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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, Andy also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, and probably is the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. Andy is originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, Andy stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. He moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where he met his wife Kathy. Andy is deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. He has served on the board of directors of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. He also assists the Salvation Army, DeGage Ministries, JDRF, Disability Advocates, Hope Network, and various other non-profit organizations. Interests: I love golf, travel, reading, dining out, theater and movies. And, of course my children and grandchildren. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 13 grandchildren. They have a busy life. Music: I love all kinds - especially jazz, blues, and classical, rock and pop hits. The best part about my job: The ability to make a difference in the community.
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Courtesy Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
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Behind the Scenes at Civic’s Beauty and the Beast

It's opening one week from tonight, Friday, November 18 at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, and the excitement is bubbling. Beauty and the Beast, based on the Academy Award®-winning, Disney animated feature, can't wait to hit the stage, and the West Michigan audience can't wait, either.

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They’re Tearing Down The Great Lakes Shipping Company

Change is always difficult in life, and when a favorite spot of yours, shop, theater, restaurant, bar, closes, you feel a loss. It had been a part of your life, and you hate to see it end.

I get a sad, nostalgic feeling when I drive by Breton Village, by way of Burton, now. The long running, classic watering hole/restaurant, Great Lakes Shipping Company is coming down. It closed in May, but they have now begun tearing it down. Sniff...sniff.

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Breakfast With Santa? Your Kids Will Love it!

How would your kids like to have breakfast with Santa Clause?

After all, with Santa coming to their house to leave some presents Christmas Eve, wouldn't it be a good idea if they could have breakfast with the jolly old elf before the big event? Of course!

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Comedy Central's Jeff Foxworthy Roast
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Bill Engvall Coming to DeVos Performance Hall

You're going to be laughing your, you know what, off at DeVos Performance Hall in February. Grammy nominated blue collar comedian, Bill Engvall, will perform 2 stand-up shows February 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM.

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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E.T. is Coming to DeVos Performance Hall This Weekend

There is a bunch of fun coming to DeVos Performance Hall this Friday and Saturday night. Grand Rapids Pops’ presentation of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial featuring the full-length 1982 movie, with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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“Movies NOT in the Park” Begins This Week at UICA

Here's something cool. FREE movies are coming to downtown Grand Rapids!

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Trick or Treat in Miami, Florida
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Tonight is the Ultimate Candy Haul Night. Do you Have a Favorite?

This may be a silly question, but what is your favorite Halloween candy? My answer just may be everything, but seriously, almost anything chocolate is my favorite.

Yes, Halloween is a spooky holiday and it's really fun to get all dressed up in a fancy costume, but the whole point of that is to get free candy from the neighbors. It's all about the candy loot.

Each year, millions of kids dress up and go around begging for candy, and they do not want crappy stuff, either, so forget trying to hand out raisins or packs of pencils or some such. Your yard will be TP'ed, fast.

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"Crowder"/Winter Jam
"Crowder"/Winter Jam
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Huge Christian Rock Concert Coming to Van Andel Arena

Winter Jam is coming back to the Van Andel Arena and it's expected to be a packed house.

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