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Local Outdoor Education Center Continues to Grow

Local Outdoor Education Center Continues to Grow

In 2006, the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway began using a tent near it’s trailhead as a temporary pavilion structure. The tent was set up in spring and taken down shortly after the last fall event Treats and Trails. Throughout the warmer seasons, school groups, community programs, company picnics, church services, community events and general visitors used the tent as a sitting, gathering and staging area. The tent and the picnic tables under were used on a daily basis.

During the past year, with the growth of programs and the increasing wear and tear on the seasonal tent guiding our plans, the Center began raising money for a larger, permanent structure. “The new structure will be larger than the tent and provide new opportunities for program and event use.” said ODCMG Program Director, Jamie Krupka. “The pavilion will have picnic tables for general visitors and organized groups use in addition to having a restroom an indoor classroom space.”

Hope to Present Annual Christmas Madrigal Dinner on Dec. 9 and 10

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HOLLAND – The department of music at Hope College will present its annual Christmas Madrigal Dinner on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

Wassail and seating will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7pm.  The dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

The program is led by Hope College faculty member Jim DeBoer and the Collegium Musicum student vocal ensemble.

As in the time of Shakespeare, guests gather at the royal court for an evening of singing, dancing, feasting and general merry-making. The feast will feature fine food, a wassail toast, figgy pudding and a boar’s head procession.

The auditorium will be decorated in the manner of a castle’s grand feasting hall, complete with tapestries and suits of armor to help lend atmosphere.

Hope College Wind Ensemble Will Perform on December 7

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HOLLAND – The Hope College Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Gabe Southard on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co

Construction projects and road closures

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Hudsonville, Zeeland

Eastbound M-121 will be closed for reconstruction between 64th and 56th avenues 7 a.m. Thursday, October 13 through 6 p.m. Friday, October 21.

Detour: Eastbound M-121 traffic should head south (right) on 64th Avenue, east (left) on Riley Street and north (left) on 56th Avenue back to M-121.

 

48th Avenue will be closed on the south side of M-121 from 7 a.m. Thursday, October 13 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 26.

Detour: Head west on Byron Road, north (right) on 64th Avenue, east (right) on Riley Street and north (left) on 56th Avenue back to M-121.

 

72nd Avenue will be closed on the south side of M-121 from 7 a.m. Thursday, October 13 to 6 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Fall Community Tulip Planting Day

Volunteers Needed for Fall Community Tulip Planting Day

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The Tulip Time Festival, together with the City of Holland Parks Department, will host a Community Tulip Planting Day on October 15, 2011 at Window on the Waterfront Park, located on 6th Street between Columbia and College Avenues, from 8:00 AM -12:30 PM. Rain date will be October 22, 2011, same time and place. Volunteers are needed for the 10:30 AM -12:30 PM shift.

Each fall the City of Holland plants over 300,000 tulip bulbs throughout downtown Holland, city parks, and Tulip Lanes. The Community Planting Day Volunteers will help plant 50,000 tulip bulbs at Window on the Waterfront Park. The Tulip Time Festival Board and Staff have assisted the Parks Department in planting bulbs for several years.

Hope College Homecoming Events for Oct. 14 - 16

Hope College Homecoming Events for Oct. 14 - 16

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Hope College will host the following major events on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16:
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Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16

Homecoming
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Homecoming activities at Hope College will run Friday through Sunday, Oct.