Posted on 05 May 2016.
Sign up to create a rain barrel to store rainwater to water your plants and garden and keep stormwater out of the lakes and rivers.
Rain barrel workshops on tap
What do rain barrels and a business making great beer have in common? Clean water for the Rogue River. A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater (stormwater) from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Stormwater is the leading source of water pollution in West Michigan. The average rain barrel will keep 1,815 gallons of stormwater out of our lakes and rivers each year. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most—during periods of drought—to water plants, your garden, or wash your car. Additionally, rainwater is naturally soft and devoid of minerals, chlorine and other chemicals found in city water, so it is a better alternative for your plants.
This year, Trout Unlimited is working with Rockford Brewing Company and Cedar Springs Brewing Company to host a rain barrel workshop series—Barrels and Brews—to help protect the Rogue River. Trout Unlimited has been conducting rain barrel workshops in the Rogue River watershed since 2013, successfully distributing around 250 barrels to the local community. Trout Unlimited is partnering with Plainfield Charter Township, the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team, and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council to conduct these workshops. All workshops include everything you need to set up your barrel and take around 45 minutes. Rain barrels are $30 apiece and you must sign-up for a workshop at rainbarrels.wmeac.org.
Rain barrel workshops will be held at:
Rockford Brewing – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on: May 10, June 21, July 19, August 16 (12 E. Bridge St., Rockford)
Cedar Springs Brewing – Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. (corner of Main and Maple, Cedar Springs)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted in Home and Garden, News
Posted on 12 February 2015.
Workshop Feb. 20
The ability to see is something that most people take for granted. Vision loss can be devastating as common tasks such as cooking, the ability to drive and reading the mail become difficult.
This can take an emotional toll on a person. The Kent County Disaster Mental Health and Human Services Committee is planning a blind and visually impaired workshop on Friday, February 20, 2015. This interactive workshop is designed to increase awareness of accessibility differences among people who are blind, visually impaired and sighted. Implications for emergency preparedness and response will be explored at the workshop.
Visual impairments are very common and affect all age groups. However, vision loss tends to advance with age. According to CDC, more than one million Americans are legally blind and 12 million are visually impaired. Half of all blindness can be prevented and the risk of blindness can be reduced with early detection and treatment. National and local governments have established programs and regulations to prevent and control visual impairment, as well as developed campaigns with the purpose of educating and creating awareness about the importance of visual function.
“Not all visual impairments are the same, and we need to be prepared for the needs of our community in times of emergency incidents,” explains Adam London, Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department. “It is important for emergency responders and public health staff to have a solid understanding of the various challenges in our community.”
Several speakers will be at the workshop, including a client advocate from the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a sociology professor from Ferris State University and a safety and security coordinator at Clark Retirement Community.
The workshop is open to all community members, public service workers, local officials and many others. The workshop will be at the Kent County Health Department located at 700 Fuller Avenue NE in Grand Rapids on Friday, February 20, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please call Pat Draper at 616-632-7292 to reserve your seat.
Posted in Health
Posted on 01 March 2012.
Do you know where the rain-water after a storm goes? Or how this rainwater some-times disappears so fast off our yards, sidewalks, and streets? Before development occurred most rainfall soaked into the ground and contributed to groundwater recharge or was recycled into the atmosphere. Modern drainage systems, which collect runoff from impervious surfaces (roofs and roads), ensure the water is efficiently conveyed to waterways through pipe networks. This means that even small storms result in increased precipitation from rain or snowmelt flowing over the ground into our local streams and lakes. This is called stormwater runoff.
As stormwater runoff moves over our land it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and deliver it straight to our waterways. Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people. There are many things that you can do on your property to de-crease the amount of stormwater runoff you are generating and keep it pollution-free.
To learn more, please join us for a Homeowner Stormwater Workshop on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin (220 N Monroe St NE). A demonstration will also be given on how to build a rain barrel. You could walk away with a free rain barrel.
If you are interested in attending please contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Featured
Posted on 17 November 2011.
CTA was chosen as one of three charter schools to participate in the Champion Reader Team Workshop sponsored by the Comprehensive Therapy Center in Grand Rapids, to promote literacy skills for K-2 students and their families. Three literacy activity meetings were scheduled over September, October and November with each grade having their own night.
The students and their families were served a delicious dinner while listening to an exciting story read by one of the presenters – primarily retired teachers. After the meal, families were split into separate groups to participate in fun literacy activities, all designed to help parents promote literacy skills at home. At the end of the evening, each family received a free book.
Feedback has been positive, with parents reporting that students are using the strategies they learned! Our thanks to the Comprehensive Therapy Center for the grant that made these workshops possible.
Posted in CTA
Posted on 09 December 2010.
Survive the Christmas vacation blues!
Join us on December 29, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for an outdoor survival workshop at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Our instructors have lots of outdoor experience and a knack for making learning fun! Participants go outside to hike and learn about topics such as what it takes to survive outdoors, how to avoid getting lost, shelter options, survival kits and basic first aid. Two groups are planned: Grades 1-5 with Nova Blackburn and Grades 6-12 with Brian Robinson. The cost is $20 per person ($18 for HCNC members) and includes lunch. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. To reserve a spot please contact us by phone (616) 675-3158 or e-mail email@example.com. (Group rates are also available; call or e-mail for details). Teen volunteers also needed.
We will be open on Saturdays for snowshoe rental when there is at least 6 inches of snow. Keep on snowing! See you then!!
Posted in Outdoors