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My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

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(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.

 

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Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

Loutit District Library announces Adopt-a-Book program

Loutit District Library announces Adopt-a-Book program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library has the perfect gift for book lovers on your holiday list. Order a book to “adopt” and add to the Library’s collection as a great way to memorialize a departed loved one or honor a cherished family member, friend or event. You choose the item to be donated and we place a bookplate in it to recognize your donation.

In years past library staff have decorated ornaments to hang on a tree near the Adult Information Desk. This year will be a little different! Grand Haven’s The Bookman bookstore is partnering with the library to give local residents an opportunity to purchase children’s books as gifts for the library. Library staff have created a wishlist of titles that are available from The Bookman. This will operate much like a gift registry at the store.

Blues man Dave Rucks performs at the Loutit District Library November 9

Blues man Dave Rucks performs at the Loutit District Library November 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Loutit District Library continues its year-long centennial celebration and Sunday concert series on Nov. 9 as West Michigan Blues man Dave Rucks presents an afternoon of soothing sounds.

Using digital recording equipment with individual amplifiers, Rucks recreates the sound of a full band of artists in his unique one-man show. His past performances include opening for Teddy Pendergrass and most recently for Buckcherry and Vince Neil. Come, sit back, and enjoy the soothing sounds of Ruxy Muzik in a performance that will long be remembered.

This free concert will be held in LDL’s upper level lobby from 2-3 p.m.

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree Celebrates 30 Years!

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree Celebrates 30 Years!

MUSKEGON, Mich.--The Mona Shores High School Choir’s Singing Christmas Tree is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year.

This Muskegon area event has become a rich tradition for families near and far as a way of kicking off their holiday and getting into the spirit of the season. With their debuts on THE TRAVEL CHANNEL and THE LEARNING CHANNEL, as well as their 2013 Excellence in Education Award, sponsored by the Michigan Association of School Boards, their popularity has spread and large crowds are expected.

According to Director Shawn Lawton, “Groups as far as Toronto have called to book tickets. I have never experienced a year where multiple tour companies outside of our area, have inquired about the show.

Zentangle art workshop continues at LDL on October 30

Zentangle art workshop continues at LDL on October 30

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Learn how to take Zentangle-inspired art to the next level by adding color.

Instructor Barbara Carlson will provide a variety of mediums to explore, such as watercolor pencils, gellatos, markers, watercolor paints, and sprays. Students will color existing tangles as well as create their own. Prior tangle experience will be helpful but not a requirement.

Carlson’s workshop will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Loutit District Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Program Room A.

There is a $10 materials fee payable at the Library's Public Computing Desk.

Fall Play at Spring Lake High School

Fall Play at Spring Lake High School

Spring Lake High School Theatre is pleased to announce the first fall play for this school year.

Performed by 9th and 10th graders, HIDING IN THE OPEN by Kira Obolensky is based on the memoirs of Sabina Zimmering. 

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.

 

St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.

 

The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.

 

“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.