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My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church set for mission trip milestone in Haiti

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church set for mission trip milestone in Haiti

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- A team of parishioners from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven will soon travel to Morne L'Hopital, Haiti to bring much-needed supplies to a school and sister parish Sts. Simon and Jude.

The trip on April 8-14 marks the 20th anniversary of collaboration between the parishes, which are separated by 1,883 miles.  Over the past two decades, 101 parishioners from St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish have made mission trips to Sts. Simon and Jude Parish and other outreach ministries in Haiti to help the poorest of the poor.

"While our focus is education, we support the day-to-day operation of the parish priest and his staff, plus assist in the medical clinic in a complementary way," said Jose Astua, director of mission and ministry with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven.

My Town Grand Haven: Director of Amazing Circles Workshops to speak at LDL April 2

My Town Grand Haven: Director of Amazing Circles Workshops to speak at LDL April 2

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– Loutit District Library will present Dave Kampfschulte, director of Amazing Circles Workshops, national speaker, facilitator, and author of "I’m Dying to Talk with You: Twenty Five Years of Conversations on End of Life Decisions" on Thursday, April 2.

In this presentation titled "I’m Dying to Talk to You," Kampfschulte will draw upon 27 years of experiences as a hospice volunteer to discuss advanced care planning, initiating end of life conversations with others, and helping people to think about and discuss death in a positive way.

Kampfschulte will also explore some of the roadblocks we often put in the way of discussing death. While a difficult subject, this session will be interactive, informative and delivered with energy, empathy and humor.

5K Run in Lamont, April 25, 2015

5K Run in Lamont, April 25, 2015

Lamont Christian School is hosting its’ 6th Annual “Lamont 5K River Run/Walk” on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This race will take place along Leonard St. in scenic Lamont, located between Allendale and Coopersville, MI.

This run has been endorsed by the Governor’s Council and is a fund raiser for the school. If you register by April 14th the cost is $20 and that includes a T-shirt. Little ones will have their chance to race also following the 5K race. There is no charge for this race, The Gator Gallop, for kids 8 years and younger.

Following the races, stroll into the school for a Pancake Breakfast that is Free for all registered runners but for fans, it’s by donation.

Print out a registration form at www.lamontcs.org or you may stop at the school office at 5260 Leonard Rd, Coopersville, MI  49404

My Town: Marco's Pizza offers free pizza for canned spinach March 26

My Town: Marco's Pizza offers free pizza for canned spinach March 26

WYOMING, Mich.—Clear out your cupboard, help hungry families and get a free pizza in return during National Spinach Day.

On Thursday, March 26, each patron who drops off a can of spinach at Marco’s Pizza can pick up a free medium Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza, complete with fresh baby spinach.  Marco’s Pizza will send all of the canned spinach donations to local food banks.  The offer is good for carry-out and dine-in orders at all Marco’s Pizza locations, including Spring Lake, Jenison and Wyoming.

“This was a successful community event for us last year and it’s a great way to share the love of spinach”, said Cathy Hull, chief marketing officer at Marco’s Pizza. “Together, we can support our communities by helping stock the shelves of our local food banks, while delighting our customers with the delicious flavor of our Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza.”

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host Lincoln in Illinois program March 26

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host Lincoln in Illinois program March 26

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- On Thursday, March 26,  Tom Buettner will take Loutit District Library patrons back in time to Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln started out on his own.

Lincoln started his law practice in New Salem and raised his family in Springfield, where he was later laid to rest.

On April 15, the 150th Civil War Commemoration recognizes the death of Abraham Lincoln. His funeral train, which will be replicated, took the long journey back to Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, carrying Lincoln and his son, little Willie.

There were many twists and turns in this latter event before Lincoln was finally laid to rest.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

My Town Grand Haven: Ice cream entrepreneur to give the scoop on business start-ups March 19

My Town Grand Haven: Ice cream entrepreneur to give the scoop on business start-ups March 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Kelly Larson, owner of several ice cream stores in Grand Haven, will share funny stories and insights into the life of a small business owner with her program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, March 19, titled "I Wish I had Your Job: All You Do is Drive Around and Buy Bananas."

Topics include starting a business, developing a business philosophy and applying it to everyday practices. Larson started scooping ice cream at her parents’ shop in the late 1980s and is now owner of Temptations, Sweet Temptations, Skoops, Front Porch, and more recently, Fortino’s.

Larson’s program is free to the public and runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A. For more information on LDL programs, visit www.loutitilibbrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.