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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.

Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

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 Last Lecture Series: 'Grace and Beauty, Death and Life'

Hope College Last Lecture Series: 'Grace and Beauty, Death and Life'

HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. Virginia Beard, associate professor of political science at Hope College, will present “Grace and Beauty, Death and Life—Now and Yet to Be” on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.

The program is part of the “Last Lecture Series” organized by the college’s Alcor chapter of the National Mortar Board Honorary Society.  Admission is free to the event, which will take place in the Maas Center auditorium.

Beard has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2007.  Her areas of specialization are comparative politics, focused on Africa, as well as public policy. Her research interests are in the areas African political development; democratization; conflict and stability; land rights in Africa; the role of institutions in political development; identity politics with a focus on gender, religion and ethnicity; public policy in political development; homelessness policy; and public policy and poverty.

Hope College recognized as a top producer of Fulbright students

Hope College recognized as a top producer of Fulbright students

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College has been recognized as a top producer of U.S. students and is first among bachelor’s institutions in Michigan for the number of students receiving Fulbright awards this academic year.

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Students.  The Fulbright Program is the U.S.

Hope College hosts international advocate of non-violence

Hope College hosts international advocate of non-violence

HOLLAND – Dr. David Cortright will present the address “The power of nonviolence: Why peaceful methods are more effective than the use of force” on Thursday, November 7 in Wichers Auditorium, located in the Nykerk Hall of Music.

The address is part of the A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series at Hope College.  The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


Cortright is the director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies of the University of Notre Dame and chair of the board of the Fourth Freedom Forum. He has written and/or edited 17 books, most recently “Ending Obama’s War” (Paradigm, 2011) and “Towards Nuclear Zero” (Routledge, IISS, 2010).  Cortright is also the editor of Peace Policy, Kroc's online journal. He blogs at davidcortright.net.