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Learn about Vermicomposting

Learn about Vermicomposting

From the Grand Rapids Public Library's West Side Branch:


  Thursday, April 21

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

713 Bridge NW  -  616.988.5414

Let worms eat your garbage! Vermicomposting, or worm composting, is a way to compost your plant and vegetable waste indoors, all year round. Blandford Nature Center staff will teach you haw to make your very own worm bin. Participants will receive detailed instructions on the creation and upkeep of a complete worm compost bin.

Children's event is April 7th

Children's event is April 7th

From the Grand Rapids Public Library's West Side Branch:

Which Came First? The Chicken or the Egg?


  Thursday, April 7

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you know where an egg and other food comes from? Activities and books will answer these mysteries. Farm Animals on the Go will provide chickens, roosters, and other animals for a hands-on petting zoo experience. For kids 12 and under.



West Side Branch
713 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Former boycott organizers to lead annual Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice March

Former boycott organizers to lead annual Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice March

News Release:

March 30, 2011, Grand Rapids, MI -  Michael Johnston, a former boycott volunteer, will be among the hundreds of marchers stretching down César E. Chávez Boulevard, to help celebrate the work of the late farm worker rights and labor leader during the 11th Annual César E. Chávez Social Justice March and “Community Gathering” on Thursday, March 31, 2011.

The annual March along Grandville Avenue (César E. Chávez Blvd.) will begin at 11:00 AM at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, 1204 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, and end at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1630 Godfrey Avenue SW, in Wyoming.

The “Community Gathering”, a student directed program, follows the March at 12:00 PM at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.

Catholic Central student art chosen for city wide exhibit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Public Schools are hosting a city wide art show March 22 through 28 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Several pieces from West Catholic students have been chosen to be displayed.

The exhibit is free. Visit http://www.artmuseumgr.org/ for additional information.

Twilight Sensory Safari – Exploring the Night at John Ball Zoo

Experience the zoo in a new 'light'. Bring your family, flashlight and a sense of adventure for this guided tour of the zoo as the sun goes down. Learn how to use your senses at night and how animals are adapted to life in the dark. The program includes an animal encounter, hands-on activities for all ages and guided tour.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting family evening adventure at John Ball Zoo!

Twilight Tours are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Friday, April 2, 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Friday, April 9, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Minimum age - 5 years old. Participants 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

To Register: By Phone - (616)336-4310, By mail/fax - downloadable form

Program Cost: Member - $8 per person, Non-Member - $9 per person

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

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.