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My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The history of Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II, will be the focus of a series of a three-part series of events at the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark, 16446 Comstock Street, and Loutit District Library on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The series is presented by Dr. Brian Smith, the president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum and Team Tuskegee pilot Steve Tupper, along with two other pilots from the team.

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

My Town Grand Haven: The circus is coming Aug. 19

My Town Grand Haven: The circus is coming Aug. 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Tri-Cities Kiwanis invites the Grand Haven community to see live animals and entertainment under the big top of The Kelly Miller Circus.

Harbor Island in Grand Haven will come alive for two shows on Tuesday, Aug.19 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for 1.5 hour performances.  For more information or a sneak peek, visit  www.tricitieskiwanis.org  or www.kellymillercircus.com.

My Town Grand Haven: New Tri-Cities music festival connects community

My Town Grand Haven: New Tri-Cities music festival connects community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- He was the inspiration behind the Spread the Music Foundation in the Tri-Cities area. Now, once again, Grand Haven Charter Township musician/songwriter David Palmer has been stung by the musical community spirit bug.

Palmer has founded the Walk the Beat Foundation which features the tagline “Teaching the Rhythm of Life.” This new foundation will kick off with Walk the Beat, an event to be held on Aug. 16 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature more than 300 musicians from all genres and thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

A collection of 40 businesses throughout Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg will host a soloist/duet/trio for the first 2.5 hours of the event and a band for the second 2.5 hours for a total of 80 musical performances. The public will be welcome to come and go from each musical event at any time.

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday,  Aug. 14.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. 

The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times:

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Many families are celebrating summer by taking a trip, but the need for life-saving blood donations does not take a vacation.

The American Red Cross says during the summer season, each of its blood drives falls short of meeting the needs of patients by approximately two donors.  Further complicating the issue is the short shelf life of red blood cells and platelets, which are no longer good after 42 days and five days respectively.

The American Red Cross is accepting much-needed donations during the following drives:

My Town Grand Haven: Museum director shares how he renovated his historic home

My Town Grand Haven: Museum director shares how he renovated his historic home

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library’s yearlong centennial program series continues on Tuesday, Aug. 12 with a look at ways to rehab older homes.

Steven Radtke, director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, will describe his efforts in restoring his 1914 home in the Muskegon Historical District and steps one can take to update their old home while maintaining its historical integrity. This free program will be held in the Library’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information on LDL’s event, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.