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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park adds award-winning piece to collection

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park adds award-winning piece to collection

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has picked the winner of the 2013 Ray and Nancy Loeschner Annual Art Competition.

New England landscape artist Dianne Shullenberger took the title with her entry, “Fall Brambles.”  The artwork is a landscape created through colored pencil on black paper.

Shullenberger is a Maine native who now works in Vermont.  Most of her drawings are inspired by nature and the outdoors.   In addition to the $3,000 prize, Shullenberger’s painting will become a part of Meijer Gardens’ permanent collection.

The next Ray and Nancy Leschner Annual Art Competition will begin this fall, but artists are encouraged to work on their entry anytime during the year.  Submissions are due Nov. 1, 2014.

Family owned restaurant expanding to Wyoming

Family owned restaurant expanding to Wyoming

 WYOMING, Mich.- A family owned restaurant in Grand Rapids is expanding into Wyoming.

Little Bangkok Thai Restaurant is adding a second location along Byron Center Avenue, in front of Metro Health.  The signs are already up on the building, but an employee at the current restaurant was not sure when the new restaurant will open.

Little Bangkok Thai Restaurant opened five years ago at 850 Forest Hill Ave. SE in My Town Ada/Cascade.  The restaurant is owned and managed by Melody Yang, as well has her daughters and son.

The new complex adjacent to the Byron Center Avenue Starbucks also includes a Sprint Store and Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt, which is expected to open this spring.  Peachwave is currently hiring; to apply, click here.

New cafe brings Manna to Forest Hills

New cafe brings Manna to Forest Hills

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—A new café bringing nearly 30 jobs to the area is now serving up breakfast and lunch in Forest Hills.

Manna Café officially opened its doors Christmas Eve.  The 3,800-square-foot business is located at 850 Forest Hills Avenue SE, in the Forest Hills Retail Center. 

Former Amway executive Craig Witcher and his wife Julie opened the café with a mission to create a God-honoring place of acceptance and warmth.  The Café offers locally sourced food and dishes created in house.  

Realtor vows to match donations during holiday food drive Dec. 19

Realtor vows to match donations during holiday food drive Dec. 19

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  A West Michigan realtor is challenging community members to help fill the North Kent Community Center’s pantry by offering to match donations.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, donors are invited to visit the Five Star Real Estate office on East Beltline Avenue to drop off non-perishable foods and enjoy cookies, coffee and/or punch.  Realtor Sarah Cain says she will match all food donations collected that day, up to $5,000.

The holiday food drive runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Five Star Real Estate, located at 2900 East Beltline, Suite F.

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the upcoming Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

The competition is designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to showcase their talents.  Students are asked to produce a 30 second public service announcement promoting building character, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity.  Filmmakers are asked to target one of two audiences: kindergarten through 6th grade students or 7th through 12th grade students.  The winning work will be used in classrooms.

The deadline for submitting a PSA is Feb. 7, 2014 with a $10 registration fee; students who submit an entry by Jan. 17 pay only $5 for registration.  For more information on the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival, visit the competition website here.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women introduces new Board

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women introduces new Board

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new group of community leaders is getting ready to join the Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women Board.

GROW’s new leaders will officially take office Jan. 1, 2014. They’ll replace Joe Belsito, Dustin Jackson, Heidi Spencer and Marsha Veenstra, who are leaving their posts.  The new GROW Board includes:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • President: Sanda Matei, Investment Strategist, Comerica Wealth Management
  • Past President: Kay Staszel, Owner, KMS Group
  • Vice President: Angie Hanks, AVP Branch Manager, Chemical Bank
  • Vice President: Deborah Phillips, President, Deborah A Philips & Associates, LLC
  • Treasurer: Jason Goei, President, Eastern Floral
  • Secretary: Marnie L. Johnson, President, Infusion Communication Group

 

NEWLY ELECTED DIRECTORS

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has some new faces at its helm.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Steve Keply and Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga officially joined the GVMC Board of Directors.  All three men were elected in November and selected by city members to serve on the panel.

Ada Township Supervisor George Haga and Sand Lake Village Trustee Roger Towsley also took the oath of office.  They represent the first two communities to join GVMC since 2007. The Board of Directors also recently approved accepting Lowell Township as a member. 

The GVMC is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.