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Poppy days return Thursday in Hastings and Other Events

American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days mark the nearing of Memorial Day, and this is the 99th year the Legion has distributed poppies in remembrance of war dead.

Financial donations serve the needs of active-duty military members, their families and veterans in a variety of ways.

American Legion veterans will be accepting donations at Kmart, Family Fare and Walmart in Hastings from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18.


Women’s club to learn about invasive species

Member Sue Gray, chair of the conservation committee, will give a presentation on invasive species at the next GFWC-Hastings Women’s Club meeting Friday, May 17.

The meeting will begin at noon, with lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m.

Linda Clayton, president of the Guiding Harbor Foundation, will share information on Girls Town.

The club also will make donations to the Hastings Public Library and the Barry County YMCA.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Monthly meetings are at the Commission on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, and feature speakers presenting local volunteer information and topics that impact the community.

Reservations and more information can be obtained by calling club president, Joann Logan, at 269-945-9782.


Charlton Park venue for shoreline workshop

The Barry Conservation District and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute will host a shoreline workshop Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Recreation and development along the lakes of Barry County can cause erosion and reduce natural habitat. Restoring natural shorelines can protect property from high wave energy and erosion, while promoting water quality for recreation and wildlife habitat for fisheries.

Attendees will learn how to get the shoreline to work for them be designing it to protect against erosion, maintain water quality and provide great habitat, all while looking beautiful.

Due to grant funding, the workshop is being offered for $10 including lunch. Space is limited. Those who would like to register may call David, 269-908-4099.


COA Walkathon ready cook up some fun

A silent auction has been taking place at the Barry County Commission on Aging on Woodlawn Avenue in Hastings and will continue until May 18 at 10 a.m. The cooking-themed gift baskets up for bid can be viewed on the Barry County COA Facebook page. The end of the silent auction marks the beginning of the COA’s largest fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program

An apron contest is planned during the upcoming walkathon. Participants are encouraged to find or create an apron and wear it during the walk. A $25 gift card and a baking set will be given to the person with the best overall apron. A $20 gift card will be given to the participant with the funniest apron. Prizes will be awarded at a luncheon after the walk for the youngest walker, wisest walker, the team that raises the most money, and individual who raises the most money. Prizes range from gift cards to handmade afghans.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The walk will start at 10 a.m. Volunteers will hand out items such as cookies, baking mixes, squishy trinkets, bottled water and more at stops along the route.

No one will leave empty-handed, and 100 percent of all money collected will stay in Barry County.


Bizon to visit Hastings May 20

Sen. John Bizon, M.D., R- Battle Creek, will host office hours in Barry County May 20.

Office hours are open to residents of the 19th Senate District to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

Bizon will be available to meet with constituents between 10 and 11 a.m. in the Hastings City Hall council chamber, 201 E. State St., Hastings.

The 19th Senate District includes Barry, Calhoun and Ionia counties.

More information is available by calling Bizon’s office toll-free, 855-347-8019, or emailing Residents unable to attend the office hours may write to Sen. John Bizon, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536.


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