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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 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 grand children. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 8 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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Holland’s Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival Makes for Exciting Weekends

Much fun and celebration of the Latino culture is this weekend and next in Holland, during  the 16th Annual Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival (Tulips in spanish).

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Franciscan Life Process Center
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It’s Time to Run With the Nuns

It's time, once again, to Run from....errr....wait a minute, With, the Nuns.

Seriously, the second annual, very fun, Franciscan Rhythms 5K Trail Run/Walk is fast approaching on Saturday, October 1st. It will be through the rolling hills of the Franciscan Life Process Center 230-acre property. This unique race will feature seven live music stations along a 3.1 mile loop that winds through meadows and woods near the peak of autumn in West Michigan.

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Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Does Anybody Work at Target?

Okay, my headline, Does Anybody Work at Target, is a bit facetious, but let me set up this story.

My wife Kathy and I were out shopping Saturday, and stopped at Target for a few things. As we were finding what we needed, I was struck by the fact that I hadn't seen a single  "red-shirted" target employee. At the check out, for sure, but not in the rest of the store and isles. I wanted to find an umbrella, so began looking for someone to ask where they might be. It was a long trip.

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Andy Rent
Andy Rent
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What’s Better Than an Accordion Player Serenading you at Dinner

We're blessed with a wealth of fine restaurants in Grand Rapids, and it's always difficult to choose between them all. That is, unless you want some sure-fire fun with your meal, like an accordion.

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Bobby Guy/Townsquare Media
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Paul McCartney’s “One on One” Tour Shatters Sales Record for Van Andel Arena

Paul McCartney concerts break records wherever they play, and Grand Rapids is no different. The Van Andel Arena McCartney concert broke venue sales records to become the highest grossing show in its 20 year history. It was THE hottest ticket in town!

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9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit and Scout Salute at Ford Museum This Weekend

Grand Rapids is proud to be hosting the "9/11 Never Forget" mobile exhibit again this year, at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum.  Beginning today at 2:30 p.m., through Sunday, September 11, the exhibit will be open to the public in the parking lot of the museum. And,  in addition, it is the 15th Annual Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute on Sunday.

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San Chez Bistro/Andy Rent
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Brunch at San Chez is a Delicious Discovery

I'm back on by "best breakfast/brunch" in Grand Rapids, so Kathy and I decided to try San Chez Bistro, downtown Grand Rapids. Known as one of the best Tapas restaurants in the midwest, who know they killed it for breakfast.

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Cathedral of Saint Andrew Hosting Day of Prayer for Peace This Friday

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids is hosting an Interfaith Day of Prayer for Peace to unite the community in a time of racial and political division. The Grand Rapids celebration is part of a national Day of Prayer called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Day of Prayer will be celebrated across the United States to stress the need to find additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and pervasive gun violence.

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Courtesy ArtPrize
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Meijer Gardens to be Big Part of ArtPrize 2016

It's hard to believe, but ArtPrize is nearly here. It opens September 21, and that's not far away. Are you excited? I am, and can't wait to see what the 8th annual competition brings us.

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