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East Express E-Newsletter
February 2, 2017

PUBLIC SAFETY WARNING. The East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department is warning residents to watch out for a man driving a red van with a white stripe trying to lure children into his vehicle. Read more here

Warning label 

STATE OF THE CITY. When I reflect back on the last year and the incredible work accomplished in our City, it’s no wonder we were named the happiest place and best suburb in Michigan. Whether it’s taking a bike ride around Reeds Lake, tasting the scrumptious bites Gaslight Village has to offer or attending Concerts in the Park, there are many amenities to keep us happy. However, when I think about what truly makes East Grand Rapids a unique place, I know it is the people. Our residents are the heartbeat of our community – the dedication you have to creating a vibrant place to live, work and play inspires me daily. Read Mayor Amna Seibold's full State of the City here.

Amna Seibold 

YARD WASTE & CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION. Please note, our collection services for Christmas trees and yard waste have ended until the spring. We've noticed many residents placing these items out along the curb. Please take any yard waste/Christmas trees located on the curb and place in your yard out of street view until yard waste pickup starts back up the week of April 3. Your private refuse hauler may be able to take these items from you sooner, if you aren't able to hold onto them until spring. Thank you for your help keeping our streets neat and tidy! 

 Trash Can

SWEETHEART DANCE. The annual Sweetheart Dance (formerly the Daddy Daughter Dance) will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Girls from age four to the eighth grade are invited to bring their dad, grandpa, uncle or special friend to this Valentine’s Day themed event. Enjoy delicious desserts and make a special craft to bring home. “Dates” will compete for the most outrageous heart-themed tie. It’s sure to be a magical night! For more information, click here 

Dancing couple

MOVIES IN THE PARK. What do YOU want to see in the 2017 lineup? Take our Movies in the Park survey to help select which movies will be shown this summer. Only takes a minute! Take the survey here

 Outdoor movie

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. The EGR High School Drama club presents this classic by William Shakespeare abridged to one act. Young lovers, virtue, villainy, and charming naiveté abound in this Shakespeare comedy.  Beatrice and Benedict’s love battle with words and wit are the corner piece of deception, including bumbling constables, involving Hero and Claudio and their struggles to get to the alter. 

Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the High School Feb. 6 through 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and at the door.  Tickets are $8.00 for students and $10.0 for adults. 

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK BAND APPLICATION. Is your band interested in submitting an application for our Summer Concert Series? The Summer Concert Series, sponsored by United Bank of Michigan, will take place on the John Collins Park Plaza on Reeds Lake. Concerts start at 7:00 p.m and must be at least an hour and a half in length. In case of severe weather, concerts may be cancelled and not re-scheduled. Fill out the application here.


PARENTING CLASSES. Stumped by a parenting issue? Wondering if you're on the right track? You're not alone! Join other moms and dads for a weekly discussion based on the books Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay. The upcoming dates are February 7, 14, 21 and 28 (all Tuesdays). A discussion for parents with children is from 1 to 2 p.m. and a discussion for parents with teens is from 2 to 3 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids.



CAN YOU HEAR ME? SCAM. Be careful when answering your phone. A new telephone scam is targeting people by asking the simple question: "Can you hear me?" Always be careful when answering unfamiliar numbers and never give out personal information. Don't be afraid to hang up on a suspicious call. Learn more here

 Fraud alert

STRAW BUILDING BONANZA. With this unstructured building time, kids can build 2D and 3D geometric creations, vehicles, forts or whatever! KDL will provide all the materials, kids bring their imagination and curiosity. Drop-in between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Library. For ages 6 and older. 


KEVA PLANKS. Channel your inner architect and get ready to stack, build and balance. Then knock the planks down and start over -- the creative possibilities are endless! Workshop will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Library. For ages 6 and older

 Building blocks
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