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My Town: Master gardeners share free 'Advice to Grow With' May 17

My Town: Master gardeners share free 'Advice to Grow With' May 17

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Get an answer to all of your plant problems while visiting Frederik Meijer Gardens  & Sculpture Park this weekend with “Advice to Grow With:  Ask a Master Gardener.”

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., master gardeners will be in Meijer Gardens’ Peter M. Wege Library, ready to answer gardening questions.  The advice session is free with admission.  For more information, visit the Meijer Gardens website here.

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Student filmmakers are getting ready for the final round of the 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition.

Students in grades 8-12 submitted short videos about their Catholic faith.   The competition has been whittled down to ten finalists from four districts.  During Champions Night on May 13, their films will grace the big screen at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.    A panel of judges will pick the top three films, which will receive cash prizes. The grand prize is $2,000.

The ten finalists include:

My Town: Holland Brewing Co. creates Carhartt-inspired brew

My Town: Holland Brewing Co. creates Carhartt-inspired brew

HOLLAND, Mich.--  New Holland Brewing Co.’s newest brew pays tribute to the Michigan company, Carhartt.

The Dearborn-based business tapped New Holland to create a brew to celebrate the clothing company’s 125th anniversary, as well as salute the hard-working people who wear the brand. 

The Carhartt Woodsman will debut at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado Oct. 2-4.  The session-strength pale ale is barrel aged and brewed using hops grown in Cascade, giving it a unique taste.  Its name is tied to the tin man from the Wizard of Oz, which legend has it, was written in Holland by L. Frank Baum in 1899, when Carhartt was already ten years old.

My Town: Cascade store makes the pages of Elle Magazine

My Town: Cascade store makes the pages of Elle Magazine

CASCADE, Mich.--  A Grand Rapids area store is being honored by Elle Magazine.

The publication has selected A.K. Rikk’s as its top shop for the May 2014 magazine.

A.K. Rikk’s was founded in 1986 by Richard Gaby. It offers designer clothing from Alexander Wang, Rick Owens Dark Shadow, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.  

A.K. Rikk’s moved to its 28,000 square-foot home at 6303 28th Street SE in 2012.   The store features a large patio and green space, which will be where the 2014 Runway for Charity Fashion Show on Saturday, May 31 to benefit Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

My Town: NorthPointe Christian senior wins state art contest

My Town: NorthPointe Christian senior wins state art contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan Senator Dave Hildenbrand recently shook hands with NorthPointe Christian School senior Liz Diemer as she accepted a third-place award in a state-wide art competition.

The “In God We Trust” contest was open to juniors and seniors across the state of Michigan.  Student art pieces were created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of legislation enacted to place the motto “In God We Trust” on U.S. coinage.

Diemer’s award-winning piece incorporates a striking combination of our country’s flag and the bald eagle.  Both are included to symbolize America’s freedom and faith.  Liz’s artist statement further explains the value of our motto:

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Expect long lines outside Grand Rapids' four museums, as the  “Museums Free 4 All” returns May 4.

Amway is once again covering the cost of admission for families to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  Participants can also jump on a free shuttle to travel to and from each museum. 

Amway will also be hosting fun, family-friendly activities outside the GRAM.  People who get their “passport” stamped at all four museums will also have a chance to win prizes.

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.