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Candlelight Snowshoeing on Valentines Day

Candlelight Snowshoeing on Valentines Day

Make plans to spend time with your significant other on Valentine’s Day!

Howard Christiansen Nature Center located at 16190 Red Pine Drive in Kent City is offering three Candlelight Snowshoe guided excursion through their scenic trails on Valentine’s Day. You can choose 6:30pm, 7:30pm or 9:00pm.

The excursion includes snowshoe and is a one mile hike through candle lit trails with the chance to warm up by the fire and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. It’s a romantic evening you won’t want to miss.

Member Cost: $8.00 per couple and Non-members are $15.00 per couple.

Call: (616)675-3158 for more information or visit www.howardchristiansen.org to book tickets.

Apple Fest Celebration on September 24

Apple Fest Celebration on September 24

The community is invited to downtown Sparta, as it comes alive on Saturday during the Michigan Apple Fest.

There is all day fun for everyone, beginning with the delicious Apple Pancake breakfast from 8am – 10am. Then from 10am – 8pm this Apple Fest features a Kids Carnival, Petting Zoo, Hands on Apple Art, an Artisan Craft Market, along with your vote matters with Cider Tasting through 6pm.

Don’t forget the Comedy Show, fun competitions like the Couch Race at 4pm, the Sling Shot Contest at 5:30pm and the Apple Pie Eating Contest at 6pm. Families can relax and enjoy neighborhood conversation during the Apple Dessert Social at 5:30pm

Call: (616)887-2454 or visit www.michiganapplefest.com for more information.

Sand Sculpture Contest

Sand Sculpture Contest

The Grand Haven, Spring Lake & Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce invite residents & visitors to take part in this sand art building activity this Saturday.

After 2 hours of sand creating, individuals, teams & families will be judged and awarded prizes on their unique presentation.

Get your sand sculpture plans & tools in order.The Grand Haven City Beach is the place to be from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, August 13.

Go on-line to www.visitgrandhaven.com for more information.

Sparta Celtic Festival Returns

Sparta Celtic Festival Returns

Roger’s Park comes alive with Celtic heritage festivities this Saturday!

For the Seventh year, this free family-friendly festival is always on the second Saturday in August and offers music and dancing on three stages. Guests can encounter Scottish clans, historical encampments, Highland games, a beer tent, carnival rides and more.

Visit Roger’s Park located along North Union Avenue, north of Division in Sparta, Michigan on Friday, August 12 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm &/or Saturday, August 13 from 11:00am – 10:00pm.

Call: (616)887-2454 or visit www.spartacelticfest.org for more information.

Tuesday Books on the Run through August 15

Tuesday Books on the Run through August 15

Community families having trouble getting to the library can now put their minds at ease.

The volunteer staff of Sparta Area Schools, the Sparta Education Foundation, the Watch D.O.G.S & the community are benefiting those who do not have access or time go to the library.

The Books on the Run mobile reading unit will make six stops across the district on Tuesdays now through August 15 from 5:45am – 8:55am. Like an Ice Cream truck, the brightly painted mobile Books on the Run truck will move forward with the Sound of Music, but delivering hundreds of books, free of charge.

They will visit on June 28, July 5 & 19, and August 2 & 16.

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.