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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.

Swing dance fundraiser May 24 to help the Salvation Army

GRAND HAVEN, MIch.-- Grand Haven High Schools' Buccaneer Original Swing Society is "Swingin' Into Summer!"   The dance will take place Friday, May 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the auxiliary gymnasium. The cost of admission is one non-perishable food item, and all donations will go to stock the Salvation Army's food pantry.   Come and enjoy delicious desserts, beverages and door prizes. Live music will be provided by the GHHS Jazz Band.

Great Lakes 25th Kite Festival, May 17, 18, 19

Great Lakes 25th Kite Festival, May 17, 18, 19

Once again Grand Haven has something planned that everyone can look forward to. Beginning Friday, May 17th the 25th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Kite Festival will be in full swing. The festival runs through Sunday, the 19th at the Grand Haven Beach.

Festival hours are as follows:

Friday ceremonies open at 4:00pm. From 7:00-8:00pm, there will be an Indoor Kite Fly at White Pines Middle School Gym. The public can vote for the best at this exhibit.

Saturday: Hours are 10:00am-5:00pm. Later from 10:00-11:00pm, kites will be flown with lights. Something worth seeing.

Sunday: Hours for this day are 11:00am-5:00pm.

This is a wonderful family festival with lots of balloons in every imaginable shape and size. Take your beach chairs along and make a day of it during the weekend. As with any festival, there is always food available.

Guided Kayak trips offered

Guided Kayak trips offered

Have you ever been kayaking? If not, here is an opportunity to take a lesson and enjoy the great outdoors.

Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department invites paddlers of all skill levels to join naturalists from the department on the Pigeon River. Even though they started on May 8th, the 3.5 mile guided tour is still on the schedule for May 18th, 21st and June 4th.  The trip begins at 12:30pm and takes about 4 hours with each trip a basic kayaking lesson, and kayak, paddle and life jacket are all included for $35.00. Anyone having their own kayak can join in for a fee of $15.00.

Registration is required by calling 616-786-4847. All trips begin at Hemlock Crossing at 8115 West Olive Rd in West Olive and ends at Sheldon Landing.

St. Mary’s School's 'Race for Education' May 10

St. Mary’s School's 'Race for Education' May 10

SPRING LAKE, Mich. – The faculty, staff and students at Saint Mary’s School are finalizing plans for the sixth annual “Race for Education,” which will be held Friday, May 10, from 12:30 p.m. to  2:30 p.m. at the school. 

Staff members will join preschool through eighth grade students to walk or run around a designated area as many times as they are able to in one hour’s time.  The students will also have an opportunity to compete for a number of prizes and awards during the event.. The general public is invited to attend at no cost.

Proceeds from the Race for Education will help offset the cost of a Catholic education by keeping tuition affordable for students. The 2012 event raised $33,600.

Free boater safety class at Spring Lake District Library

Free boater safety class at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department's Marine Division will be teaching a free two-part boater safety class at Spring Lake District Library.

The classes will take place Wednesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants should plan on attending both sessions. The class is open to both youth and adults. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Spring Lake District Library's website, or call the library at (616) 846-5770.

The boater safety class is designed to train and certify individuals to comply with Michigan laws on how to operate a boat or personal watercraft.  Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to be safe this summer on Michigan's many lakes and rivers.

The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake

Get perennial gardening tips from the pros

Get perennial gardening tips from the pros

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Don’t have a green thumb?

Join self-proclaimed plant geek Barbara Balgoyen at Spring Lake District Library May 7 for a free presentation on gardening with perennials. Learn how to incorporate perennials into your landscape for beauty that will return year after year. During the 7 p.m. event, Balgoyen will share information about plants that are low maintenance, easy to grow, and drought tolerant.

Balgoyen is an avid gardener who has worked in the green industry for over 30 years.  She has experience with every aspect of the gardening business including retail and garden design and maintenance. She is currently a customer service representative and a technical consultant for Walters Gardens, Inc., the leading wholesale perennial grower in the U.S.

For more information about this program, call the library at 616.846.5770 or visit the library's website.