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My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Grand Haven has many resources that can help residents better their financial situation.  Neighborhood Housing Services is planning the second annual Show Me the Money Day to help bring these resources together at the Loutit District Library for residents of Ottawa County.

Show Me the Money Day is Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in program rooms A and B.  The event will include  free financial classes, table-top vendor presentations, information and appointment scheduling for free tax assistance services and prize drawings. Participants can learn how to begin to get out of debt, increase savings, about home ownership information and programs, and much more.

My Town Holland: Guided snowshoe walk on Jan. 17

My Town Holland: Guided snowshoe walk on Jan. 17

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Explore the winter wonderland and a piece of West Michigan history with a guided snowshoe walk at the historic VanRaalte Farm this Saturday.

The community is asked to call to register to experience a guided snowshoe walk this Saturday at the Historic VanRaalte Farm.   A naturalist will lead the one-hour tour, pointing out signs of wildlife and how the animals use snow for shelter.  

This snowshoe walk takes place Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the historic VanRaalte Farm, located at 1076 16th Street in Holland.  The walk is free for Friends of DeGraaf Nature Center and $3 for non-members. Registration is encouraged; to sign up, call (616) 355-1057.  For more information, visit www.cityofholland.com.

My Town: Zeeland manufacturer holds hiring event this week

My Town: Zeeland manufacturer holds hiring event this week

ZEELAND, Mich.—A Zeeland manufacturer is looking to hire nearly three dozen workers.

Gentex Corporation is hosting a job fair this week to fill 35 second and third shift positions.  The hiring event runs Monday through Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at 58 E. Riley in Zeeland.   A list of job openings is available on the company’s website. Candidates should bring their resume to the event, as company officials will be conducting walk-in interviews.

Gentex makes mirrors and camera-based driver assistance systems for the automotive industry.

My Town: Sculptors transform ice into art Jan. 9-10

My Town: Sculptors transform ice into art Jan. 9-10

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Crown Motors invites the community art made out of ice Friday, Jan.9 from 6 p.m. to  8 p.m. on 8th Street in Holland.

The ice sculpting continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with professional demonstrations taking place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A freestyle competition will run from 12:30 p.m. through 4 p.m.

Dress warm for the frigid temperatures to witness the transformation of 300 pound blocks of ice into amazing works of art with the use of chainsaws, chisels, torches and more.

Visit www.downtownholland.com for details.  

My Town: Time to trash the tree! Free Christmas tree recycling locations

My Town: Time to trash the tree!  Free Christmas tree recycling locations

Christmas is over, which means it’s time to trash the tree.

Many municipalities are offering free tree recycling services to residents with a natural tree.  Some communities are planning to put the trees through a chipper and use the remnants to cover park trails and other green spaces.  Here is the schedule for live tree drop-offs:

Ada Township (Through Jan. 12)

  • Ada Township Park, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Alpine Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Behind Township Hall, 5255 Alpine Ave. NW

 

Cannon Township (Through Jan. 10)

  • West side of the township building; RHS Honor Society will help unload trees Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (donations encouraged)

 

Courtland Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Fire Station #1 on 14 Mile Road

 

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—With this flu season on track to be one of the worst in years, the American Red Cross is worried blood donations will take a hit.

Traditionally, the winter months are already a difficult time for donation drives, with holiday traveling, school breaks and inclement weather.  The American Red Cross is hoping more West Michiganders will make a resolution to roll up their sleeve and give life-saving blood.  All blood types are needed. 

 

Allegan

  • Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. – American Legion

 

Allendale

  • Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center

 

Coopersville

  • Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Coopersville United Methodist Church

 

Fennville

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish hosts men’s retreat Jan. 10

WEST OLIVE, Mich.-- “Wisdom for a New Year” will be the theme of an upcoming Men’s Retreat Day planned for Saturday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

The event will be held at The Weaver House, a restored 1901 home, located at 15400 Polk Street in West Olive, at Pine Bend Park.

The guest presenter is Fr. Phil Shangraw, D.Min., canonical administrator with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish. Fr. Shangraw was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Grand Rapids in 1979.  Over the past 35 years, he has directed many retreats and served in a variety of roles in the diocese―as a pastor, spiritual director and director of the continuing formation of priests.