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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.
Courtesy Opera Grand Rapids
Courtesy Opera Grand Rapids
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Opera Grand Rapids Hires New Chorus Master Dr. Patrick Coyle

Opera Grand Rapids announced today the hiring of Dr. Patrick Coyle as the company’s new Chorus Master, replacing Duane Davis who held the position for 31 years before retiring. Dr. Coyle will perform the crucial role of leading the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus and preparing its singers for each production.

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Courtesy Kent County Youth Fair
Courtesy Kent County Youth Fair
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Kent County Youth Fair Opens Monday August 10 in Lowell

The Kent County Youth Fair kicks off next week at the Lowell Fairgrounds.  Animals, rides, great entertainment, fair food, they have it all.

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Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Pajama Party at Cascade Township Park for Perseid Meteor Shower

Spread a blanket with other sky watchers and watch streaks of light dart overhead at the “Perseid Pajama Party.” The Grand Rapids Public Museum, in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association, announced today the return of this successful event to Cascade Township Park on August 12 and 13.

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Courtesy GrandJazzFest
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Top Jazz Performers Coming to GRandJazzFest August 15 and 16 in Downtown Grand Rapids

Some of the top names in jazz will be in town for the free fourth annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation. It's next weekend, August 15 and 16, at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Restaurant Week’s Grand Cocktail Competition is Wednesday

Eighteen talented bartenders and mixologists from Grand Rapids best restaurants will compete in the finals of the Grand Cocktail Competition this Wednesday, August 5th from 5 - 7:30 pm at Gravity Taphouse Grille located at 3210 Deposit Drive next to Northpointe Bank at the East Beltline and I-196 interchange.

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Jeff Gross/Getty Images
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Top Tips on Grilling Hamburgers

For us guys, it is a "guy" thing, cooking on that outdoor grill is king. Nothing better than standing over those flames, cooking some of foods finest. We're experts, right. Well, not exactly. So, I'm here to help.

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St. Cecilia Music Center Expands ArtPrize programming with New Critics’ Choice Music Awards & A Benefit Concert

During ArtPrize 2015, St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) will once again serve as the music hub, exhibiting 78 musical entries at 20 listening stations during the three weeks of ArtPrize. In addition to hosting the musical entries of ArtPrize, SCMC will award $10,000 in music prizes in five different genre categories. St Cecilia Music Center will also coordinate over 200 busking performances throughout the city and will present an ArtPrize Onstage performance on October 4 that will serve as a benefit concert for SCMC to help support music in ArtPrize.

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