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My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—At least half a dozen restaurants in West Michigan have made the cut for the corks they pop.

They are among 3,748 restaurants worldwide to make Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards.  For the first time this year, top honors went to Clos Maggiore in London, La Toque in Napa, Nice Matin in New York, Saison in San Francisco, The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara and Studio in Laguna Beach.  They join 68 other winners of the Grand Award, which honors restaurants that generally offer guests 1,500 or more wine selections and for superior cellars, service, ambiance and cuisine.

The program’s entry-level Award of Excellence went to 2,791 restaurants; another 883 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence for typically offering a list of 350 or more quality wine selections.  Locally, the following restaurants made the cut:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of organizations are getting a financial boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The organization recently awarded 64 grants totaling $30,900 to nonprofits across the state.  The Volunteer Investment Program grants are aimed at encouraging volunteering within Consumers Energy by rewarding those who work or have worked for the company.  This year’s recipients include:

Kalamazoo

  • $650 to Girl Scout Junior Troop 80462 (Jim Cottrell)
  • $450 to Mattawan Consolidated Schools Battle of the Books (Hillary Hogarth)
  • $550 to United States Bowling Congress Kalamazoo Area Youth Association/Airway Lanes (Susan Searles)

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My Town Muskegon: Young professionals honored with Future 15 awards June 19

My Town Muskegon: Young professionals honored with Future 15 awards June 19

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will honor young business professionals making a positive impact on the Muskegon community this Thursday, June 19.

This is the second year for the MLCC's Future 15 awards.   Finalists will be recognized during a Business After Hours event, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff Street.  Admission to the event is a $5 donation to the MLCC Foundation.  To register, click here.

WZZM 13 is a proud partner of The Future 15.  

My Town: Muskegon Center for the Arts moves into new home

My Town: Muskegon Center for the Arts moves into new home

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (Muskegon Center for the Arts)-- The Muskegon Center for the Arts has a new creative space to call home!

Now located in the lower level of the Century Block Building at 356 W. Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon, the new space allows for MCA’s plans for expansion.

“The Century Block Building is a historic building that is over 100-years-old,” said MCA Board Member Michael Schaafsma. “It is the perfect location for the MCA to promote its members artwork and offer the community creative opportunities.”

Future plans include an on-site photo studio available to members and groups for rent as well as space for MCA to host more classes and workshops, intimate stage and music events, and other events to engage the local community in participating in various creative events. MCA will continue to have their Red Lotus Gallery to promote member’s artwork.

My Town: Muskegon County teams place at global creativity competition

My Town: Muskegon County teams place at global creativity competition

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Three student teams from Muskegon County have left their creative mark on Tennessee.

Students from North Muskegon Middle School, Ravenna Schools and Muskegon Christian Schools competed last week in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals in Knoxville.  Nearly 8,000 children and teenagers from as far away as China, Turkey, India and Singapore participated in the creative thinking and problem solving competition.  Organizers say it was the largest turnout they’ve ever had.

Twenty-eight teams took top honors in the event, billed as the world’s largest creative challenge competition. Teams from Ravenna, North Muskegon Middle School and Muskegon Christian School all placed in the four-day competition involving more than 1,400 teams.  You can find the full results here.

Electric Forest Announces Tickets are Sold Out

Electric Forest Announces Tickets are Sold Out

Rothbury, Mich. ­– Today, Electric Forest announces that tickets to the 4th annual event at Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Mich. on June 26-29, 2014 are sold out.  News of the sell out comes just two days after the festival released its final round of artists for the 2014 lineup.
 

Lakeshore Art Festival Announces Community Canvas Project

Lakeshore Art Festival Announces Community Canvas Project

The Lakeshore Art Festival, in conjunction with the Muskegon Center for the Arts, is pleased to announce the first ever Community Canvas project. This unique event will be an interactive community painting project in which anyone can participate for free.  Multiple large-scale canvases will be positioned around the sculpture located at the intersection of 3rd Street and Western Avenue on July 4 and 5 from 10 am - 6 pm. All Lakeshore Art Festival guests are encouraged to join in the creative celebration and make their mark at this year's festival.

 

At the end of both Friday and Saturday, the canvases will be cut into various sizes and stretched over wooden frames. The canvases will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local non-profit organization.