The Parent Coalition is a group of parents, grandparents, caregivers and professionals who advocate for young children in Montcalm County. We meet monthly learn about early childhood development and share/plan activities in the community! For this information and more about the Parent Coalition visit our Calendar, BLOG, or our facebook page! Here is a brief look at what is happening in Montcalm County.
What is Happening:
June 14-16 Lakeview Summerfest: Community Garage Sales, music in the park, art show, firemans parade, Sidewalk decorating, inflatable fun, main parade, fireworks, movie night and many more family fun activities! Look for Great Start Montcalm while you are there too! For the full schedule click HERE!
June 18 (5:30-7:30pm) Montcalm County Great Start Parent Coalition's monthly meeting includes information on advocating for children and preparing them for success in school and life. This month’s special speaker topic is USE-REDUCE-RECYCLE. Everyone is welcome! Meeting June 18th at Central Montcalm Community Church, 315 S Sheridan Rd, Sheridan, MI from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Childcare and food will be provided. RSVP to Brandy Minikey
or (616)225-6146 so that we have enough food and childcare!
June 21, 2pm-5pm Family Health Fair at Sheridan Community Center, hosted by Sheridan Community Hospital. The fair is open to everyone with features and happenings for the entire family. Cholesterol testing is free of charge, by appointment or walk-in, as time allows. A wide selection of health services will be available including mini massages, vision checks, blood pressure checks, skin tips, dental care info, healthy food samples, health, fitness & safety info, cancer resources, and so much more. Yes, there will be lots to do for the younger folks like having live animals to pet (compliments of Anderson & Girls Orchard), games, crafts, healthy treats, free new children's books as giveaways, and face painting. Giveaways, door prizes and healthy refreshments will grace the health fair as will some pretty awesome guitar music by SCHs registered nurse, Darin Buffington.
June 24 & June 25 Coral Days Festival: Friday visit the town wide yard sales, car and bike show with DJ and dancing and the Firemen's water battles. Saturday enjoy the inflatables, flea market and craft show, horseshoe tournament, 3 on 3 basketball, tractor pulls, soapbox car races and more. The Grand Parade starts at 11:00am. For more information contact (231) 354-6431.
Montcalm County 4H Fair Kids Day, June 27 (10:00am-2:00pm): Many kids activities including petting zoo, games and other great activities for families! Great Start will have an area set up for kids to enjoy, look for us on Kids Day! Fair Runs June 23-30!
July 14 9:30, 11:00, 12:30 Play, Learn and Read Library Groups at Flat River Library in Greenville, book is How do you Hug a Porcupine by Laurie Isop
July 23rd 5:30pm Party in the Park at the Greenville Community Center Pavilion. Games, Prizes and activities for the family! Dinner provided at 6pm. RSVP to Brandy Minikey at
or 616-225-6146 so that we have enough supplies and food for everyone!
Where we need help:
If you can help out with any of these events please contact Brandy Minikey at:
Montcalm County Fair Kids Day, June 27 (10am-2pm) - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We will be setting up a booth and having children’s activities and an informational table. We need people to help with bubble, water and sand activities that day. Also I am looking for donations of little trinkets to handout to approximately 500 kids! We are looking for personal donations and/or business donations both are welcome but we need help getting those donations! If you would like to help contact me today!
Family Health Fair at Sheridan Community Center, June 21, 2pm-5pm VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We will be setting up a booth and having children’s activities and an informational table. We need help passing out healthy snacks and doing a craft project with the kids!
Outside play makes for happier, healthier, and more cooperative children. Outside Play Develops Social and Physical Skills. Close your eyes and bring up an idyllic childhood memory. When we did this, we remembered playing “fort” with neighborhood pals among some low-hanging tree branches. Chances are, you also remembered yourself playing outdoors. Outside play is far more important to children’s health and development than many of us realize, and unfortunately, it is slowly shrinking in our society.
To read the rest of this article and more go to Parenting Press at: http://www.parentingpress.com/tip.html
- Great Start Connect is a great resource to help you find child care and preschool facilities in Michigan! Visit their website: http://greatstartforkids.org/connect/
- Choose My Plate: build healthy and happy children by choosing the right foods! Visit: www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.
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Contact Great Start Montcalm County:
621 New Street, Stanton, MI 48888, Phone: (616) 225-6146
Parent Support Coordinator
Cari O’Connor, Director