Morning Buzz: September 16

1. The 4th Annual Fall Bike Celebration Weekend begins today in the Kalamazoo area. The weekend features many cycling-related events and raises awareness of the need for safe riding as the hours of darkness increase in the fall.

Today, the first 30 cyclists to make it to the Vicksburg Farmers Market can receive a $5 coupon good for purchases at the market.

On Saturday morning, a free bike rodeo for kids will take place. The full program is available at

2. ArtPrize is in full swing, and there are so many unique exhibits to see, but it’s not often we get to see artists at work, painting a car, and they include a lot of young “budding” artists in their rooms.

The message here: art is the vehicle of connectivity. It’s called “Garden of Love,” but it won’t be finished until Sunday.

West Michigan artist Cynthia Hagedorn will set the base on the Honda Pilot, but she’s just setting the canvas for little artists.

Young patients from Helen DeVos, Mary Freebed and Make A Wish will paint part of this garden.

They will create the flowers while she provides the paint, the love and the support and helps them realize their dreams of creating something that will mark the art world at such a monumental event.

3. Muskegon Community College presents “Centered”, its first public art exhibit of the school year.

Taking place at the MCC’s Overbrook Gallery, the exhibition features the work of ceramic artists from West Michigan and runs through October 21.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

4. Grand Rapids Southwest Elementary Academia Bilingual Public Schools celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a parade Thursday morning.

Here you can see all of the students with banners, posters, and decorations all representing Hispanic heritage.

Members of the school board and Superintendent Dr. Leadriane Roby participated in the event.

GRPS celebrates its diversity; district scholars represent more than 80 countries and their families speak more than 70 languages. About 40% of GRPS scholars are of Hispanic origin.

5. Kudos to Perrin Brewing Company. They are celebrating 10 years with their Backyard Bash anniversary.

It’s tomorrow from 2 p.m.

There will be live music, food trucks, garden games and of course beer, including classics they have hidden away in their safe.

You must be 21 or older for the event.

Tickets are $10 and can be found on Eventbrite.

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