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Coming Soon In Creston

Spring brings lots of great events and opportunities to connect with neighbors in Creston: 

Art Bash for Creston, presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union

Come on out and enjoy a night of art and community at Creston Neighborhood Association's 14th annual community event + fundraiser!
  • Watch artists paint live throughout the night
  • Taste food samplings from some of Creston's favorite eateries and caterers
  • Bid on goodies from local businesses and artists in a robust silent auction.
May 2, 6:00-9:00pm
at Golden Age, above Creston Brewery
1504 Plainfield Ave NE

$25 ahead, $35 day-of
CNA Sustaining Donors attend FREE!

All art created live during the event will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and Rapid Growth Media's Tommy Allen serving as auctioneers! The artist of the highest sold piece wins a very special prize.  Check out this year's dynamite artists on Facebook

100% of Art Bash for Creston proceeds go to the Creston Neighborhood Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Creston's 25,000+ residents and cultivating a diverse community where all neighbors thrive.
Buy Art Bash tickets now!

Special thank you to our presenting sponsor, Lake Michigan Credit Union, and our artist sponsor, Kent County Credit Union!

Visit the Fire Station + Learn About Block Parties 

We will be co-hosting an event with the Plainfield Fire Station #9 (next to Kingma’s) firefighters at the end of May.

This will be an opportunity to bring kids and/or come to get BLOCK PARTY information, especially for those who have already said they want a BLOCK PARTY. We have handed out a lot of BLOCK PARTY kits and have knocked on over 450 doors in the last month to share this opportunity with neighbors. VERY EXCITING!  

The goal of BLOCK PARTIES is 3-fold:
  • Have fun
  • Meet neighbors and establish some lines of communication in the event of a serious situation
  • Recruit neighbors who are willing and able to become BLOCK CONNECTORS and keep neighbors informed of important issues/events. We have replaced Block Captains and Neighborhood Watch program with BLOCK CONNECTORS. 
We have not yet confirmed the date for this event; stay tuned for the May edition of Coming Soon in Creston and our Facebook page for up-to-date information. 

Public safety work of the Creston Neighborhood Association is funded in part by Community Development Block Grants through the City of Grand Rapids.  
Want more information about block parties and a Safe and Welcoming Creston? Contact community organizer Kymie Spring:

Creston Native Plant Initiative

This spring, Creston Neighborhood Association’s Living Green in Creston Committee is on a mission to strengthen our neighborhood environment with native plantings in Briggs Park, bioretention bumpouts, and they encourage you to do the same in your own yard.  Why?

A native plant is any plant that evolved naturally in a specific region. In North America, these are typically plants that grew here before European colonization. In Michigan, this means our native plants are adapted to the extreme temperature changes of the seasons and periods of a lot or very little rainfall. Michigan’s native plants can resist pests without harmful pesticides. Their deep roots can find moisture and nutrients far below the surface.

Many characteristics of native plants make them beneficial to humans and wildlife alike. Because they don’t need as much fertilizer, pesticides or water, they are generally easier and less expensive to care for. Native plants and wildlife evolved together. Plants provide fruit, seeds, nuts, nectar and shelter to wildlife. In return, birds and insects help plants reproduce through pollination and spreading seeds. Native plants are also important to migrating birds because they provide a valuable food source during the long trip north or south.

Did you know that caterpillars can usually only eat one kind of plant? Adult moths and butterflies will feed on nectar from a variety of flowers but they only lay their eggs on the kind of plant that their caterpillars can eat!  For example: Monarch butterfly caterpillars only eat milkweed leaves and the endangered Karner Blue butterfly caterpillars only feed on wild lupine.

Creston’s Living Green committee is hosting several events this year where you can learn more about the benefits that native plants can bring to your landscape:


Everything Makes a Difference: Landscaping with Native Plants

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
At Vista Springs Riverside Gardens, 2420 Coit Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505


Perennial Exchange

Thursday, May 30, 6-7pm
Aberdeen Park 798 Evelyn St NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
Stay connected to Living Green in Creston through their new Facebook Group.

