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Honoring West Michigan's service dogs

Honoring West Michigan's service dogs

WALKER, Mich.—The Humane Society of West Michigan is looking for service dogs, police dogs and retired military dogs to honor during its annual fundraiser, “POMA for Pets.”

The fundraiser 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.  Last year, “POMA for Pets” raised $6,000 for the Humane Society of West Michigan; organizers hope to beat that number this year.

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.

Standale Summer Concert Series' next act takes the stage July 11

Standale Summer Concert Series' next act takes the stage July 11

STANDALE, Mich.—The Standale Summer Concert Series is underway.

The next act is “Nobody’s Darlin’” July 11.  The Bluegrass group will perform at 7 p.m. in Walker Community Park, 700 Cummings Avenue.  This year’s performers also include blues band “Blue Molly” on August 8 and folk rock group “The Northern Skies” on September 12.

The Standale Summer Concert Series is free.  No alcohol is allowed.  Visitors should bring their own blanket or lawn chair for performances.

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The list of businesses participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is out.

So far, 68 restaurants have signed up to take part in the annual event, creating specialty three-course meals for $25. Participants include:

  • The Acorne Grille at Thousand Oaks Golf Club (4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview)
  • Amore Trattoria Italiana (5080 Alpine Avenue NW, My Town Comstock Park/Alpine Township)
  • Aryana Restaurant and Bar (5700 28th Street SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bar Divani (15 Ionia Ave. SW, Ste. 130, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Bella Vita (44 Grandville Ave. SW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Chloe Elan (445 Ada Drive SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bobarino’s at the B.O.B. (20 Monroe Ave. NW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bombay Cuisine (1420 Lake Drive SE, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille (401 Leonard St.

New mural takes shape at 3 Mile Project's community youth center

New mural takes shape at 3 Mile Project's community youth center

WALKER, Mich.—A well-known graffiti artist from Detroit is creating a giant mural for the 3 Mile Project’s community youth center.

Antonio ‘Shades’ Agee began working on the 15 foot by 100 foot mural on June 22.  He says the piece will be fashioned after the Bible verse John 10:10, in which Jesus says, “the thief comes only to kill and steal and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

“This is meant to beautify the community, which is what graffiti has always been about,” said Agee.

Members needed for new Walker Historical Society

Members needed for new Walker Historical Society

WALKER, Mich.—The Walker Historical Commission is looking for people who would like to be part of the new Walker Historical Society.

The society will help the commission collect and share stories and artifacts from the city’s past. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting and promoting an appreciation for Walker’s history. 

Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Walker Historical Society should contact Peg Wieber by calling (616) 485-2418 or e-mailing pjweebs@gmail.com or Stan Stek by calling (616) 776-6324 or e-mailing stanstek@gmail.com.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.