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My Town Grand Haven: 'Weird Animals' Vacation Bible School begins June 23

My Town Grand Haven: 'Weird Animals' Vacation Bible School begins June 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish is inviting area children in kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in Vacation Bible School, from June 23 to June 26.

VBS will take place each day from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Parish Family Center, 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven. Program cost is $10 per child to attend and the registration deadline is 12 p.m. on June 20. The theme for this year’s VBS is “Weird Animals:  Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind."

“By weird, we mean unique, wonderful and one-of-a-kind, in the sense that kids can experience the extraordinary love of Jesus,” said Rebecca Chicklon, children’s ministry director with St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish.

My Town: Love INC's new clinic space 'a true answer to prayer'

My Town: Love INC's new clinic space 'a true answer to prayer'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—   Love INC will begin accepting patients at its new free health care clinic this Thursday, June 5.

The nonprofit organization says it needed to adopt a new space because the Ottawa County Health Department’s new offices on South Beechtree Street do not have enough space to house both the health department and free clinic.

That’s when the North Ottawa Community Health System stepped in.  Health clinic coordinator Erin VanStelle says the organization was meeting with NOCHS President and CEO Shelleye Yaklin about an unrelated topic in April when the conversation turned to Love INC’s need for a new clinic location.

“It was only a couple weeks later that Shelleye called and told us the hospital was going to donate the space,” added VanStelle.

Love INC Executive Director Katie Appold says the phone call was a true answer to prayer.

My Town: Read for prizes during Beachcombers' Book Bingo at the Loutit District Library

My Town: Read for prizes during Beachcombers' Book Bingo at the Loutit District Library

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

Starting June 2, adults can pick up a bingo card, read nine books or eBooks, and/or listen to unabridged audiobooks checked out from Loutit District Library and have their reading verified at the checkout desk. Books over 500 pages or audiobooks over 10 CDs count as two books.

When their bingo card is full, readers will receive a fold away sling tote, courtesy of the Friends of LDL. Five lucky readers will also win an eReader, a $15 gift certificate from Chocolates by Grimaldi, a gift basket from Culvers or one of two other great prizes. Everyone who finishes will receive a fold-up shopping bag and a coupon from Culvers.

Beachcombers' Book Bingo ends August 31. For more information call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town Grand Haven: Library taking reservations for Small Business Workshop

My Town Grand Haven: Library taking reservations for Small Business Workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Registration is now open at the Loutit District Library for a free entrepreneur and business workshop presented by Muskegon Community College business professor Tom Schurino that would help anyone realize their dream of owning and running their own business.

Schurino’s workshop titled, "How to Start Your Own Small Business in Michigan"  will be presented on Saturday, June 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the library’s program room A. To register, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.

My Town Grand Haven: Native plant presentation May 28

My Town Grand Haven: Native plant presentation May 28

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Ottawa Conservation District in Grand Haven is hosting a special presentation on native plants, given by Designs By Nature owner Vern Stephens..

The informative session will take place Wednesday, May 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossings County Park, located at 8115 West Olive Road in West Olive.

A native plant sale will immediately follow the presentation.  Visit www.ottawacd.org for a description of most available plants.

For more information, call (616) 846-8770, Ex. 122.

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes hosts 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes hosts 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.Dan Duncan, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes, will present the annual “Blessing of the Bikes” on Sunday, May 25 at 11:45 a.m. in the church parking lot at 717 Sheldon Road.

The general public is invited to attend and ride their road bicycles, tricycles, big wheels, motorcycles and scooters to obtain a special blessing.

Bikers and cyclists have attended the blessing for a number of years.  The observance is to provide prayer for safety, joy and fellowship for those cyclists sharing the roadways over the summer months as they ride throughout God’s creation. For further information, contact the church at (616) 842-7980.

My Town: Loutit District Library announces Memorial Day hours

My Town: Loutit District Library announces Memorial Day hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be be open during normal hours on Saturday, May 24.

Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library will be closed Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours a day. Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts. In addition, the website provides online databases, a calendar of upcoming library events and links to other resources to help patrons find the information they need.