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January Series starts 24th year at Calvin College

January Series starts 24th year at Calvin College

by Holly Bechiri in collaboration with Chelsea LaForge

Once again, Calvin College provides -free to the public- daily speakers for the month of January with a variety of topics and presentations.

Calvin College's January Series will be held January 4-24 this year, with weekday presentations starting at 12:30 in the Covenant Fine Arts Center AuditoriumAdditional viewing locations are available, as well as online streaming of audio, for most speakers. A full list of the speakers and the topics covered in their presentations can be found online.

Grand Rapids native appointed to Grape and Wine Industry Council

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is an 11-member panel housed in the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and works to boost Michigan’s wine industry by providing research and education, and promoting the state’s wine grape and wine industry.

“I am confident these appointees will work hard to continue growing Michigan’s wine status that is key to both a Pure Michigan agritourism experience and an important economic driver and contributor,” said Snyder.

Walter Brys, of Traverse City, is the proprietor of Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery. The winery produces between 5,000 and 6,500 cases of premium wine each year. Brys will represent winemakers and replaces Marie Chantal Dalese.

Habitat recipient "pays it forward"

Habitat recipient "pays it forward"

by Chelsea LaForge

It started when a speck of shingle stone landed in Michael Bradley's eye. Bradley was volunteering as one of Union High School's Habitat builders. While Bill Moerdyk, a Kent County's Habitat for Humanity staff, flushed out Bradley's eye, he made conversation with a few questions for the student. When Bradley talked about where he lives, Moerdyk recognized the street name. Before long it became clear that Michael Bradley was living in a Habitat house. "Yeah, you built my house," he revealed. Moerdyk remembers the mixed emotions well. "Here the poor guy has his head in his hands because of the stone in his eye, and I’m rejoicing."

The Bradley House

Fran Dalton joins Garfield Park Neighborhood Association

Fran Dalton joins Garfield Park Neighborhood Association

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association has brought on Fran Dalton as their new South East Crime and Community Organizer.

Dalton began working with GPNA on November 15th.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to return to work in a position where I can serve the community," said Dalton. "I enjoy working with people and finding opportunities to make things better."

Visit http://gpnagr.org/ for additional information.

Kentwood Ice Arena Open Skate

Kentwood Ice Arena Open Skate

If you and your family are looking for some fun and exercise at the same time, consider spending time at Kentwood Ice Arena.

The Arena features Sunday afternoon open skating from 3-5pm: Adults $4.00, Students $3.00 and kids under 7 are free with skate rental $2.00 or bring your own.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays they feature a Lunch Skate from 11:30am to 1:00pm for $4.00 and there is no charge for skate rental. All ages welcome and kids 5 and younger are free.

Little Ballerinas say Farewell

Little Ballerinas say Farewell

From: Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

Little GAAH dancers say farewell to their beloved Ballet & Tap instructor Kelly Malinowski this winter. Kelly has been teaching at GAAH for almost two years, and says, "I've loved working in this neighborhood, the students are so passionate and I will miss them all dearly"

Kelly comments on how the arts have been cut from many school programs, and therefore, emphasizes how important GAAH is to the kids. Kelly is specifically passionate about the benefits of dance in early childhood development. To read more about the beneficial role dance can play in physical, emotional...