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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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

Hundreds of teachers invade Grand Rapids for training

Hundreds of teachers invade Grand Rapids for training

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Although summer isn’t over, the lessons are beginning for hundreds of new teachers in Grand Rapids.

Beginning Monday, July 29, more than 400 new teachers will fill DeVos Place for training with National Heritage Academies (NHA).  They’ll learn the company’s culture as well as Michigan’s Common Core Standards.

 NHA is one of the nation’s largest charter school management companies, operating 76 schools in nine states serving more than 50,000 students.  NHA schools are located in My Town Grand Rapids South, Plainfield Township, Grand Rapids North, Walker, Wyoming, Kentwood, Muskegon, Holland and Kalamazoo. 

From Blandford to NASA: Alumnus returns to share success story

From Blandford to NASA: Alumnus returns to share success story

An alumnus of the Blandford Environmental Education Program who now works with NASA will return to West Michigan August 9-10.

 Dr. James Ashley has earned three degrees in planetary sciences and is currently working on two NASA missions: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Exploration Rovers.

He largely attributes his success to attending Blandford Environmental Education Program during sixth grade.