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My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

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(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.

 

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Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town: Coopersville students are 'In The Heights'

My Town: Coopersville students are 'In The Heights'

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Take  a trip to New York without ever leaving Coopersville this weekend, as a Tony Award-winner plays out on stage.

Coopersville High Theatre Co. begins its performances of "In The Heights" Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.  Shows will run through Nov. 22.  

"In The Heights"  transports the audience to the Big Apple's Washington Heights neighborhood,  where the community is on the brink of change.   "In The Heights" won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Tickets to the Coopersville High School performances are available online at Center Stage Theatre's website.  The box office will also be selling tickets now through Friday, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.

 

St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.

 

The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.

 

“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

My Town: Pastors transition to new parishes Sept. 17

My Town: Pastors transition to new parishes Sept. 17

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor from Coopersville and Marne is presiding over a new parish.

Effective Sept. 17,  Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake. 

Bishop Walkowiak with the Diocese of Grand Rapids has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning that same day.  Tran is leaving St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer. 

My Town: Jenison teacher now a published author

My Town: Jenison teacher now a published author

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A teacher from Jenison schools is now a published author.

Joe R. Roper’s newest book, “The Hunter Awakens” is earning top reviews on Amazon.com. The fantasy is written for children ages 10-18, and is the first book of the Morus Chronicles.  The story summary on Amazon is as follows:

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor in Coopersville is taking his spiritual lessons to Spring Lake.

Bishop Walter Walkowiak  of the Diocese of Grand Rapids has announced Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake.  His appointment takes effect Sept. 17.

Bishop Walkowiak has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning Sept. 17.  Tran is the current pastor of St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer.