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Rockford-based Sable Homes donates $500 to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

Rockford-based Sable Homes donates $500 to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Sable Homes marketing manager and new home consultant, Karin Kay, paid a visit to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to deliver a $500 donation to the cancer and grief support organization.

The donation came in response to Sable Homes’ Facebook campaign, which pledged to donate $1 for every new "like" Sable Homes received during the month of November. On Dec. 3, #GivingTuesday, Sable announced $500 would be donated to Gilda’s Club. Daryl Vogel, vice president of development at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, accepted the check at the Gilda’s Club’s Grand Rapids clubhouse and took Kay on a tour of the facility.

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Meet an 'American Pickers' star during Grand Rapids Antiques Market

Meet an 'American Pickers' star during Grand Rapids Antiques Market

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If you like the History Channel’s show “American Pickers”, you’ll love the upcoming Grand Rapids Antiques Market at DeVos Place.

American Pickers co-star Danielle Colby-Cushman will be at the show displaying vintage items from her store, “4 Miles 2 Memphis”. 

Nearly 150 other dealers will be on site selling antique and vintage furniture, jewelry, pottery, art, ephemera and more.  Visitors can also enjoy an old house expo, fashion show, handi-crafters market and vintage market.  Admission is free.

The Grand Rapids Antiques Market runs January 4-5.   For more information, visit the event website here.

Two progams to revitalize your life in 2014

Two progams to revitalize your life in 2014

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Take charge of your life in 2014 -  by identifying the stresses and mechanical monotonous activities and moving them out of your mind and life.

Back by popular demand, Mark Walstrom,  a board certified psychotherapist and spiritual director, will offer a repeat of his program "A Way: Out, Through, and Into."  Along with Walstrom's program, Dominican Center at Marywood is adding a second program that may improve your ability to heal emotional pain and enjoy healthier relationships. Details of both programs with presenter details are below.

Van Andel Arena celebrates anniversary with new HD screen

Van Andel Arena celebrates anniversary with new HD screen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Van Andel Arena is celebrating its 17th birthday with a 698-square-foot gift.

A new high definition video board now graces the south end of the arena.  The board features 3-in-1 LED pixels intended to deliver a high quality picture from all angles.  The Daktronics screen replaces a smaller video system that could only display standard definition video.

The new screen made its debut during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ home-opener on October 18, as the team raised its AHL Calder Cup Championship banner.  The screen will be used during all of the team’s home games, as well as other sporting and entertainment events.

LaughFest begins the search for volunteers

LaughFest begins the search for volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to sign up to help.

Volunteer registration opened this week on the LaughFest website.   Opportunities during the 10-day festival of laughter include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise and office support.  Organizers will hold two volunteer informational meetings at the following times:

 

  • Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

             Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

             1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

              Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

              1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

UPDATE: Growing up in Nazi Germany: A museum volunteer remembers

UPDATE: Growing up in Nazi Germany: A museum volunteer remembers

UPDATE: The Grand Rapids Public Museum has postponed Saturday's lecture due to illness.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—This Saturday will mark 72 years since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, pushing the United States to enter World War II.

This Pearl Harbor Day, the Grand Rapids Public Museum will turn the spotlight on one of its own volunteers, who grew up in Nazi Germany.  Bernie Siehling will share an insider’s perspective of the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler and Nazi rule.  Siehling plans to talk about avoiding Hitler youth, building relationships with Prisoners Of War ordered to work on his family’s farm, and witnessing a British Royal Air Force Bomber crash.

Faith, business and political leaders focus on immigration reform

Faith, business and political leaders focus on immigration reform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Just before Thanksgiving, a holiday deeply rooted in the nation’s history of immigration, West Michigan’s faith, business and political leaders are meeting to address the need for immigration reform.

The roundtable discussion will take place Tuesday, November 26 at the Goei Center, located at 818 Butterworth St. SW in Grand Rapids.  Eastern Floral CEO Bing Goei, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and Dr. Bill Rudd, senior pastor of Calvary Church in Muskegon, all plan to attend.  Organizers say the event is meant to draw Congress’ attention to the need for immigration reform.

Holland evangelicals held a similar event last Thursday, focused on the biblical values of welcoming strangers.  The group says nationwide, more than 187,000 people have signed up to pray about the issue.