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My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon community members are encouraged to honor fallen heroes and their families while paying tribute to local law enforcement during the annual Muskegon Police Officers Memorial Service this Wednesday, May 14.

This year’s ceremony is being moved to the Paul C. Johnson Pavillion at Heritage Landing, because of construction at the Hall of Justice.  The memorial will begin at 6 p.m.  Lt. Christopher McIntire, commander of the Michigan State Police Rockford post, will be the guest speaker.

My Town: Celebrating mom on a budget this Mother's Day

My Town: Celebrating mom on a budget this Mother's Day

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--  Mother’s Day is this weekend and Muskegon County businesses and organizations have some free and inexpensive ways to help you celebrate.

On May 10, children and teenagers who visit Walker Memorial Library in North Muskegon can create a pot filled with flowers for mom for free.  The pots, dirt and flowers will be provided from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  For more information, call (231) 744-6080.

Children in Muskegon can also harness their artistic skills for mom at Hackley Library on May 10.  From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the library will be hosting Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids.  

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town GR West: Three-year-old to be honored during arthritis walk

My Town GR West: Three-year-old to be honored during arthritis walk

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The date is set for a walk to benefit the more than 50 million Americans suffering from arthritis.

The John Ball Park Zoo will host the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 3. The walk is a non-competitive three mile journey to benefit research and programs provided by the Arthritis Foundation.  This year’s event will honor 3-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 2 years.  Mackenzie is among the 300,000 children and 50 million adults in the United States faced with arthritis.

To register for this year's walk or for additional information, visit the event website here or call (616) 949-9938.

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities will come to Grand Haven early as the Loutit District Library presents the Mona Shores High School Fiddlers on March 9 for an afternoon of popular Irish fiddle music as part of the library’s Sunday concert series.

This free concert begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Library officials are encouraging the public to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The MSF was formed in 1996 by the retired Mona Shores High School orchestra director, Timothy Staudacher, to create an alternative style for string players that revolved around the performance of folk music from various cultures. The fiddlers are lead by current high school orchestra director, Samer Jeroudi, who is in his third year.

My Town Muskegon: Districts promise accountability if millage is approved Feb. 25

My Town Muskegon: Districts promise accountability if millage is approved Feb. 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  Community members are encouraged to head to the polls Tuesday, Feb. 25 to vote on a technology and security enhancement millage request by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

According to MAISD, the proposed one-mill, ten-year property tax increase would provide about $161 in direct per-student funding to 11 local public school districts to pay for upgrades to technology and security. The millage would mean the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 would pay $50 more per year for ten years.

 MAISD Superintendent Dave Sipka says if the millage passes, all 11 districts have agreed to compile comprehensive reports that will detail how the tax dollars are spent.