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February 2015

The New Black: Ethnicity in the Arts

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Debate rages about what is, or is not, Black art. Panelists will discuss what Black art is and how ethnicity has enhanced or hindered the current collection of artwork in the marketplace. They will examine the influence of ethnic art in West Michigan compared to national trends. Panelists include local artists Georgia Taylor, Monroe Bryant, Carol Johnson, Nina Muhammad and moderator George Bayard. Light refreshments will be served.

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Music in the Stacks: Vox Vidorra

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have a musical interlude in the library! As you browse the collection, enjoy a performance by Vox Vidorra. Vox Vidorra is a group of multi-instrumentalists fronted by the dynamic Molly Bouwsma-Schultz. Hailing from Grand Rapids, Vox Vidorra combines elements of Indie Rock and Soul. Their sound is rounded out by three part harmonies, and features every member of the band on a rotation of instruments. Vox Vidorra’s live show brings an intensity and energy that grips audiences’ eyes and ears.

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Taste of Soul Sunday – 10th Anniversary

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at the tenth annual Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. Free and open to the public. Call 616-988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul for more information.

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Cooking Matters

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Every week until March 9, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Class participants will assist in food preparation during the class. Class size is limited and registration is required. Participants must have a Grand…

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YMCA Veggie Van

February 17 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Small Business Class: Proposal Writing Basics

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn to write a proposal that will put your program on the path to success by telling your story well to the people that matter most. Join the Business Librarian for a session on proposal writing. Learn the key components of a proposal that a nonprofit foundation is looking for, and how you can make your proposal as effective as possible.

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Free

Cooking Matters

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Every week until March 9, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Class participants will assist in food preparation during the class. Class size is limited and registration is required. Participants must have a Grand…

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YMCA Veggie Van

February 24 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van runs year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids, assuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. Email mvanderbrug@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Small Business Class: Intro to Finding Funding

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Designed for beginning fundraisers, this brief course shows how your organization can identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Using the Foundation Directory Online Platinum, a database of 70,000 foundations, students will compile a list of foundation prospects that match their organization’s needs. We’ll also briefly touch upon other grant sources, such as government and business, and learn about various guides to proposal writing.

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Googling Your Ancestor

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you tried to find your ancestor on the internet? If so, you might have had thousands of results, most of which did not apply to your genealogy. Since Google started in 1998, it has changed the way people search the internet. Today, many genealogists use this search engine in researching people in their family tree. However, it has evolved over the years and the tips & tricks have changed also. In this class, learn the many possibilities that Google…

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