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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.

My Town: Greater Ottawa County United Way on the hunt for volunteers to honor

My Town: Greater Ottawa County United Way on the hunt for volunteers to honor

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—The Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for volunteers to honor, as National Volunteer Week approaches.

All county residents are encouraged to nominate people or groups for the Volunteer Star award.  Volunteer Stars will be recognized during National Volunteer Week, which runs April 13-17.

Nominations are due by Friday, March 20.  Nomination forms are available on United Way’s website or at the organization’s office, located at 115 Clover Street, Suite 300 in Holland.  People may also request a form via mail or fax by calling (616) 396-7811.

For more information, including how to locate or post volunteer opportunities on United Way’s website, call Shannon Morton at (616) 396-7811 or visit www.ottawaunitedway.org.

My Town: March Garden Day on Saturday

My Town: March Garden Day on Saturday

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Spring is a week away, which means it's time to brush up on all things gardening.

The Grand Haven Community Center will host March Garden Day this Saturday, March 14.  The community is encouraged to register for the event, which will include speakers, vendors, food and garden education sessions. Seating is limited to 250 people.

March Garden Day begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.  The event is sponsored by the West Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association. WMNLA members are West Michigan wholesale nursery and retail centers, landscape management companies, contractors and landscape designers.

The Grand Haven Community Center is located at 421 Columbus Street.  To register for this event or for more information, visit www.wmnla.com.                

My Town: Donations dire for Red Cross after storms shut down drives

My Town: Donations dire for Red Cross after storms shut down drives

LANSING, Mich.—Although signs of the harsh West Michigan winter are melting away, the American Red Cross is still hurting from the season’s icy impact.

The organization says March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 American Red Cross blood drives, leading to a shortage of nearly 7,000 blood and platelet donations. The shortfall comes after severe weather in 27 states led to more than 26,400 uncollected donations.  Meanwhile, the demand for blood and platelets remains high.

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in,” said Jim Flickema, CEO of the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves, they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need.”

My Town: Run to support crime victims during Katty Shack 5K

My Town: Run to support crime victims during Katty Shack 5K

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Registration is now open for the Katty Shack 5K Memorial Run.

The event, which is in honor of Katherine Brown, will take place April 26 in Grand Haven.  Proceeds from the race will go to the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.  The event has generated more than $50,000 for the foundation in years past.

For additional information and to register, visit  www.kattyshackrace.com.

My Town Grand Haven: Learn the Origins of the Gaelic Harp March 11 at the Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Learn the Origins of the Gaelic Harp March 11 at the Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Most people recognize the harp as the national emblem of Ireland, but did you know that the familiar triangular-framed harp did not originate in Ireland?

Kerry FitzGerald, who presents educational programs and pens under the name Kerry Ross, will present a PowerPoint discussion at the Loutit District Library on Wednesday, March 11 featuring samples from the tradition’s finest harpists. FitzGerald examines the history and development of the instrument and explores what makes the Gaelic harp unique.

This program is free to the public beginning at 7 p.m. in the library’s Program Room A. For more information on this performance or any library program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.