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Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C

Friends of the Loutit District Library honored with Valentine’s tea party on Feb. 13

Friends of the Loutit District Library honored with Valentine’s tea party on Feb. 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - - February is Library Lovers’ Month, so the staff of the Loutit District Library wish to honor their own library lovers: The Friends of LDL, who volunteer to support the work of the library.

The public is invited to a Valentine’s tea party on Thursday, Feb. 13  to help celebrate the Friends' hard work, and learn more about the opportunities which exist to become a Friend. This event is part of  the library’s yearlong centennial celebration.

This event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s upper level lobby. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required. For more information, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call (616) 842-5560, ext.

Loutit District Library to offer dog ownership and bite prevention seminar

Loutit District Library to offer dog ownership and bite prevention seminar

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Thinking about or already adopted a dog for your child or children?

If so, then come to the Loutit District Library on Feb. 13 as Must Love Dogs Boutique of Grand Haven hosts a free mini-seminar by the Muskegon Lakeshore Obedience Training Club on responsible dog ownership and bite prevention.

MLOTC members will be on hand with child-friendly dogs to show your child or children best pet practices and how to prevent and handle dog bite situations. To top off the seminar, there will be Freestyle Dance demonstrations. Freestyle Dance is a fun and modern dog sport, mixing obedience training, tricks, and dance allowing for creative interaction between dogs and their owners.

Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge open two resident writers

Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge open two resident writers

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Why is Ottawa County like no other place to live?

Writers of all ages are invited to answer that question during the Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge.  Participants can share their views about living, working and playing in West Michigan through the competition. 

The winner will receive $150.  Second place will get $100, and third place will take home $50.

Former Bob Marley guitarist Donald Kinsey in concert at Loutit District Library

Former Bob Marley guitarist Donald Kinsey in concert at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Blues and reggae guitar legend Donald Kinsey has enthralled audiences and inspired fans with his electrifying guitar work for more than five decades.

Kinsey will come to Grand Haven on Feb. 9 to perform for Loutit District Library’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.

As the guitarist for blues great Albert King, and with world-inspiring performances as the guitarist for reggae sensations Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Kinsey's contribution to the genres of blues and reggae leaves a positive imprint in the annals of music history.

Concert goers will experience Kinsey's mesmerizing vocals and guitar playing, positive energy, and the sonic influences that shaped his guitar style. Kinsey calls this performance, “A celebration for all music fans.”

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The recent winter storms and extremely cold temperatures are taking a toll on donations to the American Red Cross.

The organization says more than 7070 blood drives were cancelled last month because of the weather—leading to a loss of more than 25,000 blood and platelet donations. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood each day to supply medical centers. 

“While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross in January, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors with type O, especially type O negative,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

Kulman says the recent uptick in cold and flu cases is also taking a toll on blood donations.   Community members are encouraged to donate blood at one of the following drives:

  • Feb. 4, 12 p.m.

Federal student aid filing tips at Spring Lake District Library

Federal student aid filing tips at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Do you know when your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms are due?

 Students and parents are invited to attend a free presentation about how to successfully complete FAFSA forms on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library. Staff from the financial aid office at Grand Valley State University will share information about filing deadlines, which documents are needed to complete FAFSA forms, types of financial aid that are available, how to determine eligibility for need based aid, and how to avoid scams. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.