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KISS End of the Road tour coming to Grand Rapids

Photo by Jen Rosenstein

After an epic and storied 45 year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced that they will launch their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD. The initial announcement was made a month ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, which sent the internet into overdrive with fans hoping their city would get one final KISS show. The band has announced the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were also announced simultaneously. The tour will stop at SMG-managed Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. KISS will be offering VIP experiences and special KISS Army fan presales.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. A purchase limit of eight (8) tickets will apply to every order. See Ticketmaster.com for all pricing and availability.

KISS Meet & Greet Experiences will be available beginning Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time through kissonline.com. KISS Army fan club presales will begin Wednesday, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. local time also through kissonline.com. Citi is the official presale credit card for the End of the Road World Tour. As such, Citi card members will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00 p.m. local time until Thursday, November 1 at 10:00 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit citiprivatepass.com. 

The venue presale will run on Thursday, November 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The presale will be offered online at Ticketmaster.com only while supplies last. To receive the presale code, be sure to sign up to the Van Andel Arena e-mail list at VanAndelArena.com by Tuesday, October 30. 

Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in…Unapologetic and Unstoppable,” said KISS. 

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Board game drive for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital


Those who donate new board games will be entered in a GrandCon giveaway

DeVos Place, Kent District Library and GrandCon Gaming Convention will host a board game drive at select locations throughout the month of August to benefit the children and families at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Community members can donate new board games for a chance to win three GrandCon badges and three GrandCon. There will be a registration box to enter the GrandCon giveaway at every drop-off location.

Community members can drop off new board games at the following locations:

  • SMG administrative office located inside Van Andel Arena Monday through Friday, Aug. 13 to Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Kent District Library in Grandville on Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kent District Library in Plainfield on Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kent District Library in East Grand Rapids on Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In an effort to keep patients safe, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital requests that all donated board games be new and easy to sanitize. Suggested games include: Guess Who, Sorry, Connect 4, Trouble, Checkers & Chess, Battleship, Ticket to Ride, UNO, Skip-Bo, Phase 10, Monopoly Deal or regular decks of cards.

GrandCon and DeVos Place staff will personally deliver the donated board games to the children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital on Sept. 13 for a kids’ game day.

A portion of all GrandCon proceeds go directly to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. GrandCon Gaming Convention will take place at DeVos Place Sept. 14 to Sept. 16. For more information about GrandCon or to purchase GrandCon badges, visit grand-con.com.

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Annual Kids & Family Expo


Fly through the DeVos Place on a zip line

 The zip line will once again fly through the DeVos Place, along with the annual Kids & Family Expo. This community expo will be held on Saturday, January 27, and will focus on interactive areas, educational fun, and family activities all while encouraging families to be active and engage in family bonding time.

Cabin fever will hit in January, and this Expo will encourage families to play, celebrate, be active, explore, build, learn, and discover.  Families Matter and this expo will encourage family bonding time along with some moving and creative mind activities. Fun for the whole family!

Featured areas and activities include Zip line; Cow Belly Bounce House; Inflatable Obstacle Course; 40 ft. Art Wall; Mechanical Surfboard; Snowflake Station; live puppet performances; music performances; petting zoo; LEGO build area; reptile and amphibian exhibit; and more.

 This community event helps support the be nice. initiative, an anti-bullying program in local schools through the Mental Health Foundation. “Schools who participate in the postcard distribution will have an opportunity to raise funds for the be nice. initiative.  It is a way for us to give back and support a great program,” says Pam Glass, President of Kohler Expos, Inc., the company that produces the event.

“What we promote, teach and encourage in a family fun environment can only secure the future of the community. We need strong family fun, creative solutions, and community engagement,” states Glass. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for “Family Fun Bucket Prizes” that will include gift certificates and passes to area attractions, restaurants, prizes and activities. Drawings on the hour, every hour at the entrance!

The Kids & Family Expo is scheduled from 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday, January 27, 2018.  Public is invited. Tickets available at www.KohlerExpo.com. Heated parking is conveniently located underneath DeVos Place off the Michigan Street entrance. For more information, please go to www.kohlerexpo.com or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/925176160980918/.

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Competition for artists with disabilities 


Adult artists with disabilities have a chance to win $500 and have their artwork displayed in the Grand Rapids Art Museum and entered in ArtPrize 2017 thanks to the Legacy Trust Award Collection.

Back for its eighth year, the Legacy Trust Award Collection is soliciting artwork from Michigan artists with disabilities for its popular mini-competition in advance of ArtPrize. Four winning artists will each receive $500 and sponsorship in ArtPrize, the radically open art competition, scheduled this year Sept. 20 through Oct. 8 in downtown Grand Rapids.

The statewide competition is open to all Michigan artists with disabilities and seeks paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, collages, mixed media and other works of art. Four winners will be chosen by popular vote, a panel of celebrity judges, and the LTAC Advisory Committee.

Artists must register with LTAC by Friday, April 24 to be considered for the 2017 competition.

Sponsored by Grand Rapids-based investment advisory and wealth management firm Legacy Trust, LTAC will be held this year in the Grand Rapids Art Museum May 22-23. A private reception for all artists, judges and LTAC supporters will be held on the evening of Monday, May 22.

The public will have a chance to view and vote for its favorite entry on Tuesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the GRAM, which is located in downtown Grand Rapids.

Winning artists will have their work displayed during ArtPrize at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Last year, 101 artists from around the state submitted artwork to LTAC, its seventh straight year of growth.

“After hitting triple digits for the first-time last year in artwork submissions, we are eager to see how much more LTAC will grow this year,” said Mary Ann Sabo, chair of LTAC Arts, the nonprofit arm that supports the event. “Each year, I am amazed by the incredible talent of the artwork submitted and by the personal stories of the artists.

“We are delighted to welcome artists from across the length and breadth of our state. And we are so pleased to again partner with Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Place for a fourth year, to showcase the talents of truly incredible Michigan artists.”

Winners of LTAC 2017 will be announced on Monday, May 30. Along with having their artwork entered into ArtPrize, the winning artists will each receive a cash prize of $500. All entry fees and promotion expenses for ArtPrize will be paid by Legacy Trust, which for the fourth year has secured the high-profile DeVos Place venue for the winning artists during ArtPrize.

Artists from all genres are invited to participate in the competition. All artists must submit an artist registration to Legacy Trust by April 24. All artwork must be completed and available for showing in Grand Rapids by 5 p.m. on April 28.

Following is a list of guidelines for submitting artwork:

* All participating artists must be a resident of Michigan and at least 18 years of age by April 3.

* All artwork must be original, attributable to the applicant and completed within three years prior to September 21, 2017.

* All artwork is subject to the Official Rules for Artists-ArtPrize, which can be found at http://www.artprize.org.

* The top four artists will retain ownership and all rights to their artwork, subject to the rules and restrictions of ArtPrize 2017. The artists agree to make themselves and their artwork available to LTAC and all partnering agencies and sponsors prior to and during ArtPrize for promotions and marketing efforts.

* The top four artists who receive the award will be entered into ArtPrize 2017 as a Legacy Trust Collection Award winner.

* LTAC artists agree that if their artwork wins any ArtPrize award, they will donate 25 percent of any award to create a special Legacy Trust Endowment Fund to continue arts programs for adults with disabilities in greater Grand Rapids.

* Winning artists will be notified by Legacy Trust by May11 and will be entered into ArtPrize.

* There are no restrictions on artists who are not part of the Collection from entering ArtPrize on their own.

Artwork may be delivered by mail, UPS, FedEx or in person to Legacy Trust, 99 Monroe, Suite 600, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503 by 5 p.m. on April 28. See the registration form for additional rules and details at http://ltacarts.org.

ArtPrize, an international art competition that draws hundreds of thousands of people to West Michigan each fall, returns to Grand Rapids for its eighth year on Sept. 20 through Oct. 8.

More information on LTAC is available at www.LTACArts.org. Join the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LegacyTrustAwardCollection and on Twitter with #LTAC.

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Legion Color guard performs at ceremony

Pictured is Barb and Loren Schemerhorn, Carl Haynes, and Brent Peterson.

The Color Guard of the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287 was recently honored with an invitation to attend and perform at the ceremonies at DeVos Place for Vietnam War veterans, the purple heart recipients, and the POW-MIAs, both living and departed.

“It was certainly a very impressive and somber memorial service that we were very proud to be involved with,” said a spokesman for the Color Guard.



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