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August 2013
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Vote with Your Fork! Conversations with a Locavore

August 29, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join local food advocate, urban farmer, herbalist and author Lisa Rose Starner to explore the growing good food movement in Grand Rapids. Starner will share stories of the rugged individuals who are tilling the soil, growing food and launching successful food businesses while powering community change—one garden, one backyard, one block, one store, one plate of food, cup of coffee, and mug of beer at a time. Join this community conversation about our food system, environment, economy, and the relationships…

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Bank Robberies and the FBI

August 22, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The FBI uses highly trained agents to investigate domestic crime, including some of the most famous bank robberies in history. Learn how the FBI developed the Ten Most Wanted and how bank robbery investigative techniques have developed through the years.

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A Night with John Steinbeck

August 21, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Grand Valley State University English Professor Dr. Sherry Johnson as she leads a discussion on questions of travel writing, as well as what one who goes in search of America at this contemporary moment might find.

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MartiniMOTH: Close Encounters—Tales of Meeting the Unexpected

August 20, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SpeakEZ Lounge,
600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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MartiniMOTH is a story telling event that is held the third Tuesday of the month at the SpeakEZ Lounge. Each month a new theme is chosen. Storytellers volunteer and must tell a story about the evening’s theme. The story must be true, be about themselves, and be kept under seven minutes. A panel of three judges vote for the top three storytellers. The winner is invited back the next month to be one of the judges and get their name…

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Airstream: Custom Interiors

August 17, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The VanderPloegs bought their first airstream trailer 13 years ago and their third one just two years ago. They are currently in the process of a complete renovation. This program will show some amazing photos of early trailer design and trailering life from the 1920′s in and vintage air streams in particular. Jon will share insights from his own project and from the expert renovators at Woodland Travel Center.

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Vintage Trailer Show

August 17, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Explore the wide-range of vintage trailers, including Airstreams and other favorites from years past. See the great design and innovations in camping over the years. If you are interested in showing your vintage trailer, please contact Melissa Fox at 616-988-5400 or mfox@grpl.org.

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GR Reads: The Movies – Hubble 3D

August 17, 2013 @ 9:45 am - 10:30 am
Celebration Cinema North,
2121 Celebration Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 United States
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Hubble 3D takes movie-goers on a journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and lets them accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film offers an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlights its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. The first 50 attendees who show their GRPL library card will get in free.

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Adventures in Antarctica—Exploring and Protecting Earth’s Last Great Wilderness

August 14, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Educator Susan Tate had the adventure of a lifetime in March 2013 when she joined famed polar explorer and environmental leader Sir Robert Swan on his International Antarctic Expedition with the group 2041. As one of 80 participants from 28 nations, Susan explored the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, and experienced Robert’s Leadership on the Edge program. She will share pictures and stories from her trip, as well as information about Antarctica’s plight in our changing world.

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Cheesemaking with Dancing Goat Creamery

August 8, 2013 @ 7:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Uptown Kitchen,
423 Norwood Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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Join us at Uptown Kitchen where Veronica Phelps from Dancing Goat Creamery will be demonstrating the process of cheesemaking. Phelps has been making cheese with Dancing Goat for the past several years. Her interest began after purchasing a “cow share” which allowed her to receive fresh, raw milk straight from the farm. Soon after, she found herself interning at Dancing Goat and is now the co-owner. In this presentation, she will show participants how to make “30-minute mozzarella.” Space is…

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Cheesemaking with Dancing Goat Creamery

August 8, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Uptown Kitchen,
423 Norwood Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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Join us at Uptown Kitchen where Veronica Phelps from Dancing Goat Creamery will be demonstrating the process of cheesemaking. Phelps has been making cheese with Dancing Goat for the past several years. Her interest began after purchasing a “cow share” which allowed her to receive fresh, raw milk straight from the farm. Soon after, she found herself interning at Dancing Goat and is now the co-owner. In this presentation, she will show participants how to make “30-minute mozzarella.” Space is…

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