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Artists transforming Grand Haven City Beach Saturday

The Grand Haven City Beach will become a canvas for artists Saturday, as the sand sculpture contest returns for its 30th year. 

Artists who register at 9 a.m. will have two hours to create their sculptures before judging at noon.  Registration costs $10 to $20.  The categories include families, teams, children, castles, adult and child.  In past years, artists have transformed sand into Asian Carp, gorillas, elephants, vehicles and soccer stadiums.  Visitors are invited to walk the beach and vote for their favorite piece.

The sand sculpture contest coincides with the Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival.  This is the 50th year for the event, which features original handmade artwork, auctions, craft making and other family activities.  The Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival runs from Saturday, June 25 through Sunday June 27. 

Family Fun Spring Lake Heritage Festival

Family Fun Spring Lake Heritage Festival

The Spring Lake Heritage Festival is a "Family Friendly" event that is taking place now through Sunday. There is also a Family Fun night that has been moved to tonight from 5:30-8:30 PM due to last night's poor weather.  There will be tons of games and activities for the younger set, and the food is provided at minimal cost. Stick around for free desert in the form of ice cream at the "Ice Cream Social" sponsored by the Spring Lake Rotary.Again this year, will be the Sensory Safari. This is a trailer filled with mounted animals from all over the world - except Antarctica. This is a touch and learn exhibit brought to us by Safari Club International. There will be blow-up games, a dunk tank, and activities for children of all ages.The fireman and police will show up to let the kids take a look at the equipment they use and the sit in the driver's seat!

Special Edition Sand Sculpture Contest T-Shirts

Special Edition Sand Sculpture Contest T-Shirts

The 30th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest will take place on Saturday, June 25th from 9am-12pm.  Grand Haven City Beach will be transformed into a world-class outdoor sandbox as dozens of teams and hundreds of participates form masterpieces out of sand. 

“30 years of Sand Sculpture Contest is really something to celebrate,” Courtney Olson, Sand Sculpture Contest Coordinator commented, “we didn’t want it to go unnoticed.”  To prevent this from happening, Olson held a Sand Sculpture Slogan Contest in April where the winning slogan would be printed on special edition 30th Annual T-Shirts.  Numerous entries were submitted, and the winner was chosen, Come Share Our Sandbox.  “Kit Silvis of Grand Haven submitted this entry.  The committee thought it captured the spirit of the Sand Sculpture Contest and our community.  When I spoke with Kit to tell her she had won, she told me she was thinking of two things at once – finding a slogan for the contest and purchasing her three grandchildren a new sandbox.  ‘The two just came together,’ she told me,” Olson relayed. 

Saint Mary’s Church White Elephant Sale and Festival is July 8 & 9

News Release:


SPRING LAKE, Mich., June 13, 2011 – Saint Mary’s Church’s largest public fundraising event of the year―the annual White Elephant Sale and Festival―will be held July 8 and 9 at the church, 406 East Savidge Street in Spring Lake.  A raffle drawing for $11,500 will highlight the event.  The general public is encouraged and welcome to attend.


New this year will be a public fish boil, plus two children’s games called “The Berry-Go-Round” and “The Tumbler.” The Berry-Go-Round is a giant strawberry that twirls kids around and they control how fast the rides turn.  The Tumbler looks like a hamster wheel, whereby, kids are strapped in and go in circles plus upside down.


Also new will be the headline entertainment in the evening beer tent, featuring local performer Brian Fedewa.  He has performed professionally in Chicago and is a career musician.  In addition, Luke Perfect will perform as a d

Friends of Loutit District Library to hold open house

Friends of Loutit District Library to hold open house

GRAND HAVEN -- The Friends of Loutit District Library will hold a community open house on Wednesday, June 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to celebrate 30 years of service and support to the library.

The open house will be held next to the bookstore in Program Room A. Members of the Friends group will be on hand to greet people and answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

The bookstore will be open for business during this time. Their usual hours are Monday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m; Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m; Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Loutit District Library has one of the most active bookstores in Michigan, thanks to donations from library patrons. The funds generated by the Friends through the bookstore and the public copy machine supplemented the library’s budget by $7,778.57 in the last fiscal year.

Fill your patio with the Adirondack Auction

Fill your patio with the Adirondack Auction

The 3rd Annual Adirondack Auction, for the Northwest Ottawa County Chamber Foundation, has begun.  Six pieces, painted by local artists, have been placed throughout the community for view and bidding to take place.

GHAPS - Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT!

GHAPS - Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT!

By: Keith Konarska, Superintendent
From: http://www.ghaps.org


A special thanks to our incredible community for helping to support our continued success despite the economic challenges that swirl around us. Highlights of the year include the successful implementation of a new K-5 reading program; installation of interactive whiteboards and "smart carts" which hold and organize the key instructional components for staff in all district classrooms; implementation of the Capturing Kids' Hearts program at the secondary level; completion of Safe Harbor training to do a better job of supporting all students who feel discriminated against or bullied in any way; and realization of cost savings due to energy bond improvements in four buildings.