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Young artist is part of an ArtPrize masterpiece

Young artist is part of an ArtPrize masterpiece

MARNE, Mich.--Lauren Fuller was only 12 years old when she traveled to Prague, Czech Republic this past summer to sing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choir.

One of the stops was in the town of Terezin where the World War II Concentration Camp of Theresienstadt was. The choir was scheduled to perform there; unfortunately, very few people showed up for their performance.

The Concentration Camp of Theresienstadt was a labor camp during World War II.  It was open for three and a half years. Many people died at the camp- 97,297 Jews from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia.  Among those killed were 15,000 were children, who mostly died in a gas chamber.  Only 132 children survived in this camp.

The song that the youth choir sang, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly-Birdsong,"  draws from poems written by the children in Terezin.

Tickets available for Barn Dance to benefit Lori's Voice

Tickets available for Barn Dance to benefit Lori's Voice

CONKLIN, Mich.--Lori's Voice, a non-profit organization that helps special needs children,  will be holding a Barn Dance for adults on Saturday September 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Conklin.

The event includes live music, a silent auction, raffles, light dinner and a cash bar.  Tickets are $15 per person.  To purchase yours, contact Kathie (616 837-6644), Marj (616 899-5596), Dave (616 550-5142) or Lori (616-384-4687).

Visitors are encouraged to wear country/cowboy attire.

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.

Coopersville Summerfest officially kicks off August 5

Coopersville Summerfest officially kicks off August 5

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Coopersville Summerfest officially begins Monday, August 5 with free ice cream, music and fun at the Coopersville Veterans Park Pavilion.

This year’s festival runs through Saturday August 10 and features a variety of activities, including  art exhibits, garage sales, the Teddy Bear Parade, Main Street Kids Fest, live performances and car and tractor shows.  The first public viewing of “Touchback”, which was filmed in Coopersville, will also take place during Summerfest.

Monday’s kick-off event starts at 5 p.m.  For more information about this year’s line-up, visit the Coopersville Summerfest Facebook page here.

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

ChoiceOne Bank backs Coopersville tradition

ChoiceOne Bank backs Coopersville tradition

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank is throwing its support behind a Coopersville tradition.

The bank announced Friday that it will donate $1,000 to the 23rd annual Del Shannon Car Show, held August 9-10.

About 800 vehicles from every decade will line historic Main Street during the car show, which is named after rock and roll sensation and Coopersville native Del Shannon. The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a cruise through downtown.  The car show is expected to attract up to 80,000 people downtown.

More talented acts needed for Coopersville Summerfest

More talented acts needed for Coopersville Summerfest

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Art Council is looking for people to participate in this year’s talent show for this year’s Summerfest.

The talent show will take place Thursday, August 8 at 7 p.m. inside the Coopersville Farm Museum.  Audience admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-16 and free for kids under age five.

Acts that register by Friday July 26 must pay $10; late registration is $20 and accepted through August 2. For a registration form, click here.