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Tree Lighting Ceremony Returns

Tree Lighting Ceremony Returns

The Gaslight Village Business Association invite the community to a fun evening of holiday spirit!

There will be distinguished guests, greeting visitors and all activities are free. Your family will be delighted with the chance to shop with specials from Gaslight retailer. Experience free horse-drawn carriage rides from 5pm to 6pm. Watch children’s faces light up with the sight of live reindeer, getting their picture taken with Santa, snuggling around the bonfire while making Smores and watching the tree lighting ceremony with Santa. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss.

Visit Regatta Plaza on Friday, November 25 from 5:00pm through 8:00pm near Wealthy Street and Bagley intersection in East Grand Rapids for this fun family event.

Call: (616)949-2110 or visit www.eastgr.org for more information.

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Beneath the Wreath Returns

Beneath the Wreath Returns

The Junior League of Grand Rapids invite the community to attend this Beneath the Wreath fundraiser, while supporting the projects that help to improve children’s physical health.

Great holiday gifts can be found this Friday, November 4 from 9:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday, November 5 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Visit St. Nicholas Cultural Center located at 2250 East Paris Avenue SE in Grand Rapids.

These important projects are funded by the generous 15% donation of selected exhibitor’s sales, along with 100% tickets sales.

Visit www.juniorleaguegr.com for more the exhibitor list.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.

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Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

The public is invited to experience 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, September 24 from 8:30pm to midnight with Veen Observatory telescopes and member’s equipment. The night sky will feature Saturn and Neptune, along with deep Sky Objects such as nebulas, galaxies & various 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.

New Invasive Species found in Reeds & Fisk Lake

New Invasive Species found in Reeds & Fisk Lake

European Frog-bit, was discovered in the channel between Fisk & Reed’s Lake during a routine study by PLM, the Cities water treatment & management group. It appears as a water lily with a single white flower emerging from the middle.

This plant species is native to Europe, parts of Asia & Africa and grows rapidly. It crowds out & prevents sunlight from reaching plants with its fast-growing thick mats. In the fall season, oxygen decreases from the water when large colonies of plants die & decompose, in turn affecting fish and aquatic life.

City Manager, Brian Donovan says the European frog-bit was located early and the DNR is creating a plan to treat the invasive species.

Reminder to the community: Do not dispose of aquarium or water garden vegetation into lakes, ponds or streams. They may not be native to the area, causing issues.

The Big Bang Art Fair Returns

The Big Bang Art Fair Returns

For the fifth year, the Sanctuary Folk Art Gallery invite community guests to experience art, fashion, music all in one venue.

Visit Mangiamo located at 1033 Lake Dr. SE in Grand Rapids on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00am – 7:00pm to see local talent at its best.

Admission is $5.00, 12 & under are free.

Call: (616)454-0401 for more information or visit www.experiencegr.com for more events.