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Grand Haven becomes 'Grind Haven' June 22

Grand Haven becomes 'Grind Haven' June 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Grand Haven State Park will be filled with bikers and skateboarders Saturday, June 22, as the AGA  Nation’s fifth annual Skateboard/BMX Championships play out.

This great competition features more than 30 amateur sports that are  part of the State Games of Michigan Festival, showcasing the top skateboarders and BMX athletes in the Midwest.  

The AGA Nation's fifth annual Skateboard/BMX Championships will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  For more information, call (248) 660-2215 or visit http://www.aganation.com/ for more information.

Cyclists begin 250 mile trek to bring bicycles to those in need

Cyclists begin 250 mile trek to bring bicycles to those in need

The weather is cooperating for four West Michigan cyclists riding 250 miles to ensure all children have bicycles.

Derek Rust and Ben Hyink of Grand Haven and Todd Stelma and Doug Crysler of Rockford began their three-day ride June 20. The journey to Mackinaw City is meant to raise funds and awareness of the non-profit organization, Freedom in Motion. Freedom In Motion volunteers take in donated bicycles, repairing them and redistributing them to those in need.

"Some don’t realize that bikes are more than toys for people who can’t afford the expense of a vehicle" Stelma said.

 Rust adds, "We’ve seen real people with real needs. The bikes we give out make sustainable reliable transportation possible for those who need to get to work, the store or a job interview".

Rust says a donor has agreed to match pledges and donations dollar for dollar, up to $1,500.

32nd annual Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest June 22

32nd annual Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest June 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Enjoy fun in the sun at the Grand Haven City Beach during the Sand Sculpture Contest  Saturday, June 22.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., visitors can check out sand art created by teams, families and individuals. After two hours of construction along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, participants will be judged and awarded prizes.

For more information, call (616) 842-4910 or visit http://www.visitgrandhaven.com/ or grandhavenchamber.mobi/view/page/c/10840.

Loutit District Library presents Voice Activated readers June 20

Loutit District Library presents Voice Activated readers June 20

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Voice Activated readers will bring a theatrical presentation of children’s stories to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on June 20 as LDL’s summer reading programs continue.

All the stories have been recommended by area elementary school teachers. The program runs from 2 p.m.  to 3 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

For more information, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call 616-842-5560, ext. 216.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven. The LDL serves 35,540 residents of the city of Grand Haven, the city of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School district. LDL offers a collection of over 132,552 items and provides educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages.

'Burrowing Beasts of Michigan' invade two district libraries June 18

'Burrowing Beasts of Michigan' invade two district libraries June 18

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area on June 18 as part of the library summer reading program.

The program  "Burrowing Beast of Michigan" will include turtles, snakes, frogs, rabbits, worms and other live animals that dwell underground. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the exciting and interesting world of these burrowing animals in this hands-on and interactive program.

Krupka's presentation will take place at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., at 10 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library at 2 p.m.

This summer reading program event is a collaborative effort of the Spring Lake and Loutit District libraries and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Library taking reservations for free small business workshop

 Library taking reservations for free small business workshop

GRAND HAVEN, MI -- Registration is now open for a free entrepreneur and business workshop at the Loutit District Library (LDL), Saturday, June 22 that would  help anyone realize their dream of owning and running their own business.

Muskegon Community College business instructor Tom Schurino will present his workshop How to Start Your Own Small Business in Michigan from noon until 1:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A. To register, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.