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My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

My Town: Green thumbs encouraged to 'Plant a Row for the Hungry'

My Town: Green thumbs encouraged to 'Plant a Row for the Hungry'

HOLLAND, Mich.—Gardening season is here, and green thumbs in the Holland and Zeeland communities are encouraged to add an extra row of plants for the hungry.

The Ottawa County Food Policy Council is launching the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign to encourage community gardeners to grow a row of fruits, vegetables and herbs for those in need.  When harvest season arrives, these giving green thumbs can then drop off designated produce to any of the following participating pantries:

  • Community Action House- 345 W. 14th St., Holland
  • His Harvest Stand- 100 Pine Street, Zeeland
  • Local Adult Foster Care Homes in Holland

The Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign began in 1995 as a way to provide more nutritious options to people in need.  All produce donations are tax deductible.

My town: Memorial Day Parade in Zeeland

My town: Memorial Day Parade in Zeeland

ZEELAND, Mich.-- The public is invited to the Memorial Day Parade in Zeeland on Monday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The procession will kick off at Main Avenue at Centennial Street, proceeding west to State Street, then south to Central Avenue and east onto Maple Street. A ceremony honoring all who have served and continue to serve our country will take place at the Lincoln Street Cemetery following the parade.

For a map of the parade route, visit www.feelthezeel.com.

My Town Holland: "Big Read" grant to Hope College to support community program

My Town Holland: "Big Read" grant to Hope College to support community program

HOLLAND, Mich.- – A grant to Hope College through the “Big Read” program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will support a broad-based effort to encourage reading community-wide during the month of November.

"The Big Read,” which is managed by Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure.  Hope is one of only 77 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive a grant to host a “Big Read” project between September 2014 and June 2015.

The Holland-area program will focus on “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee.  Hope is partnering with Herrick District Library, the Holland Museum, five area schools and others to organize reading groups and schedule a variety of related events throughout the month.

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Visitors to seven area Culver’s restaurants  today can join the effort to bring veterans to their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Participating Culver's restaurants will donate 10 percent of sales on Tuesday, May 20 to the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are:

My Town: 2014 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

My Town: 2014 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

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ZEELAND, Mich.--  Pumpkinfest is pleased to announce that registration for the 2014 Caring People Parade, sponsored by Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, is now available!

 

My Town Grand Haven: Free boat inspections May 17

My Town Grand Haven: Free boat inspections May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday, May 17 with free boat inspections by the Ottawa County Sheriff Office Marine Division.

Marine officers will inspect your boat to make sure it has the proper equipment on it.  Passing boats will receive a vessel inspection sticker.  The free inspections are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gold Coast Outfitters, located at 6755 Butternut Drive in West Olive.

Additionally, the Ottawa County Sheriff Office would like to alert boaters to a new slow no wake area on the Grand River. The SNW area is located in the western-most channel of the Grand River, with coordinates of 43.030534/-86.159217, north to 43.041332/-86.162584.

For a map of all the area no wake zones, visit the sheriff office website here.