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Free spring movies through April 26

Free spring movies through April 26

Goodrich Quality Theater at 17220 Hayes Street in Grand Haven welcomes the community every Saturday and Sunday morning, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., to see a select movie for free. All ages are invited to these movie opportunities through April 26:

4/11 & 4/12: How to Train Your Dragon 2

4/18 & 4/19: Penguins of Madagascar

4/25 & 4/26: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Call (616) 844-7469 or visit http://www.goodrichqualitytheaters.com/michigan/grandhaven9/ for more information.

LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents GVSU Student String Quartet

LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents GVSU Student String Quartet

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The Laker Quartet from Grand Valley State University will present a classical concert of string instruments as the Loutit District Library’s Sunday Concert Series continues on April 12.

The student quartet features violinists Jaclyn Ruedisueli and Alison Sall; violist Elizabeth Boyce; and cellist Kevin Flynn who will perform works by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and German composer Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert will be held on LDL’s upper level lobby area from 2-3 p.m. Library officials urged the public to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1p.m. on Sundays.

Funding for LDL’s 2014-15 Sunday Concert Series is generously provided by the Matilda and Harold Crane Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

For more information on this performance or any library program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

LDL Presents GVSU Professor/Author in Syrian and Lebanese Studies April 9

LDL Presents GVSU Professor/Author in Syrian and Lebanese Studies April 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– Author and GVSU professor Jim Goode will present a brief history of the old Syrian community of Grand Rapids, one of the largest in the United States on Thursday, April 9 at the Loutit District Library.

He will discuss patterns of immigration, the economic and religious character of the community, and its slow process of acculturation. He will focus on one member of this community in particular, businessman Joseph Nejem, who made his home in Grand Haven from 1908 to 1970

Goode’s program is free to the public and runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the LDL’s Program Room A. For more information on LDL programs, visit www.loutitilibbrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

Lawsuit filed over G.H. cross ordinance


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - A group of Grand Haven residents are suing the city over an ordinance passed in January restricting public displays on Dewey Hill, notably a 48-foot cross that's been a fixture in the waterfront community since 1964.

Former Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Helen Brinkman filed the suit this week in Ottawa County Circuit Court on behalf of a group called the "Citizens of Grand Haven." The lawsuit says the recently enacted ordinance is "hostile to the cross as religious speech."

"They're very distraught about it; the cross has been there for a generation,'' Brinkman said. "The ultimate goal is not for money, it's not for anything other than to have them repeal a resolution that's unconstitutional on its face because it discriminates against religious speech.''

Holland windmill historical errors corrected


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Errors in stories told about Holland's iconic windmill are being exposed. After years of research, a local expert says she's setting the record straight with a new book that coincides with the windmill's 50th anniversary celebration.

WZZM 13 is learning what parts of the windmill's story have been wrong for decades. Just like the old parts of a windmill need replacing, so do some parts of history.

"We have to admit the history is not quite what it seemed," says Alisa Crawford, a miller at Windmill Island in Holland.

For Crawford, the best tool was years of researching De Zwaan Windmill.

"The place we thought it came from 50 years ago is slightly different than the true story," says Crawford.

My Town: Exchange Food for Fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

My Town: Exchange Food for Fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- As part of its observance of National Library Week, Loutit District Library is again offering patrons the opportunity to exchange Food for Fines.

From April 12 through April 18, patrons can bring in non-perishable food or personal hygiene products for donation to Love INC and receive a waiver of $1.00 per item (up to a maximum of $5.00) off their current late fees at the library.

The food items most needed by Love INC include "Helper" cereal, spaghetti sauce, chunky and condensed soups, canned tuna and chicken, canned peaches, pears and fruit cocktail, applesauce, canned tomatoes, jams and jellies, peanut butter, pancake mix, syrup, and canned pasta.  No expired items will be accepted.

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church set for mission trip milestone in Haiti

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church set for mission trip milestone in Haiti

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- A team of parishioners from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven will soon travel to Morne L'Hopital, Haiti to bring much-needed supplies to a school and sister parish Sts. Simon and Jude.

The trip on April 8-14 marks the 20th anniversary of collaboration between the parishes, which are separated by 1,883 miles.  Over the past two decades, 101 parishioners from St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish have made mission trips to Sts. Simon and Jude Parish and other outreach ministries in Haiti to help the poorest of the poor.

"While our focus is education, we support the day-to-day operation of the parish priest and his staff, plus assist in the medical clinic in a complementary way," said Jose Astua, director of mission and ministry with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven.