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Free snowmobile safety class at Spring Lake District Library

Free snowmobile safety class at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Winter is here, which means now is the time to brush up on snowmobile safety.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department will be teaching a free snowmobile safety class at the Spring Lake District Library on Tuesday, December 3 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Children ages 12 to 16 who successfully complete the class will receive a snowmobile safety certificate. Adults are also welcome to attend.

Pre-registration is required. Visit www.sllib.org to register online or call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

Digital SLR camera 101 at Loutit District Library Nov. 21

Digital SLR camera 101 at Loutit District Library Nov. 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- The public is invited to join photographer Jennifer Batts for her presentation "Digital SLR 101: Get Your Camera to Do What You Want It to Do"  at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Loutit District Library (LDL).

This class is for anyone who owns or is considering a digital single-lens reflex camera and would like to use it in manual mode. Batts will cover the technical aspects of photography (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) that make DSLRs so versatile, but also frequently confusing.

The program is free to the public and held in the Library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.

Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (November 14, 2013) – Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Parks and Recreation Division, Grand Haven State Park, and LMCU spokesperson Carter Oosterhouse, is pleased to announce a dedication ceremony for a newly completed kids’ playground at Grand Haven State Park.

The playground will be dedicated in a ceremony to be held at Grand Haven State Park on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 10:00 am. Present at the ceremony will be a number of local, regional and state officials and business leaders, LMCU senior management, and home renovation TV host, Carter Oosterhouse.

Explore the life of Mark Twain at Loutit District Library

Explore the life of Mark Twain at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Mark Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain began to gain fame when his story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County" appeared in the New York Saturday Press on Nov. 18, 1865.

Caledonia resident, Tom Buettner, returns to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on Thursday, Nov. 14 to present a program following Mark Twain from his birth in Florida, Missouri, through his life in Hartford, Connecticut, to his final emotional farewell to his beloved Hannibal.

A giant figure of his time, William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature.” Extensively quoted, Twain’s keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. Twain's first book, “The Innocents Abroad,” was published in 1869.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

Internationally known guitarist comes to Loutit District Library November 10

Internationally known guitarist comes to Loutit District Library November 10

GRAND HAVEN, Mich  -- Classical guitarist Paul Vondiziano will perform a free concert at the Loutit District Library at 2 p.m. on  Nov. 10 as part of LDL’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.

International audiences have hailed Vondiziano a superb and prestigious guitarist who plays music from Bach to Mediterranean composers with brilliant technique. He is among the most capable and inspiring musicians around, his masterful playing creates complete freedom for musical expression. 

Vondiziano’s performance will include “Suite in B minor" by Anton Logy; “Lute Suite #4” by J. S. Bach; “Sonata III” by Manuel Maria Ponce; “Short Irish Suite" by Turlough Carolan as well as some of his own original pieces.

Special city hearing ends in singing and dancing

Special city hearing ends in singing and dancing

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Some members of the city council were thrown for a loop during their regular meeting Monday night.

The agenda called for a special hearing on Ordinance 416—the law against dancing in the Grand Haven City limits. 

“We have had terrible trouble here in the city,” said Mayor Geri McCaleb. “There’s been fun and laughter and dancing taking place and this ordinance, 416, says that shall not happen.  So I’m wondering if there’s anyone here who would like to address this issue.”

That’s when Owen Loughrin stepped up to the microphone. “I just wanted to say a few words, because I think this idea scares a lot of people; it shouldn’t.”