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Robotics director earns presidential honor

Robotics director earns presidential honor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Catholic’s robotics director is being honored for her commitment to the high school’s robotics program.

Mary Beth Zakfeld received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from David Price of GE Aviation Systems on Saturday, Feb. 2.  The prestigious award recognizes people whose commitment to their community inspires others to volunteer.  As part of the honor, Zakfeld received a congratulatory letter of recognition from President Obama, along with a commemorative pin.

In addition to her work with West Catholic, Zakfeld has also spent numerous hours working with Kettering University, Aquinas College and Catholic Central to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Grand Rapids.

January deal means more activities for families

January deal means more activities for families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and Blandford Nature Center are offering a deal to their members.

Throughout the month of January, both groups will be honoring each other’s memberships.  That means if you have a membership to Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, you will get member benefits at Blandford Nature Center and vice versa.  Blandford Nature Center says the offer provides even more opportunities for families looking for winter activities.

Furry Friday Films provide night out for parents

Furry Friday Films provide night out for parents

WALKER, Mich.—   The Humane Society of West Michigan will host its first Furry Friday Film of the year on Jan. 17.

Parents are encouraged to drop off their child from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and enjoy a night out.  The cost is $25 per child with a $10 sibling discount.  Furry Friday Films is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Kids can hang out with the animals, enjoy pizza and popcorn and watch an animal related movie.

Furry Friday Films will take place the third Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November.  For more information and to register, click here!

TEDxMuskegon presenter releases first book about sex

TEDxMuskegon presenter releases first book about sex

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (By Barbara Lee)—Barbara Lee, a presenter at TEDxMuskegon 2013, has published her first book Sacred Sex: Replacing the Marriage Ethic with a Sexual Ethic

Lee, who lives in Grand Haven, is not one to shy away from controversial issues. In fact, she welcomes discussions about the topics many would rather sweep under the rug.

“We have to start talking about sex – and we especially have to have these discussions in our churches and with our young people,” says Lee, who led the ministry Extended Grace in Grand Haven for seven years before returning to work in the nonprofit sector.

Lee observes that our society is largely polarized about sex so that we typically approach sex as “sin” or as “sport.”  Lee’s book searches for the middle ground where we embrace our sexuality while treating it with moral authority. 

A piece of Grand Rapids comes to Whitehall Saturday

A piece of Grand Rapids comes to Whitehall Saturday

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The Whitehall community can get a taste of Grand Rapids without visiting the big city during the River City Road Show Saturday, November 2.

"Fauxgrass Quartet" and "Big Dudee Roo" will take the stage for the event, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Howmet Playhouse.

"I'm excited to hear the Fauxgrass Quartet and Big Dudee Roo on our stage," says Playhouse Managing Director Katie Trzaska.  "These are two of the top bluegrass-rooted bands in West Michigan, and it's going to be a good time."

A variety of vendors will also feature their products.

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;