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Organizers take PRIDE Festival outdoors June 29

Organizers take PRIDE Festival outdoors June 29

HOLLAND, Mich.—M embers of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays are taking their PRIDE Festival outside for the first time this Saturday, June 29.

The event starts in Centennial Park at 1 p.m. with booths, food and free live entertainment. At  6 p.m. the festival will move into Park Theater, 248 S. River, for more free entertainment. 

The PRIDE Festival runs until 10 p.m.  Organizers expect the largest turnout ever.

 “We wanted to expand this year’s festival to show the area’s lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community that they have broad support and many reasons to celebrate with pride,” said Jim Larkin, chairperson of the Holland Area PRIDE Festival Board.

Children invited to ride with Griff as part of inaugural criterium June 28

Children invited to ride with Griff as part of inaugural criterium June 28

ZEELAND, Mich.—Families are invited to watch Zeeland’s first twilight Criterium Friday, June 28th.

A critierium is a bike race on a short, closed-circuit course where riders complete multuple laps.  Participants will race for a specific length of time then complete a specific number of laps. 

The race course for the “2BContinued Zeeland Criterium” is a one mile loop through historic downtown.  The award ceremony will take place at the southeast corner of Main and Church streets immediately following each race.

Zeeland’s inaugural twilight crit begins at 6 p.m., when kids can ride for free with Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Helmets are required.  Each child will receive a ribbon.

Professional cyclists can register for the crit up to 30 minutes before the race. Registration is $55 for the first race and $40 for a second race.

On-site registration still open for Zeeland Zoom 5k on June 25

On-site registration still open for Zeeland Zoom 5k on June 25

ZEELAND, Mich.— On-site registration is still open for the Zeeland Zoom 5k, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

The race takes participants through Zeeland’s historic downtown and neighborhoods.  Organizers say more than 1,000 people took part in last year’s race.

Complimentary pink lemonade, cookies and fruit will be available to “zoomers” after the race.  The awards ceremony will also take place after the run, near the corner of Main and Elm streets.  The top male and female finishers in each age division will receive prizes.

The Zeeland Zoom is a professionally timed race.  Runners can register on site at the Howard Miller Community Center & Library, located at 14 S. Church St.  from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Only cash or checks will be accepted.  For more information, visit http://www.feelthezeel.com/.

"I Am Woman" to honor female leaders of Holland

"I Am Woman" to honor female leaders of Holland

HOLLAND, Mich.— The upcoming musical revue “I Am Woman” will feature female leaders of Holland.

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is calling all residents to submit a brief story about a woman who has had a significant impact in their life or community.  The essays must be between 250 and 500 words, and the nominees must be over the age of 18.  One woman will be selected for each performance.  Each winner will receive two free tickets to the show, and her photo will be displayed at the Park Theatre during the show’s run.  The winners’ stories will also be posted on the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s website.

Entries must emailed to hsrt@hope.edu by noon on July 5 in order to be considered.

“I Am Woman” runs at the Park Theatre at 8:30 p.m. July 2, July 3, July 8, July 9, July 18, July 23 and July 31.

Five local pools host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Five local pools host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Swimmers filled five West Michigan pools on June 18 to try to make history.

This is the fourth year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson—an event aimed at raising awareness about water safety, while trying to set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson worldwide.

An employee of the Holland Aquatics Center says about 105 children took part in this year’s event at their location; that’s more than double the number of participants they had last year.  Participants also took part at the East Grand Rapids High School Pool, the Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Center, and Full Blast in Battle Creek.  MVP Athletic Club also welcomed 30 participants, ranging in age from two years to 75 years.  This is the third year MVP Athletic Club has taken part in the event.

This is the fourth year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

Donations needed for LIVE UNITED Community Baby Shower

Donations needed for LIVE UNITED Community Baby Shower

Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for donations for the annual LIVE UNITED Community Baby Shower, to help low income families living in Ottawa County.

From June 10 through June 21, the organization will be collecting donations for families with children under age five.  Suggested donations include: clothing, educational toys and books, car seats, high chairs, hygiene items, diapers and wipes. Perishables and used items will not be accepted. Last year, more than $5,000 worth of baby or preschool items were donated.

Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours at the following locations:

  • Tri Cities YMCA (1 Y Dr., Grand Haven)
  • Anytime Fitness (1027 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven)
  • Smile Grand Haven (1203 S. Beechtree St., Grand Haven)
  • McDonald’s (657 E. 8th Street, Holland)
  • McDonald’s (12645 Riley Street, Holland)
  • DeNooyer Chevrolet (600 E.

Children Performance Troupe to open with 'Peanuts' favorite

HOLLAND, Mich. -- This summer the Hope Summer Repertory’s Children’s Performance Troupe (CPT) starts off a little nutty by bringing the Peanuts® characters to life in the musical "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown," opening Monday, June 17.

This year's lineup also includes  'The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (And Her Dog!),' opening Monday, July 8. This detective-noir meets science-geek chic musical theatre event is an adventure you will not forget.

The Children's Performance Troupe shows are presented in the Studio Theatre of the DeWitt Center at Hope College, located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland.

"You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" features Hope Summer Repertory Theatre company members Matt Madden as Charlie Brown, Allison Morse as Sally Brown, Kate Colburn as Lucy, Michael Williams as Linus, Bernell Lassai as Schroeder, and Nick Selting as Snoopy. "The Amazing Adventures of Dr.