Our network

Arts & Culture

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.

Reunited by books: Share your story and possibly win $25

Reunited by books: Share your story and possibly win $25

How has the Kent District Library helped unite your family?

Share your story with KDL by 5 p.m. Monday, July 22 and you could win a $25 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.  To enter, fill out this form.  Your experience may also be shared on KDL’s Share Your Story page.

All people who submit a story will be entered in a drawing for the gift card.  

Kent District Library has 18 branches throughout West Michigan, including in My Towns Alpine Township, Cascade Township, Comstock Park, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Lowell,  Plainfield Township, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

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.