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American Red Cross is out for blood

American Red Cross is out for blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s Halloween time, and the American Red Cross is out for blood. 

This month, the organization is partnering up with the Grand Rapids Ballet to offer donors a buy one, get one free coupon to the company’s performance of “Dracula.”

“Much like Dracula needed blood to stay alive, thousands of hospital patients also need this precious resource to survive,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager with the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. 

This year’s production of Dracula returns with a newly orchestrated score and updated scenery and projections.

The American Red Cross will be holding blood drives at the following locations:

Danish Festival announces winners of 2013 photo contest

Danish Festival announces winners of 2013 photo contest

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Danish Festival organizers are announcing the winners of this year’s photo contest.

In the adult category, Eren Berry Smith took the top spot.  Trisha Haist and Faith Watson placed second and third, respectively.  Ireland Stander won the child category.  Dannah Gunn placed second.

The public is encouraged to see the winning photos, which will be on display at the Flat River Community Library until September 30.  Photographers are asked to call the Danish Festival Office at (616) 754-6369 before picking up their ribbons on any Tuesday or Thursday in October.  

From ashes to art: Whites Bridge creation being auctioned off for rebuild

From ashes to art:  Whites Bridge creation being auctioned off for rebuild
A supporter of Rebuild Whites Bridge has transformed pieces of the historic landmark into art, in hopes of generating more funding to rebuild the bridge.

 

Howard Larsen’s latest work features an old photo of Whites Bridge, framed with pieces of charred oak from the bridge, which were salvaged shortly after an intentionally set fire destroyed the landmark on July 7. This is the second of three pieces that will feature the photo; after that, the group intends to use the photo solely for t-shirts. 

 

The first framed photo by Larsen sold for $425.  Proceeds from the sale went to the Whites Bridge rebuild project. The second framed photo is being auctioned off on the Rebuild Whites Covered Bridge Facebook page.  The auction runs until 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 13. 

 

Little Free Libraries program expanding in Greenville

Little Free Libraries program expanding in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A literacy program finding success at two Greenville schools is expanding.

Little Free Libraries is a grassroots initiative to push people to read more.  The program, which is available at Baldwin Heights and Cedar Crest elementary schools, allows visitors to borrow a book from a mailbox-type receptacle at no cost.

The district says additional Little Free Libraries are already in the works for Walnut Hills and Lincoln Heights elementary schools, and the program may expand to local businesses in the near future.  The effort is being led by several staff members from Greenville Public Schools.

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.

Whites Bridge recovery effort slated for Monday

Whites Bridge recovery effort slated for Monday

A group focused on rebuilding a historic bridge in Ionia County is one step closer to their goal.

“Rebuild Whites Bridge” announced on Facebook Tuesday that volunteers will pull the remains of the fire-ravaged landmark from the Flat River Monday, using financial and equipment donations.    The group claims their effort will save the county about $60,000 in recovery costs.  The Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge Committee plans to use the remaining donations to rebuild the bridge.

The group is still selling t-shirts to fund the rebuilding efforts.  For more information about the fundraiser, click here.

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!