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GR restaurant completes full-circle of sustainability through art gallery

GR restaurant completes full-circle of sustainability through art gallery

‘Off Center Gallery’ raises $1K for local park organization; funds to be put back into neighborhood park restoration

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.The Green Well Gastro Pub created the Off Center Gallery in the restaurant in 2011 to benefit both local artists and its non-profit partner Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Since its beginning, the gallery has sold $10,000 worth of local art, and keeping with the artists and Green Well’s commitment to donate 10% of all work sold; they have raised $1,000, plus a match from Green Well, making a total donation of $2,000 to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

GRCC students to pay new fee

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Students at Grand Rapids Community College will have to pay a $100 free to help improve the school's aging facilities. The school's Board of Trustees approved the new few Monday.

Earlier this month voters defeated a tax increase that would have funded the repairs and improvements.

In addition to the fee, the board also approved a tuition hike of $2.50.

Symphony Musicians support early grade reading

Symphony Musicians support early grade reading

POMA-GR, made up of musicians from the Grand Rapids Symphony looks to raise awareness as well as funds to benefit childhood literacy. Sounds of Hope, a benefit concert taking place Wednesday, May 32rd offers the music of George Gershwin and silent auction items to help raise money for United Way’s Schools of Hope Reading Strategies. Local merchants contributed with auction offerings ranging from  gift baskets to yoga packages.

What: Sounds of Hope Benefit Concert

When: Wednesday, May 23rd  from 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Fountain Street Church

Sandmann's closed

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- A well-known restaurant on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids has closed. Sandmann's closed Monday and a notice posted on the front entrance says its assets have been seized by Kent County's 17th Circuit Court for apparently defaulting on a loan.

The award winning bar-b-que eatery opened 12 years ago at the corner of Wealthy and Fuller Avenue.

Sandmann's helped revitalize the Wealthy Street corridor when in opened in 2000. It underwent a major renovation in 2004.

46 Projects from 28 Michigan Cities Vie for Funding in It's About Place

46 Projects from 28 Michigan Cities Vie for Funding in It's About Place

It’s About Place, a contest sponsored by Let’s Save Michigan, attracted 46 participants from around the state who want to transform their communities through “placemaking” projects—investments in public spaces for community use. The winning participants will receive funding of up to $2,000 to build the projects they designed.

The contest, open to all Michigan residents, organizations, and municipal agencies, asked participants to create a design for revitalizing a currently underutilized public space and turning it into a welcoming, vibrant public place.

Grand Rapids Symphony Society Holds Annual Meeting

Grand Rapids Symphony Society Holds Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Grand Rapids Symphony Society was held May 17 at the University Club in Grand Rapids. The Society elected five new members and re-elected eleven current members to the Board. The Society also elected an Honorary Board Member. In addition, the Society elected one Endowment Trustee. Following the meeting of the Society, the Board of Directors held its annual meeting and elected officers for the coming year.

New board members elected to the Grand Rapids Symphony Society's Board of Directors include: Peg Breon, community volunteer; Art Shannon, vice president investor relations and corporate communications, Perrigo; Kevin Splaine, president, Spectrum Health Grand Rapids; Mary Tuuk, president, Fifth Third Bank - Western Michigan and Wendy Wassink, principal / strategic director, kantorwassink.

Grand Rapids bar owner brews success

GRAND RAPIDS (DETROIT FREE PRESS)-- What do Ayn Rand, Warren Buffett, the Titanic, rock bands, a hedge fund and Michigan craft beer have in common?

All are intertwined with the splendidly erratic career of Mark Sellers.

At age 43, with Sellers presumably only midway through life's journey, more plot twists undoubtedly lie ahead -- but let us begin with the present day, then flash back through the zigs and zags from Michigan to Boston, L.A. and Chicago before returning to his hometown.

Sellers is on the verge of announcing that his newest project, the Grand Rapids Brewing Co., will be Michigan's first all-organic brewery when it opens in August.

He and his wife are already key players in the downtown Grand Rapids bar and restaurant scene, by virtue of opening the HopCat beer bar in 2008, followed two years later by Stella's Lounge and the adjacent Viceroy speakeasy-style joint a block away.