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Thornapple Wind Band performing tomorrow


The Thornapple Wind Band will launch its 2019-20 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Hastings Performing Arts Center.

The band, composed of adult musicians from throughout Barry County and beyond, presents four or five free concerts each year at various venues. This year, all concerts will be at the performing arts center. Each concert is followed by a chance to meet the musicians and light refreshments.

Donations at the performances go toward materials, and song sponsorships are available.

More information is available online.

Hastings library to be closed for upgrades


Due to scheduled system maintenance at Hastings Public Library, patrons will be unable to check out materials or search the electronic catalog from 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, through Tuesday, Oct. 29. Digital downloads will also be unavailable during this time.

The library also will be closed all day Tuesday, Oct. 29, for staff training.

The library will be re-open Wednesday, Oct. 30.


Dementia Friendly Coalition hosting discussion


Dementia Friendly Barry County Coalition will host a community conversation about creating a dementia-friendly community Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Barry Community Enrichment Center, 231 S. Broadway, Hastings.

The coalition seeks to raise public awareness about dementia and how to best interact with people who have it so they can stay in the community.

Karla Fales, chief executive officer of Carewell Services Southwest, will lead the interactive discussion to identify the needs in the community and what it means to be a dementia-friendly community.

"We are looking for input from community members, caregivers and people, whether they think they are affected now or will be in the future," Fales said.

A demonstration also is scheduled to help people understand what dementia feels like to the affected individual. Participants also will walk away resource materials and light refreshments will be served.

RSVPs for the interactive conversation may be made by calling the Commission on Aging, 269-948-4856.


MSP Post planning citizen’s academy


The Michigan State Police Wayland Post will host a citizens’ academy, Nov. 5-21. The three-week academy will give citizens the opportunity to become familiar with the mission and operation of the MSP, understand the procedures troopers follow, increase their awareness of law enforcements role in the community, and get to know personnel at the Wayland Post.

The Citizens’ Academy will meet at Gun Lake Tribal Police Complex conference room Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A graduation ceremony is planned Nov. 21. The program and information are free.

Individuals who are interested in attending the citizens’ academy may call Trooper. Stephen Wood 269-397-0244 or email to receive an application or they may stop in or call the Wayland Post 269-792-2213. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1.


Women’s Giving Circle to meet Nov. 6


The philanthropic Women’s Giving Circle of Barry County will have its next quarterly meeting Nov. 6 at The Legacy in Hastings.

The meeting will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. Members pay for their own dinner and donate $50 to a local organization (or $30 for those under 30)

Annie Halle will be the first speaker. She will tell the group how the donations from the August meeting will be used to benefit the Early Education Initiative Fund of the Barry Community Foundation.  The second speaker will be Lauren Tripp, representing the Type 1 Diabetes Fund of the Barry Community Foundation.

The Nov. 6 meeting also will serve as the annual meeting, and speakers for the upcoming year will be determined at this annual gathering.

RSVPs for this meeting must be received by Friday, Nov. 1, via email to or by calling 616-891-0325. Information will be emailed to interested women, who may join the Women’s Giving Circle at any time. The Women’s Giving Circle of Barry County Michigan also has a Facebook page.


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