The Meijer State Games of Michigan has been awarded the 2013 Extraordinary Event/Organization Award by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. This award recognizes organizations or events that encourage others to make healthy choices by teaching, volunteering, role modeling or other community involvement. In its fourth year, the Meijer State Games of Michigan serves the mission of the West Michigan Sports Commission as its signature event by providing Michigan residents an Olympic experience that motivates them to stay active, improve their lifestyle to enjoy a better quality of life. Eric Engelbarts, Executive Director of the Meijer State Games, accepted the award on behalf of the West Michigan Sports Commission, “I would like to thank the Michigan Fitness Foundation and Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports for empowering events like ours that celebrate healthy choices. I would also like to thank the Meijer family and corporation for their continued support as well as the rest of our corporate sponsors.” Engelbarts continued, “Congratulations to our athletes, who are the true face of this event, for all of their remarkable accomplishments and making the Meijer State Games of Michigan the 2013 Governor’s Council Extraordinary Event.” The fourth annual Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games will be held June 21-23, 2013 and feature over 6,000 athletes in 35 sports competing for gold, silver and bronze medals.
Arts & Entertainment
Don’t know what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Well, bring her down to the American Legion in Rockford this Saturday evening for a gift she’s not likely to forget for a very long time. That’s right. The American Legion is hosting the legendary Elvis tribute artist Mr. Curt Lechner. Curt has performed to sell out crowds across the U.S. and Canada, including White Sox Park, The House of Blues, All State Arena, and Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas. Curt will be adding a special bonus performance of songs performed by another singing legend, the great, Engelbert Humperdinck, in his newest show , “Engelbert meets Elvis”. This fun filled evening is sure to melt Mom’s heart and have her waking up on Mother’s Day with a smile on her face. So, bring “Mom” to Rockford this Saturday evening May 11th at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00) for an evening of fun, smiles and laughter. (oh, and bring dad too:) American Legion Merritt Lamb Post 102 , 330 Rockford Park Rd (just north of Rockford on the corner of Northland Drive and Rockford Park Rd).
On May 2, 2013, both the 7th grade Concert Band and 8th grade Symphonic Band from North Rockford Middle School traveled to Big Rapids High School to perform at the State Band Festival. Both received Superior Division I ratings as well as earning a Superior Division I rating from the sight reading judge. Sight reading is the portion of the festival where the students have five minutes to learn a piece of music they have never played or seen before and then perform it for a judge. To perform at the State Band Festival, bands need to receive superior ratings at their District Band Festival. Both the 7th and 8th grade bands received Superior Division I ratings at the District 10 Band Festival held at Grandville High School on February 28, 2013. This marked the twelfth consecutive year that the Symphonic Band received a superior rating and the tenth year the Concert Band received the same honor at the District 10 Band Festival.
Top male choir in United States to be featured at Saturday event Songs, samples, grills and grub will be found at the eighth annual Grillapalooza kick-off to the summer grilling season at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Drive in Rockford. Just as exciting, the event will be a chance to hear the number one-ranked United States men’s choir throughout the days events, which run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each year the Grillapalooza offers visitors the chance to learn grilling techniques, enjoy free samples, play in the kids tent, view work of area artists and more. The returning star, the Big Green Egg, will face some competition for attention in the Rockford ACES men’s chorale who will sing during the day, showing off the talent that has lead them to be the top young male choir in the United States. Those who miss this event and the chance to hear this world-class (literally) group may have to book tickets to Latvia for another chance to hear the a cap pel la men’s ensemble. In 2014 the World Choir Games will take place in Riga, Latvia where the group will perform. Herman’s Boy has donated a Big Green Egg to the group to raffle as a fundraiser to help cover the costs of traveling to the world competition. Although the raffle will not take place during Grillapalooza, visitors will learn how and when they will have the chance to buy tickets for the upcoming chance to win an Egg. Each year Herman’s Boy chooses a worthy cause to benefit from Grillapalooza, last year donating egg for raffle to help the Rockford Area Historical Society to raise funds for the new museum, currently under construction. This year the Rockford ACES were easy to pick as a local group doing their part to make Rockford proud. The extracurricular group returned in July of 2012 after earning a spot in the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati (considerably closer than Latvia). There the group competed in two categories, earning top silver medals in each. In the Young Males Choirs category they finished third overall in the world and were the top choir from the United States. They competed against 362 choirs from 64 countries. They sing a varied […]
Senior art student Elise Schierbeek, received the grand prize in the Third Congressional District High School Art Competition, Artfest 2013. As the grand prize winner, Elise and the chaperone of her choice will be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremonies of the national exhibition, “An Artistic Discovery” on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Elise’s award-winning art work titled “Legal Adult” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year. In addition, as the first-prize winner, she will be eligible to receive an Artistic Honors Scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design. The Artfest Awards Ceremony was held at the Gerald R. Ford Museum on April 20, 2013. The award-winning piece is an acrylic painting depicting a teenager’s angst upon reaching adulthood and leaving his careless days behind him. Upon receiving her award from Congressman Amash, Elise said, “Thank you, Congressman Amash and jurors. I am so honored by and grateful for this award. It means a lot for me to be able to see my work shown in D.C. this summer. It’s very exciting.” Elise and her family are looking forward to the celebration in June. Another Rockford Art Student, Nora Fitzgerald, received an Honorable Mention for her piece titled “Hoot.” Part of this award included a special recognition from the Kent Intermediate School District of a $100 prize and the opportunity to have her piece purchased as part of their permanent collection. Nora is currently a junior and is looking forward to entering this contest again next year.