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June 2015

Percussion Virtuoso: Bill Vits

June 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Principal Percussionist for the Grand Rapids Symphony, Bill Vits will share the world of percussion through performance, audience interaction, and demonstration of a variety of instruments.

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Percussion Virtuoso: Bill Vits

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Principal Percussionist for the Grand Rapids Symphony, Bill Vits will share the world of percussion through performance, audience interaction, and demonstration of a variety of instruments.

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Gospel Music: A Changing Beat, a Constant Message

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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What do the great Mahalia Jackson, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Winans, and Kirk Franklin have in common? They represent different styles of gospel music that at one time were considered “too worldly” and unfit for the church. Deborah Smith Pollard, Ph.D., Director of the African and African American Program at the University of Michigan – Dearborn, will examine the idea that while gospel music styles were always changing, the message of the gospel has remained constant for more than…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

June 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
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Every week until June 25, 2015
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Families with infants – preschoolers welcome.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until June 25, 2015
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Families with infants – preschoolers welcome.

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Tree Talk

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Tree Talk is an introduction to the significance of urban forests and has a goal to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the trees in our community. This event will begin with a brief presentation on the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project, becoming a Friends’ “Citizen Forester,” and how trees shape our community. The event will end with a guided tour of trees found in our community.

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EatPlayGrow

June 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Every month on the fourth Saturday until July 25, 2015
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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EatPlayGrow combines the latest science and research to teach children ages 2-5 and their parents how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Join GRPL and Cherry Health for interactive and engaging lessons that incorporate art-making, storytelling, music and movement activities into fun, hands-on educational lessons about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and, based on emerging medical research, sleep.

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YMCA Veggie Van

June 30 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Every week until December 31, 2015
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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GR Reads: The Movies – Harold and Maude

June 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wealthy Theatre,
1130 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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A cult favorite, Harold and Maude is the story about the friendship between a young, rich man who is obsessed with death and the anarchic, quirky lady he meets at a funeral. The relationship deepens as Maude teaches Harold to live life to its fullest. Tickets are available at grcmc.org or at the box office. Show your GRPL library card for a discount. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

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July 2015

EatPlayGrow

July 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Every month on the first Wednesday until July 1, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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EatPlayGrow combines the latest science and research to teach children ages 2-5 and their parents how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Join GRPL and Cherry Health for interactive and engaging lessons that incorporate art-making, storytelling, music and movement activities into fun, hands-on educational lessons about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and, based on emerging medical research, sleep.

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