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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.

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.

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.