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Straw for pets available Saturday

The Barry County Humane Society will be at the Barry County Animal Shelter, 540 N. Industrial Drive, Hastings, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, giving straw away.

Cold weather is here and the Humane Society wants to help ensure animals stay warm and dry. Anyone my stop by Saturday morning to get a free bag of straw.

After Saturday, the animal shelter will have straw available while it lasts.


Orangeville church hosting live nativity

Orangeville Baptist Church representatives invite the public to a live nativity presentation beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

The presentation will be outdoors, so organizers are encouraging visitors to dress for weather conditions. Afterward, cookies and hot chocolate will be available inside.

The church is at 6921 Marsh Road, Orangeville.

More information is available by calling 269-664-4377.


Bird club to learn about rocks

Barry County Bird Club members will get a lesson on something else they may encounter while outdoors during a meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. 

Guest speaker Randy Kursinsky will present a slide show to help guests identify common beach rocks in Michigan, including fossils and man-made materials. The presentation will be oriented toward beginner and intermediate collectors.

A large display of these rocks will be included in the presentation. Guests may bring rocks to the meeting, and Kursinsky will attempt to identify them.

Light refreshments will be served.  There is no charge for admission and anyone may attend.

The meeting will be at the 911 Dispatch Center, 2600 Nashville Road, Hastings.


Parkinson’s group to celebrate Christmas Wednesday

The Barry County Parkinson Support Group will host a Christmas celebration Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Barry County Commission on Aging. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature musical entertainment and sing-along by Eddie Francisco.

Francisco entertains at venues throughout West Michigan and is returning to the Barry County Parkinson meeting by popular demand.  Appetizers and Christmas treats will be available.

The Commission on Aging is at 320 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings.

More information is available by calling Tammy Pennington, 269-948-4856, or emailing


Nonprofit groups invited to New Year’s Eve celebration

The 11th annual New Year's Eve Community Celebration in downtown Hastings is almost here, complete with music, dancing, children's activities, a warming tent, an ice sculpture, a sound and light show, and the ball drop at midnight!

Community nonprofit organizations again are invited to set up tables or booths for displays and to distribute or sell items or refreshments. Interested persons may make the required advance arrangements by calling 269-838-8407.


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