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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.

Backyard Maple Syrup Demo

Backyard Maple Syrup Demo

Register soon to join this Free Demo to learn the process of how to make your own maple syrup with the tapping of your own trees.

Get an understanding of tapping your own Maple trees, collecting, the weather conditions & the sugaring procedure through Kristin from Blandford Nature Center.

This fun, informative evening takes place on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00pm at Rylee’s Ace Hardware at 1234 Michigan Street NE.  

Seating is limited, so register today at www.ryleesace.com

Water main break causes sinkhole, school bus accident

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Part of a school bus fell into a sinkhole Wednesday morning in Grand Rapids.

Police tell WZZM 13 a water main break caused the road to collapse around 7 a.m. near E. Fulton & Lakeside Dr. SE.

Only three kids were on the Kent ISD bus at the time of the accident. No one was hurt.

Lakeside will remain closed while crews repair the road.

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

Ready to buy tickets or enter your chili in the competition? Click Here!

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.

EGR honors officers and store worker for rescue

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A group of police officers and a store worker are being honored for their efforts to save a man's life.

The incident happened in August, when a customer at Grand Rapids Bicycle Company collapsed. Officer Jon Karnes was the first person to get to the scene. He and store employee Joseph Vanessendels gave the man CPR, and shocked him with a portable defibrillator.

Other officers soon arrived to help, and managed to restart the heart and breathing of the victim. The victim who suffered a heart attack, Tim Zych, was on hand Monday night when the officers and store employee were honored for their efforts.

Fall Show & Sale Returns

Fall Show & Sale Returns

For the 32nd year, one of the most popular art shows featuring 75 talented Southwest Michigan pottery & sculpture artist’s creations will be on display for purchase.

The West Michigan Potters Guild invites the public on Friday, November 13 from noon to 9pm and Saturday, November 14 from 9am to 4pm to the Cultural Center at St. Nicholas located at 2250 East Paris SE in Grand Rapids.