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Free ski passes available to Michigan children

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan ski areas are offering a freebie to get fourth grade students off the couch and on the slopes this winter season.

 Michigan children in fourth grade can get three free lift tickets to 20 participating ski areas under the “Cold is Cool” program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

 “This generous offer is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new outdoor interest,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this proactive program.

Annual winter reading program set for Loutit District Library

Annual winter reading program set for Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will host the 22nd annual Cabin Fever Reliever, a winter reading program for adults, beginning Jan. 2 and running through March 31, 2014.

Adult bookworms can register and pick up a reading log at the library’s checkout desk during normal business hours. Those who read or listen to ten books during this time will receive, while supplies last, this year’s gift: a 16 ounce Aztec sooner mug. The gifts are provided by the Friends of Loutit District Library.

“Many library patrons look forward to the beginning of this annual book club as a way of getting through those doldrums that can result from cold and gloomy winter weather,” said Library Director John Martin.

Winter Break Fun at Spring Lake District Library

Winter Break Fun at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Looking for something fun to do during the upcoming holiday break?

Spring Lake District Library is hosting several fun activities for children. The schedule is as follows:                                                                    

White Pines Plantarium Plans Holiday Shows

White Pines Plantarium Plans Holiday Shows
GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The White Pines Planetarium will be showing "The Cowboy Astronomer" on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. "The Cowboy Astronomer" is a collection of star tales and Native American legends narrated by humorist Baxter Black.  It includes constellation identification and astronomy facts. Following the show, there will be a tour of the night sky and a look at January's celestial events. The cost is $3. A free presentation entitled "Planetary Exploration: NASA's Current and Future Missions" will follow both showings of "The Cowboy Astronomer", at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. This event is part of NASA's Solar System Ambassadors program and will feature the science, discoveries and images from NASA's missions to Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

For more information, contact George Jaeger at (616) 850-6300.

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A West Michigan business is tapping into the Christmas spirit, one dollar at a time.

Throughout the holiday season, West Side Beer Distributing is teaming up with the businesses it supplies to sell paper Christmas ornaments for $1 each. All of the proceeds will go to God’s Kitchen; Love, Inc.; Montcalm County Food Bank; Ionia County Food Bank; South Central Michigan Food Bank in Kalamazoo; and the Lansing Area Food Bank.

West Side Beer Distributing has been donating paper Christmas ornaments for the fundraiser for 19 years.  In that time, the business has collected more than $175,000 in donations to local food banks.

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Michigan State Police are looking for help in stuffing a blue goose.

Blue goose is really what they call a State Police patrol vehicle.  On Sunday, Dec. 15, troopers from the Rockford post will be stationed outside Wal-Mart stores in Comstock Park and Grand Haven, stuffing donations into their patrol vehicles for families in need.

New toys, clothing and non-perishable food items are needed.  All the donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army to be distributed to families in Kent and Ottawa counties.

The donation drive runs from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: The Platinum Quartet

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: The Platinum Quartet

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- The Platinum Quartet, a group of saxophone students from the music department at Grand Valley State University, will perform at Loutit District Library (LDL) on December 8, as part of the library's Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.

The Platinum Quartet is a saxophone quartet comprised Andrea Voulgaris on soprano sax, Michael Mitrovitch on alto sax, Cameron Miller on tenor sax and Matthew Kobberstad on baritone sax. Since forming, the group has had an active schedule of performing works at a variety of venues on and off GVSU's campus.

The group plays many styles of music, including classical, tango and contemporary.  The free concert begins at 2 p.m. in LDL’s upper level lobby. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.