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My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town Kentwood: Organizers launch fund raising campaign for July 4 celebration

My Town Kentwood: Organizers launch fund raising campaign for July 4 celebration
 

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  It’s March but the City of Kentwood is already looking to July and its annual Independence Day Celebration.

The Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department is once again teaming up with the Kentwood Jaycees for this year’s event, which will include fireworks, a 5k run, parade, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, carnival and music.

Organizers have launched their “Light The Spark” campaign to fund the celebration.  Those interested in donating can visit the fund raising page  or  by participating and donating during the following events:

My Town: Kentwood concert with Grand Rapids Symphony April 1

My Town: Kentwood concert with Grand Rapids Symphony April 1

 

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- On Tuesday, April 1, the East Kentwood High School Symphony Orchestra and select members of EKHS Symphonic Wind Ensemble will have the opportunity to play alongside members of the Grand Rapids Symphony. 

As a member of  the Kentwood Public School instrumental program, each student will get a chance to perform two pieces while sitting side-by-side with a professional musician.  For their conductor, the students will have the pleasure of working with John Varineau, associate conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. 

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. inside the EKHS Fine Arts Auditorium and is open to the public.  No tickets are needed, but donations are encouraged.  Proceeds from the concert will go towards supporting EKHS's instrumental music program and to help pay for the dinner students will attend with the symphony.

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Travelers at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport got a taste of Hollywood last week, as crews shot scenes for a film starring Jesse Eisenberg.

A crew of more than 100 people worked more than 14 hours shooting scenes throughout the airport for “The End of the Tour”.  Grand Rapids’ airport will represent the Minneapolis- St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare airports in the movie.

“Not only are we happy to host the cast and crew for filming, but we are happy they are flying in and out of our airport and bringing in money to support the local economy,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks.  “They are flying in and out of Grand Rapids, grabbing a cup of Starbucks at our airport, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants.  It’s wonderful for the entire West Michigan community.”

EKHS Presents the Musical "Annie"

EKHS Presents the Musical "Annie"

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Tired of this cold dreary Michigan weather?  Don’t worry.  “The sun’ll come out tomorrow.  Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.” 

Come on in to the warm comfy East Kentwood High School Auditorium.  The musical “Annie” will be presented by the EKHS Fine Arts Department March 20, 21, 22, 28, and 29 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  The show starts at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available in the Fine Arts/Facilities office at the high school (door K) and at the box office on performance nights.  Adults $10, Students (middle and high school) $8, Students 5th grade and under $5.  This is a great chance to take the whole family out for an entertaining evening.

 

 

My Town: Bartenders compete for hunger relief

My Town: Bartenders compete for hunger relief

KENTWOOD, Mich.—TGI Fridays in Kentwood will be transformed into a drink-mixing Mecca next week, all for a good cause.

The restaurant, located at 3345 28th Street, is hosting a bartending competition for hunger relief.  Mixologists will show off their skills, pouring specialty drinks to guests.  Patrons can also take part in an auction, with proceeds benefitting the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.  DJ Sean Boney will be mixing the music for the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.