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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.

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.

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.

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Soup's On For All event benefits Catholic Charities' God's Kitchen


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Dozens of local restaurants served up their best soups for a good cause Monday night.

Soup's On For All took over the B.O.B. in Grand Rapids. More than 1,000 hand-painted bowls were donated by youth groups, churches, businesses and other organizations as a visual reminder of those who go hungry every day.

All the money raised is going to God's Kitchen, which provides free meals.

Jennifer Pascua, Laura Hartman, and Nick LaFave got to be some of the servers.

Diocese of Grand Rapids students, staff freed from blizzard


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday night, almost 100 people from West Michigan were able to make it home after being stranded for 26 hours along the Pennsylvania turnpike because of the blizzard that shut down the road.

The group was made up members of the Diocese of Grand Rapids who joined the "March for Life" on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade this week.

"We went to mass and we prayed. We went to the march and we prayed," said Justin Menno, a theology teacher at Catholic Central. "We then got stuck for 26 hours in the PA turnpike and then we prayed a lot."

The group left a day early to try to avoid the storm, but an accident brought the highway to standstill and eventually, the road was shut down.  

WZZM, Sleep Doctor collect 70K water bottles


WEST MICHIGAN (WZZM) – Nearly 70,000 bottles of water have been collected since WZZM 13 and Sleep Doctor launched a Flint water drive on Wednesday.

“Any time of the day, they’ll just show up,” said Eric Poniatowski, the assistant regional manager for Sleep Doctor. “They’ll have two, four, six, eight cases of water.”

Sealed water donations can be dropped off through February 13th at WZZM 13 or at the following locations:


Sleep Doctor: