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My Town Grand Haven: The circus is coming Aug. 19

My Town Grand Haven: The circus is coming Aug. 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Tri-Cities Kiwanis invites the Grand Haven community to see live animals and entertainment under the big top of The Kelly Miller Circus.

Harbor Island in Grand Haven will come alive for two shows on Tuesday, Aug.19 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for 1.5 hour performances.  For more information or a sneak peek, visit  www.tricitieskiwanis.org  or www.kellymillercircus.com.

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area for two library performances on Tuesday, July 22 as part of its summer reading club.

The Outdoor Discovery Center’s program focuses on introducing children to Michigan wildlife. Live animals including reptiles, amphibians and birds will be used during the presentation. Kids will learn unique characteristics of animals and how they fit into our diverse ecosystems. Hands-on artifacts include skins, skulls, wings, feathers and talons of several species native to Michigan.

Krupka will present at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street,  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town: Goats on the loose at Eastmanville Bayou

My Town: Goats on the loose at Eastmanville Bayou

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich—Visitors to Eastmanville Bayou will encounter the county’s new set of four-legged landscapers.

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department says a herd of grazing goats has been released at the bayou to begin its work reducing invasive species.  Visitors are welcome to watch the goats at work, but should remain clear of the electric fence surrounding them and not pet the goats.  Plant oils from the poison ivy and other invasive plants the goats are munching on could be on the goats’ coats, making them transferrable to humans.

The goats are also being used at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville and Riverside Park in Grand Haven. 

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three Ottawa County parks will welcome some four-legged landscapers next month.

The Ottawa County Parks Department is bringing in goats to combat invasive plant species.  The goats will be released at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville, Eastmanville Bayou in Allendale and Riverside Park in Grand Haven in May.  Parks officials say eating plants instead of grain is healthier for goats, and the animals like to eat graze on woody, shrub-like plants including poison ivy, which is in abundance at the parks. The Ottawa County Parks Department says repeated use of grazing goats has been shown to eliminate 90 percent of invasive, woody plants over three years.

Scenes from 'The Nutcracker' at Spring Lake District Library

Scenes from 'The Nutcracker' at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--The Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company is taking "The Nutcracker" to the Spring Lake District Library.

A troupe of ballet students will perform selections from the production Monday, December 2 at 7 p.m. The dancing, costumes and music of this classic holiday show are sure to capture the imagination of children of all ages.  Children age seven and younger who attend the performance must be accompanied by an adult.  Attendance is limited to 70 people.

For more information, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

John Ball Traveling Zoo visits two area libraries

John Ball Traveling Zoo visits two area libraries

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Children are invited to Spring Lake District Library and Loutit District Library on Thursday, July 25 for a visit from John Ball Zoo.

This event is part of the "Dig into Reading" summer reading program. John Ball Zoo will bring their Traveling Zoo program to both libraries, giving children the opportunity to get an up-close look at live animals, as well as examine skulls, furs, shells, and other specimens. The program will last approximately 40 minutes and is best suited for children ages 5 and up.

The John Ball Zoo’s Library Traveling Zoo program will take place at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven, at 10:00 am. The Spring Lake District Library program begins at 1:00 pm at 123 East Exchange St., Spring Lake.  For more information call Loutit District Library at (616) 842-5560 ext. 216 or Spring Lake District Library at (616) 846-5770, ext.

'Burrowing Beasts of Michigan' invade two district libraries June 18

'Burrowing Beasts of Michigan' invade two district libraries June 18

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area on June 18 as part of the library summer reading program.

The program  "Burrowing Beast of Michigan" will include turtles, snakes, frogs, rabbits, worms and other live animals that dwell underground. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the exciting and interesting world of these burrowing animals in this hands-on and interactive program.

Krupka's presentation will take place at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., at 10 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library at 2 p.m.

This summer reading program event is a collaborative effort of the Spring Lake and Loutit District libraries and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.