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Holiday Open House at the Museum on Dec. 12

Holiday Open House at the Museum on Dec. 12

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Holland Museum,  located at 31 West Tenth Street,  invites the community to attend its Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 12.  

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and run through 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to experience the festive lobby decorations, holiday music and refreshments.

For additional information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit www.hollandmuseum.org.

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

Blood and platelet donations helped save the life of Cody Hermeling after a devastating car crash.  During his first days in the intensive care unit, doctors gave Hermeling a three-percent chance of survival.   It took expert care and 187 units of donated blood and platelets for him to survive.  Hermeling and his family and friends will celebrate his life by donating blood and platelets this holiday season.

 “Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, organ-transplant patients and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.” 

Food Depot brings pantry necessities closer to home

Food Depot brings pantry necessities closer to home

HOLLAND, Mich.--  An organization providing food to tens of thousands of struggling families in West Michigan has a new facility to help local food pantries.

Feeding America West Michigan made its first delivery to the Ottawa County Food Depot last month.  The new facility, located at the Macatawa Resouce Center in Holland, serves as a pick-up location for local food pantries looking to stock their shelves.  Before the depot opened,  pantry workers had to drive all the way to Feeding America’s warehouse in Comstock Park for food they ordered.

Deliveries to the Food Depot take place on the third Monday of each month.  The facility is a collaborative effort of Greater Ottawa County United Way, Feeding America West Michigan, the Macatawa Resource Center, Community Action House and the Ottawa County Food Policy Council. 

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Hope College Relay for Life returns November 15

Hope College Relay for Life returns November 15

HOLLAND – The student-organized Hope College chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will hold its 11th annual Relay for Life event from 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Dow Center.

Relay for Life is part of a national fund-raising initiative for the American Cancer Society.  The non-competitive event invites members of the Hope College community to form teams then walk the Dow Center’s track overnight to raise funds for research, education, advocacy and service in the fight against cancer.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

Hope College hosts prospective students November 8

Hope College hosts prospective students November 8

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College admissions office will sponsor a visit day for prospective college students on Friday, November 8.

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 an excellent choice for visiting Hope’s campus.  A visit day provides more of a structured campus visit than an individual visit, but still provides the flexibility to create a day that best suits your needs.  Activities include campus tours, class visits, chapel service, student panel discussions, financial aid presentations, lunch in the dining hall and academic information sessions with Hope faculty.

Visitors should meet at 8:30 a.m.