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My Town Holland: Park Theatre renovation project now in Phase One

My Town Holland: Park Theatre renovation project now in Phase One

HOLLAND, Mich.--  Phase One of the plan to revamp the historic Park Theatre is now underway.

Last month, more than 90 people attended the Park Theatre Foundation’s Clean Slate Party, held inside the downtown Holland venue.  Foundation Board President Bob Schulze introduced plans to renovate the aging facility and encouraged visitors to share their ideas for bringing Park Theatre into a new century.

"By renovating the Park Theatre we will create a radically open, fiscally sustainable, multi-use platform for Holland and surrounding community members to create and celebrate culture.  Imagine what a revamped Park Theatre could offer: music, independent film series; dinner theatre/movies; children's programming; lecture and comedy series; and more.  This will be a wonderful resource for ages 8 to 80 for Holland and surrounding communities," Schulze said.

My Town Holland: Community celebrates completed renovations to landmark April 19

My Town Holland: Community celebrates completed renovations to landmark April 19

HOLLAND, Mich.—The City of Holland will have more than Easter to celebrate this weekend.

Saturday, the city will hold a “Turning of the Blades” dedication and open house to celebrate the completion of extensive repairs to the 250-year-old DeZwaan Windmill.  The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the second annual Run of the Mill 5K run/walk.

The $2.1 million restoration project began two years ago when workers found rotted beams while renovating the windmill’s observation deck.  The Michigan Economic Development Commission awarded the city a $375,000 grant to help pay for the work.  Holland City and Holland Township will also contribute another $600,000 over the next six years, in addition to donations collected during a windmill fundraising campaign.

Windmill Island Gardens will be open free of charge on April 19 so all community members can see the windmill in operation and tour the grounds.

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

HOLLAND – A total of four Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation.

Senior Caitlin Ploch of Redford received a fellowship through the program. In addition, 2013 graduate James Bour and 2012 graduate Hilary Bultman also received fellowships, and 2013 graduate Meagan Elinski received an honorable mention.  Bour and Bultman had each received honorable mentions last year.

Hope students or graduates have received fellowships or honorable mentions through the program every year for more than 20 years, and this is the seventh consecutive year that multiple graduating seniors or recent alumni have been recognized.  The NSF awarded 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year.

My Town: Hope College students to present creative and research projects on April 11

My Town: Hope College students to present creative and research projects on April 11

HOLLAND, Mich.– What does designing a tetrahedral robot,  the effect of Facebook on happiness and self-esteem, the effect of music tempo on cycling performance, and Louis XIV all have in common?

They're all original research topics by students of Hope College.

These research projects will be highlighted during the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance at Hope College on Friday, April 11, from 2:30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.The public is invited.  Admission is free.

My Town: Collegiate Vocal Competition April 6

My Town: Collegiate Vocal Competition April 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Students from Aquinas College, Hope College and Grand Valley State University will hit a high note Sunday, April 6 with Opera Grand Rapids' Collegiate Vocal Competition.

The event begins at 7 p.m. inside the Betty Van Andel Opera Center, located at 1320 E. Fulton in Grand Rapids. Guests can also listen to the Second Division winners from Western Michigan University and Hope College.

My Town: Holland distillery takes locally sourced products to statewide distribution

My Town: Holland distillery takes locally sourced products to statewide distribution

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Coppercraft Distillery, a Holland-based distiller of quality spirits with a focus on local ingredients and production, has announced the distribution of its gin, rum, vodka and citrus-flavored vodka to the entire Michigan market.

Look for Coppercraft in local retail locations and featured in cocktails at local establishments.

My Town: Holland to be featured in April 1 travel show

My Town: Holland to be featured in April 1 travel show

HOLLAND, Mich.—Family travel expert Colleen Kelly’s trip to Holland will grace the air April 1.

During the episode, Kelly introduces viewers to the activities and experiences that make Holland a tourism hot spot- from making Dutch shoes in Nelis Dutch Village to creating custom t-shirts at Ambrose and doughnuts at Cranes in the City restaurant and bakery.  She also visits the Holland Peanut Store, Windmill Island Gardens and of course, the Lake Michigan beach.\

“It’s always great to see the Holland community through someone else’s eyes, especially when they are traveling with kids. It’s a reminder of the diverse, family-friendly things visitors can enjoy while in Holland,” commented Sally Laukitis, Executive Director of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau. “It was a terrific time with host Colleen Kelly and her family, and we look forward to potential visitors watching the program.”