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My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event thgis Friday, May 2.

Students have spent weeks preparing for the benefit, which will take place at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Proceeds from Homes For A Hero will go toward building a home for a veteran.  Students are teaming up with Homes of Hope, a Grand Rapids organization, for the six-day build.

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A group trying to save a piece of Ottawa County history is now collecting donations.

The South Evergreen Schoolhouse is a small one room school that sits at the corner of 88th Avenue and Leonard Road.  Preservationists say it’s one of few one room schools still standing in its original condition.

The building and property are now on sale. A small group of community members are collecting donations in hopes of purchasing the schoolhouse to preserve this piece of history. The fundraising page reads:

My Town Spring Lake: "Anything Goes: Domestic Architecture in Spring Lake” April 29

My Town Spring Lake: "Anything Goes: Domestic Architecture in Spring Lake” April 29

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SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is pleased to announce this lecture in support of the museum’s Historic Home Tour to be held in May.

The lecture is being co-sponsored with the Spring Lake District Library and will take place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  The lecture is free and is open to the public.  The speaker will be Steven Radtke, Director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.  He will focus his lecture on the styles of house architecture found in Spring Lake, especially the styles of homes on the 2014 Historic Home Tour.

Spring Lake District Library is located at 123 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake, MI, 49456.  Phone number is (616) 846-5770.

My Town Grand Haven: Freedom Rider to visit Grand Haven with his book on segregation

My Town Grand Haven: Freedom Rider to visit Grand Haven with his book on segregation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- On May 4, 1961, seven black and six white visionaries left Washington, D.C., on two public buses bound for the Deep South.

They intended to test the Supreme Court's ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional. The “Ride” started out as a non-violent protest, only to turn into beatings, arrests and death threats that would forever change the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

On Thursday, May 1, the 53rd anniversary of the month this historic event took place, Freedom Rider Thomas Armstrong will visit  the Loutit District Library to discuss his book, "Autobiography of Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights", from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event.

Right now, students are busy preparing for the fundraising  event, which will take place May 2 at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

My Town Grand Haven: Mackinac Island painting series comes to Loutit District Library May 1

My Town Grand Haven: Mackinac Island painting series comes to Loutit District Library May 1

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Artist Donna Rey-Taylor’s artwork is about the positive aspects of life, the beauty that surrounds us, and images that bring peace and serenity to one's spirit. Her art is straight-forward in its interpretation.

It is about the beauty of our world, and is intended to remind the audience of special times and places in their lives.

One special place in Rey-Taylor’s heart is Mackinac Island. There's no better way for her to demonstrate that love than to create ten 22 foot by 30 foot watercolor paintings titled "Mackinac Island, Michigan's Watercolor Wonderland" illustrating her appreciation for the beauty and solace the island offers. Moreover, the paintings are meant to remind the viewer of a time when they too visited; they represent a realistic image of its splendor.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.