Lifestyle & Recreation
2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Community rallies to rebuild EL park

Volunteers work on the new playground equipment at Patriarche Park.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

A popular East Lansing park is in the midst of a major transformation. All week, dozens of volunteers have been hammering, lifting and drilling sections of what will soon be a new playground at Patriarche Park. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and Current State’s Kevin Lavery has been following their progress. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:50 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Lansing official: New state legislation exacerbates energy assistance shortage

Utility assistance this winter is the worst Dr. Johnson has seen since she has been in Michigan.
Credit Flickr - Muffet

This winter has been brutal for all of us; the extra snow, cold, and ice that we’ve been having this season have taken an especially rough toll on those who are living on low and fixed incomes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Ingham commissioners consider parks millage

Ingham County Commissioner Randy Schafer argues that other county departments are more in need of revenue than parks. However, Koening and Holman are not eager to dismiss the discussion.
Credit Flickr - UGArdener

The Ingham County Board of Commissioners is looking at a possible county parks millage. Earlier this week, the body asked its County Services committee to begin work on a draft proposal. The focus of a millage would primarily be an expansion of Lansing’s Rivertrail network.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Gateway Community Services

Credit Courtesy of Gateway Community Services

Each Wednesday we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week's Neighbors in Action segment  features Gateway Community Services, which has offered a wide array of services for the tri-county area’s at-risk youth for more than 40 years. 

Gateway street outreach program manager Jennifer Cousineau and executive director Mark Morton join us to talk about their programs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Timebanks foster community building

 Originally aired on March 12, 2013. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:35 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Lansing's grassroots leaders taking matters into their own hands

Around the city of Lansing, grassroots volunteers are the lifeblood of neighborhood organizations trying to improve the quality of life.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:04 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lansing's Financial Empowerment Center one of five in nation

Lansing is one of only five other cities that include Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia and San Antonio, that received a $1.5 million grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center.
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In January, the city of Lansing announced that the city had been awarded a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center. Lansing’s center opened yesterday.

The center is modeled after one in New York City. It will offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to low-income residents over the next three years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Timebanks foster community building

Timebanks have been cropping up in cities  across the country. Very loosely, participants trade work hours in an effort to build a better community. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and Edge Brussel, coordinator of the new Lansing Timebank, as well as Stephanie Rearick, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.

880 Pounds!
4:15 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Food Bank Results! Thank you!

WKAR's drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank brought in a grand total of 880 pounds, which was picked up and weighed on December 19.The total packed three filled-to-the-brim laundry carts.

A large amount of this food came from the drop-off point at the MSU Library. Thanks to Ruth Ann Jones, Holly Flynn and student Adam for collecting it and then bringing it over here to add to the grand total. This is our second year partnering with the library and their collection really makes a difference.

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You Can Help
10:49 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Food Bank Drive at WKAR and MSU Library

Jeanie Croope and Susi Elkins with 978 pounds of food.

WKAR is pleased to again host a drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank through December 15.

The drive is a tradition at WKAR, with last year's collection weighing in at 978 pounds. The goal for this season's drive is to surpass 1,000 pounds of food and personal products.

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12:00 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

WKAR Holds Annual Drive for Greater Lansing Food Bank

WKAR Radio and Television are collecting food items for Greater Lansing Food Bank through December 15.

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