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June 2014

GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

June 1 - August 31

The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present the fifth annual GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, or join your neighbors for fun, informative programs that are inspired by the books. For a complete list of books and events, visit www.grpl.org/grreads or stop by any GRPL library. 

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July 2014
Free

Van Andel Institute Tour

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Van Andel Institute,
333 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Since its grand opening in 2000, Van Andel Research Institute has built a regional and national reputation in the field of biomedical research. VARI conducts biomedical research that has led to advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. This guided tour will take guests through the main level of the Institute, including seeing a fully functioning laboratory through glass walls. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at grpl.org/register.

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August 2014

Why I Write Fantasy: A Discussion with A. Lee Martinez

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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A. Lee Martinez, author of 16 books including Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest will lead an open discussion about why he is drawn to the genre of fantasy and why it has such a great growing appeal across the board. He will also examine the hazards and pitfalls of the growing appeal. Come with your questions and ideas. A book signing will follow.

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The Cocktail Party: Lessons in the History and Practice of Keeping Your Guests Lit, Stylishly

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week until August 19, 2014
Stella’s Lounge,
53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join one of Grand Rapids’ foremost chef-mixologists, Torrence O’Haire, of The Starving Artist and Propaganda Doughnuts, in an educational and entertaining lecture/ demonstration series this summer, and learn how to be a practical professional in the art of throwing classic cocktail parties! In this series, students will explore different cocktail “eras,” and the trends, styles, and techniques popularized there within. Learn everything from cocktail history, to how to adapt your home bar, and how to successfully throw a spectacular cocktail…

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Living Abroad

August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country and to experience its culture and customs? What are some of the challenges you can encounter? This lively panel discussion will explore living abroad with panelists who have lived in Panama, China, Egypt, and Japan.

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Free

Kimchi: A Korean Staple

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St. Isidore Catholic Church,
628 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join local chef Kathleen Schiefler as she provides a history of kimchi and explains the importance of Korea’s national dish. Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of different vegetables with a variety of seasonings and is traditionally allowed to ferment underground in jars for months at a time. Chef Schiefler will demonstrate how to prepare various types of kimchi so that you can make your own version at home. There will be samples for taste testing. Class…

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Free

Kimchi: A Korean Staple

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Isidore Catholic Church,
628 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join local chef Kathleen Schiefler as she provides a history of kimchi and explains the importance of Korea’s national dish. Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of different vegetables with a variety of seasonings and is traditionally allowed to ferment underground in jars for months at a time. Chef Schiefler will demonstrate how to prepare various types of kimchi so that you can make your own version at home. There will be samples for taste testing. Class…

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Beauty School Drop In

August 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Douglas J. Aveda Institute,
138 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come to the Douglas J. Aveda Institute for an evening of pampering. Stylists will be offering make-up applications, mini-manicures and hair styling (curl or braid of your hair). Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up for one of these services at www.grpl.org/register.

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The Cocktail Party: Lessons in the History and Practice of Keeping Your Guests Lit, Stylishly

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until August 19, 2014
Stella’s Lounge,
53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join one of Grand Rapids’ foremost chef-mixologists, Torrence O’Haire, of The Starving Artist and Propaganda Doughnuts, in an educational and entertaining lecture/ demonstration series this summer, and learn how to be a practical professional in the art of throwing classic cocktail parties! In this series, students will explore different cocktail “eras,” and the trends, styles, and techniques popularized there within. Learn everything from cocktail history, to how to adapt your home bar, and how to successfully throw a spectacular cocktail…

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$0.00 - $0.00

Beauty School Drop In

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Douglas J. Aveda Institute,
138 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come to the Douglas J. Aveda Institute for an evening of pampering. Stylists will be offering make-up applications, mini-manicures and hair styling (curl or braid of your hair). Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up for one of these services at www.grpl.org/register.

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