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March 2015
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Humorous Speech Contest

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Can you tell a funny story? Do you make people laugh? Come join the Grand Rapids Public Library, Toastmasters International and LaughFest in a humor contest. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Contestants can choose whether they have an improvised stand up performance or a prepared 5-minute routine. Contestants must register.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

March 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until April 23, 2015
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until April 2, 2015
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills.

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Kids Joke Night

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Are your kids hilarious? Sign them up for Kids Joke Night to get on stage and tell their funniest jokes! Children in 5th grade and younger encouraged to participate. Pre-activities provided by the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Visit laughfestgr.org for more information.

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A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Medical anthropologist Barbara Rylko-Bauer will discuss her book A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps. The book details her mother’s experience after she was arrested in 1944 for suspicion of resistance activities. For 15 months she endured three Nazi concentration camps and a 42-day death march, spending part of the time working as a prisoner-doctor to Jewish slave laborers. Jadzia’s struggle continued after the war as she attempted to rebuild her life, first as a refugee doctor in Germany and…

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ACTion Drummers: Performance and Hands-on Drumming Experience

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The ACTion Drummers, directed by percussionist and world music instructor Joshua Dunigan, are part of the Artists Creating Together organization, which empowers people with disabilities. Families are invited to come hear the drummers and get a chance to do their own playing! All ages welcome.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

March 16 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until April 20, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their energetic toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to 30-minute classes featuring hands-on, literacy-rich activities including stories, songs with fingerplays and other action, and sign language. Toddlers will develop pre-reading skills as they make connections between words and movement and have fun with related crafts and socialize during playtime.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until March 31, 2015
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills.

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YMCA Veggie Van

March 17 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week
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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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

March 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Every week until March 31, 2015
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce their babies, birth through 18 months, to music, movement, and language in these 30-minute classes designed just for their specific developmental stages. Babies will enjoy hearing a story and learning songs and rhymes. Playtime after enhances the development of social skills.

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