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My Town Coopersville: 'Heaven is for Real' free showing July 22

My Town Coopersville: 'Heaven is for Real' free showing July 22

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Watch a best-selling book come to life on the big screen July 22 during free Premiere Movie Night at the Coopersville Area District Library.

Tuesday’s film is “Heaven is for Real”.  The film is based on the New York Times bestseller by Todd Burpo, which chronicles his young son’s journey to heaven and back.  Heaven is for Real is rated PG.  Tuesday’s showing will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the library, located at 333 Ottawa Street.

Premiere Movie Night series is sponsored by the Coopersville Sportsman’s Club. 

My Town: Berlin Raceway president gets back behind the wheel

MARNE, Mich.—The president and general manager of the Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex is returning to the race track Friday night.

Mike Bursley will get back to his racing roots and get behind the wheel during the Battle of Berlin .251.  Bursley was the 2007 Super Stocks champion of Berlin Raceway, but no longer races regularly.  He will be racing Friday in honor of his friend, Kurt Dietrich, who was diagnosed with a golf ball size brain tumor last fall.  Dietrich has had brain surgery and is doing well.  Bursley is going to donate all of his prize money Friday to brain tumor research at Spectrum Health.

“That’s what racing really is that we are one tight group, little family here. And this is just something that I want to do to help out and show that we are one big family here,” says Bursley.

My Town Coopersville: Continental Dairy "cows" help Relay For Life break fundraising goal

My Town Coopersville: Continental Dairy "cows" help Relay For Life break fundraising goal

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Organizers of Relay For Life of Allendale-Coopersville are not only celebrating hitting their goal- but more than doubling it.

This past weekend, nearly two dozen teams raised just under $64,000.  Chloe Pakalnis with Continental Dairy Facilities says the original community goal was $30,000. 

Continental Dairy was pivotal in raising funds for this year’s Relay For Life, holding a competitive cow milking fundraiser during the day of the event.  The company also put one of its supervisors in “jail”, forcing him to raise $20 to get free.  Earlier this year, Continental Dairy also raised money for Relay For Life with the help of a “herd.”   The cardboard cows moved from yard to yard, based on property owner donations.

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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: Date set for annual Benefit Sale

My Town Coopersville: Date set for annual Benefit Sale

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Coopersville Cares, a local nonprofit organization to help those in need, will be holding its annual Benefit Sale on Friday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The sale location is Grace Lutheran Church, 300 E. Cleveland.  Both new and used items will be available for purchase, including toys, clothing, furniture and household items.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be matching part of the proceeds.

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.