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My Town Holland: Tulip Time t-shirt design contest returns

My Town Holland: Tulip Time t-shirt design contest returns

HOLLAND, Mich.—Organizers of Tulip Time 2014are calling an all artists to help design the official festival t-shirt.

This is the second year for the t-shirt design contest, organized by Tulip Time and Ambrose.  Last year, more than 80 artists, design students and others entered the judged competition.  Organizers hope to top that number this year, with t-shirts centered around this year’s theme, “Join The Dance.”

The deadline for submissions is April 16.  The winner and runner up will be announced on April 29.  For full contest details, visit the Tulip Time website here.

 Tulip Time 2014 is May 3-10.

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

For 133 years, the American Red Cross has taken the lead in organizing an army of volunteers to help communities devastated by disasters.

Without volunteers, the organization wouldn’t function.  That includes the more than 3.5 million people who volunteered to give blood last year, providing  a life-saving resource for patients in about 3,000 U.S. hospitals and transfusion centers. 

 “While the world changes around us, our mission never does,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “We’re all about helping others during times of great need – and we can do that because of the generosity of countless volunteers and donors—including people who roll up their sleeve and give blood.”

If you’d like to join the efforts, the following blood drivers are scheduled:

My Town Holland: Hope College hosts Model United Nations high school conference

My Town Holland: Hope College hosts Model United Nations high school conference

HOLLAND, Mich.– Hope College is hosting its 43rd annual Model United Nations conference for high school students on Thursday and Friday, March 6-7.

More than 800 students and faculty from the greater Midwest are competing in various simulations. Acting as delegates from the 192 member nations of the United Nations in two General Assemblies, four Security Councils, an International Court of Justice, and an Economic and Social Council, the students are being faced with issues pertaining to the current international affairs.

Issues being discussed in this year’s conference include a drug summit, nuclear disarmament, blood diamonds, endangered species, debt forgiveness, food crisis, the Spratly Islands, unrest in Korea, Colombian drug war, and the Egyptian civil war.

My Town Holland: Hope College Students earn awards in opera competition

My Town Holland: Hope College Students earn awards in opera competition

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College students earned first place and finalist honors during the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition held on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Sophomore Rosemary Walsh of Evanston, Ill., was the first place winner in Division II, the division for college freshmen and sophomores.  Junior Danielle Meyer of Dearborn was one of three students named finalists in Division I, the division for college juniors and seniors.

The next round in the competition is scheduled for Sunday, April 6.  Walsh will sing as the Division II winner, and Meyer and the other Division I finalists will compete for the Division I awards.

My Town Holland: Windmill Island Gardens hosts job fair

My Town Holland: Windmill Island Gardens hosts job fair

HOLLAND, Mich.—Windmill Island Gardens is casting its net for tour guides, Dutch dancers and other employees ahead of Tulip Time.

The job fair will take place Friday, March 28 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Windmill Island Gardens is looking for tour guides, greeters, ticket sellers, office employees and parking lot staff during Tulip Time, which begins May 3.  Pay will be $8 per hour.  During the regular tourism season (April 19-Oct. 5), Windmill Island Gardens needs tour guides, Dutch dancers, greeters, facility set-up help and a custodian. Job hunters should bring their Social Security card and driver’s license, as some employees may be hired on the spot.

My Town Holland: Hope College students edit "Paradigm Flip" book project

My Town Holland: Hope College students edit "Paradigm Flip" book project

HOLLAND, Mich. – A team of Hope students had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and see the results in print after working together to edit the book “Paradigm Flip: Leading People, Teams, and Organizations Beyond the Social Media Revolution”, by author Ben Lichtenwalner of Zeeland.

Senior Kara Robart of Newaygo and junior Katherine Sauer of Brookfield, Ill., served as senior editors.  The other students on the editing team were 2013 graduate Lydia Blickley of Grand Rapids; junior Hannah Gingrich of Potsdam, N.Y.; 2013 graduate Chelsea Grainer of Clarkston; sophomore Hope Hancock of Tremont, Ill.; and junior Taylor Ann Krahn of Mishawaka, Ind.

My Town Holland: Tulip Time preparations underway

My Town Holland: Tulip Time preparations underway

HOLLAND, Mich.--  The festival poster is out and a new campaign is underway, as Holland prepares for Tulip Time 2014.

This year, organizers have added the Tulip Time Membership Program, which gives participants a behind-the-scenes look at Tulip Time, as well as discounts on merchandise and a members-only poster and pin.  The first 50 people to sign up as members will also get a wristband and parking pass to the “Bloom Boom” party Saturday May 3.  Members will also be entered into a drawing for Bill Cosby tickets.

Memberships are $35 per person or $85 per family, up to five people.  For more information about the program, as well as festival event and ticket information, visit the Tulip Time website.

Tulip Time is May 3-10.  The theme is “Join the Dance”.  Artist Karin Nelson’s painting, “Resilience” was selected for this year’s Tulip Time poster.