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Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the upcoming Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

The competition is designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to showcase their talents.  Students are asked to produce a 30 second public service announcement promoting building character, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity.  Filmmakers are asked to target one of two audiences: kindergarten through 6th grade students or 7th through 12th grade students.  The winning work will be used in classrooms.

The deadline for submitting a PSA is Feb. 7, 2014 with a $10 registration fee; students who submit an entry by Jan. 17 pay only $5 for registration.  For more information on the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival, visit the competition website here.

LaughFest holds final volunteer informational meeting Dec. 17

LaughFest holds final volunteer informational meeting Dec. 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to learn about how you can help.

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

              Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

              1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

LaughFest holds first volunteer informational meeting Dec. 14

LaughFest holds first volunteer informational meeting Dec. 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to learn about how you can help.

Volunteer registration opened last 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

 

'Phantom of the Opera' Musical starting December 5

'Phantom of the Opera' Musical starting December 5

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Holland High School Performing Arts Center will present "Phantom of the Opera" Dec. 5- Dec. 8 and Dec. 11- Dec. 15.

The musical is centered around a deformed Phantom, lurking under the Paris Opera stage, who eventually falls in love with Christina, a young soprano. Phantom devotes himself to training her for stardom.  With Christina’s rejection of his love, the Phantom creates an uproar in the Opera House.

Tickets to any of the nine shows are $10 each for students with ID and $15 each for adults. The Performing Arts Center is located at 600 Van Raalte Ave. in Holland. For more information, call (616) 494-2000 or visit www.hollandpublicschools.org or http://www.holland.org/.

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.