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Scenes from 'The Nutcracker' at Spring Lake District Library

Scenes from 'The Nutcracker' at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--The Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company is taking "The Nutcracker" to the Spring Lake District Library.

A troupe of ballet students will perform selections from the production Monday, December 2 at 7 p.m. The dancing, costumes and music of this classic holiday show are sure to capture the imagination of children of all ages.  Children age seven and younger who attend the performance must be accompanied by an adult.  Attendance is limited to 70 people.

For more information, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

Company transforms roof into wildlife habitat

Company transforms roof into wildlife habitat

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A wildlife habitat is now gracing the roof of a Grand Rapids area home.

Tom Newhouse designed and built his home and design studio in 1978 as a solar, earth-sheltered, low energy place, complete with a green roof.  The project won a national design award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Environmental Protection Agency at the time.

Last year, when upgrades were needed for his roof, Newhouse found Advanced Green Architecture.  Workers with the Grand Rapids business replaced his aging roof with a new modular green roof system that supports wildlife. AGA reused existing plants from the original green roof and added more than 30 varieties of Michigan native plants.  Workers also planted wildflower seeds, added a small pond to attract birds, insects and frogs, and installed a walking path and seating area.

Local businesses offering freebies for moms this Mother's Day

Local businesses offering freebies for moms this Mother's Day

West Michigan businesses are honoring moms this Mother’s Day by offering freebies.

In Grand Rapids, moms can get in free to the Grand Rapids Children Museum on Sunday, May 12.  Admission is also free for moms who visit the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek with children or grandchildren in tow.

When it comes to food, Hooters has moms covered Sunday, offering free entrees (up to $10)  for mothers who bring a kid along and buy any drink.  Hooters has 10 locations in Michigan, including a restaurant in Portage.

And don’t forget dessert!  TCBY is offering a free six ounce ‘Fro-Yo’ to mother’s this Mother’s Day weekend.  Muskegon has a TCBY stand at the K-Mart Shopping Center on Henry Street.

A River Runs Through It: Fly Fishing for Men

A River Runs Through It: Fly Fishing for Men

All men are invited to a morning of fly fishing instruction at Dominican Center at Marywood

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. All men are invited to Dominican Center at Marywood for a morning of good times, fellowship, expert fly fishing advice with hands-on instruction and a hearty cookout. Glen Blackwood of Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company will be our fishing guide, leading an introduction to fly fishing with a focus on fly casting; Brian Plachta will be our spiritual guide.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you are sure to pick up some great tips on how to fine tune your fishing techniques. You'll be ready to tackle any of Michigan's waterways.

WMEAC Film Series

WMEAC Film Series

Get inspired to take sustainable action!  The WMEAC Film Series is a fun and accessible program designed to educate the West Michigan community on pressing environmental issues by offering screenings as an opportunity to engage audiences, inspiring them toward sustainable action. This is demonstrated throughout the series with expert speakers and panelists.  

We're bringing back our environmental film series this winter with the West Michigan premiere of Promised Land, the first full-length feature film focused on the controversial topic of fracking, at Celebration Cinema! North.  The series continues with a slate of four monthly documentaries to be screened at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on the first Tuesday of each month. 

Promised Land
Friday, January 4, 7:30 p.m.
Celebration Cinema!

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co

The Birds

The Birds

A while back I wrote an article about some birds my friend told me about that gather in the downtown area coming from the east and west in Grand Rapids.

Last evening while traveling on the expressway from the west side about 5:45-6:00pm, my friend Pat and I witnessed all these birds. It was amazing; there were thousands of them in the air.

I am following up with this in hopes that someone out there can give me some insight as to why this happens, what kind of birds are they and where are all these birds coming from? I know birds gather in flocks like this in the fall but to see this in the winter is something else.

Do you have some information for me on this?