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My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Help a kid discover their passon for reading by becoming a “Book Buddy” this weekend.

The United Way, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library are looking for volunteers to read to children this Saturday, June 21. Volunteers are especially needed in Lowell and Sand Lake.  Volunteer roles include:

Book Buddy- Dress up as a character and listen to kids read. Wear costumes of your profession (police officer, doctor, etc.) or simply put on your best listening ears and be a buddy. Give your attention to a child as they read for 10 minutes.

My Town Walker: Salvation Army honors veterans and WZZM 13 with doughnuts

WALKER, Mich.—Friday, June 6 is National Doughnut Day, and the Salvation Army is celebrating by delivering thousands of the treats to local organizations.

Don Tekautz of The Salvation Army says the organization invented the doughnut during World War I, as a way to support U.S. troops.  He says The Salvation Army sent approximately 200 officers, mostly women, to the frontlines to create a treat to remind military members of home.  Because the bakers couldn’t figure out how to cook the centers of the dough, they cut them out- and the doughnut was born.

Approximately 20 volunteers with the Salvation Army Action Group will be visiting West Michigan organizations Friday to honor their commitment to the community with doughnuts.  WZZM 13 is among those groups the Salvation Army is celebrating; the organization awarded the station with a certificate of appreciation during Friday morning’s newscast.

My Town: SMARTArt down to 20 semifinalists

My Town: SMARTArt down to 20 semifinalists

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— ArtPrize isn’t just for adults.

Nearly 50 Grand Rapids students are competing in the second annual SMARTArt competition, which will be highlighted during this year’s ArtPrize. SMART stands for Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme.  Last week, leaders from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Consumers Energy, ArtPrize and the city of Grand Rapids gathered to celebrate this year’s entries and announce the top 20 semifinalists.  This year’s list includes:

My Town: Varnum attorney Matthew Bower to serve on ArtServe Michigan Board

My Town: Varnum attorney Matthew Bower to serve on ArtServe Michigan Board

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum Attorney Matthew Bower has been appointed to the board of ArtServe Michigan.

Bower is a business and corporate attorney with a focus on general business, contracts, transactions and employment and private equity. He has represented a wide variety of clients in the creative industries, including publishers, authors, theatrical producers, recording artists, photographers, artists and celebrities.

In addition to his work as a member of ArtServe Michigan’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy Advisory Committee, Bower is a member of the board of directors for the Michigan Youth Art Association. Bower earned his J.D. at Yeshiva University in New York and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First will hold its 11th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.

This year's event is presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration Cinema. Last year, more than 12,000 attendees attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food  and food trucks, family art  and sidewalk chalk art, interactive music, and a great music set. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.

"The Street Party is one of the biggest highlights of our year. Local First puts on this event to showcase local businesses and talented individuals, celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community, and kick off the summer right!" said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First.

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—During this year’s ArtPrize, one artist’s masterpiece will be gracing the tables and bars at breweries throughout greater Grand Rapids.

This is the second year for the city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest, which is growing with the help of Experience Grand Rapids and Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries. 

“The Beer City Coaster Contest was an idea the leadership team of the SpringHill Suites North created in 2013 to celebrate the calibration of local breweries and the local art scene,” said Rachel Crowther, general manager of Pillar Hotel & Resorts Area. “The contest was a way for our hotel to create an art event, ‘ArtNight’, which showcased the original coaster artwork and celebrated the unique beer scene only found in Beer City USA.  After a successful contest and ArtNight in 2013, it was only fitting to see the contest grow and evolve in 2014 to a larger city wide contest.”

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com