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Parish Festival Returns

Parish Festival Returns

For the 22nd year, the public is invited to St. Anthony’s Parish Festival for food, fun & entertainment!

Bring the family out to benefit St. Anthony’s Building Fund to experience a variety of activities, along with a chicken dinner with all the trimmings plus homemade desserts

Activities include: cash raffles & hourly 50/50 drawings, a silent auction, a country store with baked goods, handmade crafts & fresh produce, and kid’s activities. Some may want to take part in “St. Anthony’s Got Talent” to showcase your incredible talent.

Dinner costs are: Adults - $8.00, Senior’s (+61) - $7:00, Kids under 12 - $4.00

St. Anthony Parsh is located at 6070 David Hwy. in Saranac, Michigan.

SCall: (616)642-9149 or visit www.stanthonyofsaranac.org for more information.

Humane Society of West Michigan Launches “Always Ask” Campaign

Humane Society of West Michigan Launches “Always Ask” Campaign

As more people take their dogs outside to enjoy the summer weather, Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is launching its “Always Ask” campaign, sharing safety advice for interacting with dogs. More warm and sunny days means more dogs on the streets, and HSWM believes it’s important that the community knows how to approach dogs to protect themselves and the animals.

“The goal of this campaign is to make a habit of respecting the animal’s needs over our own,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director at HSWM. “Animals, especially dogs, have boundaries just like humans and simply need their space. They will let you know if they don’t want to interact by giving basic cues.”

HSWM provides the following tips when meeting a dog:

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

Spring, summer and fall, the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association invite the public out to see the skies close up!

Visitors are invited to the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell, Michigan from 9:30pm - 12:00am. This Saturday night, June 3 features Jupiter, the Gibbous Moon & star clusters.

Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed.

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, free to children 5 & under.

Call the Starwatch number, (616)897-7065 for weather condition or sky updates.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Janet Johnson Tribute Exhibition

Janet Johnson Tribute Exhibition

A celebration of the Life and Art of Janet Johnson will be on display for a time at LowellArts.

Janet Y. Johnson passed away on February 20, 2017. She was a founding member of LowellArts and of the co-op gallery, Flat River Gallery, along with a lifetime member of the Grand Valley Artists. She was a gifted artist who helped guide and shape artistic projects and artists, leaving a lasting impression.

The community is welcome to an open house on Sunday, May 21 from 2-4pm to celebrate, Mrs. Johnson’s artistic life.

Visit: www.lowellartsmi.org for more information.

Public Night at Veen Observatory on May 20

Public Night at Veen Observatory on May 20

It’s the time of the year again for the family to examine the skies above! This month Public Night features Jupiter, various galaxies and star clusters through Observatory and members telescopes.

Visitors are invited to the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell, Michigan on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30pm - 12:00am. Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed.

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, free to children 5 & under. Call the Starwatch number, (616)897-7065 for weather condition or sky updates

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Elzinga & Volkers Completes $3.2 Million Renovation of Hope Church

Elzinga & Volkers Completes $3.2 Million Renovation of Hope Church

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, announced today the firm has completed a $3.2 million renovation of Hope Church located at 77 W 11th St. in Holland. The project included a 10,000-square-foot renovation of the youth area, nursery, gathering area, meeting rooms and administrative offices, and a 3,900-square-foot chapel addition provides an alternate worship area for parishioners.

The project, which began in April 2016, will be revealed to the community on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. The celebration will begin with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony and conclude with an open house featuring group tours.

Study Highlights Continual Upward Growth of Online Education

Study Highlights Continual  Upward Growth of Online Education

Across the country, enrollment in online learning has increased by 80% the past five years, with more than 2.7 million students currently choosing online learning. In a recent study by Research and Markets, virtual learning is expected to become even more prominent in the future. Across Michigan, schools such as Michigan Connections Academy (MICA) and Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) – statewide, tuition-free, public online schools – are meeting the growing demand from students and families.