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Holland Celebrates National Arbor Day at Van Raalte Farm

Holland area homeschoolers, from LIFE Homeschool Group will help plant a tree to celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 29 at Van Raalte Farm at 10am, 1076 E. 16th St. Holland, Michigan. The Holland Garden Club and the city of Holland’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department are organizing the tree planting celebration.  The city of Holland will also receive the 31st Annual Tree City USA Award.

Homeschoolers will take turns shoveling the soil to help plant the new tree. There will also be a Holland in Bloom children’s bird seed activity. Holland in Bloom is part of a nation wide beautification competition taking place this spring and summer in Holland.

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Trees not only provide beauty in our landscape, they improve the air we breathe, improve water quality, attract wildlife and conserve energy.

Puppypalooza K9 Fundraising Event

Allegan County Sheriff's Department recently lost a K9 dog due to a sudden illness.  They are down 2 K9 units now.  We are holding a fundraising event on Sunday May 15, 2011 at Salt & Pepper Savory Grill and Pub in Holland to help them raise the money to purchase 2 dogs.  There will be live music, K9 demonstrations, food and beverages, auction, and fun events for people who bring their dogs.  Join us and help us give our local law enforcement the resources they need to keep us safe.

Macatawa Water Festival is April 16th

Macatawa Water Festival is April 16th

From the City of Holland:

The Holland Area has been developed around the local watershed since its conception. We rely on the watershed for transportation, agriculture, industry and recreation. Despite how much you use this resource how much do you know about it?

On April 16th at Kollen Park from 9 A.M. to noon you will have a chance to learn all about the Macatawa watershed. Local organizations will be present to offer information on all aspects of how we interact with the watershed. Learn about what lives in the watershed, how humans are affecting it, how we use it in daily life and for the adventurous learn about recreational activities on the water.

Take a break from learning about the animals of the watershed to chat with the local fire department and get an up-close look at a fire truck.

Hope College Dance Marathon Raises $90,000 for the Kids

Hope College Dance Marathon Raises $90,000 for the Kids

The 12th annual Dance Marathon at Hope College, which concluded Saturday, March 12th, raised $90,390.69
Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital's work.

Dance Marathon first came to Hope in March of 2000. Though a school of the college's size was only expected to raise about $5,000 in its first year, the students raised more than $23,000. In the 11 years from 2000 through 2011, Dance Marathon has raised more than $900,000.

Learn more about Dance Marathon

Locate / Share Fish Fry information

Locate / Share Fish Fry information

Got a great West Michigan Fish Fry this Lenten season? Let everyone know about it!

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Hope College Students to Participate in Spring Service and Immersion Trips

HOLLAND – Nearly 200 Hope College students will be spending their spring break serving others and gaining insights into the needs that they encounter.

Some 15 service and immersion trips have been planned for the college’s spring break, which runs Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 27. The mix includes trips across the U.S. as well as abroad.

A total of 175 of the students will be participating in 14 immersion trips organized by the college’s Campus Ministries Office. In addition, another 17 students will travel with professor of kinesiology Dr.

Hope College makes big splash at Holland Polar Plunge

Hope College makes big splash at Holland Polar Plunge


HOLLAND, Mich. - Brave Holland area residents plunged at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Feb. 19 to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) at the 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Polar Plunge, including members of Hope College!