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Holland In Bloom Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest Announces First Winner!

Holland In Bloom Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest Announces First Winner!

June 14, 2011. Holland, Michigan. Congratulations to Lois and Charles Hunt, winners of the Holland In Bloom Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest for June. Located at 619 Myrtle Avenue, an abundance of perennials are the highlight of this garden for all seasons. Tall evergreens provide year round color and sometimes hide perennial beds that are ready to burst into summer blooms. White iris with purple fringe, budding peonies about to unfurl into deep pink blossoms will soon replace spring bulbs and flowering shrubs. Later Michigan holly will add fall color with deep bronze foliage.

Some Culver's Restaurants to Help Victims of Tornadoes & Floods on June 14th

Some Culver's Restaurants to Help Victims of Tornadoes & Floods on June 14th

News Release:

Grand Rapids, MI- In an effort to assist in the relief efforts for those affected by devastating tornadoes and floods that have ravaged the country this spring, Culver’s restaurants will sponsor a “Day of Giving.” Participating restaurants nationwide, including the Grand Rapids area restaurants listed below, will dedicate 10% of sales on Tuesday, June 14th to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Culver's of Comstock Park located at 4280 Alpine Ave in Comstock Park

Culver's of Grand Haven located at 520 A-Way Drive in Grand Haven

Culver's of Grand Rapids located at 6300 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids

Culver's of Grand Rapids-East Beltline located at 2510 East Beltline SE in Grand Rapids

Culver's of Holland located at 3035 West Shore Drive in Holland

Culver's of Jenison located at 7393 Cottonwood Drive in Jenison

Culver's of Wyoming located at 245 54th Street S.W.

Fallen Bikers Rally and Memorial Run

Fallen Bikers Rally and Memorial Run

On Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 2:00pm until 9:00pm there will be a Fallen Bikers Rally benefiting Childred of fallen riders.

This event will be held at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on Ottawa Beach Road in Holland, MI.

There is still time to take part in this event. Email trix1966@live.com

Series of Events to Celebrate Bicentennial of Holland Founder's Birth

Series of Events to Celebrate Bicentennial of Holland Founder's Birth

HOLLAND – Multiple activities are being planned throughout West Michigan in October in celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland.

Announcement of the celebration occurred appropriately at the base of the Van Raalte statue in Holland's Centennial Park on Thursday (June 2.)

The events, most running between Friday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 25, will include a two-day festival in Holland; exhibitions in Holland, Zeeland and Grand Rapids; and an international scholarly conference at Hope College.  All are designed, organizers say, to elebrate a visionary leader who had a major, lasting impact when he brought his fellow settlers to the shores of Black Lake in 1847 in earch of economic opportunity and religious and educational freedom.

Saint Mary's Kindergarten Class Celebrates Learning to Count to 100 for "100 Days in School"

Saint Mary's Kindergarten Class Celebrates Learning to Count to 100 for "100 Days in School"

SPRING LAKE, Mich., May 31, 2011 - Seventeen kindergarten students in Judy Tejchma’s class at Saint Mary’s Parish School are extending an invitation to the general public to be their guest at the school to help them celebrate learning to count to 100 at an upcoming “100 Days in School” event on June 8, at 9 to 11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. in the kindergarten classroom.

Saint Mary’s School is located at 421 east Exchange Street in Spring Lake.  Judy Tejchma has served as kindergarten teacher there for 23 years and previous to that served as a teacher for nine years at Sacred Heart School in Muskegon. Her 32 years as a teacher will come to a close upon her retirement on June 10, with a party planned in her honor on June 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church Activity Center, adjacent to the school.

“We are asking that any person in the community who wishes to attend bring in a canned good item for our Saint Mary’s Food Pantry,” said Judy Tejchma.

Hope College Contribution Benefits Wes Leonard Heart Foundation

HOLLAND - Hope College, as part of its commitment to honor the memory of Fennville basketball player Wes Leonard, who died from sudden cardiac arrest in March, has contributed the concessions proceeds from a district tournament game to the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation.

In the hours after the player's death, Hope College offered its DeVos Fieldhouse for Fennville to play its district high school tournament basketball games.

Use of the fieldhouse and services of staff at the first game were provided free of charge and net proceeds from concessions sales were pledged to the foundation.

A check for $3,991 has been presented to the Holland/Zeeland Foundation which will administer the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation.

Hope/Holland Community Collaboration Celebrates Neighborhood

Hope/Holland Community Collaboration Celebrates Neighborhood

A reception Thursday, May 26,  celebrated a Hope College/Holland community collaboration that has helped highlight a distinctive neighborhood.

Ten Hope students enrolled in the college’s leadership program worked across the spring semester with 15 high-school age students at Holland’s Van Raalte Tech to create colorful banners to support the stores and atmosphere of Washington Square, located along Washington Avenue between 18th and 19th streets.

The illustrations on the banners, hanging on both sides of the block, represent the district as well as individual stores. The Hope students organized and coordinated the project, and worked with the Van Raalte Tech students to write a grant request to the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation, which provided $500 in support. The Hope and high school students worked together to complete the banners, which feature artwork by the Van Raalte Tech students.