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April 2014

Nature Photography Walk

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Millennium Park,
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534 United States
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Discover the beauty of springtime through your camera lens! Photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick will lead a photography walk along the Fred Meijer Trail Network at Millennium Park. Join her for a scavenger hunt of shapes, textures, perspectives, angles, and viewpoints, all through the vehicle of nature. Learn tips and tricks for shooting natural elements in varying light, at various times of day, and throughout the year. Bring your own camera. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the off-season parking lot…

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Free

Moving by Bicycle: How a Community Bike Program Can Keep You on a Bike

April 27, 2013 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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T-shirt Up-cycling Pillow Craft

April 27, 2013 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Teens ages 11 and up can bring an old t-shirt to the library and learn how to turn it into a pillow.

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Free

Growing Together: A Family Gardening Workshop

April 27, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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.

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Free

Green Market and Info Expo

April 27, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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Film Showing: Revenge of the Electric Car

April 25, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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…

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History of the Rapids

April 24, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Tim Gleisner, head of the Grand Rapids History & Special Collections Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library, will be discussing the history of the rapids in the Grand River. In this talk Tim will discuss what the rapids were originally like when Europeans first arrived. From there he will explore what happened to the rapids. What did they originally look like? Why were they altered in the first place? When were the rapids removed?

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More than Everything You Wanted to Know About Birds

April 23, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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So much is already known about birds, yet way more is still undiscovered. Join Ed and Phil from the Grand Rapids Audubon Club on an entertaining trip through the world of birds and ending in your own backyard. You will learn how birds are distributed across North America, how birds are classified, and whether those birds you spot in your yard are permanent residents, summer breeders or migrants. You will learn about types of feed and feeders, what birdbaths and…

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Growing Together: A Family Gardening Workshop

April 22, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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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.

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Meatless Monday

April 22, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Uptown Kitchen,
423 Norwood Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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Whether you want to learn more about plant-based diets or partake in the Meatless Monday movement, this workshop can help you. Part educational and part cooking demonstration, you’ll learn how to substitute ingredients in your current recipes with non-dairy, non-meat items to obtain the same delicious meals that are sustainable and healthy. Join Kolene Allen and Jon Dunn from VeganGR.com as they guide you to a plant-based diet. Free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.grpl.org/register.

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