The ANNOUNCER December 2022

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Celebrates Allendale Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

ALLENDALE, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 3, 2022 – Honor celebrated the o cial ribbon cutting of its new Allendale Member Center on Friday, October 28th. Honor CEO, Scott McFarland, and Allendale’s Member Center Manager, Abbey Vaughan, began the celebration with a welcome to those in attendance, including Richard Atwell, representing the Honor Board of Directors and members of the Leadership Team present.

Extending his gratitude to the community and the stakeholders who helped make this member center a reality, McFarland commented, “We can’t do it without our volunteer board of directors. As a credit union, we know that’s what makes us special. We’re owned by our members, and our board is a volunteer board. They support our visions of growing in these communities, knowing that financial services are a valuable piece of any community.”

McFarland next introduced Member Center Manager Abbey Vaughan, who spoke on what it means to be new to the community, future relationships, providing a positive space, and the joy of being welcomed into Allendale.

Others who spoke at the ceremony included the Executive Director of the Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce, Rebecca Wildeboer, Allendale Charter Township Supervisor Adam Elenbaas, and Michigan State Representative, Luke Meerman.

The theme of community and belonging were of no shortage, as Wildeboer touched on the di erence Honor Credit Union makes and the feeling of belonging as you walk in the door. Allendale Charter Township Supervisor Adam Elenbaas echoed these words and commented, “we ‘get’ to do this everyday,” describing what it means to create a positive atmosphere and impact in the community.

Following the o cial ribbon cutting, guests enjoyed lunch from local business, Peppino’s of Allendale,complimentary Honor goodie bags, and networking amongst their peers.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony attendees included Honor’s Commercial Loan O cer James McLaughlin, Mortgage Loan Originator Jon Rodriguez, Regional Manager Amber Cuvelier, Member Experience Manager Amy Cook, Member Center Manager Abbey Vaughan, her team in Allendale, and several local business owners.

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Allendale Area

December Calendar of Events

*Please check with location or event before attending as information may have changed since publication

local events

Th, Dec 1


Graphic Novel Book Club at the LIbrary, 6175 Library Lane

School Aged Children | Discussing "I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic 1912" by Lauren Tarshis

Allendale Public High School Music presents Holiday Pops + Poinsettia Sale Th, Dec 1 7pm

Ceglarek Fine Arts Center, 10760 68th Ave

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Life Stream Church Fri, Dec 2 6 - 8pm

6561 Lake Michigan Dr |

Stuff the Truck - Food + Essential Drive and Meet Santa! | Fri, Dec 2 5 - 10pm

Non-perishable food + toiletries to fill Love Inc and Family Life's food pantries

Krafty Kids Event at Allendale Middle School, 10505 Learning Lane sat, dec 3 9am - 1pm

Come out and support your local crafy kids!

Holly Jolly Holiday Party at the Library, 6175 Library Lane Sat, Dec 3 10am - 12pm

Visit Santa, hug a Husky sled dog, participate in a scavenger hunt | Indoor + outdoor activies

Allendale's Holly Jolly Christmas Candy Hunt at Life Stream Church, 6561 Lake Michigan Dr Sat, Dec 3 10am

Christmas candy fun filled event supported by Mike Kelley - State Farm and Honor Credit Union

Superhero Holiday Party at Life Stream Church, 6561 Lake Michigan Dr sat, dec 3 11am - 1pm

Photo opps, gingerbread house making, face painting, cape making ($), hot dog vendor ($)

Santa Cabin Experience at Boschs Tree Farm, 10785 84th Ave, Sat, Dec 3 10am - 4pm

Horse/tractor ride, hot chocolate, visit Santa, Smore package | $10 pp

Santa Cabin Experience at Boschs Tree Farm, 10785 84th Ave, sun, dec 4 1-4pm

Horse/tractor ride, hot chocolate, visit Santa, Smore package | $10 pp

Gingerbread House Decorating for Teens at the Library, 6174 Library Lane mon, dec 5 6:30pm

Ages 11-17 | Register at via Event Calendar

Knitting for Allendale at the Library, 6175 Library Lane Tues, dec 6 2pm

Join us to knit for those in need, donations of yarn accepted if you don't knit

Painted Ornament Workshop at Trail Point Brewing Th, Dec 8


Hosted by The Art of Life | for tickets | $28 pp

Creative Dance at the Library with Lake Michigan Dance Academy, 6175 Library Lane Fri, Dec 9 10am

Ages 6 and under with caregiver

Coffee and Crafts at the Library, 6175 Library Lane Tues, Dec 13 10am

Make a Sea Glass Christmas Tree | Register at via Event Calendar

Card Games at the Library, 6175 Library Lane Tues, Dec 13 2pm

Come out and play Hand and Foot!

