Ongoing Congressional Art Contest
U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga announced the start of the 2022 Congressional Art Contest for high school students in Michigan’s 2nd congressional district.
“Western Michigan students are used to creating and designing amazing artwork for the Congressional Art Contest,” Huizenga said. “People across the country and around the world will see what the talented 2nd District students bring to life. This year marking the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Art Competition, I look forward to seeing the students show off their artistic abilities and reach even greater heights.
All original entries must be submitted to Congressman Huizenga’s office in Grandville. Entries are limited to one per student. The deadline to submit art is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of local art and design professionals. The top 12 student artists will be invited to attend a reception here in West Michigan where the winner will be announced on May 2.
The winning piece will be displayed in the “Cannon Tunnel” which connects the United States Capitol and the Cannon House office building. The winning artist will also have the opportunity to attend a national gathering of student artists in Washington, DC. Second and third place winners will have their work exhibited at Huizenga’s office in Grandville.
The 2022 Congress Art Contest rules can be found here. Any questions regarding the competition, submitting an artwork, or arranging for an artwork drop off can be directed to Presley at the Huizenga office in Grandville. The office can be reached by dialing (616) 570-0917.
Letters of Interest for the People Fund grant due April 1
The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is accepting letters of interest and grant applications from nonprofit organizations throughout its service area for the spring grant cycle. Letters of interest are due no later than April 1st. If the LOI is approved, the applicant can then submit a grant application by April 15. All letters and applications are accepted through an online grant application portal accessible at www.gtlakes. com/people-fund.
Great Lakes Energy members support the People Fund by agreeing to have their bill rounded up to the nearest whole dollar amount. This additional change is then pooled with other People Fund participants and returned to the community through grants to non-profit charitable organizations that provide humanitarian, educational, or community development services in the service area. of the 26 counties of the cooperative. Since 1999, the People Fund program has awarded more than $4 million in grants to charities and community organizations to help improve the lives of residents in local communities. The People Fund awarded more than $389,000 in grants in 2021.
Non-profit organizations that serve communities within Great Lakes Energy’s service area are eligible to apply. More information about the People Fund program, including organization and grant eligibility criteria and lists of recent grant recipients, is available online.
Letters of interest are due by April 1 and applications by April 15. Another grant opportunity will be available in October.
Presentation by Gourmet Mushrooms Wednesday at the Scottville Senior Center
The Scottville Area Senior Center will host a Lunch & Learn presentation featuring Scottville’s Gourmet Mushrooms factory at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at 140 S. Main St.
Joe Sanna, Research Assistant, will talk about the complicated process of growing mushrooms under sterile factory conditions. It will describe the types of mushrooms they grow, how they market and sell them across the United States, and where they are available locally.
Lunch at the senior center is at 11:45 a.m. and is free for those who attend the presentation. Call (231) 757-4705 by Tuesday to reserve a spot as space is limited.
Ludington Senior Center to host ‘Funcheon’ band anniversary
Ludington Senior Center will be hosting a fun group birthday lunch on Wednesday, March 30 to get together, meet new friends and celebrate March birthdays. The lunch portion begins at 11:30 a.m. with a meal of lasagna. The cost is $5, or $3 for birthday celebrants. The fun part will be the birthday cake and karaoke. Call the senior center at (231) 845-6841 to make a reservation.