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As Online Learning Continues to Grow in Popularity, Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

As Online Learning Continues to Grow in Popularity, Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

As enrollment in online learning continues to increase across the county – by 80% over the past five years – two statewide, tuition-free, public virtual education schools, Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) and Michigan Connections Academy (MICA), are inviting the local community to learn more about the benefits of virtual education. Families that attend can expect to meet with staff and/or families from the school and gain valuable insight on the rigor and flexibility of virtual education and how it may be the solution for their child’s individual learning needs..

If interested, RSVP for any of the upcoming information sessions below:

Great Lakes Cyber Academy:

Pizza Party with Great Lakes Cyber Academy

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.

Fricano Place

1050 W. Western Ave., Ste. 210

Muskegon, MI 49441

Humane Society of West Michigan Experiences Record Breaking Attendance at Fundraiser

Humane Society of West Michigan Experiences Record Breaking Attendance at Fundraiser

Recently, Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) celebrated record breaking attendance at their annual Paws, Claws & Corks fundraiser, an event featuring fine wines and microbrews, tastes of Grand Rapids’ best restaurants and both live and silent auctions. More than 850 animal lovers attended the event at DeVos Place in Downtown Grand Rapids, helping HSWM exceed $200,000 in donations.

Every year, HSWM places thousands of animals into forever homes. The recent donations will enable HSWM to continue to promote the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in the communities the organization is privileged to serve.

West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to Pay Tribute to United Sates Military Members

Students from across West Michigan are joining area business leaders to celebrate local members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – during the 2nd Annual West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, May 5th. Military members will be in attendance for this event aimed at strengthening awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made and continue to make on behalf of their families, their friends and their country.

Cornbeef and Cabbage Dinner on Thursday

Cornbeef and Cabbage Dinner on Thursday

If cornbeef and cabbage are your comfort foods, the VFW invites the community to this delightful dinner.

Treat your family to some traditional Irish cooking with a cornbeef and cabbage meal before the Irish holiday. Visit the VFW located at 20 N. 1st Street in Grand Haven on Thursday, March 9 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm to enjoy a great meal, conversation and fellowship with the community.

Cost: $8.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children – 10 & under.

Call: (616)842-6210 for more information or visit www.downtowngh.com for more events.

Grand Haven Winterfest, January 26 - 29

Grand Haven Winterfest, January 26 - 29

The last weekend of January is a great time for residents, young and old! It’s a fun-filled experience you won’t want to miss!

The Glow-Bowl at Mulligan’s Hollow kick’s-off the Winterfest on Thursday evening, January 26 from 4 – 8pm. Friday, January 27 features an Art Reception from 5 - 8pm, celebrating West Michigan talent & the chance to view the 2015 Winterfest photography participants. Along with the Intergalactic Human Sled Race, taking place at Harborfront Parking Lot with registration at 7pm & the race beginning at 8pm.

Saturday, January 28 is a full day of great fun & entertainment, beginning at 9am with the Dog Pull, Cardboard Sled & Gerbil Races, a Snow Angel Contest to the Bonfire Bash from 3pm-10pm and so much more in between. Sunday, January 29, all ages can take part in the Snowboard and Ski Competition for prizes from 1 - 3pm at Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl.

Call: (616)296-0823 or visit www.winterfestmi.org for more information.

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

Heritage Jazz Fest

Heritage Jazz Fest

The Grand Haven Community Center Acacia Auditorium comes alive with talented Jazz musicians!

The community will enjoy a jazzy night on Friday, January 13 from 8:00pm-11:00pm. Reggie Page, Deb Wagner and the Grand Haven High School Buccaneer Band will light up the evening with their musical talent.

The Grand Haven Community Center is located at 421 Columbus Avenue. Admission is $25.00.

Call: (850)376-7740 or visit www.visitgrandhaven.com for tickets & more information.