Torch News Briefs

Constitution Week Keynote Speaker

As part of Constitution Week and the Political Engagement Project, join Circuit Court Judge, Jon Van Allsburg on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in College of Business 111 to learn more about Constitutional issues in every day life. For more information contact Sandy Alspach at or call x2779

Five-Star Speaker C.L. Lindsay

On Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Williams Auditorium, Entertainment Unlimited presents C.L. Lindsay and his lecture, “How to Throw a Police Free Party.” He has appeared on national television, radio, and in regional and national -publications. After he left a law firm in New York, he founded the Coalition for Student and Academic Rights (CO-STAR). He is a graduate of Denison University and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Big Rapids’ Farmer’s Market

Experience locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheeses, freshly cut flowers, baked goods, and meats. The Farmer’s Market takes place in the parking lot just south of City Hall. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. For more information, contact the Downtown Business Association of the City of Big Rapids at

Marcus Belgrave’s Jazz Experience

Part of the Arts and Lectures Performing Artists Series at Williams Auditorium, this Jazz Experience features composer, recording artist, and Oberlin University music professor Marcus Belgrave, New Orleans native Charlie “G” Gabriel, and singer, producer, songwriter Joan Belgrave-Bow. The event will take place at 8 p.m. on Sept. 26. Admission is $10 for students and $18 for general admission.

Tuba Bach Concert 3

The third of the six concert series, “Lift Every Voice And Sing” is a celebration of Detroit gospel music featuring Alvin Waddles and the New Millennium Chorale. The concert will be held Sept. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Big Rapids High School Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information contact Ed Mallett at or visit