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My Town Spring Lake: St. Mary’s School to celebrate mass With Bishop Walkowiak

My Town Spring Lake: St. Mary’s School to celebrate mass With Bishop Walkowiak

SPRING LAKE, Mich.―A group of 190 St. Mary’s Parish students will be treated to a special school mass presided over by Bishop David Walkowiak, Friday, March 21 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Spring Lake.

Walkowiak will celebrate the school mass, then visit St. Mary’s School classrooms and have lunch with the teaching and administrative staff.

“We are really looking forward to the bishop’s upcoming visit and we feel so very honored to have him celebrate this special school mass with the kids here on the lakeshore,” said Mike Devitt, St. Mary’s School principal.

Anyone interested in receiving further information about the event should contact Mike Devitt, principal of St. Mary’s School at (616) 842-1282.

Walkowiak is the 12th bishop of Grand Rapids, succeeding former Bishop Walter Hurley.  Walkowiak was installed in a special June 18, 2013 ordination mass in Grand Rapids at Cathedral Square.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library takes a closer look at the history of the kitchen

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library takes a closer look at the history of the kitchen

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian Nancy Buchanan will present a look at the foundation of the home (the kitchen) in 1914 as Loutit District Library’s centennial series continues on Thursday, March 6.

Buchanan will present hands-on items, like kitchen gadgets and cleaning tools, along with a PowerPoint slideshow featuring such household items as wringer washers and wood/gas cook stoves.

In addition, Nancy will cover new-fangled items of the time, affordable only to the wealthy. She will share those as well as items used by average Grand Haven households.

Buchanan will conclude with a discussion on common foods mom would have made in 1914.

Guitarist David Youngman performs at Spring Lake District Library

Guitarist David Youngman performs at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Enjoy live music by folk fingerstyle guitarist David Youngman at Spring Lake District Library Sunday, Feb. 16 as part of the  library’s free Music by the Fireplace concert series.

Youngman will be performing  from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Youngman uses unconventional techniques on the guitar such as drumming on the body of the guitar, two- hand tapping on the neck, and extensive use of harmonics to create the illusion of a full band coming out of one guitar. He incorporates elements of jazz, bluegrass, pop, celtic, funk, and classical genres in his blend of traditional and contemporary music.

Former Bob Marley guitarist Donald Kinsey in concert at Loutit District Library

Former Bob Marley guitarist Donald Kinsey in concert at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Blues and reggae guitar legend Donald Kinsey has enthralled audiences and inspired fans with his electrifying guitar work for more than five decades.

Kinsey will come to Grand Haven on Feb. 9 to perform for Loutit District Library’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.

As the guitarist for blues great Albert King, and with world-inspiring performances as the guitarist for reggae sensations Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Kinsey's contribution to the genres of blues and reggae leaves a positive imprint in the annals of music history.

Concert goers will experience Kinsey's mesmerizing vocals and guitar playing, positive energy, and the sonic influences that shaped his guitar style. Kinsey calls this performance, “A celebration for all music fans.”

89th District Rep. Amanda Price at Spring Lake District Library

89th District Rep. Amanda Price at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--State Rep. Amanda Price will be at the Spring Lake District Library on Friday, Feb. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to talk with constituents about their concerns.

Price represents the 89th District which includes Spring Lake, Grand Haven  and Ferrysburg. Take advantage of this opportunity to let your state representative know what issues are important to you.

For more information about this event, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake

Best-selling Grand Rapids author visits Loutit District Library Jan. 30

Best-selling Grand Rapids author visits Loutit District Library Jan. 30

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Grand Rapids  author Aric Davis will discuss his latest novel, "The Fort" at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 30.

"The Fort" is currently among the top 10 best-selling books in the Amazon Kindle store. Sales of "The Fort" have made Davis one of the top 25 best-selling authors on Amazon.

The Bookman will have copies to purchase and Davis will be available to sign them following the program, which will begin at 7 p.m. in LDL's program room A.

Davis’s other works include: "Rough Men", "Breaking Point", "A Good and Useful Hurt" and "Nickel Plated".   

Born in Ithaca, New York, Davis has lived most his life in Grand Rapids. A punk-music and tattoo aficionado, Davis has been a professional body piercer for 17 years. Because of his success, Davis has been able to devote himself fully to writing, quitting his job at a tattoo and piercing business.

Holocaust survivor shares his story at Spring Lake District Library

Holocaust survivor shares his story at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg shares his remarkable story of survival at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

As a youth in Nazi Germany, Lowenberg was deported to five different concentration camps. Twenty-eight members of his family died, including his parents and twin brothers. Lowenberg travels extensively to share his story in the hopes that future genocides may be prevented.

This presentation is the first in a series of three programs at the library planned to complement the themes found in the Great Michigan Read book choice for 2013/14, "Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret" by Steve Luxenberg. The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.