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February 2018 Events

Jan 31, 2018 10:00AM ● By WLMagazine


Sunday Classical Concert Series. Make enjoying a live concert by a local band part of your lazy Sunday afternoon, inviting you to admire the sound throughout GRAM’s beautiful architecture and gallery space. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. Concert line-up at


Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Work on your art projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creators. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm.

Comedy Outlet Mondays. Laugh Monday off as you watch a variety of improv, sketch, puppet and musical performances. Dog Story Theater. 7 pm.

Mondays through March 5

GROW Facebook Micro Credential Workshop Series. This 5-session workshop gives the public a chance to earn digital badges that demonstrate skills they learn in social media marketing during the workshops through hands-on experience managing a Facebook and Instagram business page they create. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 2-5 pm. (final class March 5). Register at


Meijer Free Tuesdays means free admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am-5 pm.

Science Tuesdays at the Museum. Kids explore the Science of Watersheds by participating in a variety of activities and interactive displays. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-4 pm.

Tuesdays through February 27

Cozy Tales for Chilly Days. Cozy up at the gardens for wintertime stories that guide preschoolers from winter to spring with animal tales in between. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10:30-11:30 am.


Give someone the ultimate Valentine by giving blood at one of the many blood drives this month hosted by Michigan Blood and the American Red Cross. Search our events for blood drive locations and times or find one near you at or

Enmeshed exhibit. Discover how participating artists bridge the gap between personal, political and spiritual, exploring how they relate to identity and action. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Hours at

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids exhibit. Follow mythological creatures to their roots through models, replicas, fossils, interactive exhibits and more. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Exhibit runs until May 20. Hours at

The Great Lakes Cycle exhibit. Viewers explore the Great Lakes through Alexis Rockman’s vast collection of artwork that illustrates what the Great Lakes were in the past and what the future holds for them based on our actions. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at

Through February 10

Grand Valley Artist exhibit. Discover the exceptional talent and professionalism within the Grand Valley Artists a at this all-media juried exhibition. LowellArts. Gallery hours at

Through February 11

Andy Warhol’s American Icons. Visit the mind of Andy Warhol through GRAM’s newest exhibit composed of the avant-garde artist’s paintings, prints, photographs and film, creating a collection of 20th century cultural icons. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Hours at

February 1

Blood Drive. East Grand Rapids High School (7:30 am-2 pm) and Calvin College (noon-7 pm). Sign up at

Mindful Walking and Thought Surfing. Learn how to use thought-surfing to gain perspective on negative emotions and how mindfulness can help you lead a happier life. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1-2:30 pm.

Volunteer Education session. Those interested in becoming a volunteer tutor are invited to a free information session that teaches attendees more about the center’s programs. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Agua Caliente Clippers. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at

SCMC Acoustic Café Series presents Judy Collins. Experience the artist’s sublime vocals and boldly vulnerable songwriting that has inspired audiences over the decades. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

February 1-3

FHE presents Anything Goes. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 7 pm (Thu & Fri). 3 and 7 pm (Sat).

February 1 & 15

Intro to GROW. Get information on programs and services GROW offers for business starters. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm.

February 1-4

Michigan International Auto Show. Hundreds of the latest model cars, trucks, vans, SUV’s, hybrids and sports cars are featured from over 35 manufacturers in this stunning show that “wows” visitors every year. DeVos Place. Showtimes at

February 1-4 & 8-10

If/Then. Actors’ Theatre GR introduces you to Elizabeth and simultaneously shows two outcomes of how her life would play out if she made one choice over another. Spectrum Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets at

February 2

National Wear Red Day. Show your armor in the fight against heart disease by wearing red today, joining thousands across the country sporting their support for women with heart disease and stroke. Learn more at

Blood Drive at South Christian High School. 8 am-2 pm. Sign up at

First Fridays Gallery Hop. Avenue for the Arts welcomes you to view artwork and handmade goods by local artists. Exclusive food and drink specials, offered by local businesses, make for an exciting evening of culture and libations. South Division. 6-9 pm.

