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Standale Summer Concert Series continues August 8

Standale Summer Concert Series continues August 8

STANDALE, Mich.-- The Walker/Standale Downtown Development Authority's inaugural Summer Concert Series is nearing an end.

Two free performances remain; the concerts will take place 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 8 and September 12 at the Walker Community Park, located at 700 Cummings Avenue.  The public is encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, but should leave all alcohol at home.

The performance on August 8 will feature blues performed by Blue Molly.  The Northern Skies will take the stage September 12, serenading visitors with folk rock.

For more event information, call (616) 791-6859 or visit www.ci.walker.mi.us.

 

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

The director of Kent District Library (KDL) reviewed the organization’s performance during the East Grand Rapids City Commission meeting August 5.

According to the annual report, patrons checked out about 6.1 million books from KDL in 2012; that’s about half a million fewer than the prior year. However, the report indicates digital book checkouts nearly doubled during that same time period to 370,914.

Based on the report, KDL saw declines in total check-outs, branch visitors and library program attendance in 2012.  However, computer log-ins and summer reading club participation rose.   While KDL’s total expenditures were higher than library revenue, the fund balance covered the $107,521 difference.

Kent District Library operates 18 branches throughout Kent County, serving more than 350,000 people. 

Indoor picnic and party for Kent County seniors August 9

Indoor picnic and party for Kent County seniors August 9

 A non-profit organization supporting Kent County’s older community is planning an indoor picnic for Friday, August 9.

The Senior Neighbors, Inc. Senior Picnic will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Grandville High School, located at 4700 Canal Ave. SW.  The event is open to all Kent County residents age 60 and older.  The cost is $4 per person and includes lunch, music, entertainment, door prizes and photo opportunities.  This year’s theme is “Passport Around the World.”

Organizers say last year, approximately 400 seniors took part in the celebration.

Senior Neighbors has centers in My Town Grand Rapids South, Grandville, Lowell, Sparta, Walker and Grand Rapid Central.

See your film on the big screen during the Kent County Teen Film Festival

See your film on the big screen during the Kent County Teen Film Festival

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—CompuCraft, Celebration! Cinema and the Kent District and Grand Rapids Public libraries are teaming up to find the next Steven Spielberg.

The Kent County Teen Film Festival is coming in February 2014.  The event gives young filmmakers a chance to see their movie on the big screen.  Submissions are due January 17, but the libraries will be offering filmmaking classes beforehand.  Classes include video writing, drawing storyboards, filming and video editing.

All short films must be written, directed and edited by teenagers in grades 6-12.  The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Kent County. The films must be created after January 1, 2013, be ten minutes or less and must be G or PG-rated.  For more information about rules, regulations and deadlines for the Kent County Teen Film Festival, click here.

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Painting for pups: Art studio kicks off new program for charities

Painting for pups: Art studio kicks off new program for charities

Brush Studio in My Town East Grand Rapids is kicking off a new charitable campaign.

As part of “Brush Gives Back,” Brush Studio will offer public classes, with a portion of the proceeds going to a different charity each month.  On Thursday, August 1, Brush Studio’s 6:30 p.m. class will benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan. 

To sign up for the class, click here or call (616) 805-5099.

Dancing dogs help the Humane Society of West Michigan July 21

Dancing dogs help the Humane Society of West Michigan July 21

WALKER, Mich.— Last year, organizers of "POMA for Pets" raised $6,000 for the Humane Society of West Michigan; this year they hope to beat that number, with the help of dancing dogs.

“POMA for Pets"  is presented by the Professional Orchestral Musicians Association of Grand Rapids (POMA-GR) and includes musical performances, dancing dogs and a tribute to service dogs.

The event is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John D’Asaro, Ada Hospital for Animals and Whiskers Resort and Pet Spa. 

The event will take place Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. at Wealthy Street Theatre, located at 1130 Wealthy St. SE in Grand Rapids.