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Public Night on Saturday

Public Night on Saturday

Astronomical enthusiast are in for a real treat on Saturday.

The Grand Rapid Amateur Astronomical Association invite the public to their observing night, as long as the skies are clear. Enthusiast have the opportunity to experience the rings of the planet, Saturn, along with Mars, galaxies, star clusters & nebulas with the Observatory & member’s telescopes. Guests can also tour the facility & check out the audio visual GRAAA & Observatory presentation.

Visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30pm to midnight.

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 & younger, free for children under 5 years of age.

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Sponsors & the Hudsonville Fairgrounds invite the public to a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!

The kick-off of this colorful festival starts at the Ah-Nab-Awen Park located downtown Grand Rapids by the Gerald R Ford Museum on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00pm. Guests have the opportunity, for $1 to walk inside a RE/Max hot air balloon, watch the glow of hot air balloons in the night sky, along with musical entertainment with Picnic in the Park until 10pm.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to the Hudsonville Fairgrounds located at 5236 Park Avenue to experience activities galore on Friday & Saturday.

Friday, July 22 the community can enjoy numerous events from 5pm through 9:00pm and Saturday, July 23, beginning at 6:30am-8:00am (weather permitting) guest can experience Balloon Fly-Ins. Who will win, as pilots fly in the fairgrounds balloon area for a target? Family entertainment returns at 1pm through 9:00pm.

Public Night on Saturday

Public Night on Saturday

Planet & Star enthusiasts are invited to this Public Night on Saturday, July 9.

Community families are invited to visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday from 9:30pm to midnight to experience the night sky & its wonders, provided the sky is clear. With Observatory & members telescopes, guests have the ability to view the planets, Mars & Saturn, deep sky objects, like galaxies along with various star clusters & nebulas.

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.

The next Public Night is scheduled for July 23.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

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.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

On Independence Day, Americans will celebrate our country’s freedom with fireworks, family, and friends. Amidst the fun and hoopla, let’s pause to remember the supreme price of freedom. The holiday is Independence Day. The day it is celebrated is July 4th. Because freedom is our most revered right as citizens of the United States, Independence Day encompasses a whole Fourth of July weekend to celebrate.

Let’s hoist up our American flags, prominently wear our red, white, and blue, and proudly show our dedication to those to whom we owe this weekend: our nation’s veterans and U.S. military.

As the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, the American Legion Auxiliary thanks the brave men and women who fought – and continue to fight – at home and abroad, along with their families who sacrificed along with them to allow us the privilege to live in the Land of the Free because of the brave.

God Bless America, and Happy Independence Day!

Public Night at Veen Observatory on Saturday

Public Night at Veen Observatory on Saturday

The public is invited to check out sky objects above, 2 Saturdays a month through October at the James C. Veen Observatory.

Visitors have the opportunity to experience the night skies on Saturday, June 25 from 9:30pm to midnight with Veen Observatory telescopes and member’s equipment. The night sky will feature Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & deep Sky Objects such as nebulas, galaxies & star clusters.This is also a chance to tour the facility & check out the audio visual presentation about the Observatory & the GRAAA.

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. If need, ask the lot attendant about assistance to the Observatory.

James C. Veen Observatory is located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Twp., MI 49331.

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.