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Free car seat check September 12

Free car seat check September 12

Join Safe Kids West Michigan for a free safety check Thursday, September 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will take place at Custer Fire Department, located at 2549 E. US 10 in Custer.

Child passenger safety experts will check your child's car seat, booster seat or seat belt and answer any questions you may have.  New and expecting parents are welcome.

Come Learn:

  • What type of safety  seat or seat belt fits your child best
  • How to properly install your child's safety seat into your car
  • How to secure your child in the safety seat or seat belt

This event is first come, first serve.  A limited number of replacement seats will be available for families in need.  No appointment is needed.  Please bring your child/children, car seat/booster seat and the car seat and vehicle manuals if available. 

World's top anglers coming to Muskegon County for championship

World's top anglers coming to Muskegon County for championship

MUSKEGON, Mich.— The lakeshore is getting ready to welcome the top bass fishermen in the world.

The Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and the Evan Williams Bourbon Championship will take place on Muskegon and White lakes September 27 to September 29.  Bob Lukens with the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the event will attract 14 of the top bass anglers in the world, including Kalamazoo native Kevin VanDam, Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace and the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year. The top eight anglers in the bass standings have also been invited to the event; the remaining anglers voted in by fans include Gerald Swindle of Alabama, Brandon Palaniuk of Idaho, Michael Iaconelli of New Jersey and Skeet Reese of California.

Kainay Community Church looks to make 'We Serve' a tradition

Kainay Community Church looks to make 'We Serve' a tradition

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  The cities of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights look even better, thanks to an army of volunteers from  Kainay Community Church.

On Saturday, September 7, 200 volunteers visited 21 places around the cities for an inaugural day of service called “We Serve.”    Pastor Jeff Steele says the projects included cleaning and painting and Mona Lake Park, Every Woman’s Place, Webster House Youth Services and Muskegon Pregnancy Services.  Church volunteers also planted shrubs and perennials along Glade Street in Muskegon Heights, cleaned and sorted The Hope Project’s thrift store, built planting boxes for a courtyard at Christian Care, installed siding on a widow’s home and cooked and served hot dogs during youth soccer games for the grand opening of the Fruitport Soccer Complex.

Steele says Kainay Community Church plans to make “We Serve” a tradition.

Pilaf dinner and Greek dance program September 8

Pilaf dinner and Greek dance program September 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Muskegon invites the public to a pilaf dinner on Sunday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy good conversation and meet new friends while experiencing Greek cuisine and watching dancers perform traditional Greek performances.

Food is available for take out.

The Annunciation Greeth Orthodox Church is located at 185 Pontaluna Rd. For more information, call (231) 799-0185 or visit www.annunciationmuskegon.mi.goarch.org.

Mentoring organization gets grant to help more at-risk youth

Mentoring organization gets grant to help more at-risk youth

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore is getting a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan.

Darcy Brady with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore says the money will allow professional staff to match five Muskegon County children on the organization’s waiting list with volunteers.   Currently more than 100 children are waiting to be enrolled or matched with an adult mentor.

The grant money will also be combined with other donations to pay for professionally trained match support specialists to monitor each Big-Little relationship.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore has served thousands of children, volunteers and families in Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, Mason and Lake counties since 1969.  The agency currently serves more than 150 children, including 16 students at Edgewood Elementary in Muskegon Heights. 

Run for Sight on August 31

Run for Sight on August 31

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Make a difference with the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ABVI) in West Michigan by taking part in this 5K run/walk at Pere Marquette Park Saturday, August 31.

Pere Marquette Park is located on Beech Street. Race registration will take place at 7 a.m. with the run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

The 5K is a non-competitive event for all ages.  The race is dog friendly, but dogs must be on leashes. An awards ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. for overall male and female winners.

For more event information, call  (231) 737-4717 or visit www.run4sight.com.  

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.