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Ada/Cascade Michigan July 4th 2010 Celebrations

Ada MI July 4th Celebration

Friday July 2, 2010 Ada Park – Bike Decorating Day

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

$4  kids 4-12 yrs who show up with parent or guardian

[fee includes supplies and helpers]

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Saturday July 3rd, 2010:

Parade Line up 9:30 AM   Parking Lot near McDonalds

4th of July Parade 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Entertainment/Activities 11:00 AM- 6:00  PM  Ada Village Green

“On the Green Activities”

New Classic Car Show  Thornapple River Drive

Fireworks Dusk    7590 E Fulton @ Ada Drive  In the Village

Cascade Library

Cascade Township July 4th Celebration

Saturday July 3rd 2010:

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM          Friends of the Library Book Sale

Cascade Public Library

9:45 – 10 AM                            Bicycle Parade Staging

Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church

**Parade Participants must wear a bike helmet

10:30 AM                   Main Parade Cascade Rd SE to 28th St, west

up 28th St to Jacksmith

11:30 AM – 3:30 PM    Street Fair Begins Free Games , Rides for kids

& adults, elephant rides, train rides, animal

petting zoo, Food Booths, Clowns & more…..

Cascade Library Grounds

12:-12:45 PM           Live Music by Flashback Stage at Library Grounds

12:55 – 1:15 PM        Ronald McDonald Stage at Library Grounds

1:15PM-2:00PM      Music by Flashback Stage at Library Grounds

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM   F.H.Y. Cheer Pomms Stage at Library Grounds

2:30 –3:15 PM         Music by Flashback Stage at Library Grounds

3:30 PM                  Closing of the Celebration

Fireworks Dusk    7590 East Fulton @ Ada Drive ( Downtown Ada Village

Green across from Amway)

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the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West

Michigan.Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan

area with a diverse business community, great medical research &

services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment

of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Squirrel at our feeder

Caught me

Posing for his close-up

Sideways Warrior Position is best for eating

What? Like you will miss a few seeds here or there.

Lunch is Over - See ya Soon!

Michigan is an agricultural state. In fact, in agricultural products,

Michigan is second only to California among the diversity of its

products.  Agriculture and farming is a large segment of our local

West Michigan economy.

West Michigan is nationally known for its fruit production, including

blueberries, cherries, apples, grapes and peaches.  Add to this local

organic farmers that sell to local restaurants and grocery stores and

you can see how important growing food is to our local economy.

We like to support local businesses and farmers. Local produce is

the best!  So visit your local farmers’ Market in Kent County and

see what you have been missing.  Fresh produce is here in Michigan

and available in most areas near you.

fresh west michigan produce

Ada MI Farmers’ Market – Community Church Parking Lot

Tuesdays June 22 – Sept. 28, 2010  2:00 – 7 pm

Project FRESH accepted

“Chef in the Market” cooking demonstration program, also accepting

food basket donations for delivery to food pantry

Allendale Famers’ Market6101 Lake Michigan Dr – Heritage Town

Square Parking Lot ( North side of Lake Michigan Dr)  June – October

Tuesdays and Fridays  11:00 am – 4 pm  Project FRESH accepted

Byron Center Farmers’ Market – Pathway Church Parking Lot or

grassy area north of the Post Office – 8350 Byron Center Av.

May – October Saturday 8am-1 pm Project FRESH accepted.

