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Good News You Need for July 21

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 18:04:24-04

1. A new app is launching in Grand Rapids to help homeowners connect with lawn care called Green Pal.

It's like uber for your yard. Homeowners can list their lawns on Green Pal with their service date and lawn care needs. Then companies can bid on the job.

The homeowner can then select who they want to work with based on the vendor's ratings, reviews, and price.

The app is expected to launch this week.

2. It's Princess Day at John Ball Zoo.

The event will go until 4 p.m. where you can see all your favorite princess characters. Instead of a meet-and-greet though, they'll be doing socially-distanced photos with up to three characters.

The event is included in admission but there is a limited number of tickets, so they recommend reserving timed tickets before getting there.

Masks are required both inside and outside at the zoo.

3. Hop online to cheer on Special Olympians as the week-long event, this week, is the first of it's kind virtually.

Thousands of athletes from across the state have trained hard and this still allows them to compete during the pandemic.

There are 20 different sporting events, done at home, then athletes submit their scores online.

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4. When life gives you lemons, sometimes it's hard to make lemonade. That's why Country Time is bailing out kids who can't run their lemonade stands this year due to coronavirus.

The lemonade brand's "Littlest Bailout" program will give $100 checks to winning applicants.

To participate, children under 14-years-old have to write an essay about how they'd spend the money. They also have to submit a photo of the lemonade stand sign they had planned to use.

5. Why is it that some of the best food we taste is junk food? It could be the sugar, salt, and fat that add up to deliciousness, but now is not the time to talk about the trash food you hate to love, because today is National Junk Food Day.

Junk food became a thing in the 1800s when packaged food showed up. Then after WWII, it took off.

People ate out more and traveled more, so the industry was primed to make even more junk food, but an occasional indulgence should be okay.