45th Dance-A-Rama

Be there and be square! The 45th National Singles Dance-A-Rama takes over the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel this month, bringing in square-dancing enthusiasts from around the country. “Some people come coupled up, it’s not only for singles,” said Carol Bauer, event co-chair. “Anybody can come. Some people come by themselves and you dance with whomever.” Although you must be versed in the fine art of square dancing to participate, spectators are welcome. Because the dance events run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. over the course of several days, the organization offers a variety of tours that allow dancers to explore some of the local Grand Rapids attractions like Meijer Gardens and relax. When: Sept: 4-6 Where: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Cost: $8 Contact: (616) 365-0538

Shoes Help Our Elementary Students

In The Image is once again looking for your help to fit THOUSANDS of K-5th grade children with new, back-to-school shoes! From August 24th through September 4th, In The Image will close their doors as a Free Store, and open up as a Free SHOES Store for 36 area elementary schools. At just $15 a pair, In The Image SHOES will provide the confidence to run faster and jump higher to the students starting the new school year. Visit the website for more information: In The Image SHOES

Concerts in the Park Labor Day Special

Tune in to WKTV 25 on Labor Day for our All Day “Concerts In The Park” Special! We will air the entire Concerts In The Park series, featuring the bands in order of their appearance. Relive all the fun and excitement of the summer series starting at 9:00am and going until Midnight!

9:00 am       First Day
10:30 am     Orquesto Ritmo
12:05 pm     Brena
1:35 pm       Mid-Life Crisis
3:10 pm       Mark Sala Band
4:35 pm       Harpeth Rising
6:00 pm      Carl Webb Band
7:40 pm      US Band: Women of Rock
9:15 pm       Kari Holmes
10:50 pm     Soul Syndicate

Department of State Offices to be Closed for Labor Day

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all branch offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7. Secretary of State SUPER!Centers normally offer Saturday hours but will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 5. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty. Have a great Labor Day!

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Wyoming Pushes Until the End, but Falls to 0-2
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September 4th, 2015 by Mike DeWitt

After raining all morning – and most of the afternoon – the sun finally broke a few hours before game time and made for a beautiful night to usher in Comstock Park’s home opener against Wyoming. First year Wyoming Head Coach Sam Becker had his home opener spoiled by Byron Center in week one 44-26, but the Wolves showed flashes in their first game, especially from Michael Williams. Williams ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 90-yard kickoff return. [Read More]

Peters Cosponsors Bill to Improve Health Care Access for Women Veterans
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September 4th, 2015 by Allison Green

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced that he has cosponsored the Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act, a bipartisan bill to improve Veterans Administration (VA) health care services to better meet the unique needs of women veterans. According to the VA, as of January 2015 there are more than 46,000 women veterans in Michigan, and nearly 2.3 million women veterans nationwide. [Read More]

Don’t Want to Wait in Person? MI-TIME Line Makes it Possible
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September 4th, 2015 by Ruth Johnson

Two more Grand Rapids-area Secretary of State offices now allow you to reserve a spot in line via the Internet or by phone, saving you time.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that customers can schedule appointments and get in line from a home computer, with a phone call or text message at the following offices: Northeast Kent County PLUS, 3742 Plainfield Ave. NE in Grand Rapids and Southwest Kent County PLUS, 1056 Rogers Plaza SW in Wyoming. [Read More]

40 Businesses Expected at Community Job Fair
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September 3rd, 2015 by Kristina Herron

Kentwood Community Church together with Michigan Works! are hosting a Community Job Fair on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00pm, at the WYOMING CAMPUS of Kentwood Community Church, located at 2950 Clyde Park Ave SW in Wyoming, Michigan (just south of 28th Street). September’s event is expected to include 40 businesses. Employers will be on hand, recruiting for over 700 jobs in professional & trade industries, which include sales, customer service, health care, auto tech, manufacturing, truck driving, management, quality assurance, warehouse, marketing, skilled industrial, construction, security, food service and more. [Read More]

Brewery Tour to Give Rare Glimpse Into Hop Harvest Season
September 3rd, 2015 by John Liberty

Late August and early September mark the end of summer and the peak of the hop harvest season. Of the four main ingredients in craft beer, none of them boast the rabid following of the humulus lupulus, or hops. West Michigan Beer Tours, in collaboration with JW Marriott Grand Rapids, Hop Head Farms, of Hickory Corners, Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro, of Hastings, and Founders Brewing Co., of Grand Rapids, will offer a unique immersion into the exciting season with our Hop Harvest Beer Tour. Registration for the Hop Harvest Beer Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Six.One.Six restaurant inside the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. [Read More]

Adventures at San Diego Comic-Con International: “Force Friday”
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September 2nd, 2015 by Katelyn Kohane

Unlike Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj in The Big Bang Theory; I did not get kicked out of Comic-Con for doing something stupid. Unfortunately, I got in line for Hall H just a half hour too late, and since it only holds 6,5000 people, I did not make it inside. However, I did get into 4 smaller Star Wars panels. [Read More]

New Principal Digs into Toolbox to Help Students Succeed
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September 2nd, 2015 by Erin Albanese - School News Network

Meet Gwenn Dangerfield, Wyoming West Elementary’s new principal. The educator with 26 years in the field opens up about her priorities in the school, what inspires her, and why children are so funny. [Read More]

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