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Belding cleans up ahead of Gus Macker Tournament

Belding cleans up ahead of Gus Macker Tournament

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding needs help cleaning up downtown ahead of the  annual Gus Macker Tournament.

Volunteers are needed to weed and clear landscape Saturday morning.  Those interested in helping should be in the City Hall parking lot at 9 a.m.  For more information, call Andrea at (616) 240-1472.

The original Gus Macker Tournament started in the McNeal family driveway in Lowell, back in 1974.  After 13 years in Lowell, the 3-on-3 basketball tournament moved to Belding.  This is the 40th year for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, which will take place August 3-4.  

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Stock up on book favorites during book fair July 8-9

Stock up on book favorites during book fair July 8-9

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Summer is the perfect time for children to catch up on reading, and now the Flat River Community Library is offering a deal to help you stock up on your favorite titles.

The Scholastic Buy One, Get One Book Fair runs from Monday July 8 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.  Flat River Community Library is located at 200 W. Judd St. in Greenville.  For more information, call (616) 754-6359.

Summer reading contest winner gets trip to the Capitol

Summer reading contest winner gets trip to the Capitol

GREENVILLE, Mich.—One lucky child will win a trip to the Capitol to see how state government works, as part of a summer reading contest involving Flat River Community Library in Greenville.

State Rep. Rick Outman is partnering with libraries in his district to encourage children to read this summer, keeping their skills sharp for the start of another school year.

"Kids who read are able to experience new places and ideas they may never encounter elsewhere," Outman said. "Keeping that curiosity and quest for knowledge fresh during the summer months is very important.

Local author signing copies of 'The Fire Within' May 18

Local author signing copies of 'The Fire Within' May 18

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Pamela Bush will be signing copies of her book, “The Fire Within” in Greenville May 18.

The Stanton native’s book takes readers through her son’s battle with Crohn’s disease, his spiritual struggle, and the experimental attempts to save his life.

The book signing event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robbins Booklist, located at 320 S. Lafayette in Greenville.

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Visitors are encouraged to enjoy food, fun and fiber as the Michigan Fiber Fiesta returns to Greenville May 11.

The event will feature the latest yarns, wools and textiles, as well as a spinning cirle, demonstrations and live animals. More than 30 vendors will attend the Michigan Fiber Fiesta, including:

Time is running out to get your free gardening plot

Time is running out to get your free gardening plot

BELDING, Mich.—Planting season is here, and if you don’t have a space, the city of Belding may be able to help.

Two spaces are left in the Belding Community Garden.  The plots are free, but going fast. If you’d like to sign up for a 4’x8’ space, call (616) 240-1472 or visit City Hall to fill out an application form. Organizers of the community garden will hold a new gardener orientation meeting Wednesday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the garden, located at 541 Orchard St. 

This is the second year for the Belding Community Garden, which is a group effort led by the Belding Community Garden Group, the city, and Belding Area Schools.  Last month, the city won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 Community Excellence Award for the garden program.

At the Belding Community Garden, green thumbs can plant whatever they want on their own schedule.  All abundant or designated vegetables are donated once a week to the Belding Food Pantry.