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My Town Grand Haven: Library hosts free workshop on how to take better photos

My Town Grand Haven: Library hosts free workshop on how to take better photos

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- In the world of photography, sometimes what you need isn't a better camera, but knowledge of the principles that go into making a great image.

The public is invited to join photographer Jennifer Batts for her presentation "Learning to See Creatively: How to Take Great Photos with Any Camera" on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Loutit District Library from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Batts will explore ideas, techniques and compositional guidelines for improving your photography. Anyone with any kind of camera can attend and learn something new and can start taking better photos tomorrow.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announce Labor Day and winter hours

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announce Labor Day and winter hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be closed Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. It will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours a day. Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts.

Sunday hours will resume on Sept. 7. The library’s winter hours will be in effect until Memorial Day 2015. The library’s winter hours are:

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Reservations are now open at the Loutit District Library for a new twelve-week senior fitness program meeting on Mondays, beginning Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays beginning Sept.12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program is presented by Gayle Patterson from AgeWell in Muskegon. A one-time registration admits participants to all 24 sessions.  Participants must register by Sept. 5 at www.loutitlibrary.org or by calling (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

"Fit & Strong!" is an award-winning, multi-component, evidence-based physical activity program for seniors 60 years of age and older. This 12-week program targets older adults with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in older adults.

Fit & Strong! helps participants:

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host free showing of Frank Lloyd Wright documentary Aug. 28

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host free showing of Frank Lloyd Wright documentary Aug. 28

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The public is invited for a screening of the documentary, “Frank Lloyd Wright,” at the Loutit District Library on Aug. 28 as part of the library’s centennial celebration.

“Frank Lloyd Wright” is an American Lives Film Project by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on the architectural achievements of Frank Lloyd Wright. With exquisite live cinematography, fascinating interviews and rare archival footage, this riveting film brings Wright's unforgettable story to life. Attendees will learn more about organic architecture, what fueled Wright’s passion, and how Wright’s work changed architecture and America.

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

My Town Spring Lake: Free backpack distribution Aug. 27

My Town Spring Lake: Free backpack distribution Aug. 27

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Wednesday, Aug. 27.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at The Gate Way Church in Spring Lake, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. Wednesday's  event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. For additional information, call Diana Stubbs at (231) 733- 9672.

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The history of Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II, will be the focus of a series of a three-part series of events at the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark, 16446 Comstock Street, and Loutit District Library on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The series is presented by Dr. Brian Smith, the president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum and Team Tuskegee pilot Steve Tupper, along with two other pilots from the team.

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.