Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look

When 914 members of the Peoples Temple and four visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura Johnston Kohl survived. She was one of 87 who lived through the trauma. An activist who fought for civil rights and free speech and against the Vietnam War, Johnston Kohl joined Peoples Temple in 1970. A fluke saved her from the mass murders and suicides in 1978. It took 20 years for Laura to rebuild her life and have the determination to research this tragedy. She will discuss her experiences and her book, Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look. A book signing will follow the presentation. WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 7-8:30 p.m. WHERE: Main Library, 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids.


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Pumpkin Path October 10

It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, spend some time with your family, and enjoy a beautiful fall evening at the park. Over 70 businesses and organizations will be “hosting” spaces along the path to hand out prizes, toys and candy to the hundreds of children who will participate. Entertainment and food vendors are new this year. All children must be under the supervision of an attending adult. WHEN: Saturday, October 10 from 4-6 p.m. WHERE: Lamar Park, 2561 Porter SW. FREE

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Chili Cook-off at the Farmers Market

Come test your skills at this family-friendly chili cook-off on the last day of the Kentwood Farmers Market. If you don’t want to cook, come out to enjoy the tastes. All ages welcome. Chili cookers wanted. Contact Jen Keith at or call 616.656.5272 for more info. $35 cooker registration, $.50 per taste. WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 12-2 p.m. WHERE: Kent District Library, 4950 Breton Road SE

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“Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”

Firetruck WyomingIn awareness of fire safety, the Wyoming Department of Public Safety is putting on Fire Prevention Week from October 4-10. All four of Wyoming’s fire stations will host an open house during the week. The open houses will include station tours, equipment demonstrations, and discussing fire prevention tips. The theme for fire safety week is “Hear the Beep Where you Sleep” encouraging families to make sure that every bedroom has a working smoke alarm. The fire station dates are below.

10/5 – Station 3 (2300 Gezon)
10/6 – Station 2 (5401 S Division)
10/7 – Station 1 (1500 Burton)
10/8 – Station 4 (1250 36th Street)

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Interview With An ArtPrize Finalist: Ann and Steve Loveless
Northwood Awakening by Ann and Steve Loveless
October 7th, 2015 by Colleen Pierson

Round 1 of the ArtPrize Seven popular vote is out and there are 20 finalists hoping their piece snags the top prize! Steve Loveless and his wife Ann took some time to talk to Wyoming Now Kentwood Now about their piece Northwood Awakening and the idea on photography as realism. [Read More]

Boldly Go Where No Orchestra Has Gone Before
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October 7th, 2015 by Samara Napolitan

At “Star Trek: Live in Concert,” the Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra will perform Giacchino’s score as “Star Trek” (2009) is screened simultaneously in high definition. Audiences will experience the film in true surround sound as they are transported into the futuristic world of Captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew. [Read More]

GWCRA Encourages ‘Letters of Approach’ from Wyoming Nonprofits
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October 7th, 2015 by Victoria Mullen

Great news for Wyoming, Michigan-based nonprofits! The Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance (GWCRA) now awards grants several times a year, up from just once annually. And, it is much easier to apply. [Read More.]

Pinery Park Little League on the Right Track
Pinery Park
October 6th, 2015 by Mike DeWitt

Pinery Park Little League was in jeopardy of losing its contract with the City of Wyoming and Pinery Park due to a lack of transparent bookkeeping and the loss of nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. Those issues were ironed out over the past two weeks with tremendous progress being made by the League. [Read More]

ArtPrize Entry by Wyoming, Mich. Artist Makes the Final 20
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Gerald R. Ford Airport Keeps it Green
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Winter air travel can be a hassle for everyone involved. Flights are delayed or cancelled due to bad weather, travelers escaping to warmer weather need to not only plan their wardrobe for the trip, but also for incoming weather on the return trip home, and planes need to be taken care of! [Read More]

Interview With an ArtPrize Finalist: Andy Sacksteder
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Round 1 of the ArtPrize Seven popular vote is out and there are 20 finalists hoping their piece snags the top prize! Andy Sacksteder took some time to talk to Wyoming Now Kentwood Now about his piece ‘REACH and SPLASH’ and experience with ArtPrize. [Read more]

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