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My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter

My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet offers spring break solution for kids

My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet offers spring break solution for kids

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Ballet has come up with a kid-friendly solution to spring break boredom.

Next week, when many schools will be dismissed for spring break, the Grand Rapids Ballet will present “Spring Break for Kids: A Different Tune”.   The family-friendly ballet will be April 8, 8 and 10 at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre off Ellsworth SW. The 30-minute performance is based on the popular School Zone book, “A Different Tune”, which teaches children that being different is just another way of being special.  The performance features music composed by Holland native singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe.

Performances are at 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. with activities beginning a half hour earlier in the lobby. Pre-show activities include a beginner trial ballet class with a GRBS faculty member.

My Town Zeeland: Vendors needed for inaugural Spring Peddlers' Market May 17

My Town Zeeland: Vendors needed for inaugural Spring Peddlers' Market May 17

ZEELAND, Mich.—If you’ve been crafting the winter away, now is your chance to sell your wares.

Downtown Zeeland will host the inaugural Spring Peddlers’ Market May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Church Street.  Right now organizers are looking for vendors to take part in the event.  The Spring Peddlers’ Market will feature fresh flowers and plants, gifts, goods, apparel, accessories, vintage furniture and decor, salvage items, foods and other items for sale.  Live music will also fill the air as visitors shop.

For additional information or to become a vendor, email kvandorp@ci.zeeland.mi.us .

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: Hope College Conference to feature students' research on China missionaries

My Town: Hope College Conference to feature students' research on China missionaries

HOLLAND – Original research by Hope College history students will be featured in the conference “Cross-Cultural Encounters: China and the Reformed Church in America” on Friday, March 28, starting at 2 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The afternoon conference will feature presentations by four students who conducted independent research focused on RCA missionaries to Amoy (now Xiamen) on the southeast coast of mainland China during the latter-19th and early 20th centuries.  The event will conclude with a keynote address by Dr. Ryan Dunch of the University of Alberta in Canada.

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Low income families in Ottawa County will get some help filling their shelves this Friday, March 28, as four churches and organizations host food distribution events.

The distribution event is being coordinated by the Ottawa County Community Action Agency.  Apricot halves, beef stew, frozen blueberries, corn, rice cereal, shelf-stable milk, rolled oats, potato flakes, rice crisp cereal, whole grain rotini and tomato juice will be available to families in need.  Distribution times and locations are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Ave., Coopersville
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland
  • 1 p.m.

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.