All posts by Erin Holden

Battle of the Birdhouses

A challenge for nature lovers and craftsmen alike is currently underway with Battle of the Birdhouses, a challenge where registered groups compete to create the most impressive birdhouse for a nonprofit auction! Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation created this contest/auction as a fundraiser for their busiest year yet. As it is one of their

Communication is Key

Now that wearing masks in public is pervasive—and mandatory in shared indoor spaces— most have adapted to the accompanying challenges. It can be difficult to breath, it’s hot, you might experience skin irritations, and so on. For community members who are Deaf and hard of hearing, masks have created communication challenges, animpediment that hearing people

DIY fun with Buff City Soap

Buff City Soap in Holland just celebrated their one-year anniversary with a plan to open up a new location in Westgate Village Shopping Center. If you haven’t dropped in one of their stores yet, Buff City Soap takes their method of creating soaps of all kinds with natural ingredients, vibrant colors and wild patterns, and

We’re Digging It

The Olander Park System recently opened their Fossil Park Digging Quarry, so now your aspiring paleontologists can get back to digging and learning! The Park is open for limited hours, and reservations are mandatory, a policy that ensures park staff can enforce social distancing guidelines for everyone’s safety. Masks are highly encouraged in all areas

Cuts for Kids

Do your kids absolutely dread getting haircuts? Join the club. Luckily, there is a local option that will make your little ones forever change their opinions about getting a trim: Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids. They offer a playground, TVs at each haircut station, and even monster truck seating! Bonus: Cookie Cutters’ stylists don’t exclusively

Clay High School wins national competition

Competing with 500 schools nationwide, Clay High School in Oregon managed to place second by showing off their artistic prowess on a unique canvas— Vans tennis shoes. The 11th annual Vans Custom Culture high school competition earned the Clay’s art program $10,000 for their win in the digital category, along with a digital lesson from