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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.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

GVSU Rowing Club dedicates new boat to student who died

GVSU Rowing Club dedicates new boat to student who died

SPRING LAKE, Mich. – The Rowing Club at Grand Valley State University now has a floating reminder of a crew member who lost her life in a car crash.

On April 12,  GVSU rowers dedicated their newest boat at the Spring Lake Yacht Club to Rachel Ring.  Ring joined the GVSU women’s novice rowing team in the fall of 2011.  She died weeks later.

Ring’s family donated funds for the boat, which is named the Rachel Ring, 1991-2011.  They joined team members, coaches and university administrators Friday to unveil the boat.  University President Thomas Haas presided over the dedication ceremony.

A day after the dedication, the Rachel Ring competed in its inaugural race at the annual Lubbers Cup Regatta.   The GVSU women’s teams won every race that was not cancelled.

Canoeing author shares his experiences at Loutit District Library April 18

Canoeing author shares his experiences at Loutit District Library April 18

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library on Thursday, April 18 to join PBS-featured author and life-long Michigan resident Doc Fletcher as he presents his canoeing and kayaking program titled "Paddle Now, Chores Later.”  

The program is free to the public and held in the LDL’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Among the rivers featured will be the Pere Marquette, the subject of Doc's 2013 book. The program will also focus on the U.P.'s Two Hearted River, a gorgeous stream that flows into Lake Superior, and how it  is recovering from the 2012 Duck Lake fire, the third largest fire in Michigan's history.

At the end of Fletcher's program, a free drawing will be held and one person will win a gift certificate good for a free canoe or kayak day trip.

Saint Lazare Retreat House to Host Author Jim Penrice on April 16

Saint Lazare Retreat House to Host Author Jim Penrice on April 16

SPRING LAKE, Mich. - St. Lazare Retreat House will host local author Jim Penrice for an evening lecture program on Tuesday, April 16, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Penrice will speak on "The Spirituality of Sports."

St. Lazare Retreat House is located at 18600 West Spring Lake Road in Spring Lake.  Cost for the program will be $5 per person.

Penrice also serves as director of adult faith formation at Saint Mary's Church in Spring Lake. His program will cover the many opportunities sports offers to both participants and fans in deepening their faith.

Anyone interested in receiving further information or confirming a reservation for the event should contact St. Lazare Retreat House by calling (616) 842-3370. 

St. Lazare Retreat House is operated by the Vincentian community priests and houses 50 single rooms, a chapel, a dining room and large lounge.  The retreat house is barrier free.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. Cycling enthusiasts are being urged to register now for “Haiti Ride 2013”.

The annual bike ride raises funds to support villagers and residents in the island nation of Haiti, as it continues its rebuilding efforts in the wake of the 2010 quake, three recent hurricanes and cholera epidemic.  United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCD), at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, will serve again as the host site for the bike tour.

Haiti Ride 2013 will be held from Wednesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 15.

After school chess club for kids at Spring Lake District Library

After school chess club for kids at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Chess is a game girls and boys can play that will help improve their concentration, memory, and problem solving skills. Boys and girls of all skill levels are invited to attend the monthly chess club held at Spring Lake District Library. Attendees can play just for the fun of it, or hone their skills courtesy of chess mentor Andy Catlin. The next meeting of chess club will be on Monday, April 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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