MLK Day: The only Federal Holiday Observed as a National Day of Service

MLK Day of Service Information
"Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."-MLK Jr
MLK Muskegon Events 
Muskegon Community College
Lakeshore Museum Center
Muskegon Museum of Art
MLK Grand Rapids Events
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Valley State University
Kent District Library
Tips For Winter Driving

Are you adequately prepared?

~Avoid driving when you're tired or very stressed out in order to avoid accidents

~Avoid gas line freeze up by keeping your gas tank at least half full and make sure to check if your coolant, oil, and wiper fluid are replaced or refilled

~Prepare a winter emergency kit for your vehicle with down blankets or sleeping bags, hand warmers, food, water, hats, mittens, winter boots, flashlight, distress signal, hand crank ham radio, jumper cables or a self-charge auto jumper, shovel, ice scraper and brush, de-icer, salt or cat litter, medication, first aid supplies, and don't forget your cell phone

~In order to avoid deathly exhaust fumes, don't warm up your car in an enclosed area such as a garage

~Accelerate and decelerate slowly in order to avoid skidding or spinning out of control; drive slowly on icy roads and utilize threshold breaking at a safe distance

~Don't skimp on purchasing snow tires for the winter and make sure they're filled at the recommended PSI in order to reduce friction on the road

~In order to avoid a potential accident, don't text and drive

What We're Reading!

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 Between the World and Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and its ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and the current crisis.
Milk and Honey
By Rupi Kaur


Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the bitterest moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

One of the Boys
By Daniel Magariel

A riveting and emotionally harrowing debut about two young brothers and their physically and psychologically abusive father.

What We're Listening To

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

James Arthur
Back From the Edge

Sam Smith
The Thrill of it All


Sir the Baptist
Saint or Sinner


Get Ready for Kent County Prevention Coalition's Annual Youth Summit 2018

Empower Generation Y and Z youth by volunteering at this inspiring conference, while helping to encourage middle schoolers and high schoolers to think critically about personal choices and future ambitions!

Witness the Summit Experience:

April 6, 2018 – Volunteer Registration Deadline:

in Grand Rapids & Muskegon

Grand Rapids Area Events

Nature Day at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids

Date:  January 20, 2018

Time:  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Venue:  Downtown Market Grand Rapids

Hosted By:  Blanford Nature Center & Outdoor Discovery Center

435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.805.5308

Price Per Person:  Free

History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History

Date:  January 20, 2018

Time:  9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Venue:  Grand Rapids Public Library

111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.988.5400

Price Per Person:  Free


Date:  December 21, 2017

Time:  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue:   Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.831.1000

Price Per Person:  Free

The Breadwinner Screening

Date:  January 18, 2018

Time:  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue:   UICA Movie Theater

2 Fulton St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616.454.7000

Price Per Person:  UICA members $4, general public $8

Concerts Under the Stars with hi-ker and Visuals by Nate Eizenga

Date:  January 18, 2018

Time:  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Venue:   Chaffee Planetarium, Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Phone:  616.929.1700

Price Per Person:  advanced ticket $12, at the door $15, members $10

January Unwind - Networking with Grand Rapids Young Professionals

Date:  January 25, 2018

Time:  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue:  Harmony Hall 

401 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Price Per Person:  free with online event ticket on GRYP Facebook page

6th Annual Community Literacy Summit 2018 with Keynote Speaker Claudio Sanchez

Date: January 25, 2018

Time: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Venue:   Eberhard Conference Center, GVSU

301 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Phone:  616.331.6620

Price Per Person:  GVSU students $15, general public $25


Muskegon area events

Homemade Pasta with Chef Char - Cooking Class 

Dates: January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018

Times: Saturday at 10 pm, Sunday at 12 pm

Venue: Kitchen 242

242 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.769.2202

Price Per Person: $44.28

Drawing Droids with Professional Illustrator Corinne Roberts

Date: January 27, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue: Hackley Public Library

316 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.722.8000

Price Per Person: Free

Date Night at MMA with Wine, Art, and Hors-d'oeuvres

Date: January 18, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue: Muskegon Museum of Art

296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.720.2580

Price Per Person: MMA member $30, general public $35


X-Country Ski to Yurt Yoga with Rootdown Yoga.Juice.Greens

Date: January 14, 2018

Time: 9:00 am -11:15 am

Venue: Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex, Muskegon State Park

462 Scenic Dr, Muskegon, MI 49445

Phone: 231.722.9642

Price Per Person: $35, with rental equipment $40


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light - The Dream of Interstellar Flight

Date: January 18, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm - 7:35 pm

Venue: Carr-Fles Planetarium, Muskegon Community College

221 S Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI 49442

Phone: 231.777.0289

Price Per Person: Free


Get Inspired

In January

"Only one cell in the frozen hive of night
is lit, or so it seems to us:
this Vietnamese café, with its oily light,
its odors whose colorful shapes are like flowers.
Laughter and talking, the tick of chopsticks.
Beyond the glass, the wintry city
creaks like an ancient wooden bridge.
A great wind rushes under all of us.
The bigger the window, the more it trembles.”

― Ted Kooser, American Poet
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