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Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

The winners of the Comprehensive Therapy Center annual coloring contest will be honored on Monday, April 27th from 3 – 4:30pm at the “Read To Me Tea” held at the Women’s City Club of  Grand Rapids, MI., located at 254 E. Fulton. This years’ subject is Cars, Trucks and Things That Go.

Guest readers who will share stories include, Mayor George Heartwell, County Commissioner Candace Chives, Ronald McDonald House Charities of W. Michigan Representative, Lesa Dion, Mursalata Muhammad of GRCC and Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.

According to Jean Silbar, Executive Director of CTC, many of the children with whom we work, will not be the ones to win academic contests or star in sports, but they have such passion to excel in the therapy they receive. We are excited and pleased to honor their work.

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools is Hiring. They are looking for Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Ed Personnel and Support Staff.

The Job Fair for these positions is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the W. Main Professional Development Center, located at 1627 W. Main in Kalamazoo, MI.

If you would like to pre-register and be considered for interviews on May 12th, please RSVP before May 1st at hivelynl@kalamazoo.k12.mi.us or visit the website at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

Annual Springfest Show & Sale Returns on April 25

Annual Springfest Show & Sale Returns on April 25

For the 25th year, the West Michigan Potters Guild invite the public to check out handmade pottery & sculpture created by 40 of Southwest Michigan’s most recognized ceramic artists. The Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild of GR will also be exhibiting for the fourth year with hand-made fiber works alongside the pottery booths.

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

The Grand Rapids Ametuer Astronomical Association invites the public on designated evenings from spring through the fall to experience the skies above.  A close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects are possible to be seen through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The first public observation night for the spring season is Saturday, April 25 from 9:30pm – 12:00am. This is an opportunity to see Jupiter, the Quarter Moon, along with clusters. The Spring – Fall Schedule is pictured below. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for kids, 17 & under, under 5 & GRPM Members are Free.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township.

2nd Annual Organists Competition on April 20

2nd Annual Organists Competition on April 20

There are 8 highly accomplished young organists, all 23 years of age or younger competing in the 2nd annual Annamae Rotman Young Organist Competition & Quimby Competition.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Grand Rapids Ballet Honors Beloved Ballet Dancer in Final Curtain Call: Stephen Sanford

Grand Rapids Ballet Honors Beloved Ballet Dancer in Final Curtain Call: Stephen Sanford

News Release:

This May, after 14 years with Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB), company dancer Stephen Sanford will take his final bow. Stephen will dance his final performance as the leading role in the World Premiere of Beethoven, a riveting ballet by Mario Radacovsky (Black Swan/White Swan, Romeo & Juliet, Bolero). Join GRB for Final Curtain Call: Stephen Sanford on Sunday, May 17 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. following his final performance as a member of GRB. Tickets to this special event are $35. Do not miss his epic finale.

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Gabriel Isaac Dehen, born October 16, 2014 at Metro Hospital, came into this world fighting and has a long journey ahead of him and his parents, David & Christina Dehen.

Gabriel was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around one of his arms that was completely limp. After ineffective respiratory efforts, he was placed on oxygen but then doctors noticed unusual movement of his arms that appeared to be symptoms of seizure activity. He was then transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for the next 42 days.

Gabriel was diagnosed with Severe Epilepsy & Neuro-Degenerative Disease, meaning his brain cells were diminished from his brain as well as his brain stem. He is now on 3 different seizure medicines.

Both David and Christina never planned to have her off from work for so long; her job granted her 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid leave for baby bonding time. Since that time she is only able to work a few hours a week due to Gabriel’s needs and care.