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Hope College Hosts Brain and Learning Institute

Hope College Hosts Brain and Learning Institute

HOLLAND – A popular conference hosted by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and Hope College for educators seeking to enhance teaching and learning through the latest in brain research is returning for a 12th year.

The annual “Midwest Brain and Learning Institute” is convening at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center at Hope on Monday-Wednesday, June 25-27, with a post-institute wrap-up on Thursday, June 28.  Co-sponsored by Hope, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and Allegan Educational Services Agency, the institute is being attended by 100 educators from districts in the area and state-wide.

Holland Area Arts Council self portrait exhibition opens Monday, June 11

Holland Area Arts Council self portrait exhibition opens Monday, June 11

An exhibition titled “We are Art for All” opens in the Lievense Gallery Monday June 11th at the Holland Area Arts Council 150 E. 8th St. Holland, MI.

A reception will be held Monday June 18th from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. to celebrate the self portraits created by our Art for All program participants.

Art for All is an art program that was developed in 1985 by Holland resident, teacher and artist May Van Ark. This is a low cost program for developmentally & physically disabled adults. This program meets year-round on Mondays from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Holland Area Arts Council. May Van Ark retired from the program in 2009 and it is now lead by Tamsin Troff a Special Education teacher at Holland Public Schools. Art for All also features a dance segment for the participants who want to move and employs additional adult and college intern assistance.

Downtown to Host 3rd Annual Zeeland Zoom 5K

Downtown to Host 3rd Annual Zeeland Zoom 5K

3nd Annual Zeeland Zoom 5k Foot Race & Walk, Tuesday, June 26 at 7pm.

Come out and enjoy this exciting Tuesday night event downtown Zeeland! We've had a lot of fun the past couple years with approximately 800 participants, each year, ZOOMING their way through the streets of Zeeland! A great event for competitors and families alike! Enjoy running through Zeeland's historic downtown and neighborhoods.
 
The Zeeland Zoom will take runners on a fast 3.1 mile adventure through historic downtown Zeeland. The Zeeland Zoom is professionally timed by Classic Race Management of Grand Rapids; runners will be provided a time chip to wear on the course which will be tracked by a ChronoTrack mat to mat Start and Finish Line.

After race refreshments for Zoomers and an Awards Ceremony will take place on Main Street between Church and Elm following the event.

Rising Texas Congressman to Headline GOP Dinner

Rising Texas Congressman to Headline GOP Dinner

A first generation American Congressman, U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco, R-San Antonio, will headline the Ottawa County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner.  The dinner will be held July 16 at the Midtown Center in Holland.

Representative Canseco serves on the House Financial Services Committee with Second District U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.  Canseco, the son of Mexican immigrants, is an attorney, banker, real estate developer, job creator, fiscal conservative and small business owner. 

“Representative Canseco is the embodiment of the American dream. He is a successful business leader, family man and has become a rising political leader in Texas and Washington DC,” said Adam Tountas, Ottawa GOP Chair.

 “We couldn’t be prouder to have him keynote this year’s dinner, and hope that everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to hear from an exciting new voice in Congress,” he added.

Total closure: EB M-121 (Chicago Drive), June 11-July 20

Total closure: EB M-121 (Chicago Drive), June 11-July 20

Zeeland Township

Eastbound M-121 (Chicago Drive) will be closed between 72nd and 64th avenues for bridge work this Monday at 7 a.m. through mid July.

Detour: Head south (right) on 72nd Avenue, east (left) on Riley Street and north (left) on 64th Avenue to eastbound M-121.

The work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

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For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive

Holland Community Aquatic Center Serving as an Official Host Location

Holland Community Aquatic Center Serving as an Official Host Location

Holland, MI (June 14, 2012) - On Thursday, June 14th, 2012, thousands of kids and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe will unite to set a new global record for The World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). Holland Community Aquatic Center is an official Host Location for the 2012 WLSL record-setting event, taking place at 11:00 a.m. EST.

The inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted in 2010 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Last year's WLSL event grew more than 400% with 20,000+ participants representing 13 countries around the globe and 45 states in the US.

Tips and tricks for canning with Amy Dekruyter at Holland Farmers Market

Tips and tricks for canning with Amy Dekruyter at Holland Farmers Market

Preserve your fresh market finds with help from local canning enthusiast Amy DeKruyter at the Holland Farmers Market on Saturday, June 9. With 10+ years of canning experience, DeKruyter preserves over 200 quarts of fruits and vegetables annually. During the Chef Series, she will demonstrate two easy canning methods, as well as how to make delicious homemade jams with in-season fruits.

As a kid watching her mother and grandmother preserve fresh fruits and vegetables, DeKruyter naturally picked up the family tradition. Now she enjoys frequenting the Holland Farmers Market with her family, and of course, canning her fresh finds to enjoy come winter.