OAISD Play N Learn at the Library, 6175 Library Lane Th, Dec 15 10am

Ages 5 and under, story, finger plays, crafts and activities, receive a free book


Th, Dec 15 6:30pm

Join us to discuss this great book by Matt Haig

Knitting for Allendale at the Library, 6175 Library Lane

Adult Book Discussion of The Midnight Library, 6175 Library Lane tues, dec 20 2pm

Join us to knit for those in need, donations of yarn accepted if you don't knit

Friends of the Library Meeting, 6175 Library Lane tues, dec 20 6:30pm

Would you like to support the library? Join us as we develop friendships in our community!

Cocoa + Candy Canes at Peppinos, 5065 Lake Michigan Dr wed, dec 21 5-8pm

Meet Santa, decorate an ornament, Christmas dinner buffet, hot cocoa bar - walkins or resv

Holiday Card Making at the Library, 6175 Library Lane Th, Dec 22 10am - 2pm

Drop in any time and make some cards, for all ages!

Holiday Movie at the Library: The Grinch, 6175 Library Lane wed, dec 28 1:30pm

Come out and celebrate the holidays with a movie and free popcorn, for all ages!

all month

Christmas Tree Walk at Life Stream Church, 6-8pm dec 2 - Jan 2

Dornbos Family Light Show, 12385 92nd Ave, 6-9pm, Tune in at 95.1 Dec 3 - Dec 31

Dickens the Library Elf - find him first each day and win a prize! 6175 Library Lane Dec 1 - 23

Take and Make Activies for Kids + Teens at the Library, 6175 Library Lane Dec 1 - 31

every week

Walking Fit Club at Ivy Rehab // Karaoke at Main Street Pub // Trivia at Trail Point Brewing Tuesdays: Trivia at Main Street Pub Wednesdays: Live Music at The Tasting Room fridays: Live Music at Trail Point Brewing Saturdays:

at gvsu

GLORIA presented by Theatre at Grand Valley, 7:30pm Dec 1, 2, 3

Jazz Ensembles Concert at Haas Center for Performing Arts, 7:30pm Dec 1

WInd Symphony Concert at Haas Center for Performing Arts, 7:30pm Dec 2

GLORIA presented by Theatre at Grand Valley, 7:30pm Dec 4

GVSU vs Central State Womens Basketball at 1pm Dec 10

Dec 10/11

Fall Dance Concert at Haas Center for Performing Arts at 7pm/2pm

GVSU vs Davenport Women’s and Men’s Basketball at 1pm/3pm Dec 11

GVSU vs McKendree Men’s Basketball at 2pm Dec 18

GVSU vs Grace Christian Women’s Basketball at 4pm Dec 28

GVSU vs Lewis Women’s Basketball at 1pm Dec 31

GVSU vs Aquinas Men’s Basketball at 3pm Dec 31





DEC. 1 High School Holiday Pops Concert, 7:00 PM, Ceglarek Fine Arts Center

DEC 5 Y5 12th Winter Art Show, 5:30 PM 7:00 PM, Ceglarek Fine Arts Center Lobby

DEC. 8 Falcon Kids Choir Concert, 7:00 PM, Ceglarek Fine Arts Center

DEC. 10 SWE Tea, 11:00 AM, Ceglarek Fine Arts Center

DEC 12 Regular Board of Education Meeting, 6:00 PM, Oakwood Board Room

DEC. 13 Middle School Choir Concert, 6:30 PM, Ceglarek Fine Arts Center

DEC. 15 Middle School Band Concert, 6:30 PM, Ceglarek Fine Arts Center

DEC 19 Jan 2 Christmas Break No School

JAN. 3 School Resumes Y5 12th

Fall All Conference/Honorable Mention Athletes

Boys Cross Country

All Conference Aden Ashworth, Ronnie Silveira & Parker Tiethof

Honorable Mention Ben Gross & Kilian Whalen Girls Cross Country All Conference Ava Buhlman Football

