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Free Screening of Revenge of the Electric Car

Free Screening of Revenge of the Electric Car

Spring Lake, MI--Celebrate Earth Week by becoming informed about environmental issues at Spring Lake District Library.  There will be a free screening of the PG rated documentary Revenge of the Electric Car on Monday April 23 at 6:30 p.m. The award winning film chronicles the resurgence of the electric car, an option that may be  more attractive as gas prices increase. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., representatives from area car dealerships will be in the library parking lot showcasing a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Ford Focus and will answer questions about the vehicles.

Free Shredding Services at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI--Shred Docs will be at Spring Lake District Library on Saturday, April 21 to provide free shredding services for the community. The Shred Docs mobile unit will be in the library’s parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Individuals may bring up to 100 pounds of paper to have shredded.

This “Free Shred Day” is an excellent way to protect and preserve the environment as Shred Docs recycle the documents they shred.  Shredding sensitive personal documents like cancelled checks, tax records, and credit card statements is also a good way to help prevent identity theft and credit card fraud.

For more information about this event, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Outdoor author to speak at Loutit District Library

Outdoor author to speak at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The public is invited to join PBS-Featured Michigan author Doc Fletcher as he presents his Paddling Michigan's Hidden Beauty program at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, April 12 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Library’s Program Room A.

The program will be an hour-long photographic journey down rivers selected from his canoeing and kayaking books. Program attendees will find out what makes each of these rivers uniquely fun. Histories of riverside towns along the way are also shared.

At the end of the program will be a drawing for a free canoe or kayak trip, good for a day trip down one of Michigan Rivers. After the drawing, Fletcher will sign and sell copies of his books.

Grand River Greenway Celebration continues with logging program by Carl Bajema

Grand River Greenway Celebration continues with logging program by Carl Bajema

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loggers used the Grand River as an “expressway” to drive logs to sawmills in villages and cities along the banks of the Grand River. The 1883 log jams in the river above Grand Rapids and above Spring Lake-Grand Haven are the stuff that legends are made of.

Local historian Carl Bajema will present his program on these legendary events titled The Legendary 1883 Log Jams on the Grand River on April 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Loutit District Library’s Program Room A as part of the Grand River Greenway Parks Celebration.

Photos, artist sketches and maps document these legendary events in the history of the Grand River.

Carl Bajema has been studying the environmental history of the Grand River for more than 25 years. He has explored the Grand River from its headwaters adjacent Bundy Hill in Hillsdale County to its mouth at Grand Haven.

Ottawa County to Celebrate Second Annual Grand River GreenUp This Earth Day Weekend

Ottawa County to Celebrate Second Annual Grand River GreenUp This Earth Day Weekend

News Release:

GRAND HAVEN — March 27, 2012 — West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Grand Haven Area Jaycees are returning to the Grand River on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.

Lakeshore State Parks Need Volunteers in April

Lakeshore State Parks Need Volunteers in April

Join in the effort to protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Muskegon to Berrien Counties. State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of April, which include opportunities to celebrate Earth Day and Global Youth Service Week throughout Western and Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Two of the parks in need of volunteers are P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County and Fort Custer Reacreation Area in Kalamazoo County.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers are needed to help map locations and remove garlic mustard, an invasive, non-native plant that grows in the forest understory.

Add Pizazz to Your Garden

Spring Lake, MI--Want to learn how to add pizazz to your garden from early spring through late fall? Join horticulturist Paul Kiefer of Specialty Gardens at Spring Lake District Library on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. for some unique gardening ideas. During his colorful slide show, Kiefer will share how he uses unusual annuals and perennials to add continuous color to gardens and landscapes. Kiefer will talk about vegetable plants that are beautiful enough to be incorporated into perennial borders and introduce some cultivated varieties of “weeds” that rival the beauty of flowers. Kiefer will also discuss how English-style flower borders can be used as attractive accents.