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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:

RUN FOR SIGHT | 5K RUN | 5K WALK

RUN FOR SIGHT | 5K RUN | 5K WALK

Together, we learn how to best use our limited sight or thrive without vision.  Together, we learn new ways to take charge of our lives. 

 

Not many things are more empowering than challenging yourself and achieving new heights of performance.  Imagine that same feeling of euphoria, having severely limited or no vision. 

 

On Saturday, August 30, we’re inviting the West Michigan community to share that experience with our Run for Sight—a 5K Run/Walk.  Participants and sponsors will enjoy the great outdoors, while raising funds to support vision rehabilitation services for individuals living with severe vision impairment.

 

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.

Museums Celebrate Raggedy Ann’s Muskegon roots

Museums Celebrate Raggedy Ann’s Muskegon roots
Museums Celebrate Raggedy Ann’s Muskegon roots  The first Raggedy Ann dolls were made in Muskegon from 1918 to 1926. Three Muskegon museums have joined forces to celebrate the beloved Raggedy and her friends with special exhibits and activities from Thursday, August 7 through Saturday, August 9.  Thursday through Saturday, August 7-9, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pmThe Muskegon Heritage Museum Exhibition and Special ProgramsThe Muskegon Heritage Museum will exhibit three original dolls and several collections of Raggedy Ann dolls from different time periods. Fine art prints of the original Raggedy Ann book illustrations by Johnny Gruelle will also be on display. Storytellers will read aloud about Raggedy’s adventures and will encourage visitors to write their own stories.

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Summer is still in full swing, and new movies are premiering every weekend.

Celebration Cinema has a few good movies this weekend that you won't want to miss. Here are my top five for this weekend:

1.) A Most Wanted Man (Rated R) - Premiers this Friday at Celebration North. This movie is about a brutally tortured immigrant who turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune. Both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity.

2.) And So It Goes (Rated PG-13) - Premieres this Friday at all Celebration locations. This movie is about a self-centered realtor who enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.