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New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  A new community center will officially open to the public this Saturday, Jan. 18.

The York Creek Community Center is located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr. NW.  The center services as a meeting place where local organizations can provide a variety of classes, programs and community events, free of charge.

The new facility features meeting rooms, a common area, a kitchen and a computer room equipped with 10 computers. The center is provided by York Creek Apartments but all classes and programs are run by partner organizations, including:

New Kentwood business promises private salon treatment

New Kentwood business promises private salon treatment

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A luxury beauty complex is now open in Kentwood.

MY SALON Suite of Grand Rapids celebrated its new location on 29th Street SE Monday with an open house.  The new business features 20 private high-end salon suites with the latest salon equipment.  Professional services include hair styling, massage, spa and skin treatments.

“What this means for Grand Rapids is that our new MY SALON Suite location in Kentwood will bring together a collection of the best salon professionals into one luxurious location where all beauty, wellness and style needs can be met,” said Ken McAllister, CEO of MY SALON Suite. 

MY SALON Suite of Grand Rapids is located at 3582 29th St. SE.  For more information, call (616) 803-9070 or visit the business’ Facebook page.

Bethany Christian Services opens first thrift store

Bethany Christian Services opens first thrift store

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Bethany Christian Services first thrift store is now open in Kentwood.

Wolverine Building Group recently transformed a 17,000 square foot warehouse into Bethany’s Thrift Store, which is located at 2820 29th St. SE.  Bethany Christian Services selected the site because of its close proximity to many clients. Proceeds from the thrift store will go to people who count on the non-profit organization for adoption, counseling, foster and refugee services.

Bethany Thrift Store is run by volunteers.  Donations can be dropped off at the store during its regular business hours Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the store website here. 

Children 'Shop with a Sheriff' Dec. 8

Children 'Shop with a Sheriff' Dec. 8

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Kent County Sheriff’s deputies will fill the Comstock Park Walmart this weekend to help children catch up on their holiday shopping.

This is the 12th year for the sheriff department’s “Shop with a Sheriff” event.  On Sunday, Dec. 8, members of the department will take 120 pre-selected children out shopping at the Alpine Avenue Wal-Mart and the Meijer on Marketplace Dr. SE in Gaines Township.

Shop with a Sheriff is fully funded by private donations from the Kent County community.

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with its service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema. “Hospitality and service are part of the DNA of this region, and we want to celebrate it!  We hope to get our communities talking.  We want people to vote and share their own stories of celebrated service.”

This year’s nominees for the Grand Rapids area include:

  • Cherie Inn (My Town Grand Rapids Central)
  • D.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

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.