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Kent Harvest Trails

Kent Harvest Trails

Fourteen farms are participating in this fun fall adventure for families to experience!

Each farm offers its unique experience from corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, harvested home-grown fruits & vegetables and so much more. Families won’t want to miss all the excitement of this colorful season!

Visit www.kentharvesttrails.org for the list of participating farms.

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

Spring, summer and fall, the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association invite the public out to see the skies close up!

Visitors are invited to the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell, Michigan from 9:30pm - 12:00am. This Saturday night, June 3 features Jupiter, the Gibbous Moon & star clusters.

Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed.

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, free to children 5 & under.

Call the Starwatch number, (616)897-7065 for weather condition or sky updates.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Public Night at Veen Observatory on May 20

Public Night at Veen Observatory on May 20

It’s the time of the year again for the family to examine the skies above! This month Public Night features Jupiter, various galaxies and star clusters through Observatory and members telescopes.

Visitors are invited to the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell, Michigan on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30pm - 12:00am. Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed.

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, free to children 5 & under. Call the Starwatch number, (616)897-7065 for weather condition or sky updates

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

NorthPointe Christian and Vista Springs Launch “Industry Leading” Intergenerational Preschool

NorthPointe Christian and Vista Springs Launch “Industry Leading” Intergenerational Preschool

Vista Springs LLC and NorthPointe Christian Schools have joined missions to create a unique Intergenerational Preschool opportunity located within the senior living community of Vista Springs Riverside Gardens, at 2420 Coit Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI.

Blood Drive on Friday

Blood Drive on Friday

West Catholic High School welcomes those who would like to give the gift of life for those in need for their Blood Drive on Friday.

The Fitness Center/Wrestling Room at West Catholic located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW is the place for appointment guests to donate blood. Donations will be taken on Friday, March 24 from 8:00am – 2:00pm.

Call: (616)233-5900 or email: toddbeaudoin@grwestcatholic.org to schedule an appointment.

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.

Special Event on March 1 – The Solar Eclipse of 2017

Special Event on March 1 – The Solar Eclipse of 2017

The public is invited to this special presentation to prepare for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Across a wide area of the United States, there has not been a total eclipse of the sun, since 1970. This summer, we will experience total darkness for possibly 2 minutes and 40 seconds within a 70 mile radius on August 21, 2017.

Dave DeBruyn and George Lessens will give a presentation on Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm called “Where to Go and What to See” taking place at the Grand Rapids Public Museum located at 272 Pearl Street NW in Grand Rapids. This presentation will give the public useful knowledge during this special August event.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.