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St. Patrick-St. Anthony Euchre Party Set for January 17th in Grand Haven

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Euchre Party Set for January 17th in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, MICH.The St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center will be the setting for the parish’s annual Euchre Party, to benefit Catholic Education in the Tri-Cities area.

The event will be held Saturday, January 17,  beginning with registration at 6:30 p.m.  The general public is invited to attend. Games start at 7:30 p.m. 

Cost to attend is $15 per player and participants are encouraged to bring quarters for euchres.  The price of admission includes snacks.  A cash bar, door prizes and 50/50 raffle will also be part of the evening’s festivities.

The St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center is located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven. For further information, contact the parish at (616) 842-0001 or visit the parish website.

As temperatures drop, thermometer rises at United Way

As temperatures drop, thermometer rises at United Way

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is more than half-way to its community campaign goal.

As of Dec. 18, business and private donations totaled 57 percent of the organization’s $2.3 million goal.  United Way staff and campaign volunteers aim to raise at least six percent more during the previous drive. Eight local companies—Automatic Spring Products, West Michigan Molding, Macatawa Bank, Brilliance Audio, Great Lakes Castings, Elzinga and Volkers, SAF Holland  and Consumers Energy—have already donated more than in years past.

“That will get us to our goal of $2.3 million,” said Tony Verplank,  campaign co-chair and president of Pliant Plastics Corporation in Spring Lake.

Greater Ottawa County United Way serves 56 community partner programs

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—With this flu season on track to be one of the worst in years, the American Red Cross is worried blood donations will take a hit.

Traditionally, the winter months are already a difficult time for donation drives, with holiday traveling, school breaks and inclement weather.  The American Red Cross is hoping more West Michiganders will make a resolution to roll up their sleeve and give life-saving blood.  All blood types are needed. 

 

Allegan

  • Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. – American Legion

 

Allendale

  • Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center

 

Coopersville

  • Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Coopersville United Methodist Church

 

Fennville

LDL begins 2015 with personal fraud and identity theft program January 8

LDL begins 2015 with personal fraud and identity theft program January 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library invites the public to join David Garland of FirstMerit Bank on Thursday, Jan. 8 for an interactive and insightful presentation regarding personal fraud and identity theft.

Learn what to carry in a purse or wallet, what to keep in one’s safe deposit box or home safe, and what information to share over the phone. Garland will teach the right way to check a credit report and the safest way to use debit and credit cards. There will be a question and answer session to allow additional discussion.

The program will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town:Registration open for LDL’s two-part wood carving techniques workshop

My Town:Registration open for LDL’s two-part wood carving techniques workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Artist Terry Kipling will demonstrate wood carving with an emphasis on the many methods of wood removal in a two-part workshop series at the Loutit District Library on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. and concluding on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

An assortment of tools, including high-speed grinders, foredoms, rasps, draw knives, chisels and bow sanders will be used to shape and remove wood in the process of creating a beautiful art piece.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

My Town: Annual winter reading program returns to Loutit District Library

My Town: Annual winter reading program returns to Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will host the 23nd annual Cabin Fever Reliever, a winter reading program for adults, beginning Jan. 1 and running through March 31, 2015.

Participants who read or listen to ten books during this time will receive a thermometer keychain provided by the Friends of Loutit District Library.

Books and audiobooks must be checked out at Loutit District Library; eBooks and eAudiobooks must be downloaded from OverDrive. Adult readers can register and pick up a reading log at the checkout desk during normal business hours.

“Many library patrons look forward to the beginning of this annual book club as a way of getting through those doldrums that can result from cold and gloomy winter weather,” said Library Director John Martin.