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Saint Mary's Church Seeks Law Enforcement, Safety, Firefighters, EMTs for "Blue Mass" September 11

Saint Mary's Church Seeks Law Enforcement, Safety, Firefighters, EMTs for "Blue Mass" September 11

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 19, 2011Father Dan DePew, pastor with Saint Mary’s Church at 406 east Savidge Street in Spring Lake, announced today that the church is seeking involvement from area law enforcement, public safety, firefighters, EMTs and first responders in order to recognize them at an upcoming “Blue Mass” celebration and reception honoring their service on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 11 a.m.

“We would like to invite individuals who are part of these public service organizations that respond, protect, serve and rescue persons around the Tri-Cities in order to thank and honor them at this important remembrance event on 11-11 at 11.  So, we are strongly encouraging them to call us with their contact information so we can involve them in our event,” said Fr. DePew.

Grand Haven Hosts Free Outdoor Concert Series

Grand Haven Hosts Free Outdoor Concert Series

For over 60 years the first Reformed Church of Grand Haven has been hosting WOW, Worship on the Waterfront.  These free concerts are held at the Grand Haven waterfront along the pier of Grand Haven channel.  Concerts are held every Sunday 7:30-8:45 through August 28th.  This Sunday, July 24th, the performance is local favorite Rick Hopkins and his band.  Rick, a worship leader at Ada Bible Church, in 2007 released his first album Still Frame which featured "Lift Up Your Eyes", the top requested song of 2008 on WCSG.http://www.rickhopkins.com/.  Rick is currently working on his 3rd full-length album.  Concerts are free to the public and are held rain or shine, cancelled only in the event of severe weather.  For more information visit http://www.worshiponthewaterfront.org/WOW/Home.html.

Spring Lake Arts District Showcase

July 23rd - 24th, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Seven Steps Up Event & Banquet Center

Seven Steps Up Event & Banquet Center is hosting a Showcase Reception for the Spring Lake Arts District.

The reception showcasing art related businesses in Spring Lake will be on July 23 (Saturday) and July 24 (Sunday) from noon to 4pm each day.

Participants include:
- Minerva's Hand, a main street business that features an eclectic ensemble of handcrafted items by Michigan artists and artisans.

- Graffia Gallery, owned by local artist Linda Dimitroff. Graffia is a fine art gallery showcasing local, national, and international artists.

- Dreese Fine Art & Framing, owned by local artist, Christi Dreese-Carter. The gallery features regional artists creating paintings, pottery, photography, handmade jewelry, and custom framing.

Dr. Stephen Monsma to speak on John Adams at Loutit District Library

Dr. Stephen Monsma to speak on John Adams at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN -- To complement the John Adams Unbound exhibit at the Loutit District Library, Dr. Stephen Monsma, Research Fellow at the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Pepperdine University, will present a discussion on the exhibit’s theme “Service to God” on Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Monsma’s presentation reveals John Adams’s fascination with questions of religion and spirituality. Adams read widely in the subject all his life and he even considered becoming a minister in his younger years before settling upon the law. Despite his lifelong pursuit of religious studies and interest in spiritual controversies, his fundamental beliefs remained constant. As he affirmed to Jefferson at the age of 81, “The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my Religion.”

CPP Does Family Theatre Bigger and Better than Ever!

CPP Does Family Theatre Bigger and Better than Ever!

From: http://www.centralparkplayers.org

Central Park Players Family Theatre production of “Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood “   has five sets of siblings, giving the term “Family Theatre” a real meaning.

When Kathryn Jaeger takes the stage as Little Red, her father George, will be singing with her as the The King and Big Bad Wolf.  Two other Jaeger kids are in the cast, Carl as Oswald, and Sophia in Chorus.

Nine-year-old  Skylar Coon is in Chorus, and her twin Kyle, plays Wise Prince Jason. Their big sister Haylee is working backstage.  Fairy Godmother, played by Ashley Klaassen has a younger sister Hanna, who is also in Chorus.  

Ema Strauss, who plays a Narrator, will be sharing the stage with her sister, Grace who plays Emma, a Lady-in-Waiting.  

Loud Prince Frank, Spencer Thompson is joined by his brother Carter, as Mr. Hood.

Saint Mary's Festival a Huge Amount of Fun!

Saint Mary's Festival a Huge Amount of Fun!

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 9, 2011 -- Hundreds of people turned out at the annual and very popular Saint Mary's Festival.  The festival featured kids' rides, games of chance, a bake sale, Bungee flying fun, a dunk tank, a White Elephant Sale, entertainment, food, beer tent, Bingo and a raffle.

The White Elephant Sale featured a variety of bake ware, office furniture, office equipment, men, women and children's clothing, games, books, kitchen items, plus sporting goods and household furniture.

Some of the more unusual items available at the White Elephant Sale included a pair of men's waders, a salt-water aquarium, deep-sea diving suit, hand-painted porcelain bakeware and unusual Christmas ornaments.

Watercolor Painting Workshop at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI--Feeling creative but don’t have the tools to express it?  Try your hand at painting with watercolors at Spring Lake District Library on Sat., July 30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. Award-winning local artist Mary Sundstrom will demonstrate basic skills and techniques during this hands-on class. Participants will have the opportunity to paint a still life and learn special techniques like wax, leaf printing, and resist. The class is open to those age 16 and older. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Call the library at 616.846.5770 to register. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 21. A $10 materials fee is payable at the time of the workshop.

Sundstrom is an instructor with the Holland Area Arts Council. Her work can be seen this September at the Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven and on-line at www.marysundstom.mosaicglobe.com.