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My Town Coopersville: Library hosts free family movie night Jan. 20

My Town Coopersville: Library hosts free family movie night Jan. 20

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Enjoy a family-friendly night out Jan. 20 as Cooperville Area District Library hosts a free showing of “The Boxtrolls.”

The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library, located at 333 Ottawa.  Free popcorn will be available. 

“The Boxtrolls” centers on a young orphan boy trying to save the cave-dwelling trash collectors who raised him from an evil exterminator.  The movie is based on the children’s novel “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow.

The free showing is sponsored by the Coopersville Sportsman’s Club.  For more event information, call (616) 837-6809.

As temperatures drop, thermometer rises at United Way

As temperatures drop, thermometer rises at United Way

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is more than half-way to its community campaign goal.

As of Dec. 18, business and private donations totaled 57 percent of the organization’s $2.3 million goal.  United Way staff and campaign volunteers aim to raise at least six percent more during the previous drive. Eight local companies—Automatic Spring Products, West Michigan Molding, Macatawa Bank, Brilliance Audio, Great Lakes Castings, Elzinga and Volkers, SAF Holland  and Consumers Energy—have already donated more than in years past.

“That will get us to our goal of $2.3 million,” said Tony Verplank,  campaign co-chair and president of Pliant Plastics Corporation in Spring Lake.

Greater Ottawa County United Way serves 56 community partner programs

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—With this flu season on track to be one of the worst in years, the American Red Cross is worried blood donations will take a hit.

Traditionally, the winter months are already a difficult time for donation drives, with holiday traveling, school breaks and inclement weather.  The American Red Cross is hoping more West Michiganders will make a resolution to roll up their sleeve and give life-saving blood.  All blood types are needed. 

 

Allegan

  • Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. – American Legion

 

Allendale

  • Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center

 

Coopersville

  • Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Coopersville United Methodist Church

 

Fennville

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The eat local movement is getting a federal boost.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Local First a two-year $94,000 grant for Community Supported Agriculture.  Local First is teaming up with West Michigan Growers Group and Michigan State University Extension to provide resources for farmers to grow their CSA programs. With CSAs, community members purchase a share of a local farm, which then divides its harvest among investors.  The CSA form of farming provides stability for farmers and allows investors to enjoy seasonable, locally grown produce. The program provides the health, relational and economic benefits that come with eating local.

My Town Coopersville: Chamber of Commerce now a donation drop-off site

My Town Coopersville: Chamber of Commerce now a donation drop-off site

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The Coopersville Chamber of Commerce is now accepting donations for families in need.

The chamber office is officially a drop off location for Coopersville Cares.  Those interested in helping the pantry may drop off non-perishable food items Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The chamber will ensure all donations are delivered to Coopersville Cares, which serves local families in need.

My Town Coopersville: The Christmas story comes alive Dec. 12-13

My Town Coopersville: The Christmas story comes alive Dec. 12-13

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- The public is invited to experience the re-creation of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem so many years ago.

Wander inside Little Farms Chapel  to see this live nativity scene in action. The facility at 2518 Arthur Street is heated and wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will also be available.

The live nativity will be open Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.littlefarmschapel.org or call (616) 677-6170.

My Town Coopersville: Dec. 13 Christmas Fair comes with freebies

My Town Coopersville: Dec. 13 Christmas Fair comes with freebies

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Before Christmas, there’s the Christmas Fair at Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center.

Visitors to the Dec. 13 celebration can decorate cookies, make Christmas crafts, listen to music and shop.  Admission is free. 

The Christmas Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.