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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.”

Kentwood election includes historic mayoral race

Kentwood election includes historic mayoral race

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Voters in Kentwood will pick a new mayor Tuesday, November 5.

Sharon Brinks, an attorney who serves on the city commission, is running against Stephen Kepley, who directs Kentwood's engineering department.  The winner will represent the city as mayor for a four year term.

Mayor Richard Clanton, who is serving out the remainder of late Mayor Richard Root's term, is not run for re-election.  It's the first time since 1967 that an incumbent for mayor hasn't sought re-election.  Clanton plans to work full-time as the Chief Executive Officer of United Community Methodist House as soon as his replacement is sworn in.

Voters will also decide between Jerry DeMaagd and Steve Redmond for Ward 1 commissioner, and Maurice H. Groce and Erwin Haas for Ward 2 commissioner.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Kentwood Parks & Recreation Fall Classes are about to get underway beginning November 1, 2013. This is a listing of the classes:

Fridays, November 1st thru December 13th: (Skip 11/29) from 6-7pm, Dog Obedience classes will be held. This class is for dogs 5 months and older who have never had formal obedience training or as a refresher course for others. The cost is $60.00.

Mondays, November 4th through the 18th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ballroom Dance will be taught to beginner couples and those who may need a tune-up. Cost: $99.00 per couple.

Mondays, November 4th through December 9th, from 7-8:30pm, Introduction to Pottery will be taught with a variety of techniques working with clay in this fun, hands-on class.

Best-selling author in Kentwood for book signing October 9

Best-selling author in Kentwood for book signing October 9

KENTWOOD, Mich.—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray will visit Kentwood Wednesday, October 9 to sign copies of her new book, “Eventide.”

Here is the book’s synopsis, according to HarperCollins Publishers:

“In EVENTIDE, Elsie Keim is holding down the fort at the Keim residence. With her father just back from an alcohol treatment center, her mom recovering from pneumonia, her brother recently married and her twin sister engaged, she’s the only one around to keep things running smoothly. This despite the fact that that no one seems to see her as a capable woman-all they see is the thick lenses of her glasses. Those glasses serve as a constant reminder that Elsie is slowly going blind.

Elsie knows there’s much more her to her than her disease. That’s why when new neighbor Landon Troyer shows some interest in her, she doesn’t want anything to disrupt her new romance…even if it means keeping her disease a secret from Landon.

Rockford couple honored by Arthritis Foundation, Michigan

Rockford couple honored by Arthritis Foundation, Michigan

A Rockford couple’s work to help those with arthritis will come full circle October 8, as they are honored during the Arthritis Foundation’s Tribute to Excellence event at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou became advocates for those with arthritis after a previous Tribute to Excellence event, where they met a Grand Valley State University student battling juvenile arthritis.  Since then, their work has included several years on the Tribute to Excellence event committee and garnering more support for the Arthritis Foundation.

 “Arthritis is a terrible disease,” says Dan. “Lou Ann and I are thrilled to be honored and even more pleased that we have this special opportunity to further help people with arthritis.”

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

You don’t have to switch your TV to the Food Network tonight to catch an Iron Chef competition.

Eight teams of student chefs will try to out-cook one another Tuesday, September 24 during the 2013 Cascade Iron Chef competition.   Chefs from the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will prepare gourmet cuisine using the "secret ingredient" for a chance to take home the iron skillet award and a college scholarship.  WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will emcee the competition, which will be judged by a panel of local celebrities.  The judging panel includes: