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Join Friends of Ottawa County Parks

Friends of Ottawa County Parks is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with nature, recreation and community by partnering with Ottawa County Parks.  New members are always welcome. 

Upcoming activities will be a booth at KidZone during  the annual Salmon Festival in Grand Haven on Saturday, Sept. 17th.   Volunteers are needed to help kids make "fish prints" as well as to provide Ottawa County Parks information.    

The Annual Membership Meeting will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 21st in the Fillmore Complex.   The Fillmore Complex in Olive Township is on Fillmore Street just west of 120th Avenue.

Visit www.friendsofocp.org for more information.

Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck Parade and Ice Cream Social Reminder

Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck Parade and Ice Cream Social Reminder

News Release:

Holland, MI.-  The Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck Parade is a celebration of our local businesses and workforce. The event features nearly 50 large trucks from companies that produce and distribute goods from the Holland/Zeeland area. These big rigs “bring the noise” as they roll through downtown Zeeland beginning at 9:15am. The parade will arrive in Holland at approximately 9:30am and end at the Holland Civic Center where free ice cream, hot dogs and giveaway items will be handed out (while supplies last).

Whether you’re new to the area or a long time resident this is a must experience event!

Kids Night is Thursday at the Downtown Holland Street Performer Series

News Release:

Downtown Holland will host its second annual Street Performer Series Kids Night, sponsored by Gentex Corporation, this coming Thursday, August 11.   During this special installment of the weekly Series, Downtown Holland’s most exciting and interactive performers will entertain the young and the young at heart from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Close to 30 jugglers, magicians, caricature artists, and face painters are scheduled to perform, along with a number of talented young musicians.
 
In addition, children can enjoy stories and songs by author and poet Kevin Kammeraad, a Holland native who currently resides in Grand Rapids.  Kammeraad’s first poetry collection, titled The Tomato Collection, was published in 1999. He has published three additional books since that time, all geared toward children with active imaginations.

Bloomin’ 5K Fun Run/Walk Deadline Approaching

Bloomin’ 5K Fun Run/Walk Deadline Approaching

News Release:  The Bloomin 5K will take place on July 23, 2011 at 8am in Holland, Michigan.  The Bloomin’ 5K discounted registration deadline is July 22. Pre-registration fee for the event is $20 and day of registration is $25. Race organizers highly recommend registering early for cost savings benefits and day of race convenience. Registration is available online at http://www.hollandinbloom.org/ or registration forms are available at Holland City Hall, Gazelle Sports, Holland CVB and various area stores.

The Bloomin’ 5K will begin at City Hall and wind through historic Downtown Holland, along the Heinz Boardwalk and back to City Hall (course map available at http://www.hollandinbloom.org/) . This fun run/walk event hopes to raise awareness and funds for the Holland In Bloom (HIB) organization.

Children’s Performance Troupe Season Underway

Children’s Performance Troupe Season Underway

News Release:

HOLLAND - Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe began its season June 22nd with How I Became a Pirate based on the children's picture book by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon.  Music and lyrics are by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.  "When Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk—who wouldn't go along? Soon Jeremy Jacob knows all about being a pirate. He throws his food across the table and his manners to the wind. He hollers like thunder and laughs off bedtime. It's the heave-ho, blow-the-man-down, very best time of his life. Until he finds out what pirates don't do—no reading bedtime stories, no tucking kids in. . . .

Children's Performance Troupe Underway at Hope College

HOLLAND - Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe has opened its season with How I Became a Pirate, based on the children's picture book by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon.  Music and lyrics are by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.  "When Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk - who wouldn't go along? Soon Jeremy Jacob knows all about being a pirate. He throws his food across the table and his manners to the wind. He hollers like thunder and laughs off bedtime. It's the heave-ho, blow-the-man-down, very best time of his life. Until he finds out what pirates don't do - no reading bedtime stories, no tucking kids in. . . . maybe being a pirate isn't so great after all" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Publisher).