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My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Reservations are now open at the Loutit District Library for a new twelve-week senior fitness program meeting on Mondays, beginning Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays beginning Sept.12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program is presented by Gayle Patterson from AgeWell in Muskegon. A one-time registration admits participants to all 24 sessions.  Participants must register by Sept. 5 at www.loutitlibrary.org or by calling (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

"Fit & Strong!" is an award-winning, multi-component, evidence-based physical activity program for seniors 60 years of age and older. This 12-week program targets older adults with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in older adults.

Fit & Strong! helps participants:

Youth make a difference at State Parks

Youth make a difference at State Parks

Youth make a difference at State Parks

Eight Muskegon Area youth are having a busy summer as part of a pilot project working at the Hoffmaster and Muskegon/Duck Lake State Park sites. The youth, ages 18 to 20, are part of a paid on-the-job training program through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Parks and Recreation Division, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD).

Job coaches guide the youth and assist them in overcoming disabilities as they practice critical employability skills like problem solving, teamwork, and performing basic maintenance duties around the park or recreation area.

My Town Muskegon: Disaster volunteer training Aug. 20

My Town Muskegon: Disaster volunteer training Aug. 20

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MUSKEGON, Mich.– The American Red Cross is offering disaster response training geared to individuals who want to volunteer to help victims of disaster.

This course is a prerequisite for all advanced disaster training offered for American Red Cross disaster volunteers. This course is open to the public is an entry level instructor led course.

The disaster training course,  “Disaster Services: An Overview” will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the American Red Cross, 313 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. This training will prepare potential volunteers to understand the Red Cross role in disaster relief and prepare the participant for further training that will allow the participant to assist in responding to house fires, managing a shelter, feeding, meeting medical needs and providing emotional support to disaster victims.

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday,  Aug. 14.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. 

The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times:

My Town Grand Haven: Museum director shares how he renovated his historic home

My Town Grand Haven: Museum director shares how he renovated his historic home

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library’s yearlong centennial program series continues on Tuesday, Aug. 12 with a look at ways to rehab older homes.

Steven Radtke, director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, will describe his efforts in restoring his 1914 home in the Muskegon Historical District and steps one can take to update their old home while maintaining its historical integrity. This free program will be held in the Library’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information on LDL’s event, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

9th Annual Run for Sight

9th Annual Run for Sight

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- A run/walk to benefit the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired will take place on Saturday, Aug. 30  at the Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon.

The dog-friendly 5k begins at 8:30 a.m.; registration is 7 a.m. For additional information, visit the event page here.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County