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Art Workshops @ SLDL

Art Workshops @ SLDL

Art Workshops @ SLDL


It’s all about art during the month of August at Spring Lake District Library. The library will be hosting both a watercolor and a pastel workshop. Adults and youth age 15 and older are invited to sign up for either or both. Each workshop is taught by an award winning local artist. Pre-registration is required and registrations are accepted at the Check Out Desk at the library. A non-refundable $10 materials fee is due at the time of registration. Seating is limited. All materials will be provided. Attendees should plan on bringing a lunch.


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Dance music, pig roast part of VFW Coast Guard bash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Haven VFW is holding its 2014 Coast Guard Celebration Bash, featuring electronic dance music (EDM), classic rock, food and a "human firecracker."

Events begin at 5 p.m. Thursday with drink specials, food, and several EDM bands until midnight.

Friday's events begin at 11 a.m., with the "Pig Roast Pig Out" sponsored by Sobie Meats at 5 p.m. Classic rock performers will sing throughout the day and night.

Saturday's events start at 11 a.m., with drinks, music and more classic rock. John Fletcher, who goes by the stage name of "Ghengis John the Human Firecracker", is also set to appear Saturday.

The Bash will be held at the VFW at 20 N. First Street in Grand Haven. Admission is free.

Public safety and lakeshore piers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - Normally, the Grand Haven pier is a safe place to walk, fish, or enjoy the view, but when the wind picks up it can be very dangerous.

Last week a mother was walking with her child when a wave crashed into the pier, causing the child to fall into the water. The mother then jumped in after her child. In this case, the child and mother were rescued.

The pier has had its share of tragedy, though. A sign at the entrance memorializes two teens killed after going out on the pier in rough weather.

Police say that they are frequently called out to the pier, but despite that, the pier is rarely closed for conditions.

Officer Clinton Holt is a public safety officer for Grand Haven.

"I have been with the city for over 21 years, and I can only remember on two occasions that we have ever physically closed the pier," he said.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

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Coast Guard ships arrive for festival

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a chilly Monday afternoon as ships made their way up the Grand River for the annual parade of ships at the Coast Guard Festival.

Hundreds of spectators lined the boardwalk to watch Coast Guard vessels like the 225' Hollyhock pass. This year there were only a few ships due to the weather, but that didn't stop many from enjoying the event.

"It's a little cold and we thought there would be a few more ships, but it is good it is fun," said festival-goer Courtney Ramsford.

"Well, the parade of ships is really a visual connecting piece between the United States Coast Guard and the city of Grand Haven, Coast Guard City, USA. When the ships arrive, you know we are off to a great start," said Commander Mike Smith.

The ships are docked near the Coast Guard building on South Harbor Drive. Coast Guard Festival runs through August 3.

Car Show at the Coast Guard Festival

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - Sunday's weather cooperated just long enough for the activities at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. This is the 90th year for the festival.

Thousands are expected to attend the 10 day event, which features parades, fireworks, and live entertainment.

Sunday, the festival took to the streets with dozens of classic cars participating in the Cruise-In Car Show.

The visiting Ships arrive in Grand Haven Monday. The festival runs through August 2nd.

My Town: Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10

My Town: Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the eighth annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10.

With the theme, “Pirates through the Ages,” pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas will come from around Michigan and the Midwest to entertain everyone, from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers. New to this year’s festival is the Mermaid Queen with a group of her mermaids. This is the first performance for the mermaid group in Michigan.