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American Red Cross is out for blood

American Red Cross is out for blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s Halloween time, and the American Red Cross is out for blood. 

This month, the organization is partnering up with the Grand Rapids Ballet to offer donors a buy one, get one free coupon to the company’s performance of “Dracula.”

“Much like Dracula needed blood to stay alive, thousands of hospital patients also need this precious resource to survive,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager with the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. 

This year’s production of Dracula returns with a newly orchestrated score and updated scenery and projections.

The American Red Cross will be holding blood drives at the following locations:

Holiday Bazaar at St. Mary Magdalen

Holiday Bazaar at St. Mary Magdalen

St. Mary Magdalen Church, located at 1213 52nd St. SE in Kentwood, MI is holding a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

This event is sponsored by the Women’s Guild to Benefit Resurrection Fund and other charities.

Best-selling author in Kentwood for book signing October 9

Best-selling author in Kentwood for book signing October 9

KENTWOOD, Mich.—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray will visit Kentwood Wednesday, October 9 to sign copies of her new book, “Eventide.”

Here is the book’s synopsis, according to HarperCollins Publishers:

“In EVENTIDE, Elsie Keim is holding down the fort at the Keim residence. With her father just back from an alcohol treatment center, her mom recovering from pneumonia, her brother recently married and her twin sister engaged, she’s the only one around to keep things running smoothly. This despite the fact that that no one seems to see her as a capable woman-all they see is the thick lenses of her glasses. Those glasses serve as a constant reminder that Elsie is slowly going blind.

Elsie knows there’s much more her to her than her disease. That’s why when new neighbor Landon Troyer shows some interest in her, she doesn’t want anything to disrupt her new romance…even if it means keeping her disease a secret from Landon.

Musical instrument drive for Kentwood Public Schools

Musical instrument drive for Kentwood Public Schools

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Do you have a musical instrument collecting dust in a closet?  Do you remember how much fun you or your child had playing it? 

There are students in Kentwood Public Schools who would love to play in the orchestra or band but do not have an instrument. 

How can you help?  We are requesting the donation of used musical instruments for Kentwood Public Schools.  The instruments will be distributed among the high school and three middle schools.  Give your instrument a new life and make a difference in a kid’s life by donating it now.  We would gladly accept band or orchestra instruments – flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombones, baritones, tubas, percussion, violins, violas, cellos, and basses. 

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

You don’t have to switch your TV to the Food Network tonight to catch an Iron Chef competition.

Eight teams of student chefs will try to out-cook one another Tuesday, September 24 during the 2013 Cascade Iron Chef competition.   Chefs from the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will prepare gourmet cuisine using the "secret ingredient" for a chance to take home the iron skillet award and a college scholarship.  WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will emcee the competition, which will be judged by a panel of local celebrities.  The judging panel includes:

Magazine created by local teenage artists now available in bookstores

Magazine created by local teenage artists now available in bookstores

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The hard work of dozens of teenagers will be on display Wednesday, September 11.

This summer, 56 teenage artists created a 48-page magazine on green initiatives in Grand Rapids, titled “Green Spaces in Grand Rapids.” The youth were part of the Believe to Become Summer Learning Academy at WMCAT.  The students were paid to created all of the magazines content, including photography, illustrations and copy.  They also created their own art installation.

Some of the teenage contributors will be signing copies of their magazine Wednesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schuler Books & Music, located at 2660 28th St. SE.  Additional copies of “Green Spaces in Grand Rapids” will also be available for purchase.

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.