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'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.

Digital SLR camera 101 at Loutit District Library Nov. 21

Digital SLR camera 101 at Loutit District Library Nov. 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- The public is invited to join photographer Jennifer Batts for her presentation "Digital SLR 101: Get Your Camera to Do What You Want It to Do"  at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Loutit District Library (LDL).

This class is for anyone who owns or is considering a digital single-lens reflex camera and would like to use it in manual mode. Batts will cover the technical aspects of photography (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) that make DSLRs so versatile, but also frequently confusing.

The program is free to the public and held in the Library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.

Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (November 14, 2013) – Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Parks and Recreation Division, Grand Haven State Park, and LMCU spokesperson Carter Oosterhouse, is pleased to announce a dedication ceremony for a newly completed kids’ playground at Grand Haven State Park.

The playground will be dedicated in a ceremony to be held at Grand Haven State Park on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 10:00 am. Present at the ceremony will be a number of local, regional and state officials and business leaders, LMCU senior management, and home renovation TV host, Carter Oosterhouse.