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My Town: Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces 7th annual Bands on the Grand

My Town: Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces 7th annual Bands on the Grand

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The Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces the 7th annual Bands on the Grand festival on March 7, 2015. The series of concerts will be held at Forest Hills Eastern High School Auditorium, 2200 Pettis Avenue, Ada, MI 49301.

Schedule

• 11:30 a.m. - Rockford Community Band

• 12:30 p.m. - Grand Ledge Community Band

• 1:30 p.m. -  Lansing Concert Band

• 2:30 p.m. -  Motor City Brass Band

• 3:30 p.m. -  West Michigan Concert Winds

• 4:30 p.m. -  Forest Hills Adult Community Band

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Bands on the Grand is an all-day adult community band festival. Each band will perform a free concert for the public which will be critiqued by professional music adjudicators. Each participating band will then have a private group session with a professional Clinician.

Sable Homes president talks to state leaders about need for skilled trades talent

Sable Homes president talks to state leaders about need for skilled trades talent

 

LANSING, Mich.- Members of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBAM) testified in the State House Friday to urge the legislature to find ways to increase the number of workers entering the skilled trades.

“The lack of workers going into the skilled trades is the biggest factor impacting the growth of Michigan’s home building industry,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes in Rockford. “The shortage of labor is resulting in construction delays and increased labor costs, and it’s dragging on our state.”

Bitely cited several Michigan laws that make it difficult for home builders to hire young workers and encourage them to look at careers in the construction industry.

My Town: Downtown student population doubles as WMU shuts down Beltline campus

My Town: Downtown student population doubles as WMU shuts down Beltline campus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds more college students will pack downtown Grand Rapids starting next week, as Western Michigan University temporarily shuts down its Graduate Center-Beltline location.

The campus on East Beltline is expected to remain closed for seven months during extensive renovations, displacing approximately 550 students.   Beginning Jan. 12, those students will take spring classes at WMU’s Graduate Center-Downtown, doubling the WMU population at that location.

"We're excited to welcome Beltline students and faculty to the downtown location," says Roxanne Buhl, regional director, WMU-Grand Rapids. We're certain they will enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer, while local businesses will have the opportunity to serve new customers with the increase of students over the next seven months."

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids to Host College Financial Aid Informational Night

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids to  Host College Financial Aid Informational Night

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, is hosting a free college financial aid seminar on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. featuring a representative from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). The event, which is open to the public, will help educate parents and students on financial aid, the FAFSA application, and scholarship options for any student considering college.

Families interested in learning more about the college application and financial aid process should RSVP for the event on the Nexus Academy of Grand Rapid’s event page.

The event will be held at the Nexus Academy campus in Grand Rapids, located inside the Clark Place building at 801 Broadway Ave. NW, Suite 225.