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My Town: Library’s centennial programs continue with a look at an average household in 1914

My Town: Library’s centennial programs continue with a look at an average household in 1914

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Local historian Nancy Buchanan returns to the Loutit District Library on Thursday, March 27 with a look at the average household in Grand Haven in 1914, as the library’s centennial series continues.

There are no high-tech gadgets in this turn-of-the-century household; it was elbow grease and a lot of hard work. Buchanan's program features a PowerPoint slide show along with hands-on items to bring everyone back in time. 

This program is free to the public and held the LDL's Program Room A beginning for 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232. 

My Town: Redwall Series inspires St. Mary’s Church dessert competition

SPRING LAKE, MIch.―The Redwall series of children’s fantasy novels by popular author Brian Jacques is insipiring a competitive fundraiser by St. Mary's Church.

The event, called “A Taste of Redwall,” will be held May 4, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. inside the church activity center on 406 East Savidge Street in Spring Lake.  All proceeds will benefit St. Martin de Porres Orphanage Center in Tanzania, Africa.

Redwall is the name of a medieval monastery referenced throughout the book series, which made its debut in 1986. An animated television series followed in 1999. Since then, 22 Redwall novels and two picture books have been published for kids.

Animals populate the medieval world of Redwall, including hares, squirrels, mice, moles, shrews and badgers.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library primitive doll workshop March 22

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library primitive doll workshop March 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Loutit District Library is accepting registrations for a primitive doll workshop taught by local artist Mary Sundstrom on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

Experience homespun dolls of the late 19th century and beyond. Learn about the history of doll making in early America. In the past, most dolls were made at home with items found around the house. Everything was repurposed.

Have a day of fun learning as Mary Sundstrom demonstrates how to carve apple head dolls, sew simple rag dolls, and tie corn husk dolls. Bring a lunch, or plan on a 45-minute lunchbreak.

A $10 material fee upon is due upon registration, payable in the public computing center. Students must register at the public computing desk in the library.

My Town Grand Haven: Church of Dunes members create art with prayers and scripture

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)—A collaborative art project under development at United Methodist Church of the Dunes is inspiring members to weave their prayers and significant scripture passages into a wall-sized assemblage as part of Lent.

Once completed, the art project will be displayed for public viewing on Easter Sunday, April 20 at the church, located at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. UMCD offers two worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each Sunday and the general public is invited to attend.

“I appreciate the creativity of this congregation, that elicits visible and tangible ways of praising God and showing our connection to each other through this project,” said Dan Duncan, UMCD senior pastor.

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  Baker College of Muskegon is home to the pastry chef of the year in the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Masterpiece Chocolate-Pastry Competition.

This is the second consecutive year Justin Raha has won the honor.  Raha is an instructor at Baker’s Culinary Institute of Michigan.  He’s also the owner and executive pastry chef of Grand Finale Desserts & Pastries in Grand Haven.

All competitors had to create a chocolate display piece, a chocolate anniversary cake and plate presentation and a petite four presentation with eight bonbons, in honor of the event’s 25th anniversary.

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

For 133 years, the American Red Cross has taken the lead in organizing an army of volunteers to help communities devastated by disasters.

Without volunteers, the organization wouldn’t function.  That includes the more than 3.5 million people who volunteered to give blood last year, providing  a life-saving resource for patients in about 3,000 U.S. hospitals and transfusion centers. 

 “While the world changes around us, our mission never does,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “We’re all about helping others during times of great need – and we can do that because of the generosity of countless volunteers and donors—including people who roll up their sleeve and give blood.”

If you’d like to join the efforts, the following blood drivers are scheduled:

My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

SPRING LAKE, Mich.―During a special “Announcement Weekend” mass held recently at St. Mary’s Church in Spring Lake, Fr. Dan DePew made public for the first time the news that St. Mary’s church parishioners pledged $1,876,280 over the past month toward construction of a new St. Mary’s Catholic Education Center.

The proposed Center is expected to be built at 421 East Exchange Street in Spring Lake within the next three to four years. Plans call for it to replace the existing St. Mary’s School, which is currently located at the site. The 15,000 square foot school was built in 1954 and has been deemed to be beyond its life expectancy. It currently serves 212 students from 1,250 families who live in Coopersville, Ferrysburg, Grand Haven, Fruitport and Spring Lake. The nearby St. Mary’s Church, which sits adjacent to the school, houses a preschool and after-school extension program, as well as faith formation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programs.