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Hope Hosts Young Artists Piano Competition on January 26

HOLLAND – The department of music at Hope College will present performances by 13 finalists during the fourth annual Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The competition will run from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m., with a small reception following.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Audience members may stay for all or only a portion of the competition.

The Young Artists Piano Competition is open to talented high school pianists ages 13 through 18 living in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The finalists have been selected from a preliminary recording round to compete for cash awards and scholarships.

Beat January Boredom at Ottawa’s Nature Education Center

A Star’s Life: Astronomy and Sky Viewing Event

Adults and older children are invited to join members of the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center for a one hour indoor program entitled Life Cycles of Stars. Stars, just like people, go through a life cycle. They are born in “stellar nurseries,” mature, and die.  Some of them go away quietly while others explode with far reaching effects in the universe.  This program will be held rain, snow, or shine (as long as road and weather conditions are safe).
“Life Cycles of Stars” will be followed by an outdoor sky viewing session (weather permitting). Telescopes will be provided.  Bring binoculars (if you have them), and dress to be outside. There is no program fee and advance registration is not required.

Hope's DePree Art Center Features Contemporary Printmaking

Hope's DePree Art Center Features Contemporary Printmaking

HOLLAND – The gallery of the DePree Art Center at Hope College is featuring work by three artists in “PROOF: An Exhibition of Contemporary Printmaking.”

The exhibition opened on Friday, Jan. 11, and will continue through Thursday, Feb. 7. There will be artist talks on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m., and a closing reception on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The public is invited to the exhibition, artist talks and closing reception. Admission is free.

Transcending the inherent qualities of line, color and multiple original copies of the printmaker’s craft, Star Varner, Elizabeth Dove and Jeremy Lundquist explore issues of 21st-century art in their printmaking practices.

Tips On Photography - Tonight and Jan 24

Tips On Photography - Tonight and Jan 24

If you'd like to learn more about capturing nature on camera, photographer John Dykstra is offering Creative Compositions tonight at 7:00 pm at the Outdoor Discovery Center. Dykstra will explain the fundamentals of photography composition. The cost is $10 per person and advance registration is required. 

On Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm John Dykstra is offering a Critique Your Photos session for nature photographers who want to improve their skills.  Participants will submit five images to be critiqued during the session. Cost is $20 per person and advance registration is required.

For more information on the classes or to register, contact the Outdoor Discovery Center-Greenway at (616) 393-9453 or odc@outdoordiscovery.org.

Winners Announced for "Picture Yourself in Allegan County"

Winners Announced for "Picture Yourself in Allegan County"


Contact: Ronda Foreman, Parks & Tourism Clerk
269-686-9088 / tourism@allegancounty.org

Award-Winning Fall Images Selected for
“Picture Yourself in Allegan County” Photo Contest

(ALLEGAN, Mich) – The Allegan County Tourist Council is pleased to announce the winners in the “Picture Yourself in Allegan County” Fall 2012 Photo Contest. The winning photo in the Adult Division titled “Riverfront” was submitted by Allegan resident Pat Jenkins and captured beautiful fall colors on the riverfront in the City of Allegan. Her prize this season is a $40 gift certificate to the Four Roses Café in Plainwell; prize donated by Four Roses Café.


Governor Rick Snyder holding Mobile Office Hours

Governor Rick Snyder holding Mobile Office Hours

News Release:


Governor Rick Snyder’s Mobile Office Hours


Monday, June 18th


Holland, MI

7am – 9am


61 East 9th Street


Muskegon, MI

10am- 12pm

Ryke’s Bakery


Grand Rapids, MI

1pm – 3pm

City Hall – Conference Center



4pm- 6pm

Bluewater Cafe


Governor Snyder’s staff will be on hand to discuss issues and will have information on the budget, ways to get more involved in state government, and the ongoing reinvention of Michigan.

 Please visit our website : reinventingmichigan.blogspot.com


Free MAX Rides for Clean Air Action Day, Fri. June 15

News Release:

Please be advised that the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority for the greater Holland/Zeeland area will offer FREE fixed route bus rides tomorrow, Friday,  (June 15) because it has been declared a Clean Air Action Day (formerly Ozone Action Day) by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). 

Clean Air Action Days are declared by air pollution control agencies when air pollutants rise to levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups.