A Children’s Concert: Rescheduled!

Ferris State University, in conjunction with the 2019 Festival of the Arts, presents its annual Winter Band & Orchestra Concert, “A Children’s Concert: Music for Kids of all Ages”, Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at G Mennen Williams Auditorium on the campus of Ferris State University.

This free performance will feature The FSU Symphony Band, The FSU West Central Concert Band, and The FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra, with conductors Dr. Richard Scott Cohen and Dr. Dale E. Skornia. Also performing will be featured guest John Clare, radio celebrity, guest announcer, narrator and conductor, morning host, Symphony Hall, SiriusXM Radio, Channel 76, and Music Director, WBAA Classical Radio 101.3 FM, West Lafayette, IN.

Come join the Ferris Concert Bands and Orchestra for their annual Winter Concert in celebration of Big Rapids’ renowned Festival of the Arts.  This year’s concert features music that’s sure to delight the inner child in all of us.  From cartoon music to classical hits, from the symphonic stage to the Silver Screen, from Harry Potter to Henry Mancini, and from marches on the street to operas on high, this concert is a veritable microcosm of popular melodies from all ages, “for kids of all ages,” with more than 60 recognizable tunes to hum along with! Besides the Symphony of Toys (really, toys!), the main event will be the full (and fun!) production of “Peter and the Wolf,” featuring national radio celebrity, John Clare.

Starting at 2:00 p.m., guests may arrive early to Williams Auditorium for a “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” (starting at 2:00), where they can get some hand-on experience with various instruments. There will also be entertainment in the lobby courtesy of Bee Bee the Clown, before and after the concert.

Musical Selections will include Peter and the Wolf (featuring John Clare, narrator), Instant Concert (featuring 30 musical snippets!), music from the opera Hansel and Gretel,  a Young Person’s Guide to John Williams, Shrek Dance Party (with 7 favorites), Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, Pop Culture (9 more hits), Beethoven in Blue Jeans, A Symphony of “Toys”, and the Kindergarten March.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this program must contact (231) 591-3676 or williams_auditorium@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance of event.

 

For additional information about this concert, please contact The Ferris State University Music Center, (231) 591-2501, or visit ferris.edu/music

Angels of Action Book Drive

March is Reading Month and Angels of Action is hosting a Book Drive throughout the entire month. Studies have shown that early reading skills directly relates to future academic success, reading early helps build independence and confidence, and reading helps improve writing skills.  To help increase reading in the community and to help kids develop a love for reading, Angels of Action is looking for children’s books for ages pre-k through seventh grade.

New or gently used books can be dropped at any Feed Fred location including the Angels of Action office, located in downtown Big Rapids, Lerner, Csernai, and Fath Financial Group, located at 15505 Waldron Way, or Morley Stanwood High School. Check out the rest of the Feed Fred locations at angelsofaction.org/our-programs.

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‘Break the Chain’ Documentary Showing

The Meceola Human Trafficking Task Force proudly announces the showing of ‘Break the Chain’ on March 4 at 6:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 503 South Chestnut, Reed City.  Produced and Directed by Michigan documentary filmmakers, Laura E. Swanson and Kirk Mason, ‘Break the Chain’ is an award-winning feature-length documentary film that addresses the often “hidden-in-plain-sight” issue of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States.  The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking – providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards.

The event is free of charge.  Given some of the adult content, it is suggested that attendees be of high school age and older.  For more information, call 231-972-5737.

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Taste of Mecosta 2019

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Hundreds of Mecosta County residents lined up for a taste of what local eateries have to offer at this year’s Taste of Mecosta, Tuesday, February 19 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center. 17 local vendors were on hand to show of their most delectable dishes to the community. With cupcakes to chicken wings and everything in between, this year’s event, sponsored by Lake-Osceola State Bank, featured the theme, “A Taste of Home,” as the eateries offered local comfort foods to attendees.

The Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone that attended this year’s event. Another huge thanks to our title sponsor, Lake-Osceola State Bank, for its generous support of this events. Finally, thank you to all our participating vendors: Cran Hill Ranch, Tropical Smoothie Café, Coco Renee, Fatbelly Deli and Creamery, Two Hats Ranch, The Pie Hole, Planet Fitness/Domino’s Pizza, Ferris State University Catering, Applebees, Bob Evans, Holiday Inn / Pub 52, Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospitals, Tullymore Golf Resort, Crankers Brewery, and Three Girls Bakery. Your participation made this one our best Taste of Mecosta events yet. We are looking forward to next year!

 

Women of Moxie

Untitled design (1)Over 75 of Mecosta County’s women professionals were in attendance Thursday, February 14th as the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce presented its first Women of Moxie Leadership event at Tullymore Golf Resort.
Attendees were treated to keynote addresses from Cindy Brown, of The Right Place, and Tamara Davis of the Southwest Michigan Small Business Development Center. Both speakers touched on ways for women to expand in their professional roles.

In addition to the speakers, lunch was provided, Michelle Wise of Wise Photography was on hand to take updated professional headshots for the attendees, and several women were the recipient of door prizes at the event.

Due to the success of the event and the positive feedback from those in attendance, the chamber plans on making this an annual event and looks forward to expanding the event even more in 2020.

Meceola Tech to Offer CNA Classes

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CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT

$120 FOR AN 8 HOUR COURSE

The class consists of 120 hours with 36 of the hours being clinical and outside of the classroom. The topics of abuse and neglect, how to feed and dress patients, proper positioning for patients, lifting patients, infection control, and many others will be discussed and tested on. Students will demonstrate sensitivity to resident’s emotional, social, and mental health needs through skillfully directed interactions.

Visit meceolatech.org or call 231-796-0016 for more information!

FSU Presents “A Children’s Concert”

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Ferris State University, in conjunction with the 2019 Festival of the Arts, presents its annual Winter Band & Orchestra Concert, “A Children’s Concert: Music for Kids of all Ages”, Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at G Mennen Williams Auditorium on the campus of Ferris State University.

This free performance will feature The FSU Symphony Band, The FSU West Central Concert Band, and The FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra, with conductors Dr. Richard Scott Cohen and Dr. Dale E. Skornia. Also performing will be featured guest John Clare, radio celebrity, guest announcer, narrator and conductor, morning host, Symphony Hall, SiriusXM Radio, Channel 76, and Music Director, WBAA Classical Radio 101.3 FM, West Lafayette, IN.

 

Come join the Ferris Concert Bands and Orchestra for their annual Winter Concert in celebration of Big Rapids’ renowned Festival of the Arts.  This year’s concert features music that’s sure to delight the inner child in all of us.  From cartoon music to classical hits, from the symphonic stage to the Silver Screen, from Harry Potter to Henry Mancini, and from marches on the street to operas on high, this concert is a veritable microcosm of popular melodies from all ages, “for kids of all ages,” with more than 60 recognizable tunes to hum along with! Besides the Symphony of Toys (really, toys!), the main event will be the full (and fun!) production of “Peter and the Wolf,” featuring national radio celebrity, John Clare.

 

Starting at 2:00 p.m., guests may arrive early to Williams Auditorium for a “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” (starting at 2:00), where they can get some hand-on experience with various instruments. There will also be entertainment in the lobby courtesy of Bee Bee the Clown, before and after the concert.

 

Musical Selections will include Peter and the Wolf (featuring John Clare, narrator), Instant Concert (featuring 30 musical snippets!), music from the opera Hansel and Gretel,  a Young Person’s Guide to John Williams, Shrek Dance Party (with 7 favorites), Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, Pop Culture (9 more hits), Beethoven in Blue Jeans, A Symphony of “Toys”, and the Kindergarten March.

 

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this program must contact (231) 591-3676 or williams_auditorium@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance of event.

