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Hope College releases lineup for Great Performance Series

Hope College releases lineup for Great Performance Series

HOLLAND, Mich.—The lineup is out for the Hope College Great Performance Series.

 The season will open Thursday, September 19 with a 7:30 p.m. performance by Ballet X.  The Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet company is also planning a second performance for September 20.

The Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) will serenade visitors to Dimnent Memorial Chapel Thursday, October 24 and 7:30 p.m.  CALJE incorporates a range of styles, including Argentinean Tango, Dominican Meringue, Puerto Rican and Bombay Plena.

Trio Solisti will perform Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.  The pianist, cellist and violinist have earned praise from various newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Knickerbocker Theatre announces free summer film series

Knickerbocker Theatre announces free summer film series

HOLLAND, Mich.  – Hope College is again offering a free summer film series at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The films run on Thursdays, from July 25 to August 15, at 7:30 p.m. The times coincide with the Holland downtown street performer series, creating a full night of entertainment for families.

The film series will open with Stephen Spielberg’s “The Goonies” on Thursday, July 25. The adventure/comedy film features a group of kids embarking on a wild quest after finding a pirate treasure map. With their homes facing foreclosure to make room for a golf course expansion, this group of children decides to have one last fun, “goonie adventure.” In the end, the map shows them far more than the treasure they envisioned. The film, from 1985, is rated PG.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Downtown Holland Groovewalk features bands, bars and breweries

Downtown Holland Groovewalk features bands, bars and breweries

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Downtown Holland’s Groovewalk featured 13 bands at 13 venues and included great local breweries, beer bars and a variety of both national and Michigan acts.

The cost for a wrist-band was $15 and basically served as the cover charge for all of the locations plus free rides on the "GrooveXpress" (if preferred, although most of the locations were in easy walking distance also for those who preferred a pub crawl.) Live musicians entertained patrons.

CPHS Performing Arts and Athletic Center nears completion

CPHS Performing Arts and Athletic Center nears completion

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Comstock Park High School’s Performing Arts and Athletic Center is nearing completion.

Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein says construction on the facility’s exterior should be finished this summer.  The center is scheduled to open this fall.

Ebenstein says the facility, designed by GMB A&E out of Holland, is a hybrid of an auditorium and gymnasium. It features a full-size stage and retractable theater-style seating for approximately 700 people, but with the added functionality of a full-size gym with a parquet wood floor.   The new facility also contains two locker rooms, a trainer’s office, a lab, a school store and a large lobby.

Hope College faculty member named Fulbright Scholar

Hope College faculty member named Fulbright Scholar

HOLLAND, Mich. – Katherine Sullivan, associate professor of art at Hope College, will spend the 2013-14 school year in India through an award from the Fulbright U.S.