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Sugarbush Festival Returns

Sugarbush Festival Returns

For the 47th year, Blandford Nature Center invites maple enthusiast to this sweet spring activity!

The chance awaits you to learn how maple syrup is created from the dripping sap of the tree to the end product for a taste test. It’s an all-day event of family fun with wildlife encounters, hands-on experiences, draft horses, fun treats and more.

Drive the family down to Blandford Nature Center located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00am – 4:00pm for this famous sweet arrival of spring celebration!

Tickets: $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

Visit: www.blandfordnaturecenter.org for tickets online or get them at the door.

Taste of Soul Sunday

Taste of Soul Sunday

The Grand Rapids Public Library invites the public to celebrate African American month with a fun-filled Sunday afternoon.

This celebration showcases African American history, art, music and FOOD from 1:00pm - 4:30pm. Bring your family for this free popular event at on Sunday, February 19 at the Main Library located at 111 Library Street NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Call: (616)988-5400 or visit: www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul for more information.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

All ages are invited to discover the activity taking place in the woods during the winter months at Blandford Nature Visitor’s Center.

Register soon to experience woodland habitat while walking on top of the snow on Saturday, February 18. From 2-3pm, guests will discover the many tracks, homes, scat and even the chance to see the natural warm covers that cloth these Michigan mammals during the winter months.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504. See Cost online before Registering.

Call: (616)735-6240 or visit: www.blandfordnaturecenter.org to Register.

13th Annual Coopersville Chili Cook-Off

13th Annual Coopersville Chili Cook-Off

This Cook-Off is on Saturaday, February 25, 2017 at the Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center, located at 375 Main St. in Coopersville. Phone 616-997-8555

The event is limited to 12 entries so it will be on a first come basis. Registration fee per contestant or team is $10.00. Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 is a first time pay-out.

Chili must be made ahead of time and each contestant/team will get a table to set up and decorate. The committee is suggesting you make 2 - 3 gallons of chili but 4 - 6 gallons is encouraged.

Votes will e sold 2/$1 or 12/$5. Live music along with kids activities and crafts will be featured.

The Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by 327 Pizza & Pub.

Family Snow Day

Family Snow Day

Register soon to bring your family out to Blandford Nature Center for a fun snow day!


Your family will have an exciting day of snowshoe hiking into the woods, where practicing makes perfect with these giant stepping tools. Then off to a spot to build your own snow creations. Hot chocolate awaits your family at the Visitor Center, as the perfected snowshoe process maneuvers you back.

Family Snow Day takes place on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 2:00-3:30pm. This event is for participants ages, 7 & older.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Cost is $3 for members & $6 for non-members. Snowshoe rentals are $5 per person.

Register at: www.blandfordnaturecenter.org or Call: (616)735-6240 for details.

Zoo Goes Boo Returns

Zoo Goes Boo Returns

Let’s get this Zoo Goes Boo party started! Superhero is the theme for this favorite Halloween Ritual.

Community families are invited to visit the Zoo located at 1300 W Fulton St. in Grand Rapids this weekend, October 21, 22 & 23 or next weekend, October 28, 29, & 30 in their costumes! From 10:00am to 3:00pm each day families can check out the Zoo all decked out, enjoy special animal demos plus live entertainment. Don’t miss the treat booths!

Since this is a children’s event, adults in costume are encouraged to dress appropriately.

Admission can be purchased at the gate for: $8/person, $3/person for members, 1 year old & under are free.

Call: (616)336-4300 or visit: www.jbzoo.org for more details.

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.