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My Town: Health Care hijinks take center stage in original comedy Aug. 7-9

My Town: Health Care hijinks take center stage in original comedy Aug. 7-9

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich.-- A group of northern Kent County actors are presenting a play this weekend that will have audiences in stitches.

A cast of 13 performs “Seek Immediate Medical Attention’’ at Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs Thursday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 9.

“Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease,’’ director Dave Schmuker said. “The play highlights the comical interactions in a doctor’s office and deals with everything from hypochondriacs to one-sided romance.’’

Schmuker, who penned the original script, is making his directorial debut. He’s been active in community theater for several years, often appearing with the Rogue River Community Theatre Company.

My Town: Family entertainment comes to the Rockford Stage with 'Cheaper by the Dozen' Aug. 7-9

My Town: Family entertainment comes to the Rockford Stage with 'Cheaper by the Dozen' Aug. 7-9

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- The Rogue River Community Theatre Company is offering families a unique way to beat boredom during the dog days of summer with its first summer stage production.

"Cheaper by the Dozen," a loveable, time-honored story, will be presented in the North Rockford Middle School auditorium beginning this evening Thursday, Aug. 7 and running through Saturday, Aug. 9.

The cast of 17 actors ranges in age from 7 to 70. The story is based on the celebrated children's novel published in 1948 and made into a movie in 1950 and again in 2003. It's a coming-of-age story about the oldest of 12 children and her interactions with family, notably her parents. The play is narrated by two of the older siblings.

"'Cheaper by the Dozen' will really play with the audience's emotions,'' director Shannon Rop said. "It has funny, sad, happy and poignant moments.''

My Town: Black Jake & The Carnies take the stage for the Rogue River Blues Series

My Town: Black Jake & The Carnies take the stage for the Rogue River Blues Series

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The Huntington Rogue River Blues Series returns Tuesday night with Black Jake & The Carnies.

The band will take the Garden Club Park Stage at 7 p.m.  The two-hour performance is free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.  The remainder of the tentative schedule also includes:


After the Blues

  • Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014: Kari Lynch Band
  • Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014: The Crane Wives

My Town Rockford: Picnic Pops caps off with tribute to the Eagles

My Town Rockford: Picnic Pops caps off with tribute to the Eagles

BELMONT, Mich.— The D &W Fresh Market Picnic Pops Series will culminate this week with a classical take on classic rock.

A rock band and singers will join the Grand Rapids Symphony Thursday and Friday to perform hits from the Eagles during its final two performances at the Cannonsburg Ski Area in Belmont.  Visitors will hear “Hotel California”, “One of The Nights”, “Heartache Tonight”, among other popular songs.

Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.  To purchase tickets, visit the event site here.

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Organizers of the inaugural Rogue River Expedition are calling the event a success.

More than 50 people participated in the three-day paddling and land tour of the river and its watershed.  The idea for the expedition originated from the 2010 Grand River Expedition, which involved hundreds of boaters who explored more than 250 miles of water over 12 days.  Because the Grand River Expedition is held only once a decade, its organizers decided to hold similar events on the Grand River’s larger tributaries.

The Rogue River Expedition kicked off in June with a land tour at Howard Christensen Nature Center and the Fruit Ridge Area, which is considered one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world.  The exploration also included trips to Rogers Park in Sparta, Nash Creek and Camp Rockford.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: