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Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—They aren’t all on the big screen.

Michigan Blood is getting ready to reward life-saving superheroes right here in the Grand Rapids community. The organization is teaming up with Celebration Cinema to offer a free movie pass and a bag of popcorn to each to person who attempts to donate blood during the holidays.

Michigan Blood needs to collect more than 2,200 units of blood every week to supply patients and hospitals around the state.  Donations traditionally drop around the holidays as people travel.

Days and times for the “Be a Star” donation deal vary around the state.  To find the location near you, visit the Michigan Blood website here.  In Grand Rapids, the following donation drives will take place in Michigan Blood’s Main Donor Center at 1036 Fuller Ave. NE:

TEDxMuskegon presenter releases first book about sex

TEDxMuskegon presenter releases first book about sex

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (By Barbara Lee)—Barbara Lee, a presenter at TEDxMuskegon 2013, has published her first book Sacred Sex: Replacing the Marriage Ethic with a Sexual Ethic

Lee, who lives in Grand Haven, is not one to shy away from controversial issues. In fact, she welcomes discussions about the topics many would rather sweep under the rug.

“We have to start talking about sex – and we especially have to have these discussions in our churches and with our young people,” says Lee, who led the ministry Extended Grace in Grand Haven for seven years before returning to work in the nonprofit sector.

Lee observes that our society is largely polarized about sex so that we typically approach sex as “sin” or as “sport.”  Lee’s book searches for the middle ground where we embrace our sexuality while treating it with moral authority. 

Festival of Trees returns November 21 through December 1

Festival of Trees returns November 21 through December 1

MUSKEGON, Mich. The Muskegon Museum of Art is turning into a "Candy Towne" for this year's Festival of Trees.

The community is invited to experience the museum galleries transformed with festive holiday décor from November 21 through December 1.   Local designers will carry out the Candy Towne theme with wreaths, trees and other holiday decorations. Visitors have the opportunity to bid on gift baskets, trees, wreaths and festive items during an ongoing silent auction, along the chance to take part in a number of special attractions and events through December 1.

Admission to the Festival of Trees is $7 per adult and $3 per child (ages 3-17) ; children ages 3 and under are free.  Admission for Muskegon Museum of Art members is $5. To receive $2 off one adult admission, bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Festival hours:

Birds created by students on display at Nuveen Community Center for the Arts

Birds created by students on display at Nuveen Community Center for the Arts

MONTAGUE, Mich. (Nuveen Community Center for the Arts)-- Watch your head as you enter the Nuveen Community Center for the Arts during the Fall into the Arts exhibit of 2013. A giant dragonfly or a flying anvil may be dangling overhead! Or a “rakish” owl, a time capsule goose, or a winged manikin may pop out to say hello. Artwork from over a hundred students at ten area schools covers the Nuveen walls, reflecting the theme “Things with Wings” as a final nod to the bird-related exhibits hosted by the Nuveen throughout 2013. 

Timberland Charter Academy joins hockey team’s reading caravan

Timberland Charter Academy joins hockey team’s reading caravan

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Players from the Muskegon Lumberjacks held a Faceoff Rally with students at Timberland Charter Academy on Tuesday, November 12.

Players talked to students about their year-long reading caravan program. Working with a reading coordinator at the school, the team will reward students each quarter who meet their school identified reading goals with items like T-shirts, book bags and even tickets to a game.

At the Faceoff Rally, players discussed how one of their goals in playing in the USHL is to get a college education and how important becoming a good reader is to reaching that goal. The students received a “Hockey 101” book explaining the basics of the sport and a bookmark to use through the year.

11/07/2013 - Opening Reception: Harmony in Stone

11/07/2013 - Opening Reception: Harmony in Stone

Meet the artist of "Harmony in Stone", Thursday, November 7 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  The reception begins at 5:30pm with a talk by artist Jason Quigno at 7:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  www.muskegonartmuseum.org

 

 

Singing Christmas Tree 'angel' announced as ticket sales begin

Singing Christmas Tree 'angel' announced as ticket sales begin

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Mona Shores High School Singing Christmas Tree now has its 2013 angel.

Choir director Shawn Lawton announced senior Kathryn (Katie) Beemer has been selected to adorn the top of the human-formed tree during the December 5, 6, and 7 performances at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.

Beemer has been a member of the Mona Shores High School Choir for four years, serving on the choir board her sophomore year.