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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Americans are encouraged to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day by rolling up their sleeves to make a life-saving donation.

Blood and platelet donations from all types of donors are needed, as the American Red Cross deals with a summer shortage.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

 The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations daily to meet the needs of patients across the country.  From June 30, through July 7, all donors will receive a commemorative Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.

My Town: Grand Haven Art Festival returns for 53rd year

My Town: Grand Haven Art Festival returns for 53rd year

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—You don’t have to wait until ArtPrize to enjoy a celebration centered around art.

The Grand Haven Art Festival returns to Washington Avenue weekend.  This is the 53rd year for the event, which will feature art and artists from across the country.  Pieces for sale will include pottery, jewelry, painting, glasswork and photography.   Visitors are encouraged to check out the artwork and pick out a unique decorative piece for their home or office.

The Grand Haven Art Festival will run 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit the Grand Haven Art Festival Facebook page or event website.

My Town: Turning sand into art in Grand Haven

My Town: Turning sand into art in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Dozens of artists transformed sand into art this past weekend for the 33rd annual Chamber Sand Sculpture Contest.

A panel of business and group leaders from across the community judged the entries, which were created by 26 teams.  The winners were:

Individual Child (under 12 years old)

  • 1st Place:  Beach Monkeys with their sculpture of turtles

 

Group of Children  (2-7 participants, under 12 years old)

  • 1st Place: Lil’ Sand Carvers with their sculpture of Olaf
  • 2nd Place: Barnes with “Kittens”

 

Individual (12 years or older)

My Town: Author presents inspirational discussion on his childhood challenges

My Town: Author presents inspirational discussion on his childhood challenges

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Author David Burch presents his life story of self transformation from abuse, poverty and tragedy in "Pocket Full of Dreams" on Thursday, June 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Loutit District Library.

In "Pocket Full of Dreams", Burch shares his heartbreaking but ultimately triumphant story. Readers will be profoundly affected by his courage and resolve - and inspired to overcome challenges they may be facing in their own lives.

Over the years, Burch had been encouraged by others to share his story. On Feb. 22, 2011, the day before his 50th birthday, he began to write.

My Town: Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest returns Saturday, June 21

My Town: Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest returns Saturday, June 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Groups, families and individuals are invited to the Grand Haven City Beach to build art in the sand this Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants have two hours to develop a unique creation that will be judged and potentially awarded prizes. Visitors are encouraged to check out the sand creations that evolved from these talented artists.  

For more information, call (616) 842-4910 or visit www.grandhavenchamber.org/sand-sculpture-contest.

My Town Grand Haven: New Tri-Cities Music Festival connects community

My Town Grand Haven: New Tri-Cities Music Festival connects community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- He was the inspiration behind the Spread the Music Foundation in the Tri-Cities area. Now, once again, Grand Haven Charter Township musician/songwriter David Palmer has been stung by the musical community spirit bug.

Palmer has founded the Walk the Beat Foundation which features the tagline “Teaching the Rhythm of Life.” This new foundation will kick off with Walk the Beat, an event to be held on Aug. 16 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature more than 300 musicians from all genres and thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

A collection of 40 businesses throughout Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg will host a soloist/duet/trio for the first 2.5 hours of the event and a band for the second 2.5 hours for a total of 80 musical performances. The public will be welcome to come and go from each musical event at any time.