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End of Summer Food Truck Festival - Sept. 14

The City of Kentwood and GR8 Food Trucks invites foodies and families to explore cuisine from nearly 30 vendors during the fourth annual End of Summer Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14.

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Kentwood Seeks Public Input Through 'Plan Kentwood' Community Engagement Series

The City of Kentwood is updating its long-range vision for growth, land use, development and open space conservation, known as the Master Plan, and is seeking public input on proposed changes through “Plan Kentwood,” a community engagement series. 

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City of Kentwood Announces Summer Road Projects

The City of Kentwood has released its tentative road construction and maintenance schedule for the summer. Major streets scheduled for maintenance include Kalamazoo, East Paris, Breton and Walma.

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North Half of Forest Hill and Burton Intersection to be Closed Beginning Friday, Aug. 9 

There will be no access to Forest Hill Avenue from the south end of the street. Commuters will need to take a detour from East Paris Avenue to Cascade Road.

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Improvements to Veterans Memorial and Old Farm Parks Underway

Exciting changes are coming to two Kentwood parks this fall with several construction projects now underway. Please pardon our dust at Old Farm Park and Veterans Memorial Park as we make facilities more accessible, functional and fun.

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City of Kentwood to Celebrate National Night Out

The City of Kentwood will be bustling with block parties, neighborhood events and other activities on Tuesday, Aug. 6 for National Night Out. Kentwood police officers, firefighters and City leaders will join residents at more than 20 gatherings planned for the annual community-building event, most of which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. 

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Kentwood to Unveil Beach Volleyball and Outdoor Football Bowling Courts

Come see the new competition-grade beach volleyball courts and outdoor football bowling setup at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 21. The grand opening event will be followed by a co-ed volleyball tournament. Those interested in playing can sign up at bit.ly/kentwoodvolleyball.

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Fourth of July Celebration Details

The City of Kentwood has a full day of activities planned for its annual Fourth of July Celebration, including a pancake breakfast, 5K race, parade, carnival and live music, leading up to fireworks at dusk.

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Kentwood Launches Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee 

The City of Kentwood has assembled a community-based Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee to plan for the City’s future. The advisory committee held its first meeting on Monday, June 3 with 21 members. 

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May 17 Vibe Gala to Benefit Adaptive Recreation Opportunities

All are invited to The Vibe, a gala benefiting Kentwood Parks and Recreation’s adaptive programs, on Friday, May 17. The celebration will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Stonewater Country Club. Tickets are available at kentwoodvibe.com

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Fourth Annual Family Open House at DPW Set for May 15

All are invited to the fourth annual Family Open House on Wednesday, May 15. The Kentwood Department of Public Works will again host the event in partnership with the Kent County Road Commission and the American Public Works Association in anticipation of National Public Works Week.

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First Cadet From Police Department's Academic Sponsorship Program Sworn In as Officer

The City of Kentwood has welcomed Jesalyn Heard to the Kentwood Police Department, the first cadet to go through its new academic sponsorship program and the first African-American woman to serve as a police officer in the Department’s 51-year history. Welcome to the team, Officer Heard!

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Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced

Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series returns with free concerts at 7 p.m. on select Thursday nights from June to August. This year’s series features West Michigan favorites such as The Crane Wives, Brena and Melophobix.

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Gypsy Moth Spraying Set for May 28-29

Gypsy Moth spraying dates for the 2019 treatment locations in the City of Kentwood are May 28 and 29. Should weather impede, additional spraying may occur on May 30.

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Recycling Center to Close this Summer

The Kent County Department of Public Works announced the Kentwood recycling drop-off station will close June 30 due to improved access to curbside recycling in the area, as well as increasing operation costs of public drop-off site.

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Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee Established

City Commission approved a resolution on Monday, April 8 to establish an advisory committee that will review and prioritize improvements to Kentwood’s parks, trails and recreational programming to align with the needs of the community.

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Kentwood Farmers Market Events and Vendor Application

The Kentwood Farmers Market is now accepting vendors for its fifth season, set to begin June 1. More information, including vendor applications, can be found online at www.kentwoodfarmersmarket.com.

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Community Clean-Up Day Set for Saturday, May 4

Community Clean-Up Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. General debris, gently used items for donation, yard waste, household hazardous materials and electronic devices will be accepted.

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Limb Loss Awareness 5K Set for April 27

The City of Kentwood is partnering with Hanger Clinic to offer the second annual Limb Loss Awareness 5K on Saturday, April 27 to raise funds for Kentwood’s Adaptive Recreation Programs. Sign up at: bit.ly/2JDSdbc.

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Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness at Annual Expo

Come to the 20th Annual Spotlight on Seniors Health & Fitness Expo on Tuesday, April 23. Learn about local services, and enjoy free snacks, lunch and giveaways at the free-to-attend event from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the KAC.

