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September 8, 2010 - 'Everyday Sanctuaries' Art Gallery

Pine Rest has the pleasure of announcing artist Charles LaRue will be displaying his collection titled “Everyday Sanctuaries” in the Bruce and Mary Leep Art Gallery at the Postma Center.  The Leep Art Gallery is located on the main campus of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services at 300 68th Street, Grand Rapids, MI. LaRue’s show is titled “Everyday Sanctuaries” to signify the restorative and comforting aspects of the everyday places in everyday environments. The work is inspired by the humble, ordinary scenes that also show a more profound message through an artistic brushstroke.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association Arts and Craft Fair

On Saturday, September 11, 9 AM - 4 PM) Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association (GPNA) will celebrate another wonderful day of shopping, eating and having a great time at our 37th Annual GPNA Arts & Craft Fair. There will be over 125 Exhibitors selling hand-crafted items.

Besides all the wonderful hand crafted items for purchase, the Kroc Center will be providing a family play area for children, with a bounce-hut and face painting. 

There will be great music and entertainment all day and featured are

Noon: Gentlemen of Ragtime

3 PM -4 PM Chance Encounter

A list of exhibitors with booth numbers can be found on our website: www.gpnagr.org.

Handicapped parking is available off from Jefferson, just south of Burton.

Other parking lots are available off from Madison, south of Burton.

Fun, free and frugal events for families in Grand Rapids September 1-7

I am guessing that since school is finally starting in Grand Rapids, most of you don’t need suggestions for how to keep busy this week; but I’m going to give you one anyway. 

It’s what I do.

September 01st, 2010 - Chihuly at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: A New Eden

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, will celebrate the masterwork of artist Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s foremost artists, with a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibition. “Chihuly at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: A New Eden” will feature fourteen monumental glass sculptures in diverse locations across Meijer Gardens. It will be open to the public April 30, 2010 through September 30, 2010. Each of the fifteen sculptures will correspond to the horticultural aspects and natural conditions of each respective location. Chosen sites span the grounds of Meijer Gardens including the English Perennial Garden, Woodland Shade Garden, Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, wetland areas and the 30-acre Sculpture Park. “I’m happy to be coming back to Frederik Meijer Gardens”, said Chihuly.

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.

Grand Crossings Labor Day bridge walk

July 2010

City of Grand Rapids plans “Grand Crossings,” a Bridge Walk on Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2010, 8:00 a.m. , Ah-Nab-Awen Park

You don’t have to go all the way to the Mackinac Bridge to join the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.
Join your neighbors, invite your friends. Participants can walk as many as five miles, the equivalent of the Mackinac Bridge, and cross as many as seven bridges. The route is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all fitness levels. No sign-up is necessary. Please make sure you are physically able to participate. Mayor George K. Heartwell will lead the walk.
The City of Grand Rapids offers its own bridge walk on Labor Day, September 6, 2010, at 8:00 a.m., at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, near the corner of Pearl and Scribner, as part of the Active Michigan Summer initiative organized by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.