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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.

13th Annual Coopersville Chili Cook-Off

13th Annual Coopersville Chili Cook-Off

This Cook-Off is on Saturaday, February 25, 2017 at the Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center, located at 375 Main St. in Coopersville. Phone 616-997-8555

The event is limited to 12 entries so it will be on a first come basis. Registration fee per contestant or team is $10.00. Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 is a first time pay-out.

Chili must be made ahead of time and each contestant/team will get a table to set up and decorate. The committee is suggesting you make 2 - 3 gallons of chili but 4 - 6 gallons is encouraged.

Votes will e sold 2/$1 or 12/$5. Live music along with kids activities and crafts will be featured.

The Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by 327 Pizza & Pub.

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade

Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade

The first Saturday of December brings the whole community together for the start of the Christmas Holiday!

Bring the family out to downtown Grand Haven before 6pm for the popular Jingle Bell Parade showcasing lighted floats, music and costumed characters brought to you by non-profit organizations & businesses. Following this excitement, the sound of caroling accompanies the lighting of the community Christmas tree in Central Park.

Don’t miss downtown Grand Haven as it comes alive on Saturday, December 3 from 6-7pm.

Call: (616)842-4499 for more information or visit www.visitgrandhaven.com for more events.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.