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Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation

Giving back to the community is a fulfilling purpose and helping an adult, improve their English language, reading and writing skills is the perfect opportunity.

This orientation gives possible volunteers an understanding of the Literacy Center of West Michigan programs, the chance to meet a staff member, learn how to volunteer to assist an adult who is working to better their language skills, while interacting with those who have the same literacy enthusiasm.

This Volunteer Orientation takes place on Tuesday, October 26 from 10:00am – 11:00am at The Literacy Center of West Michigan located at 1120 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 240 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit www.literacycenterwm.org for more information about the Literacy Center.

Call: (616)459-5151 or e-mail info@literacycenterwm.org to RSVP.

Breast Cancer Fundraiser Event

Breast Cancer Fundraiser Event

*15% of all Pizza Sales and $2 of every shirt sold from Women Hunt Too will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness during this event.
*Dawn Freeland from Women Hunt Too will be there from 11am - 2pm for a meet and greet. 
*Italian Pizza Buffet 11am til 1pm
*Breast Cancer Awareness Tee Shirts an

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.

Public Night at Veen Observatory on August 13

Public Night at Veen Observatory on August 13

The Grand Rapid Amateur Astronomical Association invite the sky enthusiast to this Saturday’s observing night, as long as the sky is clear.

This is an opportunity to experience the moon, Mars, the rings of the planet, Saturn, along with deep sky objects through the Observatory & member’s telescopes. Guests can also tour the facility & check out the audio visual GRAAA & Observatory presentation.

Visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday, August 13 from 9:30pm to midnight. 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 & younger, free for children under 5 years of age.

Call the Starwatch number: (616)897-7065 for weather condition or sky updates. Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Sand Sculpture Contest

Sand Sculpture Contest

The Grand Haven, Spring Lake & Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce invite residents & visitors to take part in this sand art building activity this Saturday.

After 2 hours of sand creating, individuals, teams & families will be judged and awarded prizes on their unique presentation.

Get your sand sculpture plans & tools in order.The Grand Haven City Beach is the place to be from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, August 13.

Go on-line to www.visitgrandhaven.com for more information.

Hopstock Beer Festival this Friday

Hopstock Beer Festival this Friday

The Beer City Brewers Guild invites beer enthusiast, 21 years and older to experience many West Michigan distilleries, brewpubs, cideries, and breweries under large tents during this festival.

Drive down to Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 13 for 6:30pm to check out samples of West Michigan beverages and much more through 10:30pm.

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy musical entertainment, Food trucks, vendors & Artisans, along with sampling a variety of West Michigan beer & ciders.

Visit www.beercityguild.com for a list of participating Companies & ticket information.

Jazz in the Park on July 25

Jazz in the Park on July 25

Monday nights, Ah Nab Awen Park comes alive with Jazz!

Gustavo Cortinas brings the music traditions from his home, Mexico to the public. Jazz has been a part of his life since age 10 and now performs a new and fresh sound, in Chicago, along with touring Latin America, Europe, Asia & the United States.

Venture to the Park, located at 220 Front Avenue NW in Grand Rapids with your family or friends on Monday, July 25 from 6:30pm through 8:30pm to experience this composer - educator & band.

Call: (616)490-9506 or visit www.wmichjazz.org for more information.