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My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

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(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.

 

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Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg is pleased to announce that Kelly Larson will lead this year’s Jingle Bell Parade as Grand Marshal through downtown Grand Haven on Saturday, December 6.

Larson was honored this past May at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner as the 2014 Spirit of Community Award recipient for devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others and demonstrating leadership and initiative in the development of volunteer projects.

Loutit District Library announces Adopt-a-Book program

Loutit District Library announces Adopt-a-Book program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library has the perfect gift for book lovers on your holiday list. Order a book to “adopt” and add to the Library’s collection as a great way to memorialize a departed loved one or honor a cherished family member, friend or event. You choose the item to be donated and we place a bookplate in it to recognize your donation.

In years past library staff have decorated ornaments to hang on a tree near the Adult Information Desk. This year will be a little different! Grand Haven’s The Bookman bookstore is partnering with the library to give local residents an opportunity to purchase children’s books as gifts for the library. Library staff have created a wishlist of titles that are available from The Bookman. This will operate much like a gift registry at the store.

Electronic Petting Zoo

Electronic Petting Zoo

Electronic Petting Zoo at SLDL

 

Thinking of buying an e-reader for a holiday gift?  Come to Spring Lake District Library on Monday, Nov. 17, between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm to sample the various e-readers the library has available for patrons to check out during an e-technology petting zoo. Attendees will be able to compare Nooks, iPads, Kindle Fires, Kobos, Sony e-readers, iPads and Android tablets to see which they like best. Library staff will be available to demonstrate the devices and answer questions about downloading e-books.

 

For more information, call 616.846.5770. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Fortino’s owner presents her family’s story of Grand Haven’s landmark business

Fortino’s owner presents her family’s story of Grand Haven’s landmark business

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Loutit District Library continues its year-long centennial celebration on Thursday, Nov. 13 with Fortino’s owner Margaret Michlitsch with her program titled A Journey from Italy to Grand Haven: The Fortino’s Story

.Michlitsch's program will reveal her family’s struggles to arrive in America, along with the support and friendship they found in Grand Haven for over 100 years to develop and maintain the family business.

Accompanying Michlitsche’s discussion will be Kelly Larson, owner of Sweet Temptations. Everyone in attendance will receive complementary roasted peanuts from Fortinos.

This free program will be held in LDL’s upper level lobby from 7-8:30 p.m.

1st Bridal Show for the New Year, 2015

1st Bridal Show for the New Year, 2015

The Grand Rapids Art Museum will be host to the 2015 the 1st Bridal Show of the year, come January 5th from 5 – 9pm.  Additional information can be found at www.kohlerexpo.com

The area’s best bridal vendors will be on hand to help newly engaged brides put the finishing touches on their spectacular wedding day. Meeting vendors face to face is a real plus when planning such a special event.

There will be bridal exhibitors there to help with Ice Sculptures, Flowers and Decorations, Limousines, Honeymoons, Catering, Wedding Cakes, Reception Facilities, Wedding Dresses, Tuxedos, Photography & Videography, Favors, Photo Booths, DJ’s and Bridal Registry.

This event is open to the public with admission at the door. A $1 coupon is available at the site listed above. Information also available at www.GRBrides.com

Keep the Bowl Fundraiser & First Friday Gallery Walk on November 7

Keep the Bowl Fundraiser & First Friday Gallery Walk on November 7

C2C Gallery is hosting Keep the Bowl fundraiser event and teaming up with a non-profit organization, the Blue-Bird Cancer Retreats to raise money for their supportive retreats for individuals who are struggling with cancer.

The community is invited to visit the CRC Gallery located at 104 Washington Street in downtown Grand Haven on Friday, November 7 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to check out a selection of hand crafted ceramic bowls that can be filled with warm homemade soup. These ceramic bowls are available for a suggested $35.00 donation.