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My Town Grand Haven: Learn the Origins of the Gaelic Harp March 11 at the Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Learn the Origins of the Gaelic Harp March 11 at the Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Most people recognize the harp as the national emblem of Ireland, but did you know that the familiar triangular-framed harp did not originate in Ireland?

Kerry FitzGerald, who presents educational programs and pens under the name Kerry Ross, will present a PowerPoint discussion at the Loutit District Library on Wednesday, March 11 featuring samples from the tradition’s finest harpists. FitzGerald examines the history and development of the instrument and explores what makes the Gaelic harp unique.

This program is free to the public beginning at 7 p.m. in the library’s Program Room A. For more information on this performance or any library program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town: Saint Patrick’s 'Blarney Blast' Saturday, March 14

My Town: Saint Patrick’s 'Blarney Blast' Saturday, March 14

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- A buffet dinner with Irish and American cuisine, live music, dancing, green beer and more is being planned for the Saturday, March 14  Saint Patrick’s “Blarney Blast.”

The fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish, 920 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven.  All proceeds benefit the parish, with its patron saint of St. Patrick the namesake of the annual party to honor St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the band “Sweet Justice,” which performed before a crowd of approximately 300 people at the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Festival in August 2014.

Ticket prices are $20 per person, which includes dinner,  or $10 per person, which includes attendance at the event after dinner concludes at 8 p.m.  A cash bar will be available, along with green beer.

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk

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Exhibit: “Seen and those things hidden”

Live Music:  Bill Ellingboe, acoustic guitarist.

Location:  C2C Gallery, 104 Washington, Grand Haven

Date:  March 6, 2015; 6-8pm.

C2C Gallery is excited to show organize a new exhibit featuring the nonrepresentational paintings by Margie Welek Fagan and ceramic houses by Jacob Koster.

My Town: Bestselling author to speak at St. Patrick-St. Anthony lenten mission

My Town: Bestselling author to speak at St. Patrick-St. Anthony lenten mission

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- In the lenten season leading up to Easter, Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, world-renowned traveler, bestselling author, teacher and priest will journey to Grand Haven and serve as guest preacher at all weekend masses.  He will also lead attendees in a special lenten mission from March 8 through March 10 at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

Masses will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Three special lenten mission programs will be held Sunday through Tuesday, March 8, 9 and 10, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Church.  The parish is located at 920 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven.  The general public is welcome to attend all free programs.

Entitled “Signed and Sealed With the Cross,” St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish’s lenten mission series will help attendees explore the identity of God, as proclaimed in the ancient gesture of being signed with a cross.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town Grand Haven: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Celtic Band Uneven Ground March 8

My Town Grand Haven: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Celtic Band Uneven Ground March 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities come early at Loutit District Library (LDL) as the library’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues on March 8 with the traditional Celtic band "Uneven Ground" (UG).

Uneven Ground is a four-piece traditional Celtic band that blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey. Jigs, reels, airs, hornpipes, stories, and songs comprise the band’s traditional repertoire.

The concert will be held on LDL’s upper level lobby area from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Library officials urged the public to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Funding for LDL’s 2014-15 Sunday Concert Series is generously provided by the Matilda and Harold Crane Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

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Students from the Automotive Services Assistant Program at Careerline Tech Center in Holland are gaining real-world work experience at Holland Rescue Mission Auto Center. In this first year of the collaboration, students have detailed ten donated cars and helped increase car sales and therefore donations to the Holland Rescue Mission.

“As a Work Readiness classroom our ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to be successful in any job, both now and in the future,” Rich Riolo, Automotive Services Assistant Program instructor for CTC, said. “Along with car detailing, this program also teaches students employability skills and aims to place students on a job site by the end of the year to gain valuable work experience.”