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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.

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Brenda Sipe, director of Continuing Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, will take participants on a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, IL neighborhood as the Loutit District Library’s centennial programs continue on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sipe’s program features the 125th anniversary of his home and studio, and the centennial of the tragic events at Taleisin.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town: GVSU professor discusses historical meaning of Charles Bird King’s museum exhibit

My Town: GVSU professor discusses historical meaning of Charles Bird King’s museum exhibit

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Sean O'Neill, PhD will present his program titled "Picturing American Indians in the early 19th century: Putting Charles Bird King's portraits of Indian people into their early 19th Century historical context" on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Loutit District Library at 7 p.m.

Dr. O’Neill states that in 1821, Charles King (1785-1862) received a commission from his friend, Thomas L. McKenney, Superintendent of Indian Trade, to paint portraits of eight Western Indians brought to Washington D.C. to meet the U.S. President. By 1837, Charles had painted about 90 portraits, when Thomas L. McKenney created the National Indian Portrait Gallery.

The gallery was transferred to the Smithsonian and, all but three were lost in the great fire of 1865. Fortunately, many of the paintings exist in copies that King had made and in lithographs published in 1836-1844. 

My Town: 'The Beauty Within' retreat for young women to be held Aug.13

My Town: 'The Beauty Within' retreat for young women to be held Aug.13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.― Members of the St. Patrick–St. Anthony Parish and several other area churches are planning a free retreat event titled “The Beauty Within” for Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event will be held at Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven.

“This will be a grace-filled evening designed especially for young women between the ages of 16 and 23,” said Jeff Andrini, director of faith formation with St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish. 

A light dinner will be served and attendees will hear personal testimonies to help them grow their spiritual strength and faith.

“The topic of brokenness and God’s healing power will be shared, as many individuals have experienced struggles in their lives,” added Andrini.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County