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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.

Rainbow Child Care Center Celebrates Summer with Mobile Science Lab

Rainbow Child Care Center Celebrates Summer with Mobile Science Lab

Rainbow Child Care Center (Rainbow), a provider of academic-focused, early-childhood education with more than 120 centers across 12 states, recently celebrated its annual Summer Social with local families and special guest, Clarity Newhouse, professional race car driver.

Families that attended the event at Rainbow’s center in Walker, enjoyed interacting with Newhouse and getting an up-close look at her race car.  Doubling as a Mobile Science Lab, Newhouse’s race car provided young students an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math during a fun, hands-on science lesson.

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.

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.

Serious Snowshoe Sunday

Serious Snowshoe Sunday

Snowshoeing, a great cardiovascular workout is back on Sundays for the next 6 weeks.

The staff at Howard Christian Nature Center at 16191 Red Pine Dr. in Kent City, Michigan invites teens & adults to participate in these snowshoe sessions from 1-3pm this Sunday & the coming five Sundays. These adventures begin with an indoor warm-up program followed by suiting up to hit the trails for some vigorous exercise.

Child Care is available at ALL HCNC events for only $5.00 per child but must be reserved in advance. (Child care will be cancelled, if no registered children.)

Cost is $8/session or $25 for the 6 weeks of sessions. Bring your own snow shoes, $5 or rent from HCNC, $8.

Call: (616)675-3158 or visit www.howardchristensen.org for more information.