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My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk to feature glass art

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk to feature glass art

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  Meet the women transforming glass into art during the First Friday Gallery Walk this Friday, April 4 at C2C Gallery in Grand Haven.

Carolyn O’Hearn and Cynthia Fielding will be available to meet art enthusiasts during the opening exhibit event.  Learn how they create their glass work while listening to music by Jack Leaver.

The First Friday Gallery Walk runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.   C2C Gallery features the work of approximately three dozen Michigan artisans.  The retail art gallery is located at 104 Washington.  For more information, visit C2C Gallery’s website or call (616) 935-7337.

My Town Spring Lake: Hotel employees begin second leg of lighthouse tour

My Town Spring Lake: Hotel employees begin second leg of lighthouse tour

SPRING LAKE, Mich.—This weekend, two employees of the Grand Haven/Spring Lake Holiday Inn will continue their journey to visit nearly 60 lighthouses lining Lake Michigan.

Marketing Director Kendra Higgins and Event Coordinator Molly Tuma began their lighthouse tour last fall, when they ventured north to cities along Lake Michigan, including Ludington, Traverse City and Mackinaw.  Starting Saturday, March 29, they’ll begin the second leg of their journey, visiting lighthouses in southern Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.  The pair will use the West Michigan Tourist Association’s Circle Tour and Lighthouse Map as a guide during the one week trip.

My Town: GHAPS Superintendent receives top marks on evaluation

My Town: GHAPS Superintendent receives top marks on evaluation

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)— Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska is a "highly effective" leader according to school board members. The annual evaluation was given at a special board meeting held on Wednesday, March 26.

"Keith is a highly respected and admired educational leader of our district," Board President John Siemion says. "It is through Keith's leadership that our district is successful."

Konarska was evaluated in eleven areas including: Relationship with the Board; Community Relations; Staff Relationships; Business and Finance; Educational Leadership; Personal Qualities; Evaluation of Staff; Progress toward the School Improvement Plan; Student Attendance; Student/Parent/Teacher Feedback; and Student Growth and Achievement.

My Town: Hope College Conference to feature students' research on China missionaries

My Town: Hope College Conference to feature students' research on China missionaries

HOLLAND – Original research by Hope College history students will be featured in the conference “Cross-Cultural Encounters: China and the Reformed Church in America” on Friday, March 28, starting at 2 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The afternoon conference will feature presentations by four students who conducted independent research focused on RCA missionaries to Amoy (now Xiamen) on the southeast coast of mainland China during the latter-19th and early 20th centuries.  The event will conclude with a keynote address by Dr. Ryan Dunch of the University of Alberta in Canada.

My Town: Library’s centennial programs continue with a look at an average household in 1914

My Town: Library’s centennial programs continue with a look at an average household in 1914

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Local historian Nancy Buchanan returns to the Loutit District Library on Thursday, March 27 with a look at the average household in Grand Haven in 1914, as the library’s centennial series continues.

There are no high-tech gadgets in this turn-of-the-century household; it was elbow grease and a lot of hard work. Buchanan's program features a PowerPoint slide show along with hands-on items to bring everyone back in time. 

This program is free to the public and held the LDL's Program Room A beginning for 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232. 

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library primitive doll workshop March 22

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library primitive doll workshop March 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Loutit District Library is accepting registrations for a primitive doll workshop taught by local artist Mary Sundstrom on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

Experience homespun dolls of the late 19th century and beyond. Learn about the history of doll making in early America. In the past, most dolls were made at home with items found around the house. Everything was repurposed.

Have a day of fun learning as Mary Sundstrom demonstrates how to carve apple head dolls, sew simple rag dolls, and tie corn husk dolls. Bring a lunch, or plan on a 45-minute lunchbreak.

A $10 material fee upon is due upon registration, payable in the public computing center. Students must register at the public computing desk in the library.

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  Baker College of Muskegon is home to the pastry chef of the year in the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Masterpiece Chocolate-Pastry Competition.

This is the second consecutive year Justin Raha has won the honor.  Raha is an instructor at Baker’s Culinary Institute of Michigan.  He’s also the owner and executive pastry chef of Grand Finale Desserts & Pastries in Grand Haven.

All competitors had to create a chocolate display piece, a chocolate anniversary cake and plate presentation and a petite four presentation with eight bonbons, in honor of the event’s 25th anniversary.