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Four Irish Bands to perform at Sparta's Celtic Festival

Four Irish Bands to perform at Sparta's Celtic Festival

On Saturday, August 10th, Sparta will sponsor the fourth annual Celtic Festival from 10am until 10pm, rain or shine. This is the only free Celtic Festival in Michigan, to quote the co-chair person, Kris Murphy. There will be two stages for the bands in Rogers Park and other locations in the area.

There will be bagpipers along with a beer tent, vendors and other activities. Some of the bands participating will be The Waxies, named to be the best Irish band in Michigan, Paddy’s Cure, Peat in the Creel and the Billies. Dancers and local fiddlers will entertain also.

West Michigan’s own Lee Mulder will kick off the festival bringing her solo act to the Rogers Park Main Stage located at 120 N. State St.

Strike a pose at new studio in downtown Sparta

Strike a pose at new studio in downtown Sparta

SPARTA, Mich.— A new business in Sparta is inviting everyone to come in and strike a pose.

On Wednesday, August 7, members of the Sparta Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon to Soaring Kite Yoga (SKY), located at 147 E. Division. The new studio features foot-friendly bamboo flooring and walls covered in element-inspired murals created by David Marfia.

SKY's yoga instructor, who has taught internationally, offers one-hour sessions on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  For more information, visit SKY’s website here.

Sparta prepares for a Celtic invasion August 10

Sparta prepares for a Celtic invasion August 10

SPARTA, Mich.—The banners are up in downtown, and now the community awaits a Celtic invasion.

Celts will take over Rogers Park this weekend as the Sparta Celtic Festival returns August 10.  This year’s event will feature performances by the Shannon Irish Dance Academy, kilt and clan contests, as well as art vendors, bag pipers and food and craft brews.

The 4th Annual Sparta Celtic Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Indoor picnic and party for Kent County seniors August 9

Indoor picnic and party for Kent County seniors August 9

 A non-profit organization supporting Kent County’s older community is planning an indoor picnic for Friday, August 9.

The Senior Neighbors, Inc. Senior Picnic will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Grandville High School, located at 4700 Canal Ave. SW.  The event is open to all Kent County residents age 60 and older.  The cost is $4 per person and includes lunch, music, entertainment, door prizes and photo opportunities.  This year’s theme is “Passport Around the World.”

Organizers say last year, approximately 400 seniors took part in the celebration.

Senior Neighbors has centers in My Town Grand Rapids South, Grandville, Lowell, Sparta, Walker and Grand Rapid Central.

Family Farm & Home opening a new store

 Family Farm & Home opening a new store

SPARTA, Mich.-- The former Pamida building located at 53 Applewood Dr. will be the location for the new Family Farm & Home store coming to Sparta.

The Muskegon-based Family Farm & Home business is expected to open this 27th store by late August 2013. The new facility is expected to include lawn and garden, hardware, automotive, agriculture, sporting goods, clothing, toys and pet departments. There will be something for everyone, giving the community a shopping alternative that has been missing from the area since Pamida closed its doors last year.

Check out www.familyfarmandhome.com for more information about the store coming to your town.

Howard Christensen Nature Center offers Senior Stroll on Fridays

Howard Christensen Nature Center offers Senior Stroll on Fridays

Starting Friday, August 2, seniors are welcome to visit the Howard Christian Nature Center (HCNC) to reap the health benefits of walking while enjoying nature. 

The HCNC's Senior Stoll is about a mile long and slow-paced so participants can stop and enjoy the sights and sounds along the trail.  Senior Stroll runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through fall.  No pre-registration is required but a donation of $4.50 is encouraged.

The HCNC is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive NE in Kent City.  For more information, call  (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

Ada helps fellow firefighters in Texas town

ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- People from as far away as Saudi Arabia are backing the Ada Fire Department's effort to help fellow firefighters affected by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

After getting a new fire engine, the Ada Fire Department struck a deal with township officials: donate the old fire truck to Abbott, Texas and we'll come up with the money to bring it there.  And so the fire department's t-shirt drive was born. 

The Ada Fire Department started with 50 specialty shirts on July 4 and ran out fast. Lt. David Murray says restaurants and organizations have been inviting them out to sell the shirts. The fire department sold about 100 of the shirts during Sparta Town & Country Days, and has also taken orders at McDonald's, Vitale's and other businesses.  So far Ada firefighters have sold more than 1,100 shirts to people in 13 states and Canada, as well as U.S. troops based in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.