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Enjoy Breakfast with the Bunny

A pancake breakfast will be served 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. When families arrive, there will be music to enjoy and an art project for children. Meet the bunny and take photos 10-11 a.m.

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Brush Drop-Off Site Reopened

Brush, sticks, tree limbs and logs from storm damage may be dropped off at the Public Works facility during daylight hours through April 15.

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18th annual Taste of Kentwood - March 14

The community is invited to explore a smorgasbord of local cuisine during the 18th annual Taste of Kentwood event on March 14. 

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Freeze Fest Returns Saturday, Feb. 16

The City of Kentwood has partnered with Great Lakes Disc to host its fourth Freeze Fest, a doubles disc golf tournament and food drive, on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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City of Kentwood Announces Winter Concert Series Lineup

The City of Kentwood’s Winter Concert Series is returning in 2019 with free concerts on select Wednesday nights from January to March in the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

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Kentwood to Host Valentine's Dash 5K on Feb. 9

The second annual Valentine’s Dash 5K will take off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Following the race will be an after-party in the library’s community room. Online registration is available now.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Food Drive on Jan. 21

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Kentwood will hold a food drive to stock its Little Free Pantry on Jan. 21. To ensure those who need help can find it year-round, please lend a hand by donating to the pantry and consider becoming a year-round partner.

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Maurice Groce Fills Vacant City Commission Seat

On Dec. 18, the City Commission voted for the appointment of Groce to fill the vacant commission seat through November 2019

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Winter Cooking Classes to Impress your Guests

Looking to improve your culinary skills so you can impress your guests this year? Sign up for our winter cooking classes at bit.ly/48thStCooking.

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City of Kentwood Adopts PACE Program

The City of Kentwood has adopted a PACE program to promote the installation of energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems in area properties. It allows owners of commercial or industrial property to finance the upfront cost of energy or other eligible improvements and then pay the costs back over time through a voluntary assessment.

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Court Temporarily Closed Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The 62-B District Court will be closed to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Kentwood's Holiday Tree Lighting and Light Parade Set for Dec. 7

The City of Kentwood invites the community to begin the holidays with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Light Parade, slated for Friday, Dec. 7. Centered around the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, the free event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

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City Seeks Applications to Fill Commission Seat

The City of Kentwood is seeking applications from residents to fill a vacant position on the City Commission. You may apply in person at Kentwood City Hall or online HERE.

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New Kentwood City Hall Hours Take Effect Nov. 12

On Nov. 12, City Hall office hours will change to the following: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays; and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

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Kick Off the Holidays With Our Ugly Sweater 5K and More

The City of Kentwood is hosting two events in November to say farewell to fall and kick off the holidays: Fall Fling at Old Farm Park, a disc golf tournament and food drive, on Nov. 10, and an Ugly Sweater Cross County 5K on Nov. 17.

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Dates for Brush and Leaf Drop-Off Programs Announced

After receiving positive feedback from the community, the City of Kentwood will continue to pilot its brush drop-off program this fall. The program will run concurrently with the annual leaf drop-off site at the Public Works facility from Oct. 13 to Dec. 8.

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Trick-or-Treat Hours & Halloween Safety

Trick-or-treat activities are recommended between 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. 

As residents plan to participate in Halloween activities, the Kentwood Police Department offers the following tips to encourage a safe evening.

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Kentwood Ranked No. 1 Hottest ZIP Code

Realtor.com released its annual list of hottest ZIP codes in the U.S., and we're honored to have been ranked as No. 1. The report highlights our close-knit community, fast-selling affordable homes and strong schools.

 

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Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat Set for Oct. 20

Calling all ghouls, monsters, superheroes, princesses and all other trick-or-treaters: You are invited to attend the City of Kentwood’s annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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Fall Cooking Classes to Entice Every Taste Bud

Looking to improve your culinary skills or check out the Kentwood Activities Center’s newly renovated kitchen? Sign up for our fall cooking classes.

 

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End of Summer Food Truck Festival Set for Sept. 15

The City of Kentwood will host the third annual End of Summer Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15 in partnership with GR Loves Food Trucks. Nearly 30 food trucks are expected to participate in the free-to-attend event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard. L. Root) Branch.

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Kentwood Asks Community to Help 'Plan Our Parks'

The City of Kentwood is seeking public input through a series of "Plan Our Parks" events, where residents of all ages will have the opportunity to help shape the future of Kentwood’s parks and recreation development.

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Kentwood Announces Summer Road Projects

Following City Commission approval, Kentwood has released its tentative road construction and maintenance schedule for the summer, which includes improvements to 22 miles of major and local roads.

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Community Invited to 'Celebrate Kentwood'

All of West Michigan is welcome to join as we “Celebrate Kentwood” on Saturday, Aug. 11. event returns for a day of fun and celebration. This year’s festival will be one jam-packed day of events at City Hall and surounding area with family-friendly activities, local food vendors, community booths, a beer garden, live music and more.

