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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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Fredrik Meijer Gardens
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Loeschner Art Competition at Meijer Gardens is Accepting Entires

ArtPrize is but a few weeks away, but another art competition is already underway. The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is accepting two-dimensional entries for the annual Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition.

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Courtesy ABC Medianet
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‘Dancing With The Stars’ New Celebrity Cast Announced

"Dancing with the Stars" has revealed the cast of celebrities that will be competing in season 19, which kicks off Sept. 15.

Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews introduced the stars on "Good Morning America".

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Courtesy UICA
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Something Odd is Happening in Grand Rapids on September 13

Something odd, indeed, is happening. It's the UICA’s OddBall, presented by Law Weathers Attorneys and Counselors, on September 13, 2014 at 7pm. This is UICA’s signature fall gala, now in its fourth year, kicking off the contemporary arts season in West Michigan with a lively party celebrating UICA’s ArtPrize exhibition Collaboration. UICA's sponsors, friends, and fans will come together to raise funds for its year-round exhibitions and events. Many of the artists representing twenty collaborative ArtPrize entries will be at there with their works, including GR Makers, Aaron Nemec, the Actors’ Theatre, and Micah Silver with the Grand Rapids Symphony. The art installations, decor, entertainment, food and drink will happen on all four floors of UICA's building at 2 Fulton West.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Spies, CIA, Secret Service and Tales of Espionage at GVSU September 15

Cloak and dagger, spies, tales of espionage in the United States today often revolves around the NSA, Edward Snowden, Wikileaks and the CIA. But in the late 1700s, a tale of espionage and deceitful maneuvering took place that would change the history of the nation and the world

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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Grand Rapids Symphony Season Tickets Now on Sale to Public

The Grand Rapids Symphony's season ticket-holders are always offered first choice of tickets for a concert season. However, now it's the public's turn with tickets now available.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Winners Announced

Restaurant Week was another huge success in Grand Rapids, wrapping up Sunday, with thousand enjoying some fabulous food at over 60 restaurants. I tried several, and I certainly can vouch for some wonderful food.

However, food wasn't the only thing happening. There was the Grand Cocktail Competition, judged by a panel of judges, me included, and a public voting part of the contest as well.

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records
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Barbra Streisand’s ‘Partners’ Album To Be Released September 16th [Video]

If you're a Barbra Streisand fan, here's good news. Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand's "Partners" album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 new Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists.

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