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YOU CAN “RAKE A DIFFERENCE” IN YOUR COMMUNITY ON NOV 16

YOU CAN “RAKE A DIFFERENCE” IN YOUR COMMUNITY ON NOV 16

Greater Ottawa County United Way invites all citizens of Ottawa County to “Rake a Difference” in their neighborhoods on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This annual volunteer initiative is sponsored and coordinated by United Way and brings volunteers together to help local people and neighborhoods that have a financial or physical hardships with raking and yard clean up.

Students in Grand Haven High School's InterAct Club are already signed up to help out in the Grand Haven area. Individuals, families, friends and church groups are welcome to be a part of Rake a Difference. If you or someone you know needs help with raking—or if you wish to rake as an individual or a team--contact Shannon Morton, Director of Volunteerism at United Way.

Free paper shredding November 2

Free paper shredding November 2

SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- Free paper shredding services will be provided to the community at the Spring Lake District Library Saturday, November 2.

Kent Record Management Inc. will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist with the process. Individuals are welcome to bring up to 100 pounds of paper for shredding.

The Spring Lake District Library is located at 123 E. Exchange St.  For more information, call (616) 846-5770, Ext. 107 or visit http://www.grandhaven.org/.

Muslim Journeys series comes to Grand Haven in November

Muslim Journeys series comes to Grand Haven in November

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Loutit District Library (LDL) has received a $500 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to bring two portable displays on Islam and Muslims in America from the Arab American Museum in Dearborn to the library in November.

These displays will coordinate with three programs on Islam and Muslims in America taking place on Tuesdays in November. The programs are being presented in conjunction with the "Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys"  materials grant the library received earlier this year.

These programs are free to the public beginning at 7 p.m.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes holds 'Holly Berry Bazaar'

United Methodist Church of the Dunes holds 'Holly Berry Bazaar'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The general public is invited to attend the “Holly Berry Bazaar” at United Methodist Church of the Dunes Friday, November 1  and Saturday, November 2.

This year’s bazaar will feature a cookie walk, bake sale, silent auction and six large booths filled with items handmade by the United Methodist Women’s guild, to help people get in the mood for Christmas and the holidays.  Booths include:

  •   “Holly Berry Christmas”―featuring hand-fashioned ornaments, stockings, pillows, candles    and wall hangings bearing Christmas and holiday trimming.
  • “Potpourri”—featuring children’s clothing, toys, home runners, pillows and hand towels.
  • “Gifts From the Heart”―featuring soup mixes, dip mixes, bird feeders, hand lotions and note pads.
  • “Homespun Gifts”―featuring knit, crocheted and felted items:  scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, baby wearables, flowers to pin

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

St. Mary's students to help clean up neighborhood on All Saint's Day

St. Mary's students to help clean up neighborhood on All Saint's Day

SPRING LAKE, Mich.— With leaf rakes in tow, children from St. Mary’s School will be fanning out into neighboring yards November 1 for the annual yard cleanup service project.

The work begins at 10:30 a.m. Children from fifth grade to eighth grade will be taking part.

“This is a traditional event for the middle school and it is an opportunity for the students to give back to the neighborhood and demonstrate the love of God,” said Amy Giroux, St. Mary’s School instructor.

The event takes place after an early morning student celebration of an All Saints Day liturgy at 9 a.m. Concluding the raking project, students return to the school for an All Saints Day party, in which the students dress as their favorite patron saint.

The patron saint for St. Mary’s School is the Virgin Mary, mother of God. Numerous statues can be found of her in St. Mary’s School and Church to honor this favorite saint.

St. Mary’s school kids sponsor 'Turkey Trot' to help those in need

St. Mary’s school kids sponsor 'Turkey Trot' to help those in need

SPRING LAKE, Mich.—Kids from St. Mary’s School are extending their hands to greater service and their hearts to those in need as they prepare for the semi-annual “Turkey Trot” race on Wednesday, October 30.

The race begins at 2 p.m. on school grounds, located at 421 East Exchange St. in Spring Lake. Preschool and kindergarten students run a .5k race, or four times around the green space outside the school and six times around the gym.  Proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing turkeys that go into holiday baskets provided to community members in need through the St. Mary’s Church Christian Service Food Pantry.

The St. Mary’s School’s seventh grade students decorate, set up the course, monitor, time and cheer on the students. Concluding the preschool and kindergarten race, the seventh-grade students take their turn on the course. Cider and donuts are provided at the conclusion of the races.