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Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

If you enjoy the planets & the stars above, this is a Saturday evening event that you don’t want to miss.

The community is invited from 9:30pm – midnight on Saturday, April 30 to observe the night sky at the astronomical education & research center. The James C. Veen Observatory houses several equipped telescopes to explore the featured objects, such as Jupiter, nebulas, galaxies, & star clusters.

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 of the Observatory, ask the lot attendant for assistance, if needed.

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

Admission: Adults - $3, Kids 17 & under - $2, under 5 & GRPM Members – Free. There will be more Public Nights, every month through October 2016.

Lecture on Japanese Gardens on Tuesday

Lecture on Japanese Gardens on Tuesday

Frederik Meijer Garden located at 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan invites the community to a very special lecture on Japanese gardens.

Garden enthusiasts are invited to reserve a seat to attend this free lecture presented by Kendall Brown on Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm. There is admission to the Gardens but no cost for the lecture.

Guests can visit the Garden until 9pm on Tuesdays, so make plans to come early to experience the exhibits, Sculpture Galleries, eat dinner in the café or wander through the outdoor gardens.

RSVP by calling - (616)957-3144 or e-mail - skilroy@meijergardens.org

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.  

Amy Howard Chalk Painting Seminar

Amy Howard Chalk Painting Seminar

Rylee’s ACE Hardware located at 1234 Michigan NE in Grand Rapids invites paint enthusiasts to this FREE seminar.

Brushmark Studio Owner, Pamela Breinenfield, who attended Amy Howard’s Chalk Paint Workshop in Memephis, Tennessee will give a one hour presentation on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00pm. Registered guests will discover the magical technique of Chalk Painting to Rescue, Restore or Redecorate.

Seating is limited. Register on line at www.RyleesAce.com.

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.

Astronomy as a Hobby: Sorting it All Out Session

Astronomy as a Hobby: Sorting it All Out Session

The GRAAA is offering beginning amateur astronomer’s the opportunity to learn resources that can assist with stargazing in their backyard, along with what to look for in the sky. Specialist of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomy Association will give important observing aids to help find your way around the sky during this afternoon class.

This session takes place on Saturday, February 13 at 1:00-3:00pm at Schuler Books and Music located 2660 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids. The hour long session will be followed by a Telescope Clinic at 2:15pm.

Visit www.graaa.org or call – (616)942-2561 for more information.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.