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The Shelley Irwin Show Podcast for 6-5-24

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American Red Cross, Career Fair Carnivals, Taste of Muskegon, By Leaps & Bounds, and ARTRAT Gallery.

Forecasters are predicting a very active weather season this 2024, including storms, tornadoes and hurricanes. To talk about the scope, services, safety measures and more, we talk to Trevor Riggen, American Red Cross President of Humanitarian Services.

Career Fair Carnivals begin throughout West Michigan at various times and locations, offering free food, family activities and job seeker resources thanks to West Michigan Works! and it’s partners. We talk to Praeco Skills’ Director of Talent Development Steve Heethuis.

It’s the Taste of Muskegon this weekend, a festival that features a competition between the best local restaurants and food trucks. Lisa Kraus talks about this annual event, kicking off Friday night with entertainment on the grounds of Hackley Park.

Funded by a .25 mill property tax passed in 2018, in 2022, Ready by 5 has provided more than 12,400 young children and expectant parents from every zip code in Kenty County access to programs focused on healthy development, early learning and family support. Thousands more received information and resources about early childhood development. Since its passing in 2018, Kent County has seen increased participation in evidence-based programs with 50% more families served by Home Visiting, an 800% participation increase in Play and Learn Groups, and 2,240 residents served through outreach and navigation services. Through developmental screenings, 730 children have also been connected to early intervention services. Here to talk about their families' experiences with Ready by 5 are Kent County parents Millie Martinez and Taniah Ingram. To learn more, visit:https://www.firststepskent.org/millage

Heartside Business Association is hosting June events to celebrate summer. ARTRAT Gallery’s Matthew Rothenberg discusses the Fashion Art Music on SoDiv plus a free third Thursday SoDIV Shop and Stroll featuring a guided tour and more.

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Shelley Irwin is the host and producer for The Shelley Irwin Show, a news magazine talk-show format on the local NPR affiliate Monday through Friday. The show, broadcast at 9 a.m., features a wide variety of local and national news makers, plus special features.
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