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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.

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Make a difference by volunteering for individuals to help improve their reading, writing and English language skills!

The Literacy Center of West Michigan, located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240 in GR is offering volunteer orientation sessions on Tuesday, February 9 from 2-3pm & Thursday, February 11 from 6-7pm.

Register at (616)459-5151 or at info@literacycenterwm.org

Visit www.literacycenterwm.org for upcoming orientation sessions.

Backyard Maple Syrup Demo

Backyard Maple Syrup Demo

Register soon to join this Free Demo to learn the process of how to make your own maple syrup with the tapping of your own trees.

Get an understanding of tapping your own Maple trees, collecting, the weather conditions & the sugaring procedure through Kristin from Blandford Nature Center.

This fun, informative evening takes place on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00pm at Rylee’s Ace Hardware at 1234 Michigan Street NE.  

Seating is limited, so register today at www.ryleesace.com

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Christmas Light Show

Christmas Light Show

For the 19th year, the public is invited to drive thru West Michigan’s largest animated light show thru January 2nd.

Bring the family to the Fifth Third Ballpark located at 4500 West River Drive in Comstock Park from 6pm to 9pm to experience over 50 animated displays with 40,000 lights, stretching out over a mile.