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Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

July 3rd starts the celebration for the 4th of July in Grandville, MI when the 2nd Annual Beer, Band and BBQ kicks off in downtown Grandville, near the Library parking lot from 4:00 – 11:00pm.

People of all ages are welcome to join in with the live music and dinner served from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a variety of BBQ food items from $2.00 - $10.00. The live music will continue until 11:00pm but you must be 21 years of age to be in the Beer Tent after 8:00pm. Feel free to bring along a lawn chair to sit around the outside of the tent.

A variety of beer, wine coolers and Osgood Brewing will offer Sol Seeker and Journey. One hundred 2015 Beer, Band and BBQ decorative mugs will be sold for $5.00. VFW Post 702 will have flags and jewelry available for small donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

A lot of people figure that employees really don’t go out of the way to do anything extra any more but Linda Falkowski who works for Consumers Energy in Muskegon, Mi has proven them wrong. Linda is a field representative for the company and as such, comes in contact with numerous customers. Because of her work ethics, Linda has been given the Gatekeeper of the Year award from the State of Michigan.

Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fair on the Village Green

Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fair on the Village Green

On July 11, 2015, the Pentwater Jr. Women’s Club will host the 51st Annual Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fair from 9:00am – 5:00pm. This event is to be held on the Village Green, downtown in Pentwater.

This Fair is a juried art fair. All work must be original and of the artist’s own creation. Painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, weaving, clothing, sculpture and other media will be available. People attending also have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction on art pieces donated by many of the participating artists. The proceeds generated will be used to fund a monthly mobile food pantry.

Admission is free. There will be a refreshment stand on the Village Green operated by the Pentwater Service Club.

Additional information is available by contacting the club at pentwaterjrwomensclub@gmail.com

Hot Air Balloon Shows are always a Thrill

Hot Air Balloon Shows are always a Thrill

The Hudsonville Fairgrounds is the place to be on July 24, (5-9pm) and July 25 (1-10pm).

The 2015 Grand Rapids Balloon Festival, hosted by RE/MAX of Grand Rapids and presented by our numerous community sponsors, will be held on these dates. All proceeds to support the Children’s Miracle Network (Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital). Admission is free and a charge of $5.00 for parking.

There will be 30 Hot Air Balloons, Kids Stage, Vendor Bazaar, Classic Car Show, Arts & Craft Fair, Farmer’s Market and a Movie in the Park. Lots and lots of activities for kids. This Free, Fun and Family Focused event will be the place to be.

Meekhof Welcomes Constituent to Memorial Day Service

Meekhof Welcomes Constituent to Memorial Day Service

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R – West Olive, welcomed a local constituent, Ms. Charlotte Nelis to the State of Michigan Senate Memorial Day service, held yesterday on the Senate floor in Lansing and hosted by the honorable Senator Patrick Colbeck.

“It was a blessing to have Ms. Nelis join me for the service,” said Meekhof. “It is important that we never forget the sacrifices made by Ms. Nelis, Sgt. Seif and the rest of their family and friends.”

Ms. Nelis’s son, Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, was one of the seven marines and four soldiers killed in a helicopter crash while conducting a night training mission in Florida recently.

Grand Haven Musical Fountain Performances Return

Grand Haven Musical Fountain Performances Return

This family oriented event starts up with nightly performances beginning Memorial Day weekend & runs until Labor Day. Performances then are held Friday & Saturday evenings through September.

Nightly performances of varying starting times from 8:30pm – 10:10pm will take place, based on the darkness behind Dewey Hill. A 2-week playlist schedule will be posted at the waterfront stadium & also in the Grand Haven Tribune.

Summer – Fall Schedule:

The fountain will start at:

10:00pm on May 3 & 4, 10 & 11 and May 17th through June 12th.

10:10pm from June 13th through July 10th.

10:00pm from July 11th through August 1st.

9:50pm from August 2nd through August 15th.

9:30pm from August 16th through September 5th.

9:00pm on September 5 & 6.

8:30pm on September 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27.

Sierra Club Forum to Focus on Air Quality in West Michigan

Sierra Club Forum to Focus on Air Quality in West Michigan

GRAND HAVEN, MI – With summer just around the corner, comes ozone action days. What solutions are out there?

Come to a forum presented by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter on Thursday, June 4 at the Loutit District Library composed of local and statewide activists and experts:

- Michigan Department of Community Health Asthma Network and Michigan Air/Michigan Health

- Local students who have recently done air quality testing led by Holland League of Women Voters Representative Don Triezenberg

- GVSU Professor of Sustainability Eric Nordman, and

-Chuck Tawney from the West Michigan Jobs Group

The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A. Attendees are encouraged to come early for the booths, demonstrations and exhibits beginning at 6:30 p.m.