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My Town Grand Haven: Play confronts the violence of rape in society today

My Town Grand Haven: Play confronts the violence of rape in society today

 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Local playwright Walter (Mac) Davis,  who had written, directed and starred last year in his Emily Dickens play, "Aberration of Starlight", has written another work- a more emotional piece titled "Every Six Minutes Violence" presented on Thursday, April 24 at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue.

Davis’s play brings light to the fact that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. He believes his play provides a painful self-analysis of the violent act of rape to women in today’s society.

“'Every Six Minutes' is an attempt to create a work of art as its title identifies a primary fact: in the U.S. today,  a woman is raped every six minutes-and this statistic reflects only reported rapes,” said Davis.

My Town Grand Haven: 'Lessons from the Renovation and Restoration of a 1880s Home' May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.--  A couple who renovated and restored their historic home in Grand Haven will share their lessons with the community during a special presentation at Loutit District Library on Monday, April 21.

Karl and Barb Rowe will present “Restoring What You Have: Lessons from the Renovation and Restoration of a 1880s Home” at 7 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Monday’s presentation is meant to promote the Historic Home Tour, which will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  This year’s tour will focus on historic homes in Spring Lake, with stops at homes on Savidge Street and Maple Terrace. 

Tickets for the tour are $10 or $25 for a ticket plus a year membership to the museum.

My Town Grand Haven: Fire Barn Gallery exhibit opening April 17

My Town Grand Haven: Fire Barn Gallery exhibit opening April 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Fire Barn Gallery will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibit this Thursday, April 17.

“The Chronicle of Walks” features two decades of work by Adam Dahlstrom.  The exhibit shows the evolution of his artistic approach.  The show includes grid drawings, pen drawings, cartoons and abstracts.

The show opens at 6 p.m.; a gallery talk will begin at 7 p.m. with complimentary wine and hor d’oeuvres.  The exhibit will be available for viewing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 16.

The Fire Barn Gallery is hosted by Artwalk and the Grand Haven MSDDA. This exhibit is sponsored by the Frame and Mat Shop and Hostetter’s.

Methodist church in Grand Haven invites public to Holy Week services

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-Dan Dunan, senior pastor with United Methodist Church of the Dunes, is inviting the general public to Holy Week sevices beginning this Thursday at the church.  

Maundy Thursday sevices will begin at 7 p.m. in the church's social hall on Aprl 17, followed by Good Friday services at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary on Aprl 18, and Easter Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on April 20.  Instrumental music, brass, percussion, a chancel choir and bells of glory musicians will perform.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes is located at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. Anyone interested in receiving further information should contact the church at (616) 842-7980.

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Classical music has been the most requested music form for concert goers of the Loutit District Library Sunday Afternoon Concert Series. As a result, that popular genre will again be featured as LDL presents the Grand Valley State University Student String Quartet on April 13.

The GVSU Student Quartet is comprised of violinists Jaclyn Ruedisueli and Alison Sall, violist Elizabeth Boyce and cellist Kevin Flynn. They will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 No. 4 in C Minor. The movement consists of Allegro ma non tanto, Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto, Menuetto: Allegretto, and Allegro – Prestissimo.

The monthly concert series begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level and are free to the public. Library officials urge patrons to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— A lakeshore tradition returns this month, bringing beer, blues and lots of beans to  Grand Haven.

Grand Haven’s Chilly Blues is April 25-27.  Visitors can sample a variety of chili soups while listening to live blues performances, including the national act, Big James and the Chicago Playboys.

"The longevity of the event is due to the quality of the music, the fun atmosphere, and the popular chili contest that draws people from all over the state.  It has come to signify the beginning of summer in Grand Haven!" says Steve Loftis who started Chilly Blues 22 years ago along with Greg Gilmore of the Kirby House.  “We are again hosting the beer tent for the Saturday night extravaganza!”

Admission to the entertainment/beer tent on Saturday night is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event.   The chili cook-off begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor.  For additional event information, call (616) 846-8400.

Exchange food for fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

 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 13 through April 19, 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 canned meals and spaghetti, "Helper" and other meals in boxes, canned tuna and meats, and pancake mixes.

Personal hygiene products, such as toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, diapers (all sizes) and wipes, laundry detergent, soap, shaving cream, razors and deodorant, are needed as well.

Everyone is invited to donate food and necessities. Late fees are not a prerequisite.