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My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area for two library performances on Tuesday, July 22 as part of its summer reading club.

The Outdoor Discovery Center’s program focuses on introducing children to Michigan wildlife. Live animals including reptiles, amphibians and birds will be used during the presentation. Kids will learn unique characteristics of animals and how they fit into our diverse ecosystems. Hands-on artifacts include skins, skulls, wings, feathers and talons of several species native to Michigan.

Krupka will present at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street,  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.─An old-fashioned barbecue chicken dinner, corn boil, pie-baking contest, big wheel races, kid’s games, sweet shop, community garage sale, car show and $5,000 raffle are all planned for the St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival.

The celebration runs Friday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  The festival is open to the public.

“This year’s event is different because we’ve added a good old fashioned open-pit, chicken barbecue dinner that kids and adults will enjoy,” said Fr. Bill Langlois, parish pastor.  “We invite people to come for the fun and fellowship as we prepare whole, half chickens over charcoal in the open-pit style, along with baked beans, coleslaw and a baked potato.”

Author Henry Granger to Speak at SLDL

Author Henry Granger to Speak at SLDL

Author Henry Granger @ SLDL

 

Author and Spring Lake attorney Ed Grafton, who writes under the pen name Henry Granger, will be the guest speaker at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., July 23 at 7:00 p.m. Granger will talk about the research and travels undertaken to prepare for writing his upcoming book, “Men of Good Will,” a historical thriller.

 

Granger’s photo illustrated presentation is the perfect complement to the upcoming Coast Guard Festival as the USCG Cutter Escanaba is part of the storyline. The Escanaba served on the Great Lakes and was docked in Grand Haven until the beginning of World War II.  The icebreaker was pressed into wartime service and exploded and sank while on convoy duty during June of 1943. Granger will discuss his investigations into the sinking of the Escanaba and the history surrounding the event.

 

My Town: Bolivian priest offering Spanish masses at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish

My Town: Bolivian priest offering Spanish masses at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- After traveling 4,516 miles from Potosi, Bolivia to Grand Haven, Michigan,  Fr. Angel Florez Espinoza is now serving St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish at all 6 p.m. Sunday evening Spanish masses through September. 

He has arrived, ready to fully offer his hands and heart to the local Latino community.

St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  Fr. Angel, as he is called at his native parish at San Juan Bautista de Vitichi in Potosi, Bolivia, is no stranger to travel.  The small church in his hometown finds him serving and traveling to 60 different communities in need.  His assignment as summer priest at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish represents his fifth mission away from home.  He has served in Africa, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and other Bolivian locations.

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Lifelong West Michigan resident and essential oils specialist Nancy Ladd will present a program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, July 10, about medicinal and therapeutic benefits of certified pure essential oils.  

Ladd’s program, titled “How Essential Oils Can Help Your Health,” will demonstrate how to diffuse aromatically, apply topically, or cook with blends and single essential oils.

With more than16 years experience in holistic therapies and consulting practices, Ladd provides a wealth of knowledge in essential oils. She has overcome illness with healing modalities, as well as attended classes, trainings, lectures and workshops for continuing education.

The program is free and will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit LDL’s website, www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town Grand Haven: C2C Gallery celebrates new exhibit July 4

My Town Grand Haven: C2C Gallery celebrates new exhibit July 4

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Celebrate the long holiday weekend by checking out a new textile exhibit at C2C Gallery in Grand Haven.

The First Friday Gallery Walk on July 4 will feature "Facets of Fabric" by Grand Haven artist Barbara Fugazzotto. Fugazzotto previously taught art at Grand Haven Junior High School, and works with many mediums.  Her newest exhibit features colorful masks, bags, fans, wall hangings and more. 

Friday's event will also include musical performances by Nick Kraus and Miss Kathleen, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

C2C Gallery features the work of more than 35 Michigan artisans, as well as a working ceramic studio.  The retail art gallery is located at  104 Washington.  For more information, visit C2C Gallery's website or call (616) 935-7337.

My Town: Grand Haven Art Festival returns for 53rd year

My Town: Grand Haven Art Festival returns for 53rd year

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—You don’t have to wait until ArtPrize to enjoy a celebration centered around art.

The Grand Haven Art Festival returns to Washington Avenue weekend.  This is the 53rd year for the event, which will feature art and artists from across the country.  Pieces for sale will include pottery, jewelry, painting, glasswork and photography.   Visitors are encouraged to check out the artwork and pick out a unique decorative piece for their home or office.

The Grand Haven Art Festival will run 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit the Grand Haven Art Festival Facebook page or event website.