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Winter Beer Festival tickets on sale December 1

Winter Beer Festival tickets on sale December 1

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

Tickets to the ninth annual Winter Beer Festival go on sale Sunday, December 1.  Passes will be available online only and are expected to sell out quickly.   For more information, visit the Michigan Brewers Guild website here.

The Winter Beer Festival will take place Saturday, February 22, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Transform booze into treats during free cooking class Nov. 9

Transform booze into treats during free cooking class Nov. 9

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--- Bring your own booze for a free cooking class at Amore Trattoria Italiana this weekend.

Saturday, Chef Jenna will teach amateur chefs how to make limoncello, cioccolacello and other treats.  Jmh Schwanke with uBloom will also be on hand to show visitors how to make “flower cocktails.” Those interested should bring the following ingredients:

Plans for new community center move forward

Plans for new community center move forward

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A new church and community center facility is taking shape near York Creek apartments.

After holding a public hearing, the Alpine Township Planning Commission unanimously approved the site plan by Land & Company on October 17.  Land & Company operates many apartment communities within West Michigan, including York Creek.

The new church and community center will be located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr.  Worship services will be non-denominational and open to everyone.  It’s unclear when the facility will be complete.

Crash the River Rascal promises visit for top Halloween poem

Crash the River Rascal promises visit for top Halloween poem

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The mascot of the West Michigan Whitecaps is looking for Halloween poems from elementary school children.

Crash the River Rascal is promising a one-hour classroom visit on Halloween to the child who pens his top pick.  The winning entry should be original, suspenseful and thrilling.  Crash and his Whitecaps friends will read all of the submissions and select one winner.

The classroom contest is open to all West Michigan schools, grades one through five.   All entries should include school name, address, teacher’s name and email, the child’s grad and the number of students in their class.  Entries are due 5 p.m. Thursday, October 24 and can be submitted via email to community@whitecapsbaseball.com or by mailing Whitecaps Halloween Writing Contest, P.O.

Auction September 28 to transform courthouse into museum

Auction September 28 to transform courthouse into museum

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Organizers are hoping for a bidding frenzy Saturday as the Rockford Area Historical Society holds a silent auction to help pay for the new Rockford Area Museum.

Bidding in the silent auction will begin at 10 a.m. at Rockford City Hall.  A live auction will kick off at 1 p.m. under a tent in the City Hall parking lot.  The entire event is expected to wrap up by 3 p.m. 

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

You don’t have to switch your TV to the Food Network tonight to catch an Iron Chef competition.

Eight teams of student chefs will try to out-cook one another Tuesday, September 24 during the 2013 Cascade Iron Chef competition.   Chefs from the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will prepare gourmet cuisine using the "secret ingredient" for a chance to take home the iron skillet award and a college scholarship.  WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will emcee the competition, which will be judged by a panel of local celebrities.  The judging panel includes:

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

A fundraiser to establish a scholarship fund in honor of Chef Mark Noseda will take place September 22.

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Sunday's fundraiser will run from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.