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Morning Buzz: December 17

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Morning Buzz for Thursday, Dec. 17
Posted at 11:37 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 11:37:56-05

1. Last night, the staff of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital brought the Christmas spirit to patients. They hosted their Mary and Brite holiday light event for patients and their families.

Modeled after the Christmas Light Show at Fifth Third Ballpark, patients were wheeled or walked through the light displays throughout the Mary Free Bed outdoor therapy garden. There were other activities too a hot cocoa bar, carolers, and crafts.

2. Plans for Tulip Time have officially been announced for 2021.

Events include traditional ones like the Tulip Time Artisan Market, the Tulip Time Run (both in-person or virtual,) and some new events such as the Tulip Immersion Garden at Duton Park and a new exhibit at the Holland Civic Center Place showing off the fashion and history of Dutch dance costumes.

Stay updated on Tulip Time events at tuliptime.com.

3. Even though they can't hit the court right now due to the pandemic, the Hudsonville girls basketball team is still making a big difference in the community, partnering with local law enforcement and businesses to bring kids some holiday cheer.

Thanks to Meijer and members of Fit Body Boot Camp around West Michigan, over 500 kids in the West Michigan area are getting gifts this holiday season. That includes in Hudsonville where law enforcement and the girls basketball team handed out presents and Meijer gift cards to families in need on Wednesday.

The Big Give is still accepting donations this holiday season. If you would like to help kids in need here in West Michigan, you can find more information on our website.

4. Hat's off to Alaska Airlines! For novelty, in a new coronavirus safety awareness blitz to help you dance your virus worries away when you fly with them.

The western-based airline is reinforcing COVID safety, with a music video starring its own employees, set to the 1983 hit "The Safety Dance."

Alaska Airlines proclaimed its virus safety in mask requirements, hand-washing recommendations, and even HEPA air filtration systems in the video.

5. Get your sweet tooth ready because today is National Maple Syrup Day!

You can celebrate by making a breakfast fit for real maple syrup- and posting a photo of it using the social media hashtag #MapleSyrupDay.

The U.S. was the biggest producer of maple syrup until the 19-30's. Canada now has the lead, producing about 70-percent of all the world's syrup.