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My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet offers spring break solution for kids

My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet offers spring break solution for kids

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Ballet has come up with a kid-friendly solution to spring break boredom.

Next week, when many schools will be dismissed for spring break, the Grand Rapids Ballet will present “Spring Break for Kids: A Different Tune”.   The family-friendly ballet will be April 8, 8 and 10 at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre off Ellsworth SW. The 30-minute performance is based on the popular School Zone book, “A Different Tune”, which teaches children that being different is just another way of being special.  The performance features music composed by Holland native singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe.

Performances are at 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. with activities beginning a half hour earlier in the lobby. Pre-show activities include a beginner trial ballet class with a GRBS faculty member.

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

HOLLAND, Mich.-- WTHS, the student-run FM radio station at Hope College, won four national awards during the 74th annual conference of the International Broadcasting System Inc.,  held in New York City March 7-9.

WTHS won first place among all college and university radio stations in the country for “Best Sports Talk Show,” with “Real Radio” by unior Nate Winter of Saugatuck and junior Tom Zahari of Canton, who is sports director and the news co-director.

My Town: Hope College Conference to feature students' research on China missionaries

My Town: Hope College Conference to feature students' research on China missionaries

HOLLAND – Original research by Hope College history students will be featured in the conference “Cross-Cultural Encounters: China and the Reformed Church in America” on Friday, March 28, starting at 2 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The afternoon conference will feature presentations by four students who conducted independent research focused on RCA missionaries to Amoy (now Xiamen) on the southeast coast of mainland China during the latter-19th and early 20th centuries.  The event will conclude with a keynote address by Dr. Ryan Dunch of the University of Alberta in Canada.

My Town Holland: TEDx speaker to share story of survival

My Town Holland: TEDx speaker to share story of survival

HOLLAND, Mich.—A TEDx speaker who is a survivor of domestic violence is coming to Holland to  support women other domestic violence victims.

Leslie Morgan Steiner will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Reach for the Stars spring benefit.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Center for Women in Transition, which provides support programs to more than 3,000 women, men and children in Ottawa and Allegan counties, who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. Last year, the benefit raised more than $85,000 for the Center.

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two graduates with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 27.

The association is recognizing Maxine Gray of Seattle, Wash., who is a 2004 Hope graduate, and Matt Scogin of New York City, who is a 2002 Hope graduate.  The awards will be presented during a dinner at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m.

The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college.  The award was first presented in 2007.  Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

My Town Holland: Second in command visits Holland March 11

My Town Holland: Second in command visits Holland March 11

HOLLAND, Mich.—Michigan’s second in command is coming to Holland Tuesday, March 11.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will address guests of the West Coast Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast.  The event is happening at 7:15 a.m. at Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Ave. in Holland.

After the event, Calley will join Gov. Rick Snyder at the Capitol to honor Michigan Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Special Olympian Teadoro Spremo, who all took gold during the games.