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Artist reception tonight at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

Artist reception tonight at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

GRAND RAPIDS - The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center will host a reception for photographer Ken Kolker tonight in the Fine Arts Center lobby from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

The Nate Roberts Quartet will be performing and everyone is welcome.

Kolker's photography exhibit runs through February 24. Click here for additional information.

FHC Musicians Join with Chris Vadala

FHC Musicians Join with Chris Vadala

From: http://www.fhps.us/

Join us for a great night of world-class jazz on Tuesday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. when woodwind artist Chris Vadala performs with the jazz ensembles from Central High and Central Woodlands at the Fine Arts Center.

Vadala, the director of jazz studies and a saxophone professor at the University of Maryland, is one of the country's foremost woodwind artists. He has performed on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, films, and TV scores, performing on the saxophone, flute, and clarinet. His career has been highlighted by a long tenure with the Chuck Mangione Quartet, and he has performed with great artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B.

3rd Annual Bands On The Grand Festival on Mar. 5th

3rd Annual Bands On The Grand Festival on Mar. 5th

From 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mar. 5th, the 3rd Annual Bands on the Grand Festival will be held at the Forest Hills Eastern High School Auditorium (2200 Pettis Avenue NE, Ada, MI). The day features thirty minute concerts from several bands, each critiqued by a group of college adjudicators, including:

Lynn Asper, Grand Rapids Community College (retired)
Sam McIlhagga, Albion College
John DeStefano, Forest Hills Central High School
Ken Bauman, Spring Arbor College (retired)

The bands scheduled to perform are:

Blue Lake International Community Band
Central Michigan Area Concert Band
Coopersville Community Concert Band
Forest Hills Adult Community Band
Lansing Concert Band
Motor City Brass Band
Rockford Community Concert Band

Concessions will be available for purchase.

NorthPointe Christian Schools look to introduce Spanish immersion

NorthPointe Christian Schools look to introduce Spanish immersion

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - NorthPointe Christian Schools will be hosting a meeting on Monday, February 7th to gauge interest in a Spanish immersion program.

The school system is partnering with add.a.lingua, which is an organization that helps schools design and implement Spanish immersion programs.

Elementary Principal, Gordon Nickel says administrators hope to begin a program for preschool and kindergarten and add a grade level each year through fifth grade.

Prospective parents of young children, along with anyone else interested in this educational option, are enchoraged to attend the forum, which is scheduled to go from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. next Monday night.

Organizers say attendees will get a chance to hear from experts in the Second Language Learning field concerning the latest research on how immersion programs have worked in other Mid-Western schools.

Ken Kolker exhibit opens at FAC today

Ken Kolker exhibit opens at FAC today

From: http://www.fhfineartscenter.com

Reception: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the lobby. The Nate Roberts Quartet performing. Everyone is welcome!

A portion of a barn, a row of windows, apples on the ground…Photographer Ken Kolker’s simple photographic images intrigue the imagination into considering what lies beyond the immediate view. “I’m always wondering what’s around the bend,” he says. “My photographs tend to raise the question of what comes next.”

Kolker has a curiosity that comes naturally––in the news business since 1979, he has spent his entire career inquiring and discovering. Whether reporting or taking photographs, he always keeps his eyes open and pays particular attention to specifics. “You need to look at the broad view, but the details tell the story,” he says.

Cornerstone University to host GR Audubon Club event

Cornerstone University to host GR Audubon Club event

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Audubon Club will host an event entitled "Night Flights" on Monday, January 31st at Cornerstone University, which is located at 3000 Leonard St. NE.

Caleb Putnam, a lifelong bird expert, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Putnam will reveal his research on the phenomenon of nocturnal bird migration, and how people can monitor it at their house for less than $100.

Putnam has been recording nocturnal flight calls at his home in Sparta, Mi., since the summer of 2009, analyzing them with free software, as well as contributing his recordings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use in long term monitoring efforts.

Putnam will share how the microphone setup works, how to identify flight calls, and where interested birders can go get started in this groundbreaking field of ornithologhy.

The meeting is free. Social time with refreshments begins at 7 p.m.

For additional information, visit:

Highlights from 'Naturally 7' at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

Highlights from 'Naturally 7' at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

GRAND RAPIDS - If you were unable to make Saturday's sold out performance by Naturally 7 at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, you still have a chance to see some great highlights from the show on the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center facebook page.

Click Here to visit Forest Hills Fine Arts Center on facebook.