One of the hottest places for children to be is at Hans Christian Andersen Park during the 51st Annual Danish Festival! Times for the park are Aug. 21 from noon to 7:00 p.m. and Aug. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. Fun crafts, Lego contest, storytelling, inflatables, face painting and a visit from Miss Danish Festival and her court will be just a few of the highlights of the event. Dee Jay The Clown will be at the park on Friday from 1-4 p.m. making balloon animals and delighting children with his antics. “Dee Jay truly has a way with the children,” said Deann Oliver, HCA Park Director. “The children love him and all of his balloon tricks. It is one of the highlights of the park.” Also on Friday will be the “I Scream for Ice Cream” contest at 6:30 p.m. following the Fairy Tale Parade. All kids are given an ice cream cone and a chance to let’er rip when it comes to their vocal stylings. “It’s not how loud you scream, but the style in which you do it,” Oliver laughed. “We always have a few unique entries each year that has the audience laughing. And ‘Johnny O’ our emcee for the event, really gets everyone involved.” The Lego Masterpiece Building Contest will take place on Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. Children ages 3 to 12 are encouraged to show off their Danish-themed Lego masterpiece. The winner and runner-up of the contest will get gift cards from Meijer. “This is such a fun event,” said Oliver. “It is fun to see what all the children can come up with when it comes to the Danish theme. I am always surprised at how elaborate and special each piece is. The kids work hard at winning the contest and showing their amazing creativity.” Admission to the event is free! The Danish Festival Board of Directors invites everyone to join in the celebration of the 51st Annual Danish Festival August 21-23. This year’s theme is Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Seller. Visit www.danishfestival.org for a complete schedule of events. Danish Festival, Inc.’s mission is to host a festival that celebrates the homecoming of family and friends and our area’s Danish heritage. Please join us […]
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GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation brings 10 diverse jazz performance acts to the Rosa Parks Circle stage in downtown Grand Rapids this Aug. 15-16 at West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The schedule is posted on GRandJazzFest’s brand-new website at http://grandjazzfest.org/. This year’s headline act brings together three internationally acclaimed musicians – Paul Brown and Nate Harasim with special guest Deon Yates – under the billing “The Producers.” Nine additional artists and bands perform over the course of the free two-day festival, bringing all kinds of jazz music to the Rosa Parks Circle stage. The performers were announced April 29 on the eve of International Jazz Day. In addition to the music, organizers are excited to announce new opportunities for fun at this year’s festival. “The fourth annual GRandJazzFest has something for everyone – a Family Guitar Tent, free face painting for the kids, an After Party at The B.O.B., not to mention all kinds of jazz music. Best of all, GRandJazzFest is free – and the ability to keep the festival free and expand it to include additional activities is thanks to our generous sponsors,” GRandJazzFest Founder Audrey Sundstrom said Since the festival’s inception, DTE Energy Foundation has been the presenting sponsor. “GRandJazzFest is one of the most diverse and well-attended events in West Michigan. As a major event, it has established its own name on the jazz scene in Michigan and the Midwest,” DTE Energy Regional Manager Roger Royer said. “DTE Energy Foundation is proud to support the diversity and vibrancy that GRandJazzFest brings to downtown. We’ve been so pleased with the past three GRandJazzFests and look forward to the fourth annual event!” More than 10,000 people attended the 2014 festival. The City of Grand Rapids named GRandJazzFest one of its City-co-sponsored events in 2013, the festival’s second year. It’s been a co-sponsor ever since. Recently, GRandJazzFest along with ArtPrize was recently named a Signature Event by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) for having wide appeal and attracting significant numbers of people to downtown. The events “include aspects that provide a significant public benefit to the community,” DGRI said. (To learn more, read the DGRI memo: http://grandjazzfest.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DDA-05-Signature-Event-Sponsorships-1.pdf.) Here’s what’s in store for this year’s GRandJazzFest in addition to the 10 jazz performance […]
