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My Town GR South: Downtown Market offers spring break culinary camp

My Town GR South: Downtown Market offers spring break culinary camp

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Parents looking for a way to get their pint-sized chef out of the house this spring break have another option.

Space is still available in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s spring break camps.  Children and teenagers can learn new culinary skills in the market’s teaching kitchen and greenhouses while learning about other cultures, plants and gardening.  The day camps are described as follows:

 

Flavors of the World Kids' Camp (6 years -11 years)

http://www.flavorsoftheworld-kids.eventbrite.com   Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter

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 GR South: Pure Michigan casting call for HGTV commercial

My Town GR South: Pure Michigan casting call for HGTV commercial

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Pure Michigan is looking for a Grand Rapids area couple to feature in a commercial that will air on HGTV.

The ideal couple lives in Eastown in a historic home, which will also be featured in the spot.  The couple will be paid $800 for two days of filming.

Those interested in this casting call should send a photo of themselves, their significant other, children (if any), and their house to Coreene at representmi@gmail.com .  Applicants should also explain why they moved to Grand Rapids in their email submission, detailing why they love the city.

My Town GR South: Pooh's Corner to close after 38 years

My Town GR South: Pooh's Corner to close after 38 years

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A local business parents have been relying on for 38 years is shutting its doors.

Pooh’s Corner, located in the Breton Village Mall, will close for good on May 23.  Co-owner Camille DeBoer says she sat down with her partner and their families and decided the business didn’t have enough of a future.  DeBoer says selling children’s books is a physically exhausting career.  Besides hauling 40 pound boxes of books around and continuously visiting schools, DeBoer says she spends many hours reading the latest books so she can know what ones to recommend to customers. 

My Town GR South: Civic Theater troupe visits Excel Charter Academy

My Town GR South: Civic Theater troupe visits Excel Charter Academy

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)-- To celebrate March is Reading Month, Excel Charter Academy invited the Grand Rapids Civic Theater traveling troupe to perform No Dogs Allowed on Tuesday, March 18.

The musical is adapted from Sonia Manzano’s best-selling children’s book of the same name. The traveling troupe’s goal is to promote theatre in the community.

Excel Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

My Town: Grand Rapids-Wyoming among fastest growing places to retire

My Town: Grand Rapids-Wyoming among fastest growing places to retire

WYOMING, Mich.—The Wyoming area is among the nation’s fastest growing places to retire.

That’s according to nerdwallet.  In a report released Thursday, March 13, the financial publication highlighted the Grand Rapids-Wyoming market’s growing population of residents who are 65 or older. Nerdwallet also mentioned the Senior Neighbors centers scattered across the region, providing health and wellness resources, as well as the retirement living communities popping up ion the area, including Clark Retirement Community.

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming area ranked 10 on the list; the greater Detroit area ranked fourth on the list. The Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale metro area in Arizona took the top spot.