Caledonia Michigan Farmers’ Market – M 37 & 100th St Intersection

Saturday  8am –  12 pm until Oct 30th 2010

Coopersville Farmers’ Market – North Main St parking lot pavilion

May 7- Oct 29  Wednesday 8 am – 1 pm  Project FRESH accepted

Fulton Street Farmer’s Market – 1147 E. Fulton St Grand Rapids MI

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday  8:00 am – 3:00 pm

May to Christmas

Grand Rapids South East Area Farmers’ Market

Corner of Franklin & Fuller   Grand Rapids Michigan

June – October Thursday  10am – 4 pm

Project FRESH & Food Stamps accepted

Grand Rapids West Side Farmer’ Market

Alpine at 11th St ( City View Church) Grand Rapids Michigan

Thursday May 6 – October 7  Thursday  10am – 6:30 pm

Project FRESH accepted

Ada MI farmers market

Grandville Farmers’ Market – 4055 Maple St SW Grandville, MI

North of the Grandville Library

May 4 – Oct 19 Tuesday  8 am – 1 pm

Howard City Famers’ Market – 120 W. Edgerton at the White Pine Trail

staging area near the depot at Ensley and Edgerton St. Intersection

May 8 – October  Saturday 9 am – 1 pm

Hudsonville Farmers’ Market & Crafts – 3302 Prospect St  corner of

Prospect and School just off Chicago Dr.

June 2 – October 6, 2010   Wednesdays 8 am – 2 pm

Project FRESH accepted

Lowell MI Farmers’ Market – 225 S Hudson Lowell Fairgrounds

Thursdays May 13- Oct 7 2010   2 pm – 7 pm  Handicap Parking Avail.

Metro Health Hospital Farmers’ Market– Metro Health Village

5900 Byron Center Ave Wyoming MI – easy access off M-6

May 6 – late Sept. 2010  Thursday 9am – 1 pm

Project FRESH accepted; free health screenings; live entertainment

Plainfield Township Farmers’ Market – 4411 Plainfield Ave NE

(corner of 5 Mile Rd and Plainfield Ave) adjacent to Fire Station # 3.

June 15 – Oct 14, 2010 Tuesday & Thursday   2 pm – 7 pm

Rockford MI Farmers’ Market – South Squires St Parking Lot off Main St

June 5 – Oct 30, 2010  Saturday 8 am – 1 pm

Walker Farmers’ Market – 4300 Remembrance Rd at Rylee’s Ace Hardware

Saturday June – Sept    8am – 2 pm

Link to Michigan Farmer’s Markets

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Clements Mill is  a newer home development built by Eastbrook

Construction in the Ada MI area, started in 1999 and completed in

2003. Apart from newer homes, part of the appeal is the proximity

of  Forest Hills Central Middle and High Schools, Forest Hills

Woodlands 5/6 School, St Roberts & Ada Christian Schools, which

are a short distance away.

Clements Mill is midway between the Village of Ada and Forest Hills

shopping area at Cascade Road and Forest Hills.

Ada’s Clements Mill has seen steady to declining values in the short

time it has been built out.  This is largely due to the current housing

economy where all area homes have suffered a decline in value. This

subdivision continues to be a desired location for local residents.

Spring Flowering Shrubs

Clements Mill Market Report   Jan – April 2010

3  Sold,  0 Pending, 5 For Sale, 3 Expired

Clements Mill Active Listings: 5

Average Active Price: $279,520

Average Active Price/SqFt: $125.22

Average Active Days on Market: 51

Clements Mill Sold Listings: 3

Average Sold Price: $213,967

Average Sold Price/SqFt: $124.61

Average Days on Market: 125

Clements Mill Expired Listings:3

Absorption Rate for Clements Mill homes is averaging

4 months, which is a low rate for the Grand Rapids area.

Average list price is higher that average sold price,

which means that the current active homes are probably

larger than the sold homes, as price per square foot is similar.

Additional Forest Hills Articles:

Forest Hills Michigan Real Estate Reports 2010

Search for Forest Hills MI Homes

If you have detailed questions about Ada Homes, Forest Hills

Homes or  just need further information, please contact me

directly:  terry@terrywestbrook.com or call 1-616-292-7263

photo by Bonnie Westbrook

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Arts in Ada Michigan Festival ~  May 15th 9 am to 4 pm

Event will be held on Bronson Street from the Covered Bridge

to Ada Drive  Directly in front of historic Ada Town Hall

Hosted by the Ada Arts Council

Music, Dance, and activities are planned all day

Artists will sell their creations, including stained glass, jewelry,

photography, paintings, and pottery.

