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Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Michigan State Police are looking for help in stuffing a blue goose.

Blue goose is really what they call a State Police patrol vehicle.  On Sunday, Dec. 15, troopers from the Rockford post will be stationed outside Wal-Mart stores in Comstock Park and Grand Haven, stuffing donations into their patrol vehicles for families in need.

New toys, clothing and non-perishable food items are needed.  All the donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army to be distributed to families in Kent and Ottawa counties.

The donation drive runs from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: The Platinum Quartet

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: The Platinum Quartet

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- The Platinum Quartet, a group of saxophone students from the music department at Grand Valley State University, will perform at Loutit District Library (LDL) on December 8, as part of the library's Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.

The Platinum Quartet is a saxophone quartet comprised Andrea Voulgaris on soprano sax, Michael Mitrovitch on alto sax, Cameron Miller on tenor sax and Matthew Kobberstad on baritone sax. Since forming, the group has had an active schedule of performing works at a variety of venues on and off GVSU's campus.

The group plays many styles of music, including classical, tango and contemporary.  The free concert begins at 2 p.m. in LDL’s upper level lobby. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

Blood and platelet donations helped save the life of Cody Hermeling after a devastating car crash.  During his first days in the intensive care unit, doctors gave Hermeling a three-percent chance of survival.   It took expert care and 187 units of donated blood and platelets for him to survive.  Hermeling and his family and friends will celebrate his life by donating blood and platelets this holiday season.

 “Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, organ-transplant patients and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.” 

Spring Lake District Library welcomes Santa's Workshop

Spring Lake District Library welcomes Santa's Workshop

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Children of all ages are invited to get into the holiday spirit at Santa's Workshop on Saturday, December 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library.

Several craft stations will be set up for children to make gifts for family and friends. Special guest Santa Claus will also make an appearance and will be available to visit with participants.

Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in Grand Haven

Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- This 5K trot gives the Grand Haven community the chance for fun exercise before the big Thanksgiving feast on November 28.

Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. at the Snug Harbor parking lot, located at 311 S. Harbor Drive. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Child care is provided with the opportunity for children to interact with therapy horses.

This is a family-friendly 5K hosted by Out Side In, a non-profit group that works with horses and individuals, providing counseling and learning opportunities to help improve the lives of others in need. All proceeds for this race will benefit Out Side In.

Registration is due November 27.  To register, visit  www.out-side-in.org or call (616) 813-8031 for more information.

Holiday art, craft and gift sale November 24

Holiday art, craft and gift sale November 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-The 43 North Apartment Clubhouse is the place for holiday shopping on Sunday, November 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Artists and vendors from all over West Michigan will have great gift-giving ideas, baked goods and more for purchase.

The 43 North Apartment Clubhouse is located at 14868 Lakeshore Drive in Grand Haven.  For more information, call (616) 402-0766 or e-mail Joy43north@yahoo.com.

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.