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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.

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.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

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Ada Chili and Beer Festival

December 5: 11:00am-3:00pm

Join us for the second annual Ada Chili and Beer Festival!  This is a family friendly event following the Christmas parade in the center of Ada Village.  12 Breweries will highlight seasonal beer offerings while restaurants and home-cooks compete for the coveted Chili cook-off trophy from 11:00am – 2:00pm. More than 20 kinds of Chili will be featured for everyone to sample. Hot Dogs, prepared by the Ada Fire Department, will be available also.

2016 Secondary Schools International Women’s Day Essay Contest

2016 Secondary Schools International Women’s Day Essay Contest

The non-profit, Grand Rapids Sister Cities International is pleased to announce this Essay contest that is open to Grades 9 – 12 in the City of Grand Rapids.

The 1000 word, double space essay that the student will be creating is “A Special Woman Who Influenced Me”. The essay, about a special woman can be living or deceased, may or may not be someone that the student has met and must be in one of the countries represented by one of Grand Rapids Sister Cities.

The Deadline is January 30, 2016. Essay should be mailed to: GRSCI at 303 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - Attention: 2016 GRSCI International Women’s Contest.

Call Ruth Anne Loma: (616)791-9030 for more information. Visit http://www.grsistercities.org/about/

Heritage Hill 2015 Holiday Potluck & Annual Celebration

Heritage Hill 2015 Holiday Potluck & Annual Celebration

The Heritage Hill Association will once again host their Annual Holiday Potluck & Celebration on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The celebration is at GRCC DeVos Campus located at 435 E. Fulton in Grand Rapids, MI.

Dinner served at 6:00pm; please bring a dish to pass.

Santa arrives at 7:00pm

Annual Meeting & HHA 2016 Board Elections at 7:30pm

The 2015 Distinguished Service Awards will be presented.