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My Town Holland: Dow Foundation Gift to Hope College establishes watershed STEM program

My Town Holland: Dow Foundation Gift to Hope College establishes watershed STEM program

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College is adding a new scholars program, thanks to a major donation by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation of Midland.

The STEM Scholars program—STEM is shorthand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics—will begin next fall with 24 incoming freshmen.  The scholars will live in the same residence hall, share courses and become immersed in socially relevant research projects. 

The $3 million gift  from the Dow Foundation will endow the program in perpetuity, with a new cohort of students entering each year.

“The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation’s trans formative gift will benefit Hope students for generations to come,” said Hope College President John C. Knapp.

My Town Holland: Public invited to PBS pilot Founding Fathers "Interview" at Hope College Dec. 4-5

My Town Holland: Public invited to PBS pilot Founding Fathers "Interview" at Hope College Dec. 4-5

HOLLAND, Mich. – Learn about the origins of the United States and experience the production of a television pilot  during a live interview of the nation's "founding fathers" Dec. 4-5.

The event, which will take place in the main theatre of the college’s DeWitt Center, will become the one-hour pilot episode of a proposed PBS prime-time public television series called “Inventing America.”  The scripted performance will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session in which the "founders" will apply their ideas to the 21st century.

Each performance will take place at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free, although advance ticket reservations are recommended.

My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

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(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.

 

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Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town Zeeland: City Christmas tree arrives Nov. 25

My Town Zeeland: City Christmas tree arrives Nov. 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—While many families are preparing for Thanksgiving, the City of Zeeland will be kicking off the Christmas season this week.

The city Christmas tree will make its grand entrance down Main Street Tuesday, Nov. 25 around 10 a.m.  This year’s tree is a Concolor Fir from Dutchman Tree Farm in Manton, Michigan, which is the largest Christmas tree farm in the country.   The tree farm previously supplied trees to Ford Field and Universal Studios.

Zeeland’s tree stands over 29 feet tall, which means a team of city workers will be needed to position it on its stand at the center of the city’s new splash pad.   The splash pad was actually designed to accommodate the large tree, which will be fully lit with LEDs provided by Holiday Lighting of Zeeland.

Mayor Klynstra will officially light the tree Dec. 1 at 6:15 p.m.  Zeeland’s Magical Christmas Parade will immediately follow.

My Town: Plan calls for 'Food Innovation District' in Holland

My Town: Plan calls for 'Food Innovation District' in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich.—Holland would be home to a “Food Innovation District”, under a design plan recently revealed by the Michigan Municipal League.

The PlacePlan project focuses on Holland’s Western Gateway, around the farmers market and civic center building.  The plan calls for extending downtown Holland and linking it to the Lake Macatawa waterfront with a new district focused on the area’s food industry.  The plan also identifies opportunities for new business growth in and around downtown, as well as expansion of the area’s cultural, economic and environmental assets. The design is meant to encourage economic development around a walkable downtown district.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.

 

St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.

 

The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.

 

“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

Holland Chorale seeking Executive Director

Holland Chorale seeking Executive Director

 

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The Holland Chorale is seeking applicants for a new Executive Director. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who has a love of the arts, and appreciates the role the Holland Chorale has played in the artistic life of West Michigan for over 50 years.

We are writing to you because you know and care about the Chorale, and we hope we can count on you to share this posting by email, by printing and posting the job description anywhere you think would be helpful, and by urging anyone you believe would be great in this role to contact us and apply!