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Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

HOLLAND, Mich. – While most Hope College students were beginning their classes, 39 of their peers and three faculty members were busy participating in the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Saginaw Jan. 7-12.

Students are nominated to participate in the festival based on work created during the previous calendar year.  In addition to being chosen to attend, multiple Hope students received further recognition during the event.

Hope theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe chairs the regional organization, which this year included 1,300 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  In addition, more than 50 guest artists participated from all over the United States and Canada.

Several students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions based on their performance in a production at Hope during 2013, with two receiving semi-finalist or finalist recognition.

Spring Lake District Library holds readings of another kind with psychic

Spring Lake District Library holds readings of another kind with psychic

SPRING LAKE, Mich.-Wondering what the future holds for you in the coming year?

Consult with psychic Mary Miller at Spring Lake District Library on Sat., Jan. 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Back by popular demand, Miller will be offering free individual readings at the library.  Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.sllib.org or call (616) 846-5770 to register.

West Michigan residents may be familiar with Mary’s readings as she is featured on the popular “Ask the Psychic” segments on WZZM 13 lifestyle show, "Take Five and Company" each month.

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Folias Flute and Guitar Duo to perform at Spring Lake District Library

Folias Flute and Guitar Duo to perform at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Jazz, tango and the music of Astor Piazzolla will be featured Sunday, Jan. 19 during the  Music by the Fireplace concert series at Spring Lake District Library.

Folias Flute and Guitar Duo, featuring flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, will perform from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The concert is free and the public is welcome.

Folias was founded in 2003 by husband and wife Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron.  Maret and Bergeron combine their classical music training, experience as tango dancers and bandleaders, and their love of Argentinian music legend Astor Piazzolla during their unique performances.  The duo has received critical acclaim for their four albums on the Blue Griffin recording label. They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events in the U.S., Europe and Argentina. To sample their music visit foliasmusic.com.

Former radio talk show host to speak on 'self transformation' at Loutit District Library

Former radio talk show host to speak on 'self transformation' at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Learn how to master yourself and reach your highest potential for 2014.

Join Marni Verran, former radio show host of "Marni & Patty's Happy Hour" and "Authentically Speaking with Marni," at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 9 for a fun and insightful discussion on how to achieve sustained change in all areas of one's life. Attendees will learn how to master and reach their highest potential to start 2014 with the right mindset.

Rep. Amanda Price to hear resident concerns Jan. 3

Rep. Amanda Price to hear resident concerns Jan. 3

SPRING LAKE, Mich.— Michigan House Republican Amanda Price is inviting community members to share their concerns with her as she holds local office hours at the Spring Lake District Library.

Price will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 at the library, located at 123 E. Exchange St.  All area residents are welcome to stop buy during that time; appointments are not necessary.

People who cannot attend can contact Price in Lansing by calling (888) 238-1008 or by emailing amandaprice@house.mi.gov.

Free Photography Class at Spring Lake District Library

Free Photography Class at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Amateur photographers are invited to sharpen their skills during a free photography class at Spring Lake District Library on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Professional photographer Jack Adams of Adams Studio will share his expertise about digital SLR cameras. The class is designed for the beginning to intermediate level photographer. Adams will explain how digital cameras work and how to use the various buttons, dials, and lenses to achieve consistent results.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras (and instruction manuals if possible) to class.

For more information about the class, contact the library at (616) 846-5770. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the upcoming Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

The competition is designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to showcase their talents.  Students are asked to produce a 30 second public service announcement promoting building character, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity.  Filmmakers are asked to target one of two audiences: kindergarten through 6th grade students or 7th through 12th grade students.  The winning work will be used in classrooms.

The deadline for submitting a PSA is Feb. 7, 2014 with a $10 registration fee; students who submit an entry by Jan. 17 pay only $5 for registration.  For more information on the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival, visit the competition website here.