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Fashion's night out Grand Rapids is on the horizon

From: http://www.fashionsnightoutgr.com/

For the second year in a row the world will be celebrating Fashion's Night Out together. It all started last year in New York when the United Council of Fashion Designers of America, American Vogue, NYC & Company, and the City of New York created FNO to help patrons understand the vast industry of fashion and how it helps our economy. Fashion is the largest industry in New York City. The industry employs 175,000 New Yorkers which creates $10 billion in total wages. None of these jobs exist if people don't shop. That is why it was time to make shopping fun again.

Fashion's Night Out Grand Rapids has been in the planning stage for months, but now the time is almost here. On September 10th retail stores around Grand Rapids will come together for the first time in support of one thing, “making shopping fun again”.

Fun and frugal things to do with kids this week!

There is a WHOLE lot going on this week in Grand Rapids!

Artist Dale Chihuly's visit to Meijer Garden cancelled

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A planned visit by artist Dale Chihuly to the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

A note on the Gardens' website says Chihuly recently underwent a minor medical procedure and, "While the nature of the procedure was not serious, he has suffered a bit of a set-back in his recovery. His doctors have therefore advised that he not travel at this time."

The website also says the visit will not be rescheduled.

Grand Rapids Public Schools says extended hours come at a cost

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Longer school days or a longer calendar year -- that's what Governor Jennifer Granholm wants for Michigan school children.

This week Gov. Granholm challenged state lawmakers to extend the school year, requiring districts to be in session for more than 180 days a year. The current requirement is at least 165 days.

"When you look at it compared to the international community, you look at those countries that are our so called competitors...they have significantly more instructional school days than we do," says John Helmholdt, spokesman for Grand Rapids Public Schools. "I think that is a reality check that is coming into view right now. The United States was number one at one, bar none, in public education. We have slipped, I haven't seen how far down that list, but it is something like 60. They are challenging the status quo and clearly the status quo is not good enough."

Tough economy sends Grand Rapids adults back to school

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Children in Grand Rapids aren't the only ones heading back to school this week.

Adults filled Beckwith School Wednesday to register for education classes. Grand Rapids Public Schools provides the program to help people 20 years or older get their high school diploma or GED. Teachers say more adults are heading back to the classroom because of the tough economy.

"A lot of people are looking for work and finding they're just not able to get that employment without their GED or high school diploma," says adult education teacher Jeff Czyzyk. "So they're coming here to get the classes they need to move on with their lives."

Adult education classes will begin September 13.

Revisiting ArtPrize's Big Ten

Last year, photographer Brian Kelly was given full access to the city of Grand Rapids to create special portraits of the Top 10 ArtPrize Artists. Brian presents this retrospective of his portraits here in a photo essay of these artists and their winning works as the second annual ArtPrize approaches.

Back to School across West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - It is Back to School day for most students around West Michigan today.

Grand Rapids Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor walked the red carpet at Gerald R. Ford Middle School with one of many students to kick off the day.

About 50 community leaders who are part of the Believe 2Become initiative; city council members, school leaders, and other prominent community members are acting as the paparrazi for the event.

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday morning for the newly renovated and refurbished school of business, leadership and entrepreneurship at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids.

The school partnered with Amway for the program that started last year as one of four centers of innovation. Ottawa Hills renovated part of its building to house the school of business. Amway along with Steelcase and Custer Workplace worked on equipping it with the latest technology.