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Michigan state parks host summer fitness classes

Michigan state parks host summer fitness classes

LANSING, Mich. (AP & WZZM) - State parks in Michigan are offering outdoor fitness classes such as yoga and tai chi this summer.

The Department of Natural Resources' Fresh Air Fit program has instruction tailored to workout veterans as well as newcomers. Examples range from a "martial arts outdoor boot camp" at Bay City State Recreation Area to low-impact aerobics and Warrior X Fit kickboxing at Interlochen State Park in Grand Traverse County. 

From June 10 through August 14, Grand Haven State Park will be hosting a “Zumba Beach Party” every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  Muskegon State Park is hosting its own “Beach Boot Camp” and Eco Trek Fitness throughout the summer.

The classes are taught by local instructors.

Michigan Activity Pass to debut May 24 for library card holders

Michigan Activity Pass to debut May 24 for library card holders

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Library Network, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Michigan Foundation, and CultureSource will roll out the Michigan Activity Pass May 24.

The Michigan Activity Pass program is a partnership between the state's nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to enhance people's learning experience through books and other library materials, while reducing prices to arts and cultural organizations across the state.

“The Library Network is thrilled with the response to the program from our cultural partners and we’re pleased to be able to present this program in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Michigan Foundation, and CultureSource,” said Jim Flury, technical services manager and Michigan Activity Pass administrator at The Library Network in Novi.

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Author Tricia McDonald leads writing workshop May 11

Author Tricia McDonald leads writing workshop May 11

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Loutit District Library is accepting reservations to a writing workshop with published author Tricia L. McDonald.

The writing workshop will take place May 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library's Program Room A. The lesson is designed to help potential writers get started, stay focused, and keep the 'writing gremlins' at bay. McDonald will also share easy ways to keep writing from falling to the bottom of the list. Whether a beginning or established writer, this workshop will energize writers to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

A $10 material fee includes a copy of McDonald’s instructional book. "Quit Whining Start Writing". Registration closes May 6. To register, visit the attendant in LDL's Public Computing room. For more information, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call (616) 842-5560, ext.

Grand Haven Area Sailing Club announces new family sailing program

Grand Haven Area Sailing Club announces new family sailing program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Grand River Sailing Club (GRSC) is launching a family sailing program beginning June 3, 2013.  

Building on the popularity of its WINCHES women’s sailing initiative, GRSC’s family sailing program will place emphasis on sailing fundamentals, water safety and the importance of every member of the family having the confidence and knowledge to be a crew member on a sailing excursion.

The program kicks off in June with three 90-minute workshops in an interactive classroom setting held at GRSC’s clubhouse. Topics will include basics of water safety and wind, boat control and sailing skills taught by veteran GRSC sailors. Once families complete the classroom workshops, they will join GRSC members on Lake Michigan during Monday Night “lite” racing to learn the fundamentals of boat handling.

Taste and tour Michigan food with author April 25

Taste and tour Michigan food with author April 25

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  – The public is invited to join author Jaye Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick April 25 for a photo tour, talk and tasting based on their delicious book, Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Roadtrip  at the Loutit District Library.

Through storytelling and spectacular photography, Beeler and Burdick spotlight Michigan's culinary landscape from Lake Michigan's fruit belt to urban farms in Detroit. Attendees can  nibble their way through the culinary journey with Beeler's pesto and other favorite foods.

The free presentation will take place in Program Room A from 7 p.m.

Business start-up workshop at Spring Lake District Library April 27

Business start-up workshop at Spring Lake District Library April 27

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--When jobs are difficult to find, people often consider starting their own business.

But many don't know how to get started. The first step is to plan on attending the workshop “Fundamentals for Starting a Business: Six Week Start-Up” on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Spring Lake District Library.  This free workshop will include an overview of what it takes to start your own business. Local SCORE business counselor John Brocci will present the steps you'll need to take to successfully launch a new business in today's economy.

While there is no cost to attend the workshop pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Register online at www.sllib.org or call 616.846.5770.

SCORE is a nonprofit organization that offers free and confidential business counseling, mentoring, and training to entrepreneurs and small businesses nationwide.