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My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

WALKER, Mich.-- Celebrate the final days of school break with the "Lazy Blue Tunas" during the Standale Summer Concert Series' last free concert of the season Aug. 28.

Bring your family and lawn chairs or blankets to the Walker Community Park located at 700 Cummings Ave. for this family-friendly, alcohol-free evening. From 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. In case of inclement weather, any cancellations will be posted on www.ci.walker.mi.us/business/dda .For more information, call (616) 453-6311.

My Town Walker: Resources aplenty at Grand Rapids Veteran Expo Sept. 5-6

My Town Walker: Resources aplenty at Grand Rapids Veteran Expo Sept. 5-6

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LANSING, Mich. (State of Michigan) – Veterans from across West Michigan can find out what their military service has earned them and what a grateful community has to offer them at the 2014 Grand Rapids Veteran Expo, Sept. 5-6 at the DeltaPlex Arena.

“Whether you hung up your uniform five months ago, five years ago or fifty years ago, there’s something here for you,” said Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes. “We want this to be a one-stop shop for veterans and their families, with services and information for every chapter of their lives.”

My Town: Free summer concert Aug. 14 features big band music

My Town: Free summer concert Aug. 14 features big band music

WALKER, Mich.-- The Walker/Standale Downtown Development Authority invites the community to a big band performance Aug. 14.

Bring your family and lawn chairs or blankets to the Walker Community Park located at 700 Cummings Ave. for this family-friendly, alcohol-free evening. From 7 p.m. through 9 p.m.,  the public can experience a free performance by the Boogie Woogie Babies,  as well as children’s activities and food vendors.

In case of inclement weather, any cancellations will be posted on www.ci.walker.mi.us/business/dda .For more information, call (616) 453-6311.

My Town: West Michigan home to 'Coolest Hardware Store'

My Town: West Michigan home to 'Coolest Hardware Store'

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OAK BROOK, Ill. (Ace Hardware Corp.) – Whether in need of hardware, housewares or sporting goods, residents of Grand Rapids, Mich., know they can rely on Rylee’s Ace Hardware.

For offering these unique products, services and more, Ace Hardware Corporation has recognized Rylee’s Ace Hardware with a 2014 “Coolest Hardware Store” award. Of 4,850 locally-owned and operated Ace Hardware stores worldwide, Rylee’s Ace Hardware is one of just six stores honored with this year’s award.

“We are honored,” said Lori Terpstra, the third-generation owner who co-owns the store alongside husband Todd Terpstra. “There are a lot of cool Ace Hardware stores out there. For us to be chosen is an honor.”

Cooking with Kal: Roll out the zucchini bread

Cooking with Kal: Roll out the zucchini bread

This is the season- zucchini is growing wild and people with gardens can barely keep up with the harvest of this vegetable.

I got a large one last week from Denise, here at work, and could not use all of it right away, but I did process and freeze it for future use. I have never done that before but thought, what have I got to lose? Hopefully, when the snow is flying and I feel like baking zucchini-apple bread, I will be all set.

In the meantime, the following recipe is wonderful. I made it recently but did not have any apples in the house, so I substituted with an approximate amount of crushed pineapple. I did not have any walnuts like I usually use, so I used toasted and salted sunflower seeds. I also added a bag of dried cranberries. It's easy to make changes in recipes, especially if you have made it before. I hope people will give this recipe a try; it is good and it makes three loaves, so you will have plenty to share or freeze. Enjoy!

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center introduces new program

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center introduces new program

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is getting ready to launch a new wildlife program.

The Wildlife Encounters program begins in August.  Visitors can drop in, get an up-close view of wildlife and ask any questions of wildlife staff, who will be on hand. 

Wildlife Encounters is free with admission.  The program will take place on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.  For more information, visit Blandford Nature Center’s website here.

My Town: Free Hand delivers free performance July 24

My Town: Free Hand delivers free performance July 24

STANDALE, Mich.—  Take a trip back in time Thursday night when Free Hand takes the stage for the 2014 Standale Summer Concert Series.

The band will begin performing music from the 1940s at 7 p.m.  The concert at Walker Community Park is free, but visitors should bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.  This year's series features more kid-friendly activities, including face painting and coloring contests.

The rest of the summer concert lineup is as follows:

  • Thursday, Aug. 14 – Boogie Woogie Babies
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – The Lazy Blue Tunas

This is the second year for the Standale Summer Concert Series. Each concert attracts an average of 300 people.