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My Town Comstock Park: Start-up to sell shirts to help hungry

My Town Comstock Park: Start-up to sell shirts to help hungry

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A Michigan T-shirt startup is getting ready to roll out a new line of shirts to help feed struggling families in West Michigan.

Starting March 17, Live Love Michigan will begin offering a line of custom-designed shirts to benefit Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.   Feeding America will pay nothing toward shirt production, and half of sales will be donated to the nonprofit.  That means each shirt sold will provide approximately 50 meals for Michiganders in need.

Since December, Live Love Michigan has raised more than $3,000 for four Michigan-based nonprofits through its Hold on to Hope campaign.

My Town: Bartenders compete for hunger relief

My Town: Bartenders compete for hunger relief

KENTWOOD, Mich.—TGI Fridays in Kentwood will be transformed into a drink-mixing Mecca next week, all for a good cause.

The restaurant, located at 3345 28th Street, is hosting a bartending competition for hunger relief.  Mixologists will show off their skills, pouring specialty drinks to guests.  Patrons can also take part in an auction, with proceeds benefitting the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.  DJ Sean Boney will be mixing the music for the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Comstock Park: Winter Beer Festival returns Feb. 22

My Town Comstock Park: Winter Beer Festival returns Feb. 22

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Winter is here, which means the return of Michigan beer to Fifth Third Ballpark.

The ninth annual Winter Beer Festival will take place Saturday, February 22, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.   The hoptastic event is once again sold out.

Last year,  a record crowd of up to 6,000 people took part in the event, tasting 625 different brews.  The Winter Beer Festival showcased drinks from 74 Michigan breweries, including a couple from the Upper Peninsula.  This year, the event has grown to include 88 breweries and nearly 800 beers.

Revenue from the festival will help cover operation costs for the Michigan Brewers Guild.  For more information, visit the Michigan Brewers Guild website here.

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C

Member of The Verve Pipe to sing for children in need

Member of The Verve Pipe to sing for children in need

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   West Michigan native Brian VanderArk is lending his voice to help children in need.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the singer-songwriter will host a concert at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids to benefit Feeding American West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.

VanderArk is a member of The Verve Pipe.  He will be joined by Channing and Quinn and Mark Sala for the special performance.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased at the Will Play For Food Foundation website here.  The goal is to send 5,000 meals to hungry children.

York Creek Community Center Offers Opportunities for Service

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (Sparta Adult Education Staff)--For Sparta Community Education, the new York Creek Community Center is the ideal place to host ESL (English as a Second Language) for adults wishing to learn English. 

On Jan. 18, numerous York Creek residents had the opportunity to sign up for upcoming classes there, as well as classes to help gain residents their GED (General Education Development Test).