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Linc Up: Rock The Block Enters Year 7

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This year marks the 7th year for the “Rock The Block” event sponsored by Linc Up in Grand Rapids.  Organizers say they are getting ready for another big year

“Rock the block for us is all about connecting community to opportunity.”

That’s Lakiya Jenkins, Operations Director at Linc, which is once again sponsoring it’s annual  “Rock the Block” which is now in its 7th year.

“There’s so many resources in Grand Rapids, and so we want to be the convener and bringing organizations who have resources and connect them to the residents. “

A community space at Madison and Hall is transformed into a huge, old fashioned block party… with lots of offerings.

“We will have everything including some of the top local artists doing everything from singing to dancing, to doing other arts as well as have some local cuisine.”

Jenkins says not only will there be lots of food and entertainment, but health issues will be front and center.  Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services Mobile Mammography unit will offer mammogram screenings.

“When we first began Rock the Block, we had a heavy emphasis on health. And so as Rock the Block has expanded, we brought in additional resources and we still want to stress health. A healthy community is a thriving community and this year we were blessed to be able to partner with Spectrum Health and they are going to be on site.”

Jenkins says there will also be a hip hop concert from the 80’s and plenty of activities for the kids… everything from bounce houses, to a ferris wheel, and activities with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.  It’s Saturday from 11 to 6pm, at Madison and Hall.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.