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Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including:

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  In honor of the upcoming “Celebrate Law Day”, the Ottawa County courts are offering a discount on an upcoming run this Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Participants of the Katty Shack 5K Memorial Run/Walk can save $5 on the $20 registration fee by signing up at the Grand Haven Days Inn Wednesday, between noon and 6 p.m.  Those who register that day will also be entered into a giveaway contest which includes a Grand Haven hotel package, movie gift certificates, food and a restaurant gift card.

The Katty Shack 5K honors those affected by violent crime.  The run was created in honor of four people murdered in September 2008 in Wright Township: Katherine Brown (nicknamed "Katty Shack"); and Jeremy, Tyler and Sharmaine Zimmer. Proceeds from the event will go to the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.

Former radio talk show host to speak on 'self transformation' at Loutit District Library

Former radio talk show host to speak on 'self transformation' at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Learn how to master yourself and reach your highest potential for 2014.

Join Marni Verran, former radio show host of "Marni & Patty's Happy Hour" and "Authentically Speaking with Marni," at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 9 for a fun and insightful discussion on how to achieve sustained change in all areas of one's life. Attendees will learn how to master and reach their highest potential to start 2014 with the right mindset.

Brown bag lunch program kicks off Loutit District Library centennial celebration

 Brown bag lunch program kicks off Loutit District Library centennial celebration

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Loutit District Library begins its yearlong series of centennial programs on Thursday, Jan. 9 with a noon-hour event that traces the history of our community's love of reading.

Librarian Mary Mihovich will relate the stories of those dedicated to ensuring that books would be available for loan to all who share that passion. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

This is a free program beginning at noon in the Library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Free Photography Class at Spring Lake District Library

Free Photography Class at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Amateur photographers are invited to sharpen their skills during a free photography class at Spring Lake District Library on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Professional photographer Jack Adams of Adams Studio will share his expertise about digital SLR cameras. The class is designed for the beginning to intermediate level photographer. Adams will explain how digital cameras work and how to use the various buttons, dials, and lenses to achieve consistent results.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras (and instruction manuals if possible) to class.

For more information about the class, contact the library at (616) 846-5770. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan ski areas are offering a freebie to get fourth grade students off the couch and on the slopes this winter season.

 Michigan children in fourth grade can get three free lift tickets to 20 participating ski areas under the “Cold is Cool” program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

 “This generous offer is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new outdoor interest,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this proactive program.

Annual winter reading program set for Loutit District Library

Annual winter reading program set for Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will host the 22nd annual Cabin Fever Reliever, a winter reading program for adults, beginning Jan. 2 and running through March 31, 2014.

Adult bookworms can register and pick up a reading log at the library’s checkout desk during normal business hours. Those who read or listen to ten books during this time will receive, while supplies last, this year’s gift: a 16 ounce Aztec sooner mug. The gifts are provided by the Friends of Loutit District Library.

“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.