Moonlight Marathon. Runners who want to run for fun without treading the full 13.1-26.2 miles can run one lap of tomorrow’s Groundhog Marathon the night before. The Meadows at Millennium Park. 6:30-8 pm. Register at

Grand Rapids Symphony presents The Planets. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at

February 2-April 29

Drawn Into Form: Beverly Pepper exhibit. The Gardens display drawings and prints by the iconic contemporary sculptor in this never before seen by the public exhibit. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Hours at

February 3

Groundhog Marathon. Run 3-6 laps around the Kent Trails on snow-covered terrain to earn a finisher’s medal, immortal glory and post-race chili. The Meadows at Millennium Park. 8 am-4 pm. Register at

5/3 River Bank Community Training Run. Get ready for West Michigan’s largest road race in May by attending a free community run on a segment of the 25K course. Meet at David D. Hunting YMCA. 8 am. More training opportunities at

Winter Survival Workshop. Learn the critical basic survival skill of starting a fire using nature’s surrounding materials and learning crucial techniques. Blandford Nature Center. 9 am-noon.

Big Give charity shopping event. Every purchase makes a difference during this inaugural shopping event where local business owners give 15% of sales proceeds to one of 10 local nonprofits. Downtown Holland. Participating businesses at

Giants Awards and Banquet. Join the community for a celebration of the contributions made this year by 13 African American individuals, whose efforts have improved the quality of life in GR. DeVos Place. 6-8:30 pm. Tickets at Eventbrite page.

Ethnic Heritage Festival. Celebrate the history and diversity of various cultural traditions within GR by visiting a cornucopia of booths featuring interactive displays, enjoying performances, presentations, food and music highlighting the vibrant mix of traditions in our community, and partaking in an International Beer Tasting event. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-5 pm.

Opening of Water’s Extreme Journey exhibit. Travel through lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds as a water droplet making its way to the ocean and encountering things that affect their journey along the way. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am. Exhibit runs until April 29. Hours at

Black Family History Series: Why Genealogy (10 am) and Uncovering Your African American Genealogical Treasure Trove Hiding in the Attic (1:30 pm). Grand Rapids Public Library. Complete series at

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Little Red Riding Hood. The GR Symphony is joined by the GR Ballet to perform the timeless tale of a wolf who tries to trick a girl into becoming dinner, yet his plans are foiled by a modern day twist. DeVos Performance Hall. 10:30 am. Tickets at

GR Story Spinners: Family Storytelling. Unplug for an hour and listen to stories told by expert storytellers that hold the attention of the whole family. Blandford Nature Center. 2-3 pm.

Night at Your Museum and Silent Auction. Step into 1876 Victorian Grand Rapids to aid in solving the mystery of a questionable fire at a local hotel by taking to towns folk and collecting clues. Don’t forget to browse the silent auction tables for a chance to win trips, tickets to events and other goodies. Engine House No. 5. 6-9 pm. Tickets at

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Delaware 87ers. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at

February 3 & 4

CARE Ballet presents Cinderella. Enjoy a condensed version of Cinderella performed by the local nonprofit ballet company. East Grand Rapids High School. 11 am & 3 pm (Sat) and 4 pm (Sun). Tickets at

February 3 & 17

Outdoor Winter Market. Find warmth this winter with fresh breads, root vegetables perfect for soups, eggs for a delicious breakfast scramble and more from local market vendors. 8th Street Holland Market Place. 9 am-noon.

February 3-24

Black Family History Series. Uncover your history and discover your ancestors during this Black History Month series that teaches techniques on researching and documenting family history and features local and regional speakers. Grand Rapids Public Library. Series’ topics and dates in our calendar or at

February 4

Blood Drive: St. Stephen’s Catholic Church (8 am-1 pm) and St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church (8 am-1 pm). Sign up at

Sunday Classical Concerts presents Grand Rapids Symphony’s Victoria Olsen (bassoon). Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. Full line-up at

February 5

GROW Facebook Micro Credential Workshop: Week 1. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 2-5 pm.

Blood Drive at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. 3:30-7:30 pm. Sign up at

February 5-10

Beauty Week. For the love of beauty, stop by to see the latest trends in makeup and skin care while seizing fun specials throughout the week. Bengtson Center.

February 6

CoolSculpting/Cool Event. Receive a complimentary consultation and customized plan as you learn about the latest CoolSculpting technology. 9-4 pm. RSVP at

Volunteer Education session. Learn more about the center’s programs at this free information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm.

GROW Small Business Class: Marketing Strategies 101. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register for the class cluster at

February 6 & 13

GROW Established Division Programming Kick-off with Zara Smith. SalesPad. 5-6:30 pm. Register at

Roll in the Dough cooking class. Learn how to make your own pasta with experts from the Local Epicurean during this class that lets students leave with a batch of their personal, handmade pasta. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-9 pm. Enroll at

February 7

Blood Drive: Cascade Kent District Library (12:15-7 pm) and Fellowship Christian Reformed Church (2:45-7 pm). Sign up at

Louder Than Words: British Invasion. Enjoy live music by JetBeats before the DJ panel takes the stage to discuss how rock influenced their lives and share stories about meeting legendary rockers during their career. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library. 5:30 pm.

Intro to Zentangle. Dominican Center at Marywood. 6:30-8:30 pm.

It’s Time for a Hero: Exploring Scars in Pop Culture. Join a panel of burn survivors as they discuss how the media negatively represents people with scars (comic book villains and horror movie nightmares) and how it affects people harboring their own scars. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7-8:30 pm.

Dublin Irish Dance presents Stepping Out. Irish melodies, traditional steps, Celtic instruments and authentic talent tells the story of the Irish Immigration to America after the famine while fusing the music with African rhythms and dance to introduce audience members to the creation of American tap dance. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm.

February 7, 21, 28 & March 7

Postpartum Planning Workshop. PCD Stacey Figg teaches participants how to prepare and navigate through the emotions and challenges that come with the postpartum period during this four-week workshop. Renew Mama Studio. 6:30-8 pm. Register by calling (616) 633-7500.

February 8

Blood Drive at Heritage Baptist Church. Noon-7 pm. Sign up at

Girls’ Night Out. Grab the girls and take a night to shop the latest fashion while discovering what’s new in aesthetics and plastic surgery with a presentation by Dr. Brad Bengtson. The team is on-hand to answer questions and help you schedule an appointment. Leigh’s. 5-7 pm. RSVP at

Lakeshore Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards. You’re invited to experience Local First’s annual LocalMotion Awards in Holland, celebrating the lakeshore’s local businesses and extending the applause further around West Michigan. CityFlatsHotel. 6-8:30 pm. Tickets at

The Red Affair. Put on your best red and throw on your dancing shoes for a pre-V-Day soirée featuring an appetizer buffet, specialty Valentine’s cocktails and live entertainment by the Brena trio. Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails. 6-10 pm.

Wine & Wishes. Enjoy three-course meal, wine and beer, and live entertainment by blues phenomenon Jake Kershaw during Make-A-Wish’s annual fundraising dinner that supports local children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Pinnacle Center. 6-10 pm. Tickets at

Beer Explorers: Malt Variations. Pilot Malt House joins GRPM and Brewery Vivant for this sensory-driven class where participants smell and taste malts while learning how they influence different beers. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 6:30-8 pm. Tickets at

55th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour. View the interesting and challenging films of the reputable Ann Arbor Film Festival as GRPL and Wealthy Theatre’s CinemaLab team up to bring the experience to the Grand Rapids screen. Wealthy Theatre. 7-8:30 pm.

Concerts Under the Stars: Edye Evans Hyde. Visual cosmo-inspired effects dance to jazz by the local musician to keep toes tapping with a unique planetarium show. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7:30 pm. Tickets and line-up at

February 9

Blood Drive at Priority Health. 9 am-2 pm Sign up at

LaFontsee’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. The local art gallery invites everyone to join them for music, refreshments, artwork and more at the opening reception of their 30th Anniversary exhibit. La Fontsee Galleries. 5-9 pm. Exhibit runs until April 6.

Grown Up Play Date. Let your inner child come out to play during this adults-only event that brings back the most fun you’ve had since childhood with access to all the Children’s Museum exhibits, a shrinky dink craft area, painting, a life-sized Candy Land game, food and drinks. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. 6:30-10:30 pm. Tickets at

Reflective Film Series: Un Padre no Tan Padre. Dominican Center at Marywood. 7-9 pm.

Luke Combs: Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour. DeltaPlex Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

February 9 & 10

Harry Potter Film Concert Series presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The GR Symphony performs in perfect harmony with the third Harry Potter film, playing on the auditorium’s large screen, during this enchanting concert and movie experience in one. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 (Fri). 2 and 7:30 pm (Sat).

February 9-11

Ice Bar: Olympic Games. Forgo the ticket to South Korea and have your own Olympic Games at The Market where the Ice Bar is back, serving handcrafted concoctions, beer and red or blue shots served in chiseled glasses. Take on competitors in tabletop curling, frozen beer pong and classic yard games outdoors. The Downtown Market. Hours at

Valenti-ICE Weekend. Downtown GR becomes an ice gallery with over 50 ice sculptures being displayed in front of local businesses, opportunities to witness live ice carving demonstrations by the Ice Brigade The human Hungry Hungry Hippo Tournament (Sun). Join the community Friday night for a screening of the Winter World Olympics’ opening ceremony. Rosa Parks Circle. Schedule at

MOVEMEDIA I: Diversity. GR Ballet presents part one of this stunning show that explores and celebrates the variety of views, realities and expectations we hold, fused with thought-provoking panel discussion at the show. MOVEMEDIA: Diversity II takes place March 23-25. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at

West Michigan Golf Show. Golf season starts soon and golfers can rediscover great local courses, plan golf outings and buy new equipment to prepare at thus exciting expo for all golf-lovers. DeVos Place. Showtimes at

February 9-16

World of Winter Festival. Get ready to step outside and enjoy winter with a slate of winter activities organized by Downtown GR Inc including Valent-ICE Weekend, the Ice Bar Olympics, free skating, ice carving, ice sculptures, snowshoeing, special walking and running tours and more. Downtown Grand Rapids. Schedule of events at

February 10

Black Family History Series: Gangsters and WWI (10 am) and Freedman’s Bureau (1:30 pm). Grand Rapids Public Library. Complete series at

Blood Drive at Griffins Youth Foundation. 10 am-4 pm. Sign up at

Art, Love and Chocolate Tour. Celebrate love for art, each other and chocolate during this special guided tour that explores the essence of passion in art in the galleries followed by a special chocolate treat. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 11 am-noon and 2-3 pm. Register at

Frozen in Time: Live Mannequins. Take a winter walk down the heated sidewalks on Grand Haven’s Main Street and marvel as storefront windows come to life with mannequins posing as superheroes. Event reception with awards for best window following. Downtown Grand Haven (event reception at Tri-Cities Historical Museum at 4:30 pm). 2-5 pm.

Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Double Header. Rivertown Sports. 5-9:30 pm. Tickets at

Heart Healthy Hockey Game: Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Madison Capitols. Support heart health at this fast-paced hockey game with Mercy Health giveaways and the chance to catch a Mercy Health t-shirt from the t-shirt blaster. LC Walker Ice Arena. 7:15 pm.

Public Access concert. Enjoy a live performance by the instrumental band who magically harmonize the playings of six separate guitars to deliver an unmatchable performance. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets at

February 10 & 24

Animal Adventures: Surviving the Wild. Kids can learn how little critters survive in the wild through live animal demonstrations, listening to animal stories and playing games. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10-11:30 am. Enroll at

February 11

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Memphis Hustle. DeltaPlex. 1 pm. Tickets at

Sunday Classical Concerts presents Castilia Quartet. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. Full line-up at

February 12

GROW Facebook Micro Credential Workshop: Week 2. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 2-5 pm.

February 13

Junior Achievement Girls’ Dream Fair. 7th- and 8th-grade girls explore STEM-related fields and learn the exciting possibilities for their future through women who have found a career in STEM professions. Spectrum Health Hospital. 9 am-2 pm.

Blood Drive: Autocam Precision Components Group (noon-5:30 pm), GVSU Allendale Campus Kleiner Commons (noon-6 pm), Alger Park Christian Reformed Church (2-7 pm) and Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church (2-8 pm). Sign up at

Perrin “No Problems” Training Run. Train for River Bank like a Beer City local at this community training run featuring a 3-mile course throughout the brewing company’s neighborhood followed by a pint and conversation at Perrin. Perrin Brewing Company. 6 pm. More training opportunities at

GROW Small Business Class: Marketing Strategies: Branding and Selling Your Value Proposition. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register for the class cluster at

French Beauties. Explore the wide range of French fromage while indulging in delicious samples and great pairings along the way. The Cheese Lady. 6:30-7:30 pm.

February 13-18

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Watch the story of legend Carole King come to life in this musical featuring the generation-moving songs you love. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at

February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day from Women’s LifeStyle! We’ve fallen head over heels with your readership and wish you a lovely day full of health, indulgence, connection and kindness. Thank you for being our Valentine.

Blood Drive at Old National Bank. 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up at

GROW Start Smart Business Readiness Course. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm.

February 14-18

Grand Rapids Boat Show. The expo hall fills with boats as big as 50 feet long with all the resources and services you need to enjoy your time on the lake. DeVos Place. Showtimes at

February 14-17 & 21-24

White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Witness a play created by a performer’s first glance at the script, which happens onstage in front of the audience. Spectrum Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets at

February 15

Blood Drive: Nucraft Furniture (6-11 am), Forest Hills Central-Woodlands Elementary (9 am-3 pm) and Western Michigan University (10 am-3 pm). Sign up at

Volunteer Education session. Learn more about the center’s programs at this free information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am.

