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Lecture on Japanese Gardens on Tuesday

Lecture on Japanese Gardens on Tuesday

Frederik Meijer Garden located at 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan invites the community to a very special lecture on Japanese gardens.

Garden enthusiasts are invited to reserve a seat to attend this free lecture presented by Kendall Brown on Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm. There is admission to the Gardens but no cost for the lecture.

Guests can visit the Garden until 9pm on Tuesdays, so make plans to come early to experience the exhibits, Sculpture Galleries, eat dinner in the café or wander through the outdoor gardens.

RSVP by calling - (616)957-3144 or e-mail - skilroy@meijergardens.org

Amy Howard Chalk Painting Seminar

Amy Howard Chalk Painting Seminar

Rylee’s ACE Hardware located at 1234 Michigan NE in Grand Rapids invites paint enthusiasts to this FREE seminar.

Brushmark Studio Owner, Pamela Breinenfield, who attended Amy Howard’s Chalk Paint Workshop in Memephis, Tennessee will give a one hour presentation on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00pm. Registered guests will discover the magical technique of Chalk Painting to Rescue, Restore or Redecorate.

Seating is limited. Register on line at www.RyleesAce.com.

Little Shop of Horrors at Greenville Performing Arts Center

Little Shop of Horrors at Greenville Performing Arts Center

Greenville High School will perform the play “Little Shop of Horrors” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 19 – 21 at 7:30pm at the Greenville Performing Arts Center, located at 111 N. Hillcrest in Greenville, MI.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, grade K-12 and senior citizens, age 60 and older. Tickets can be purchased at the door, the UPS Store in Greenville, or on line at www.greenville.k12.mi.us Click on THE ARTS tab, scroll down to Event Tickets and follow the instructions.

Contact Cheryl Willard at the Greenville High School Box Office for additional information.  

616-225-6109

Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

My friend Pat & I went downtown for Artprize on opening day, Wednesday, September 23rd. Lots to see but we did not see anything that actually jumped out at us, like WOW! Have our expectations become too high because of all the awesome and unusual art displays we have seen in the past 6 years?

One picture did take us by surprise in the walkway from DeVos Place over to the Grand Plaza. It is a picture of a bridge, done in a brushed aluminum affect and it looks like you can actually step on it and cross over. So realistic that I actually got dizzy and a little on the nausea side, like it draws you in. Very unusual.

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

I for one, was really disappointed to hear that Jazz at the Zoo is moving downtown to the Ah-Nab-Awen Park this year. I loved the atmosphere at John Ball Park at the old band shell.

No matter how hot it was when I left home for the concerts, soon after arriving at the Zoo and getting settled, along came a breeze and the shade from the big, beautiful trees only added to the enjoyment.

I wrote an e-mail to the Jazz Society and below is the answer I received from Donna at that address. As much as I appreciate her reply and explanation it really won’t do much for me when Jazz at the Zoo time comes along.

 

Kal,

WMU-Cooley Law School students read and donate books to Sibley Elementary School students

WMU-Cooley Law School students read and donate books to Sibley Elementary School students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- As part of March is Reading Month, the leaders of WMU-Cooley Law School’s Children’s Law Society took time recently to read to three Sibley Elementary School kindergarten classes in Grand Rapids.

Besides reading to the children, WMU-Cooley students Demar L. Sheffey and Anthony Courtney gave each child their own book to take home, along with a notebook and pencil to practice their writing.

Sheffey recently helped revive the Children’s Law Society at WMU-Cooley because he was angry about the state of literacy in Grand Rapids public schools. He remembered when he couldn’t move to the fourth grade because his reading skills needed improvement. Like his third grade teacher who helped him, Sheffey wanted to help current school children.

“No one gave me a book at that age,” Sheffey said. “But if I take the time to show these kids that reading is fun and help provide the tools they need to learn, then hopefully they will keep up in school.”