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Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

July 3rd starts the celebration for the 4th of July in Grandville, MI when the 2nd Annual Beer, Band and BBQ kicks off in downtown Grandville, near the Library parking lot from 4:00 – 11:00pm.

People of all ages are welcome to join in with the live music and dinner served from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a variety of BBQ food items from $2.00 - $10.00. The live music will continue until 11:00pm but you must be 21 years of age to be in the Beer Tent after 8:00pm. Feel free to bring along a lawn chair to sit around the outside of the tent.

A variety of beer, wine coolers and Osgood Brewing will offer Sol Seeker and Journey. One hundred 2015 Beer, Band and BBQ decorative mugs will be sold for $5.00. VFW Post 702 will have flags and jewelry available for small donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Leaders and parishioners from Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church, a culturally-diverse place of worship in Grand Rapids, will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of their church with a service led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison. The Church service is Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:30am followed by a celebration dinner at 12:30pm.

This celebration dinner is open to all people and is free to attend. It will be catered by the LINC Up Soul Food Café and held at the church, located at 961 Temple SE in Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Oakdale’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has helped the congregation grow its’ ministries, community outreach and service programs. The church also helps other outside organizations by providing use of its facilities.

Oakdale Park CRC was founded in 1890 and has more than 400 parishioners and currently is led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

East Kentwood Music Students Selected for Honors Groups

East Kentwood Music Students Selected for Honors Groups

Congratulations to three East Kentwood High School music students who were chosen to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  On May 7-9, 2015, they will join the most talented high school students in Michigan for a three-day extravaganza of master classes, exhibitions, workshops and performances at Western Michigan University.

Derek Bartlett (trombone) and Peter Cripps (bass) were selected for the honors jazz band as a result of outstanding performances at the State Jazz Festival.  The adjudicators nominated several students from throughout the state.   A panel of judges selected the top 20 students for the Honors Jazz Ensemble based on their performances.  Tate Schumacher received an honorable mention on trumpet for the jazz band.  Their jazz band directors are James Ross and James Sawyer.

Britton Schwallier was chosen for the Honors Choir by video audition.

Wyoming Concerts in the Park Announces 2015 Lineup

Wyoming Concerts in the Park Announces 2015 Lineup

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) has unveiled the lineup for its popular series, Concerts in the Park presented by Kentwood Community Church.  The schedule includes a variety of family-friendly performances from a diverse lineup of entertainers.  The ten-week concert series kicks off with a special Kids Night concert and closes out the season with the Music & More Fest.  The shows take place at Lamar Park (2561 Porter Street SW, Wyoming, Michigan) on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES:

June 2:           Deep Fried Pickle Project - FIRST Day, brought to you by Grand Rapids First Church, will feature kid's themed music, activities, and FREE chili dogs to everyone in attendance!

Wyoming Concerts in the Park Announces 2015 Title Sponsor

Wyoming Concerts in the Park Announces 2015 Title Sponsor

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) announced today that Kentwood Community Church (KCC) has agreed to an exclusive Title Sponsorship agreement for the 2015 Concerts in the Park Series. In recognition of their support, the series will be renamed to "Concerts in the Park, presented by Kentwood Community Church" for the 2015 season.

Kentwood Community Church is the first full-season sponsor for the Concerts in the Park series.  In addition to renaming the series, the church will also provide activities and entertainment during all 11 concerts scheduled for this year.  Each concert night will have various events, such as family games, kids inflatable equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and lots of giveaways, all at no charge.  Follow the series on Facebook (Facebook.com/WyomingCEC) to get up-to-date information on events for each concert night.

Cameron Gouin Wins Concerto Competition

Cameron Gouin Wins Concerto Competition

Congratulatons to Cameron Gouin on winning the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Skip Gates Concerto Competition.  The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony holds this contest every year for Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra.  One student from each group is picked to perform a solo concerto with that group at the May concert in DeVos Performance Hall.  Cameron will be performing Vivaldi's G Major Concerto, first movement, with the Grand Rapids Classical Orchestra.  The public is encouraged to attend to concert at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 3rd, in DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids.