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ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, August 24.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

Road closures announced ahead of 28th Street Metro Cruise

Road closures announced ahead of 28th Street Metro Cruise

WYOMING, Mich.  – The City of Wyoming is announcing road closures as the 28th Street Metro Cruise rolls back into town.

Michael Avenue from 28th Street south to Plaza Drive will be closed  from 4 p.m. Friday, August 23 to midnight Saturday, August 24 for the annual event.

The Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce began the 28th Street Metro Cruise in 2005 as a way to drive more business to the corridor after M-6 opened.  The annual event has since grown to attract more than 250,000 visitors every year, with more than 15,000 vehicles on display. 

The two-day event features a pin-up girl contest, red carpet car show and music.   For more information, visit the Metro Cruise website here.

White car to be bathed in pink during 'Aim for the Cure' August 24

White car to be bathed in pink during 'Aim for the Cure' August 24

WYOMING, Mich. – A white car will be bathed in pink paint Saturday,  August 24 as Car City hosts its  “Aim for the Cure” fundraiser.

The family-owned used car dealership is inviting people out to enjoy $1 hot dogs, free water and shooting paintballs at a white car.  Potential paintballers must donate $1 for each shot or pay $5 for 10 paintballs.  Car City will match all the proceeds, which will go to Susan G. Komen of West Michigan. 

“We look forward to our role in helping the Susan G. Komen of West Michigan in its mission to save lives and increase awareness,” said Jeff Baker, president of Car City. “This is a very important cause and we’re proud to be able to support the inspirational work of this organization.” 

Car City is located at 1515 28th St. SW in Wyoming.  For more information, call (616) 249-2000.

Free screenings and kids' activities during health festival August 17

Free screenings and kids' activities during health festival August 17

WYOMING, Mich.—A free faith-based health festival is coming to Lamar Park.

Michigan Blues is teaming up with the Grand Rapids Pastors Association and local churches for the August 17 event.  The health festival is part of the 15th annual Dia de Clamor. It will feature free health screenings, giveaways and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a soccer clinic.

The health festival will run from noon until 4 p.m.  Lamar Park is located at 2561 Porter Street in Wyoming.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, August 10. 

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • August 24: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

The director of Kent District Library (KDL) reviewed the organization’s performance during the East Grand Rapids City Commission meeting August 5.

According to the annual report, patrons checked out about 6.1 million books from KDL in 2012; that’s about half a million fewer than the prior year. However, the report indicates digital book checkouts nearly doubled during that same time period to 370,914.

Based on the report, KDL saw declines in total check-outs, branch visitors and library program attendance in 2012.  However, computer log-ins and summer reading club participation rose.   While KDL’s total expenditures were higher than library revenue, the fund balance covered the $107,521 difference.

Kent District Library operates 18 branches throughout Kent County, serving more than 350,000 people.