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East Express E-Newsletter
December 15, 2016

The holidays: a season of joy, love, family – and injuries. More than 15,000 people end up in the emergency room just from putting up decorations. Captain Ric Buikema has a few tips to keep safety top of mind during this holiday season. Read more.

CHRISTMAS TREE-HOLIDAY WREATH PICKUP. Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and other natural plant-based decorations will be picked up on the grass side of the curb by Public Works Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 13 following regular yard waste collection routes. (Monday's route on January 2 will be collected on Tuesday, Jan. 3.) The City is not able to collect trees, wreaths or other holiday decorations that have wire, ornaments, lights, etc. on/part of them as the trees and wreaths are chipped/recycled. Please make sure any of these items placed out are only natural, plant-based material.

 Christmas tree

THE REINDEER ARE COMING! Traveling all the way from the North Pole via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms, live reindeer will be visiting the library on Tuesday, Dec. 20 in the lower library parking lot from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dress warmly and don't forget the camera!  

CITY HOLIDAY HOURS. Please note that the City Hall will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas. In addition, the City will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year.  
 Happy New Year

HELMETS STILL THE LAW IN EGR. At its Monday, December 5 meeting, the East Grand Rapids City Commission chose not to repeal Chapter 105 of the City Code, which makes bike helmets a legal requirement for anyone under age 18. Learn more.  

 Girls wearing helmets

GASLIGHT VILLAGE HOLIDAY SHOPPING. If you’re doing any last minute shopping this weekend, head down to Gaslight Village where you’ll be greeted by heated sidewalks and unique gift options. GLV is the perfect place to find an interesting gift for the person who is impossible to buy for. For a full listing of businesses in the district, click here.   


POOL MEMBERSHIPS.  Do you know someone who loves to swim? A Parks & Recreation Dept. pool membership is the perfect for them! Whether you want a 10-punch pass or a year membership, there are a variety of options for this health-friendly gift. Learn more about pool memberships here.   


SWEETHEART DANCE. Save the date! The annual Sweetheart Dance (formerly the Daddy Daughter Dance) will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  

 Dancing couple

VOTER REGISTRATION. Did you have any issues with your voter registration this past election? Now is the time to ensure your information is up-to-date so you can participate in the next election. To register to vote or to correct any incorrect information, stop by City Hall or contact Deputy Clerk Chris Berg at 949-2110 with any questions you have.  

 Voting booth

HUNTINGTON REEDS LAKE RUN REGISTRATION OPEN. Have a runner in the family? Giving them a registration in the Huntington Reeds Lake Run is the perfect gift. Click here to register.  

 Reeds Lake Run logo
SNOWPLOW SEASON. Crews have been busy over the past few days to get our streets and sidewalks cleared. They will continue to work diligently to ensure our streets and sidewalks are safe. To learn more about snowplow season in East, click here.  

 City snowplow

The East Grand Rapids Community Foundation serves as a catalyst to improve and enhance the life of the residents in our community. Throughout the year, it works to provide funding to a number of projects in our community – and it does this with of the generosity of our supporters, like you. Please consider making a gift to EGRCF. Your gift will directly impact community projects that enhance, engage, educate and enrich residents in East Grand Rapids. Make your gift now. 



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