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Scenes from 'The Nutcracker' at Spring Lake District Library

Scenes from 'The Nutcracker' at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--The Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company is taking "The Nutcracker" to the Spring Lake District Library.

A troupe of ballet students will perform selections from the production Monday, December 2 at 7 p.m. The dancing, costumes and music of this classic holiday show are sure to capture the imagination of children of all ages.  Children age seven and younger who attend the performance must be accompanied by an adult.  Attendance is limited to 70 people.

For more information, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

By Chealsea Slocum
Photography by Adam Bird 

Literacy Center of West Michigan begins search for new CEO

Literacy Center of West Michigan begins search for new CEO

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  The search is on for a new President/CEO  for the Literacy Center of West Michigan.

Current President/CEO Susan K. Ledy plans to retire in May 2014.  

Ledy was the organization’s first executive director, hired in 1989.  At that time, the organization had a budget of $22,000 and a total of two employees.  Now the Literacy Center employs 15 people with a budget of more than $1 million.

“I have truly enjoyed serving the West Michigan community in my role at the Literacy Center,” Ledy says.

Acting troupe under fire invites critics to next performance

Acting troupe under fire invites critics to next performance

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- An acting troupe from Grand Rapids Community College is inviting critics of its last play to its next production.

Actors’ Theatre will present “Venus in Fur” December 12 through December 21 at the GRCC Spectrum Theatre, located at 160 Fountain St. NE.

 In October, Actors’ Theatre was under fire for its performance of “Love! Valour! Compassion!”   The troupe says two Grand Rapids residents criticized the production for the male nudity it featured, despite not seeing the performance firsthand.  Actors’ Theatre says the critics called on the GRCC Board of Trustees to pull funding to their organization because of the nudity.

Debbie Playford, managing director of Actors’ Theatre said she wishes the critics had attended the performance, but appreciated the conversation the play sparked.

In a letter to the GRCC Board of Trustees, the Actors’ Theatre explained “Love! Valour!

Living ArtPrize entry to stay downtown

Living ArtPrize entry to stay downtown

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—An ArtPrize entry bringing the beauty of living plants to downtown Grand Rapids is sticking around.

“East of Eden” will remain outside the B.O.B. for at least another year. The 1,400 square foot piece has already been replanted with more than 2,000 winter hardy perennials.

Spring Lake resident and LiveWall employee David MacKenzie created the piece of green art.  “East of Eden” made it into the ArtPrize Top 25 this year. 

Grand Rapids Symphony visits school

Grand Rapids Symphony visits school

WYOMING, Mich.—Classical music filled the air at Vista Charter Academy last week as the Grand Rapids Symphony regaled children with a visiting performance.

The symphony stopped by the school on October 29 and October 31 to meet fourth grade students and play a few numbers.

Vista Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school that serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  The school, located at 711 32nd St. SE, is operated by National Heritage Academies.

A piece of Grand Rapids comes to Whitehall Saturday

A piece of Grand Rapids comes to Whitehall Saturday

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The Whitehall community can get a taste of Grand Rapids without visiting the big city during the River City Road Show Saturday, November 2.

"Fauxgrass Quartet" and "Big Dudee Roo" will take the stage for the event, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Howmet Playhouse.

"I'm excited to hear the Fauxgrass Quartet and Big Dudee Roo on our stage," says Playhouse Managing Director Katie Trzaska.  "These are two of the top bluegrass-rooted bands in West Michigan, and it's going to be a good time."

A variety of vendors will also feature their products.