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My Town: Grand Rapids to host Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally Sept. 20

My Town: Grand Rapids to host Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally Sept. 20

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –Grand Rapids will host the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally XIV in collaboration with Recovery Palooza, to increase statewide public awareness about alcoholism and other drug addictions.

The walk will take place in Ah-Nab-Awen Park in September, which is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend this year’s walk and rally, since it combines two events. Individuals in recovery, their family members and friends, addiction treatment and prevention professionals and many more who support recovery and healthy communities are invited to participate in the day’s activities.

Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 303 Pearl St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When: Saturday, Sept. 20; walk begins at 11:30 a.m. and program begins at 12 p.m.

My Town EGR: Aquinas College announces lineup for Contemporary Writers Series

My Town EGR: Aquinas College announces lineup for Contemporary Writers Series

 

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Best-selling author and spoken word poet Sarah Kay is one of four speakers who will be presenting during the 17th season of Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series program.

This year the lineup also features poet Gregory Orr, essayist John D’Agata, and Michigan resident and novelist Peter Ho Davis.

“We are delighted to welcome these dynamic and renowned writers to Aquinas College for the Contemporary Writers Series,” said Dr. Shelli Rottschafer, director of the Contemporary Writers Series. “Each year we strive to find respected writers who will appeal to multiple audiences and create thought-provoking conversations. This year we truly have diverse and engaging writers, and we are excited to share the lineup with the community.”

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

My Town GR Central: Robin Williams film tribute Aug. 26 to benefit mental health programs

My Town GR Central: Robin Williams film tribute Aug. 26 to benefit mental health programs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Community members are encouraged to pay tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams with a special film benefit Aug. 26.

At 8 p.m., the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will hold a memorial screening of “What Dreams May Come,” which starred Williams as a man who dies in a car crash, then searches the afterlife for his wife.  Proceeds from the event will go to a local mental health agency, raising awareness and support for others struggling with mental health issues like Williams was.

Williams was found dead in his home Aug. 11 from apparent suicide.  His wife says the 63-year-old was battling depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Rockford Community Orchestra) –  The Rockford Community Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting season with new conductor, Nancy J. Summers, who started July 1, 2014.

The RCO board of directors made the announcement in July.

Rockford Community Orchestra Secretary Emily Lackey says Summers has an amazing background. For the past 13 years, Summers served as music director and conductor of West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  During her time with that organization, Summers oversaw growth in the number of ensembles offered, broadened the scope of their outreach performances and raised the level of musicianship. 

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Brenda Sipe, director of Continuing Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, will take participants on a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, IL neighborhood as the Loutit District Library’s centennial programs continue on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sipe’s program features the 125th anniversary of his home and studio, and the centennial of the tragic events at Taleisin.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town GR Central: Varnum attorney honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

My Town GR Central: Varnum attorney honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum attorney Elizabeth Wells Skaggs has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its "2014 Women in the Law".

The honor is awarded to those who exhibit excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as a mentor to other women, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism or pro bono work. Skaggs was recognized for her legal ability, leadership and community involvement. She and other recipients will be honored at a luncheon in Detroit in September.