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My Town: Guiding Light Mission thrift store reopening June 17

My Town: Guiding Light Mission thrift store reopening June 17

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Guiding Light Mission will celebrate the grand reopening of its thrift store and a new partnership with Holland Rescue Mission on Thursday, June 17. 

The celebration will start at 12 p.m. at the store. Appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store carries a variety of items for all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry, as well as new furniture and mattresses, which come with free delivery.

Donations can be dropped off at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, where donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for their contributions. The store is located at 1435 60th Street SE in Kentwood.

For information about how to volunteer for Guiding Light Mission, contact Marcia at (616) 451-0236 ext. 14.

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town: Green thumbs encouraged to 'Plant a Row for the Hungry'

My Town: Green thumbs encouraged to 'Plant a Row for the Hungry'

HOLLAND, Mich.—Gardening season is here, and green thumbs in the Holland and Zeeland communities are encouraged to add an extra row of plants for the hungry.

The Ottawa County Food Policy Council is launching the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign to encourage community gardeners to grow a row of fruits, vegetables and herbs for those in need.  When harvest season arrives, these giving green thumbs can then drop off designated produce to any of the following participating pantries:

  • Community Action House- 345 W. 14th St., Holland
  • His Harvest Stand- 100 Pine Street, Zeeland
  • Local Adult Foster Care Homes in Holland

The Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign began in 1995 as a way to provide more nutritious options to people in need.  All produce donations are tax deductible.

My town: Memorial Day Parade in Zeeland

My town: Memorial Day Parade in Zeeland

ZEELAND, Mich.-- The public is invited to the Memorial Day Parade in Zeeland on Monday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The procession will kick off at Main Avenue at Centennial Street, proceeding west to State Street, then south to Central Avenue and east onto Maple Street. A ceremony honoring all who have served and continue to serve our country will take place at the Lincoln Street Cemetery following the parade.

For a map of the parade route, visit www.feelthezeel.com.

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

My Town: 2014 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

My Town: 2014 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

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ZEELAND, Mich.--  Pumpkinfest is pleased to announce that registration for the 2014 Caring People Parade, sponsored by Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, is now available!