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Check out the West Michigan Small Museum Tour

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) Spring is the perfect time for a Sunday drive with the family.  If you are heading out for a road trip you might want to check out the annual tour of West Michigan Small Museums.

The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 30th through May first from 11am - 5pm.

Museums on the tour include Lowell, Ionia, Lake Odessa and Portland Area Historical Society. For more information click on the link to the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

The 'dancing pastor' offers classes to the public starting May 3rd

The 'dancing pastor' offers classes to the public starting May 3rd

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) Move over Dancing with the Stars there's some competition in town. The First Congregational Church is launching what it calls 'new and improved' line dancing.

Classes start on Tuesday on May 3rd from 7p.m. til 8p.m. Dancing pastor, Rachel Schwab, is teaching the class. Schwab says it is  for all ages and includes a variety of music not just country.  It's $8.00 each Tuesday and you can pay when you arrive.

If you have further questions call 808-1829.

Lowell Area Arts Council announces 2011 Michigan Photo Competition

Lowell Area Arts Council announces 2011 Michigan Photo Competition

The Lowell Area Arts Council has announced the details of this year's Michigan Photo Contest. The contest will run from September 13th through October 22nd and feature guest juror Dennis Grantz.

Grantz has a long list of credentials including being a teacher of photography at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and Adjunct Professor of Photography at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

First place in the contest will receive $1,000, second will receive $500, third will receive $300 , fourth will receive $200, and fifth will receive $100.

Click here for additional details.

KDLville Ribbon-Cutting Parties

KDLville Ribbon-Cutting Parties

It’s party time! Celebrate with Katie L. the elephant as she cuts the ribbon and welcomes you to KDLville, KDL’s new early literacy play space. Families with children ages 6 and under are invited to have fun with crafts, games, balloon animals, face painting, and a dance party. And what’s a party without dessert? Come enjoy a piece of our special KDLville cake!

KDLville is an interactive early literacy learning center where young children and their caregivers can play, grow, and read. The spaces will contain a variety of fun, developmentally appropriate activities that focus on different skills that will help children get ready to read. Some examples might include a puppet theater, a play grocery store, a train table, pre-writing games, etc. The activities will be rotated so patrons will get fresh experiences every couple of months. Promotional materials that contain caregiver education on reading readiness will also be provided in the play spaces.

Wittenbach Center getting ready for summer growing season

Wittenbach Center getting ready for summer growing season

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM)Now is the time to start thinking about gardening plans for the upcoming growing season.  The Wittenbach-Wege Agri-Science Center is once again offering gardening plots for a nominal fee. The Wittenbach Center is located at 11715 Vergennes across from the High School. The community gardens have become a place for those without sunny backyards or balconies to still enjoy the benefits of gardening.

If you are interested click on the link for the Community Garden Application. You can also call 987-1002.

Student art projects put on display for all to see

Student art projects put on display for all to see

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Student artists in the Lowell School District will have their work on display next month at the Lowell Area Arts Council. It's an opportunity for people in he community to see what students are making through district's curriculum.

There is an opening reception on May 10th from 5:30pm - 7p.m. at the Lowell Arts Council Office. The show continues through the end of the month.

 

Students from 'Celebrate Dance Studio' hold their recital at Porter Hills

Students from 'Celebrate Dance Studio' hold their recital at Porter Hills

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM)  Dancers of various ages turned out Friday night at Porter Hills Retirement Community to show off their new skills.

The dancers ranged in ages from 2 to 86 years old.  Celebrate Dance Studio is owned by Lori Teft of Lowell.  Teft has been teaching for 25 years. Performance included Jazz/Hip-Hop, creative and lyrical, praise and dance, as well as young students ranging age 2-5 years old.

In addition to dancers from Celebrate Dance, senior dancers from the Porter Hills Community also performed throughout the night.

An encore performance is scheduled for March 30th at 4pm at Emerald Meadows Retirement Village at 6117 Charlevoix Woods Court in Cascade Township.