Congratulations to Johanna (JoJo) Bailey on becoming the Kent County Youth Fair Princess….Johanna is a Rockford East School student who is going into the sixth grade. Each year, the Kent County Youth Fair provides an exciting opportunity to over 100 exhibitors and more than 40,000 patrons! It is “all about the kids” and its evident everywhere you look! The Kent County Youth Fair is centered on developing character and leadership traits in young people with an interest in agriculture. Our exhibitors compete in a variety of events that enhance their presentation skills, demonstrate their dedication to farming and showcase their talent. Our exhibitors learn valuable skills such as responsibility, a good work ethic and leadership. Not only during fair week, but also in preparing their exhibits beforehand. Exhibitors at the Kent County Youth Fair work hard to provide a quality project. During fair, their hard work is rewarded with excitement and pride at a job well done. The Kent County Youth Fair is place of exploration, learning and self-discovery for our exhibitors, visitors and volunteers
On Sunday, August 9, River Rock Church will host their annual summer Festival event from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. The event, which is completely free of charge, will take place on the grounds of River Rock Church at 6060 Belding Road, Rockford, MI. River Rock’s Festival event is an opportunity for our greater Rockford community to come together and simply have fun. What can you expect to do at Festival? Kids can enjoy inflatables, games, face painting, a clown and more. Adults can listen to live music, relax with a chair massage, or sign up for a raffle drawing for prizes such as getaways to Boyne Mountain and Lincoln Pines Resort, passes to Cannonsburg Ski Area, restaurant gift cards and more. Everyone can enjoy great food, grab a photo in the photo booth, dunk someone into the dunk tank, and say a prayer at the community prayer tent. In 2014, River Rock welcomed approximately 1,000 people to Festival. And while a great turnout is expected, the true goal is to throw a community party that blesses our neighbors. “Since our beginning in 2000, River Rock Church has sought to prayerfully connect those in the greater Rockford community to Jesus and one another. We seek to do this through worship services, serving opportunities, excellent children and youth ministries, and community outreach events – like Festival,” said River Rock’s Senior Pastor, Jon Huizenga. “Festival is a way to celebrate life with our neighbors. It’s something we can give back to the community who has blessed our church in so many ways.” For more information on River Rock’s Festival, visit www.riverrockcommunity.com or contact the church office at 616-874-0400.
What happens when school children and senior citizens come together in the name of music? Hearts are moved. Minds are opened. Relationships are formed. Lives are changed. This fall Senior Sing A-Long is launching Young & Young at Heart, a new program that will bring young and old together to share in a musical experience that will enrich the lives of both generations. Children from local elementary classrooms will visit nearby senior living facilities to sing and perform for aging residents. Each performance will be followed by a light reception, inviting seniors and children to interact in spontaneous and deliberate ways. Young & Young at Heart was designed to create a connection through music that will bring fulfillment to the older generation and develop compassion and empathy in the younger generation. The program is expected to spark new life in the aging, while offering valuable opportunities for learning and emotional development in the children. The launch of the Young & Young at Heart program will be celebrated on September 17 at Senior Sing A-Long’s annual dinner. In addition to great food and a silent auction, the evening will highlight the smooth sounds of the Tom Hagen Trio, featuring Mary Rademacher. The ticketed event is open to the public and will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining in Cascade. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door and can be purchased on-line at www.seniorsingalong.org or by calling 616.538.8590. About Senior Sing A-Long Senior Sing A-Long is a vibrant and growing agent of change in senior care throughout West Michigan. Committed to improving care of Kent County’s aged population, its mission is revitalizing the minds and spirits of people in long-term care communities using music and other live arts. For more than a decade it has been the only nonprofit organization in the State of Michigan dedicated solely to providing individuals in nursing care, assisted living and other senior communities with regular access to music-based quality of life programming. Programming provided by Senior Sing A-Long also includes music therapy with a Board Certified Music Therapist and customized IPODS. Senior Sing A-Long serves more than 65 local care facilities that are home to over 8,000 seniors. For more information, contact Jill Dover […]