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Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Sponsors & the Hudsonville Fairgrounds invite the public to a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!

The kick-off of this colorful festival starts at the Ah-Nab-Awen Park located downtown Grand Rapids by the Gerald R Ford Museum on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00pm. Guests have the opportunity, for $1 to walk inside a RE/Max hot air balloon, watch the glow of hot air balloons in the night sky, along with musical entertainment with Picnic in the Park until 10pm.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to the Hudsonville Fairgrounds located at 5236 Park Avenue to experience activities galore on Friday & Saturday.

Friday, July 22 the community can enjoy numerous events from 5pm through 9:00pm and Saturday, July 23, beginning at 6:30am-8:00am (weather permitting) guest can experience Balloon Fly-Ins. Who will win, as pilots fly in the fairgrounds balloon area for a target? Family entertainment returns at 1pm through 9:00pm.

Public Night on Saturday

Public Night on Saturday

Planet & Star enthusiasts are invited to this Public Night on Saturday, July 9.

Community families are invited to visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday from 9:30pm to midnight to experience the night sky & its wonders, provided the sky is clear. With Observatory & members telescopes, guests have the ability to view the planets, Mars & Saturn, deep sky objects, like galaxies along with various star clusters & nebulas.

Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed.

The next Public Night is scheduled for July 23.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Free Day at the Museum

Free Day at the Museum

Downtown Grand Rapid Inc. has made it possible for the community to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum for free one day this summer.

The public is invited to the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Sunday, July 10 from 12pm/noon through 5pm for the opportunity to explore exhibits on 3 floors at no cost. This includes the traveling exhibit, Earth Explorer brought to you by National Geographic. There is an additional cost for the planetarium shows, The Robot Zoo, which will be at the museum through September 18, 2016 & the 1928 Spillmann Carousel.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is located at 272 Pearl Street NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Call: (616)929-1700 or visit www.grpm.org for more information.

Health & Wellness Fair Returns

Health & Wellness Fair Returns

Help benefit Pause for a Cause – A Dog for a Vet & West Michigan Veteran Assistance Program with your attendance at this Health & Wellness Fair.

For the second year, all ages are invited to Heather Hills for a special afternoon of live entertainment, food and fun.

Visit the Village of Heather Hills located at 1055 Forest Hill Avenue SE in Grand Rapids from 11am-4pm on Wednesday, June 22.

Call: (616)974-5303 or e-mail: kmadendorp@heatherhills.com for more information.

Bissell Blocktail Party Returns

Bissell Blocktail Party Returns

Get your tickets soon to be a part of the 11th Anniversary Bissell Blocktail Party to benefit homeless pets.

Proceeds will help with adoption & foster care services, microchipping, and spay/neuter programs that can make a difference in many animals lives, yearly!

Your four legged friends are welcome to the outside activities on Tuesday, June 14, 6:00-9:00pm on the lawn at Mangiamo, located at 1033 Lake Dive SE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

If purchased before June 10, tickets are $100 that includes 2 drink tickets. Otherwise, a limited 2016 Blocktail Party tickets will be available at the door.

Call: (616)735-6666 or visit: www.bissellblocktailparty.com for more information or tickets before June 10.

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.

Astronomy as a Hobby: Sorting it All Out Session

Astronomy as a Hobby: Sorting it All Out Session

The GRAAA is offering beginning amateur astronomer’s the opportunity to learn resources that can assist with stargazing in their backyard, along with what to look for in the sky. Specialist of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomy Association will give important observing aids to help find your way around the sky during this afternoon class.

This session takes place on Saturday, February 13 at 1:00-3:00pm at Schuler Books and Music located 2660 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids. The hour long session will be followed by a Telescope Clinic at 2:15pm.

Visit www.graaa.org or call – (616)942-2561 for more information.