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My Town Grand Haven: Learn the Origins of the Gaelic Harp March 11 at the Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Learn the Origins of the Gaelic Harp March 11 at the Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Most people recognize the harp as the national emblem of Ireland, but did you know that the familiar triangular-framed harp did not originate in Ireland?

Kerry FitzGerald, who presents educational programs and pens under the name Kerry Ross, will present a PowerPoint discussion at the Loutit District Library on Wednesday, March 11 featuring samples from the tradition’s finest harpists. FitzGerald examines the history and development of the instrument and explores what makes the Gaelic harp unique.

This program is free to the public beginning at 7 p.m. in the library’s Program Room A. For more information on this performance or any library program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk

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Exhibit: “Seen and those things hidden”

Live Music:  Bill Ellingboe, acoustic guitarist.

Location:  C2C Gallery, 104 Washington, Grand Haven

Date:  March 6, 2015; 6-8pm.

C2C Gallery is excited to show organize a new exhibit featuring the nonrepresentational paintings by Margie Welek Fagan and ceramic houses by Jacob Koster.

My Town Grand Haven: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Celtic Band Uneven Ground March 8

My Town Grand Haven: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Celtic Band Uneven Ground March 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities come early at Loutit District Library (LDL) as the library’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues on March 8 with the traditional Celtic band "Uneven Ground" (UG).

Uneven Ground is a four-piece traditional Celtic band that blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey. Jigs, reels, airs, hornpipes, stories, and songs comprise the band’s traditional repertoire.

The concert will be held on LDL’s upper level lobby area from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Library officials urged the public to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Funding for LDL’s 2014-15 Sunday Concert Series is generously provided by the Matilda and Harold Crane Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to offer Ash Wednesday masses Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to offer Ash Wednesday masses Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish, located at 920 Fulton Street, will offer two Ash Wednesday masses with distribution of ashes on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to signal the beginning of the Lenten season. 

Fr. Phil Shangraw, priest and canonical administrator for the parish, will preside over both masses.  Anyone wishing to attend the masses is invited to come.

Ash Wednesday occurs 40 days before Good Friday.  In the Catholic church, on Ash Wednesday the faithful have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross, as a symbol that the person belongs to Jesus Christ, who died on a cross.

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

Aspect Foundation is a nonprofit organization that can show families how to have a cultural adventure of a lifetime.

Host families, married adults and single adults are encouraged to host an international high school student for a semester or an academic year.

Aspect Foundation works with students of nearly 30 different countries that all share the same vision-- to experience life the American way. The students are ages 15-18 years and chosen by their English proficiency, maturity and academic excellence with a variety of different abilities and interests.  They arrive in August.

Potential host families can view student profiles or get more information at www.aspectfoundation.org or call 1-877-966-6498 or 1-800-US-YOUTH.  

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

My Town: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Damstra-Spring February 8

My Town: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Damstra-Spring February 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Acoustic harmony favorites from the likes of  The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Mama Cass, Keith Urban, The Monkees, and more will be presented as Loutit District Library (LDL) Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues on Feb. 8 with the energetic duo Damstra-Spring, “The Trace Duo.”

The concert will be held on LDL’s upper level lobby area from 2  p.m. to 3 p.m. LDL officials urge patrons to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

"The Trace Duo" is Steve Damstra and Robin Spring, formerly of the bands “The Trace” and "Natchez Trace."  Damstra and Spring have been performing for decades.  They began playing together in 2006 when an acoustic reincarnation of Natchez Trace reformed.