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My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Literacy Center of West Michigan is getting a big financial boost.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Grand Rapids organization a $10,000 grant to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.  The funding is part of more than $6 million in grants Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded last week to approximately 700 schools, nonprofits and organizations nationwide.  Other West Michigan recipients include:

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Student filmmakers are getting ready for the final round of the 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition.

Students in grades 8-12 submitted short videos about their Catholic faith.   The competition has been whittled down to ten finalists from four districts.  During Champions Night on May 13, their films will grace the big screen at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.    A panel of judges will pick the top three films, which will receive cash prizes. The grand prize is $2,000.

The ten finalists include:

My Town: Grand Rapids area brewers begin Thank You Tour May 6

My Town: Grand Rapids area brewers begin Thank You Tour May 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of Grand Rapids area breweries is thanking patrons for putting the city on the craft beer map by winning it the title of Beer City USA.

Grand Rapids won the title outright last year, with more than 27,000 of the 50,000 votes cast I the now defunct online poll.  The vote was organized by Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association, the Great American Beer Festival and a beer writer for Examiner.com.

To celebrate the final Beer City win, the founders of MIBeers and Momma Needs A Beer are teaming up with area breweries for a Thank You Tour that starts Tuesday, May 6.  Brewers, local celebrities and BeerCity team members will visit each of the businesses on the tour to hand out freebies to patrons.

My Town: NorthPointe Christian senior wins state art contest

My Town: NorthPointe Christian senior wins state art contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan Senator Dave Hildenbrand recently shook hands with NorthPointe Christian School senior Liz Diemer as she accepted a third-place award in a state-wide art competition.

The “In God We Trust” contest was open to juniors and seniors across the state of Michigan.  Student art pieces were created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of legislation enacted to place the motto “In God We Trust” on U.S. coinage.

Diemer’s award-winning piece incorporates a striking combination of our country’s flag and the bald eagle.  Both are included to symbolize America’s freedom and faith.  Liz’s artist statement further explains the value of our motto:

My Town GR North: Art Battle for Community returns May 14

My Town GR North: Art Battle for Community returns May 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—An art battle is about to begin in the Creston neighborhood.

The Creston Neighborhood Association is teaming up with Rapid Growth’s Tommy Allen for the 8th annual Art Battle for Community, which will be held on Wednesday, May 14.  Local artists compete head-to-head creating art that is immediately auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the CNA.

This year’s Art Battle for Community will be held at the Rezervoir, 1481 Plainfield Ave. NE.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with a live auction taking place at 8 p.m.  Participants can also network with artists, elected officials and other community leaders during this official “Hello Neighbor” event.

For a list of artists planning to participate or to purchas tickets, visit the CNA’s website or Facebook page.

My Town GR North: Students bring history to life with 'wax museum'

My Town GR North: Students bring history to life with 'wax museum'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Students at Knapp Charter Academy are bringing a history lesson to life with a creative take on the traditional wax museum.

On Thursday, May 1, fifth grade students will pretend to be figures in a Revolutionary War wax museum.  Each time a visitor drops a quarter into their bucket, the students will “come to life” and talk about their role in the era.  The presentation puts a fun and interactive spin on history, while raising money for a class trip ti Michigan's Adventure at the end of the year.

The “wax museum” will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Knapp Charter Academy, located at 1759 Leffingwell Ave. NE.