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City of Kentwood Email Communications Temporarily Down

The City of Kentwood email server is experiencing disruptions. As we work to resolve this issue, residents are encouraged to contact us by phone.

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City of Kentwood Announces Summer Concert Series Lineup

The City of Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series returns with free concerts and entertainment on select Thursday nights from June to August. The series features West Michigan favorites such as The Crane Wives, May Erlewine and The Moxie Strings.

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Wing Avenue Project

This summer, we are working to improve Wing Avenue from 60th Street to 52nd Street. The construction project includes reconstructing the road, improving sight distance, safety improvements, new watermain, new storm sewer, new sanitary sewer, and an improved trailhead.

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Notice: Work Along East West Trail Now Complete

On behalf of ITC, Quality Tree Service of Michigan has completed treating areas along the East West Trail for selective removal of vegetation that could interfere with power lines.

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Kentwood to Pilot Brush Drop-Off

The City has taken your suggestion to create a brush drop-off site, which will be located at Kentwood Department of Public Works, 5068 Breton Ave. SE.

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City Seeks Volunteers

The City of Kentwood welcomes residents to participate in a variety of boards and committees.  Community involvement is the key to keeping Kentwood a great community.  If you would like to serve on a board or committee, please fill out our Committee Application.  We currently have openings on the Planning Commission and Arts Commission.

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The Rapid Seeks CEO

The Rapid is currently seeking a CEO to lead the West Michigan public transportation organization. The City of Kentwood is a member of the Interurban Transit Partnership that operates the Rapid. 

 

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Kentwood's Got Talent Audition to be Held April 19

You’ve seen the hit TV show – and now we’re adding our own local spin to finding top talent. And we're looking for local talent. 

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Easter Bunny to Arrive a Day Early in Kentwood

The City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place rain or shine on March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Kentwood City Hall lawn. Children and families are invited to attend this free event, which will offer candy and prizes to all.

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Driver Responsibility Fees Ending

On March 1, Gov. Snyder signed legislation that eliminates new Driver Responsibility Fees and wipes outstanding debts beginning Oct. 1, 2018. 

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Snowplow Appreciation Week

This week, we want to take time to recognize the men and women who keep our roads clean during the cold winter months.

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Personal Property Filings Due Feb. 20

If you are a business owner in Kentwood, then you have a very important deadline soon. 

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Winter Taxes Due

Winter Taxes are Due Feb. 14! 
It's that time of the year when Winter Taxes are due. You can easily make payments online by visiting the Kentwood Treasurer page

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City of Kentwood Now Offering ACH Payments!

The City of Kenwood now offers ACH processing for Utility Water Payments!  ACH is a free option to make electronic payments to the City of Kentwood without exchanging cash or checks. 

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Kentwood Winter Concert Series Begins Jan. 18

Just like our popular Summer Concert Series, we are excited to announce the lineup for the first Winter Concert Series.

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Tree Drop Off

If you're ready to remove your largest decoration - your tree - the City of Kentwood is ready to take it off your hands. 

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Kentwood City Hall Observe Holiday Hours

The City of Kentwood will observe special Holiday hours. 
The City will be closed on Dec. 22 and Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. 
The City will also be close on Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 in observance of the new year.

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Gypsy Moth Survey in Progress

The City of Kentwood has hired Aquatic Consulting Services (ACS) to conduct a Gypsy Moth population survey between Wednesday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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Winter Parking Reminder

From November 15 to March 15 each year, City Ordinance does not allow parking on city streets between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. for snow maintenance. 

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Kentwood Trick or Treat

It's that time of the year when ghouls, princesses and superheroes take to the streets in search of Halloween candy. 

The City of Kentwood will observe Trick or Treating on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

 

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End of Summer Food Truck Rally Coming Sept. 16

Join us from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. as we say goodbye to summer with food trucks, cornhole, live music and a beer tent! We're partnering with GR Loves Food Trucks to bring more than 30 different food trucks and vendors to this celebration! 

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New Website Coming Soon!

We are very excited to unveil our new website in the coming weeks! The updated website will have a fresh, new look along with tools that will make it easy for you find the information you need.

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Kentwood Getting New Street Lights

The City of Kentwood is getting a lot brighter – thanks to a conversion to LED streetlights on primary streets.
 
Kentwood is joining the growing list of cities making the conversion, swapping out 2,661 of its current high-pressure sodium, or HPS, lights to light-emitting diode, commonly known as LED lights. The project will be completed in four phases, beginning this week.
 
“From now through the end of October, Kentwood will be working with Consumers Energy to convert 489 lights on major streets such as 44th Street, 52nd Street and Eastern Avenue,” Dan VanderHeide said, Kentwood city project manager. “We are pleased with this partnership, which will allow us to improve lighting while saving money.”

