Events

2021 Event Dates

As the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and the future of limitations is unknown, we have made the difficult decision to cancel TGIF events and Block Parties until further notice. We love these events as much as you do but hold great importance in keeping neighbors safe and healthy.

All current events are listed below:

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter bunny’s helpers hide candy filled plastic eggs on the playground of the Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School for residents of Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association.

Neighborhood Garage Sales

Join your neighbors for a community garage sale day. Sell your old stuff and buy theirs! The sale will be advertised publicly as well.

Tree Planting – Saturday, April 17

Please join us starting at 9:00 AM to help plant 41 trees in our neighborhood. Meet at the corner of Cadillac and Seminole. Contact Jeff Shutz to help! (616) 540-3349 or jeff1shutz@gmail.com

Garden Tour – Saturday, June 26

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Each year OHNA residents open their gardens up to the public for a free tour. To view this year’s brochure click here.

Hollyhock Lane Parade – Saturday, July 3

Dating back to 1934, this is the longest running parade in Michigan. For more details, here is the poster.

Contact: Eric Doyle, Parade Director, EMAIL, 616-425-9331.

The GR Symphony at Pontiac Field – Thursday, July 8 at 6:30pm

Free performances in parks around the West Michigan Community

Neighborhood Cleanup & Dumpster Day – Saturday, July 10

The City of Grand Rapids sponsors a dumpster for large trash items for its neighbors.

Summer Food Trucks – One Sunday in July, August and September

Come out and enjoy some delicious grub!

Ice Cream Social – National Night Out – Tuesday, August 3

We are looking forward to this fun and exciting event. National Night Out encourages neighbors to gather, meet with community leaders, as well as Police and Fire Department personnel. Join us from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Pontiac Field (rain or shine) for ice cream, lemonade, face painting, a balloon artist, firetruck AND an appearance from the GRPD K-9 Unit.

Fall Tree Planting – Saturday, October 9

We had a successful spring tree planting! Thank you to all of those that volunteered. This fall we plan to plant more trees and are looking for neighbors to come out and participate. You don’t need to have a green thumb to help out, anyone is welcome. Meeting spot will be on the corner of Fisk and Cadillac. Please email Jeff Shutz if you are available to help.

Halloween – Sunday, October 31

On Halloween night from 6-8pm, turn your lights on to welcome ghouls and goblins from near and far.

Friday Happy Hours

We are excited to bring back the monthly Friday Night Happy Hours! They are typically held on the third Friday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Attendees will bring a small dish to pass and any drinks they desire. We appreciate your willingness to open up your home to our neighbors! To sign up for an open date click here.

OHNA Board Meetings

The dates for monthly Association Board Meetings are on Tuesday nights beginning at 7 PM on the following dates:

    • Tuesday, April 20
    • Tuesday, May 18
    • Tuesday, June 15
    • July – No Meeting
    • Tuesday, August 17
    • Tuesday, September 21
    • Tuesday, October 19
    • Tuesday, November 16 – Annual Meeting
    • December – No Meeting

All are welcome! If you have any questions or comments for the board, please email president@ottawahillsgr.org.