- Friday, Dec. 11 & Monday, Dec. 14, 1 pm
United States Naturalization Ceremonies: 120 permanent residents from nearly 60 countries around the world will become US citizens in Grand Haven, Michigan in the coming days. At a time in our world when fear of the other is making daily headlines, please join us in sending a different message to our newest citizens, to our community and to our country. A message that racial, ethnic, cultural and religious differences are valued and provide us with opportunities to grow and flourish. Let us speak with one voice that says we all belong within the circle of humanity. Please join us to share in this most sacred occasion and welcome our newest citizens. The Loutit Library will host two naturalization ceremonies conducted by a federal judge and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Join LEDA and Loutit Library in welcoming our new citizens. We will greet the soon-to-be citizens as they come into the library, observe the naturalization ceremony, and join our new US citizens for refreshments following their induction. Please arrive by 12:50 pm. Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, Michigan.
- Sun, Dec 20, 4:30 pm
15th Holland Community Kwanzaa Celebration: “The Year of Yes.” Event will include traditional Kwanzaa presentations plus a diverse panel of participants and guests. Scholarship funds will be raised to assist two area African American high school graduates. (616) 392-1711. Email email@example.com. At Maple Avenue Ministries, 427 Maple Ave, Holland.
- Wed, Jan 6, 2016, 12:30 pm
Calvin College January Series opens: “Harvesting Hope and Cultivating Minds: Stories from the South Bronx,” with educator Stephen Ritz, a Top Ten Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, who believes “students should not have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one.” He works on embedding concepts of sustainability, food, energy, and environmental justice into K-12 programming and beyond. http://www.calvin.edu/january At Calvin College Fine Arts Center, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids. In Holland, shown live-stream at Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Rd.
- Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 7 pm
Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Lecture. Keynote speaker is Hope College graduate David A. Paul. His lecture, “Dare to be BOLD,” will examine King’s early life and career and “what causes a man to aggressively fight against injustice.” A particular focus will be Dr. King’s courage to lead despite continuous and real threats to his life. At Dimnent Memorial Chapel, College Ave at 12th St, Holland.
Submitted by Reyna Masko