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My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—During this year’s ArtPrize, one artist’s masterpiece will be gracing the tables and bars at breweries throughout greater Grand Rapids.

This is the second year for the city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest, which is growing with the help of Experience Grand Rapids and Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries. 

“The Beer City Coaster Contest was an idea the leadership team of the SpringHill Suites North created in 2013 to celebrate the calibration of local breweries and the local art scene,” said Rachel Crowther, general manager of Pillar Hotel & Resorts Area. “The contest was a way for our hotel to create an art event, ‘ArtNight’, which showcased the original coaster artwork and celebrated the unique beer scene only found in Beer City USA.  After a successful contest and ArtNight in 2013, it was only fitting to see the contest grow and evolve in 2014 to a larger city wide contest.”

My Town: Splash pad open and parade planned for Memorial Day

My Town: Splash pad open and parade planned for Memorial Day

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. –  The Memorial Day weekend is here, which means the splash pad is ready for visitors.

The Maplewood Park splash pad opened for the season at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22.  The splash pad will be open to visitors through the weekend, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as next weekend.  Township officials say the water attraction will be open daily with an attendant beginning June 5.   Admission is free.

Georgetown Township will mark Memorial Day with a parade beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, March 26.  The procession will wind down Baldwin Street, from 20th Avenue to Cottonwood Drive.  A Memorial Day ceremony will take place inside Georgetown Township Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

My Town: Restaurant donating May 21 food sales to family of crash victim

My Town: Restaurant donating May 21 food sales to family of crash victim

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— A Grandville restaurant will donate a portion of its sales Wednesday night to help the family of a Grandville teenager killed in a crash.

Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, was killed May 3 when the SUV he was a passenger in ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck on 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.  His cousin, 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar, was also killed in the crash.

Roman was a senior at Grandville High School, a school that’s already mourning the deaths of  hockey captain Ryan Fischer and Alyssa Arends, 15.   He planned to join the police academy after graduation.

Michael was a graduate of Coopersville High School.  Both men leave behind their parents, and numerous siblings, nephews and nieces.

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Visitors to seven area Culver’s restaurants  today can join the effort to bring veterans to their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Participating Culver's restaurants will donate 10 percent of sales on Tuesday, May 20 to the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are:

My Town Grandville: Michigan Week celebration returns May 21

My Town Grandville: Michigan Week celebration returns May 21

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- The City of Grandville is celebrating Michigan Week by firing up the grill.

The annual city barbecue will take place this Wednesday, May 21 at the Grandville Library Amphitheater.  Residents are encouraged to come out and purchase hot barbecue sandwiches, chips and drinks while enjoying live jazz music performed by Grandville Middle School students.  City fire trucks and public works equipment will be on display. Visitors can also pick up free seedlings.  Grandville Library will provide children's activities, including face painting, balloon animal making.  The Grandville Museum, located inside City Hall will also be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

My Town: Mark Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Mark Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The American Red Cross is encouraging Americans to honor service men and women this Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation of blood.

“Your blood donation at this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll also help maintain a strong blood supply at a time of year when blood donations traditionally decline.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. While that need is constant, the number of people donating blood can fluctuate, particularly over the summer, when schools no longer host blood drives because they are shut down for the summer. 

If you would like to donate, visit any of the following blood drives: