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Public Night at Veen Observatory on Saturday

Public Night at Veen Observatory on Saturday

The public is invited to check out sky objects above, 2 Saturdays a month through October at the James C. Veen Observatory.

Visitors have the opportunity to experience the night skies on Saturday, June 25 from 9:30pm to midnight with Veen Observatory telescopes and member’s equipment. The night sky will feature Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & deep Sky Objects such as nebulas, galaxies & star clusters.This is also a chance to tour the facility & check out the audio visual presentation about the Observatory & the GRAAA.

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. If need, ask the lot attendant about assistance to the Observatory.

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

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.

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.

22nd Annual Lowell Riverwalk Festival

22nd Annual Lowell Riverwalk Festival

This three-day event includes many activities for you and your family to enjoy. Thursday and Friday live concerts and Saturday Open Mic Day, Thursday Pig Roast , River Valley Credit Union Arts & Crafts & Re-found Treasures show, Saturday From the Heart Parade, Riverwalk Cruise-in (classic cars), Pink Arrow Kidz Zone, Bill & Pauls kayak/SUP/canoe race, crew team rowing class, food booths, Englehardt Library used book sale, downtown shopping, street entertainers, $1500 State Farm Duck Raffle, Laurels of Kent fireworks and much more! Check it all out right at www.riverwalkfestival.org or call Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-897-9161, for more information.

FESTIVAL HOURS:
Thursday– 5 pm to 9 pm
Live entertainment on the Stage begins at 7 pm, featuring Bronk Bros. (Rockin’ Hillbilly & Honky-Tonk)

Friday – 5 pm to 9 pm
Live entertainment on the Stage begins at 7 pm, Alive & Well (Classic Mix of Rock, Pop, and Rhythm & Blues)

Saturday – 8 am to 4 pm.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Returns

Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Returns

For the 6th year in a row, the community can come together for the annual Turkey Trot taking place at the beautiful Wittenbach/Wege Center in Lowell

Family members or individuals should register soon to lace up their athletic shoes and put one foot in front of the other this Saturday, November 7 starting at 9am.

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky for the last time until next April. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

Don’t miss the final public observing night on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm for the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune & Gibbous Moon.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township. These Observing Nights are brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Note: The Parking area is at the bottom of a quarter mile uphill walk. Ask parking lot attendant about available assistance. Public Observing Nights take place only when skies are clear on Saturday evening.