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Excel Charter Academy honors Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

Excel Charter Academy honors Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  Excel Charter Academy students remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the holiday by serving their community.

 On Friday, Jan. 17, seventh and eighth grade students divided up to help community organizations, including the YWCA, Kids Food Basket, Feeding America West Michigan, Habitat for Humanity, Baxter Community Center, Degage, GRASP, Goodwill and In The Image.

As part of Excel’s MLK Service Day, Arbor Circle also visited the school to teach sixth grade students about teenage homelessness and how they can help support teenagers in need.

Civil Rights activist leads community in march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Civil Rights activist leads community in march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Civil Rights activist Dr. John M. Perkins will lead students on a march through Calvin College’s campus, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The memorial march will take place Monday, Jan. 20.  The procession will begin at 3 p.m. at the Covenant Fine Arts Center and end with refreshments at the Spoelhof Center Atrium.  Marchers will reflect on the life and work of Dr. King while hearing his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, Kentwood Mayor Steve Kepley, Calvin College President Michael Le Roy and other community leaders will also take part in the procession.

Before the march, Perkins will deliver his January Series lecture, “Love is the Final Fight: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins.”  That address is at 12:30 p.m.

Calvin College professor earns 2013 Book of the Year award

Calvin College professor earns 2013 Book of the Year award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  A professor from Calvin College is the winner of the Religious Communication Association’s 2013 Book of the Year award.

Bill Romanowski’s “Reforming Hollywood” investigates the relationship between Protestant church organizations and the film industry.  In the book, Romanowski “shows how a broad spectrum of religious forces have played a role in Hollywood.”

Romanowski was presented with the award in Washington D.C. on Nov. 22, 2013.

“I am deeply honored to [have] received this respected award from an interfaith academic society that values interdisciplinary study of religion and communication,” said Romanowski, who teaches communication arts and sciences.

Tickets on sale for 'The Head and The Heart' concert April 3

Tickets on sale for 'The Head and The Heart' concert April 3

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  “The Head And The Heart” will take the stage at Calvin College Thursday, April 3, and now is your chance to get tickets.

General admission is $30.  Tickets are available through the Calvin box office online or by calling (616) 526-6282.  The Head And The Heart will perform at 8 p.m. with special guest Basia Bulat.  The concert will take place inside the Hoogenboom Health & Recreation Center.

Since the band’s first Calvin performance in 2011, it’s grown in popularity, last playing at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park last year.

Calvin College January Series comes to White Lake Community Library

Calvin College January Series comes to White Lake Community Library

WHITEHALL, Mich.—One of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series is coming to White Lake Community Library.

From Jan. 8 through Jan. 28, the library will serve as a webcast location for Calvin College’s January Series.  This year’s lineup includes:

Grand Rapids Public Library joins Family Place Libraries network

Grand Rapids Public Library joins Family Place Libraries network

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Three Grand Rapids Public Library locations are joining the Family Place Libraries national network, which is focused on providing resources for families to nurture the development of young children.

The main library, Madison Square branch and Ottawa Hills branch all recently received the Family Place designation, which means each location will develop the Family Place Libraries model of learning.

To help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn, Family Place offers:

Rare letter being auctioned off for charity

Rare letter being auctioned off for charity

BYRON CENTER, Mich.—A very rare letter signed by famous writer Jack London is being auctioned off for charity.

On Jan. 31, 1900, London wrote the letter to his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, giving the company a brief autobiography of his life.  London is known for his short stories including “The Call of the Wild” and “White Fang”.  To view the letter, click here.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Miedema Asset Management Group will put this letter up for bid with all proceeds going to The Gainey Foundation, in support of Two Moose Camp in Montana.  The Christian camp hosted Calvin College students during its first leadership training program in 2003.  Since then, it’s served Christian students nationwide.