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Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Downtown Holland Groovewalk features bands, bars and breweries

Downtown Holland Groovewalk features bands, bars and breweries

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Downtown Holland’s Groovewalk featured 13 bands at 13 venues and included great local breweries, beer bars and a variety of both national and Michigan acts.

The cost for a wrist-band was $15 and basically served as the cover charge for all of the locations plus free rides on the "GrooveXpress" (if preferred, although most of the locations were in easy walking distance also for those who preferred a pub crawl.) Live musicians entertained patrons.

CPHS Performing Arts and Athletic Center nears completion

CPHS Performing Arts and Athletic Center nears completion

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Comstock Park High School’s Performing Arts and Athletic Center is nearing completion.

Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein says construction on the facility’s exterior should be finished this summer.  The center is scheduled to open this fall.

Ebenstein says the facility, designed by GMB A&E out of Holland, is a hybrid of an auditorium and gymnasium. It features a full-size stage and retractable theater-style seating for approximately 700 people, but with the added functionality of a full-size gym with a parquet wood floor.   The new facility also contains two locker rooms, a trainer’s office, a lab, a school store and a large lobby.

Hope College faculty member named Fulbright Scholar

Hope College faculty member named Fulbright Scholar

HOLLAND, Mich. – Katherine Sullivan, associate professor of art at Hope College, will spend the 2013-14 school year in India through an award from the Fulbright U.S.

Cartoon Characters Help Build Character in Hope College CASA Summer Program

HOLLAND – Character has added meaning in the Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) program at Hope College this summer, with the elementary-age students learning life lessons through cartoons.

The activity is part of the “Summer TOON-Up: Using Cartoons to Build Academic Strength and Character” theme woven into CASA’s six-week summer program, which began on Monday, June 17, and will continue through Thursday, July 25.  The emphasis is on patience and responsibility in particular, with materials including flash cards featuring friendly characters, such as a dog and a cat, demonstrating and discussing the concepts—and the children having a chance to discuss the topics and produce art of their own.

Organizers take PRIDE Festival outdoors June 29

Organizers take PRIDE Festival outdoors June 29

HOLLAND, Mich.—M embers of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays are taking their PRIDE Festival outside for the first time this Saturday, June 29.

The event starts in Centennial Park at 1 p.m. with booths, food and free live entertainment. At  6 p.m. the festival will move into Park Theater, 248 S. River, for more free entertainment. 

The PRIDE Festival runs until 10 p.m.  Organizers expect the largest turnout ever.

 “We wanted to expand this year’s festival to show the area’s lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community that they have broad support and many reasons to celebrate with pride,” said Jim Larkin, chairperson of the Holland Area PRIDE Festival Board.

Grant to expand opportunities for Hope College Students

Grant to expand opportunities for Hope College Students

HOLLAND – A major grant to Hope College from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide new opportunities for students to conduct research in the arts and humanities through the college’s Andrew W.