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My Town: Muskegon area students advance to state competition

My Town: Muskegon area students advance to state competition

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Ten students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center are in Saginaw this weekend, competing in a state computer aided design competition.

The students earned top awards and honors during the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society Regional Competition at Fremont High School last weekend.  More than 400 student CAD projects were on display during the competition; MACTC students earned eight first place awards and had 15 projects qualify for the state competition, based on accuracy, craftsmanship and difficulty.  

The first place winners from MACTC included Sarah Morse (Montague), Mariah Olsson (Montague), Aaron Rahrig (North Muskegon), Jager Burrous (Fruitport), Garrett Damm (Whitehall) and Giovanni Shull (Ravenna). Shull placed first in three categories. The top four winners included Summer Moore (Montague), Jacob Chvala (Orchard View), Sam Cassidy (Holton), Alena Krispin (Mona Shores), Shull, and Burrous. 

Muskegon Museum of Art 86th Regional Exhibition

Muskegon Museum of Art 86th Regional Exhibition
The Muskegon Museum of Art’s juried Regional Exhibition was one of the first regional art shows established in Michigan and holds a respected position among the state’s regional art exhibitions. Michigan artists, 18 years and older, are invited to enter up to two artworks for a juror to consider for inclusion in this year’s show and for the chance to win over $5,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards.  Entries of two-and three dimensional works created over the past two years by professional and amateur artists are eligible. Art work must be physically brought to the MMA from Thursday, May 1, through Saturday, May 3 or, if shipped, arrive pre-paid by April 30. Digital entries are not accepted.

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—West Michigan will be well-represented during the Detroit Tigers’ opening weekend at Comerica Park.

During the game against the Orioles Saturday, April 5, the 120 children that comprise the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus will sing the national anthem.  Taylor Stevens, an alumna of KCC, will be directing the chorus.

"This is so exciting for the children and for me," Stevens said.  "We've never done anything like this before."   

During the game, Mona Shores High School’s ball teams will also be accepting a $10,000 Grand Slam Grant check.  Coach William Lent will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

My Town Muskegon: Bike Time begins search for sponsors

My Town Muskegon: Bike Time begins search for sponsors

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  Organizers of Muskegon’s largest event are looking for sponsors.

Muskegon Bike Time will return for its eighth year in the third week of July.  Organizers say Bike Time attracted more than 100,000 people and 65,000 bikes last year,  with a $25 million economic impact on the community.  The proceeds are shared and donated to local charities.

Because Muskegon Bike Time is a nonprofit  501c3 organization, contributions are tax deductible.  For more information about how you can become a sponsor, visit the Muskegon Bike Time website or contact Clyde Whitehouse or Dave Burlingame at (231) 722-0000 or dvd_burlingame@yahoo.com .

My Town: Sams Joint restaurants closing; memorabilia auctions planned

My Town: Sams Joint restaurants closing; memorabilia auctions planned

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The owner of Sams Joint restaurant is closing his remaining restaurants.

Sam Bravata plans to auction off all of the vintage and collectable items that decorate the four restaurants online, beginning Tuesday, March 25.  The first auction on Orbitbid.com will feature more than 600 items from the Sam’s Joint in Coopersville.  Subsequent online auctions will include memorabilia from the Middleville, Plainwell and Norton Shores restaurants.

Bravata opened the first of his nine Sam’s Joint restaurants in Caledonia in 1977.  The collectibles he used to decorate each restaurant came from all around the state of Michigan.

April and May at the MMA

April and May at the MMA
April and May at the MMA The Muskegon Museum of Art’s spring program palette offers a colorful array of programs and exhibitions for everyone this spring.  Every Thursday, 1:00–3:00 pmOpen Public ToursMeet on the upper level every Thursday for free exhibition tours led by MMA docents. Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-7:30 pmMiddle- and High Student ReceptionExpressions 2014: Muskegon County Annual Student Art Exhibition  Wednesday, April 2, Wednesday, 10:30 amFriends of Art Program: From Trash to Treasure The found objects that artist and FOA member Wanda Gringhuis Anderson upcycles to create her sculpture range from every-day to unique items and pieces of items which, assembled together in her elegant fashion, tell stories of universal appeal.