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My Town Holland: Gardeners compete for green title in Blizzards to Blooms contest

My Town Holland: Gardeners compete for green title in Blizzards to Blooms contest

HOLLAND, Mich.—The City of Holland is holding a friendly competition for amateur green thumbs to help retain its America In Bloom title.

The deadline to enter the Blizzards to Blooms garden contest is July 15. Home and business owners within the city limits are encouraged to enter the contest or nominate a neighbor’s green space.  Entrants should submit “before” (winter) photographs and up to five “after” (summer) photographs of their garden.  The winner will get an original drawing of their garden by local artist Carolyn Stich, as well as gift certificates to either Jonker’s Gardens or JW Greenhouse.  Second and third place winners will also receive gift certificates. 

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: Tulip Time returns to Holland May 3-10

My Town: Tulip Time returns to Holland May 3-10

HOLLAND, Mich.—A Dutch tradition will take over Holland’s streets starting this weekend.

Tulip Time 2014 is May 3-10.  Thousands of people from across the nation are expected to descend on Holland to check out the 6 million tulips on display.  This year’s festival also includes traditional Dutch dancing, parades, the Tulip Time Run, an art and craft fair, quilt show, fireworks, live performances and art classes.  For the entire schedule, visit the Tulip Time festival website here.

Macatawa Bank Hosts Recycling Days April 21-25

 

HOLLAND, Mich., April 8, 2014 –Macatawa Bank is partnering with local West Michigan businesses, Rapid Shred & Comprenew to host a free event for the public to securely destroy documents and electronics. The event will take place during earth week, April 21-25.

Recycling Days will be held:

Monday, April 21: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 41 North State St., Zeeland Tuesday, April 22: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 1575 68th St., Grand Rapids Wednesday, April 23: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3177 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids Thursday, April 24: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 12415 Riley St., Holland Friday, April 25: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3191 44th St., SW, Grandville

Along with the Rapid Shred Truck and Comprenew, Macatawa Bank’s famous Mac Snack Wagon will be at each location serving snacks and handing out water from another local partner, Boxed Water is Better. Recycle totes will go to the first 25 people at each location.

Welcome Spring with the Ottawa County Parks

Welcome Spring with the Ottawa County Parks

Welcome Spring with the Ottawa County Parks

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI—It may not feel like spring, but Ottawa County Parks has no shortage of spring programs.

Family Hours:  Each Sunday afternoon from 2-3pm, the Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing Park hosts programs for families on various topics. Stories, scavenger hunts, hikes and crafts keep things interesting for everyone. Topics include frogs, the water cycle, wetlands, wildflowers and more.

Bird & Wildflower Walks:  Ever walk in the woods wishing you could learn more about an encountered bird, plant or insect? A guided walk is for you. Now through the fall, hikes alongside expert naturalists are available on countless topics, such as birds, wildflowers, butterflies, reptiles and other spring surprises.

My Town: Ottawa County seedling sale deadline April 4

My Town: Ottawa County seedling sale deadline April 4

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Time is running out to get in your order during the Ottawa Conservation District’s annual tree seedling sale fundraiser.

This year the OCD is offering seven types of conifers, six types of deciduous trees, eight types of shrubs and other plants.  Community members can also order books, bird and bat houses, plant products and wildlife repellents. You can find the order form here.

The goal of the Ottawa Conservation District is distribute native plants to help with reforestation, windbreaks, wildlife habitats and to prevent erosion.

All orders must be placed by April 4.  Seedlings will be distributed Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reender’s Blueberry Farm in West Olive.  For additional information, contact Becky Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 ext. 5.

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.