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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.

Senior Citizens: Trivia Helps keep your Mind Alert

Senior Citizens: Trivia Helps keep your Mind Alert

About two years ago, I received an e-mail asking if I was interested in getting a Trivia Question on a daily basis? I was very skeptical with all that can happen with a computer when replying to the wrong person or site. Anyway, I replied with a YES and since that time, I get one or two Trivia Questions each day. In fact, not only do I get the questions, I usually receive another e-mail that gives information about subjects that are very interesting.

I look forward to learning something new each day by answering these questions without cheating. No looking it up on GOOGLE before answering. The site keeps track of my answers and my score stays up in the upper corner where I can see it.  Why not try this? trivia@triviatodayemail.com

Let me know what you think about this site and if you enjoy it?

 

Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

My friend Pat & I went downtown for Artprize on opening day, Wednesday, September 23rd. Lots to see but we did not see anything that actually jumped out at us, like WOW! Have our expectations become too high because of all the awesome and unusual art displays we have seen in the past 6 years?

One picture did take us by surprise in the walkway from DeVos Place over to the Grand Plaza. It is a picture of a bridge, done in a brushed aluminum affect and it looks like you can actually step on it and cross over. So realistic that I actually got dizzy and a little on the nausea side, like it draws you in. Very unusual.

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

Check out the Heritage Hill Association Events-2015

Check out the Heritage Hill Association Events-2015

Event planning is under way for the Heritage Hill Association in Grand Rapids, MI. Here a few things on the calendar.

Starting off, the 46th Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes will be held on May 16 and 17.  Eight private homes will be open to share their architecture, design, are and the history of the homes.

There is an opportunity for anyone to get a FREE ticket for the tour by signing up to be a tour guide right up until the days of the tour to cover any cancellations. For more information about this and tour times, please call 616-453-8950 or e-mail: heritage@heritagehillweb.org

June 6th will find many people milling around at the Heritage Hill Yard Sales. You may get more information by using the phone number and web site posted above.

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

I for one, was really disappointed to hear that Jazz at the Zoo is moving downtown to the Ah-Nab-Awen Park this year. I loved the atmosphere at John Ball Park at the old band shell.

No matter how hot it was when I left home for the concerts, soon after arriving at the Zoo and getting settled, along came a breeze and the shade from the big, beautiful trees only added to the enjoyment.

I wrote an e-mail to the Jazz Society and below is the answer I received from Donna at that address. As much as I appreciate her reply and explanation it really won’t do much for me when Jazz at the Zoo time comes along.

 

Kal,

My Town EGR: Aquinas College professor honored for contribution to Catholic history

My Town EGR: Aquinas College professor honored for contribution to Catholic history

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Dr. John Pinheiro, professor of history and director of Catholic studies at Aquinas College, was recently awarded the Father Paul J. Foik award from the Texas Catholic Historical Society for his contributions to Catholic history.

This annual award is given to the author of the publication judged as the most important contribution to Texas Catholic history. Dr. Pinheiro’s book “Missionaries of a Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War,” released in March 2014, details the religious history of the Mexican-American war. Pinheiro traces the rise to prominence of the discourse that began in the 1820’s and culminated in the Mexican-American War. He invites the reader to use these lessons learned, and challenges them to see some of the current issues surrounding immigration in a different light, as well as help the reader to understand the power that religion can have in shaping decisions.