Our network

Arts & Culture

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A life-saving donation could get you a new look.

The American Red Cross is teaming up with Sport Clips to provide coupons for free haircuts to those who sign up to donate blood at participating drives and blood donation centers.  The campaign, called “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good”, runs through the month of September at the Sports Clips locations at Knapps Corner, Shops at Plaza on the East Beltline, in Grandville and the Kenowa Center.

For more information and to find a participating blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/sport-clips.

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Rockford Community Orchestra) –  The Rockford Community Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting season with new conductor, Nancy J. Summers, who started July 1, 2014.

The RCO board of directors made the announcement in July.

Rockford Community Orchestra Secretary Emily Lackey says Summers has an amazing background. For the past 13 years, Summers served as music director and conductor of West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  During her time with that organization, Summers oversaw growth in the number of ensembles offered, broadened the scope of their outreach performances and raised the level of musicianship. 

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

My Town Grandville: New store celebrates opening at Bucktown

My Town Grandville: New store celebrates opening at Bucktown

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—West Michigan model makers have a new place to shop along 44th Street.

The Grandville-Jenison Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on HobbyTown USA Headquarters last week.  The store, which is filled with model kits, rockets, games and toys, is located in the Bucktown shopping plaza.

HobbyTown USA treated visitors to lunch from fellow Bucktown tenant Potbelly Sandwich Shop as part of last Friday’s ceremony.

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Summer is still in full swing, and new movies are premiering every weekend.

Celebration Cinema has a few good movies this weekend that you won't want to miss. Here are my top five for this weekend:

1.) A Most Wanted Man (Rated R) - Premiers this Friday at Celebration North. This movie is about a brutally tortured immigrant who turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune. Both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity.

2.) And So It Goes (Rated PG-13) - Premieres this Friday at all Celebration locations. This movie is about a self-centered realtor who enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.