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Garden club hosting Extension specialist

Drain fields need protection. And even just growing grass above a drain field still requires occasional mowing. But Beth Clawson, a specialist with Michigan State University Extension, has an alternative: Plant a flower bed.

She’ll be speaking Thursday at the Thornapple Garden Club meeting, explaining why a flowerbed may work better than grass.

The public is welcome at the meeting at the Episcopal Parish House, 315 W. Center St., Hastings. The meeting will begin at 6:30 with refreshments; the presentation will start at 7 p.m. The business part of the meeting will follow the presentation. 

Membership information for the club can be obtained through club president Janet Smith, 269-795-9109, or membership chair Rose Ann Lipsch, 269-945-3242.



Hastings Live kicks off fully this week



Hastings City Band presented its second concert, “A Night on Broadway” last night at the Thornapple Plaza in downtown Hastings, kicking off the first full week of Hastings Live.

The summer concert series provides free music for residents and visitors Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

The first Playing at the Plaza program of the season is at 11 a.m. today, June 13, at the Spray Plaza. Mime Rob Reider will entertain youngsters and their families as he has been doing for 40 years.

Fridays at the Fountain will kick off at noon June 14 with “Elvis” James McKay. Performances are on the lawn of the Barry County Courthouse.

The first of the Friday Night Features will welcome vintage rhythm and blues funk band Valerie Barrymore (aka Queen of Funk) and the Foundation of Funk at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Thornapple Plaza.

All concerts are free, and guests should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.



HHS alumni gearing up for banquet



The Hastings High School classes of 1944 and 1969 will celebrate significant anniversary years at the Aug, 23 alumni banquet. The class of 1944 will mark its 75th year since graduation, and the class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th year since that milestone. 

Members of these classes – and all others from Hastings High School – are invited to attend the alumni banquet the Friday of Summerfest, Aug. 23, at the First Presbyterian Church. Tickets will be available June 15 at Hastings Public Library, the General Store on South Jefferson Street, and from alumni board members for $25 per ticket. 

Nominations are open for Alumnus of the Year, which will be presented at the banquet. Any Hastings graduate may be nominated. Those wishing to nominate an alumnus are encouraged to send a letter detailing the reason for the nomination. Supporting letters also may be sent for the nominee.

The letters will then be reviewed by the alumni board, which will select for Alumnus of the Year. Letters must be submitted by July 15 to Lois Bowers, Board President, 102 E. Clinton, Hastings, MI 49058.

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