8 Alger Heights Hot Spots to Visit & Cool Things To Do BEFORE Summer’s Up!

August 12, 2013

The first day of school is just around the corner, folks. Summer will be but a distant memory before you know it, so here’s 8 Alger Heights Hot Spots and Cool Things To Do to help you make the most of your last carefree summer days in one of the greatest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids!

1. Play Date Thursdays at the Playground – Every Thursday at 3:00 PM throughout the summer, Alger Heights parents, caregivers and kids can gather at the playground on the corner of Mayhewwood & Eastern (behind Tabernacle Community Church) to meet other kids and families and just have fun playing together in the great outdoors. All gatherings are free, informal and most of all … FUN! Hope to see you there!

2. Hit up Ken’s Fruit Market for Fresh Summer Produce – Mother Nature’s offerings are never finer than during the summer months when fresh berries, sweet corn, ripe melons, juicy tomatoes and tropical fruits are all in season. Alger Heights residents can stock up on all of them at Ken’s Fruit Market! The market is open all year round, of course, but there’s nothing quite like a ruby red strawberry or bounty of sweet corn purchased in season.

3. Splish Splash at the Alger Park Splash Pad – Open daily throughout the summer from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM at Alger Middle School, this wonderful FREE Alger Park splash pad has a variety of water sprayers, sprinklers, nozzles and dumpers to delight youngsters of all ages. What an awesome way to help your kids cool off on those long, hot summer days!

4. Treat the Kids to Soft Serve on the Patio at Sweet Mellisa’s – Known year-round for their dazzingly delicious array of cupcakes, soft serve ice cream is a seasonal treat that’s only scooped up during the warmer months at Sweet Mellisa’s. While hard pack ice cream is available from this fun cupcakery all year round, there’s something extra special about swirls of chocolate and vanilla soft serve on a warm summer night that can make anyone feel like a kid again. Just a few more weeks until the patio closes for the season!

4. Celebrate Good Neighbors & Good Food at the Community Garden Potluck – Scheduled for the evening of Saturday, August 17, the Garden Potluck invites members of the Alger Heights Community Garden to gather and share a variety of dishes prepared from the goods grown in their garden plot. Children are welcome to come along and learn just how fun eating their vegetables can be. Join the Alger Heights Community Garden Facebook page and stay tuned for more details. (Eggplant Pizza, anyone??)

5. Take Advantage of Alger Heights FREE Yard Waste Drop-off – Although the free yard waste drop-off service will be available through December 14, now is a great time to trim back your beautiful Alger Heights yard before the autumn leaves start to drop. Weed the garden, cut back any shrubs or hedges that have become overgrown and unsightly, remove dead tree branches, etc. Then pack your trimmings into PAPER (not plastic!) leaf and yard waste bags and take them down to 2001 Butterworth SW Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM. (Please be prepared to show a valid ID showing your residence as being in the city of Grand Rapids.)

6. Attend Fun, FREE  ‘Gardening in Grand Rapids’ Events – Our Kitchen Table, the YMCA, Baxter Community Center and Well House are all hosting numerous events centered around Gardening in Grand Rapids throughout the month of August! From farmer’s markets to cooking, canning and gardening workshops and, of course, the always-popular “Veggie Van”, there’s cool stuff happening all throughout the month of August. Get out there, get healthy, get happy!

7. Get involved in the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association – You can volunteer your time as a member of the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association (AHNA) any time of year, of course, but this is a particularly great time to start. With summer days winding down, capture hold of that “back to school” spirit and challenge yourself to try something new by becoming an active member in this valuable non-profit organization dedicated to making Alger Heights a great place to live!

8. Get to Know Your Neighbors – West Michigan neighborhoods are always busier places in the summertime and Alger Heights is no exception. This is a great time of year to get out and meet new faces or catch up with old ones! Take an evening stroll, host a backyard cookout or simply invite neighbors over to have drinks on the porch and watch the sun go down. After all, it will only be a matter of weeks before autumn’s chill has everyone huddling inside in front of the football games!

Alger Heights is a great place to live ALL year round! For more information about the Alger Heights neighborhood, please contact Jamie Krier of Steve Volkers Group Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-4532 or [email protected]


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