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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.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- One-of-a-kind crafts and food items from artisans and farmers from 30 developing countries will be available Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, during the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Fair Trade Gift Sale.

The general public is invited to attend and support artisans and farmers move toward sustainability.

“We are offering this event to promote moral spending, which is a conscious act to support both the artisan and product.  Through the Fair Trade co-operatives in developing countries, chocolate and coffee farmers as well as other artisans receive a fair price for the items they produce and sell here in the United States,” said Sally Moser, co-chairwoman of the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Social Justice Commission.

My Town Holland: Public invited to PBS pilot Founding Fathers "Interview" at Hope College Dec. 4-5

My Town Holland: Public invited to PBS pilot Founding Fathers "Interview" at Hope College Dec. 4-5

HOLLAND, Mich. – Learn about the origins of the United States and experience the production of a television pilot  during a live interview of the nation's "founding fathers" Dec. 4-5.

The event, which will take place in the main theatre of the college’s DeWitt Center, will become the one-hour pilot episode of a proposed PBS prime-time public television series called “Inventing America.”  The scripted performance will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session in which the "founders" will apply their ideas to the 21st century.

Each performance will take place at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free, although advance ticket reservations are recommended.

My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season


(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.



Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town Zeeland: City Christmas tree arrives Nov. 25

My Town Zeeland: City Christmas tree arrives Nov. 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—While many families are preparing for Thanksgiving, the City of Zeeland will be kicking off the Christmas season this week.

The city Christmas tree will make its grand entrance down Main Street Tuesday, Nov. 25 around 10 a.m.  This year’s tree is a Concolor Fir from Dutchman Tree Farm in Manton, Michigan, which is the largest Christmas tree farm in the country.   The tree farm previously supplied trees to Ford Field and Universal Studios.

Zeeland’s tree stands over 29 feet tall, which means a team of city workers will be needed to position it on its stand at the center of the city’s new splash pad.   The splash pad was actually designed to accommodate the large tree, which will be fully lit with LEDs provided by Holiday Lighting of Zeeland.

Mayor Klynstra will officially light the tree Dec. 1 at 6:15 p.m.  Zeeland’s Magical Christmas Parade will immediately follow.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.


St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.


The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.


“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

Pumpkinfest Celebrates 30 Years – Kids Activities Abound!

Pumpkinfest Celebrates 30 Years – Kids Activities Abound!

Pumpkinfest will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary this October 2, 3 and 4. The annual Zeeland tradition is a celebration of fall, family, friends, food and all things pumpkin!  This multi-generational event has something for everyone but especially young kids!  This year’s Pumpkinfest hosts, “KidZfest” which is a full line-up fun activities that are all located in or near downtown Zeeland. Some of  the events include:


Decorate Your Bike / Bike Contest / Bike Parade:  Sponsors: Main Street Bicycle / ZQuest School

Decorate: Thurs. & Fri., 4pm-7pm / Sat., 10am-1:30pm - At KidZfest booth.

Contest Begins: Sat., 2pm - In front of Main St. Bicycle Co. – 201 E.