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East Express E-Newsletter
December 20, 2013

GASLIGHT VILLAGE SNOWMELT SYSTEM.  The snowmelt system in Gaslight Village is currently not working due to mechanical issues.  The needed parts are on order and will be installed as soon as possible to get the system back up and working.  In the meantime, please use caution on the sidewalks as you finish up your holiday shopping.

 Gaslight Village Sign
PLEASE CHECK SMOKE DETECTORS.  With two house fires in East Grand Rapids yesterday, the Public Safety Department is again stressing the importance of smoke detectors in all areas of your home.  Please make sure the detector is working by pressing the test button and replacing batteries regularly. Make sure you will be alerted to any danger so that you can get your family safely out of the house if needed.

Also, please use caution with candles during your holiday celebrations and never leave the house or retire for the evening without extinguishing all candles.

 Smoke Alarm
FIRE HYDRANTS ARE IMPORTANT.  If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please consider helping the Public Safety Department by keeping snow piles away from the hydrants or shoveling out around the hydrant after heavy snows.  

Public Safety officers do make the rounds and shovel where necessary, but traffic issues, accidents and other duties may keep them from getting to all the hydrants in a timely manner.  If there is a fire in your neighborhood, seconds count, and taking the time to dig out a fire hydrant to attach hoses can make a difference in fighting a fire.  

Thanks for any help you can give.

 Fire hydrant
DONATE TO THE EGR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR YEAR-END TAX DEDUCTION.  If you've been meaning to make a contribution this year, you still have until the end of the year to make a tax-deductible donation for 2013.  The EGRCF is kicking off a fundraising campaign in January to raise funds for a new bridge on Reeds Lake Blvd. over the channel between the lakes.  

The "Boulevard Bridge" will be constructed next winter if funds can be raised to match funding provided by a State of Michigan grant.  Donations can be made at the Finance Department at City Hall or online.  There was also a donation form on the back side of your water bill insert in December.

If you'd like more information on the EGR Community Foundation or the Boulevard Bridge Project, visit or contact Karen Brower at 949-2110.

 EGR Community Foundation logo
CHRISTMAS EVE LUMINARY DISPLAYS.  If your neighborhood participates in the luminary displays, please make sure a representative calls the Public Works Department at 940-4870 by noon on Monday, December 23rd to arrange for the delivery of the sand for the bags.

 Luminary bags

Healing with Green Smoothies.  Thursday, January 9, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the EGR Library.  Presenter Linda Carrington demonstrates using natural plant oils with natural green smoothies to help target health challenges such as weight loss, allergies, infections, inflammation, cravings, blood sugar problems and more. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Call 784-2007 or register at the Circulation Desk.


Lego Party.  Sunday, January 12, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the EGR Library.  Design, build and bond. Bring the whole family together and create a towering monument using the library's building bricks. The best part? No big mess at home to clean up!

 Building blocks
Medicine Cabinet Makeover.  Thursday, January 16, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM the EGR Library.  Discover natural solutions that can be safer, cheaper and more effective than over-the-counter medications. Linda Carrington presents tips on using essential oils to alleviate colds and coughs, relieve stress and anxiety, support digestion and much more. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.Call 784-2007 or register at the Circulation Desk.

Early Childhood Essentials: Make & Take Learning Games for Preschoolers.
January 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at the EGR Library.  Young children love to learn through games. Make some fun early literacy and math games you can take home and play to help your child learn important school readiness skills. The games allow you to see what skills your child has mastered and what skills might need a little more practice. All materials will be provided. Session offers 1.5 hours of professional development. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Call 784-2007 or register at the Circulation Desk.Adults only please; child care is not provided.

 Girl with balloon
Wikipedia Editors Meet-up: EGR History pages.  Saturday, January 18, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the EGR Library.  Do you edit a page on Wikipedia? Want to meet up with other editors and share tips, tricks and techniques? Join Bettina Cousineau, Wikipedia editor and educator, and other editors to help create the encyclopedia for everyone. Please bring your own laptop. Registration for this computer class is requested and begins one month before the scheduled class on the first Monday of each month for KDL patrons and the second Monday for non-KDL patrons. To register, call 616-784-2007 or visit your local KDL branch. Please provide your library card number at time of registration. For teens and adults.

 Computer keyboard
Dance Party at the Library!  Sunday, January 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM the EGR Library. Join us for pure dancing fun as we rock out to tons of kid-friendly music! Burn off a little energy, have a lot of fun and share special time with your child. Come and go as you please. For ages 6 and younger.

 Child dancing
Teen Writing Workshop.  Saturday, January 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM the EGR Library.  Aspiring authors can develop their talent in this new writing community. Inspiration and instruction is available online through videos featuring local authors, writing prompts and critique worksheets. Five in-person discussion sessions led by GRCC writing professor Rachel Lutwick-Deaner will be held throughout the year focusing on peer-to-peer feedback. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Call 784-2007 or register at the Circulation Desk. For more information, visit

 Teen boy
CARE Ballet Performance.  Sunday, January 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM the EGR Library. Preview CARE Ballet's performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Dress in your royal finery and be prompt; the performance begins at 2:00 PM sharp! Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library and CARE Ballet. For ages 6 and younger.
 Ballet shoes
DOG LICENSES.  New changes for Dog Licensing will be starting in mid-December:
  • Licenses will be issued at East Grand Rapids City Hall for East Grand Rapids residents only.
  • Licensing will take place year-round, instead of a set period of time
  • Licenses will expire at the end of the month the dog’s rabies vaccination expires;
  • 3-year licensing is now available with proof of rabies vaccination (some limitations may apply depending on date of vaccination)

HOLIDAY CLOSURES.  City offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th for the Christmas holidays.  Offices will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year's Day. 

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1st.

 Holiday ornaments

HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA PRODUCTIONS.  You're invited to the following performances of the High School Drama Department:

EGRHS AnnualVariety Show
January 10 & 11, 2014
7:30 pm – Performing Arts Center
Tickets are $6.00 and available in the high school during lunch hours from 11- 1, or at the door.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.   Come enjoy the talent of the East High students.  This is always an action-packed evening providing a wide variety of entertainment including bands, poetry, dancing, instrumentalists, and pop vocals.   
The Secret of Madame Defarge
Based on Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities
January 31, 2014
7:30 pm – Performing Arts Center
This unusual slant on Dickens’ classic novel has been adapted by Robert Johanson.  The story unfolds around Madame Defarge and her single-minded revenge.  This hair-raising drama is a sub-plot in  A Tale of Two Cities and is brought to life in this serious telling.   Ultimately Madame Defarge’s secret is revealed in a dramatic trial scene before the French tribunal where the convicted are sent to La Guillotine.   This drama will be EGRHS’s submission to the MIFA state-wide theatre festivals.  Ticket information is available at

 Woman singing