The event is hosted by Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce.FEATURED BANDS: Traditional Bluegrass Reunion • Potato Patch Band Back Porch Bluegrass Bandits • Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band • James Reams & the Barnstormers • Greenwood Sidee • Sound System by Old Blue SoundFREE INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP: Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass will host a free full day workshop with guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, and wash-tub bass for children and adults. (Free with admission)Admission: $10 advance / $12 at the gate(Children 7-12: Half price / 6 and under: Free)For more information and tickets, please contact: (928) 632-4355 or highway69chamber [at] gmail [dot] com May 3, 2013The crew is preparing for the third ANNUAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, tomorrow, Saturday May 4, 2013. It will start at 10 am – 6 pm.The wind has finally calmed down and a large parachute was installed this morning over the audience area in the Colly Soleri amphitheater. Covers for the stage will be installed this afternoon.This is a wonderful event and we look forward to great music and fun for the whole family. You don’t want to miss this.[photo by Young Soo Kim in 2011]
Categories: Griffin News,News 09Jul COLUMN: Adding skills to our classrooms will build Michigan’s future By State Rep. Beth GriffinAs a teacher, I’m aware of the unique day-to-day challenges we face in our classrooms.Regardless of subject, our instructors have to focus on specific content while also seeking to cover as much subject matter as possible to help students grow and prepare for their next educational step. Current curriculum standards are inflexible, emphasizing reporting and test scores over student growth. It also practically ignores skilled trades, reinforcing the outdated idea that it’s a four-year college degree or bust.That’s why I supported a four-bill bipartisan plan, recently signed into law, to expand age-appropriate skilled trade-oriented instruction in K-12 classrooms while continuing to open pathways to career and technical education.Today’s children need to know about the professions and the tradespeople who are already doing the work that is rebuilding and redefining Michigan as a destination state. Not all students have the same interests, so we must give them more options to explore well-paying careers, help schools enhance their program offerings, and address increasing demand in skilled trade professions.We’re not placing another mandate on our teachers or local schools. It’s an opportunity to diversify education without adding courses.By incorporating career-learning themes at each grade level through core instruction, we will increase awareness of career opportunities while helping students decide on their future after high school.By allowing our current teachers to get professional development credit for working with area job providers, we are adding opportunities for more localized and hands-on applications for classroom work.And by expanding the scope for skilled trade instructors, we’ll get more licensed and experienced professionals in our classrooms to help give our children more educational options.These new laws will benefit Michigan today and in the future, giving our teachers added tools for instruction. Most importantly, we’re giving students more opportunities beyond the classroom.Beth Griffin is the state representative for the 66th District, which includes all of Van Buren County, and Alamo Township, Cooper Township and the city of Parchment in Kalamazoo County.#####
Modern Times Group is launching 11 new channels in the Nordic region along with four catch-up channels.The Viasat History, Viasat Explorer, Viasat Nature and Viasat Crime offerings will roll out at the start of November. The Swedish version of Viasat Sport will launch in Sweden and Finland at the same time as will Viasat Sport and Viasat Football in Norway.HD versions of Viasat Hockey, TV6 and Viasat 4 will also roll out.Four Play catch-up channels will launch in the region from October.Available through Viasat DVRs, the National Geographic HD, National Geographic Wild HD, E! and Disney on Demand channels will be available in all four Nordic countries.
Spanish football league La Liga has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for UK and Ireland. The league, which currently broadcasts on Sky Sports, is offering rights to all matches of the Spanish Football League Championship, First Division and all play-offs. There are six package bundles on offer, ranging from all matches and support programmes exclusively on Pay TV and Free-to-air and all distribution formats, to 38 matches and weekly highlights per season exclusive to free-to-air.La Liga started the bid submission process on July 10, with the deadline for entries at 14:00 on July 25. Contracts will be provisionally awarded on August 1.The league said: “The prestige of LaLiga has surmounted national boundaries. There is an increasing interest of fans in the Spanish Football League outside Spain. In particular, in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, LaLiga awakens great passion among soccer fans, who follow this Competition regularly.” The full tender document is available to be read here.