1. For those who are paying off college debt, free tuition sounds great for the next generation. Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College think so too. That's why starting with the class of 2020 students who live in the city of Grand Rapids and graduate from one of the area high school can earn a certificate or associate degree at GRCC tuition-free.
The scholarship will not only cover tuition, but also books, supplies, and fees associated with GRCC courses.
The scholarship is prorated based upon the length of time a student resides in the city and attends one of the eligible high schools.
It hasn't officially passed yet, however it's expected to be on Monday.
2. Ladies unite! The Women's March will be Saturday, January 18 in Bronson Park at 11 a.m.
There will be speakers, performances, and things available to purchase. The theme for 2020 is "Building Power Together".
The mission is to empower women, of all backgrounds, and create social change.
Organizers are also accepting donations for women at the YWCA.
3. Flannel Jax's Grand Rapids is offering local first responders, military members, and veterans a 50 percent discount at its new location throughout the entire month of January.
It's part of their National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Celebration. In order to participate, present a valid government ID to receive the discount.
Flannel Jax's Grand Rapids is located on Lake Michigan Drive.
To learn more, check out their webpage or Facebook.
4. Forget about fighting the elements so Fido can head to the park, a new indoor dog park is coming to Grand Rapids.
the address will be 5205 West River Drive in Comstock Park. It's the first of its kind here in West Michigan.
Enjoy doggy daycare, where owners can drop off their pet and grab a complimentary breakfast, as well as a space for people to hang out.
The park is slated to open sometime this summer.
5. The votes are in, and the name of the Potter Park Zoo's baby rhino calf is Jaali!
The names contest wrapped up on Thursday. Folks had a chance to choose between a few different ones and the contest also raised money for the zoo.
Jaali was born on Christmas Eve, and he's doing very well so far!
It's exciting news for the zoo, and the species as a whole considering there's only about 5,000 Black Rhinos in the wild today.
Zoo goers will be able to see Jaali in person this spring.