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April 2014

A Fiction Writer After Fifty

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Twice honored by the Library of Michigan as a Michigan Notable Book author, Donald Lystra will talk about his journey to learn to write fiction beginning in his fifties. He will discuss his experience to master the craft of fiction and the road to getting published. Using examples from his recent story collection, Something that Feels Like Truth, and his 2009 novel, Season of Water and Ice, he will speak about the blending of facts and imagination that can lead…

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Early Childhood Essentials Class: Raising a Positive and Confident Child

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

How do you raise or influence a child to be positive and confident? In this session, Annette McBride, educator and mom of three happy, confident children, shares concrete ways to encourage children everyday. You will leave with ideas to use immediately!

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Young Dancers

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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Every week until April 26, 2014

This is a creative movement dance class for children 4-8 to develop rhythm, balance, flexibility, and an appreciation of music and dance, while learning ballet and jazz steps. Space is limited and ballet shoes are required. Register by calling 616-456-3232 x 4 or by visiting www.recreationgr.us.

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Creative Movement

April 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until April 26, 2014

This unique library-based program allows kids ages 3-6 to be creative physically as well as mentally. The first thirty minutes focus on dance movements, including rhythm and coordination. Following the class will be the library’s Pre-Reading Class for Kids. Parent/guardian participation is required. Space is limited. Register by calling 616-456-3232 x 4 or by visiting www.recreationgr.us.

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Junie B. Jones Party!

April 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In conjunction with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells & Batman Smells, the Grand Rapids Public Library invites kids ages 5-11 to explore the world of Junie B. Jones. Join us for fun crafts and activities based on the popular book series, and meet Junie B. Jones in person. Register to win tickets to the play.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

April 19 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Every week until April 26, 2014

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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Tilling the Soil: African American Genealogy Series

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Tracing your African American family roots is exciting, but with so much information available it may be confusing where to begin. This presentation will introduce you to valuable resources to assist in researching your family history, provide preparation methods, and give tips for organizing your findings. Become the master gardener of your family tree!

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Small Business Class: Using Facebook to Promote Your Business

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How do you promote your business using Facebook? Learn about resources to plan, start and grow your business using this social networking website.

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Closed for Easter

April 20

The Main Library is closed for Easter. Regular hours resume tomorrow.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Babies

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until April 22, 2014

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

April 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Every week until April 23, 2014

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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Backyard Birding

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

So much is known about birds, yet way more is still undiscovered. Join Ed and Phil from the Grand Rapids Audubon Club on an entertaining trip through the world of birds that ends in your own backyard. Learn how birds are distributed across North America and what birds to expect in your yard and when. Discover how to make your own backyard more attractive to birds by choosing the right types of feed and feeders, birdbaths and shelters, and how…

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Path of Destruction: The Story of West Michigan’s Worst Natural Disaster

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ernie Ostuno, author of Path of Destruction, will discuss the April 3, 1956, tornado. The tornado touched down in Hudsonville, MI, killing 17, injuring 340, and leveling downtown Standale. Many people, some of them badly injured, helped the National Guard in the immediate recovery by searching for neighbors trapped under the debris of what had been their homes. Local history librarian Tim Gleisner will share the library’s archival materials on the natural disaster that affected our city.

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Earth Week Used Book Sale

April 26

The Friends of the Main Library will be hosting a mini-sale of books on gardening and sustainable living books. Come find a good book at a great price. All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Bike Tune Up

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Boston Square Community Bikes will be offering free bike tune-ups outside the library from 9-10:30 am. Then join us for a Community Bike Ride. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Young Dancers

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 26, 2014

This is a creative movement dance class for children 4-8 to develop rhythm, balance, flexibility, and an appreciation of music and dance, while learning ballet and jazz steps. Space is limited and ballet shoes are required. Register by calling 616-456-3232 x 4 or by visiting www.recreationgr.us.

Find out more »

Creative Movement

April 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 26, 2014

This unique library-based program allows kids ages 3-6 to be creative physically as well as mentally. The first thirty minutes focus on dance movements, including rhythm and coordination. Following the class will be the library’s Pre-Reading Class for Kids. Parent/guardian participation is required. Space is limited. Register by calling 616-456-3232 x 4 or by visiting www.recreationgr.us.

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Community Bike Ride

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Boston Square Community Bikes and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks on a 6.5-mile bike ride that explored the parks and history of Grand Rapids. This group ride will depart from the Main Library at 11:00 am. Boston Square Community Bikes will be offering free bike tune-ups outside the library from 9-10:30 am. Helmets are required for this ride. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 26, 2014

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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Plaster Creek Stewards Native Plant Sale

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Plaster Creek Stewards will host a native plant sale at the library. Come browse the varieties of vegetation native to West Michigan and learn how native plants promote a healthy environment.

