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New Bike Holland & Grand Haven Map available just in time for National Bike Month

Exploring the greater Holland area on two wheels just became easier with the new Bike Holland & Grand Haven map. Available just in time to plan for National Bike Month (May) and summer recreation, the new map highlights trails, tracks and cycling fun throughout the county.

"Pedaling through the beautiful destination that is Holland is another way visitors can enjoy our scenic community," commented Sally Laukitis, Executive Director, Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "This new map allows all visitors, and residents alike, the resource to enjoy Holland's variety of bike trails, paths and events."

The new map features events and activities for all abilities, county-wide bike trail maps, information on the Holland area bike path network, popular biking areas along the Grand Haven lakeshore, tips for safe biking and more!

Bike Holland & Grand Haven highlights include:

Hope College Sports Medicine Lecture to Focus on Barefoot and Minimalist Running

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will feature the address “Barefoot and Minimalist Running: Is Less Really More?” by Dr. Paul Langer on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

West Ottawa High School Jazz Band places second at CMU music competition

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - West Ottawa High School's top jazz band made history this weekend in a music competition.

The band, comprised of students chosen through auditions, took second place in Class AA at Central Michigan University's recent Jazz Weekend. That's the highest placement that band has ever received. The jazz band placed third in each of the two previous years.

"The students have made great strides in the last few years and they put on an impressive performance (at CMU this year)," said director Michael Hamann.

The Jazz I Saxophone Section also received second place for Outstanding Section in Class AA, marking the third section award received by Jazz I students in the past four years.

Haveman welcomes championship Zeeland West football team to Capitol

Haveman welcomes championship Zeeland West football team to Capitol

State Rep. Joe Haveman today welcomed the Division 4 state champion Zeeland West High School football team to the state Capitol, introducing the team and coaches from the House floor and presenting them with a legislative tribute.

"These outstanding young men, led by a remarkable coaching and support staff, not only recorded an unblemished 14-0 season, they also defeated Marine City in the title game by a 45-7 margin," said Haveman, R-Holland. "Congratulations not only go to the players and coaches, but also to the parents of these extraordinary athletes and the loyal fans who supported the team throughout the season."

Haveman hosted the team to a luncheon in the House Office Building prior to the introduction in the House.

U.S. Professional Tennis Association Honors Jorge Capestany

U.S. Professional Tennis Association Honors Jorge Capestany

HOLLAND – The United States Professional Tennis Association has announced honors for several of its top teachers, coaches, players and volunteers, including Jorge Capestany, manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center at Hope College, who has been inducted to the 2012 Hall of Fame for the Midwest division.

Capestany is a 5-time USPTA Michigan Pro of the Year and 2-time Midwest Pro of the Year.  Jorge has been published in several industry publications and has been a frequent speaker at the PTR International Symposium, the USPTA World Conference on tennis, the USTA Tennis Teachers Workshop in New York and many other conventions. In his 30 years in the industry, he has created and directed lesson programs that have generated over one million dollars in revenue a year.

Hope College Relay for Life Begins Friday, Nov. 11

Hope College Relay for Life Begins Friday, Nov. 11

HOLLAND – The student-organized Hope College chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will sponsor its ninth annual Relay for Life event from 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Dow Center.

The 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 and then walk the Dow Center’s track overnight to raise funds for research, education, advocacy and service in the fight against cancer.

The relay will begin with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. that will recognize cancer survivors who are members of the Hope community.  The survivors have also been invited to participate in the first lap, followed by a reception for all survivors and their caregivers.