Author: Jamie Thompson

Producer Pick: LEGO Empathy

LEGO just launched a brand new interactive experience to teach kids about online empathy. Kids can join LEGO Captain Safety to learn more about digital empathy, how to recognize and stand up to cyberbullies, and learn the importance of being a good person online. The structure of this initiative is set up like a ‘personality quiz’. Quiz takers are praised…

John Ball Zoo’s Teaches Couples A Little More Than Just the ‘Birds and the Bees’ for Virtual Valentine’s Day Event

The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is offering a unique way to celebrate with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Couples can virtually join the zoom to learn about more than just the birds and bees. The zoo is offering a virtual safari to learn how different animals dates, mate and procreate. It takes place on Valentine’s Day, February 14,…

‘the four’s Top Four Super Bowl Snacks. Plus, Bonus Recipe from our ‘Facebook Fan of the Week’

The Super Bowl is always filled with nail-biting suspense, wonderful entertainment, and best of all – delicious food. From chips and dip to mouth-watering sliders, the team from ‘the four’ shares their must-have snacks for the ‘big game’. Xavier’s Queso Dip Ingredients 1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey) 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix 32oz Velveeta (cut into cubes)…

Producer Picks: The Crayon Initiative

As a parent, it’s something I have relied on big time to keep my kids occupied when we are eating at a restaurant. Just a couple of crayons so they can color when we are waiting to eat. But, did you know that more than a half-million pounds of crayons are thrown out every year? The problem is, they’re wax…

St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital Helps Send Extra Love with Virtual Valentines

The world’s top pediatric cancer center, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital wants help in bringing cheer, love, and laughter to the youth who are currently under their care. You can send a special greeting virtually with a sweet Valentine’s Day message. Here’s how it works. Click here to head to St. Jude’s virtual card webpage. Select the ‘create card’ button,…

National Writers Series Opens Scholarship Opportunity for 11th & 12th-Grade Students in the Grand Traverse Area

The National Writers Series has partnered with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation to provide a wonderful opportunity for 11th and 12th-grade students in the Grand Traverse Area. This new initiative is aimed to help inspire young writers, and give them a chance at a $1,000 scholarship. Here’s how to enter. Submissions will be accepted at the Grand Traverse Regional Community…

‘the four’ Sessions: Celebrating Michigan’s Birthday with The Accidentals and their Song ‘Michigan and Again’

Michigan turned 184 years old today, and to mark the occasion we asked our dear friends of ‘the four’, The Accidentals if they could help us celebrate. They shared their wonderful song, ‘Michigan and Again’, which is about the beautiful Great Lakes State, and what they admire most about it. Listen to the folky tune and the thoughtful lyrics, take…

Xavier & Melissa Take Part in the Polar Plunge Challenge all Thanks to ‘the four’ Viewers

Back in December, we gave our viewers a challenge. The terms were – if they got our Facebook page to 6000 ‘page likes’, then Xavier Hershovitz and Melissa Smith would participate in this year’s Michigan Law Enforcement Polar Plunge. Fortunately, for our viewers, and not so much for Melissa and Xavier, we hit our mark on social media, and as…