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Eco Stewardship Work Day on April 9

Eco Stewardship Work Day on April 9

The public is invited to volunteer to help maintain trails, restore habitat & clean up streams on the 143 acre site of Blandford Nature Center on Saturday, April 9.

This work day from 9:30am though 12:30pm will give volunteers a learning experience about plants & animals that can be used at their schools, parks & their own backyards.

Dress with good work shoes & warm clothes to take part in this Eco Stewardship Day at Blandford Nature Center located at 115 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

Visit www.blandfordnaturecenter.org for more information.  

Monday Night Jazz

Monday Night Jazz

The Mike Frost Project jazz band has released 3 CD’s that have earned them national airplay & ranked in the Jazz Week charts for several months.

Mike Frost on sax, along with his members, Bill Boris on guitar, Dave Rosin, on bass & David Hilliker on drums will give a memorable jazz performance this Monday, February 15 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

The West Michigan Jazz Society invites the community to the Guest House located at 634 Stocking Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan for this jazz evening.

Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members and includes a meal.

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

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Make a difference by volunteering for individuals to help improve their reading, writing and English language skills!

The Literacy Center of West Michigan, located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240 in GR is offering volunteer orientation sessions on Tuesday, February 9 from 2-3pm & Thursday, February 11 from 6-7pm.

Register at (616)459-5151 or at info@literacycenterwm.org

Visit www.literacycenterwm.org for upcoming orientation sessions.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Ugly Sweater Run Returns

Ugly Sweater Run Returns

For the fifth year, celebrate the upcoming holidays by joining thousands of others in the national merriest walk/run in your ugliest festive sweater.

Don’t miss out on a merry good time at Calder Plaza located at 250 Monroe Avenue NW #50 on Saturday, December 5 at 12pm/noon. Register today for this roughly 3.1 mile trek through the city streets & scenic parks with holiday themed stations at every mile.

Register at www.theuglysweaterrun.com & for more details.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky for the last time until next April. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

Don’t miss the final public observing night on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm for the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune & Gibbous Moon.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township. These Observing Nights are brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Note: The Parking area is at the bottom of a quarter mile uphill walk. Ask parking lot attendant about available assistance. Public Observing Nights take place only when skies are clear on Saturday evening.