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October 2014

Still Missing: Michigan’s Mysterious Unsolved Disappearances

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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What do a mild-mannered grocery store manager from Michigan and the infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper have in common? How can a married couple and the aircraft they were traveling in just disappear over a populated area? What happened to the freighter that was carrying many fathers, husbands, and sons of a small town, when it vanished and took them with it? Join author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson in exploring the mysterious, yet solvable disappearances of a person, a plane,…

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until October 30, 2014
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.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
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Every week until November 20, 2014
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.

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Resource Roundtable Volunteer Event

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join nationally recognized gerontologist, author and speaker, Dr. Henry Holstege, to learn how you can make a difference in your community. Dr. Holstege’s inspirational keynote address will be followed by a resource roundtable session designed to provide you with an opportunity for informal sharing and discussion with local non-profit agencies seeking volunteers. Participating agencies will represent a wide range of community needs and interests, including the environment, education, animals, the arts, health care, aging, advocacy/assistance, family and children. Registration is…

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Let’s Play! Workshops

October 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Every week until October 30, 2014
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Let’s Play! is a four-week workshop for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers. Let’s Play! teaches the benefits of interactive play. Each week an early childhood specialist will be available to answer questions parents may have about their child’s development. Families must attend all four sessions. To register, visit grpl.org/register.

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Small Business Class: MI-SBTDC Market Research III

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their markets, customers, and competition? How do they find the signal in the noise? Learn how in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business Development Center. Registration is required.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

October 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until November 26, 2014
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

October 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until October 29, 2014
West Leonard Branch,
1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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

October 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until November 26, 2014
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 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

October 21 @ 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 Michiganā€™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. EmailĀ svanderzanden@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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