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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.

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.  

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.

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.

Ugly Sweater Run Returns

Ugly Sweater Run Returns

For the fifth year, celebrate the upcoming holidays by joining thousands of others in the national merriest walk/run in your ugliest festive sweater.

Don’t miss out on a merry good time at Calder Plaza located at 250 Monroe Avenue NW #50 on Saturday, December 5 at 12pm/noon. Register today for this roughly 3.1 mile trek through the city streets & scenic parks with holiday themed stations at every mile.

Register at www.theuglysweaterrun.com & for more details.

Breakfast at the Boat & Canoe Club Saturday, November 14th

Breakfast at the Boat & Canoe Club Saturday, November 14th

It’s breakfast time again, Saturday, November 14th from 8 – 11am, at the Boat & Canoe Club in Grand Rapids, MI and what a great job the Women’s 356 Auxiliary does serving this up.

Menu for breakfast is: eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage links, bacon, pancakes, along with coffee, milk and juice. All this for just $8.00.

Come and support your local club.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.