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My Town Rockford: Family Fare welcomes grocery bags with a colorful message

My Town Rockford: Family Fare welcomes grocery bags with a colorful message

BELMONT, Mich.— The grocery bags at the Family Fare in Rockford are getting a makeover, in honor of March is Reading Month.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy students have been decorating the bags with colorful, creative messages related to March is Reading Month.  The students hope to encourage area shoppers to read more.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

Jammie Awards help feed hundreds in West Michigan

Jammie Awards help feed hundreds in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Organizers of the WYCE Jammie Awards say hundreds of people will get food, thanks to generous music lovers.

According to Feeding America West Michigan's Facebook page, a total of 429 meals were donated during the 15th annual Jammie Awards this past weekend.  Nearly two dozen local artists teamed up with  88.1 FM WYCE for the event at The Intersection.

The concert was free but all visitors were encouraged to bring donations for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank

Bring a can and jam during the Jammie Awards Feb. 21

Bring a can and jam during the Jammie Awards Feb. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Grammy Awards are long over this year, but the Jammie Awards are just around the corner.

Nearly two dozen local artists are teaming up with 88.1 FM WYCE for the 15th annual Jammie Awards, to help collect donations for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank.  The event will take place Friday, Feb. 21 at the Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids.  Performers will include Who Hit John?, Root Doctor, Filmloom and Chain of Lakes.

The concert is free but all visitors are encouraged to bring clothing and non-perishable food donations for the Food Bank.

The Jammie Awards is open to all ages.  Doors open at 5 p.m.

Warm up with a Northview concert

Warm up with a Northview concert

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—Community members are invited to get a break from the cold in take in some music from Northview students.

The Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center will welcome seven nights of music, beginning with Crossroads Band on Tuesday, Feb. 18.  The concert schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Crossroads Band Concert
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.: NHS Winter Band Concert
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.: East Oakview Grades 1 & 2 Concert
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.: Crossroads Choir Concert
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.: North Oakview Grades 1&2 Concert
  • Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m.: NHS Vocal Music Department Concert
  • Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Community Band Concert

All performances are free and open to the public.

Member of The Verve Pipe to sing for children in need

Member of The Verve Pipe to sing for children in need

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   West Michigan native Brian VanderArk is lending his voice to help children in need.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the singer-songwriter will host a concert at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids to benefit Feeding American West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.

VanderArk is a member of The Verve Pipe.  He will be joined by Channing and Quinn and Mark Sala for the special performance.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased at the Will Play For Food Foundation website here.  The goal is to send 5,000 meals to hungry children.

West Michigan Archery Center nears completion

West Michigan Archery Center nears completion

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP,  Mich.--   The heat is on and the finishing touches are being made to the West Michigan Archery Center in Kent County.

The $1.15 million facility is located on 10 Mile Road in the Art Van Sports Park.  Crews with Rockford-based McIntyre Builders began construction last September. They’ve just completed drywall and trim, and hope to obtain occupancy permits within the next couple months.

The facility, which will serve as a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) site, will be open to the public at minimal costs.  The grounds will also include outdoor and 3D fields.