Adopt a Bump Out Rain Garden!

You may have noticed on the corners of some streets at the southwest corner of our neighborhood, a bowl-shaped garden with a storm drain in the middle.  These are bump out gardens.  Bump out gardens are a type of rain garden, designed to soak up water before it has a chance to enter the storm drain.  In the Creston Neighborhood storm water primarily drains directly into the Grand River.  Direct drainage into a creek or river causes a number of problems such as flooding, warming of the water (increased bacteria ie. ECOLI and algae blooms), and water that drains directly into storm drains also collects all of the STUFF (chemicals from lawns, motor oil, sediment, etc.) which goes directly into the water.  Rain gardens such as these Bump Out Gardens are designed to soak up the water and allow it to enter the water table gradually and in turn the water is filtered by the plants and soil!  

The City of Grand Rapids is planning to "spruce up" many of these gardens this summer with their first priority the elongated rain garden or bioswale on Carrier street (between Lafayette and College).  The Living Green in Creston Committee is working with the City on these plans and advocating for use certain Native Plants, which have deep roots designed for aiding in soaking and cleaning up water with additional benefits of aiding native pollinators.

Where YOU come in:  The City is ultimately in charge of maintaining the bump out gardens, scheduled as such:  
  • Spring Cleaning (trash removal)
  • June hand picking weeds (they cannot use weed killers due to the direct drainage to the river)
  • Check-ins monthly
We are looking for neighbors to adopt these to help keep these clean and weed free in between the City's work.  As a bump out buddy you would weed and clean out litter as needed.  If you are interested in becoming a bump out buddy, please contact CNA board member and Living Green in Creston chairperson, Mandi at

Thank you to Bump Out Buddy, Ryan, for this great work on Quimby!
Want to support the important environmental work of CNA? Consider making a donation!

Design Out Crime

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is way of designing spaces to prohibit unwanted behavior and make spaces hospitable to wanted behavior.  Important tools of CPTED include:
  • unobstructed windows
  • good lighting
  • well-maintained landscaping
  • bringing positive activity to vacant areas
Learn more about how the City of Grand Rapids can improve CPTED practices: 
Public meeting for a new Crime Prevention for Environmental Design
April 24 at 1pm and repeated at 6:30pm
at City’s Development Center, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW
Plant to attend? Let us know so we can meet you there.

Emergency Preparedness

Kent County Volunteer Community Emergency Response Team is offering a spring training open to any and all people in Kent County free of Charge.

Community Emergency Response Training
April 27th 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM:
Disaster Psychology
Emergency Services Organization
Disaster Medical Operations

May 4th 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM:
Fire Safety and Utilities
Light Search and Rescue
Review and Exam
Disaster Simulation Exercise

There is no charge for this course.  On both days lunch and snacks will be provided.  All classes meet at Salvation Army Dickenson Center - 1632 Linden SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507.

Class will be indoors except for the final exercise.  Dress is casual for classroom activities and weather-appropriate for the simulation.  Close toed shoes (preferably all leather) and long pants are required for the simulation, and long hair should be tied back.

If you’d like to attend this training, contact CNA community organizer, Kymie Spring,


Everything Makes a Difference: Landcaping with Native Plants at Vista Springs Riverside Gardens, 2420 Coit Ave NE, Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00pm

April Board of Directors Meeting at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Thursday, April 25 at 6:30pm

Land Use Committee at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30pm

Art Bash for Creston at Golden Age, Creston Brewery: Thursday, May 2, 6-9pm

CNA 40th Anniversary & History Committee Meeting at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30pm

Spring Meatless Monday Potluck at Creston Church, 238 Spencer St NE, Monday, May 13 at 5:30pm

Living Green in Creston Committee at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm

Fire Station Visit + Block Party Info at Fire Station No. 9: date TBD

Perennial Exchange at Aberdeen Park: Thursday, May 30, 6-7pm

Night Out in Creston at Briggs Park: Tuesday, August 6

Creston Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting for Community Engagement Thursday, October 24 at 6:30pm

Find up-to-date information on all CNA events at our Facebook page:
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