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Michigan Pirate Festival in Grand Haven set for August 5-11

Michigan Pirate Festival in Grand Haven set for August 5-11

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling fun for the whole family as the 7th annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven, August 5 through August 11.

With their theme, “Pirates Through the Ages,” pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas will come from around Michigan and the Midwest to entertain everyone, from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers. New to this year’s festival is the Mermaid Queen with a group of her mermaids. This is the first performance for the mermaid group in Michigan.

The pillagin’ and plunderin’ begins August 5 at 9 a.m. when LDL opens. Kids are invited to pick up a treasure map from the chest located at the Library’s Youth Services Area.

Library Summer Reading Programs present author and illustrator July 1

Library Summer Reading Programs present author and illustrator July 1

Children’s author and illustrator Aaron Zenz will share one of his books and give some tips about drawing during two library presentations July 1, as part of summer reading programs.

Materials for his programs will be supplied. Zenz will present at the Loutit District Library in Grand Haven at 10 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street, at 2 p.m.

Zenz has a passion for the art of storytelling. His understanding of the craft has been shaped by the roles he has held as author, illustrator, fine artist, college instructor, graphic recorder, and designer of multimedia, characters and toys. He creates illustrations with colored pencil, employing uncommon methods to achieve rich vivid colors.

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

Cyclists raise more than $3,000 for Freedom In Motion

Cyclists raise more than $3,000 for Freedom In Motion

Four West Michigan cyclists are back home after traveling more than 270 miles to ensure others have bicycles.

On June 20, Derek Rust and Ben Hyink of Grand Haven and Todd Stelma and Doug Crysler of Rockford rode  from Rockford to Mackinac City 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.

During their more than 15 hour journey, the four cyclists maxed out a $1,500 donor match, thanks to last minute donations.  Rust says calls are still coming in from potential volunteers, donors and clients.

For more information about Freedom In Motion, click here.

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.