 

For additional information about this concert, please contact The Ferris State University Music Center, (231) 591-2501, or visit ferris.edu/music

Spectrum Health offering Diabetes Prevention Program

Free programs help high risk individuals delay or prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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Big Rapids and Reed City, Mich., Feb 13, 2018 – Spectrum Health is offering a free program to help community members diagnosed with prediabetes or those who may be at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

One in three adults in the U.S.—which accounts for more than 84 million people—have prediabetes. In the last 20 years, the diagnosis rate of diabetes has tripled to include more than 30 million Americans. Diabetes presents a risk for serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. However, with lifestyle changes the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes can often be delayed or even prevented.

The Spectrum Health Diabetes Education team will facilitate two Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) sessions for the community to help make those lifestyle changes. The first program will be held at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital starting in March, with the second at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital in May. Groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 16 sessions, then monthly for 6 to 8 months to maintain the skills they have learned.

Travis Stenger, health coach at Spectrum Health, will be facilitating the DPP for 2019.

“It is important to have a program like this as a resource to individuals in our community with a risk of diabetes,” Stenger said. “It will help them learn how to prevent or delay that diagnosis and support each other in making those lifestyle changes.”

Darlene Green, a former program participant, echoes the usefulness of this program. She lost approximately forty pounds as a result of the program.

“I would recommend this program to anyone,” Green said. “Before I started it, I was eating for taste and not for health. I saw a road ahead of me of gain, gain, gain, but now I feel good about myself.”

The Big Rapids Hospital program will begin March 19, and the Reed City Hospital program will begin May 8. For more information or to register for the program, call 231.832.6636.

Artworks Upcoming Events

artworksFebruary 15-12:00 p.m.: Brown Bag Series: The Art of the Good Life.-Techniques for Happiness from Ancient Philosophy to Contemporary Psychotherapy

We generally admire people who live in a relative state of calm despite chaos around them, who have the resilience to bounce back from the inevitable disappointments of life, or who seem content with their status while those around them frantically chase after the next new success. How do such people create these beautiful lives? Philosophy offers us guidance in seeing clarity in creating such a life. In this presentation/workshop, we will survey some of the specific techniques and skills ancient philosophers and contemporary psychotherapists have used in creating the art of the good life.

February 20-12:00 p.m. at Blue Lake Tavern and February 21-5:30 p.m. at Blue Cow Cafe: Third Coast Conversations

Join in for a conversation about the cultural, social, historical and environmental factors that connect Michigan’s people to water. Area residents are invited to share their stories and memories related to water.

February 22-12:00 p.m.: Brown Bag Series: Artists’ Palettes-Color Theory and Creative Choices

Lynette Voight will be discussing the principles of color theory and color mixing as well as application in the art of transparent and opaque painting. She will also present palettes of a few artists and identify how the colors are mixed in their paintings.

March 3-1:00 p.m.: Riley Mackenzie Paint Your Pet Fundraiser

Come join Artworks in this fun, paint your pet fundraiser to support the Riley MacKenzie Fund. The Riley MacKenzie Fund, founded in 2009, for charitable purposes, is an assistance program for stray and abandoned animals throughout the state of Michigan. This fund provides food, vetting, temporary boarding, or spay/neuter to the animals. They rely solely on volunteers and donations to keep this program running. Register for this event HERE!

 

AAUW Seeks Donations for Book Sale

2000px-American_Association_of_University_Women_logo.svgThe American Association of University Women will host its annual USED BOOK SALE Friday, April 5 9 am – 5 pm Saturday, April 6 9 am – 2 pm at the First United Methodist Church, located at 304 Elm Street in Big Rapids. Proceeds from the sale fund scholarships for area women.

To help make this event a success, donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs are requested. No textbooks and encyclopedias, please.

AAUW donation bins are located at:

  • Big Rapids Community Library
  • Artworks,
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School

To arrange for pickup of donated materials, call 231-796-2460.

To learn more about the local chapter of AAUW, click here.