  • Live entertainment will be provided
  • Food will be available

While you are in Ada, it would be a great time to check out the

boutiques and specialty shops here.  Ada has unique stores with

unusual items and fantastic restaurants.

Art in Ada on Bronson

Art in  Ada festival

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Photos by Bonnie Westbrook

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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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It seems there are free summer concerts everywhere this summer.

I have seen banners flying in small towns and villages all over Michigan.

What a great way to get out and enjoy the local parks, people

and scenery. Not to be outdone, Ada Michigan is joining the free

music array this summer.

Ada Historic Museum barns

Ada Historical Society is hosting its 10th Annual

Music on the Lawn Concert Series 2010

All concerts are free of charge, donations accepted.

 

7144 Headley St  Ada Michigan 49301     616-676-9346

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 pm  Summer 2010

June 8 – 13th Hour           60’s –70’s classic folk-pop tunes

June 15 – Koul Band         Jazz and popular standards

June 22  The Otters         Americana, folk and roots music

June 29   Tony Reynolds   American classics

 

July 6  Tiki O’Riley  – Celtic Music

July 13  Chris Vallillo   Folk music performer

July 20   Voices of Freedom   Patriotic Acapella

July 30  Friday, 6:30  The Nowhere Band   Beatles Music

 

August 3    Red Taillights   Americana and roots music

August 10  Adams Family Band   Folk and minstrel music

August 17  Crossroads Country Band   Country and gospel

August 24  Apple Country Dulcimers   Acoustic string music

August 31  Java Jive   Favorites in a swinging style

 

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Photo of Ada Historical Society Barns by Bonnie Westbrook

 

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Ada Park in Ada Michigan is going all out for Earth Day/ Arbor Day

this year with a Festival.  The celebration will start at  10 AM and

continue until 2 PM at Ada Park & Arboretum on Saturday,

April 24th, 2010.  Ada Park is located at 1180 Buttrick Ave.

Festival admission is free, although donations are accepted.

The Festival will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with exhibits

on trees, landscaping, native plants, invasive plants and insects.

Ada park entrance sign

Activities for all ages include:

  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Fishing in the pond

Activities are also free, except for one craft and ‘tree themed ‘ snacks.

Each group will receive a free white pine sapling as long as supplies last.

The white pine is Michigan’s state tree.

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Forest Hills students have posted outstanding MEAP scores

for  the 2009-2010 year.  The Forest Hills students placed at

the top of  the Kent County District and the State of Michigan

charts.

In Mathematics, Reading Science, and Social Studies the

percent of Forest Hills students continues to be higher

for every test than what was achieved overall by students

in the District & State.  Some of the results already meet

the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind mandate

of 100% proficiency by 2014.

FHPS meadowbrook elementary entrance

You can view Forest Hills Public Schools test scores here.

As state and federal governments have raised expectations

for student performance, Forest Hills students have recorded

higher levels of achievement.  The school staff, parents and

students should be be proud of the effort and accomplishment

for this year’s test scores.

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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Spring is here and Ada Parks Programs are underway.  Take a look

at what fun programs the Ada Parks are offering this spring.

Pre-register by calling 616-676-0520

or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com

Ada park entrance sign Ada MI 49301

”Senior Specials at Ada Park”

Pre-register at the park office 676-0584 before the day of the event

$2/per event payable on site the day of the event.

Bird Break – Thursday April 15th  9-10 AM

Ada Park Les Craig Learning Center

A morning gathering in the learning center for coffee and donuts,

followed by a guided leisure walk ( 25 minutes) to look for and

listen to local birds.

Nature Walk – Thursday May 6th – 9-10 AM

Ada Park Shelter and Trails

A guided walk ( 40 minutes) along the paved paths through the

Arboretum and Nature Area in search of spring wildflowers

and other natural beauties. Refreshments at the end in the

shelter.

Lunch with Punch  Wednesday, June 9  12-1 PM

Ada Park Les Craig Learning Center

A time to gather with friends for a nice meal and fellowship

in a pleasant setting. Lunch provided by the Ada Park staff

and volunteers. Optional walk in the park after lunch.

