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Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.

Eco Stewardship Work Day on Saturday

Eco Stewardship Work Day on Saturday

The community has the opportunity to volunteer to spruce up Blandford Nature Center this coming Saturday.

Volunteers will be involved in working on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am – 12:30pm on several sections of the 143-acres site through trail maintenance, habitat restoration, removal of invasive species and stream clean up. This also gives volunteers the chance to become educated with plants on their own property.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue in Grand Rapids, 49504.

This program is FREE but wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes to work off the trails.

Call: (616)735-6240 or visit www.blandfordnaturecenter.org for more information.

Brush Pick-Up

Brush Pick-Up

Sparta Village invites the community to place their brush by the curbside this week through April 8 for pick up.

The village crew will pick up branches, limbs & trees smaller than 4 inches in diameter. Larger limbs will be left on the curbside. Brush size is limited to a maxmum diameter of 4 inches.

Brush should be cut with ends lying in the same direction, placed between the sidewalk and the curb. Not in the street. No leaves, garden waste or grass clippings will be picked up during brush pickup.

The Brush Pick-Up Schedule for Spring through Fall is as follows:

April 4-8, May 2-6, June 6-10, July 11-15, August 1-5, September 12-16 & October 3-7

Call: (616)887-8251 or visit www.spartami.org for more information.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Sweets for Sweeties

Sweets for Sweeties

Volunteers & Howard Christian Nature Center staff will delight participants with the creation of some sweet confections for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day.

Women are invited to register for this fun filled “Moms Night Out” evening on Thursday, February 11 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Child Care is $5.00 per child & Free for HCNC members at HCNC but reserved in advance.Cost for Mom's Night Out is $20 per person.

HCNC is located at 16190 Red Pine Dr. NW in Kent City.

Visit www.lilysfrogpad.com to register or more information.

Pink in the Rink Charity Hockey tourney benefits Gilda's Club

Pink in the Rink Charity Hockey tourney benefits Gilda's Club

The 5th annual Pink in the Rink tournament is February 5th and 6th at Griffs Ice House in Grand Rapids with proceeds benefiting Gilda's Club.  Tourney host is the combined hockey team of Comstock Park/Northview/Sparta who will play in Pink jerseys featuring names of cancer fighters chosen by each player.  Friday at 545pm, will feature a Pre-game family recognition ceremony for the Slot family.  Kim Slot was a teacher at Northview Schools who lost her battle with cancer in September of 2015. Kim Slot was also the widow of fallen Walker Police officer Trevor Slot.   Multiple fundraisers will take place over the weekend including 50/50 raffles, and silent auctions to help "Stick it to Cancer"!   Here is a list of games: