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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.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Awards Ceremony for Bookmark Contest

Awards Ceremony for Bookmark Contest

Awards Ceremony to Honor Winners of SLDL Children’s Bookmark Contest

 

On Saturday, November 8, at 2:00 pm, the Spring Lake District Library will hold an awards ceremony to honor the winners of the 21st  Annual Children’s Bookmark Contest. This year children from preschool through 8th grade designed bookmarks illustrating the theme “I Love My Library!” The children’s colorful designs were judged by a panel of local artists and winning bookmark designs will be printed and available at the library throughout the year.

 

At the awards ceremony, the winners of the bookmark contest will be recognized and all bookmarks entered will be on display in the library. Guest author and illustrator Aaron Zenz will give a brief presentation at the celebration and Spring Lake Village President Jim MacLachlan will also be present to help congratulate the winners. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Loutit District Library joins Michigan Libraries for Life and Gift of Life Michigan to promote Michi

Loutit District Library joins Michigan Libraries for Life and Gift of Life Michigan to promote Michi

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - The Loutit District Library (LDL), along with 75 plus libraries across the state, will be participating in the Michigan Libraries for Life campaign in conjunction with Gift of Life Michigan.

Volunteers and library staff will answer questions, provide fun giveaway items and, most importantly, help library patrons sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors.

The Michigan Libraries for Life campaign began four years ago at the University of Michigan and has expanded to include college, hospital, and public libraries. LDL will be displaying a "Memories from Michigan" donor family quilt, which tells the stories of organ, eye, and tissue donors through panels that have been personalized by their families. An informational table will be located in the upper level lobby of the library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grand Haven ArtWalk 2014 thru October 12

Grand Haven ArtWalk 2014 thru October 12

The Kick-off of the Grand Haven ArtWalk 2014, celebrates with a Picnic & Painting at the redesigned Centertown area on Wednesday, September 24 at noon. Meet in the parking lot near the Frame & Mat Shop located at 728 Washington Street in Grand Haven.

Holiday Inn of Grand Haven/Spring Lake will provide lunch and the community has the opportunity to express their artistic talent through the Community Art Project “Sunday on the Grand”.

The community is invited to experience this ArtWalk of creativity through October 12. 

Visit www.ghartwalk.com for more information, along with artist & venue details.

City Coupon Books at SLDL

City Coupon Books at SLDL

Enjoy the City Coupon Book:  New SLDL Friends Fundraiser