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KDL’s Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Earlier this year I wrote about the Kent District Library's Word Wise, KDL’s ninth annual teen poetry contest. It was open to all, aspiring, teem poets.

Well, it's in the books, and it was once again a huge success thanks to all the great teen poets out there.  This year there were about 200 entries that the KDL staff reviewed.  Once they narrowed down the entries, the "official" judge, David Cope took over.  David is a creative writing professor at Grand Rapids Community College as well as the current Grand Rapids Poet Laureate. He selected 7 winners and 1 honorable mention. Congratulations to the winning poets!  Here they are.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Society Holds Annual Meeting and Elects New Board Members

One of the true treasures of Grand Rapids is our Grand Rapids Symphony.

The Symphony has been performing the classics and pops since 1930, and the Grammy nominated orchestra is rated one of the top regional symphonies in the country.

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East Grand Rapids Library
East Grand Rapids Library
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Art is on Display at the East Grand Rapids Library

Grand Rapids is fortunate to have fine art galleries.  The Grand Rapids Art Museum is world class, and Kendall College, in partnership with Ferris State has some wonderful galleries.

Grand Valley State University has the Gordon Gallery in their downtown campus DeVos Center, and proudly displays their extensive collection throughout the downtown and Allendale campuses

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Grand Rapids Heritage Hill Home Tour Is This Weekend!

It's been moved to the Spring and if this is the first you've heard about it, it's happening this weekend! The Heritage Hills 43rd Annual Weekend Tour of Homes happens Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th.

It's a chance to go back in time as families in the Heritage Hills neighborhood open up their beautiful homes to the public.  Hours are 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Noon to 6 pm on Sunday.

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Meijer Gardens Concert Amphitheater
Meijer Gardens Concert Amphitheater
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Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series Tickets On Sale To General Public

Tickets for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture 10th annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series went on sale to the public Saturday at 9 a.m., and are they going fast.

Meijer Gardens members got first crack in April, and bought out several shows, but with an expanded concert series, you still have plenty of shows to see.

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Master Grilling Cook-Off AND Arts and Crafts Fair, Garfield Park

Summer is just around the corner and besides swimming, yard work, and an increase in outside fun and leisure, let's not forget about grilling!

The Popular Master Grilling Cook-Off is back and is going to be held at the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association's annual Arts and Crafts Fair

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Grand Rapids Symphony
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Grand Rapids Symphony Presents Season Finale Concert

The Grand Rapids Symphony closes it 82nd Season with a collaborative collage concert.

This weekend, at 8 pm, Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, David Lockington will lead two performances of "Heavens Above, Earth Below," along with combining dances of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, two world premieres - one a tribute to former First Lady Betty Ford - and the epic "Alpine Symphony."

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St. Cecilia Music Center
St. Cecilia Music Center
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St. Cecilia Music Center is Musical ArtPrize Exhibition Center

St. Cecilia Music Center announced that they will continue, and enhance their role of music in ArtPrize 2012.

New this year will be five cash prizes given in five different musical genres. St. Cecilia Music Center will be presenting five $2,000 awards, plus prize packages, in the categories of pop/electronic, rock/blues, folk/country, jazz and classical. The winners will be chosen by the popular vote on the ArtPrize website.

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“Festival” is the First of June and They’re Looking for Art Now

We all just call it "Festival."  A fun, three-day annual Grand Rapids event held downtown.  The streets are full of people, food, music, dance, all forms of performance, and of course, ART!  After all, it is "Festival of the Arts."

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The Addams Family
The Addams Family
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The “Addams Family” Coming to DeVos Performance Hall for Broadway Grand Rapids

May 22nd through May 26th, Grand Rapids welcomes the Addams.  They're moving in for a weeks run at DeVos Performance Hall as Broadway Grand Rapids closes out their season.

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Join Me, Kim Carson, For ARTFEAST3, A Benefit For H.I.S Thursday Night

If you missed my interview with Deidre DeHaan, hear it here...This turned out to be a busy time of year for me.  Last weekend it was the Autism Support of Kent County Walkathon, this Saturday morning I will meet up with all of you at Rosa Parks Circle for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and this Thursday night I will be hosting ArtFeast3 with Steve Groenink, at the Thousand Oaks Golf Club, in the Grand Oaks Ballroom!  It's all to benefit H.I.S, Health Intervention Services, right here in Grand Rapids.

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“La Boheme” May 4 and 5 at DeVos Performance Hall

One of the worlds most beloved Opera's will be May 4th and 5th in DeVos Performance Hall.

Opera Grand Rapids presents Puccini's "La Boheme."  It's an opera starring the original bohemians; the poet, the painter, the musician and the philosopher.  La Boheme is a love story with the expected tragic ending.  In it love blossoms on Christmas Eve when sweet Mimi’s candle goes out as she meets Rodolfo.

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