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WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com

My Town Sparta: Prayer for the Farmers May 24

My Town Sparta: Prayer for the Farmers May 24

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Chamber of Commerce is encouraging community members to take part in "Prayer for the Farmers" Saturday, May 24.

Starting at 10 a.m., community members will be praying for a successful growing season for area farmers, as well as giving thanks.  The non-denominational event will take place at Mamrelund Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 4085 Lutheran Church Road in Kent City. 

This is the third year for Prayer for the Farmers.

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 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: Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition returns

My Town: Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition returns

The Mary Free Bed Guild welcomes the public to the 32nd annual Fine Arts Exhibition.

This event showcases works by physically challenged Michigan artists, while promoting awareness and education. The Mary Free Bed Guild will purchase select artwork for permanent display in the hospital. Remaining pieces may be for sale, at the discretion of the artists.

This exhibition takes place at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, located at 235 Wealthy Street SE in Grand Rapids, and is open through August 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows: