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All pets invited to blessing at St. Mary's Parish School

All pets invited to blessing at St. Mary's Parish School

SPRING LAKE, Mich. – Mike Devitt, principal with Saint Mary’s Parish School in Spring Lake, is inviting community members to bring their pets of all shapes and sizes to the upcoming “Blessing of the Pets” on the feast day of St. Francis (patron of animals) Friday, October 4.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lot green space at St. Mary’s School, located at 421 East Exchange St. in Spring Lake. Father Dan DePew, pastor of Saint Mary’s Church, will preside over the gathering. The event is free and open to the general public.

Learn how to take creative photos at Loutit District Library October 3

Learn how to take creative photos at Loutit District Library October 3

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The public is invited to join photographer Jennifer Batts for her presentation “Learning to See Creatively: How to Take Great Photos with Any Camera” on Thursday, October 3 at the Loutit District Library.

Batts will explore ideas, techniques, and compositional guidelines for improving your photography. Anyone with any kind of camera can attend and learn something new and can start making better photos tomorrow.

The free program begins at 7 p.m. in program room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.

Fabulous Friends Fall Books (and More) Sale!

Fabulous Friends Fall Books (and More) Sale!

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Books, baked goods and baubles to delight those interested in the finer things of life will all be available for purchase during the Friends of Spring Lake District Library one-day sale on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The sale will be held at Spring Lake District Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A variety of gently-used books, DVDs and CDs for adults and children will be available at rock-bottom prices. Some items can be purchased for a little as a quarter. Bargain hunters can choose from both fiction and non-fiction titles.

In addition to great deals on books, there will be baked goods from the Village Baker available for purchase. Jewelry lovers will want to check out FGDesigns hand-crafted silver jewelry, made with genuine stones and dichroic glass. Artisan designed fused glass vessels and vases will also be for sale. A portion of the FGDesigns sales will be donated to the Friends of SLDL.

It’s time to 'get your geek on'

It’s time to 'get your geek on'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Residents of Grand Haven may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary-‘geek.’

Loutit District Library (LDL) is participating in "Geek the Library," a community‐based public awareness campaign. The campaign, running at LDL from September 2013 through June 2014, highlights what people are passionate about and how libraries can support them, in an effort to heighten awareness about the critical funding issues public libraries face.

SteamPig now on display at Loutit District Library

SteamPig now on display at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, MI-- Pigs do fly or so them seem at the Loutit District Library (LDL).

Library patrons are now greeted by “Parsifal, The SteamPig” which is suspended from the rafters overlooking the Library’s long staircase. He will guard LDL’s staircase during the Grand Haven ArtWalk 2013.

Parsifal was created as a scale model for the Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize in 2010 entry by Thomas Birks and Joachim Jensen. The SteamPig’s name is derived after the wandering knight of King Arthur’s round table.  

For more LDL information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.

Bethany Christian Services hosts open house of new Grand Haven office

Bethany Christian Services hosts open house of new Grand Haven office

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Bethany Christian Services is inviting the community out to tour its newest office in Grand Haven.

The organization, which provides support to families in need, is hosting an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 19 at the new facility, located at 1475 Robbins Road, Suite 120.

“We’re excited to move to this new, larger location and invite the Grand Haven-area community to celebrate with us,” said Steve Eckert, branch director.  “While much of the work at our Grand Haven location is focused on family, individual, and post-adoption counseling, we will also offer connections to our other services, including foster care, pregnancy counseling, and adoption.”

For more information about Bethany of Grand Haven’s services visit the organization’s website here or call Jill Vander Bent at (614) 499-2558.

Loutit District Library to host Civil War cemetery tour September 19

Loutit District Library to host Civil War cemetery tour September 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The public is invited to tour Grand Haven’s Lake Forest Cemetery with Civil War re-enactor Stephen Young on Thursday, September 19 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Young will talk about several Civil War soldiers buried in the cemetery.

Tour attendees are requested to meet outside the cemetery office and be ready to walk the cemetery. Parking is limited. For more information, call Jeanette Weiden in the Genealogy and Local History Department at 842-5560, ext. 225 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.