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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.

Exchange food for fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

 Exchange food for fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- As part of its observance of National Library Week, Loutit District Library is again offering patrons the opportunity to exchange Food for Fines.

From April 13 through April 19, patrons can bring in non-perishable food or personal hygiene products for donation to Love INC and receive a waiver of $1.00 per item (up to a maximum of $5.00) off their current late fees at the library.

The food items most needed by Love INC include canned meals and spaghetti, "Helper" and other meals in boxes, canned tuna and meats, and pancake mixes.

Personal hygiene products, such as toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, diapers (all sizes) and wipes, laundry detergent, soap, shaving cream, razors and deodorant, are needed as well.

Everyone is invited to donate food and necessities. Late fees are not a prerequisite.

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Criminals beware; one of the sharpest shooters in the world is right is right here in Grand Haven, serving as a public safety officer.

Dave Scott is the National Skeet Shooting Association’s current world champion, after posting a perfect score and winning a 7.5 round tiebreaker late last year.

 Scott has been honing his passion since high school.  He previously won ten state championships, and has consistently ranked among the world’s best skeet shooters.  He’s also been on the all-state team every year since 2004 and been an all-American for the past five years.

In November, the Grand Haven City Council recognized Scott’s accomplishments with a congratulatory resolution signed by the mayor.

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.