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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.

 

My Town: Famed band to hold free concert aboard ship May 25

My Town: Famed band to hold free concert aboard ship May 25

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (USS LST 393 Veterans Museum)-- A West Michigan band famed for its concerts in Normandy honoring D-Day veterans will play for free this Memorial Day weekend on the top deck of one of Muskegon’s most famous D-Day veterans – USS LST 393.

The famed Holland American Legion Band will present a free concert Sunday, May 25, at 4 p.m., on the top deck of the World War II warship moored at the Mart Dock that is now a veterans museum. The ship will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shortly after their appearance in Muskegon, band members will pack up and head for France.

This summer thousands of people will visit the sites of D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, as the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the invasion.

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Literacy Center of West Michigan is getting a big financial boost.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Grand Rapids organization a $10,000 grant to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.  The funding is part of more than $6 million in grants Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded last week to approximately 700 schools, nonprofits and organizations nationwide.  Other West Michigan recipients include:

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com