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My Town Sparta: Freehand Band takes the stage for free performance July 23

My Town Sparta: Freehand Band takes the stage for free performance July 23

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta Town & Country Days is over, but the village isn't done celebrating summer. 

Concerts in Roger’s Park will return this Wednesday, July 23 when Freehand Band takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for the free performance, sponsored by Independent Bank and the Downtown Development Authority. The Sparta 4H Club will also be serving up taco salad, chips-n-cheese, deluxe nachos and ice cream floats.

Concerts in Roger’s Park run through Aug. 20. 

My Town Sparta: Duct tape contest July 17

My Town Sparta: Duct tape contest July 17

SPARTA, Mich.—From wallets to tuxedos, pretty much anything can be made out of duct tape these days.

Local artists are encouraged to show off their duct tape creations Thursday night during the Sparta Town & Country Days Duct Tape Contest.  Registration runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Balyeat Field.  All entries must be made solely from duct tape, and must be family friendly.  Each piece will be judged on workmanship, originality, degree of difficulty and use of color.  The winners from each of the four age categories will be announced at 7 p.m. The winners will take home $50; ribbons will also be handed out for best effort, most humorous, most creative and best use of fair theme.

For more information, visit the Sparta Town & Country Days website here.

My Town: Sparta Town & Country Days return July 16-20

My Town: Sparta Town & Country Days return July 16-20

SPARTA, Mich.—  A summertime tradition returns to Sparta next week.

Sparta Town & Country Days will take place July 16-20.  This year's theme is “Fun for the Whole Herd!” You can find the full schedule of events here.

Last year, intense heat took a toll on turnout for  Sparta Town & Country Days.  Organizers estimate 10,000 people participated in the event, down from about 14,000 the year prior.

My Town: North Kent Community Services introduces new outreach program

My Town: North Kent Community Services introduces new outreach program

ROCKFORD, Mich.—North Kent Community Services is expanding its community outreach.

The nonprofit is looking for women and children for its new program, called Thrive.  Thrive is aimed at helping struggling Kent County residents become self-sufficient through education and training.  The program starts Monday, Sept 22 with weekly classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Those interested do not need to be a current client of NKCS to take part in Thrive. For more information, contact program director Cherie Elahl at (616) 866-3478 ext. 109.

North Kent Community Services currently serves low-income families in the Cedar Springs, Rockford and Sparta areas through a comprehensive food pantry and resource center.       

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—During this year’s ArtPrize, one artist’s masterpiece will be gracing the tables and bars at breweries throughout greater Grand Rapids.

This is the second year for the city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest, which is growing with the help of Experience Grand Rapids and Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries. 

“The Beer City Coaster Contest was an idea the leadership team of the SpringHill Suites North created in 2013 to celebrate the calibration of local breweries and the local art scene,” said Rachel Crowther, general manager of Pillar Hotel & Resorts Area. “The contest was a way for our hotel to create an art event, ‘ArtNight’, which showcased the original coaster artwork and celebrated the unique beer scene only found in Beer City USA.  After a successful contest and ArtNight in 2013, it was only fitting to see the contest grow and evolve in 2014 to a larger city wide contest.”

My Town: Sparta to hold Memorial Walk and Service Monday, May 26

My Town: Sparta to hold Memorial Walk and Service Monday, May 26

SPARTA, Mich.--  The Village of Sparta will mark Memorial Day on Monday with a memorial walk and service, beginning at 10 a.m.

The walk will begin at Greenwood Cemetery and end at Lamoreaux Park.  Anyone willing and able is invited to fall behind the color guard and parade to the park, where a memorial service will follow.

  • Memorial walk at Greenwood Cemetery at 10:00 a.m.
  • Memorial Service at Lamoreaux Park, 150 Park Street, at 10:30 a.m.

The event is hosted by American Legion Post 107 in coordination with the Sparta Township Historical Commission.

My Town Sparta: Memorial Day Walk May 26

My Town Sparta: Memorial Day Walk May 26

SPARTA, Mich.—Community members are invited to join the Village of Sparta’s Memorial Walk, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26.

Anyone willing and able is encouraged to fall behind the color guard during the procession, which will kick off at Greenwood Cemetery and end at Lamoreaux Park.  A memorial service will follow immediately after, around 10:30 a.m.

This year’s Memorial Day event is hosted by the American Legion Post 107 in coordination with the Sparta Township Historic Commission.