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My Town: Movies in the Park promotes summer lineup through contest

My Town: Movies in the Park promotes summer lineup through contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is turning to local filmmakers, celebrities, officials and hometown heroes to hint to the lineup for this year’s Movies in the Park series.

DGRI released a video this week, hinting to the movies that will be featured in this year’s series.  Now through May 8, people who correctly name all of the films referenced in the video will be entered into a contest for a personal projector system to watch movies from the comfort of their home.  The survey contest is available here

My Town: Community invited to literacy discussion featuring mayor, superintendents and lit org

My Town: Community invited to literacy discussion featuring mayor, superintendents and lit org

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- SLD Read, formerly known as the Specialized Language Development Center, will host a State of Literacy discussion and breakfast on April 30th beginning at 8 a.m.

The event will take place at The ROC, 601 First Street NW, on Grand Rapids’ west side. All community members are invited to attend to discuss the literacy in the West Michigan community as well as learn about the organization’s expansion and rebrand. SLD Read is hosting the event to increase community awareness and understanding of literacy issues within the community. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet SLD Read staff, board, donors and tutors.

My Town Walker: Learn how to live off the land during May 15 workshop

My Town Walker: Learn how to live off the land during May 15 workshop

WALKER, Mich.—Learn how to live off the land more efficiently by attending the Spring Wild Edibles workshop at Blandford Nature Center next month.

On Thursday, May 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a Blandford naturalist will walk participants through Blandford’s forest to show them how plants have been used for sustenance for centuries.  Visitors will also get a chance to sample some of this season’s wild greens.

The workshop is $3 for members and $6 for non-members. Registration is required.  To sign up, call (616) 735-6240.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School is opening its own Grand River exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to participate in this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit, which opens at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town: Grand Rapids Film Festival April 9–13

My Town: Grand Rapids Film Festival April 9–13

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--The celebration of film and filmmaking comes to the public April 9 -13 in downtown Grand Rapids.

With 46 film screenings throughout the area, there is something for everyone. The public has the opportunity to check out student films, lectures, panels, documentaries and a production workshop throughout the five days. Families are also welcome to the Grand Rapids Public Museum to see family-friendly films, along with Saturday morning cartoons.

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At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.