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MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town Grand Haven: Play confronts the violence of rape in society today

My Town Grand Haven: Play confronts the violence of rape in society today

 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Local playwright Walter (Mac) Davis,  who had written, directed and starred last year in his Emily Dickens play, "Aberration of Starlight", has written another work- a more emotional piece titled "Every Six Minutes Violence" presented on Thursday, April 24 at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue.

Davis’s play brings light to the fact that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. He believes his play provides a painful self-analysis of the violent act of rape to women in today’s society.

“'Every Six Minutes' is an attempt to create a work of art as its title identifies a primary fact: in the U.S. today,  a woman is raped every six minutes-and this statistic reflects only reported rapes,” said Davis.

My Town Grand Haven: 'Lessons from the Renovation and Restoration of a 1880s Home' May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.--  A couple who renovated and restored their historic home in Grand Haven will share their lessons with the community during a special presentation at Loutit District Library on Monday, April 21.

Karl and Barb Rowe will present “Restoring What You Have: Lessons from the Renovation and Restoration of a 1880s Home” at 7 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Monday’s presentation is meant to promote the Historic Home Tour, which will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  This year’s tour will focus on historic homes in Spring Lake, with stops at homes on Savidge Street and Maple Terrace. 

Tickets for the tour are $10 or $25 for a ticket plus a year membership to the museum.

Methodist church in Grand Haven invites public to Holy Week services

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-Dan Dunan, senior pastor with United Methodist Church of the Dunes, is inviting the general public to Holy Week sevices beginning this Thursday at the church.  

Maundy Thursday sevices will begin at 7 p.m. in the church's social hall on Aprl 17, followed by Good Friday services at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary on Aprl 18, and Easter Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on April 20.  Instrumental music, brass, percussion, a chancel choir and bells of glory musicians will perform.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes is located at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. Anyone interested in receiving further information should contact the church at (616) 842-7980.

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Classical music has been the most requested music form for concert goers of the Loutit District Library Sunday Afternoon Concert Series. As a result, that popular genre will again be featured as LDL presents the Grand Valley State University Student String Quartet on April 13.

The GVSU Student Quartet is comprised of violinists Jaclyn Ruedisueli and Alison Sall, violist Elizabeth Boyce and cellist Kevin Flynn. They will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 No. 4 in C Minor. The movement consists of Allegro ma non tanto, Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto, Menuetto: Allegretto, and Allegro – Prestissimo.

The monthly concert series begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level and are free to the public. Library officials urge patrons to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

SCORE business series continues at LDL with workshop on starting a nonprofit organization

SCORE business series continues at LDL  with workshop on starting a nonprofit organization

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- It doesn’t matter if a business is to make a profit or if the business is to change the world, it still needs to be done right. While profit is not the main motivation of nonprofits and community organizations, you must be fiscally solvent to remain in operation. 

Loutit District Library (LDL) will offer a free workshop on Tuesday, April 22 from 6-8 p.m.

My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— A lakeshore tradition returns this month, bringing beer, blues and lots of beans to  Grand Haven.

Grand Haven’s Chilly Blues is April 25-27.  Visitors can sample a variety of chili soups while listening to live blues performances, including the national act, Big James and the Chicago Playboys.

"The longevity of the event is due to the quality of the music, the fun atmosphere, and the popular chili contest that draws people from all over the state.  It has come to signify the beginning of summer in Grand Haven!" says Steve Loftis who started Chilly Blues 22 years ago along with Greg Gilmore of the Kirby House.  “We are again hosting the beer tent for the Saturday night extravaganza!”

Admission to the entertainment/beer tent on Saturday night is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event.   The chili cook-off begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor.  For additional event information, call (616) 846-8400.