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ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market's Market Hall adds fishmonger

Grand Rapids Downtown Market's Market Hall adds fishmonger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Another space in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s Market Hall is filled.

Market officials announced Tuesday a new fishmonger will be selling fresh fish when the building opens to the public August 26.  After helping lead two fish retailers in Seattle’s famous Pike’s Place Market, Jeff Butzow decided to found Fish Lads of Grand Rapids.   Butzow’s new shop will offer a variety of local freshwater fish as well as seafood from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, flown in fresh daily.  The business will also maintain a watch list of seafood to avoid because it’s being depleted by overfishing.

Construction workers are putting the finishing touches on the 138,000 square foot Market Hall.  The LEED-certified space features 24 vendors and two full-service restaurants, including a micro-brewery.

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

The “Stuff the Bus” community challenge is back.

 Now through August 9, Hand2Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation will be collecting school supplies and personal items for children.  The donations will be distributed to about 3,000 middle school students in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.

 “Soap, Socks and Supplies” is the theme for this fourth annual campaign. Donations can be dropped off Fifth Third Bank locations throughout metro Grand Rapids.  Financial donations are also being accepted.

 "Each year Fifth Third supplies the backpacks for the students, and we look forward to working together with the community to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank.

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Vendors needed for Eastown StreetFair

Vendors needed for Eastown StreetFair

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Organizers of the Eastown StreetFair are accepting applications for this year’s event.

The 40th edition of StreetFair will take place September 14, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Organizers expect the event to be even bigger and better than last year, with 15 bands, food vendors and approximately 100 booths filled with art.  The Eastown StreetFair is free to the public.

Food vendors have until Friday, August 16 to apply for a spot in this year’s StreetFair. The cost is $250.   The application deadline for artists and non-profit organizations is Friday, September 6.  Vendor fees are $90 for artists and $45 for non-profit organizations.

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.