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My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

My Town Coopersville: Used book sale benefit deemed a success

My Town Coopersville: Used book sale benefit deemed a success

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Organizers of last weekend’s book sale at Coopersville Area District Library are calling the event a success.

The Friends of the Coopersville Area District Library collected $2,000 during the sale, which ran Aug. 7-9. The group says the money will go toward purchasing special collections and funding special projects at the library.

The Friends donated children’s books that did not sell to the Rotary Reading Bus.

My Town: Coopersville Historical Society garage sale Aug. 6 and Aug. 7

My Town: Coopersville Historical Society garage sale Aug. 6 and Aug. 7

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- The Coopersville Historical Society invites the community to this sale on Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 7 to check out vintage and collectible items for purchase.

The unique items for sale were gathered by Judy VanDonger and others.  The garage sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the home of Bill and Shirley Cunningham, located at 65 Mill Street in Coopersville. For more information, visit http://business.coopersville.com/events.  

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The founder of a Coopersville-based nonprofit aimed at helping children with disabilities is releasing a new children’s book.

Lori Hasting’s third book, titled “Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” will be available within the next week. Hasting, who was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy as a child, writes her books using voice activated software. Proceeds from each book go to her organization, Lori’s Voice, which supports young people with disability.

“Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” features illustrations by Julie Baldwin.  For updates on its sale, visit Lori’s Voice’s Facebook page.

My Town Coopersville: Del Shannon Tribute Show to return Aug. 9

My Town Coopersville: Del Shannon Tribute Show to return Aug. 9

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Tickets are now available for an event paying homage to one of Coopersville’s most famous natives.

The Del Shannon Tribute Show will take place Saturday, Aug. 9 at Coopersville High School. The 5 p.m. performance will star James Popenhagen and his band, The HiLo’s.

Tickets are $10 each or $8 for students and available in advance online and at various Main Street businesses. Tickets will also be sold at the door.  Proceeds from the show will benefit the Del Shannon Scholarship Fund and Coopersville Historical Society Museum, which is home to a Del Shannon exhibit.

My Town Coopersville: Quilts start coming in July 8

My Town Coopersville: Quilts start coming in July 8

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- MaryLou Pals is shown here with a memorial quilt made to honor her husband, Corky, who came up with the idea to start Jam Night at the Coopersville Farm Museum in 2004.

Corky was very patriotic and would have loved to have been part of the Red, White and Blue Jam Night on July 1, 2014.  His wife, MaryLou, stands next to a quilt that she started making shortly after his passing, before macular degeneration started affecting her.  Coopersville Farm Museum's Administrative Assistant, Kaitlyn Landon, finished the quilt so that MaryLou could have it for the patriotic Jam Night and so she could put it in the upcoming exhibit at the museum.  

My Town Coopersville: Red, White and Blue Jam Night honors veterans

My Town Coopersville: Red, White and Blue Jam Night honors veterans

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- On July 1, Roger Billings greeted guests from Grand Rapids Home for Veterans with patriotic tunes played on his bagpipes.

The veterans arrived at the Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center to be honored along with other service members during Acoustic Jam Night.  The museum is also featuring a display of art by members of the Home for Veterans through August.  

More than 175 people attended the patriotic Jam Night, most wearing red, white and blue. Some visitors dressed in uniform.

Acoustic Jam Night is held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 375 Main Street, from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. Anyone can sign up to play a song (or two if time allows).  The show is different every time, but this was a very special one with lots of military and patriotic tunes being shared.