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My Town: Author presents inspirational discussion on his childhood challenges

My Town: Author presents inspirational discussion on his childhood challenges

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Author David Burch presents his life story of self transformation from abuse, poverty and tragedy in "Pocket Full of Dreams" on Thursday, June 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Loutit District Library.

In "Pocket Full of Dreams", Burch shares his heartbreaking but ultimately triumphant story. Readers will be profoundly affected by his courage and resolve - and inspired to overcome challenges they may be facing in their own lives.

Over the years, Burch had been encouraged by others to share his story. On Feb. 22, 2011, the day before his 50th birthday, he began to write.

My Town: Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest returns Saturday, June 21

My Town: Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest returns Saturday, June 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Groups, families and individuals are invited to the Grand Haven City Beach to build art in the sand this Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants have two hours to develop a unique creation that will be judged and potentially awarded prizes. Visitors are encouraged to check out the sand creations that evolved from these talented artists.  

For more information, call (616) 842-4910 or visit www.grandhavenchamber.org/sand-sculpture-contest.

My Town Grand Haven: New Tri-Cities Music Festival connects community

My Town Grand Haven: New Tri-Cities Music Festival connects community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- He was the inspiration behind the Spread the Music Foundation in the Tri-Cities area. Now, once again, Grand Haven Charter Township musician/songwriter David Palmer has been stung by the musical community spirit bug.

Palmer has founded the Walk the Beat Foundation which features the tagline “Teaching the Rhythm of Life.” This new foundation will kick off with Walk the Beat, an event to be held on Aug. 16 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature more than 300 musicians from all genres and thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

A collection of 40 businesses throughout Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg will host a soloist/duet/trio for the first 2.5 hours of the event and a band for the second 2.5 hours for a total of 80 musical performances. The public will be welcome to come and go from each musical event at any time.

Michigan Notable Books Author Tour comes to the Loutit District Library

Michigan Notable Books Author Tour comes to the Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Author Donald Lystra, a Michigan native, will visit Loutit District Library in Program Room A on June 18 at 6  p.m. to talk about his works "A Season of Water and Ice", and "Something that Feels like Truth", a collection of short stories praised by the American Library Association’s Booklist.

Lystra resides in nearby Ann Arbor and is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he received degrees in both electrical engineering and sociology. Lystra worked as an engineer before he began writing in the 1990s.

Copies of both Lystra’s books are available to be checked out at Loutit District Library. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.

My Town Grand Haven: Library summer reading programs present 'Tales of a Bone Digger' June 17

My Town Grand Haven: Library summer reading programs present 'Tales of a Bone Digger' June 17

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- CSI fans ages 8 years and up –You won’t want to miss these programs as Forensic Scientist William Grant gives kids the inside scoop on how crime is solved. 

My Town Grand Haven: Centennial programs continue at LDL with sports historian

My Town Grand Haven: Centennial programs continue at LDL with sports historian

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - What were the sports in, around and beyond Grand Haven more than a century ago?

Michigan High School Athletic Association sports historian Ron Pesch will answer that question with a special centennial presentation at Loutit District Library. Pesch will explain how athletics at local high schools, community sports leagues and national events like Harvard's crushing defeat of Yale in the historic Blue "bowl" in 1914, all helped pave the way for the multi-billion dollar industry we have today.

This free presentation is Thursday, June 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.

Pesch is also a member of the board of directors of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame, and is on the board of directors of the International Buster Keaton Society Inc.

My Town: Library summer reading programs begin June 10 with Truck Petting Zoo

My Town: Library summer reading programs begin June 10 with Truck Petting Zoo

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library staff will kick off their list of summer reading programs with a Truck Petting Zoo on June 10 from 10 a.m. until noon for kids of all ages.

This program is free and held in the LDL's Fourth Street parking lot. Kids will have a chance to take an up-close look at the trucks and other vehicles used to help keep Grand Haven in good shape.

Some of the vehicles available include: an alternative fuel bus (LP gas) from Harbor Transit; a Tool Cat from Grand Haven Township; a long ladder truck - with ladder extended - and a police car from Grand Haven Dept. of Public Safety; an ambulance from North Ottawa Community Hospital; a dump truck from Ottawa County Road Commission; a motorcycle officer from Michigan State Police; and an air boat or some other type of boat from the Coast Guard.

Workers will be available to answer questions about their vehicle.