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Salmon Cook-off in Grand Haven

Salmon Cook-off in Grand Haven

Grand Haven will host their Wine & Salmon Cook-off on Saturday, September 14th at the Marina Parking Lot from 1:00 - 5:00pm. You may purchase a $20 per person ticket that includes a commemorative wine glass, 3 starter wine/beer tasting tickets and 3 salmon tasting tickets.

50 different Michigan wine & beer samples will be available along with 10 cook-off contestants who will be preparing gourmet salmon samples. Samples will also be available from Panera Bread and Sweet Temptations and a D&W Veggie Tower.

Live music will be provided throughout the afternoon.

Tickets for this event are available at the local D&W store.

First Lady's lives on display as C-SPAN bus visits Hope College

First Lady's lives on display as C-SPAN bus visits Hope College

HOLLAND – The C-SPAN Bus will be at Hope College Thursday, September 5 as part of a Michigan colleges tour.

The bus will be in the parking lot across from the DeWitt Center,  located at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

Some West Michigan shoes are making the rounds on celebrities’ feet.

On August 3, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson posed with his wife Korie while sporting a pair of wooden shoes specially created by Nelis’ Dutch Village. The Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned the business to create two pairs of shoes for the A&E stars as part of a thank you gift basket for participating in a VIP event organized by the Zeeland non-profit, Winning at Home and the Berlin Raceway in Marne.  The shoes feature the logo of Duck Commander, which is owned and operated by the Robertson family.  An employee of Discover Holland says Willie put the shoes on his feet almost immediately and posed for pictures.  Duck Commander employee Justin Martin took home the other pair.  

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Catholic Charities West Michigan announces new leader

Catholic Charities West Michigan announces new leader

The largest provider of social services in West Michigan has a new leader.

Bishop David J. Walkowiak announced Wednesday that Terry Walsh will take over as president and CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

The Grand Rapids native has nearly 20 years of experience serving Catholic social programs and organizations.  Walsh has taught in South Africa and worked with refugees in Kenya and Ghana.    He most recently served as director of Michigan State University’s South Neighborhood Engagement Center.  He’ll officially take the helm of the organization Monday, September 16.

Walsh replaces Dr. Deborah J.

Dogarama takes over downtown Zeeland

Dogarama takes over downtown Zeeland

ZEELAND, Mich.—Downtown Zeeland is going to the dogs later this month.

The 8th Annual Dogarama will feature a group dog walk, blessing of the dogs, an agility course,  free pet contests and the Zeelminster Best in Show.  The Humane Society of West Michigan will also be on hand for the event, encouraging potential pet owners to adopt a furry friend.

Dogarama runs from 8 a.m. to 2 pm. Saturday, August 17 on Main Street between Church and Elm.

Chaplain of Good Samaritan Ministries taking on new role

Chaplain of Good Samaritan Ministries taking on new role

HOLLAND, Mich.—  A missionary who’s worked to end homelessness and poverty in the Holland and Zeeland communities is moving on.

Rev. Dianne Wyngarden Mugg is taking over as pastor of care and calling at 2nd Reformed Church in Zeeland.  Mugg has served Good Samaritan Ministries for 19 years, most recently as both the chaplain and community housing partnership relational ministry coordinator. 

“We are pleased to honor Dianne for her contributions to Good Sam and the community,” says Linda Jacobs, Good Samaritan’s executive director. “We wish her God’s blessings as she enters her new ministry of service.”

Good Samaritan Ministries will hold an open house in Mugg’s honor from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.  The event will take place at Trinity Reformed Church, located at 712 Apple Ave. in Holland.  Refreshments will be available.