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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.

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.