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My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—With this flu season on track to be one of the worst in years, the American Red Cross is worried blood donations will take a hit.

Traditionally, the winter months are already a difficult time for donation drives, with holiday traveling, school breaks and inclement weather.  The American Red Cross is hoping more West Michiganders will make a resolution to roll up their sleeve and give life-saving blood.  All blood types are needed. 

 

Allegan

  • Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. – American Legion

 

Allendale

  • Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center

 

Coopersville

  • Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Coopersville United Methodist Church

 

Fennville

LDL begins 2015 with personal fraud and identity theft program January 8

LDL begins 2015 with personal fraud and identity theft program January 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library invites the public to join David Garland of FirstMerit Bank on Thursday, Jan. 8 for an interactive and insightful presentation regarding personal fraud and identity theft.

Learn what to carry in a purse or wallet, what to keep in one’s safe deposit box or home safe, and what information to share over the phone. Garland will teach the right way to check a credit report and the safest way to use debit and credit cards. There will be a question and answer session to allow additional discussion.

The program will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town:Registration open for LDL’s two-part wood carving techniques workshop

My Town:Registration open for LDL’s two-part wood carving techniques workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Artist Terry Kipling will demonstrate wood carving with an emphasis on the many methods of wood removal in a two-part workshop series at the Loutit District Library on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. and concluding on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

An assortment of tools, including high-speed grinders, foredoms, rasps, draw knives, chisels and bow sanders will be used to shape and remove wood in the process of creating a beautiful art piece.

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish hosts men’s retreat Jan. 10

WEST OLIVE, Mich.-- “Wisdom for a New Year” will be the theme of an upcoming Men’s Retreat Day planned for Saturday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

The event will be held at The Weaver House, a restored 1901 home, located at 15400 Polk Street in West Olive, at Pine Bend Park.

The guest presenter is Fr. Phil Shangraw, D.Min., canonical administrator with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish. Fr. Shangraw was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Grand Rapids in 1979.  Over the past 35 years, he has directed many retreats and served in a variety of roles in the diocese―as a pastor, spiritual director and director of the continuing formation of priests.

My Town: Start the new year by renewing your marriage at St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish

My Town: Start the new year by renewing your marriage at St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The statewide Catholic Bishops organization has declared 2015 as “The Year of Marriage.” 

Married couples from the area are invited to renew their marriages in the new year by participating in “The Art of Marriage Family Life Series.”  The six Thursday evening sessions run Jan. 8 through Feb. 12, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center. The Family Center is located at 920 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven.

“Through a participant workbook, newlyweds and longstanding couples can learn together by watching DVDs, sharing stories and encouraging one another to achieve God’s design for their marriages,” said Jeff Andrini, faith formation director with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

My Town: Annual winter reading program returns to Loutit District Library

My Town: Annual winter reading program returns to Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will host the 23nd annual Cabin Fever Reliever, a winter reading program for adults, beginning Jan. 1 and running through March 31, 2015.

Participants who read or listen to ten books during this time will receive a thermometer keychain provided by the Friends of Loutit District Library.

Books and audiobooks must be checked out at Loutit District Library; eBooks and eAudiobooks must be downloaded from OverDrive. Adult readers can register and pick up a reading log at the checkout desk during normal business hours.

“Many library patrons look forward to the beginning of this annual book club as a way of getting through those doldrums that can result from cold and gloomy winter weather,” said Library Director John Martin.

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish urges public to give blood Dec. 29

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish urges public to give blood Dec. 29

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- For those in need of life-saving blood, a simple donation can go a long way.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish is encouraging the general public to set up an appointment and donate blood on Monday, Dec. 29, from 12 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the church’s Family Center, 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.

“The Red Cross blood drive is a great way for people to pay it forward this holiday season, with a simple gift from the heart that will last a lifetime,” said Nancy Megley, RN, parish nurse with St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish.