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Loutit District Library to offer illustration workshop September 12

Loutit District Library to offer illustration workshop September 12

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Registration is now open for  ‘Anyone Can Draw,’ an introductory workshop for aspiring artists instructed by local artist Patty Warner.

The workshop will take place September 12 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Loutit District Library (LDL). Class is limited to 12 students and will be held in LDL’s Program Room A. There is a $10 materials fee due at the time of registration. To register, visit the Library’s Public Computing attendant on the lower level. Registration closes September 11.

Warner ‘s program will teach methods of measuring and ways of getting an image on paper. Students will learn about the grid, angles, negative spaces, unit of measure and sighting. They will also discover why a mirror is an artist's best friend and will be introduced to other useful tools from items found lying around the house.

'Food and Society... From West Michigan to the World' September 5

'Food and Society... From West Michigan to the World' September 5

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Tri-Cities Historical Museum and Loutit District Library (LDL) will team up on Sept. 5 to host Livestock and Dairy Specialist Ernie Birchmeier as he presents "Food and Society…From West Michigan to the World."

Birchmeier’s presentation is free to the public and runs from 7-8:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Hundreds of struggling families will fill their cupboards with free food Friday, August 23.

The Ottawa County Community Action Agency will visit four communities to distribute food to low-income residents, including:

  • Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Love, Inc., of Southeast Ottawa County, 3300 Van Buren, Hudsonville (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Avenue, Coopersville, (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

 The food distribution is made possible through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.  Each family can take home one box containing applesauce, beef stew, carrots, canned chicken, corn, cranberry sauce, dry mixed fruit and nuts, cranberry-apple juice, mixed fruit, orange juice, pears, canned pork, potato flakes, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. 

Volunteers needed to help prep backpacks for giveaways

Volunteers needed to help prep backpacks for giveaways

It’s almost back-to-school time and The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ensure all students have the supplies they need.

The Salvation Army in Grand Haven is looking for help to sort and pack supplies on Thursday, August 22.  The backpack giveaway will take place Tuesday, August 27 at The Salvation Army, located at 310 Despelder. 

In Holland, The Salvation Army needs volunteers to sort and stuff backpacks Monday, August 26.  That giveaway event will take place Wednesday, August 28 at the facility at 104 Clover St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on how you can help, contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org.

Former Marley band guitarist to perform at Loutit District Library for Jamaican Day

Former Marley band guitarist to perform at Loutit District Library for Jamaican Day

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– Loutit District Library (LDL) will be filled with reggae music from a former Bob Marley band member for Jamaican Day on August 15.

The library’s Jamaican-themed day will also include a movie biography of Marley, a local steel drum band, and a chance for children to get faux dread locks. The program also promises to be informational, with the library staff featuring a collection of Jamaican travel and history books, CDs and DVDs. The event is offered by the LDL staff to present different topics of interest to learn.

LDL will present other themed days in the future that encourage patrons to learn, read, research and enjoy topics that might not be familiar to them.

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