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See your film on the big screen during the Kent County Teen Film Festival

See your film on the big screen during the Kent County Teen Film Festival

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—CompuCraft, Celebration! Cinema and the Kent District and Grand Rapids Public libraries are teaming up to find the next Steven Spielberg.

The Kent County Teen Film Festival is coming in February 2014.  The event gives young filmmakers a chance to see their movie on the big screen.  Submissions are due January 17, but the libraries will be offering filmmaking classes beforehand.  Classes include video writing, drawing storyboards, filming and video editing.

All short films must be written, directed and edited by teenagers in grades 6-12.  The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Kent County. The films must be created after January 1, 2013, be ten minutes or less and must be G or PG-rated.  For more information about rules, regulations and deadlines for the Kent County Teen Film Festival, click here.

Breweries create new beer to support trees

Breweries create new beer to support trees

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Seventeen area breweries are showing their support for trees by creating a new brew.

Each brewery will have its own version of craft tree beer on tap from Sunday, August 4 to Saturday, August 10.  The brewers used ingredients such as maple, oak and cherry to make their tree-inspired beer.  For each pint of craft tree beer sold, select breweries will donate $1 to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project.  The remaining breweries are organizing other events and promotions to benefit the Urban Forest Project. The money will be used to create an official Brewers Grove within the city.

Participating breweries include:

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!

 

Deadline for new recreational park nears

Deadline for new recreational park nears

SPARTA, Mich.—Developers have just one more day to submit their proposals for Sparta’s new recreational park.

The Sparta Recreational Authority set a deadline of July 30 for contractor proposals.

The new facility will be located on more than 89 acres of land located on North State Street.  The finished site will include trails, baseball/softball fields, rugby/soccer/football fields and a Frisbee golf/sledding area.  The SRA hopes to have the entire park complete by 2015.

ChoiceOne Bank backs Coopersville tradition

ChoiceOne Bank backs Coopersville tradition

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank is throwing its support behind a Coopersville tradition.

The bank announced Friday that it will donate $1,000 to the 23rd annual Del Shannon Car Show, held August 9-10.

About 800 vehicles from every decade will line historic Main Street during the car show, which is named after rock and roll sensation and Coopersville native Del Shannon. The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a cruise through downtown.  The car show is expected to attract up to 80,000 people downtown.

New president takes over Sparta Sports Boosters

New president takes over Sparta Sports Boosters

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Sports Boosters group officially has a new president.

John Douglass handed over the keys and gavel to new President Amy Stoutjesdyk Miedzielec earlier this month.

According to the group’s Facebook page, Miedzielec was voted in to office during the June 18 meeting, along with Vice President Clary Cnossen, Secretary Irene Roberts and Treasurer Joann Yates.

West Michigan Archery Center closer to construction

West Michigan Archery Center closer to construction

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Algoma Township officials are reviewing bids from companies interested in building the West Michigan Archery Center.

The new facility will be part of a larger sports complex on 10 Mile Rd in Rockford.  The proposed 9,700 square foot archery center will feature an indoor range and a 90 meter national tournament range, as well as 3-D courses for all ages.  The deadline for construction bids was July 22.

The non-profit West Michigan Archery Center was established in June 2011, as more youth archery programs began popping up, and interest in the sport grew. The Easton Foundation was so impressed with the WMAC’s program and proposed facility, it donated $250,000 towards the project.  From there, state grants and local donations followed.