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My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed to pull off community feast

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed to pull off community feast

LOWELL, Mich.— First Congregational United Church of Christ is looking for  volunteers to help pull off the Lowell Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

The feast is free to all and will take place 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at First Congregational UCC, located at 865 Lincoln Lake Ave. SE.  Last year, a team of nearly 85 volunteers cooked up the massive meal, which included more than 100 pounds of turkey, 25 pounds of roast beef, 75 pounds of potatoes and 15 pies.  Afterward, all of the table scraps and turkey carcasses were served up to the animals at a nearby wildlife reserve.

The Lowell Community Thanksgiving Dinner is sponsored by Lowell area churches.  Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to take part in the event.  For more information or to sign up, call (616) 897-5906.

Explore the outdoors during Winter Fest Feb. 8

Explore the outdoors during Winter Fest Feb. 8

LOWELL, Mich.—Explore the outdoors on snowshoes during this year’s Winter Fest Saturday, Feb. 8.

Visitors to the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center are invited to an afternoon of winter-filled fun including bird watching and snowshoeing.  The first 100 snowshoe rentals will be available for half price ($2), thanks to the generosity of Lowell Community Wellness.  At 2 p.m., Anna Laidlaw from Wild Bird Unlimited will share tips to make your backyard more bird friendly.  She’ll also provide bird seed samples and coupons for the Wild Birds Unlimited store on Northland Drive.

Winter Fest runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.   For more information, contact the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center at (616) 987-2565.

Christmas bird count opportunity on Dec. 28

Christmas bird count opportunity on Dec. 28

LOWELL, Mich.-- The Grand Rapids Audubon Club invites avian enthusiasts to join this bird count opportunity for half of the day or all day.

This is a fun time of gathering useful data for tracking bird locations and the size of species groups. Participation is free but donations are encouraged to support the National Audubon Program.

Birders will meet on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 a.m. at the Wittenbach/Wege Agri-science and Environmental Center ,located at 11715 Vergennes Road in Lowell.  Participants will return around noon for a bring-your-own brown bag lunch and again at 5 p.m. to tally section findings.

For inquiries, call (616) 249-3382 or email tomleggett@hotmail.com. Visit www.glsgh.org for more information on the Grand Rapids Audubon Club.

Lowell volunteers prepare a feast fit for 250 people

Lowell volunteers prepare a feast fit for 250 people

LOWELL, Mich.—  The turkeys are in the oven as First Congregational United Church of Christ prepares to serve up its community Thanksgiving dinner.

Organizers are expecting to serve meals to approximately 250 people this year.  The food is paid for by donations, so the dinner is free and open to everyone.  No registration is required.

“This is not just about feeding hungry people, it’s about being a community with each other,” says Shannon, who is one of the event’s lead organizers.

Event planners say a team of volunteers has already begun cooking up the more than 100 pounds of turkey needed for the feast.  Donations also paid for 25 pounds of roast beef, 75 pounds of potatoes, 15 pies and 250 cookies, which are all being baked in the church’s licensed kitchen.  Visitors can also dine on green bean casserole, corn, squash and stuffing.

Send off monarchs to Mexico during 'Monarch Magic' September 15

Send off monarchs to Mexico during 'Monarch Magic' September 15
LOWELL, Mich.-- The Wittenbach/Wege Center will host "Monarch Magic" Sunday, September 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fall is a busy time for monarch butterflies, as many begin their migration to Mexico. Join "Michigan Butterflies" for a chance to learn about these amazing insects and the incredible journey that awaits them. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tag and release their very own monarch.  How fun would it be to see if your monarch makes it all the way to Mexico!  Cost is $10 per family and includes two butterfly tags. Additional tags can be purchased for $1 each. Call (616) 987-2565 to register.  Tags cannot be guaranteed for families that do not register.

Lowell Fairgrounds bounce back from flooding to host fair August 5-10

Lowell Fairgrounds bounce back from flooding to host fair August 5-10

LOWELL, Mich.—Despite extensive damage caused by flooding in April, the Lowell Fairgrounds are ready for the Kent County Youth Fair, which starts August 5.

This year’s fair runs through August 10 and will include carnival rides, animals, sand sculpting, swing dancing, blue gross music, tractor pulls, auctions and a youth talent show.  You can find the full schedule of events here. The Kent District Library is also partnering with fair organizers to offer a free day of carnival rides for children under age 12 when they present a completed book log on August 6.

The Kent County Youth Fair will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Admission is free.

Despite flood damage, the fair will go on in Lowell

Despite flood damage, the fair will go on in Lowell

LOWELL, Mich.—Despite extensive damage caused by flooding in April, the Lowell Fairgrounds will be ready in time for the Kent County Youth Fair.

Flood damage to horse barns and administrative offices has been largely repaired, thanks to community volunteers and successful fundraising over the past several weeks. “Over the past year we have faced some obstacles. However, thanks to the tremendous generosity of many companies and the hard work of so many people, we look forward to one of the best fairs on record,” says Kent County Youth Fair president Jon Bieneman.