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20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

ADA, MI - Approximately 400 bicyclists will be enjoying part of Ada Township’s non-motorized trail network this week, as part of the 20th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, sponsored by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. After staying overnight at the County fairgrounds in Lowell on Tuesday, July 19, tour riders will be riding west on Bailey Drive into Ada Township on Wednesday morning, where riders will use the Township trails on McCabe Ave., Conservation St. and Honey Creek Ave., on their way to the City of Rockford and ending that day in Ravenna.

Baseball Camp Launches for Fathers and Sons

The idea is simple—providing a wonderful opportunity for dads and their sons to experience baseball camp together while at the same time build lifelong memories.  The “Play Ball” father/son summer baseball camp is presented by Baseball Concepts and Winning At Home. The camp is appropriate for boys in the 2nd through 8th grade and will launch on Friday, July 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Zeeland Public Schools baseball complex.  The cost is $80 per father/son and includes a souvenir t-shirt for both.

Camp instructors are former college baseball players Along with former and current high school baseball coaches.  The camp is a family-friendly event that incorporates professional and solid baseball instruction that results in a fun-filled and educational weekend. 

Baseball Concepts is a Zeeland business that provides baseball instructional resources for kids and their parents.  

Is Your Lakeshore Beach Safe for Swimming?

If you are curious about the safety of the beach you're swimming at, you can get the results of Ottawa County’s weekly water testing at http://www.miottawa.org/SwimmingAdvisory/beach.jsp .

You can also get Healhy Swimming tips provided by CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/

Check out Upper Macatawa Natural Area

Check out Upper Macatawa Natural Area

ZEELAND TWP. - Need a hike this weekend with some new scenery?

As we were driving around putting our boy to sleep Sunday (don't ask), we came across the Upper Macatawa Natural Area, off of 76th Avenue south of Byron Road.

There were no cars in the parking lot and it looked like a very nice area.  Signs were posted to help identify birds that you may see on your walk.  There were also several picnic tables and a portajohn.

The area is very out of the way, so I'm not sure how many people even know it is there.

For more details, check here.

2nd Annual ZEELAND ZOOM 5k Foot Race & Walk

2nd Annual ZEELAND ZOOM 5k Foot Race & Walk

From: http://www.ci.zeeland.mi.us

Come out and enjoy this exciting Tuesday night event downtown Zeeland! Last year’s race was a lot of fun with approximately 800 participants ZOOMING their way through the streets of Zeeland! A great event for competitors and families alike! Enjoy running through Zeeland’s historic downtown and neighborhoods. Stick around for after-race refreshments, awards & entertainment! Feel the Zeel!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Race begins at 7pm

In the heart of historic downtown Zeeland. Feel the Zeel.

For more information or to register online with a credit card visit: w w w . f e e l t h e z e e l . c o m

National Trails Day June 4th

Ottawa County Parks has 26 parks and 12 open space lands, totaling over 6,000 acres of public park land to enjoy.  Ottawa County is celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4th with the following activities.

Join a naturalist-led walk at 9:30am at Hemlock Crossing.  Located at 8115 West Olive Rd. just North of Holland off US-31.  Meet at the Nature Education Center.

The Nature Education Center will have a display of information about Ottawa Counties newest parks, current park projects and trail maps for selected parks.   The center is open 9am - 5pm.

Friends members will be at selected parks throughout the day to lead "trail orientation" hikes.   For the times and locations of these hikes, check the Friends website at www.friendsofocp.org.