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My Town: Founders names new beer for ArtPrize 2014

My Town: Founders names new beer for ArtPrize 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Founders Brewing Co. has released the name of its newest ArtPrize beer.

Mosaic Promise is an ale brewed with a single malt (Golden Promise) and a single hop (Mosaic). The bottle’s label features “Ninkasi”, a stained glass ArtPrize submission that became a permanent part of Founders' taproom last year.

The bottled brew will make its debut for a limited time starting Sept. 8.  Mosaic Promise will be available in Michigan, Wisconsin, greater New York City and greater Chicago.  Each six pack is expected to sell for $9.99, with proceeds going toward future ArtPrize programming.

This is Founder’s second installment in its Artist Series.  The brewery kicked off its five-year partnership with ArtPrize by debuting Inspired Artist Black IPA last year.

More than 400,000 people are expected to attend ArtPrize 2014, which runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 12.

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: Grand Rapids area brewers begin Thank You Tour May 6

My Town: Grand Rapids area brewers begin Thank You Tour May 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of Grand Rapids area breweries is thanking patrons for putting the city on the craft beer map by winning it the title of Beer City USA.

Grand Rapids won the title outright last year, with more than 27,000 of the 50,000 votes cast I the now defunct online poll.  The vote was organized by Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association, the Great American Beer Festival and a beer writer for Examiner.com.

To celebrate the final Beer City win, the founders of MIBeers and Momma Needs A Beer are teaming up with area breweries for a Thank You Tour that starts Tuesday, May 6.  Brewers, local celebrities and BeerCity team members will visit each of the businesses on the tour to hand out freebies to patrons.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

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 Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

WYOMING, Mich.--  Saturday, dozens of people who enter Chubby’s Bar & Grill with a full head of hair will leave bald.

More than 35 people have volunteered to shave their heads to support children with cancer and raise money for life-saving research through St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Last year, St. Baldrick's Foundation donated $50,000 to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  Saturday, Dr. Giselle Sholler and Dr. James Fahner from the hospital will be on hand for the head-shaving event.  Another doctor, Dr. Peter Sholler will have his head shaved in solidarity.

“We are extremely thankful to St. Baldrick’s for their grant support of our Innovative Therapeutics Clinic in pediatric oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, helping bring new therapies to children with cancer in Grand Rapids,” says Dr. Sholler.

My Town GR: Historical storefront to welcome a Michigan first

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  A historic storefront in downtown Grand Rapids is one step closer to being transformed into a franchise new to Michigan.

During this month’s regular meeting, the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors approved a grant to renovate the historic storefront at 40 Ionia Avenue SW for a new restaurant. TiJu Ventures,  LLC wants to operate a Saladworks in the space.  The Philadelphia-based restaurant chain specializes in fresh, made-to-order salads, sandwiches and soups.

The $10,000 grant will be used to install a new fire suppression system, add a second entryway, and create a barrier-free entrance and restrooms that are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. The entire project is expected to cost about $610,000.

The DDA also approved a signage grant of $2,000 toward the business’ new signs, which is expected to cost a total of $18,500.