Ali’s Fitness Tip of the Week

molnar smallerWe have a new weekly feature in our e-news: Ali’s Fitness Tip of the Week! Every week, Ali Molnar, Assistant Manager and Fitness Coordinator at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center will be sharing some words of wisdom to help you make some healthy steps in your life!
This week’s tip: Ramp It Up Slowly
If you don’t enjoy exercise yet or you have a challenge getting it on your schedule, make incremental changes each week. Aim for 15 minute workouts at first. Choose anything that gets you moving and your heart rate up. Build upon your healthy habits each week by adding more time to your workouts or working out more frequently.
Learn more ways to get fit and how to get involved with the Racquet and Fitness Center by visiting them at  
or check out their Facebeook page at

Angels of Action: Blankets to Warm the Heart

blankets to warm the heartWho doesn’t loves wrapping up in their favorite blanket on a chilly winter day? Some of the children in our community don’t even have a blanket to keep them warm during a cold winter night.

Angels of Action believes a warm smile starts with a warm body and is inviting you to help provide a basic need to these children by joining AOA at Antlers Fireside Grill, located at 10107 Buchanan Road in Canadian Lakes, on February 27, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help create no-sew fleece blankets. These blankets will be distributed to the schools for children in need. There is ticket price of $25.00 to cover materials. All materials will be provided on the day of the event.

Can’t make the event? You can still buy a ticket and have someone make a blanket for you. You can purchase your tickets at

Antlers has also just introduced their new $12 entree flight. Come early and enjoy dinner before the event! It is also Wine Wednesday, so enjoy glasses of wine for half off! This event is the perfect way to enjoy a night out with your friends while doing something to directly benefit the children here in our community!

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact AOA by emailing

The Harlem Globetrotters are Coming to Big Rapids!

Untitled design (4).pngMarch 3rd, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Wink Arena, located at 210 Sports Drive in Big Rapids, the Globetrotters will share their world-class skills with a packed house and you can be a part of the action!

The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills. The Globetrotters represent nine decades of breaking down barriers, acts of goodwill and a commitment to fans that goes beyond the game.

Chamber Members! Save up to $14 per ticket. Contact Randy Robinson at (678) 497-1879 to reserve your seats and claim your discount. You can always upgrade your tickets with Magic Pass! Ask how!

All tickets and seat locations are subject to availability.  Tickets must be purchased in advance by mail, phone, email or fax.  Orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. No refunds or exchanges.  Children under 2 do not require a ticket provided they sit on adult’s lap.

Learn more about the Harlem Globetrotters and their amazing history at

GFWC Supports Artworks

At a fundraiser titled “Bags, Baubles, Bon Bons and Bordeaux”, GFWC Big Rapids raised funds for the children’s programs at Artworks. Club members along with members of the broader community donated gently used handbags, jewelry and other accessories for sale during the event.  With attendance from individuals across the community, the Club raised $630 to support the programs.

Picture from left to right:  GFWC Club President Melanie Henry, Artworks Executive Director Lynne Scheible, GFWC Club members Pat Rossi and Ann Stellardartworks donation

FSU Presents MLK Jr. Celebration


The Ferris State University Office of Multicultural Student Services would like to invite members of the campus community to join them for its 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Hate in America: Lessons Learned From MLK, January 21 through 23.

Since 1987, the MLK Celebration has been a staple event of the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Each year the department has coordinated annual events such as the Freedom March and the Student Tribute programs to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy. Throughout the past 20 plus years, OMSS has cultivated the Dr. King celebration to be more than just one day, led a campus-wide committee to assist with programming, and created the MLK Legacy Award as an esteemed honor for students and student organizations at FSU.

This year’s celebration includes several events honoring Dr. King, giving participants the opportunity to recognize his legacy with a Day of Service, as well as many educational opportunities. Keynote guest speaker, Khalid el-Hakim, founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, will present “The Truth Hurts: Black History, Honesty, and Healing the Racial Divide,” Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University Center, Room 202 AB, located on FSU’s Big Rapids campus.

All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, January 21

  • MLK Day of Service Project: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. University Center Rankin Atrium (1st Floor Lobby) RSVP at
  • The Early African American Experience of Ferris: Beyond Hampton. 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., University Center 203 (Founder’s Room)
  • The 33rd Annual Freedom March. 4:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. University Center-Rankin Atrium
  • The 33rd Annual Student Tribute. 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. University Center 202

Tuesday, January 22

  • Step Up! Active Bystander Training. 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. University Center 217 (For more information, email
  • The Tunnel of Oppression. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. University Center 116
  • “The Hate U Give” Film Screening and Discussion. 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. IRC 120 Auditorium

Wednesday, January23

  • The Tunnel of Oppression. 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. University Center 116
  • Black History 101 Mobile Museum. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. University Center 203
  • Guest Speaker Khalid el-Hakim, founder and curator, The Black History 101 Mobile Museum. “The Truth Hurts: Black History, Honesty, and Healing the Racial Divide.” 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. University Center 202AB.

The 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services in partnership with event co-sponsors The Black Student Union, the Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services, The diversity and Inclusion Office, the Office of Housing and Residential Life’s Harmony Project, the Social Work Association, and You Beautiful Black Woman.

For more information, visit

Bowl for Kids Sake!

pexels-photo-346796Saturday, February 23, 2019 join the Big Brothers Big Sisters Meceola Campaign for Lane Wars: Bowl for Kid’s Sake 2019! February 23 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., join Big Brothers Big Sisters at The Gate, located at 321 S 3rd Avenue in Big Rapids for an Avengers-themed fundraiser! Attendees are encouraged to assemble their team and attend in their favorite Avengers costume and come out to “Hulk Smash Bash: Defending the Lanes!”

Get $300 in pledges and your team bowls for free and is entered into a drawing to win prizes!

To register your team, call (231) 791-7062, or email

Proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Meceola Program Campaign.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

htamJanuary is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day – a day to bring awareness to the world-wide crisis also known as modern day slavery. Members of the community are being asked to wear blue on January 11 in support of the victims of trafficking in the U. S. and worldwide.

The Meceola Human Trafficking Task Force is an all-volunteer organization with a goal to bring public awareness and education to members of the community regarding this horrific crime.  Displays including informational materials can be found in libraries throughout Mecosta and Osceola counties during January as part of the Task Force’s mission.  Task force members are available to speak to community organizations and groups if requested.  Contact Dee Van Horn at 231-972-5737 for more information.