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At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town Sparta: Easter Eggstravaganza moving

My Town Sparta: Easter Eggstravaganza moving

SPARTA, Mich.—An Easter time tradition in Sparta is moving.

The Sparta Eggstravaganza this year will take place at Sparta Church of the Nazarene, located at 665 13 Mile Road.  The Easter egg hunt is Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Volunteers will hide more than 4,000 eggs for the event, which will include candy, prizes, games and much more. Admission is $1 per child.  

Sparta Church of the Nazarene is looking for approximately 50 volunteers to pull off the egg hunt, as well as candy donations.  For more information on how you can help, visit the church's website.

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town Sparta: Chamber names featured films for Movies in The Park

My Town Sparta: Chamber names featured films for Movies in The Park

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Chamber of Commerce is naming the featured films for this year’s Movies in the Park.

On August 1, “The Nut Job” will take over the big screen in Roger’s Park. According to the Chamber’s Facebook page,  “The Nut Job” is about Surly,  a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store.

On August 22, Roger’s Park will welcome the Oscar Award winning feature film, Frozen.  In this family friendly film, the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa.  To break the icy spell, the queen’s sister Anna teams up with a mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer, Sven.

My Town Sparta: Spring Bazaar Craft Show March 22

My Town Sparta: Spring Bazaar Craft Show March 22

SPARTA, Mich.—Even if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, Mamrelund Lutheran Church will celebrate spring next month with its Bazaar Craft Show. 

More than 35 vendors are expected to showcase their wares during the event, which is March, 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mamrelund Community Center. General admission is $1; children 12 and under get in free.  The craft show will also include a bake sale lunch.

Mamrelund Community Center is located at 4085 Lutheran Church Road in Kent City.

My Town Sparta: High school hosts musical about maritime disaster

My Town Sparta: High school hosts musical about maritime disaster

SPARTA, Mich.—The story of one of the worst maritime disasters in history will unfold on stage at Sparta High School this weekend.

Four more performances of “Titanic the Musical” are scheduled:

  • Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

“Boarding passes” are $7 for students and seniors and $7.50 for adults.  Passes can be purchased at the door ahead of each performance.  To reserve seating, call (616) 887-7505 ext. 2902.

15th annual Spartan Idol begins March 17

15th annual Spartan Idol begins March 17

SPARTA, Mich.—The search for the next Spartan Idol begins in just one more month.

The 15th annual Spartan Idol will be held March 17, 18 and 20 in the Sparta High School auditorium.  The entire community is invited to showcase their talents- from singing, dancing and acting to performing a comedy routine or playing an instrument.  The show starts at 7 p.m.

The deadline to register for Spartan Idol is March 1.  For more information, contact Jane Marolf at (616) 887-8213.