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Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A West Michigan business is tapping into the Christmas spirit, one dollar at a time.

Throughout the holiday season, West Side Beer Distributing is teaming up with the businesses it supplies to sell paper Christmas ornaments for $1 each. All of the proceeds will go to God’s Kitchen; Love, Inc.; Montcalm County Food Bank; Ionia County Food Bank; South Central Michigan Food Bank in Kalamazoo; and the Lansing Area Food Bank.

West Side Beer Distributing has been donating paper Christmas ornaments for the fundraiser for 19 years.  In that time, the business has collected more than $175,000 in donations to local food banks.

How to stay healthy during the holiday season

How to stay healthy during the holiday season

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The holiday season is here-- a time for shopping, gift exchanges and sumptuous holiday treats and meals.

But when the holidays are over, it's endless lines at the return counter and anxiety over all that weight gain. So why wait to lose the weight?  Did you know that most traditional holiday fare can be healthy? How can we enjoy those traditional holiday meals and yet avoid gaining all the weight and stay healthy?

“Actually, our traditional holiday meals – such as turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie - can be very healthy and have less total calories than the meals eaten any other day of the week,” said Jeanette Waite, registered dietitian at the H.E.A.R.T.

Muskegon Farmer's Market nears fundraising goal

Muskegon Farmer's Market nears fundraising goal

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  The Downtown Development Corporation is in the final stretch of fundraising for Muskegon’s new Farmer’s Market.

Project managers say slightly more than $300,000 is needed to meet their goal.  The final donations will complete a community kitchen, landscaping and a picnic area at the farmer’s market, which will be located downtown.  Developers hope to finish and open the $3.8 million venue on May 1, 2014.

"We are excited to see this project take shape and are confident it will be a catalyst for additional development downtown," says Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron.

To donate to the Farmer’s Market project, visit  http://www.cffmc.org/give or send a check to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon, 49440.

'Holidays on the Lakeside' returns December 7

'Holidays on the Lakeside' returns December 7

MUSKEGON, Mich.--In its 10th year, "Holidays on the Lakeside"  will kick off this year with a tree lighting ceremony  on Friday, Dec. 6.

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at Pocket Park.  Live entertainment and treats will also be provided.

The festivities on Saturday run from 11 a.m.  until 2 p.m. Families can experience joyful carolers, carriage rides, Santa at the Harbor Theater and baked goods from the community bake sale at the Lakeside Center. There are even raffle baskets of Lakeside goodies and gift certificates available; each sale will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

For more information, visit www.lakesidedistrict.com.  

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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Birds created by students on display at Nuveen Community Center for the Arts

Birds created by students on display at Nuveen Community Center for the Arts

MONTAGUE, Mich. (Nuveen Community Center for the Arts)-- Watch your head as you enter the Nuveen Community Center for the Arts during the Fall into the Arts exhibit of 2013. A giant dragonfly or a flying anvil may be dangling overhead! Or a “rakish” owl, a time capsule goose, or a winged manikin may pop out to say hello. Artwork from over a hundred students at ten area schools covers the Nuveen walls, reflecting the theme “Things with Wings” as a final nod to the bird-related exhibits hosted by the Nuveen throughout 2013. 

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized