5th Annual New/Gently Used Blanket Giveaway

God’s Love Ministry needs your help for their annual fleece blanket giveaway! The Ministry distributes blankets to families with no heat and can’t afford to turn their gas back on. Blankets are also handed out to the homeless in need on the street. If you have any gently used or new fleece blankets, your donation is appreciated! Kick off starts TODAY through Thursday, October 19th. You can drop off your donations on Sundays or Thursdays between 5-6:30 pm at 650 Stocking NW. Email for more information.

Art Prize-6th Annual Event-Starts September 24-October 12!

The sixth annual ArtPrize event is almost here, and the energy of 1536 entries being installed at 174 Venues across downtown Grand Rapids, is very much in bloom.  Representing 51 countries and nearly every U.S. state, artists are in the final stages of building the 2014 exhibition.

Become a Mentor in Wyoming Schools!

Join One Wyoming 1 on 1 as they embark in their 2nd year of mentoring students in Wyoming Schools (Godfrey Lee, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville and Wyoming Public Schools). The fall kickoff event is Tuesday, September 30 from 6-8 pm at the Wyoming Library, 3350 Michael Ave. SW. Be a mentor and make a difference!

10th Annual Fall Fundraiser for The Other Way Ministries

Please Join Us on October 7, 2014 at The Goei Center, 818 Butterworth Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI. 49504 at 6:30p.m.

Why: Delicious desserts, time to meet our new executive director, Kurt Reppart, an opportunity to meet our program budget needs, and time to connect with each other, our friends of The Other Way.


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ArtPrize 2014 Category Jurors Reveal Their Top Pics!
Award Winner Art Prize
September 30th, 2014 by Jaenell Ott

ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition tonight hosted the third annual Jurors’ Shortlist Event at the ArtPrize HUB. Four ArtPrize 2014 category award jurors revealed their shortlist of five artist entries in the categories of 2D, 3D, Installation, and Time-Based. These twenty finalists will be in the running to win their respective $20,000 category awards and ultimately the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize. A fifth category award juror selected five ArtPrize venues to compete for the $20,000 Outstanding Venue juried award. The juried category award and Grand Prize winners will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards on October 10. “This is the first year that we’ll see the public vote mirror the juried awards in a truly parallel way, allowing us to compare side-by-side what the jurors find fascinating to what resonates with visitors,” commented Christian Gaines, ArtPrize executive director. “Tonight’s announcement of the jurors’ shortlists will open up the conversation over the next several days as the public continues to vote for their top picks.” {Read More]

Student’s Death Cautions Classmates Against Distracted Driving
Students wore T-shirts in memory of Jacob Freybler, who died in a car crash involving texting
September 30th, 2014 by Charles Honey, School News Network

Jim Freybler hushed an auditorium full of teenagers, then told them that texting a few words on a cell phone was all it took to kill his son Jacob.
“You guys need to think about that, OK?” Freybler told the recent assembly at Kenowa Hills High School. “Texting takes lives. Your parents don’t want to be up here like I am.” [Read More]

The Famous Pumpkin Train
Pumpkin Train
September 29th, 2014 by Jerry Ricard

Autumn colors seem brighter when observed from the window of a 100 year old railroad car. When the train is decorated for the Harvest season, as on the Coopersville & Marne Railway’s Famous Pumpkin Train, it gets even more colorful. The Grand Pumpkin, Scarecrow and Little Crow entertain with songs and jokes. This annual attraction is one of West Michigan’s only non-scary, Fall family events. [Read More]

Gilmore Car Museum Continues to Grow with Grand Opening of The Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum on Sunday, September 28th
September 27th, 2014 by Jay Follis

The Gilmore Car Museum will once again make history as it celebrates the Grand Opening of the new Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum, this 10,000 square-foot building is dedicated to maintaining and exhibiting collectible Cadillacs and LaSalles, with the focus of the new museum and research center being to protect, promote and share the exciting history of these premier automobiles as well as their impact in the United States and worldwide over the past 100-plus years. [Read More]

Semi-Pro Cyclones Eye Year Two
Grand Rapids Cyclones are looking forward to year 2
September 26th, 2014 by Matt Van Pelt

The Grand Rapids Cyclones are the latest team to join the Premier Basketball League (PBL), one of the nation’s most prolific semiprofessional basketball leagues.

The Cyclones, who played three games in last season’s shortened expansion season, had the attention of local Grand Rapids basketball fans, and hope a full season of 20 games will only mean more of the same. Cyclones fans, however, will have to wait until December before cheering on their favorite West Michigan cagers. [Read More]

The Art Prize Voice Project Aims to Inspire Community-Wide Vocal Performance
Art Prize Final
September 25th, 2014 by Jaenell Ott

ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition today announced the ArtPrize Voice Project, a collaborative performance of an original vocal composition, will be performed in a processional from the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre to Rosa Parks Circle on October 10 at 9:00 p.m. EDT, immediately following the announcement of the winners of ArtPrize 2014. ArtPrize has opened a call to any choir that would like to participate. [Read More]

Bargains, Baubles, and Baked Goods
Lorraine Beloncis with senior volunteers at the Bake Sale.
September 24th, 2014 by Kathryn Gray

Saturday, September 20, was a sunny, muggy, pre-fall day for Kentwood families to explore the Fall Flea Market, Craft Sale, and Bake Sale at the Kentwood Activities Center. The center, located on 48th Street between Eastern and Division Avenues, was a hive of activity. Lorraine Beloncis, the Senior Enrichment Coordinator for the Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department, was pleased, “We are completely full—41 booths were rented!”

Always a popular event, the fall market has been occurring for 15 years while the spring flea market is in its 26th year. [Read More]

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