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Marathon Reading Scheduled of “The Fellowship of the Ring”


HOLLAND – The department of English at Hope College will sponsor a marathon reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” in the college’s Pine Grove on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25.

The reading will extend from noon to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, and from 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

All are welcome to sign up for 10-minute reading slots, either in advance at the department of English, located on the third floor of Lubbers Hall, or at the event itself if slots are still available.

“The reading is an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy together a great literary classic,” said Dr. Curtis Gruenler, associate professor of English, who is currently teaching a course titled “J. R. R.

Latino Community to Rally for Fred Johnson September 23rd


Holland, MI – The Holland Hispanic Leadership Committee  (HHLC) will hold a rally in support of Fred Johnson’s run for the U.S. Congress on Thursday evening, September 23, 2010 from 7:00 to 10:00pm at the Park Theater in downtown Holland.   Dr.

Active Aging Week at Evergreen Commons


Are you 50+ and ready to get active?  You can feel better, have more energy and stay healthier!  Active aging means living life as fully as possible.  During this special week at Evergreen Commons, you can find an activity that’s right for you.  All Active Aging Week activities are no pressure, suited to everyone and best of all – FREE!  Give it a try!

Evergreen’s objectives during Active Aging Week are to encourage all 50+ adults in the community to participate in our wellness programs and to persuade current participants to try at least one new activity.  The goal is to have fun, start slow and easy and be active . . . your way!

Our kick-off for the week is a motivational lecture with Evergreen President and marathon runner Larry Erlandson.  His presentation is titled “The Meaning of the Marathon” which will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Fall Tulip Bulb Planting Day


HOLLAND, MI – September 15, 2010, The Tulip Time Festival, in conjunction with the City of Holland Parks Department, will host a “Tulip Bulb Planting Day” on October 16, 2010 at Window on the Waterfront Park, located on 6th Street between Columbia and College Avenues, from 8am-12:30pm.  Rain date will be October 23, 2010, same time and place. Volunteers will be needed in two shifts 8am-10am and 10:30am-12:30pm.

Crane’s In The City Restaurant will provide snacks and beverages for all volunteers from 10am-10:30am and a Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener will also be on hand to provide educational resources and answer general tulip planting questions. Jonker’s Garden will be donating prizes for volunteers.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up online at tuliptime.com by creating a new account under “Volunteer Login” or call Sue Schurman, Volunteer Coordinator at 616.396.4221 x. 108.

Hope College Hosts Admissions Visit Day

HOLLAND - The Hope College admissions office will sponsor a visit day for prospective college students on Friday, September 24.

While the college does not require personal visits to campus by prospective students, it does strongly recommend them.  Students and parents are encouraged to visit the Admissions Office, where campus tours, class visits and faculty conferences can be arranged.

Visit days are held frequently throughout the year and provide prospective students and their parents an opportunity to experience a day on campus.  Activities available include attending class, academic information sessions, eating lunch in the dining hall, and having a guided tour of the campus.

Visitors should meet at 8:30 a.m.

113th Hope Pull Tug-of-War is Saturday, Sept. 25

HOLLAND - The Hope College Pull tug-of-war, a 113-year tradition, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Black River (near U.S. 31 and M-21). The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Pull, first held in 1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope. In the competition, freshman and sophomore teams, entrenched in shallow pits on opposite sides of the river, attempt to gain the most rope through their strength and stamina.

Each team has 18 students on the rope as "pullers" and another 18 acting as guides and morale boosters, or "moralers." The freshmen are coached by the junior class while the sophomores are instructed by the seniors.

Inaugural Walk for Water Holland Event Set to Educate, Draw at Least 500


Holland, MI  - Instead of turning on the tap in your house, imagine collecting your drinking water in a bucket from Lake Macatawa, and then carrying it a mile and a half for your family’s use.  On September 25, the first ever Holland Walk for Water will allow participants to experience just that, raising awareness of the global water crisis and funds to help bring clean water to people in third world, earthquake- and hurricane-stricken countries.     

Holland Walk for Water will take place at Kollen Park on Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 am.  Walkers will travel three total miles, dipping their five-gallon buckets into Lake Macatawa at the half way point of the walk, then returning to Kollen Park to dump their collected water into a solar-powered water filtration system, as used all over the world by Water Missions International to purify water.  One of these systems produce