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My Town Lowell: Lowell Showboat clean-up June 5

My Town Lowell: Lowell Showboat clean-up June 5

LOWELL, Mich.— Volunteers are needed to help clear the decks of a Lowell landmark this Thursday, June 5, as the city prepares for summer activities.

People armed with brooms are needed to help clean up the Lowell Showboat. Liz Baker with the Lowell Chamber of Commerce says the cobwebs and debris need to be cleared before the Sizzlin' Summer Concert series begins June 12. The cleanup will start at 6 p.m Thursday.  Volunteers should bring their own brooms. For more information, contact the Lowell Chamber of Commerce at (616) 897-9161 or email info@lowellchamber.org.

My Town Lowell: Observatory welcomes star-gazing visitors May 31

My Town Lowell: Observatory welcomes star-gazing visitors May 31

LOWELL, Mich.-- The public is invited for a night under the stars at the James C. Veen Observatory in Lowell on Saturday, May 31.

From 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., visitors can tour the facility,  enjoy an audio-visual presentation and check out several large and fully equipped telescopes.  Members' telescopes will also be available to see Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, Mars, galaxies and clusters, weather permitting.

James C. Veen Observatory is located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell Twp., Mi 49331. Parking is at the bottom of a 1/4 mile uphill walk to the observatory, which may be difficult for some guests. Please ask attendant about available assistance.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 17 years and younger. The event is free for children under 5 years and Grand Rapids Public Museum Members.  For more information, visit  www.graaa.org.

My Town Lowell: Beyblade Tournament May 28

My Town Lowell: Beyblade Tournament May 28

LOWELL, Mich.—Tops will be spinning at the Englehardt Library Wednesday, as the Kent District Library hosts a Beyblade Tournament for children ages 6 and up.

Beyblades are spinning tops that are typically launched into a space, called an arena.  The goal is to keep your beyblade spinning, as other competitors try to knock it out of play.

Participants can bring in their own Beyblades and arenas or use the library’s equipment.  Registration will take place at the door.  Players can warm up from 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; the tournament runs from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the library at (616) 784-2007.

My Town Lowell: City to re-dedicate renovated Civil War Memorial May 26

My Town Lowell: City to re-dedicate renovated Civil War Memorial May 26

LOWELL, Mich.—The community will honor veterans this Memorial Day on land and water.

The commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 with a parade from the Kent County Youth Fairgrounds.  The procession will move down historic Main Street, stopping at the Veteran’s Memorial to launch a wreath into the river for veterans who lost their lives at sea.  The parade will resume on Monroe Street, heading north to Oakwood Cemetery, where the city will re-dedicate its Civil War Memorial Site, which was recently renovated for the first time in 114 years.  The site now includes a new 45-foot flag pole and flag, as well as an 1853 Civil War union naval cannon, which has been restored.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will take part in the re-dedication, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 people.  Student musicians from Lowell Schools will provide music for the event, which marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

My Town Lowell: Food Fight photo shoot May 22

My Town Lowell: Food Fight photo shoot May 22

LOWELL, Mich.--  Everyone participating in this year’s Food Fight is invited to come out in their team colors Thursday afternoon for a team photo.

The photo shoot will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Dollar General.  The South Team should wear white and the North Team should wear red.  Team jerseys will be provided for sponsors.

The 2014 Community Food Fight officially kicks off June 1.   The North Team is looking for another victory this year to even out the record.  The South Team has previously won three out of the last five competitions.

 All non-perishable food items collected will stock the Flat River Outreach Ministries’ pantry.

My Town Lowell: Perennial Plant Sale returns this weekend

My Town Lowell: Perennial Plant Sale returns this weekend

LOWELL, Mich.—Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the gardening season for many greenthumbs, making it a perfect time for Lowell’s annual Perennial Plant Sale Fundraiser.

Hundreds of perennials donated by residents, businesses and the City of Lowell will be on sale at 520 North Monroe Street, from Saturday through Monday.  The plants will range in price from $0.50 to $3, with proceeds going to Exit 52 & Almost Home- Lowell Winter Guards. 

The plant sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and before and after the Memorial Day parade on Monday.  Plant donations will be accepted before and during the sale.  For more information, call (616) 897-7808.