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August 2014

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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Mad Scientist Workshop: Forensic Science

August 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn about forensic science in this special workshop led by the Michigan State Police Forensics Department. For ages 15-18.

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French Cuisine with Chef Kathleen

August 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Isidore Catholic Church,
628 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Chef Kathleen Schiefler on a journey of French food and explore some of the same classics that Lucy Knisley revealed in her escapades through Paris: Croque Monsieur, chocolate mousse, and cheese souffle. Chef Kathleen will also reveal the answers to some of your most pressing questions: What are haricots verts and how in the world do you say it? Cornichons—does size really matter? What’s all the hype about foie gras and duck pate? What constitutes a really great croissant?…

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CANCELED: GRPL’s Got Talent

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Teens, come and show off your talents at this annual event! Singers, dancers, musicians and performance artists of all kinds are welcome to enter for a chance to win prizes. Important dates to remember: Sign up by Monday, August 4, at any GRPL location. Rehearsal is Monday, August 11, from 7-8:30 pm at the Main Library.

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Coming Down for a Landing

August 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Van Belkum Branch,
1563 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 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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Mad Scientist Workshop: Making Music with Water

August 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Let’s make a water xylophone and explore sounds with liquid, volume, and vibrations. For ages 5-8.

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