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White Pines Plantarium Plans Holiday Shows

White Pines Plantarium Plans Holiday Shows
GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The White Pines Planetarium will be showing "The Cowboy Astronomer" on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. "The Cowboy Astronomer" is a collection of star tales and Native American legends narrated by humorist Baxter Black.  It includes constellation identification and astronomy facts. Following the show, there will be a tour of the night sky and a look at January's celestial events. The cost is $3. A free presentation entitled "Planetary Exploration: NASA's Current and Future Missions" will follow both showings of "The Cowboy Astronomer", at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. This event is part of NASA's Solar System Ambassadors program and will feature the science, discoveries and images from NASA's missions to Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

For more information, contact George Jaeger at (616) 850-6300.

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the upcoming Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

The competition is designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to showcase their talents.  Students are asked to produce a 30 second public service announcement promoting building character, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity.  Filmmakers are asked to target one of two audiences: kindergarten through 6th grade students or 7th through 12th grade students.  The winning work will be used in classrooms.

The deadline for submitting a PSA is Feb. 7, 2014 with a $10 registration fee; students who submit an entry by Jan. 17 pay only $5 for registration.  For more information on the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival, visit the competition website here.

Grand Haven High School Holiday Spectacular December 13

Grand Haven High School Holiday Spectacular December 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.--Community members are invited to attend this seasonal collage featuring the Wind Ensemble, Buccaneer Big Band, Symphony Orchestra, GOTAK, Chamber Choir, Choral Ensemble and Drama Club.

The performance selections include Messiah, Sleigh Ride, A Christmas Festival, Music from TSO, A Christmas Carol and more.  

The Grand Haven High School Holiday Spectacular begins at 7 p.m. Friday, December 13 inside the high school Performing Arts Center. Tickets for reserved seating are available online; just click on the "Seat Yourself" icon on www.ghaps.org.  You can also purchase tickets at the door the evening of the performance. All proceeds from the Holiday Spectacular concert will benefit the GHHS Performing Arts Center.  For more information, please contact (616) 850-6000.

'A Dance with Diversity' December 12

'A Dance with Diversity' December 12

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.--Dr. Michael Fowlin will present "You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me - A Dance with Diversity" Thursday, December 12

Dr. Fowlin hopes all audience members will leave his performance with that wonderful, awakening feeling of beauty: the beauty within one's self and the beauty within others; the celebration of our differences, and the acceptance of our shared experiences.

Dr. Fowlin's performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Grand Haven High School Performing Arts Center; admission is free.

Dr. Fowlin's visit is made possible by a generous grant from Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council.

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: The Platinum Quartet

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: The Platinum Quartet

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- The Platinum Quartet, a group of saxophone students from the music department at Grand Valley State University, will perform at Loutit District Library (LDL) on December 8, as part of the library's Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.

The Platinum Quartet is a saxophone quartet comprised Andrea Voulgaris on soprano sax, Michael Mitrovitch on alto sax, Cameron Miller on tenor sax and Matthew Kobberstad on baritone sax. Since forming, the group has had an active schedule of performing works at a variety of venues on and off GVSU's campus.

The group plays many styles of music, including classical, tango and contemporary.  The free concert begins at 2 p.m. in LDL’s upper level lobby. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Special city hearing ends in singing and dancing

Special city hearing ends in singing and dancing

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Some members of the city council were thrown for a loop during their regular meeting Monday night.

The agenda called for a special hearing on Ordinance 416—the law against dancing in the Grand Haven City limits. 

“We have had terrible trouble here in the city,” said Mayor Geri McCaleb. “There’s been fun and laughter and dancing taking place and this ordinance, 416, says that shall not happen.  So I’m wondering if there’s anyone here who would like to address this issue.”

That’s when Owen Loughrin stepped up to the microphone. “I just wanted to say a few words, because I think this idea scares a lot of people; it shouldn’t.”