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John Ball Zoo Summer Day Camp

John Ball Zoo Summer Day Camp

John Ball Zoo’s Summer Discovery Program is a unique, hands-on learning experience for children ages 3 years to those entering 9th grade! Classes are designed for age students will be at the start of the class or for the grade level students will be entering in fall 2011. Whether you choose to attend during the day or overnight, the Summer Discovery Programs at the zoo are both fun and educational.

Each class follows its particular theme and uses a variety of methods to stimulate the learning process (role-playing, behind the scenes tours, games, stories, songs, and more). Special projects are often brought home throughout the week. Each class has their own room with a qualified instructor and educational aide, and will frequently spend time in the park and/or zoo setting. Class sizes are strictly limited to provide a high quality experience.

Blandford Nature Center's Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is March 26th

Blandford Nature Center's Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is March 26th

From http://blandfordnaturecenter.org/


March 26, 2011
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Location
CA Frost School & Blandford Nature Center
Join us for pancakes, sausage, and Blandford maple syrup!  From 9 AM to Noon at CA Frost School we'll be serving up delicious plates of food, $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

Price includes admission to our Sugarbush Festival.  Walk right from your breakfast to Blandford Nature Center.  From 10AM to 5PM the historic buildings are open with interpreters and the full Sugarbush operation will be in-progress.  Blandford School students will have a special station explaining Native American maple sugar making.

Want to sleep in and just join the festival?  Price is $5 per person at the front gate.

West Catholic to host fourth annual “Celebrate West!”Auction March 26

West Catholic to host fourth annual “Celebrate West!”Auction March 26

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH -- West Catholic High School will hold its fourth annual Celebrate West! Auction on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 6 p.m. in the gym, 1801 Bristol NW.

The evening will begin with another delicious dinner served by Billy K. Catering followed by an opportunity to donate to specific school needs – including academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities and technology – at the “Fund a Need” tables. All donations these funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar with gifts from sponsors.

John Ball Zoo holds a Party for the Planet on April 16th

John Ball Zoo holds a Party for the Planet on April 16th

From http://www.johnballzoosociety.org/

Party for the Planet
Saturday, April 16

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A celebration of conservation, recycling, and our natural world!  This is a national event taking place at Zoos around the country in an initiative spear-headed by the American Zoo and Aquarium Assoc.

Snowshoe with your Sweetie - a night hike

News Release

February 10, 7-8:30 PM $16 or $8
Take a romantic candlelit hike through the snowy woods with your loved one. Listen to the crunch of snow, the hoot of owls and sweet whispers in your ear while you experience the magic of winter in Michigan. This easy paced hike is for all experience and fitness levels. $16 per couple with snowshoe rental, $8 per couple without rental. RSVP required by calling 735-6240. For adult couples only.

 

GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses

GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses

News Release:

GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses
 
 
WHAT:                    GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses
                                
GRPS students, parents, friends, families and staff are encouraged to attend the GRPS Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses to learn more about school choices in the district and enjoy free food and entertainment.

One Book One City for Kids Announces 2011 Selection

One Book One City for Kids Announces 2011 Selection

NEWS RELEASE:

GRAND RAPIDS (January 10, 2011) One Book, One City for Kids, a citywide reading initiative for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, announces this year’s selection is "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw.

One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program encouraging 4,5 & 6th grade readers to read and discuss the same book each winter. The program also strives to encourage a life-long love of reading among middle school-age readers, inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools.

This year the entire city will be reading "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw.