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Grandville Middle School student advances to Final Spelling Bee

Grandville Middle School student advances to Final Spelling Bee

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A seventh grade student from Grandville Middle School is on her way to the Greater Grand Rapids Final Spelling Bee.

Rebecca Tran bested spellers from East Grand Rapids, Caledonia and many other schools, to win the Regional Spelling Bee at Kenowa Hills on Feb. 11.  Her winning word was “menhaden.” 

Rebecca previously took the top spot among Grandville Middle School students, with 101 words spelled correctly. She will put her skills to the test again on March 11 with the Greater Grand Rapids Final Spelling Bee.

UPDATE: Downtown Grandville Chili Cook-off postponed

UPDATE: Downtown Grandville Chili Cook-off postponed

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Grandville officials have postponed the city's first  Downtown Grandville Chili Cook-Off due to a lack of participation.

The competition was supposed to take place Saturday, Feb. 22 in the library parking lot.  Tastings were to be free, and the winning cooks were to receive prizes.

Organizers say they still plan to host the event on a later date, and will keep the community posted.  

Grandville searching for chefs to for inaugural chili cook-off

Grandville searching for chefs to for inaugural chili cook-off

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Grandville officials are looking for chefs to help make the city’s first Downtown Grandville Chili Cook-Off sizzle.

The competition will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the library parking lot.  All tastings are free.  The cook that wins the Judge’s Choice category will get a weekend getaway to the Homestead Resort in Northern Michigan.  The winner of the People’s Choice category will get a $100 gift certificate to P.F. Chang’s Restaurant.  The Red Chili winner and White Chili winner will get $50 gift cards to Osgood Brewing.   The deadline to sign up to share your recipe is Friday, Feb. 14.

For more information, visit the city website here.

Tickets available for Taste of Grandville

Tickets available for Taste of Grandville

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Tickets are now available for the 13th annual Taste of Grandville.

Visitors can enjoy giveaways, live performances by Grandville bands and food from local restaurants. The Taste of Grandville will be Monday, March 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 8p.m. inside Grandville High School.

 Each “tasting passport” is $10, with proceeds going to the Grandville Education Foundation, which provides funding for Grandville school programs. Advanced tickets are available at the Community Education building, Middle School and High School, or by mailing or visiting the Grandville Education Foundation online.

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

HOLLAND, Mich.—Nearly 6,000 square feet of newly renovated space is now open to a new generation of chefs.

Last summer, Careerline Tech Center began transforming the space into a teaching arena like no other high school in Michigan.  The new facility allows students to train on commercial grade equipment typically found in elite culinary colleges.  The equipment includes a steam/convection oven, new fryer and two broiler ovens.  Construction crews also added a demonstration lab with tiered seating and video monitors for optimal viewing.

“Our program is at capacity and the students are amazed at the new facilities,” says Joe Carmolli, culinary and pastry arts instructor for CTC. “Recent graduates told me they wish they could come back to experience the new lab. They are a little jealous.” 

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

HOLLAND, Mich. – While most Hope College students were beginning their classes, 39 of their peers and three faculty members were busy participating in the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Saginaw Jan. 7-12.

Students are nominated to participate in the festival based on work created during the previous calendar year.  In addition to being chosen to attend, multiple Hope students received further recognition during the event.

Hope theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe chairs the regional organization, which this year included 1,300 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  In addition, more than 50 guest artists participated from all over the United States and Canada.

Several students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions based on their performance in a production at Hope during 2013, with two receiving semi-finalist or finalist recognition.

Date set for 2014 Jenison Street Dance

Date set for 2014 Jenison Street Dance

JENISON, Mich.-- It may be snowy outside, but the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce is already looking ahead to summer.

The Chamber this week booked the stage for this year's Jenison Street Dance.  According to the Chamber's Facebook page, improvements to the event are in the works.  Organizers plan to move the beer tent to Church Street and the kids and food section to Cottonwood.

The 2014 Jenison Street Dance will take place Saturday, August 16.