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My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town: Rockford Farm Market vendor enlists high school students

My Town: Rockford Farm Market vendor enlists high school students

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Local grower extraordinaire Jack Urben has come up with a way to sell his in-demand sweet corn at America's Favorite Farmers Market in Rockford on Saturday mornings.

Boasting the sweetest of sweet corn, hobby-farmer Jack Urben has built such a huge following of believers that he found it difficult to keep up with the demand of throngs of people who attend the iconic Rockford Farm Market every Saturday morning. In a collaborative venture with Rockford Public Schools, Urben has recruited six junior and senior student council members to staff his farm market stall during what appears to be a record corn harvest.

"These personable and enthusiastic students will be further educated by engaging in people-to-people skills the likes of eye-contact, greetings and thank yous, and money handling without having to resort to a computer or that "brain" that they carry around in their hands," said Urben. 

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Community members are invited to check out the newest sporting attraction now open in Kent County.

Phase I construction of the West Michigan Archery Center recently wrapped up.  The site includes a 10,000 square foot facility, parking lot, rain gardens and practice range.  Archers can also test their skills on a world-class 3-D range.

WMAC will host a grand opening celebration and community open house Saturday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to try out shooting and meet the facility's coaches during the event. WMAC is located at 3500 10 Mile Road and shares a driveway with the Art Van Sportsplex.

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.