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Good News You Need for July 20

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 11:20:37-04

1. Lots of little noggins are now protected while riding bikes, skateboards, and beyond thanks to the Grand Rapids Griffins' annual Helmet Giveaway.

The team usually visits two libraries, but due to the pandemic their 17th annual Put a Lid On It was moved outside. They distributed nearly 200 kids' helmets in two drive-through events at Griff's Icehouse at Belknap Park.

Another event is happening from 12-2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Parents need to measure their child's head to figure out their size, register online, and drive through.

2. To help kids cope with the changes they're facing amid the pandemic, one PBS Kids' show is released a special aimed at helping them process their feelings.

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Won't You Sing Along With Me?" will follow the main character, Daniel, as he adjusts to the cancellation of the annual neighborhood carnival due to the coronavirus.

PBS says new songs will help Daniel process his big feelings and questions, and provides strategies for managing them.

The special is set to premiere on Monday, August 17 on PBS stations nationwide, as well as on the PBS Kids 24/7 channel, and PBS Kids digital platforms.

3. Leave the little wild ones at home and head to where the other wild things are. Enjoy John Ball Zoo's Adult Night Out on Thursday, July 23.

Make it a date night or evening with friends from 6-9 p.m.

Those 21 and over will be able to walk around the zoo, visit the animals, enjoy some adult beverages. They can also play trivial in the forest realm.

Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members, and must be bought beforehand, reserving a time slot.

All participants must wear a mask.

4. Founder's Brewing is throwing their hat into the seltzer game.

They shared the news on Twitter on Friday regarding Mas Agave Premium Hard Seltzer Strawberry, now on tap in Detroit and GR.

On Facebook, Founder's says the seltzer is 4.5 percent ABV, gluten-free, coming in at around 110 calories and 4 grams of sugar.

It's available in a howler to-go. Keep in mind, they are operating at 50 percent capacity to abide by COVID guidelines.

5. Today is Moon Day, marking the 51st anniversary of man's first lunar landing.

President Richard Nixon made the first Moon Day proclamation, two years after the landing.

To mark the occasion, do some stargazing and take a look at the moon with a telescope or binoculars. Or take a peek at Comet Neowise in the night sky, seen on the northwestern horizon. Neowise comes closest to earth on Wednesday.

NASA says this is time to do it since the comet will not be visible in Earth's skies for another 6,800 years.