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My Town: Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest returns Saturday, June 21

My Town: Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest returns Saturday, June 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Groups, families and individuals are invited to the Grand Haven City Beach to build art in the sand this Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants have two hours to develop a unique creation that will be judged and potentially awarded prizes. Visitors are encouraged to check out the sand creations that evolved from these talented artists.  

For more information, call (616) 842-4910 or visit www.grandhavenchamber.org/sand-sculpture-contest.

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.

Michigan Notable Books Author Tour comes to the Loutit District Library

Michigan Notable Books Author Tour comes to the Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Author Donald Lystra, a Michigan native, will visit Loutit District Library in Program Room A on June 18 at 6  p.m. to talk about his works "A Season of Water and Ice", and "Something that Feels like Truth", a collection of short stories praised by the American Library Association’s Booklist.

Lystra resides in nearby Ann Arbor and is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he received degrees in both electrical engineering and sociology. Lystra worked as an engineer before he began writing in the 1990s.

Copies of both Lystra’s books are available to be checked out at Loutit District Library. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.

My Town Grand Haven: Library summer reading programs present 'Tales of a Bone Digger' June 17

My Town Grand Haven: Library summer reading programs present 'Tales of a Bone Digger' June 17

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- CSI fans ages 8 years and up –You won’t want to miss these programs as Forensic Scientist William Grant gives kids the inside scoop on how crime is solved. 

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

My Town: Free Marine Electronics Seminar June 14

My Town: Free Marine Electronics Seminar June 14

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Grand Rapids Sail & Power Squadron invites avid sailors and power boaters to experience this free Marine Electronics Seminar.

This hour-long seminar includes instructions on how to operate GPS, chart plotters, radar, computer cruise planning and depth sounders. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase an optional U.S. Power Squadron text book for $35.

This seminar will take place on Saturday, June 14 at 9 a.m. at Grand Isle Marina in Grand Haven. To reserve your spot, email wcisenberg@hotmail.com or call (616) 949-7024 for more information. 

My Town Grand Haven: Centennial programs continue at LDL with sports historian

My Town Grand Haven: Centennial programs continue at LDL with sports historian

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - What were the sports in, around and beyond Grand Haven more than a century ago?

Michigan High School Athletic Association sports historian Ron Pesch will answer that question with a special centennial presentation at Loutit District Library. Pesch will explain how athletics at local high schools, community sports leagues and national events like Harvard's crushing defeat of Yale in the historic Blue "bowl" in 1914, all helped pave the way for the multi-billion dollar industry we have today.

This free presentation is Thursday, June 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.

Pesch is also a member of the board of directors of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame, and is on the board of directors of the International Buster Keaton Society Inc.