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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.

Public Night on Saturday

Public Night on Saturday

Astronomical enthusiast are in for a real treat on Saturday.

The Grand Rapid Amateur Astronomical Association invite the public to their observing night, as long as the skies are clear. Enthusiast have the opportunity to experience the rings of the planet, Saturn, along with Mars, galaxies, star clusters & nebulas with 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, July 23 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.

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Sponsors & the Hudsonville Fairgrounds invite the public to a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!

The kick-off of this colorful festival starts at the Ah-Nab-Awen Park located downtown Grand Rapids by the Gerald R Ford Museum on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00pm. Guests have the opportunity, for $1 to walk inside a RE/Max hot air balloon, watch the glow of hot air balloons in the night sky, along with musical entertainment with Picnic in the Park until 10pm.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to the Hudsonville Fairgrounds located at 5236 Park Avenue to experience activities galore on Friday & Saturday.

Friday, July 22 the community can enjoy numerous events from 5pm through 9:00pm and Saturday, July 23, beginning at 6:30am-8:00am (weather permitting) guest can experience Balloon Fly-Ins. Who will win, as pilots fly in the fairgrounds balloon area for a target? Family entertainment returns at 1pm through 9:00pm.

Public Night on Saturday

Public Night on Saturday

Planet & Star enthusiasts are invited to this Public Night on Saturday, July 9.

Community families are invited to visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday from 9:30pm to midnight to experience the night sky & its wonders, provided the sky is clear. With Observatory & members telescopes, guests have the ability to view the planets, Mars & Saturn, deep sky objects, like galaxies along with various star clusters & nebulas.

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.

The next Public Night is scheduled for July 23.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Free Day at the Museum

Free Day at the Museum

Downtown Grand Rapid Inc. has made it possible for the community to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum for free one day this summer.

The public is invited to the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Sunday, July 10 from 12pm/noon through 5pm for the opportunity to explore exhibits on 3 floors at no cost. This includes the traveling exhibit, Earth Explorer brought to you by National Geographic. There is an additional cost for the planetarium shows, The Robot Zoo, which will be at the museum through September 18, 2016 & the 1928 Spillmann Carousel.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is located at 272 Pearl Street NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Call: (616)929-1700 or visit www.grpm.org for more information.

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.

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