Press Release – City Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Dinner

21 11 2008

From a City Rescue Mission of Lansing press release…..

City Rescue Mission of Lansing hosts the Great Thanksgiving Banquet

Lansing, MI – November 21, 2008

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing will be providing a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. This Great Thanksgiving Banquet takes place in conjunction with other Rescue Missions around the country. Together, Rescue Missions will provide over half a million meals to anyone in need on this special day.

Those who wish to attend, please come to 613 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, between 11 a.m. and noon, to sign up for lunch. Dinner sign-up is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

With the help of volunteers and staff, the City Rescue Mission of Lansing will serve the meal to all who come. We also wish to express thanks to the community for helping provide this meal, as well as the over 70,000 meals we will serve this year. Hundreds will be thankful because you decided to make a difference.


W. G. Grinders

21 11 2008
  • 5769 28th St. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • (616) 974-3354
  • Website
  • Menu
W. G. Grinders on 28th St. in Grand Rapids.

W. G. Grinders on 28th St. in Grand Rapids.

Not being familiar with an area and trying to find a quick lunch spot can always be challenging.  I was in Grand Rapids this morning for a job.  I wasn’t sure what the weather was going to do, so I left early just in case.  I got to Grand Rapids about 45 minutes before I was supposed to be there, so I went on a scouting mission to find a lunch spot.  I drove up and down 28th St. looking for something.  I found some nice sit down type places, but I couldn’t spot a sandwich place that would work for lunch.  I was about to give up, but before I did, I thought I’d go past the Interstate a few blocks to see what I could find.  As I was turning into a shopping center to turn around, I noticed W. G. Grinders and my almost failure became a success.

W. G. Grinders is located in a small shopping center on 28th St. between Meijer and Walmart.  There’s a bar and grill that anchors the area plus a couple other store fronts.  W. G. Grinders sits back off the parking lot, but there is a huge sign connected to the facade of the “courtyard” area.  I had never heard of this particular grinder shop before.  The chain is based in Lewis Center, OH.  There are 27 stores in the group, but all but two are in Ohio.  One of those two is in Carmel, IN.  The other, in Grand Rapids. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Release – Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival

21 11 2008

From a Van Andel Arena newsletter…

Friday, Nov. 21: 2:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 22: Noon-9:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 23: Noon- 5:00 PM
DeVos Place®

 Designed to be Michigan’s premier wine and food experience, this festival will bring together wineries from around the world along with culinary experts of West Michigan.

For more information please visit .


  • More than 500 wines from as many as 100 wineries around the world
  • Appearance by nationally syndicated PBS chef Eric Villegas
  • More than 100 Michigan-made beers, wines, ciders, and spirits
  • Grand Rapid’s top restaurants like Tre-Cugini, six-one-six, Cygnus, Louis Benton, and The Monkey Bar inside The BOB 

 Click Here to purchase tickets
Tickets are also available at the DeVos Place box office, Ticketmaster ticket centers and charge by phone: 616.456.3333
Sampling tickets will be available at the door and can be redeemed at wine and food booths.
*No one under the age of 21 will be permited.

Old Town Compassionate Feast

21 11 2008

From an Old Town Commercial Association Press Release….

100 local families to receive Thanksgiving baskets

Old Town, Lansing, Mich.- The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) is starting the
holiday season with the eighth annual Compassionate Feast, a program dedicated to supplying 100 local families under the federal poverty line with all the ingredients necessary to make a traditional Thanksgiving feast in their own home. Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed to local pre-qualified families on Monday, November 24 at the North Presbyterian Church, located at 108 West Grand River in Lansing’s historic Old Town district. Volunteers will sort, pack and distribute the food to local families between 9a.m. and 6p.m.
The OTCA is still raising money to purchase groceries for the baskets. Compassionate Feast is a
community event, and could not be possible without the generous donations given every year from local businesses and community members. Every penny collected goes to purchase food. The costs are anticipated to be approximately $7,000 for this year’s baskets. People interested in donating are asked to contact the OTCA at 517.485.4283 for additional information.

In partnership with Head Start, Cristo Rey and EVE Inc., the OTCA strives to find families who
need the Thanksgiving baskets the most. The families are pre-qualified, contacted and confirmed in the weeks prior to the event. With the help of the West Saginaw Meijer, The OTCA will purchase food based on each individual family and their needs.

“We’ve had some great people step up to help us this year,” said Jamie Schriner-Hooper, executive director of the OTCA. “In addition to monetary donations, we’ve had a few unique donations. Troppo donated 50 turkeys, which would have cost us about $1,000; October Moon donated food and baby blankets. We also received in-kind donations from Great Harvest Bread Company, Grand Traverse Pie Company, TechSmith and Paramount Coffee.”

Now in its eigth year, the program was started by David Such, owner of Such Video, a video
production company in Old Town. Working as a young photographer on a story about a soup
kitchen during the Thanksgiving holiday provided Such with the inspiration for Compassionate