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New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  A new community center will officially open to the public this Saturday, Jan. 18.

The York Creek Community Center is located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr. NW.  The center services as a meeting place where local organizations can provide a variety of classes, programs and community events, free of charge.

The new facility features meeting rooms, a common area, a kitchen and a computer room equipped with 10 computers. The center is provided by York Creek Apartments but all classes and programs are run by partner organizations, including:

Experience Grand Rapids launches personalized travel planning website

Experience Grand Rapids launches personalized travel planning website

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, recently announced the launch of its new personalized travel planning website, www.GRCityTwist.com.

The new interactive website targets 18 different interests, from “art lovers” to “thrill seekers”, allowing the visitor to customize their trip.  For example, craft beer enthusiasts can find breweries to explore, activities and nightlife related to craft beer, and accommodations for the weekend.

EXGR launched the new, mobile-friendly website on Dec. 17 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the hospitality community, business and political leaders, and its Certified Tourism Ambassadors.

Meet an 'American Pickers' star during Grand Rapids Antiques Market

Meet an 'American Pickers' star during Grand Rapids Antiques Market

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If you like the History Channel’s show “American Pickers”, you’ll love the upcoming Grand Rapids Antiques Market at DeVos Place.

American Pickers co-star Danielle Colby-Cushman will be at the show displaying vintage items from her store, “4 Miles 2 Memphis”. 

Nearly 150 other dealers will be on site selling antique and vintage furniture, jewelry, pottery, art, ephemera and more.  Visitors can also enjoy an old house expo, fashion show, handi-crafters market and vintage market.  Admission is free.

The Grand Rapids Antiques Market runs January 4-5.   For more information, visit the event website here.

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with its service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema. “Hospitality and service are part of the DNA of this region, and we want to celebrate it!  We hope to get our communities talking.  We want people to vote and share their own stories of celebrated service.”

This year’s nominees for the Grand Rapids area include:

  • Cherie Inn (My Town Grand Rapids Central)
  • D.

Literacy Center of West Michigan begins search for new CEO

Literacy Center of West Michigan begins search for new CEO

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  The search is on for a new President/CEO  for the Literacy Center of West Michigan.

Current President/CEO Susan K. Ledy plans to retire in May 2014.  

Ledy was the organization’s first executive director, hired in 1989.  At that time, the organization had a budget of $22,000 and a total of two employees.  Now the Literacy Center employs 15 people with a budget of more than $1 million.

“I have truly enjoyed serving the West Michigan community in my role at the Literacy Center,” Ledy says.

Auction September 28 to transform courthouse into museum

Auction September 28 to transform courthouse into museum

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Organizers are hoping for a bidding frenzy Saturday as the Rockford Area Historical Society holds a silent auction to help pay for the new Rockford Area Museum.

Bidding in the silent auction will begin at 10 a.m. at Rockford City Hall.  A live auction will kick off at 1 p.m. under a tent in the City Hall parking lot.  The entire event is expected to wrap up by 3 p.m. 

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte