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Second annual Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival returns June 1

Second annual Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival returns June 1

This weekend, visitors will have the chance to check out six lighthouses along 90 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in two days.

The West Coast Lighthouse Festival also features the annual openings of the Muskegon South pierhead light and the Manistee pierhead light. Family-friendly, lighthouse-themed activities will run all weekend long until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

The Michigan West Coast Lighthouse Festival begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1. For more information, call (231) 845-7417 or visit http://www.whitelake.org/.

Fish for free June 8 & 9

Fish for free June 8 & 9

All anglers can fish for free June 8 and 9.

As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the state is waiving all fishing license fees for residents and out-of-state visitors. Free Fishing Weekend applies to all species of fish in inland waters and Michigan’s Great Lakes.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.  To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

Free food distribution May 31

Workers with the Ottawa County Community Action Agency will hand out free food to low income families Friday, May 31.

Recipients must live within Ottawa County and must be income eligible.  For a household of one, that means their income isn $21,780 or below.  The income limit increase $7,640 for  each additional household member.  Families who are recipients of the Family Independence Program (FIP) or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) are automatically eligible.

The food is free.  Each family can only visit one location and obtain one 25 pound box of food which consists of three pounds of frozen blueberries, carrots, canned chicken, five pounds of frozen chicken leg quarters, egg noodles, three pounds of frozen ham, milk, mixed fruit, rolled oats, vegetable oil, orange joice, unsalted peanuts, four pounds of frozen pork patties and diced tomatoes.

Food will be distributed at four locations:

2013 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

2013 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

 

Zeeland, Mich. -  Pumpkinfest is pleased to announce that applications for the 2013 Caring People Parade are now available online at

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

Million Meal March 5K Hike for families and pets in need May 18

Million Meal March 5K Hike for families and pets in need May 18

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Million Meal March 5K is the perfect opportunity to make a difference for families and pets that are less fortunate.

Make plans to put on your walking shows and  visit  the Outdoor Discover Center, located at 4214 56th Street in Holland to take part in this 5K hike on Saturday, May 18. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Children and pets are invited too!

All donations will directly benefit the homeless pets and families in need that are served by Harbor Humane Society and  Feeding America West Michigan’s food bank.

A summer fundraising luncheon will also take place on Tuesday, June 4 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Hope College Summer Science Camp registration underway

Hope College Summer Science Camp registration underway

HOLLAND – The Hope College Summer Science program for children will offer more than 30 week-long camps featuring a variety of themes during June and July.

The camps, which are in their 15th year, feature hands-on interactive investigations designed to teach scientific concepts in a fun yet challenging way.  They are organized by grade level, from pre-kindergarten through 10th grade, with themes such as the science behind the adventures of Phineas and Ferb, the inquisitive life of a crime scene investigator, the world of animals, various levels of Lego Robotics and the creation of 2D and 3D art.

The camps are offered as week-long morning or afternoon programs, with sessions scheduled from Monday, June 10, through Friday, July 26.  The 34 different sessions are taught by college science majors and education students.

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