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July 2014

Books and Bière at Brewery Vivant

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brewery Vivant,
925 Cherry St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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Come celebrate Bastille Day with our friends at Brewery Vivant. Take a tour of their brewery and share in a tasting of their French and Belgian beers. Discover their love of the traditional and artistic approach of the Belgian and French styles of beer and enjoy the good life, Bon Vivant. Must be 21 or older to participate. Space is limited and registration is required at www.grpl.org/register.

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The Checker Motors Corp: A Brief History

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Checker Motors survived for 87 years by finding a peculiar niche in the automotive market. They made taxicabs. With determination and cunning, by building better vehicles, and by supplying quality parts, they navigated through the Depression, multiple recessions, a World War, and various corporate shenanigans. Largely unknown, their story rivals any in American automotive history.

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Bilingual Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

July 11 @ 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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Uniquely Michigan

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Michigan is home to countless “one of a kind” treasures—from the famed Mackinac Bridge to the internationally-recognized Scottville Clown Band to the Petoskey Stone to the quaint Earl Young homes in Charlevoix. Attractions—such as the Bottle House Museum in Kaleva, the Mystery Spot in St. Ignance, and the replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris—make for great adventures when traveling the Great Lakes State. Dianna Stampfler, owner of Promote Michigan, will lead a virtual tour of some of Michigan’s noted,…

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Soda Geysers

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come and see what really happens when you mix Mentos and other reactors in soda. For ages 12-14.

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Cooking with El Granjero

July 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
El Granjero Mexican Grill,
950 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Join us for a bilingual demonstration on how to make El Granjero’s delicious Fresh Cactus Salad with cilantro, onions, and tomatoes. After the demonstration, stay and order dinner! Space is limited and registration is required. Register at www.grpl.org/register.

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Feathers, Fur or Scales

July 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch,
2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 United States
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Blandford Nature Center will teach about animals with backbones and the different groups of vertebrates, with this program geared towards younger students. Natural artifacts from different animals and real live specimens allow students a multi-sensory experience. Will have live examples of a reptile (snake or turtle), bird (falcon or owl), and mammal (rabbit). For ages 3-6.

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Cooking with El Granjero

July 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
El Granjero Mexican Grill,
950 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Join us for a bilingual demonstration on how to make El Granjero’s delicious Fresh Cactus Salad with cilantro, onions, and tomatoes. After the demonstration, stay and order dinner! Space is limited and registration is required. Register at www.grpl.org/register.

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Mad Scientist Workshop: Build a Terrarium

July 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Side Branch,
713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 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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YMCA Veggie Van

July 8 @ 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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