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Hope College “Dance Marathon” is March 11-12

Hope College “Dance Marathon” is March 11-12

HOLLAND – For a 12th consecutive year, Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser “for the kids.”

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. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

A variety of events have been scheduled to punctuate the marathon, including testimonies by families served by the hospital, various performances by student and local groups, and the popular annual lip-sync.  The total raised will be announced during a celebration that will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, as the Dance Marathon’s 5 p.m.

Holland plants pride in community by participating in America in Bloom Program

Holland plants pride in community by participating in America in Bloom Program

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HOLLAND, Mich. - Holland, Michigan is proud to announce that it is participating in the America in Bloom (AIB) program. America in Bloom is a non-profit 501c3 corporation whose mission is to promote nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.

To date, nearly 200 towns and cities from 38 states have participated in the program and more than 20 million people have been touched by it. Communities are compared to others in the same population category.

Judging takes place May through August with Holland, Michigan anticipating judge arrivals in July. Pairs of specially trained judges visit each participating town for two days of extensive touring, interviews with municipal representatives, and meetings with community volunteers.

Polar Plungers wanted to dive into Holland's icy waters to benefit Special Olympics

Polar Plungers wanted to dive into Holland's icy waters to benefit Special Olympics

Brave Holland area residents are needed to plunge 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!

Area Director Mark Dalman, who oversees the Special Olympics Michigan program in Ottawa and Allegan Counties says, “It is the most fun you will have this winter. It is exciting and crazy, so why wouldn’t you do it?

This is the first year Special Olympics Michigan is holding  a Polar Plunge in Holland and brave plungers are needed.

“It is the most exciting thing to happen in Holland this February! It is new, exciting, come out and help our athletes, Do something new, take the plunge and support children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” Mark said.

Anyone can take the plunge for a minimum donation of $50. Anyone interested in taking the plunge can pre-register online at www.somi.org.

BBBS Bowl for Kids' Sake Fundraiser Comes to the Lakeshore

BBBS Bowl for Kids' Sake Fundraiser Comes to the Lakeshore

Muskegon, Mich. Hundreds of Lakeshore bowlers will hit the lanes March 18 through May14 to “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore. The annual bowling blast raises money to support mentoring programs for area children who could use a friend or role model in their lives.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is open to bowlers at all levels of ability, and anyone who wants to have a great time while supporting a good cause. The event is not competitive and scores don’t matter – it’s all about raising pledges, helping kids and having fun. Prizes are given out throughout each bowling event for everything from answering trivia questions to throwing a strike, or even a gutter ball! Special prizes will also be presented to top team recruiters and fundraisers.

Bowl events will be held at the following dates and times:

Hart – F.O.E.

Girlfriends Weekend 2011: A Weekend Full Of All The Things Women Love

Girlfriends Weekend 2011: A Weekend Full Of All The Things Women Love

From: The City of Holland

Girlfriends Weekend is coming back to Downtown Holland!

Event to Help Holland-Area College Bound Students to Apply for Financial Aid

HOLLAND – College-bound Holland-area students and their families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA can receive help with the form during “College Goal Sunday” on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pumpkinfest decorating committee seeks volunteers

Pumpkinfest decorating committee seeks volunteers

ZEELAND, Mich. - The Pumpkinfest decorating committee is looking for volunteers to help prepare for this fall's festival by building scarecrow scenes.

The work starts in April and anyone is welcome.

Contact Lisa Klinge at the Zeeland Chamber of Commerce if you are interested: lisak@zeelandchamber.org, 616-722-2494.