All Conference Aaron Holstege, Cal Tenney & Tyler Sparks

Honorable Mention Noah Brose & Josh VanderMolen Boys Soccer

All Conference Caden Hessel & Brycen Marsman

Honorable Mention Brandon Kurmas Volleyball

All Conference Madi Derby & Sidney Slanger

Honorable Mention Sami Harris

Student-Athletes of the Season

Varsity Football Aaron Holstege

JV Football Drew Ashbay

FR Football Ashton Steele

Boys Cross Country Ben Gross

Girls Cross Country Ava Buhlman

Varsity Soccer Jack DeHaan

JV Soccer Jakob Karsten

Varsity Volleyball Ashlyn Reagan

JV Volleyball Brooke Blackburn

FR Volleyball Tessa Sparks

Girls Golf Alyssa Schroeder

Sideline Cheer Destiny Wiggins

Allendale High School staff and students honoring our Veterans on, Friday, November 11, at the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center.

Public Schools would like to thank our outgoing board members for their years of service to our staff and students: Chris Breen Scott MacDonald In addition, we would like to welcome our new board members: Corey Mango Liz Ramey


**Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information on events taking place** December 2022
Josh Thurkettle 2nd Term Athletic Boosters Fall

Celebrate the Season!

A Holiday performance by the FALCON KIDS CHOIR & DRUMTASTIX

Thursday, December 8, 2022

7:00 PM Ceglarek Fine Arts Center

1st Grade,

Boy Scout and AHS student, Jeremy Kloosterman, spent some of his summer and fall hours building picnic tables for the students at Oakwood Intermediate Mrs Luban shared with Jeremy last spring that the students would appreciate some place to sit and read or gather with friends at recess. Jeremy started to put a plan together last spring and finished the

tables this fall. Jeremy had several local businesses sponsor the purchase and building of the tables: Mike Kelly, State Farm Insurance; Allendale True Value; Valley Church and Meade Zolman Family Dentistry. The building of the tables will serve as a project for which Jeremy will earn his Eagle Scout status.

Teacher Recognition

Brooks DeBoode and Miles LaHaie from Mrs. Lyman's created a trap to catch a monster after reading How to Catch A Monster by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton. Mrs. Lee was WZZM's Teacher of the Week and Mrs. Weycker was WOODTV 8 Biggby Teacher of the Month!
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Township Board Mee�ngs

Township board mee�ngs are on December 12 at 6:00 pm and Wed. the 28th at 8am. You can find board agendas and minutes on our website: www.allendale

Holiday Closures

The office will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26. We will also be closed Friday, December 30 and Monday, January 2. During office closures, please u�lize our drop box for payments and other documents. It is open 24/7 and secure. Addi�onally, many of our services are available online. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!


Holiday Closures

The library will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Monday, December 26. The library will also be closed Saturday, December 31 and Monday, January 2. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

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foundation for her and her family. We o er counseling and advocates who walk our pregnant moms through every step of the process of having a child and beyond. We are happy to say that we still have relationships with moms who stayed with us 10, 15, and even 20 years ago! They are now giving back to other moms who are experi encing similar walks of life.

Whether you voted for or against proposal 3, I believe that everyone is concerned about the women who become pregnant as a result of rape, incest, sex tra ck ing, or are experiencing poverty. Many of these women feel forced into having an abortion because of these and other circumstances. The Family Life Center specializes in helping women that feel trapped by these di cult situa tions. We will help anyone who is experiencing an unex pected pregnancy that needs our resources. We primarily do this by providing housing, transportation and life skills training. We help moms identify their unique gifts and talents and help them put those to work building a solid

If you have had an abortion in the past or you know someone who has, we also have women who have experi enced abortions and are interested in privately sharing their healing journey with others. You are not alone!

For more information and ways you can help, visit our website

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