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MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.

My Town: "Feed A Friend" nets thousands of pantry donations for local families

My Town: "Feed A Friend" nets thousands of pantry donations for local families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hungry people living in West Michigan now have more food to fill their stomachs, thanks to a food drive by hundreds of Grand Rapids area SUBWAY restaurants.

All 206 SUBWAY restaurants in the area took part in this year’s Feed A Friend food drive, collecting nearly 7,500 pounds of non-perishables for local food pantries on March 20.  Organizers say overall, more than 60,000 pounds of food was collected statewide.

The Feed A Friend campaign started in Jackson, Michigan 14 years ago.  During the one-day drive, customers who bring in a non-perishable food item and buy a regular 6-inch sub receive a second 6-inch sub for free.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School is opening its own Grand River exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to participate in this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit, which opens at Harrison Park School on April 16.

Jakes Music Festival Returns on April 12

Jakes Music Festival Returns on April 12

The Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids comes alive on Saturday, April 12 from 6pm to 11pm with a variety of performers & old favorites for the community to enjoy for FREE. There will be free cake samples from Connie’s Cakes, a silent auction, along with adult beverages for sale at the concession stand.

Jake was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years old & now at 23, he has been battling this disease for 17 years.

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Classical music has been the most requested music form for concert goers of the Loutit District Library Sunday Afternoon Concert Series. As a result, that popular genre will again be featured as LDL presents the Grand Valley State University Student String Quartet on April 13.

The GVSU Student Quartet is comprised of violinists Jaclyn Ruedisueli and Alison Sall, violist Elizabeth Boyce and cellist Kevin Flynn. They will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 No. 4 in C Minor. The movement consists of Allegro ma non tanto, Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto, Menuetto: Allegretto, and Allegro – Prestissimo.

The monthly concert series begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level and are free to the public. Library officials urge patrons to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.