Zombie Dash Pits “Survivors” Against the Undead in 5K Run through Downtown GR


Halloween Weekend Night Race is One of Only a Handful in the World The Zombie Dash will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. The run, with waves from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, will feature a five kilometer course along the Grand River, including “Apocalypse Avenue” east of the […]

RHS marching band showcases 2012 program

Will the cheetahs catch the zebras this time?  The RHS marching band gave an outstanding performance at the Jension Marching Band Invitational.

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Rockford High School (RHS) marching band. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the band showcased their 2012 program in Pontiac at the Bands of America Regional competition. They placed fifth, which elevated their standings from last year by four placements. Even in the face of illness, misjudged […]

RHS Scholarship Award Recipients


Congratulations to the following Rockford High School art students for earning top ten honors in the “ART IT UP” contest: Lauren Gantz, Sarah Puett, and Emily Welsh. This contest was created by Mr. Jerry Berta as a 2012 Art Prize Entry. For the “ART IT UP” contest, students were asked to create artwork that could […]

Rockford man sells ArtPrize piece to Ripley’s Believe It or Not

James Perry stands by his ArtPrize entry, Clown Fish, which 
is made of almost 3,500 balloons and was sold to Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums.

By Cindy M. Cranmer   A Rockford man, who has been making balloon animals for children for more than 20 years, has sold the first art piece sculpture he has made of balloons to Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums after it was noticed at ArtPrize 2012. James Perry’s ArtPrize piece, titled Clown Fish, consists […]

Rockford man is co-creator of top 10 ArtPrize entry receiving national media attention

More than 15,000 sky lanterns were launched from downtown Grand Rapids 
as part of an ArtPrize entry. More than 50,000 people came to light a lantern or view Lights in the Night – where hope takes flight. The lanterns were meant to represent hopes, dreams and wishes. The ArtPrize entry is now in the Top 10. Photo by Cassie Patton

by Cindy M. Cranmer A Rockford man is one of the co-creators of an ArtPrize entry being discussed locally and internationally after thousands and thousands of participants and spectators gathered Friday night to help Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson realize their vision for ArtPrize and landing their entry in the top 10. Dan Johnson, of […]