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My Town Grand Haven: Christmas Arts & Craft Show returns this weekend

My Town Grand Haven: Christmas Arts & Craft Show returns this weekend

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- With the holidays just around the corner, the community is invited to check out more than 50 booths with one-of-a-kind craft items that could make great gifts.

The Christmas Arts & Craft show will run this Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center, located at 421 Columbus Ave. 

For more upcoming events, call (616) 842-5518 or visit www.visitgrandhaven.com.

LDL Centennial Programs conclude Dec. 4 with closer look at Woodrow Wilson

LDL Centennial Programs conclude Dec. 4 with closer look at Woodrow Wilson

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Woodrow Wilson is widely known as an idealistic progressive,  but he was much more complicated than the textbooks make him out to be -- in his prejudices, his racy relationships, his political maneuvering, and his view of war and peace.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Loutit District Library presents Gleaves Whitney, director of Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center, who will discuss the real Woodrow Wilson.

My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

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(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.

 

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Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town Spring Lake: Shoreline Sport & Spine holds name-guessing contest

My Town Spring Lake: Shoreline Sport & Spine holds name-guessing contest

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SPRING LAKE, Mich. Shoreline Sport & Spine plans to reveal a new name December 10 and encourages the community to enter a contest on its Facebook page  to guess the new name for a chance to win a prize.

People can share their thoughts on the Shoreline Sport & Spine Facebook page at www.facebook.com/S3PhysicalTherapy by liking the page and posting a guess of the new name. The person who comes closest to guessing the new name will win a free adult fitness class membership. Individuals can also cast their guess on Twitter by tweeting with the hashtag #S3NewName.

Owners Dave Van Andel and Marty Sytsema said the name change represents a new opportunity to communicate the full scope of services Shoreline Sport & Spine now provides.

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg is pleased to announce that Kelly Larson will lead this year’s Jingle Bell Parade as Grand Marshal through downtown Grand Haven on Saturday, December 6.

Larson was honored this past May at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner as the 2014 Spirit of Community Award recipient for devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others and demonstrating leadership and initiative in the development of volunteer projects.

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Lake Trust Credit Union will kick off its annual Lake-to-Lake Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 21 with a donation of 400 turkeys by Firekeepers Casino Hotel.

Now through the holiday season, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the credit union’s 21 branches, including locations in Grandville, Holland and Grand Haven. The donations will go toward restocking pantry shelves at local food banks.  In the past two years, the holiday campaign has brought in more than 45,000 pounds of food.

In addition to Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Lake Trust is partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and Two Men and a Truck.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.