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One day left for Northview High School art display

One day left for Northview High School art display

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Time is running out to see the talents of Northview High School students on display at the Kent ISD building.

Artwork created by students in the high school’s advanced art and fashion design classes is on display in the building’s lobby now through December 12.  The exhibit features pencil and ink drawings and pastel pieces created by sophomores, juniors and seniors.

“It’s about getting my students to realize that their art can make a difference and can be a great way to get others to understand things that are important to them or society,” says instructor Tricia Erickson.

The Northview High School art display is part of a rotating series of exhibits from schools within the Kent ISD. Artwork from the students of Byron Center Christian Schools will go on display in January.

The Kent ISD building is located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids Township.

Proposed Ada Township business to 'paint it forward'

Proposed Ada Township business to 'paint it forward'

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.---  A new business aimed at uncorking the community’s creativity is in the works for Ada Township.

Arts & Carafes Studio has a tentative agreement to rent the space that was once home to Jay’s Consignment, on East Fulton Street.  The family-owned business is also applying for a license to serve liquor, which the Township Board will weigh in on during its regular meeting Dec. 9.

Much like Brush Studio in East Grand Rapids,  Arts & Carafes Studio would offer painting classes with the option of enjoying beer and wine.  Owners Michele Hardy and Jaclyn Sporte plan to use their business to “paint it forward”, donating a portion of the proceeds from scheduled art classes to a different charity each month.

Tinsel Treats & Trolleys take over Ada December 6

Tinsel Treats & Trolleys take over Ada December 6

ADA, Mich.—  Christmas will come early to Ada with Tinsel Treats & Trolleys Friday, December 6.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with the annual lighting ceremony at Ada’s historic covered bridge.  Visitors can also enjoy listening to carolers, trolley rides and specials at area businesses from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Santa is also expected to stop by.

The holiday celebration will continue Saturday with Ada’s annual Christmas Parade.  The parade kicks off at 11 a.m., winding down Thornapple River Drive.  Visitors are invited to the fire department to enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and photos with Santa, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, visit the Ada Business Association’s website here.

Frederik Meijer Gardens prepares for holiday tradition

Frederik Meijer Gardens prepares for holiday tradition

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The annuals are out and the poinsettias are in at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

The venue’s annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition opens to the public November 26. The holiday wonderland will feature more than 40 international trees and displays, along with a decked out Railway Garden, complete with model trolleys, trains and replicas of more than 30 Grand Rapids landmarks, designed out of natural materials by Paul Busse. 

 “Many cultures use similar palettes of natural materials to decorate and celebrate the holidays,” said Director of Horticulture, Steve LaWarre. “Seeds, wood, fruit and natural fibers can be found woven throughout different displays and decorated trees, within the Railway Garden and throughout the entire exhibition.”

Friends of the Cascade Library donate new sign

Friends of the Cascade Library donate new sign

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  The Cascade Township Library’s old, antiquated sign is getting replaced.

John Alcorn, President of Alcam Signs & Lighting Inc., and Friends of the Cascade Library member Paula Rowland began staking out space for a new electronic sign Monday, November 11.  Rowland says the LED message board was ordered Monday and the concrete base for the sign will be installed within the next couple of weeks.  The LED board is being built by Electro-Matic Products, Inc.  in Farmington Hills.  Alcam Signs & Lighting, Inc., located in Wyoming, will be putting the sign together.

The new electronic sign is being donated by Friends of the Cascade Library.  The organization, which is approximately 300 families strong in Cascade Township, is funding the $20,000 project through its used book sales.

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

By Chealsea Slocum
Photography by Adam Bird