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Ferrysburg to consider selling bonds to create more trails

Ferrysburg to consider selling bonds to create more trails

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—The City of Ferrysburg will consider selling bonds to support the building a new set of trails throughout the city.

The bond proposal will be presented during the city council’s meeting Monday, Feb. 3.   The proposal is still in its early stages; the council will consider scheduling a work session regarding the issue.

The trails would be non-motorized, meaning no vehicles would be allowed.

White Pines Plantarium Plans Holiday Shows

White Pines Plantarium Plans Holiday Shows
GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The White Pines Planetarium will be showing "The Cowboy Astronomer" on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. "The Cowboy Astronomer" is a collection of star tales and Native American legends narrated by humorist Baxter Black.  It includes constellation identification and astronomy facts. Following the show, there will be a tour of the night sky and a look at January's celestial events. The cost is $3. A free presentation entitled "Planetary Exploration: NASA's Current and Future Missions" will follow both showings of "The Cowboy Astronomer", at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. This event is part of NASA's Solar System Ambassadors program and will feature the science, discoveries and images from NASA's missions to Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

For more information, contact George Jaeger at (616) 850-6300.

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  An Ottawa County group in charge of protecting and enhancing the area’s resources is looking for residents interested in joining its board of directors.

The Ottawa County Conservation District is led by a five person panel.  Each member must be nominated then elected.   Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Ottawa County.  Those wishing to run for the March 4, 2014 election must submit a completed nominating petition by January 3, 2014.  Petitions can be picked up from the district office at 16731 Ferris St. in Grand Haven or by contacting Betty Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 extension 5.

Living ArtPrize entry to stay downtown

Living ArtPrize entry to stay downtown

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—An ArtPrize entry bringing the beauty of living plants to downtown Grand Rapids is sticking around.

“East of Eden” will remain outside the B.O.B. for at least another year. The 1,400 square foot piece has already been replanted with more than 2,000 winter hardy perennials.

Spring Lake resident and LiveWall employee David MacKenzie created the piece of green art.  “East of Eden” made it into the ArtPrize Top 25 this year. 

GHAPS Planetarium to host 'International Observe the Moon Night'

GHAPS Planetarium to host 'International Observe the Moon Night'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Grand Haven Area Public Schools will present "International Observe the Moon Night" at the White Pines Middle School Planetarium on Thursday, October 17.

A 15-minute planetarium show is free and runs repeatedly from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by planetarium instructor George Jaeger, with professional storyteller Amy Wisner. Several hands-on and informational activities concerning the moon and lunar exploration will also be available in the school.

Right outside White Pines Middle School, Grand Valley State University Professor Dr. Doug Furton will lead  telescopic viewing of the moon and other celestial objects during the open house, weather permitting. This is an all-ages event and families are encouraged to attend.

Water, Woods and Wetlands West Michigan and Great Lakes Restoration and Revitalization

Water, Woods and Wetlands West Michigan and Great Lakes Restoration and Revitalization

Water, Woods and Wetlands West Michigan and Great Lakes Restoration and Revitalization Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Regional Forum Location: USS Silversides Submarine Museum 1346 Bluff Street, Muskegon South Side of the Muskegon Lake Harbor Channel at Lake Michigan 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Check In - Coffee and Networking Welcome and Introductions Sandeep Dey, Executive Director, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Loutit District Library to show documentary on eating local food October 9

Loutit District Library to show documentary on eating local food October 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Loutit District Library and Local First are teaming up to present a free screening of the movie "Ingredients" on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the library’s program room A.

The goal of the movie is to educate West Michigan on the importance of buying local foods, supporting local farms and recognizing restaurants that also do so. The documentary will focus on Portland, OR, but has direct ties to Michigan's agriculture systems. The film's run time is 67 minutes.