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Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

Pearl Harbor Day also marks anniversary of Hope College tradition

Pearl Harbor Day also marks anniversary of Hope College tradition

HOLLAND, Mich. – Christmas Vespers, a Hope College and Holland tradition now in its eighth decade, will continue with four performances on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

As of November 25, tickets remained for the Saturday 8 p.m. performance and Sunday 5 p.m. performance.  All other performances are sold out. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the college’s DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office and the Events and Conferences Office in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center, 100 E. Eighth St., Holland.  Both offices are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached by calling (616) 395-7890.  Tickets will not be sold at the services.\

Hope College lecture to explore far-reaching impact of Amsterdam

Hope College lecture to explore far-reaching impact of Amsterdam

HOLLAND, Mich. – Author Russell Shorto will present the lecture “Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City,” at Hope College on Tuesday, November 19.

The presentation is based on Shorto's new book, which has the same name.  The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre. The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Hope College Relay for Life returns November 15

Hope College Relay for Life returns November 15

HOLLAND – The student-organized Hope College chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will hold its 11th annual Relay for Life event from 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Dow Center.

Relay for Life is part of a national fund-raising initiative for the American Cancer Society.  The non-competitive event invites members of the Hope College community to form teams then walk the Dow Center’s track overnight to raise funds for research, education, advocacy and service in the fight against cancer.

Hope College Dance Marathon group plans 5K race benefit for Nov. 16

Hope College Dance Marathon group plans 5K race benefit for Nov. 16

HOLLAND, Mich. – The students behind the Dance Marathon at Hope College have scheduled a benefit 5K run/walk for Saturday, Nov. 16, as part of the group’s ongoing 2013-14 fundraising effort for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the college’s DeVos Fieldhouse, facing Fairbanks Avenue. Registration can be found online at  http://eventreg.hope.edu/EmsRegics/DanceMarathon5K. Participants who sign up with a group will pay $20. The individual fee is $25. Registration will also be available the morning of the event at DeVos Fieldhouse.

Hope College Christmas Vespers ticket sales begin November 9

Hope College Christmas Vespers ticket sales begin November 9

 HOLLAND, Mich. –  Community members can purchase tickets for the annual Hope College Christmas Vespers beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 9 at the DeVos Fieldhouse.

Christmas Vespers will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The tickets will be sold until noon Saturday at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is located between Ninth and 11th streets at 222 Fairbanks Ave. Tickets will be $10 each, with a limit of four tickets per person.