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Hope College De Pree Gallery to feature sculptor's work

Hope College De Pree Gallery to feature sculptor's work

HOLLAND – The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College will feature the work of Sarah Lindley in an exhibition titled “Exiting Allegan” from Friday, Jan. 10, through Friday, Feb. 7.

In addition, Lindley will present an artist talk on Friday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. in Cook Auditorium in the De Pree Art Center. The talk will be followed by a reception in the gallery beginning at 5 p.m. The public is invited to the exhibition, artist talk and reception.  Admission is free.

Lindley is department chair and associate professor of art at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo. She studied art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, receiving her BFA in 1996.

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

 

Hope College professor honored for community service

Hope College professor honored for community service

HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. Debra Swanson, professor of sociology at Hope College, has been named the recipient of two awards that recognize her commitment to service to community:  one for her own dedication as a volunteer, and another for her role in guiding students in learning how to make a difference.

 In November, Swanson received the Premier Mentor Award presented each month to a mentor involved with programs partnered with the Ottawa County Mentoring Collective for her work as a volunteer with Total Trek Quest, a running program for elementary-age boys.  In February, she will receive a Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award for emphasizing service-learning in the classroom at Hope.

 Swanson was presented the Premier Mentor Award by State Representative Joseph Haveman of Michigan’s 90th District on Thursday, Nov. 21.

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

 

Old whiskey barrels get new life at New Holland Brewing Co.

Old whiskey barrels get new life at New Holland Brewing Co.

HOLLAND, Mich.—Two men are giving New Holland Brewing Co.’s retired oak barrels new life.

Instead of sending spent whiskey and Dragon’s Milk barrels to the dump, Steve Raad and Jeff Dyke transform the aged wood into a variety of handcrafted products, including their patented portable beach chair, tables, clocks, bottle openers, coat racks, guitar stands and skateboards. 

New Holland’s upcycled whiskey barrels are now available at its downtown Holland pub, located at 66 E. 8th St.   You can also order items online at the BarrelWorks Project website.

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

Blood and platelet donations helped save the life of Cody Hermeling after a devastating car crash.  During his first days in the intensive care unit, doctors gave Hermeling a three-percent chance of survival.   It took expert care and 187 units of donated blood and platelets for him to survive.  Hermeling and his family and friends will celebrate his life by donating blood and platelets this holiday season.

 “Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, organ-transplant patients and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.”