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My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

My Town: Former Steelcase pyramid building to become STEAM education hub

My Town: Former Steelcase pyramid building to become STEAM education hub

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Twenty-five years after Steelcase dedicated its $111 million Corporate Development Center, it's selling the pyramid.

An education group will buy the landmark property for $7.5 million then transform the 663,000 square-foot building and surrounding 181 acres into the Pyramid P20 Campus.  The new educational center will serve pre-K through university-level students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The academic programs will be offered through existing schools.

 “We have been working for over a year to get to this point,” said Pyramid P20 co-founder Jerry Zandstra, Ph.D.  “We are very excited to take ownership of this incredible facility and retain full control of design, build out and programming.”

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) – The producers of an Animal Planet reality show are moving up the air date of an episode featuring a Kentwood manufacturer.

“TANKED” features Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Manufacturing, who build exotic fish tanks for celebrities.  In September, both stars visited Stiles Machinery in Kentwood for three days to record an episode featuring a 12-foot fish tank. The tank, which holds 700 gallons of water and weighs 7,000 pounds, showcases the Grand Rapids skyline. Stiles donated the piece to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.

The episode will now air on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m., which is a week earlier than originally planned.

Craft Fair 2014 this Saturday

Craft Fair 2014 this Saturday

The Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters invite the public, just in time for the holidays, to experience this Annual Craft Show on Saturday. This is a fundraiser provided by the BCRAB, who help support Kindergarten through 12th grade, providing resources that the school is not able to.

On Saturday, November 8 over 200 quality crafters will have their handmade, one-of-a-kind merchandise available for purchase from 9:00am – 3:00pm at Byron Center High School located at 84th & Burlingame SW.

Admission: $2.00 per person

Visit http://bcfineartsboosters.org for more information.

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 18th

Here is your chance to see and hear several different marching bands from around the state at the

beautiful East Kentwood High School Falcon Stadium. Twenty two bands from around the state will be

performing shows in the competition on Saturday, October 18th. The evening will be capped off with an

exhibition performance by the East Kentwood Marching Band. The public is welcome and encouraged

to attend. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors (62+), and children under 5 are free.

The concession stand will be open and serving lots of delicious food like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, etc.

Proceeds benefit Kentwood Band & Orchestra Boosters. Gates open at 2:00pm, with the first band

taking the field at 3:15pm. The final performance will be an exhibition by the East Kentwood High

School Falcon Marching Band at 9:15pm. The EKHS Band's performance features the music of Queen, a show

you don’t want to miss.

My Town Kentwood: School piano sale Sept. 12-13

My Town Kentwood: School piano sale Sept. 12-13

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Michigan State University is selling off a collection of pianos previously used by students of the College of Music.

The Kawai acoustic and digital pianos were loaned to the college by Kawai America and West Michigan Piano.  The collection, along with pianos loaned to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and more than 100 other new and used pianos, will be on sale at a fraction of regular retail value.

The sale is Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept 13 at West Michigan Piano, located at 3600 29th Street SE in Kentwood.