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Forest Hills Fine Art Center celebrates milestone with artists

Forest Hills Fine Art Center celebrates milestone with artists

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  The Forest Hills Fine Art Center will mark its 10th anniversary with the help of more than 50 artists.

Artwork representing a variety of mediums will be available for purchase during the "Retrospective Exhibit and Celebration" Thursday, November 14.  Dozens of artists will also be on hand during the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center.

Exhibit viewing is free and open to the public now through December 13 during regular hours (Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)   The exhibits and AIR Program are sponsored by Centennial Securities Company,  D&W Fresh Market, Daylily Gift & Floral, Falcon Printing, Stellafly, and Schuil Coffee.

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th

Registration open for 'Gobble Wobble'

Registration open for 'Gobble Wobble'

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Registration is now open for people who want to break a sweat on Thanksgiving to help feed children in need.

This is the sixth year for the "Gobble Wobble," presented by Gazelle Sports.  The event takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, at 8 a.m. at East Grand Rapids Middle School.

The adult event is a 4.1 mile fun run; children can take part in a 1 mile “Widdle Wobble.”  Last year, more than 2,000 people started off their holiday with the Gobble Wobble, raising $10,000 for Kids’ Food Basket, a non-profit organization focused on ending childhood hunger.

“It’s fun to see the community come together to take part in this event,” says Ashley Abbott, outreach and development coordinator for Kids’ Food Basket.

Bandasia - Shades of Latin at FHC Fine Arts Center

Bandasia - Shades of Latin at FHC Fine Arts Center

Bandasia - Shades of Latin Watch one of the largest High School marching bands in Michigan perform with FHC’s two Jazz bands, Drum line and Visual Unit, all on stage at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center on October 22nd and 24th. Doors open at 6:00pm. Children’s Activities at 6:15pm. Admission is $5.00 with tickets available at the Fine Arts Center beginning October 4th.

Prior to the concert, there will be children’s activities and prizes, an instrument petting zoo, a strolling mariachi band, dancers and instructions.

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center is located at 600 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Phone: 616-493-8965

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

You don’t have to switch your TV to the Food Network tonight to catch an Iron Chef competition.

Eight teams of student chefs will try to out-cook one another Tuesday, September 24 during the 2013 Cascade Iron Chef competition.   Chefs from the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will prepare gourmet cuisine using the "secret ingredient" for a chance to take home the iron skillet award and a college scholarship.  WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will emcee the competition, which will be judged by a panel of local celebrities.  The judging panel includes:

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Enjoy a “Night of Nets” while helping prevent malaria in Zambia during next week’s Cornerstone University games. 

Cornerstone is teaming up with Hope and Calvin colleges to purchase bed nets that prevent infected mosquitoes from spreading malaria.  The first of five fund-raising games took place Saturday, September 14.  The next benefit is Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. during the Cornerstone men’s soccer game against Siena Heights.  The last match-up to prevent malaria will be Wednesday, October 2, as the Cornerstone women’s volleyball team takes on Aquinas. 

Each suggested donation of $6 will provide a bed net for a family in Zambia.  Over the past three years, the Night of Nets campaign has generated more than $35,000 to purchase nearly 6,000 bed nets for families living in sub-Saharan Africa.  Cornerstone’s goal this year is to raise $30,000 for the project.

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

A fundraiser to establish a scholarship fund in honor of Chef Mark Noseda will take place September 22.

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Sunday's fundraiser will run from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.