Calendar of Events › Adult Programs
April 30, 2013
Culture Warfare Against Seniors . . . .What does this mean? How does it affect our community? What can concerned citizens do? Please join us in a community discussion, sponsored by the Senior Coalition and the Grand Rapids Public Library, as we explore this topic with Dr. Henry Holstege and Dr. L. James Harvey.
April 29, 2013
At a time when the world is seeing its species rapidly go extinct, the Kirtland’s Warbler is not just a survivor, it’s a rock star. People from all over the world come to northern Michigan every year to view this endangered species in its jack pine habitat. When its total population fell below 400 birds 25 years ago, a small group of dedicated biologists, researchers and volunteers vowed to save the Kirtland’s Warbler from extinction despite long odds. This presentation examines the dramatic events that led to its precarious state, its emergence as a lightning rod for controversy, and how strong leadership, vision, commitment, sustained effort and cooperation came together to conserve a beautiful and unusual bird.
Designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet, this class covers basic topics in using email with particular emphasis on free web-based email accounts. You will learn email etiquette and how to obtain an email account, sign in and sign out of your account, compose, send and reply to emails, and read attachments.
April 27, 2013
The bicycle is one of the most useful and energy-efficient modes of transportation on the planet. Traveling by bicycle can save you money, and is a fun way to exercise. If you currently travel or commute by bike, or would like to, a community bike program can help. Community bike programs educate participants about biking and provide do-it-yourself opportunities for bike repair. In this program, Tom Bulten, Executive Director of Oakdale Neighbors, will introduce participants to the Boston Square Community Bikes Program and other similar community programs. Learn how these programs expand transportation options, reduce the ecological footprint, improve health, develop skills, and create engaging and productive community spaces.
Celebrate Earth Week with a family gardening workshop! Listen to the book The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons, read by Kendra Wills of MSU Extension. Learn about different types of vegetables, what they need to grow, and how families can grow and eat vegetables together. Families will prepare and enjoy fresh fruits and veggies, and plant seeds in small pots. Registration is required.
Come visit our annual indoor Green Market and Info Expo on Saturday, April 27 at the Main Library. Take a look at beautiful recycled art, jewelry and accessories hand made in Michigan. Browse fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Stop by the information booths hosted by local earth-friendly organizations to learn about how to make your home more energy efficient, brush up on basic bike repair and more. Unique market items include jewelry made from recycled zippers and silverware, and organic pet food. This is a great way to learn more about green living in Grand Rapids.
April 25, 2013
Learn fun and engaging activities using a parachute that will stimulate children’s development and help them learn important skills.
When we think of cars in Michigan, we usually think of Detroit, but what about Grand Rapids? Does Grand Rapids have a place for electric cars? Listen to Haris Alibasic from the City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and Sustainability speak about what we’re doing in Grand Rapids to promote clean energy and sustainable living, including GR’s new electric car chargers, and then watch the film Revenge of the Electric Car to learn more about the race to build a new generation of electric cars.
Are you crafty? Have you considered selling your wares to consumers? A vibrant community of artisans are taking to websites like Etsy, Craigslist and eBay to connect with interested buyers. Learn more about the rules and policies for selling online.