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August 2014

Mad Scientist Workshop: Science of Aromatherapy

August 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Madison Square Branch,
1201 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Come experiment with different fragrances, and the making of skin care products. For ages 15-18.

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Mayor’s Book Club for Kids Kick-Off Party

August 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Join us for stories and fun with Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell to kick off another great year of listening and learning! Get your Mayor’s Book Club button, poster, and brochure to keep track and read aloud with the Mayor all year! Refreshments will be served. For kids preschool through 3rd grade.

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YMCA Veggie Van

August 26 @ 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 svanderzanden@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Build a Terrarium

August 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Madison Square Branch,
1201 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Have some old 2-liters lying around? Would you like to grow things? Come and build your own terrarium. You’ll learn what it takes to make an ecosystem work and create a mini-habitat. Please bring your own bottle to use. For ages 9-11.

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Life as a NYC Cab Driver: An Evening with Melissa Plaut

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Does anyone ever really know what they want to do with their life? Join Melissa Plaut—author of Hack—as she reads from her book and talks about her journey from corporate copywriter to NYC cab driver. Plaut will share stories of her adventures both on and off the streets of New York, and her attempts to figure out her place in the world along the way. She’ll also present a slide show of some of the more colorful characters and moments…

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Magnet Power

August 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Van Belkum Branch,
1563 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Preschoolers will love exploring the power of magnets through interactive magnet play. For ages 3-5.

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Journey into the “Hermit Kingdom”

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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North Korea recently lifted the ban for American travelers, but it is still not easy to get there. Once one arrives, the restrictions placed on tourists by the Party make for exasperating, yet surprisingly rewarding experiences. Dick Gauthier will take participants north of the 38th parallel, into the “Hermit Kingdom,” presenting recent history, the current political situation and an engaging firsthand glimpse into the everyday lives of North Korean people.

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

August 19 @ 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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YMCA Veggie Van

August 19 @ 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 svanderzanden@grymca.org to receive weekly emails with the week’s Veggie Van products.

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Tilling the Soil: African American Genealogy Series

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In the final class of the series, teens will interview relatives to obtain interesting family stories that provide valuable information for tracing family roots.

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