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Celebrate Kentwood Starts Friday

Celebrate Kentwood

August 11 & 12 
 
 
Kentwood City Hall Lawn (4900 Breton SE)
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Join us for two days of celebration! Taking place behind Kentwood City Hall, we'll have food, inflatables for kids, carnival games, community booths, a beer garden, cultural acts, and live music including Mega 80's! Saturday evening will end with a special 50th Anniversary fireworks show.

Friday Schedule
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.            Classic Car Show
5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.       Beer Garden Open 
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.            Kentwood's Got Talent

Saturday Schedule
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.             Farmers Market at the Kentwood Library
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.             Breton Street Fair
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.             Various cultural acts performing
Noon to  7 p.m.             Inflatables, Carnival Games, Kids Activities
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.             Tom Cutts & Friends
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.             The Isaac Norris Project
4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   Beer Garden Open 
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.        Cabildo
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   Mega 80’s
Dusk                              Fireworks

More information available at www.kentwood50.com 

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Celebrate Kentwood Parking

We hope you'll be joining us this weekend for Celebrate Kentwood, where we have a lot FREE activities and events planned throughout the day! 

The City will be providing shuttle service beginning Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The shuttle service will run from St. Marks Church, Challenger Elementary, New Covenant Community Church and Crestwood Middle School and drop off at the bus stop on Walma next to City Hall. 

Shuttle buses will be labeled "2A Kentwood 50." Times runs as follows: 

 

Friday

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

18 minute pick-up frequency 

 

Saturday 

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

18 minute pick-up frequency 

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

9 minute pick-up frequency 

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

6 minute pick-up frequency 


Handicap parking is available in front of City Hall. 

Additional parking suggestions throughout the weekend are: 

Kentwood Public Works, 5068 Breton SE
Kentwood Justice Center, 4742 Walma SE
Crestwood Middle School, 2674 44th St. SE 
New Covenant Church, 5160 Breton SE 
Challenger Elementary, 2475 52nd St. SE
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1934 52nd St. SE 

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We need YOU to make this party happen!

We're throwing a big party to "Celebrate Kentwood" Aug. 11 - 12, and we need YOUR help! We're looking for volunteers to help with everything from beer tent help to information booth to merchandise sales! Come down to Railtown Brewing Company Tuesday, July 18 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and sign up. We'll even give you a cool t-shirt and pizza in return!

Can't make it Tuesday? Sign up online to help!http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4faaac29a31-volunteer.

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Storms Roll Through Kentwood

We hope everyone is safe after last night's storm. All our available are out cleaning up this morning. Please be aware that many traffic signals are out this morning and you should treat these as a 4-way stop.

Our crews are cleaning up debris and fallen trees on city streets and sidewalks. Remember, it is the property owner's responsibility to clean any debris from your yard. 
Kentwood does not have a yard waste drop off site.  If you need to dispose of yard waste from the storm, we encourage you to contact your current waste hauler.  You can also visit Kent County Recycling to find more yard waste disposal options in Kent County.  We are also aware that Landscape Impressions is currently taking brush. Please call in advance. 

Our crews are working as fast as possible while keeping everyone safe. If you see a downed power line, contact Consumer's Energy Down Line phone number 800-477-5050 and stay at least 25 ft away from the line. More information about what to do with a downed line can be found https://www.consumersenergy.com/community/safety.
 

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Kentwood Trick or Treat

It's that time of year, when ghouls, princesses, super heroes take to the streets in search of Halloween candy. 
Trick or Treating hours are on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

For the safety of our children, please observe the following: 

  • Take extra precaution while driving through the city on October 31. This includes driving slower and eliminate any distractions while driving. Remember, no texting and driving! 
  • Parents should accompany their children while trick or treating 
  • Be sure to carry a flashlight 
  • Leave your porch light on if you are handing out candy 
  • Parents, remember to check your children's candy before indulging 

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City Seeks Feedback on Office Hours

The City of Kentwood is evaluating amending its office hours to better serve the community. Residents are invited to complete a two-question survey about City Hall office hours to guide these improvements. Click here to complete the survey.

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Kentwood Fire Department Has Begun Annual Fire Hydrant Testing

The Kentwood Fire Department has begun annual spring testing and flushing of fire hydrants throughout the City.  

Tests are conducted to make sure hydrants are in good repair and water flow and pressure are adequate in the event hydrants are needed during fires. 

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'Under the Sea' Daddy-Daughter Dance set for Jan. 26

Our Daddy-Daughter Dance is set for Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Kent District Library - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. With an "Under the Sea" theme, this year’s event will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced

Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series returns with free concerts at 7 p.m. on select Thursday nights from June to August. This year’s series features West Michigan favorites such as The Crane Wives, Brena and Melophobix.

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