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FREE SPECIAL EVENT

Earth Day/Arbor Day Festival  Saturday April 24th 10 AM –2 PM

Come celebrate Earth day and Arbor Day together in this special

event in Ada Parks’ Locke Arboretum. There will be activities

for all ages including workshops, guided walks, displays, exhibits,

handouts, make & take crafts, plus games & fishing for kids.

One free tree sapling to each family as supplies last.

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Youth Discovery Days  Age 3-5  10 AM – 12 noon

Ada Park Learning Center    $4/youth

Especially for Pre-Schoolers along with a parent or guardian to have

a fun, educational adventure out in Ada Park,  Each session with

an indoor hands-on activity, nature craft and a guided discover

experience outdoors.

Cool Critters – Wednesday April 21

Does it have fur, scales or feathers? Does it run, swim or fly?

Look for the many different critters that live just outside

our back door.

Beautiful Bugs  Wednesday May 12

What beautiful bugs live in our neighborhood? Go on an insect

hunt and pretend to be a firefly looking for some friends.

Jump, Frog, Jump!  Wednesday June 2

Frogs are singing, croaking, and jumping everywhere. Look and

listen for frogs around the pond, try to hop like a frog, and

make a fun “frog” craft to take home.

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Kids Bike & Safety Rodeo  Ada Park ( Free- Donations accepted)

Saturday June 12 10 AM – 1:30 PM  4-12 yr olds

Kent Country Sheriff Department will host fun activities and food

for all who attend with bike inspections, helmet inspections, bus

safety, fire safety plus a bike obstacle course form 10- 12 AM

At noon awards, raffles, and a free cookout lunch followed by

the ‘Bike Parade” at 1:00pm  Bring your own bike and helmet.

Donations up to $ 5.00 per child will go towards the Community

Policing Unit. Make checks payable to: K.C.T. S Action Fund.

Call 616-632-6220 for more information or the Ada Parks Office.

Free Evening Fishing  Ada Park  Thursday June 17 from 6-8 PM

Open fishing for youth with their families at the Ada Park pond.

Poles, bait, assistance and snacks provided. Pre-registration

requested by calling the park office 676-0584

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Winter fun is on the schedule in Ada Michigan this winter. 

The following  activities were published today:

 

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a series of

upcoming programs for youth & families to get outside & enjoy

the winter. 

For Kids Ages 3-5, Discovery Days Program: Build a Bird Feeder

Tuesday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00

Ada Park Learning Center,  $4/youth

Designed especially for Pre-Schoolers along with a parent or guardian

to have a fun, educational adventure out in Ada Park.  This session

will explore different birds and how they feed, making bird feeders

to take home and outdoor discovery hike looking for birds.

Come dressed for both indoors and outside activity.

Ada park entr sign

 

For Kids Ages 7-12, Junior Naturalist Program:

Winter Survival on Snowshoes    Saturday, February 20, 2010

10:00 a.m. – 12:00, Ada Township Park, $4/youth

Starting inside the Learning Center with tips and tricks on how to

prepare for winter outings.  Followed by an outdoor winter

adventure where youth will be challenged to “survive” out in the

park by making a shelter, fire, finding food and signaling for help.

Come dressed to be outside in the woods.

Snowshoes and snacks provided.

 

For Kids of All Ages and Families: Birds of a Feather

– Part 2: nesting boxes

Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00, Ada Township Park,

$3/adults $2/youth

Meet in the Learning Center to learn about how different birds

need different types of nesting sites, habitats and materials.

Then work as a “team” to build your own nesting box (bird house)

suitable for local birds.  Materials and tools supplied.

 Pre-registration requested by Wednesday, March 3 by calling 676-0520 or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com.  Pay on site.

Pre-registering is highly recommended for all Ada Parks & Rec. programs by calling the Ada Park office at 616-676-0520 or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com.  Payment of fees may be made on the day of the program.

Ada Township Park is located at 1180 Buttrick Drive in Ada, MI 49301.  Contact the Ada Park office for more details: 616-676-0520, mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com, www.adatownshipmi.com

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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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