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West Ottawa High School a GRAMMY semifinalist

West Ottawa High School a GRAMMY semifinalist

HOLLAND, Mich.—West Ottawa High is the only school in West Michigan to be in the running for a GRAMMY award.

The school is among 123 schools nationwide selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2014.

The GRAMMY Signature Schools program honors the top U.S. public high schools committed to music education.  Four West Ottawa secondary music ensembles are performing at state music conference this school year, which the district says is rare.

The GRAMMY Foundation relies on a panel of top music educators and professionals to determine which schools make the cut.  Each finalist will receive an award and music program grant ranging from $1,000 to $15,000.

The foundation will announce the finalists in mid-March 2014.

LaughFest begins the search for volunteers

LaughFest begins the search for volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to sign up to help.

Volunteer registration opened this week on the LaughFest website.   Opportunities during the 10-day festival of laughter include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise and office support.  Organizers will hold two volunteer informational meetings at the following times:

 

  • Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

             Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

             1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

              Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

              1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

Santa Claus visits for Holland Parade of Lights December 3

Santa Claus visits for Holland Parade of Lights December 3

HOLLAND, Mich.—Santa Claus will take a break from his busy Christmastime schedule to visit Holland Tuesday, December 3.

The man in red will be the guest of honor during the city’s Parade of Lights, which starts at 6:30 p.m.  Nearly 80 entries are expected to light up the streets, including floats, bands and vehicles, all decked out in holiday lights.  The parade kicks off at the corner of Eighth Street and Columbia Avenue.  The procession will continue down Eighth Street until it reaches the Eighth Street Market Place.

Visitors are also encouraged to stroll through Centennial Park to take in the snowflake light display and city Christmas tree, which is already trimmed for the season.  You can also spot Santa climbing up the chimney of the James DeYoung Generating Plant.  The holiday lights displays will be up and running throughout the month of December.

Pearl Harbor Day also marks anniversary of Hope College tradition

Pearl Harbor Day also marks anniversary of Hope College tradition

HOLLAND, Mich. – Christmas Vespers, a Hope College and Holland tradition now in its eighth decade, will continue with four performances on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

As of November 25, tickets remained for the Saturday 8 p.m. performance and Sunday 5 p.m. performance.  All other performances are sold out. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the college’s DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office and the Events and Conferences Office in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center, 100 E. Eighth St., Holland.  Both offices are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached by calling (616) 395-7890.  Tickets will not be sold at the services.\

Faith, business and political leaders focus on immigration reform

Faith, business and political leaders focus on immigration reform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Just before Thanksgiving, a holiday deeply rooted in the nation’s history of immigration, West Michigan’s faith, business and political leaders are meeting to address the need for immigration reform.

The roundtable discussion will take place Tuesday, November 26 at the Goei Center, located at 818 Butterworth St. SW in Grand Rapids.  Eastern Floral CEO Bing Goei, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and Dr. Bill Rudd, senior pastor of Calvary Church in Muskegon, all plan to attend.  Organizers say the event is meant to draw Congress’ attention to the need for immigration reform.

Holland evangelicals held a similar event last Thursday, focused on the biblical values of welcoming strangers.  The group says nationwide, more than 187,000 people have signed up to pray about the issue.

Hope College lecture to explore far-reaching impact of Amsterdam

Hope College lecture to explore far-reaching impact of Amsterdam

HOLLAND, Mich. – Author Russell Shorto will present the lecture “Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City,” at Hope College on Tuesday, November 19.

The presentation is based on Shorto's new book, which has the same name.  The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre. The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Hope College Christmas Vespers ticket sales begin November 9

Hope College Christmas Vespers ticket sales begin November 9

 HOLLAND, Mich. –  Community members can purchase tickets for the annual Hope College Christmas Vespers beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 9 at the DeVos Fieldhouse.

Christmas Vespers will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The tickets will be sold until noon Saturday at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is located between Ninth and 11th streets at 222 Fairbanks Ave. Tickets will be $10 each, with a limit of four tickets per person.