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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.

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Davenport University names dean for new college

Davenport University names dean for new college

Davenport University is one step closer to making its College of Urban Education a reality.

Last month, University officials announced Dr. Andre Perry would serve as founding dean for the new college, which is currently being developed.  Perry previously served as associate director for educational intaitives for Loyola University’s  Institute for Quality and Equity in Education.  He’s expected to lead development of the College of Urban Education.

A $200,000 grant from The Steelcase Foundation will help in the college’s first step-- forming a national advisory committee and kick-starting a proposed master’s program tied to the college, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Schools. 

New MSU medical students learn college’s mission at “Afternoon of Community Service”

New MSU medical students learn college’s mission at “Afternoon of Community Service”

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)-- Pulling weeds, painting bathrooms and stuffing envelopes might not seem like a part of a medical student’s education. At the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine it is.

Some 200 first-year medical students – 100 in Grand Rapids and 100 in the East Lansing area – fanned out to about 10 nonprofit organizations in each community Wednesday to volunteer their time. The Afternoon of Service is included in the students’ orientation week to remind them of the college’s mission.

“We think it makes a lot of sense in the first week that they be reminded that the College of Human Medicine has a strong commitment to community service,” Pat Brewer, Ph.D., assistant dean for student development, said. “Our students need to understand that sometimes that means pulling weeds and licking envelopes.”

Local residents share thoughts on 'North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey'

Local residents share thoughts on 'North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - On the surface, a new book published by Kentwood-based Zondervan—"North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey"—traces author Shannon Huffman Polson’s travels through various stages of grief.

The narrative also grips readers during Polson’s raft trip on the Hulahula River in the Alaskan Arctic. Using GPS coordinates, the author discovers the sandy beach where her father and stepmother were mauled and killed by a grizzly bear.

Fahlen family member opens new business

Fahlen family member opens new business

My Town Kentwood—A member of the family that owns Arnie’s Restaurants is operating a new business.

Betsy Fahlen is breaking away from the family business to run Waxology, a studio salon that exclusively offers waxing services.  Falen spent nine years in the beauty industry and has had extensive training in “Brazilian” wax services in Chicago and Wisconsin.

“After the birth of my son, hair just seemed to appear in random places on my body.  I wanted to go to a place that solely did waxing because, quite frankly, I was embarrassed about it.  That’s when it hit me that other men and women might feel the same way,” said Fahlen.

Waxology is located at 3737 Lake Eastbrook Blvd.  For more information or to book an appointment, call (616) 309-0561 or visit http://www.ilovewaxology.com/.