Don’t Miss The Friends Of The Library Book Sale at the Wyoming Library

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug. 15.  Find great used books at bargain prices from 9:30a.m to 4:00p.m.   At 2p.m. purchase a bag for $3.00 and take home all items that fit into it.  All proceeds will benefit Wyoming Friends of the Library Projects.

Special Interest Theater programming at its finest

The awards went out to the best in our nation for theater productions and our WKTV cameras were there.  Tune in to Channel 25 to see the highly prestigious AACT Fest Awards Gala on Tuesday, August 4 at 9:00pm and Saturday, August 8 at 8:00pm.  Hosted by our Grand Rapids Civic Theater, it’s a theatrical event you won’t want to miss.

Donate Blood and Save a Life

Blood donors make a life-saving difference. You may be eligible to give blood if you are a healthy person age 17 or older (or 16 with parent/guardian consent) weighing 110 pounds or more. MIBlood summer blood drives at Wyoming City Hall, 1155 28th St. SW, will be held in council chambers on Wednesday, August 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. Donors must sign in and present a photo identification or two forms of non-photo ID. Donors who are 16 will also need to present a parental consent form. So, think about donating blood, you just might save a life!

Wyoming-Kentwood Business Briefing Luncheon

The Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a Business Briefing Luncheon and Workshop “Communicating for Action: How to Leverage Change for Business Success”, Presented by Nick Anderson, co-author of “Focusing Change to Win.” You’ll learn techniques gleaned from a survey of 1072 business leaders representing 19 market segments, 80 countries and over 10,000 years of leadership and change management experience. Attend the workshop and you’ll take away a specific communication technique that will help get your people on the same page. Sign up for the Luncheon, the Workshop or both, but do it soon! Lunch and the briefing is only $5. A two hour seminar after the lunch is only $35. The event is scheduled for July 30 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the Double Tree by Hilton. Visit the Chamber’s website at for more information.

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Enhancement and Experimentation Keeps Celebration Cinemas Ahead of the Curve
Oscar's Bistro
August 3rd, 2015 by Mike DeWitt

Bigger is better. At least, that’s what the movie industry believes. Movies keep getting grander. Summer blockbusters continually break records – Jurassic World now owns the record for largest opening weekend box office with over $208 million – and it’s a go big or go home business. Everything is digital, remastered or filmed in 3D, and CGI has taken over. [Read More]

Disney’s Tomorrowland, a Fascinating Curio, Ironically Lacks Direction
July 31st, 2015 by Brett Wiesenauer

Brad Bird is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. In 2011, Bird transitioned into live action movies with the fourth installment of the Mission:IMPOSSIBLE franchise, Ghost Protocol. And now, we have his first truly “original” live action work, Tomorrowland. Co-written by Bird and Damon Lindelof, he of LOST and Star Trek reboot infamy, the film was one of my most expected of this year. How did it compare to my modest expectations? Well, let’s start with what I liked. [Read More]

Fantastic Riches of the Michigan Relics
Symbols and markings likes these have intrigued experts for 100 years.
Photo credit: Bell/McNeill
July 30th, 2015 by Janice Limbaugh

Some might call it sheer luck while others would say it was divine timing. For local filmmaker Thom Bell, it was a day out of the blue that captured his curiosity and introduced him to the tale of the Michigan Relics. A story that Bell would devote two years of his time (and money) to telling in his documentary “Hoax or History: The Michigan Relics.” His efforts also earned him an Eclipse Award this year [Read more]

Founders Brewing Company To Release New Imperial Red IPA
Founders 2
July 30th, 2015 by Sarah Aldrich

Founders Brewing Co. will release reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA in late August 2015 to mark the thirteenth installment in the brewery’s popular Backstage Series. Like all of Founders’ Backstage Series beers, reDANKulous will be sold in 750mL bottles, and it will have a suggested retail price of $9.99 per bottle.

reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA is a no frills, bold 9.5% ABV India Pale Ale. It pours a pleasing burnt amber with some sweetness due to the Caramalt and roasted barley used in the malt bill. But hops are the true headliner in this elaborate sensory experience. [Read More]

Growing Up Ethnic – Amal Berry on Feel Like You Belong
Amal Berry
July 29th, 2015 by Alan Headbloom

While all the white kids’ moms sent bologna on Wonderbread to school, Amal Berry’s mom packed her “weird” stuff like hummus and kibbeh. Finally, the proud day came: she opened her lunch, saw the coveted white bread sandwich, and took a bite…it was terrible. It turns out her native Lebanese cuisine was not only better tasting, it was healthy too! Berry joins Alan to talk about growing up ethnic and how that informs her daily life…as a parent and the chief diversity officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. [Read More]

Recipe Reveal: Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Blackberry Mustard
Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets
July 28th, 2015 by Metro Health

Tossing chicken tenders with cornmeal gives these chicken nuggets great crunch without deep-frying. Blackberries (or raspberries, if you prefer) combined with whole-grain mustard make for a sweet-and-savory dipping sauce. Serve with fresh steamed broccoli and carrots. [Read More]

More than $3 Million Given to West Michigan Colleges to help Students Graduate
July 27th, 2015 by Brienne Prusak

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced more than $3 million to give West Michigan students, many of whom are the first in their family to go to college, coaching and skill development so they have a better shot at graduating college. This support through the Department of Education’s TRIO Student Support Services Program will benefit eligible students at eight West Michigan colleges. [Read More]

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