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Holland is Ready’s free film series returns in February with “Transamerica”

Holland is Ready’s free film series returns in February with “Transamerica”


HOLLAND – Holland is Ready’s free film series returns to the Park Theatre on Friday, Feb. 4, with the 7:30 p.m. showing of “Transamerica.”

The comedy-drama tells the story of Bree, a transsexual woman who goes on a road trip with her long-lost son. Felicity Huffman, who also stars in TV’s “Desperate Housewives,” won a Golden Globe award for her performance as Bree and was also nominated for an Academy Award.

One of the major themes of the film is the personal journey toward self-discovery, both for Bree and her son as they struggle for understanding and to forge a parent-child relationship.

The 2010-11 film series is being presented by Holland is Ready, a group of community leaders working for the safety, rights and inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons in the Lakeshore area.

Other upcoming films, also shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Theatre, 248 S.

Hope College Honored Nationally for Community Engagement

HOLLAND – Hope College has received national recognition for exemplary service-learning as one of only 115 colleges and universities across the country named to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s “2010 Community Engagement Classification” on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

The college’s dean of students, who coordinated Hope’s application for the recognition, said that he especially appreciates the selection because it affirms the way that community engagement and service is expressed as a core value at Hope.  Even though educating students “for lives of leadership and service in a global society” is part of the college’s mission statement, he noted that it happens through the efforts of hundreds of individuals--students, faculty and members of the staff—who choose to come together in multiple ways to make a difference, whether tutoring area children, raising funds for the American Cancer Society or helping provide a village in Africa with clean water.

Downtown Holland to host Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition

Downtown Holland to host Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition

For the third year in a row, Downtown Holland is partnering with the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) to host a Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition. Downtown Holland and NICA will bring talented students from colleges around the Midwest and beyond together for this exciting weekend-long competition. This is one “cool” event you won’t want to miss!

Over 20 talented students will be competing in the collegiate invitational, each transforming 300-pound blocks of ice into glistening works of art using chainsaws, torches, and more. The compulsory competition will take place on Friday, January 7 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, while the freestyle competition will be held on Saturday, January 8 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Bundle up and come watch in amazement as the ice flies!

MAX Authority’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ Food Drive Doubles Donations

MAX Authority’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ Food Drive Doubles Donations

Lakeshore residents were in a giving mood this year as donations to the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority's "Stuff the Bus" food drive were more than double the amount donated last year.

Sponsored annually by MAX transit to help restock the pantry at Community Action House, this year's food drive in November resulted in more than 2.5 tons of food and personal care items donated by the community.

The MAX collected approximately 5,000 lbs. of donations, valued at $10,850. This is more than double the total amount collected in 2009, which was 2,160 pounds of goods worth $4,570.

"We are extremely grateful to the community for responding to our call for donations, especially when it's still difficult for many families to give," said Sherri Cadeaux, MAX marketing and customer service manager.

Downtown Zeeland partners with Kids Hope USA this holiday season

Downtown Zeeland partners with Kids Hope USA this holiday season

From: Abby deRoo, City of Zeeland

In a venture called “cause marketing” downtown Zeeland is partnering with Kids Hope USA this holiday season to host FEEL THE ZEEL OF GIVING, a holiday celebration for the whole community. Cause Marketing is when for-profit entities partner with nonprofit organizations to promote a single event. The participating businesses agree to give a donation to the nonprofit organization and in exchange the nonprofit commits to marketing the event to their group of supporters to increase attendance at the event. In this case, the more people who come out to shop downtown Zeeland during the holiday events, the bigger the donation will be for Kids Hope USA. So come on out during the FEEL THE ZEEL OF GIVING EVENTS and shop for a cause! Everybody wins!

FEEL THE ZEEL OF GIVING is a way for the local, downtown businesses to differentiate themselves from the malls this holiday season.

Hope College Mortar Board Chapter Leads National Book Drive

Hope College Mortar Board Chapter Leads National Book Drive
HOLLAND - The Hope College Alcor chapter of Mortar Board has placed first in the national organization's "Virtual Book Drive" for the third consecutive year, raising funds to provide books to children nationally as well as locally.

The chapter raised $10,899.61 in the July 24-November 12 drive, which the national Mortar Board organization held in conjunction with First Book, a national literacy nonprofit.

The Mortar Board Virtual Book Drive is a fundraising challenge in which chapters compete to raise funds in order to bring new books to local programs serving children from low-income families.  The funds are available for use through the First Book Marketplace, where programs can choose from hundreds of high-quality titles at deeply discounted prices.

A tenth of the total will support First Book's work providing books to children all over the country.  The remaining 90 percent will be used in Holland, along w

Downtown Holland's Annual Parade Of Lights Continues To Grow

From: http://www.downtownholland.com/

Downtown Holland’s Parade of Lights continues to grow year after year, and with over 75 entries in this year’s parade, attendees will be treated to the largest, and brightest, parade yet. During the procession, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 30, the multitude of parade entries will illuminate the heated streets of Downtown Holland with thousands of twinkling lights. The parade begins at the corner of Eighth Street and Columbia Avenue and continues down Eighth Street until it reaches the Eight Street Market Place, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt.

The lineup for this year’s Parade of Lights includes non-profit organizations, marching bands, families, local businesses, and radio stations.