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Special Event on March 1 – The Solar Eclipse of 2017

Special Event on March 1 – The Solar Eclipse of 2017

The public is invited to this special presentation to prepare for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Across a wide area of the United States, there has not been a total eclipse of the sun, since 1970. This summer, we will experience total darkness for possibly 2 minutes and 40 seconds within a 70 mile radius on August 21, 2017.

Dave DeBruyn and George Lessens will give a presentation on Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm called “Where to Go and What to See” taking place at the Grand Rapids Public Museum located at 272 Pearl Street NW in Grand Rapids. This presentation will give the public useful knowledge during this special August event.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

If you enjoy the planets & the stars above, this is a Saturday evening event that you don’t want to miss.

The community is invited from 9:30pm – midnight on Saturday, April 30 to observe the night sky at the astronomical education & research center. The James C. Veen Observatory houses several equipped telescopes to explore the featured objects, such as Jupiter, nebulas, galaxies, & star clusters.

This Public Night takes place only if the sky is clear. Starting times vary with the sunset. It is a quarter mile walk from the parking area to the top of the hill of the Observatory, ask the lot attendant for assistance, if needed.

James C. Veen Observatory is located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Twp., MI 49331.

Admission: Adults - $3, Kids 17 & under - $2, under 5 & GRPM Members – Free. There will be more Public Nights, every month through October 2016.

Peace while paddling: Flat River kayak trip May 9

Peace while paddling: Flat River kayak trip May 9

LOWELL, Mich.— Lowell Community Wellness is teaming up with the Fortune Bay Expedition Team to help you find peace by paddling.

On Saturday, May 9, community members are invited to jump in a kayak and explore the Flat River as it weaves across the Kent-Ionia county line.  Participants will meet at the covered bridge in Fallasburg Park at 10 a.m.  A shuttle will take them to the launch site at White’s Bridge Road. Take in the flora and fauna on the trip back.

Admission is $25, which includes $15 for kayak rental.  To register for the trip, visit the event website here.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: Astronomy as a Hobby Part 3 – “What’s Next from My New Hobby?”

My Town: Astronomy as a Hobby Part 3 – “What’s Next from My New Hobby?”

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association presents Greg Comegys, who will share part three of his talk about astronomy as a hobby.

Astronomy enthusiasts are welcome to Schuler Books, located at 2660 28th Street SE for this discussion on Saturday, March 14, from 1 p.m.  2 p.m. A telescope tune-up clinic will follow the lecture, from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Helpful advice about upgrading equipment will be discussed; amateur astronomers may also get a glimpse at astro-imaging. Guests are invited to bring their telescope instruments for minor repair, assessment and alignment.

For more information, visit www.graaa.org.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

---NEWS RELEASE—

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encouraged the state's fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).