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Meet the author of the The Spiderwick Chronicles!

Meet the author of the The Spiderwick Chronicles!

Do you like your books to have a bit of magic in them? Perhaps faeries are a staple in most of your reading endeavors.  If so you don’t want to miss out on our upcoming visit from best-selling author, Holly Black on August 10th at the Yankee Clipper Branch.

What Saved the Hostages in Recent Standoff with Dantzler?

What Saved the Hostages in Recent Standoff with Dantzler?

In the wake of the recent tragedy concerning 34-year-old Rodrick Dantzler much has been reported on. This deeply unfortunate event that has rocked the foundation of our community is certain to touch each of us in some way, to a lessor or greater degree. It is times like these that truly illustrate just how interconnected our community is. The degree of separation that each of us has from someone involved in this incident will probably prove to be surprisingly small, for me it has been but three tiny degrees. 

Taste of Grand Rapids is July 22 & 23

Taste of Grand Rapids is July 22 & 23

News Release:

(Grand Rapids, MI) – The 2011 Taste of Grand Rapids & BBQ Competition is just around the corner. The event kicks off Friday, July 22nd and continues Saturday, July 23rd for two days of food tasting, live music, and a barbecue competition. Hours are 3pm to 10pm on Friday, July 22nd and 11am to 10pm on Saturday, July 23rd. The Taste of Grand Rapids will be held at John Ball Park, 1300 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Admission and parking at the Taste of Grand Rapids are free, which makes it a weekend full of affordable family fun. Patrons may purchase tastes and samples of food from over 25 participating Grand Rapids area restaurants and enjoy live, non-stop entertainment. Kids can enjoy the designated Children’s Area, and adults can enjoy beer and wine with their tasty food samples.

ArtPrize host help & hospitality for artists reception is Wednesday

ArtPrize host help & hospitality for artists reception is Wednesday

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – ArtPrize is looking for a few good Grand Rapidians to volunteer to help artists during the 2011 event, which takes place Sept. 21 – Oct. 9. The organization will host Help & Hospitality for Artists on Wednesday, June 22, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the ByrneBoehm Gallery in Grand Rapids to help new volunteers sign up and connect with other, potential volunteers.
 
In 2010, ArtPrize had more than 1200 volunteers, nearly 100 were artist hosts. Without volunteers to serve as host families, ArtPrize would not be possible. It could not bring artists into the city or create the connections and conversations around art that are unique to the event. ArtPrize is hoping to augment this group of artist hosts by identifying ways that the local community can help support the artists, either through materials acquisition, preparation space or an extra set of hands.

Candidate Pounds Pavement Early

Candidate Pounds Pavement Early

Donijo DeJonge is pounding the pavement early this year to keep her seat as the Grand Rapids City Comptroller. DeJonge was busy on the north east side of Grand Rapids on Saturday along with many door-to-door staff members asking for votes this fall. DeJonge says she was appointed the spot as Comptroller and hopes to win the four year term in the November 8th election this fall againt long time west side politician Michael Sak.

Family Oriented Business

Family Oriented Business

This past Saturday I tried to call Rick Krueger, the salesman who sold me a car not too long ago but there was no answer at VanAndel & Flikkema dealership on Plainfield Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Today I called and was able to connect with Rick. He said that he had received my voicemail but was not at work because VanAndel & Flikkema is not open on Saturday. I thought this very strange, especially in today’s economy, with some dealers in our state open even on Sunday. He explained that they are a very family oriented business and the owners feel the employees give their all five days a week and that weekends are for family.

Rather unusual and I applaud them.

 

Longtime GRPS Teacher Retires

Longtime GRPS Teacher Retires

Longtime Grand Rapids Public Schools teacher, Dave Huyser, is leaving after a whopping 43 years of service. The North Park Elemetary favorite will cap off a life-long career of broadening young minds with a surprise party today at the school located at 3375 Cheney NE.

Mr. Huyser is much more than a Math teacher to many of the kids. He was also a running coach, science fair genius, bike riding hero,  and major mentor in the young lives of students. He was often admired by children and parents alike for innovative and creative learning ideas... especially during times of continued cost cutting. Mostly, the 64 year old Grand Rapids native is loved for pushing the envelop of learning and never being afraid to try new things, often times despite distirct reccomendation.

The party begins this morning at 11:00 am in the gym.