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Got Garden?

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Bring your green thumb and questions as a Master Gardener from Michigan State University Extension Services gives a short lecture on gardening tips and ideas to help save time and grow a successful garden. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session led by a panel of expert gardeners from the local community.

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Adult Computer Class: Skype 101

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Want to connect with your relative in another state or chat with a friend overseas for free? Join us and learn how to connect with this revolutionary, videoconferencing service.

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YMCA Veggie Van

April 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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Adult Computer Class: Advanced Google Searching

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

There’s more to Google than meets the eye! Take your Google searches to the next level by learning advanced strategies and hidden tools.

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May 2014

Reading the Great Lakes

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. May’s selection is Coop by…

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Free

Cooking Matters

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until June 16, 2014

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Participants will assist in food preparation during class. Cooking matters provides recipes, books and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing…

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YMCA Veggie Van

May 6 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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Free

Small Business Class: Market Research Series

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until May 21, 2014

Learn how to research your market, customers and competitors in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Registration is required at www.grpl.org/sbrc.

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Early Childhood Essentials Class: Make Time for Math

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Math activities are fun and help children learn about their world. In this class we’ll review important benchmarks children are now expected to know before entering kindergarten and math activities that support them. Please bring a paper grocery bag for a “make and take” math activity, and a children’s math subject storybook either from your personal collection or the library.

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Book Fiesta

May 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come learn about the Latin American holiday Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day), experience dance performances by Grupo Tarasco, hear a bilingual storytime, make a fun craft and enjoy delicious food. Explore the library’s Spanish collection and get a library card if you don’t have one. This is a Fiesta for the whole family and there will be a special gift for mothers (while supplies last). Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Consider a gift today.

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Free

Cooking Matters

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until June 16, 2014

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Participants will assist in food preparation during class. Cooking matters provides recipes, books and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing…

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YMCA Veggie Van

May 13 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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Ask a Lawyer – Social Security Disability

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Grand Rapids Public Library, in partnership with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, hosts this free series that aims to provide information about common legal issues. At each session, expert attorneys will give a 10- to 30-minute overview of their area of law, followed by a question-and-answer period. This month’s topic: Social Security Disability.

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Free

Small Business Class: Market Research Series

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until May 21, 2014

Learn how to research your market, customers and competitors in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Registration is required at www.grpl.org/sbrc.

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Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Linda Hundt, author of Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life, will share her journey of how she went from tweaking beloved old family recipes in her kitchen to becoming a sixteen-time national pie-baking champion. She’ll give a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to create her first cookbook, which features recipes from her award-winning retro pie shops, including the Sweetie-licious Bake Shoppe at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Linda, who has been featured on Food Network and other television…

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Adult Computer Class: Selling Online: Etsy, eBay & More

May 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you crafty? Artisans are taking to websites like Etsy, Craigslist and eBay to connect with interested buyers. Let us show you how to sell your creations online.

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Free

Cooking Matters

May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until June 16, 2014

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Participants will assist in food preparation during class. Cooking matters provides recipes, books and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing…

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YMCA Veggie Van

May 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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Free

Small Business Class: Market Research Series

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until May 21, 2014

Learn how to research your market, customers and competitors in this series on market research co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. Registration is required at www.grpl.org/sbrc.

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YMCA Veggie Van

May 27 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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Small Business Class: Defining Points – Understanding Balance Check

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Starting a business is hard, but the trials don’t end when a business gets off the ground. Every business faces decision points, challenges that can be overcome with proper planning and preparation. How do you plan to pass your business on, preserve your resources, and survive the leadership challenges that so many businesses face? This program will teach the theory, planning, and tactics that every business needs to turn threats into opportunities.

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Super Secret Science Saturday

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Do you think you have what it takes to become a Mad Scientist? Test your skills in our secret laboratory, sign up to be a Summer Reading Challenger, enjoy test tube treats, and be initiated into the Mad Scientist Club!

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June 2014
Free

Cooking Matters

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until June 16, 2014

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Participants will assist in food preparation during class. Cooking matters provides recipes, books and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing…

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YMCA Veggie Van

June 3 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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Reading the Great Lakes

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. June’s selection is A Sand…

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Free

Cooking Matters

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until June 16, 2014

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Participants will assist in food preparation during class. Cooking matters provides recipes, books and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing…

Find out more »

YMCA Veggie Van

June 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Genealogist Jessica Trotter will explore the basics of genealogy research, basic genealogy resources, and sources particularly useful for African American research. Learn more about DNA research and sharing research. Jessica has been researching her family for the past sixteen years and during that time she’s come across some fabulous resources, made a few colossal mistakes, and still made progress—even if it wasn’t always the way she intended.

