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My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

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The Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center started the 2015 school year with state-of-the-art dental chairs allowing students to gain hands-on experience with technology used in today’s dental offices.

“These chairs allow our students to gain experience on the high-tech equipment found in the current work environment and gives our students an advantage when applying for jobs after high school,” said Denise Callaghan, dental careers instructor for CTC. “Receiving these chairs as a donation from Dr. Darren Riopelle at Little Smiles provides our students with real-world experience and helps set the stage for a successful career.”

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.  

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: SCORE and LDL offers free social marketing workshop Jan. 27

My Town: SCORE and LDL offers free social marketing workshop Jan. 27

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Changes in marketing have left many small businesses wondering what they need to do. Consumers have made a monumental shift on where they are getting information- online research is on the rise. Small businesses have started to emulate what others are doing without thinking through what is the best for them.

This workshop, presented by Laura Holmes, of FineLine Creative Inc. and LaShelle Mikesell, encourages each business to listen to and observe their customers. Before making an investment in time and money, understand what you are trying to do for your business then choose which medium or mediums fits your needs.

This free workshop, presented by SCORE, will be held at the Loutit District Library on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the library’s Program Room A. To register, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Grand Haven has many resources that can help residents better their financial situation.  Neighborhood Housing Services is planning the second annual Show Me the Money Day to help bring these resources together at the Loutit District Library for residents of Ottawa County.

Show Me the Money Day is Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in program rooms A and B.  The event will include  free financial classes, table-top vendor presentations, information and appointment scheduling for free tax assistance services and prize drawings. Participants can learn how to begin to get out of debt, increase savings, about home ownership information and programs, and much more.

My Town: 'Wine about Winter' returns to downtown Grand Haven

My Town: 'Wine about Winter' returns to downtown Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Help the winter blues melt away with the discovery of Michigan wines in Grand Haven!

This Friday, Jan. 16 from 5 p.m. to10 p.m., you're invited to walk the snow-free heated sidewalks in downtown Grand Haven to experience your favorite Michigan vintage. Wine artists will be recognized in an award reception following the tasting event.

Appetizers will be available, along with Michigan artists and the Michigan author, Rick Sigsby who will be signing copies of his book, "Michigan’s Holy Water (The Great Lake Wine Bible)." For more event information, call (616) 844-1188 or visit www.visitgrandhaven.com.

My Town Grand Haven: LDL hosts collection of rare photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21

My Town Grand Haven: LDL hosts collection of rare photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – When the civil rights movement moved to Chicago in the mid-1960s, a priest named Bernard Kleina felt compelled to get involved. The Chicago Freedom Movement, led in part by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., protested the unfair housing policies.

Kleina, who was 30 years old at the time, decided to remove his collar, pick up his camera, and march. The photographs he took during that are now part collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Those photographs, titled “The Healing Power of Hope; The Chicago Freedom Movement, Then & Now,” will be on exhibit at Loutit District Library on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s upper level lobby.