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My Town: New Meijer Gardens exhibition focus on work of British icon David Nash

My Town: New Meijer Gardens exhibition focus on work of British icon David Nash

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The work of renowned British sculptor David Nash is now on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

“David Nash: From Kew Gardens to Meijer Gardens” features more than 25 sculptures and installations by Nash. Scattered across the Meijer Gardens grounds.  The exhibition, organized by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, will remain on display until Aug. 17.

Nash served as the first artist-in-residents at Kew Gardens, located outside central London.  Much of his work is focused on trees, through cutting, charring, casting, planting, drawing, or documentation.

“In many ways David Nash and the whole of his career which conjoins sculpture and the natural world, is at the very heart of the mission of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park,” says David Hooker, president and CEO of Meijer Gardens.

My Town: Aquinas student awarded Amway scholarship to study in China

My Town: Aquinas student awarded Amway scholarship to study in China

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Aquinas College student and native of New Bern, N.C., Joanna Sendor, has been selected as a recipient of the Amway China 100,000 Strong Scholarship.

This $5,000 scholarship will finance Sendor’s participation in Michigan State University’s summer marketing program in China. During this three week program, students will travel to five Chinese cities where they will visit businesses and historical and cultural locations. The program is designed to help students gain an understanding of the Chinese consumer and business to business marketing.

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: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—During this year’s ArtPrize, one artist’s masterpiece will be gracing the tables and bars at breweries throughout greater Grand Rapids.

This is the second year for the city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest, which is growing with the help of Experience Grand Rapids and Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries. 

“The Beer City Coaster Contest was an idea the leadership team of the SpringHill Suites North created in 2013 to celebrate the calibration of local breweries and the local art scene,” said Rachel Crowther, general manager of Pillar Hotel & Resorts Area. “The contest was a way for our hotel to create an art event, ‘ArtNight’, which showcased the original coaster artwork and celebrated the unique beer scene only found in Beer City USA.  After a successful contest and ArtNight in 2013, it was only fitting to see the contest grow and evolve in 2014 to a larger city wide contest.”

My Town: Local representative honored as Afterschool Champion

My Town: Local representative honored as Afterschool Champion

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A lawmaker from West Michigan is being honored for championing support for afterschool programs and the children who participate in them.

Rep. Peter MacGregor and Rep. Rashida Tlaib were recently honored as Afterschool Champions during a “Breakfast of Champions” by the Afterschool Alliance in Washington, D.C.  Both state representatives worked together last year to generate bi-partisan support to restore critical afterschool funding in the Department of Human Services budget.  MacGregor and Tlaib were also instrumental in securing funding for a summer learning loss study by Michigan State University researchers.

MacGregor represents East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer and Grand Rapids.

My Town: Amway co-founder hosting final book meet and greet May 20

My Town: Amway co-founder hosting final book meet and greet May 20

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Amway co-founder Rich DeVos will host a final meet the author event Tuesday in connection to his latest book, "Simply Rich: Life and Lessons from the Cofounder of Amway."

This is DeVos' fifth book, which chronicles his life, from his humble beginnings to the friendship with Jay Van Andel that led to the founding of Amway and DeVos' other entrepreneurial and philanthropic successes.  The book focuses on the people who helped shape DeVos' life, from a father who bolstered his confidence to the grandfather who showed him how to make his first sale.

DeVos will meet with readers from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at Baker Book House, located at 2768 East Paris Ave. SE.  

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com