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Festival of Trees returns November 21 through December 1

Festival of Trees returns November 21 through December 1

MUSKEGON, Mich. The Muskegon Museum of Art is turning into a "Candy Towne" for this year's Festival of Trees.

The community is invited to experience the museum galleries transformed with festive holiday décor from November 21 through December 1.   Local designers will carry out the Candy Towne theme with wreaths, trees and other holiday decorations. Visitors have the opportunity to bid on gift baskets, trees, wreaths and festive items during an ongoing silent auction, along the chance to take part in a number of special attractions and events through December 1.

Admission to the Festival of Trees is $7 per adult and $3 per child (ages 3-17) ; children ages 3 and under are free.  Admission for Muskegon Museum of Art members is $5. To receive $2 off one adult admission, bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

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West Michigan reclaims apple crunching record

West Michigan reclaims apple crunching record

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—  West Michigan has recaptured a Guinness World Record, with the help of 19,087 apples.

After crunching the numbers, organizers of October’s world record attempt determined 19,087 children from West Michigan simultaneously bit into an apple, shattering New Zealand’s previous record. All 12 school districts in Muskegon County took part in the October 24th event, along with schools in Shelby, South Haven and Otsego.

“We are very excited to have exceeded our goal of 18,000,” commented Montague and Whitehall School Districts’ Food Service Director Dan Gorman, who also serves as the chair of the 1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon County School Committee. “This event is a great way to make healthy eating fun and to remind our community about our local agriculture and access to fresh local produce.”

Timberland Charter Academy joins hockey team’s reading caravan

Timberland Charter Academy joins hockey team’s reading caravan

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Players from the Muskegon Lumberjacks held a Faceoff Rally with students at Timberland Charter Academy on Tuesday, November 12.

Players talked to students about their year-long reading caravan program. Working with a reading coordinator at the school, the team will reward students each quarter who meet their school identified reading goals with items like T-shirts, book bags and even tickets to a game.

At the Faceoff Rally, players discussed how one of their goals in playing in the USHL is to get a college education and how important becoming a good reader is to reaching that goal. The students received a “Hockey 101” book explaining the basics of the sport and a bookmark to use through the year.

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with their service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema.

Woman who saved swimmer honored by city

Woman who saved swimmer honored by city

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A woman who saved a girl struggling in Lake Michigan will be honored by city leaders Tuesday.

On July 19, two sisters were swimming in Lake Michigan when they got caught in a rip current.  Their father, who cannot swim, enlisted the help of Diane Kooi.  Kooi jumped onto the family’s raft and paddled out to the girls, but could only see one of them.  She pulled the girl out of the water and brought her to shore. Divers found ther older sister's body the next day.

The Muskegon Police Department will honor Kooi for her selfless act during the city’s regular meeting Tuesday, November 12. 

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

Red Cross hosts free class on International Humanitarian Law Nov.9

Red Cross hosts free class on International Humanitarian Law Nov.9

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  The public is invited to a free class focused on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Saturday, November 9.

The Red Cross is hosting the introductory class from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the organization’s offices at 313 West Webster Ave. in Muskegon.  The session will feature hands-on group activities, class discussion and videos to help people understand the role of the Red Cross during war, as well as understand their own perceptions of conflict.

The class is encouraged for people interested in international relations, government and political science. IHL- Humanity in the Midst of War contains disturbing information and may not be appropriate for children younger than 16 years of age.