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Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, I hope you talk to my cat.  Enjoy he cookies and milk. Annie Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like a princess toddler Ariel with a tail.  I would also like a pink robot Polly Pocket set and a doll that’s up to my neck, two bottles of silly strings and surprises. Thank [...]

The Mice Army, which includes Grace Verdun of Dynamic Dance Studio in Belding, challenges Clara for the Nutcracker during rehearsal for the West Michigan Youth Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker." Courtesy Photo

Belding dancers part of ‘Nutcracker’ production

The West Michigan Youth Ballet is celebrating its fifth season with the complete ballet production of “The Nutcracker.”

Stanton Department of Public Works employee Jamie Blum hangs up Christmas decorations in the city's downtown. The city will host Hometown Holidays on Dec. 10. — Courtesy photo

Christmas events: No place like home for the holidays

Santa Claus is coming to town — including just about each and every town in Montcalm County and surrounding areas. Many local Christmas-themed events will be taking place in December. All festivities are community-oriented and free.

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Simple ways to deck your halls

Some people go all out for the holidays — decorating their homes from floor to ceiling, putting time, money, hard work and more into creating the perfect holiday atmosphere. Some people may be discouraged when it comes to decking their halls and not know how to begin, however.

Bret Priest and the BHS Drama Club rehearse one of the dance scenes for their production of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Belding drama club gets serious with ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The Belding High School Drama Club brings Shakespeare to the stage with its fall production of “Romeo and Juliet.” One of the bard’s most famous tragedies, the plot portrays the story of two star-crossed lovers. When Romeo Montague (David Michalek), the son of Lord Montague (Johnny Adame) and Lady Montague (Emilee Renucci), finds himself lovesick [...]

Colonel Duncan (Brandon Reickoff) shares the ingredients of the secret recipe with MacBeth (Tyler Young), his new vice president and general manager of sales. It is so secret, everyone else must cover their ears.

PLAY REVIEW: ‘Old Macbeth’ combines Shakespeare and the Colonel?

Like the brew in a witch’s cauldron, the Montcalm Community College fall drama class production is a mixture of a little bit of this and a pinch of that. “Old MacBeth Had a Farm” is a combination of Shakespeare’s character MacBeth, Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken and many other interesting characters.