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Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.

Chef Tommy Fitzgerald shares his canning secrets

Chef Tommy Fitzgerald shares his canning secrets

WALKER, Mich.-- Chef Tommy Fitzgerald will visit Blandford Nature Center Farm Thursday, August 29 to share tips and techniques to can your fruits and vegetables.

The demonstration will runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Please call (616) 735-6240 to reserve you spot. 

Blandford Nature Center Farm is located at 1715 Hillburn NW in My Town Walker.  For more event information, visit www.blandfordnaturecenter.org .

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

A scholarship fund is being set up in memory of a local executive chef who died while preparing to open a new restaurant.

Chef Mark Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Four more chefs are needed to help with a scholarship fundraiser in honor of the late Chef Mark Noseda .

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser brunch will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park.  The brunch and auction will be hosted by local chefs Jenna Arcidiacono, Randy Finch and Tommy FitzGerald.  Additional chefs are needed; if you would like to help, email info@flavor616.com.  

What happens when art meets animals?

What happens when art meets animals?

WALKER, Mich.--- The Humane Society of West Michigan and the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology are teaming up to show the public what happens when art meets animals.

This past spring, high school students in WMCAT’s Teen Arts Program traveled to HSWM  several times to take photos of animals the shelter cares for.  Ten of those photos were selected by HSWM staff to permanently adorn the facility’s walls.

Those images will be unveiled during a public exhibition at HSWM at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22.  The teenage artists will also be on hand to discuss their work. The photo unveiling is free, but donations to HSWM are encouraged to help defray the $1,500 cost of framing and matting the artwork. 

HSWM is located at 3077 Wilson NW in My Town Walker.

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.