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Free

Cooking Matters

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until June 16, 2014

In partnership with the YMCA, the library is pleased to offer Cooking Matters, a six-week nutritional education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Participants will learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best possible nourishment to their families. Participants will assist in food preparation during class. Cooking matters provides recipes, books and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing…

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Cirque Amongus

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This amazing show is a surprising combination of comedy, circus skills, and audience participation. Accomplished performers with a broad range of acrobatic skills will put on a display guaranteed to amaze and delight all ages.

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YMCA Veggie Van

June 17 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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Cirque Amongus

June 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This amazing show is a surprising combination of comedy, circus skills, and audience participation. Accomplished performers with a broad range of acrobatic skills will put on a display guaranteed to amaze and delight all ages.

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What Does It Take to Reach Your Dreams?

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kris Mathis, a local author and motivational speaker, will deliver a step-by-step program that will teach you how to achieve any goal or dream. He will share some principles from his book that will help you discover your true purpose, how to take control of your life, and make your goals and dreams a reality. He will also explore how to keep fighting for your goals even when you want to give up; how to believe in yourself and your…

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Book Buddies

June 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Ever want to read to a princess, race car driver, or a dinosaur? Now you can! Come check out a Book Buddy from the library and spend 10 minutes reading your favorite book together! There will be lots of special characters and local personalities to choose from and each one is excited to hear you read. Make sure you log your minutes in your Challenger log! Book Buddies are available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to change. This…

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YMCA Veggie Van

June 24 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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The Other Side of Immigration

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a screening of The Other Side of Immigration. The film is based on 700 interviews in Mexican towns where half the population has left to work in the United States. The film explores why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Filmmaker Roy Germano will lead a question and answer session after the screening.

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The Science of Dinosaurs with PaleoJoe

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

What did dinosaurs eat? Did they burp? If so, did they say “excuse me” afterward? PaleoJoe will take you back in time to learn about the science of dinosaurs. Hear dinosaur stories, and see fossils up close including skull casts, teeth, and poop! Learn about the predators, scavengers and plant eaters of the ancient Mesozoic, the age of dinosaurs.

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Finding Literary Gold When Researching for Your Detective Novel

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Everyone loves the idea of being an armchair detective. It’s one reason crime novels are so popular. But readers are sophisticated and picky—they want their crime fiction to be based in verifiable fact. So, how can you make sure your novel’s lead detective is believable and your plot keeps readers turning pages? With great research! There’s literary gold in those news stories, library archives, police reports and trial transcripts. True crime author Mardi Link teaches you how to find it!

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Women Rock Their Finances

June 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Three trillion dollars. That’s how much money women in the United States make each year, and that number is only rising. Without fiscal literacy, even this number will not be enough for women to reach their financial goals. This fiscal literacy seminar will provide women with the financial knowledge they need to rock their finances.

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July 2014

YMCA Veggie Van

July 1 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

July 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

July 15 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

July 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

July 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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August 2014

YMCA Veggie Van

August 5 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

August 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

August 19 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

August 26 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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September 2014

YMCA Veggie Van

September 2 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

September 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

September 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

September 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

September 30 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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October 2014

YMCA Veggie Van

October 7 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

October 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

October 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

October 28 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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November 2014

YMCA Veggie Van

November 4 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

November 11 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

November 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

November 25 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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December 2014

YMCA Veggie Van

December 2 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

December 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

December 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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Main Library Closed

December 21
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Every week until December 28, 2014

The Main Library is closed today. Regular Sunday hours resume in January.

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YMCA Veggie Van

December 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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Main Library Closed

December 28
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Every week until December 28, 2014

The Main Library is closed today. Regular Sunday hours resume in January.

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Main Library Closed

December 28
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Every week until December 28, 2014

The Main Library is closed today. Regular Sunday hours resume in January.

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YMCA Veggie Van

December 30 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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January 20152015

YMCA Veggie Van

January 6, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

January 13, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

January 20, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

January 27, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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February 2015

YMCA Veggie Van

February 3, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

February 10, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

February 17, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

February 24, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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March 2015

YMCA Veggie Van

March 3, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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YMCA Veggie Van

March 10, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Every week

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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