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this Saturday along with the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and Grand Rapids Public Library “Storytimes.”

The 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: or by phone (616) 458-5505 for information.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and Grand Rapids Public Library Storytime will also be visiting with patrons at the market!

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ guide breaks down “Parks, Pools & Playgrounds” proposal

friendsElections are right around the corner! The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks have developed the following guide to help break down the “Parks, Pools & Playgrounds” proposal voters will see on the ballot.

A quick guide to the parks millage proposal

  • This millage would be in place permanently, providing reliable and on-going funding (the parks millage passed in 2013 expires in 2020).
  • The new rate would increase the average homeowner’s payment by about $1.38 per month.
  • If passed, the City will receive $5 million per year to invest in our parks.
  • Funds will be used to continue capital improvements (such as those accomplished through the 2013 millage), keep all GR pools and splash pads open, provide recreational programming, and allow for more consistent maintenance.
  • Friends of Grand Rapids Parks receives no millage funds for its projects or operations – we will still rely on donor support!
  • We will continue to work with residents to identify and recommend improvements to the City and the Parks Advisory Board, which develops the proposed Parks and Recreation budget annually.

Visit Yes GR Parks campaign site for more information. If you’d like to join the advocate for parks and trees, join FGRP at 9:35 a.m. Nov. 2 to help canvas neighborhoods and provide voters with literature about the proposal. More info here.

Has your neighborhood park made huge leaps since the 2013 millage was approved? How do you imagine our city parks transforming? Share your thought by emailing

Two more weeks to shop the farmers’ market!

Last chance to stock upon clean local produce for winter!

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On Nov. 2, three community partners will be providing information and resources:

Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program. The RSP is a voluntary program to prevent fires. The goal is to reduce the number and severity of fires. It offers:

  • Fire safety checks
  • Free smoke alarm upgrades and installations
  • Free carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installations
  • One-on-one fire safety consultation

Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center. CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders through high school seniors) at no cost to families.

Grand Rapids Public Library “Storytimes” Fun and educational storytimes for children ages birth – 5 years old.



Health and Resource Fair Friday, Oct. 25

Southtown Women’s Group is joining Seeds of Promise for a
Health and Resource Fair on Friday, Oct. 25 at Gerald R. Ford Academy from 5 – 8 p.m.
The event will include information about domestic violence.  “We would like to encourage everyone to join us as we tackle this very big topic that plagues our communities silently,” says Paula Collier. “We want to show our zero-tolerance stance against any violence, especially domestic violence where innocent victims are intimidated or brutally abused against their will.”

Community meetings to inform public about Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements  

1527789910722MDHHS holding community meetings to inform public about upcoming work requirements for Healthy Michigan Plan 

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is taking additional steps in its efforts to preserve coverage for Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries by launching regional forums regarding the upcoming work requirements.

The meetings begin Oct. 21 and will be held at locations around the state. The goals of the regional forums are increasing awareness about new work requirements for the Healthy Michigan Plan and preparing beneficiaries to meet the new requirements.

MDHHS is implementing the new work requirements to comply with legislation approved in 2018. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries will be required to report 80 hours of work or other activities, such as job searches, to MDHHS each month.

Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries can be excused from the requirements in some circumstances. Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries who are not excused from the requirements and fail to report may lose their health care coverage.

More than 640,000 Michiganders have coverage under the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program that began in 2014.

“While Gov. Whitmer has made it clear that this administration does not support the new law, MDHHS needs to do everything we can to make sure that beneficiaries are aware of these new requirements so they can maintain their health care coverage,” said Kate Massey, senior deputy director for MDHHS’s Medical Services Administration. “The Healthy Michigan Plan has been a great success – providing health care coverage to many more Michiganders, reducing enrollees’ reliance on the emergency room by 58 percent, cutting uncompensated care by nearly 50 percent, and adding $2.3 billion to the state’s economy.”

MDHHS will conduct forums in the following locations and will provide additional updates on locations and times soon:

  • Lansing: October 21, 10-11:30 a.m., Lansing Community College – West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive.
  • Marquette: Oct. 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Upper Peninsula Health Plan, 853 W. Washington St.
  • St. Ignace: Oct. 22, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Ignace Public Library, 110 W. Spruce St.
  • Roscommon: Oct. 23, 10-11:30 a.m., Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, 104 Conservation Drive.
  • Detroit Meeting No. 1: Oct. 30, 10-11:30 a.m., Cadillac Place, Conference Room L-150, 3044 W. Grand Blvd.
  • Detroit Meeting No. 2: Oct. 30, 1-2:30 p. m. Cadillac Place, Conference Room L-150, 3044 W. Grand Blvd.
  • Flint: Oct. 31, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), 601 N. Saginaw St.
  • Saginaw: Details to be announced at a later date.
  • Waterford: Nov. 4, 1:30-3 p.m., Oakland Schools Conference Center, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road.
  • Jackson: Nov. 5, 10-11:30 a.m., Center for Family Health, 505 N. Jackson St.
  • Kalamazoo: Nov. 5, 2-3:30 p.m., Family Health Center, 505 E. Alcott St.
  • Grand Rapids: Nov. 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Eberhard Conference Center, Grand Valley State University, 301 W. Fulton St.
  • Muskegon: Nov. 6, 2-3:30 p.m., Stevenson Room, Muskegon Community College, 211 Quarterline Road.
  • Dearborn: Details to be announced at a later date.

MDHHS is encouraging attendees to register for the forums so the department can ensure that sufficient space and printed materials are available for participants. Register and find more information about the Healthy Michigan Plan and work requirements by visiting and clicking the Changes Coming in 2020 tab.

In addition to informing beneficiaries, the forums will help MDHHS further collaborate with community partners and navigators to better coordinate efforts to preserve health care coverage for Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees.

The department has been conducting outreach to beneficiaries, providers, health plans, and other community organizations over the last year to inform stakeholders about the new requirements. MDHHS is expanding these efforts through the regional forums to prepare beneficiaries to meet the new requirements. Beneficiaries, health care providers, health plans, community organizations and the general public are invited to participate in these forums.

MDHHS also has issued proposed policy to implement the new work requirements for public comment. As part of this proposed policy, MDHHS is updating its policy and operational processes related to the Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Amendment for Michigan that was approved by the federal government.

The public can submit comments on the proposed policy changes until Nov. 6.

To review the policy and for instructions on how to submit comments, visit the Proposed Medicaid Changes page on the MDHHS website and select the notice for Healthy Michigan Plan Updates 1926-HMP.