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Grand River Greenway Celebration continues with Ottawa County Park’s David Mazurek

Grand River Greenway Celebration continues with Ottawa County Park’s David Mazurek

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- Maintenance and operations coordinator from the Ottawa County Parks, David Mazurek, will speak at the Loutit District Library, March 15, on the history and natural features of the Grand River.

New to kayaking or paddle boarding or wondering where to go, this session will talk about how to experience the best of the bountiful history of the Grand River, and the most exceptional natural features, while paddling the. Also, six of the most interesting paddling trips created especially for new paddlers by park staff-will be presented and discussed.

Mazurek has 25 year experience coordinating the maintenance and operations of the Ottawa County Parks. For the last couple years he has been developing information regarding the historical and natural features of the Grand River in Ottawa County in an effort to help new kayakers and paddle boarders become familiar with what the Grand River has to offer.

Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues as local historian speaks at LDL

Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues as local historian speaks at LDL

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian and Greenway event orgainizer Marjie Viveen presents “Ghost Parks on the Grand River Greenway” as the yearlong celebration of the Greenway’s contribution the the area continues on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loutit District Library in Program Room A.

Viveen begins her program by highlighting whether looking for a building site or a park site, it’s location, location, location that matters. Before parks were formally developed on publicly owned lands, the most alluring of these waterfront properties were privately owned spaces where locals gathered, more often than not by invitation only.

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Resources:

Join in the effort to Go Get Outdoors and protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Berrien to Muskegon Counties! State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of February as part of the new Volunteer Steward program in Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO-Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers can make a big impact by removing invasive, non-native shrubs in natural areas within state parks and recreation areas. Targeted invasive species include:  honeysuckle, autumn olive, barberry and Lombardy poplar.

Loutit District Library announce New Year’s holiday hours

Loutit District Library announce New Year’s holiday hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will close Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

It will re-open on Monday, January 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours-a- day throughout the holiday. 

Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the 55 libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts.

In addition, the website provides online databases, downloadable audio-books and e-books, a calendar of upcoming library events and links to other resources to help patrons find the information they need.

The library’s normal winter hours are:

Hospice Tree of Life Celebrates life

Hospice Tree of Life Celebrates life

News Release:

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – This holiday season, Hospice of North Ottawa Community invites the local community to honor a loved one by making a donation to the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life will be on display in the lobby of Grand Haven’s Community Center from November 30 to December 31, 2011.

Donations made in memoriam or in honor of loved ones are recognized on individual, customized ornaments, featuring the honoree’s name.

Congressman Huizenga to host Military Academy Night Monday, Nov. 28

News Release:

Grand Haven, MI – U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, will host his second Military Academy Night to provide area students and their parents a casual evening to learn about the process involved in applying for admission to a U.S. Service Academy.
 
The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the United States Coast Guard Sector Field Office at 650 South Harbor Drive, Grand Haven. Liaisons from the five academies have been invited to provide information and staff from Congressman Huizenga’s District Office will be available to discuss the congressional nomination process.
 
“I admire anyone who answers the call to serve our country. It is a tremendous honor to be able to help any such motivated and brave young men and women from West Michigan in their application to the U.S.

ArtWalk Family Art Day is Saturday

ArtWalk Family Art Day is Saturday

News Release:

 

Grand Haven, Mich., September 26, 2011: Painting. Games. Free food. Live music. ArtWalk’s 2011 Family Art Day, on October 1st, will offer all of these things and much more! The family focused affair offers a fantastic way for parents–grandparents too–and kids to spend a fun, fall afternoon together.


There will be canvases and paint set out for guests to create their own personal masterpieces. The completed artworks will then hang outdoors, along the side of ArtWalk headquarters (18 N. 5th St.), throughout the final week of ArtWalk 2011.


“We had Family Art Day last year and it was a huge success,” said Steve Loftis, ArtWalk organizer. “Seeing all the kids show up with their moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles was inspiring.