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WKTV Hosts the Eclipse Awards

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WKTV is proud to partner with the West Michigan Film Video Alliance and the Compass College of Cinematic Arts to sponsor the upcoming Eclipse Awards to honor the best regional works in film and television production. To find out more, visit TheEclipseAward.com. Entries due in adult and student categories by March 14, 2015.

Amway Hotel to Host Bridal Show

brideAmway Grand Plaza will host the free Grand Event, a wedding show featuring the area’s wedding vendors, on Saturday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Couples can consult with wedding experts, sample cakes and hors d’oeuvres and tour the historic property’s guest room accommodations and event settings such as the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Ballroom. Preregistration includes many extra perks. Go to: http://amwaygrand.com/weddings/the-grand-event/bride-registration. To learn more about weddings at Amway Grand Plaza, visit http://amwaygrand.com/weddings.

LEAP Workshop Supports Special Needs Children

LEAP (Lead/Empower/Assist/Parents) is holding a workshop for parents and providers of children with special needs on Saturday, March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Kent Intermediate School District Educational Service Center. Keynote speaker is Jennifer Siewcki who has lived with CHARGE syndrome since birth will share her inspirational story of growing accomplishments. Learn, share, and network with others and explore community resources. Registration is $15 per person. Scholarships are available for parents. Continental breakfast and lunch is included. For more information and to sign up go to the KISD website.

Kentwood Community Church offers Community Job Fair

The Wyoming campus of Kentwood Community Church is hosting a community job fair the second Wednesday of every month. The next date is March 11th from 9 a.m. to noon. KCC’s Job Fair is in partnership with Michigan Works! Last month 36 companies participated with over 600 positions available to potential job seekers. The need for qualified workers is strong. KCC hopes to facilitate the necessary connections within the community between job seekers and employers. The Wyoming campus is located at 2950 Clyde Park Avenue SW. For more information call 616-827-3267.

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Michigan Moments Come to Life in 2015 Official Pure Michigan Travel Guide
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February 27th, 2015 by Michelle Grinnell

While Michigan’s winter wonderland is still in full swing, Pure Michigan is encouraging travelers to start thinking ahead to summer vacation with the release of the 2015 Official Pure Michigan Travel Guide. This free guide, available in both print and digital versions, highlights activities to enjoy across the state throughout this spring and summer.
The full color publication will also be offered in a free, universally accessible digital edition, allowing users to access the guide from their desktop and laptop computers, as well as smartphones and tablets. The digital version also offers interactive features, including videos, photographic slideshows and a real-time feed [Read More]

Laundry Mat/Cafe Combo takes Kentwood by Surprise
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February 26th, 2015 by Meghan Dooley

Crepes, coffee, and laundry may not sound like your typical café, but the workers at Sheldon Cleaners in Kentwood think it’s the perfection combination.
The local dry cleaning chain opened Café Louis at its newly remodeled Kentwood location. Their soft open was official on January 19th , but the cafe began announcing their presence at the beginning of February.

Media Room Makeover Contest for Local Schools
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February 25th, 2015 by Allison Kaufman and Deb Havens

If your school media room needs a makeover, the Grand Rapids Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance Company want to hear from you. Your elementary or middle school in Kent County or the Thornapple-Kellogg district could be a big winner. Simply answer the question “Why does your school need a media room makeover?” Provide an optional photo of your existing media room, computer lab or library. Applications may be submitted by any one interested, including school principals, administrators or teachers. Applications are due online [Read More]

Kentwood City Commission Finalists Interview for the Job
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February 25th, 2015 by Deb Havens

The Kentwood City Commission will interview three finalists to fill the remainder of the Commissioner-at Large term expiring this November in a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 3rd. The three were chosen from recent first round interviews of 20 interested Kentwood residents. [Read more]

How Hunger Hurts Learning: Schools Seek to Feed Students’ Tummies and Minds
Rhonda Hawkins and her daughter, Keli, in line for donated food.
February 25th, 2015 by Linda Odette, School News Network

The list of ways hunger can affect a child’s health is a long one. Chronic health issues like asthma, behavioral issues like anxiety and social issues like bullying are just a part of that list.
Nan Evans has seen children sneak food in their pockets and fight over a piece of breakfast food.
“When they’re hungry, they’re fidgety,” said Evans, principal of Kent Hills Elementary School in Grand Rapids. “They can’t focus. Getting mad and making trouble from being hungry can be how they express anger in inappropriate ways.” [Read More]

Wyoming Public Safety Honors Top Employees of 2014
Terra Wesseldyk 2014 Civilian of the year
February 24th, 2015 by The City of Wyoming

In a ceremony held last Thursday at the Wyoming Department of Public Safety, Jason Caster was named Officer of the Year, while Brian Ilbrink was recognized as Firefighter of the Year and Terra Wesseldyk was honored as Civilian of the Year. Lt. Kirt Zuiderveen received the Chief’s Award of Professional Excellence. The awards were presented by Public Safety Director James Carmody during the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony. [Read More]

10th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival Coming Soon
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February 23rd, 2015 by Scott Graham and Deb Havens

A record 103 breweries and 1035 beers will be featured at the 10th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival, coming up Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28 at Fifth-Third Ballpark just north of downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets for Friday’s session, which will run from 3-7pm (2pm entry for Enthusiast Members), remain available for $45 each. [Read More]

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