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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for September 1

Posted at 11:43 AM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 11:42:51-04

1. The annual Calvin College Streetfest is today.

Nearly 1,000 first year and transfer students will head off campus for a one-time service learning opportunity that takes place during orientation week.

Organizers say the program is an opportunity to introduce students to a commitment of service and learning, which is central to a Calvin education.

About 50 faculty and staff mentors will also be serving alongside the students at 60 sites in the Grand Rapids area.

2. Reserve wine and food is hoping you'll stop by to try a few dishes and help out a worthy cause.

Today through Saturday they'll be donating all the proceeds from the sales of those dishes to Global Giving’s Italy Earthquake Relief Fund. They offer aid to the victims of last week's earthquake in central Italy.

One of the villages affected was Amatrice, birthplace of the iconic spaghetti All'Amatriciana. That dish will be available at reserve during lunch and dinner.

For hours and more information head to their website at "reserve gr dot com"

3. If you are going to downtown Grand Rapids, some changes to parking and transit start today.

It's part of a new campaign that's aimed at letting neighbors know how the city is modernizing public parking and transportation.

Officials also want to make things easier for people who are walking or cycling through the city.

Some of the changes include increased meter rates, new prices for special event parking, and expanded bus services.

4. Some local students wanted to show their appreciation for their teachers in a unique way.

Wednesday morning nearly a dozen school buses filled with teachers made their way through Hastings, following an assembly at the school gym.

What they didn't realize was that students, parents, and neighbors had lined up the streets with signs and balloons to wave them through.

The student council worked with the district superintendent to make the parade happen. About 200 people took part.

5. More than a hundred kids taking part in a baseball camp in Kalamazoo got a huge surprise, when baseball superstar Derek Jeter showed up.

A graduate of Kalamazoo central, Jeter and his Turn 2 Foundation came out to help teach local children the basics of the game, as well as some more broad life lessons.

It was supposed to be a surprise but word quickly spread to all 125 of the kids participating.

This is the 13th year they've held the two day baseball clinic.