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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: Varnum attorney Dean Reisner appointed to board of directors

My Town: Varnum attorney Dean Reisner appointed to board of directors

 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. –  Varnum attorney Dean Reisner has been appointed to the board of directors for the chamber of commerce for Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.

Reisner is a partner in the firm's corporate and estate planning practice teams. He concentrates his practice on business transactional matters, general corporate work, real estate acquisition, sales and development, estate planning and agricultural law.

"I am honored to be selected to serve on the board of directors for the chamber," said Reisner. "I look forward to working with and serving the businesses and community in North Ottawa County and West Michigan."

In addition to serving on the public policy committee for the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce, Reisner is president and a member of the board of directors for the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club Foundation.

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.”

My Town: Wedgwood Honors Avila with Diversity Award

My Town: Wedgwood Honors Avila with Diversity Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum attorney Luis Avila was presented with a Diversity Award given by Wedgwood Christian Services at a celebration on May 14 at the Wedgwood Nagel Conference Chapel.

Avila, a labor and employment attorney with a focus on traditional labor and employment litigation, is currently serving Wedgwood Christian Services as a board member.

"As an agency, we take the time out to recognize and celebrate with those individuals who share in our vision for diversity," stated Diversity Coordinator Pastor Arlan Palmer in a letter acknowledging the award.

Prior to joining Varnum, Avila worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland, the Centre for Advice on Individual rights in Europe, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights project in Arizona.

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: Inaugural Certified Tourism Ambassador Star of the Year nominations open

My Town: Inaugural Certified Tourism Ambassador Star of the Year nominations open
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids today announced the opening of the inaugural Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Star of the Year Award nominations. This award is presented to a Certified Tourism Ambassador who exemplifies excellence in hospitality and customer service. This individual consistently exceeds customer expectations, possesses a strong knowledge of the region and its attractions, and promotes the ideals of the Grand Rapids Tourism Ambassador and the Tourism Ambassador Institute®.  The Certified Tourism Ambassador program is a nationwide, multi-faceted program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring front-line hospitality employees, volunteers, public service staff, community leaders and other proud area residents to turn every single visitor encounter into a positive experience.

My Town GR Central: Movies in the Park announces summer lineup

My Town GR Central: Movies in the Park announces summer lineup

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The lineup is out for this year’s Movies in The Park series.

This is the second season for the free summer-long event by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.  Last year, the series attracted 10,000 people downtown.  The films were selected with this year’s theme in mind- “Films Through Time”.  The schedule is as follows:

  • June 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1940s)
  • June 20: Grease (1950s)
  • July 11: Dreamgirls (1960s)
  • July 25: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1970s)
  • Aug. 8: Top Gun (1980s)
  • Aug. 22: DOUBLE FEATURE: Voters’ Choice and Jurassic Park (1990s)

The Voter’s Choice film will be selected by public vote between June 6 and July 11. Each movie will air on a giant blow-up screen set up in Ah-Nab-Awen Park.  Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and refreshments for each viewing. Each film night will also include pre-movie activities.