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My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

Play celebrating life and works of William Shakespeare on stage April 11-12 at Kent Theatre

Play celebrating life and works of William Shakespeare on stage April 11-12 at Kent Theatre

In celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday 450 years ago this month, a play celebrating his life and works will be presented this weekend at Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

“Shakespeare: An Evening with the Bard’’ consists of vignettes of comedy and drama with music interspersed throughout the two-act play.

“Shakespeare is synonymous with theater and great writing,’’ said Director Patricia Rose, of Rockford. “Those not exposed to his works will come away with a new appreciation of his brilliance.’’

Presented by Actors’ del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan, it opens Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Two shows are planned for Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for students. Plays will be presented at Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. in Cedar Springs.

More than a dozen stories will unfold, including scenes from Shakespeare classics such as Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

LOWELL, Mich.—Spring is here, which means the Kent District Library has officially opened its Seed Library at 13 branches.

Patrons can visit the library to “borrow” up to three packets of heirloom seeds for their garden.  People who take seed packets are asked to save seeds from the plants they grow and return them in late summer or fall for someone else to use next year.

The library is also accepting any heirloom variety seeds gardeners want to add to the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website.

Participating branches include those in Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Wyoming.

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town Rockford: Huntington Rogue River Blues Series lineup announced

My Town Rockford: Huntington Rogue River Blues Series lineup announced

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The tentative lineup is seat for this year’s Huntington Rogue River Blues Series.

The first act will take the Garden Club Park Stage June 10.  All performances are free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Each performance will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The tentative schedule includes:

 

  • Tuesday June 10, 2014: Root Doctor
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014: Hank Mowery & The Hawktones
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014: Vincent Hayes
  • Tuesday July 1, 2014: Weezil Malone Band
  • Tuesday July 8, 2014: Big Boss Blues
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014: Little Frank & The Premieres
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014: Thirsty Perch Blues Band


After the Blues

My Town Rockford: New law allows Michigan diners to bring in wine

My Town Rockford: New law allows Michigan diners to bring in wine

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Detroit Free Press & WZZM)-- Michigan diners can now legally take their own bottles of wine to restaurants that have liquor licenses, but they will likely have to pay a corkage fee to have it served to them and the restaurant must be willing to allow it.

Previously, wine purchased outside a restaurant could not be served there, but a new state law that took effect Friday changes that.

Restaurants still have the option to prohibit outside wines, said Justin Winslow, the Michigan Restaurant Association’s vice president of governmental affairs. And they can charge whatever they wish as a corkage fee — the service charge for providing glassware and serving the wine.

The new law does not allow guests to take wine into restaurants that do not have liquor licenses; that was illegal before and still is, Winslow said. In addition, the new law applies only to wine and not any other alcoholic beverage.

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.