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Grand Rapids Balloon Festival this Weekend

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival this Weekend

Every color of the rainbow will cover the skies of Grand Rapids this weekend!

This festival will take place in 2 locations this week & weekend. It begins at Ah-Nab-Awen Park located at 220 Front Avenue NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, July 20. This festival, then takes place at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds located at 5235 Park Avenue, Hudsonville, Mi 49426 on Friday, July 21 from 5pm – 9pm & Saturday, July 22 from 1pm – 9pm.

Weather permitting all activities will commence, so bring your lawn chairs or blankets for some colorful skies.

Cost: Free on Thursday, $5.00 on Friday & Saturday for 2 years & older.

Visit www.grandrapidsballoonfestival.com for details.

Humane Society of West Michigan Launches “Always Ask” Campaign

Humane Society of West Michigan Launches “Always Ask” Campaign

As more people take their dogs outside to enjoy the summer weather, Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is launching its “Always Ask” campaign, sharing safety advice for interacting with dogs. More warm and sunny days means more dogs on the streets, and HSWM believes it’s important that the community knows how to approach dogs to protect themselves and the animals.

“The goal of this campaign is to make a habit of respecting the animal’s needs over our own,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director at HSWM. “Animals, especially dogs, have boundaries just like humans and simply need their space. They will let you know if they don’t want to interact by giving basic cues.”

HSWM provides the following tips when meeting a dog:

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.

Elzinga & Volkers Completes $3.2 Million Renovation of Hope Church

Elzinga & Volkers Completes $3.2 Million Renovation of Hope Church

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, announced today the firm has completed a $3.2 million renovation of Hope Church located at 77 W 11th St. in Holland. The project included a 10,000-square-foot renovation of the youth area, nursery, gathering area, meeting rooms and administrative offices, and a 3,900-square-foot chapel addition provides an alternate worship area for parishioners.

The project, which began in April 2016, will be revealed to the community on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. The celebration will begin with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony and conclude with an open house featuring group tours.

Study Highlights Continual Upward Growth of Online Education

Study Highlights Continual  Upward Growth of Online Education

Across the country, enrollment in online learning has increased by 80% the past five years, with more than 2.7 million students currently choosing online learning. In a recent study by Research and Markets, virtual learning is expected to become even more prominent in the future. Across Michigan, schools such as Michigan Connections Academy (MICA) and Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) – statewide, tuition-free, public online schools – are meeting the growing demand from students and families.

As Online Learning Continues to Grow in Popularity, Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

As Online Learning Continues to Grow in Popularity, Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

As enrollment in online learning continues to increase across the county – by 80% over the past five years – two statewide, tuition-free, public virtual education schools, Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) and Michigan Connections Academy (MICA), are inviting the local community to learn more about the benefits of virtual education. Families that attend can expect to meet with staff and/or families from the school and gain valuable insight on the rigor and flexibility of virtual education and how it may be the solution for their child’s individual learning needs..

If interested, RSVP for any of the upcoming information sessions below:

Great Lakes Cyber Academy:

Pizza Party with Great Lakes Cyber Academy

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.

Fricano Place

1050 W. Western Ave., Ste. 210

Muskegon, MI 49441