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Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

The public is invited to experience sky objects above, 2 Saturdays a month through October at the James C. Veen Observatory.

Visitors have the opportunity to experience the night skies on Saturday, September 24 from 8:30pm to midnight with Veen Observatory telescopes and member’s equipment. The night sky will feature Saturn and Neptune, along with deep Sky Objects such as nebulas, galaxies & various star clusters.This is also a chance to tour the facility & check out the audio visual presentation about the Observatory & the GRAAA.

This Public Night takes place only if the sky is clear. Starting times vary with the sunset. It is a quarter mile walk from the parking area to the top of the hill. If need, ask the lot attendant about assistance to the Observatory.

James C. Veen Observatory is located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Twp., MI 49331.

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Parents want the best education for their children. Increased engagement with their child’s school gives them an opportunity to see that through. School choices continue to emerge, with online education thriving amongst families in the United States with a 58 percent increase in enrollment since 2010.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a tuition free school serving students in grades 6-12. As an online school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy allows local families from communities like city to learn from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever there is an internet connection. Enrollment numbers continue to increase with this learning model because of satisfaction with virtual education, the level of expertise through online institutions and the rigorous curriculum of the offered programs. One of the primary benefits of Great Lakes Cyber Academy is the level of parent engagement across all grade levels.

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Approximately 94 percent of parents whose children are enrolled at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids would recommend the school, according to a recent parent satisfaction survey. The blended learning school delivers a combination of online and face-to-face instruction in an engaging and flexible educational setting committed to making each student’s success a priority, .

The 2015-16 survey was administered by an independent market research company, which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results. High marks were achieved with 89 percent of Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids parents giving the school an A or B grade.

Public Night at Veen Observatory on August 13

Public Night at Veen Observatory on August 13

The Grand Rapid Amateur Astronomical Association invite the sky enthusiast to this Saturday’s observing night, as long as the sky is clear.

This is an opportunity to experience the moon, Mars, the rings of the planet, Saturn, along with deep sky objects through the Observatory & member’s telescopes. Guests can also tour the facility & check out the audio visual GRAAA & Observatory presentation.

Visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday, August 13 from 9:30pm to midnight. Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years & younger, free for children under 5 years of age.

Call the Starwatch number: (616)897-7065 for weather condition or sky updates. Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Sand Sculpture Contest

Sand Sculpture Contest

The Grand Haven, Spring Lake & Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce invite residents & visitors to take part in this sand art building activity this Saturday.

After 2 hours of sand creating, individuals, teams & families will be judged and awarded prizes on their unique presentation.

Get your sand sculpture plans & tools in order.The Grand Haven City Beach is the place to be from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, August 13.

Go on-line to www.visitgrandhaven.com for more information.

Jazz in the Park on July 25

Jazz in the Park on July 25

Monday nights, Ah Nab Awen Park comes alive with Jazz!

Gustavo Cortinas brings the music traditions from his home, Mexico to the public. Jazz has been a part of his life since age 10 and now performs a new and fresh sound, in Chicago, along with touring Latin America, Europe, Asia & the United States.

Venture to the Park, located at 220 Front Avenue NW in Grand Rapids with your family or friends on Monday, July 25 from 6:30pm through 8:30pm to experience this composer - educator & band.

Call: (616)490-9506 or visit www.wmichjazz.org for more information.

Public Night on Saturday

Public Night on Saturday

Astronomical enthusiast are in for a real treat on Saturday.

The Grand Rapid Amateur Astronomical Association invite the public to their observing night, as long as the skies are clear. Enthusiast have the opportunity to experience the rings of the planet, Saturn, along with Mars, galaxies, star clusters & nebulas with the Observatory & member’s telescopes. Guests can also tour the facility & check out the audio visual GRAAA & Observatory presentation.

Visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30pm to midnight.

Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed.

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years & younger, free for children under 5 years of age.