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My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

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(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.

 

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Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town: Festival of Trees underway in Muskegon

My Town: Festival of Trees underway in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Muskegon Museum of Art invites the community to the opening of this traditional Festival of Trees, which runs through Nov. 30.

Come out and see Muskegon transformed with festive Christmas trees and décor, along with a model train display and a gingerbread village. There will also be special attractions throughout the month of November.

Festival hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving

Admission: $7 per adult;  $3 per child ages 3 to 17;  $5 for museum members

Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org/festival-of-trees for more information.

My Town Muskegon: Bringing the joy of Christmas to children in need

My Town Muskegon: Bringing the joy of Christmas to children in need

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Greater Muskegon Jaycees is once again leading the campaign to ensure toys are under the Christmas tree for every West Michigan child.

The group will kick off Muskegon’s only Toys for Tots drive Dec. 6 at the Plaza 1 & 2 on Henry Street in Norton Shores. Members of the community can drop off new, unwrapped toys between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. This year, the Muskegon area is especially in need of toys for kids from infant to 2 years and 8 years  to 18 years.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

3rd Annual Turkey Trail Run

3rd Annual Turkey Trail Run

The Gillette Nature Association invites the community to take part in this fun 5K run!

This fun 5K begins at 9:00am at the beach parking lot. The little Turkey Mile Trot starts at 10:30am in the Visitor Center.

“The Gillette Nature Association is a non-profit organization that promotes & sponsors interpretive activities & educational opportunities for the Muskegon & Ottawa county community surrounding the Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.” All proceeds from this event will benefit the Gillette Nature Association at Hoffmaster State Park.

Visit: www.gillettenature.org to register.

Mona Shores Holiday Arts & Crafts Show On November 1

Mona Shores Holiday Arts & Crafts Show On November 1

The public is invited to the 35th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at Mona Shores High School from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, November 1.

At an admission of $1.00, guests are invited to check out one-of-a-kind homemade crafts for purchase in three gyms and the cafeteria at 1121 W. Seminole Road in Mona Shores.

MSU vs. U of M Tailgate Fundraiser

MSU vs. U of M Tailgate Fundraiser

Football Fans can benefit the children served by the Lakeshore Big Brothers Big Sisters by joining this family-friendly tailgate party. This is the chance to board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum located at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon to watch the Michigan State & the University of Michigan football game on Saturday, October 25.

Doors are open at 3:00pm, kick-off at 3:30pm.