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Library Summer Reading Programs begin June 11 with Truck Petting Zoo

Library Summer Reading Programs begin June 11 with Truck Petting Zoo

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library (LDL) staff will kick off their list of summer reading programs with a Truck Petting Zoo on June 11, from 10 a.m. until noon.

This program is free and held in the LDL's Fourth Street parking lot. Kids will have a chance to take an up-close look at trucks and other vehicles used to help keep Grand Haven in good shape. The vehicles on display include a 23 foot Harbor Transit bus, Department of Public Works new Caterpillar backhoe, North Ottawa Community ambulance, police cruiser and fire truck. Attendants will be available to answer questions about their vehicle.

For more information on LDL programs, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 216. 

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Donations needed for LIVE UNITED Community Baby Shower

Donations needed for LIVE UNITED Community Baby Shower

Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for donations for the annual LIVE UNITED Community Baby Shower, to help low income families living in Ottawa County.

From June 10 through June 21, the organization will be collecting donations for families with children under age five.  Suggested donations include: clothing, educational toys and books, car seats, high chairs, hygiene items, diapers and wipes. Perishables and used items will not be accepted. Last year, more than $5,000 worth of baby or preschool items were donated.

Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours at the following locations:

  • Tri Cities YMCA (1 Y Dr., Grand Haven)
  • Anytime Fitness (1027 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven)
  • Smile Grand Haven (1203 S. Beechtree St., Grand Haven)
  • McDonald’s (657 E. 8th Street, Holland)
  • McDonald’s (12645 Riley Street, Holland)
  • DeNooyer Chevrolet (600 E.

Feast of the Strawberry Moon June 8 and June 9

Feast of the Strawberry Moon June 8 and June 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The community is invited to experience life during the late 1700s, recreated at Harbor Island in Grand Haven.

Feast of the Strawberry Moon runs Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This re–enactment is sponsored by the Tri-Cities Historical Museum on Washington in Grand Haven.  Admission is $5 per person or $15 for  a family. 

For more information, call (616) 842-0700 or visit  http://www.tri-citiesmuseum.org/.

St. Mary's teachers prepare to defend Tug-of-War title

St. Mary's teachers prepare to defend Tug-of-War title

SPRING LAKE, Mich.― St. Mary’s Parish School will hold its annual “Field Day" on Thursday, June 6.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the school grounds, located at 421 East Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

This year's Field Day will feature games and the popular Tug-of-War Showdown. In 2012, St. Mary’s teachers captured the Tug-of-War crown and are posed to defend it at this year’s event. 

The day’s itinerary includes the following:

  • 8:45 a.m. -11 a.m.:  Students in various grades participate in Field Day activities.  Game rotations include sack races, spoon and egg races, and more.
  • 11 a.m.:  Hot dog roast begins with grades K through first.
  • 11:15 a.m.:  Hot dog roast for second through fourth graders
  • 11:30 a.m.:  Hot dog roast for students in grades five through seven
  • 1:30 p.m.

Beachcomber’s Book Bingo: Summer reading fun for adults

Beachcomber’s Book Bingo: Summer reading fun for adults

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Summer reading is not just for kids!

Beginning June 1, adults can pick up a bingo card at Loutit District Library and fill it by reading nine books, e-books, or listen to unabridged audiobooks they check out from the library.   

All reading must be verified at the circulation desk to count toward Beachcomber's Book Bingo. Books over 500 pages or audiobooks over 10 CDs count as two books. When a reader's book bingo card is full, they will receive a custom-designed baseball cap courtesy of the Friends of LDL. Four lucky readers will also win a garden tote with tools, a $30 gift certificate from Chocolates By Grimaldi, or a Nook e-reader.

The program ends August 31. For more information call 616-842-5560, ext.

Second annual Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival returns June 1

Second annual Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival returns June 1

This weekend, visitors will have the chance to check out six lighthouses along 90 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in two days.

The West Coast Lighthouse Festival also features the annual openings of the Muskegon South pierhead light and the Manistee pierhead light. Family-friendly, lighthouse-themed activities will run all weekend long until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

The Michigan West Coast Lighthouse Festival begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1. For more information, call (231) 845-7417 or visit http://www.whitelake.org/.

Free food distribution May 31

Workers with the Ottawa County Community Action Agency will hand out free food to low income families Friday, May 31.

Recipients must live within Ottawa County and must be income eligible.  For a household of one, that means their income isn $21,780 or below.  The income limit increase $7,640 for  each additional household member.  Families who are recipients of the Family Independence Program (FIP) or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) are automatically eligible.

The food is free.  Each family can only visit one location and obtain one 25 pound box of food which consists of three pounds of frozen blueberries, carrots, canned chicken, five pounds of frozen chicken leg quarters, egg noodles, three pounds of frozen ham, milk, mixed fruit, rolled oats, vegetable oil, orange joice, unsalted peanuts, four pounds of frozen pork patties and diced tomatoes.

Food will be distributed at four locations: