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Civil Rights activist leads community in march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Civil Rights activist leads community in march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Civil Rights activist Dr. John M. Perkins will lead students on a march through Calvin College’s campus, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The memorial march will take place Monday, Jan. 20.  The procession will begin at 3 p.m. at the Covenant Fine Arts Center and end with refreshments at the Spoelhof Center Atrium.  Marchers will reflect on the life and work of Dr. King while hearing his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, Kentwood Mayor Steve Kepley, Calvin College President Michael Le Roy and other community leaders will also take part in the procession.

Before the march, Perkins will deliver his January Series lecture, “Love is the Final Fight: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins.”  That address is at 12:30 p.m.

Michigan author hosts book signing event Jan. 21

Michigan author hosts book signing event Jan. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- A Michigan author is coming to Kentwood to sign copies of his newest book.

Here's a synopsis of Tyler Svec's "Rebellion", from Tate Publishing and Enterprises: 

"The world was in sad shape, and it seemed the future would not be any better. War was destroying all that was good. Roy Van Dorn walked away from it all. Once he arrived in Heavena, he was faced with the choice to either join the elite group, the Demon Knights, or the rebel group, the Christian Knights, who were ready to fight for the truth. The days grew dark for Roy and the Christian Knights, who faced a daily struggle to survive.

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.

With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014. 

For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour

Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—They aren’t all on the big screen.

Michigan Blood is getting ready to reward life-saving superheroes right here in the Grand Rapids community. The organization is teaming up with Celebration Cinema to offer a free movie pass and a bag of popcorn to each to person who attempts to donate blood during the holidays.

Michigan Blood needs to collect more than 2,200 units of blood every week to supply patients and hospitals around the state.  Donations traditionally drop around the holidays as people travel.

Days and times for the “Be a Star” donation deal vary around the state.  To find the location near you, visit the Michigan Blood website here.  In Grand Rapids, the following donation drives will take place in Michigan Blood’s Main Donor Center at 1036 Fuller Ave. NE:

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

By Chealsea Slocum
Photography by Adam Bird 

Tie-tying ceremony ushers in new support for Grand Rapids youth

Tie-tying ceremony ushers in new support for Grand Rapids youth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The founding dean of Davenport University’s College of Urban Education will introduce his innovative tie-tying ceremony to a group of Grand Rapids boys,  as a first step of encouragement to attend college.

Dr. Andre Perry began his tie-tying ceremony in New Orleans in 2010 as a way to celebrate his 40th birthday.  He plans to make the ritual an annual event in his new home of Grand Rapids.  During the ceremony on November 18, adult mentors will teach twenty boys how to tie distinguishing knots.  The ceremony is meant to introduce young urban youth to social networks that will increase their likelihood of attending and completing college.

The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Head-N-Sole Barbershop, located at 1449 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.

Perry’s unique tie ceremony is featured in the award-winning documentary, “Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition.”

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 19

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 19

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Here is your chance to see and hear several different marching bands from around the state at the beautiful East Kentwood High School stadium.

Twenty-two bands from around the state will be performing shows in the competition on Saturday, October 19.  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 age five are free.  The concession stand will be open and serving lots of delicious food like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, etc.  The proceeds will go to Kentwood Band & Orchestra Boosters. 

Gates open at 2 p.m., with the first band taking the field at 3 p.m.  The final exhibition by the East Kentwood High School Marching Band will begin at  9:15 p.m.  The EKHS Band's performance features the music of Motown;