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Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

Museums host Free Family Fun Day May 11

Museums host Free Family Fun Day May 11

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The community is invited to learn about pioneer life on the prairie during a Free Family Fun Day Saturday, May 11.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Muskegon Museum and the Lakeshore Museum Center.  Both museums also waive admission on the second Saturday of each month when they offer craft workshops, films and tours.

The Lakeshore Museum Center is located at 430 W. Clay Avenue.  The Muskegon Museum is located at 296 W. Webster Avenue.  For more information, call (231) 720-2579 or visit  http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/.

Juvenile Diabetes fundraiser at Kenowa Hills Soccer Game

Juvenile Diabetes fundraiser at Kenowa Hills Soccer Game

Kenowa Hills High School soccer players, Kate Carey and Madi Buechner have organized a fundraiser to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes. This event will take place at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 2nd at Kenowa Hills, when Kenowa will host Muskegon Big Reds in a game titled, “The Blue Game." These two gals did this completely on their own, according to soccer coach, Jason Snyder.

To quote Kate, “We have one teammate who has juvenile diabetes and one other member, whose sister is affected by this disease.”

The Kenowa team has been selling T-Shirts and has several donated gifts that will be raffled off the day of the game. They are always looking for donations and hope to raise thousands of dollars for this foundation.

Anyone willing to make a donation can call the Kenowa Hills Athletic Office at 616-784-2115.

Go Kenowa!

Petco Foundation provides wheels for animal rescue group

Petco Foundation provides wheels for animal rescue group

MUSKEGON, Mich. – An animal rescue group is getting help on wheels, thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation, and a generous graphics business.

Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center will show off its new cargo van and thank donors during an April 27 adoption event at Petco. 

The van will allow Pound Buddies to transport homeless dogs and cats to fundraisers, adoption events, veterinary appointments and no-kill shelters throughout the state.  The graphics on the side of the van will also help promote the non-profit organization.  Miles Kieft who owns GOBOGRAPHIX in Muskegon donated the graphics.

The Adopt-A-Dog event runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, located at 5239 Harvey Street in Norton Shores.

Muskegon County to host free County Parks Day May 4

The Muskegon County Board of Commissioners invites you to visit Muskegon County Pioneer Park or Twin Lake Park on May 4 for free.

This inaugural event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs through 4 p.m.

Pioneer Park is a 145 acre park offers camping, swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, tennis, softball, basketball and volleyball. The park is filled with a variety of mixed oak, maple, white pine and hemlock pine trees. Pioneer is Muskegon’s  largest and most popular park. Pioneer Park is located on Lake Michigan and has over 2,000 feet of white sandy beach frontage. The park is located close to Michigan's Adventure amusement park, USS Silversides WWI Submarine Museum, art museums, theaters, summer festivals and other Muskegon County attractions. Pioneer Park is located on Lake Michigan on Scenic Drive, north of Muskegon. Take U.S.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. Cycling enthusiasts are being urged to register now for “Haiti Ride 2013”.

The annual bike ride raises funds to support villagers and residents in the island nation of Haiti, as it continues its rebuilding efforts in the wake of the 2010 quake, three recent hurricanes and cholera epidemic.  United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCD), at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, will serve again as the host site for the bike tour.

Haiti Ride 2013 will be held from Wednesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 15.