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July 2014

Chris Linn: America’s Magical Funnyman

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Half comedian, half magician and all fun—Chris Linn’s theatrical stage show blends clean comedy and unique magic in an action-packed one-man show. Laugh along with Chris as he uses crazy props, hilarious audience participation, and energetic music and sound effects. It is a show you won’t soon forget!

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Something About Bees

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Thornapple Woodlands beekeepers will talk about bees, how they find nectar, how honey is harvested, nutritional honey facts and more! For ages 9-11.

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Van Andel Institute Tour

July 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Van Andel Institute,
333 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Since its grand opening in 2000, Van Andel Research Institute has built a regional and national reputation in the field of biomedical research. VARI conducts biomedical research that has led to advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. This guided tour will take guests through the main level of the Institute, including seeing a fully functioning laboratory through glass walls. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at grpl.org/register.

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YMCA Veggie Van

July 29 @ 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: Something About Bees

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Thornapple Woodlands beekeepers will talk about bees, how they find nectar, how honey is harvested, nutritional honey facts and more! For ages 9-11.

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Anishinabek Lifeways

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center,
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Get outside and experience learning immersed in the great outdoors. Join Blandford Nature Center staff on a guided learning experience to better understand our environment, heritage, and connection to natural systems. This program will focus on the cultural heritage of the Anishinabek and their use of traditional tools in fishing, gardening, games and home life. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at www.grpl.org/register.

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Fruit and Veggie Batteries

July 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Madison Square Branch,
1201 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Can fruits and vegetables produce energy? Come make batteries out of lemons and potatoes, hook them up to various things, and see if they produce energy. For ages 12-14.

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Bilingual Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
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Every week until August 1, 2014
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge 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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Helen of Troy in Ancient Greek and Modern Myth

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, had an active life in Greek myth. Did she willingly follow Paris to Troy (triggering the Trojan War)? Or was it a case of mistaken identity and Helen never went to Troy at all, but was just dropped off in Egypt by the god Hermes? Diane Rayor (Classics GVSU) will trace the twisted journey of Helen from Homer, the playwrights, and poets of ancient Greece to today’s Helen & Troy’s Epic Road…

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Coming Down for a Landing

July 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Seymour Branch,
2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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Learn about air resistance and gravity while making an awesome parachute! For ages 5-8.

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