Green Drinks with WMEAC. Network with a lively mix of people from NGO’s to sustainability experts over craft beer. Harmony Hall. 5-7 pm.

Artist’s Reception: Linda Walburn. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6-7 pm.

Music in the Stacks: Fyrrh. Browse the library’s collection while enjoying a live performance by the local rock band. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7-8:30 pm.

Tree Beer Release Party. To celebrate Beer Month GR and support Friends of GR Parks, local breweries were challenged to create a beer with the element of a tree, and now is the time to sip the fruits of their labor at the release party, which is tapping a number of the tree beers that are available at their breweries throughout the month. Harmony Hall. 5:30-8:30 pm.

Creativity Uncorked: Naughty Collages. Grab a glass of wine and use pictures that have been deemed too risqué to be used during family studio hours, to create your own saucy piece of art while debating on the difference between nakedness, nudity and censorship in art. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6:45-9 pm. Register at

February 15-18

Disney on Ice presents Reach for the Stars. Your favorite classic Disney characters slide onto the rink joined by some new friends including the Frozen sisters, Rapunzel and Flynn to bring Disney-lovers of all ages an exciting, non-stop skating spectacle. Van Andel Arena. Tickets and showtimes at

February 15-March 15

Beer Month GR/Cool Brews. Hot Eats. It’s that time of year where we in Beer City celebrate the beverage that’s earned GR its namesake with dozens of local restaurants dishing out exclusive menu items made and paired with beer, beer events like the Winter Beer Festival and Founders KBS Week, wild tap takeovers and special deals for Brewsaders. List of participating restaurants, events and specials at

February 16

Blood Drive: Spectrum Health Hospital (6 am-4 pm), Spectrum Health on Lake Dr. (7 am-1 pm) and Grand Rapids Christian High School (8 am-2:30 pm). Sign up at

Lunar New Year Celebration. GR celebrates the Lunar New Year with traditional food, performances, lion dancers, loads of activities and a downtown dragon parade, making this inaugural city recognition an event for the whole family. DeVos Place. 5:30-10 pm.

Friday Night Fights. DeltaPlex Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at

February 16-18 & 23-25

A Playwright Festival: Risky Business. Audience members experience a production of eight 10-minute plays written by talented playwrights who are hoping to win the cash prize awarded by the judging panel. LowellArts. 7-9 pm (Fri & Sat) and 2 pm (Sun). Tickets at

February 17

Black Family History Series: Schedules, Wills and Probate (10 am) and How to Use the Census to Track Family Members (1:30 pm). Grand Rapids Public Library. Complete series at

Roger That! event. The museum hosts a number of activities, exhibits and discount planetarium shows to celebrate space exploration and the life of astronaut Robert B. Chaffe. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-5 pm. Special field trip offers at

Grand River Folk Arts Society presents David Mosher and Kitty Donohoe. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm.

February 18

Blood Drive at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Sign up at

Taste of Soul Sunday. Experience, appreciate and celebrate African American culture by indulging in food samples, art, literature, live performances, presentations and more. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1-4:30 pm.

Sunday Classical Concerts presents Spanish, French and American favorites. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. Full line-up at

February 19

Blood Drive: Forest Hills Northern High School (7:30 am-1:30 pm), Spectrum Health on Ottawa (9 am-3 pm), X-Rite Incorporated (9 am-3 pm) and Kentwood City Employees (1-4 pm). Sign up at

GROW Facebook Micro Credential Workshop: Week 3. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 2-5 pm.

February 20

Blood Drive: Steelcase Wood (7 am-noon), Blue Care Network (7:30 am-12:30 pm), Grand River Preparatory High School (8 am-1 pm) and Heart & Vascular Center at Bradford (noon-5 pm). Sign up at

GROW Small Business Class: Marketing Strategies: Marketing Your Business Online. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register for the class cluster at

KDaLe Book Club: Osgood Brewing. Talk books over brews with fellow book-lovers, discussing the books you’re currently reading and getting ideas on what to read next. Osgood Brewing Company. 7-8 pm.

Speak Up GR: Individual Rights and Community Policing. Join the community for a discussion on people’s rights when interacting with law enforcement, how racial bias affects everyone and GR’s latest efforts to improve community policing and safety. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7-8:30 pm.

February 19-27

Women and the Environment Symposium. Celebrate environmental advocacy during a week packed with events, culminating into the awards ceremony with keynote speaker Peggy Shepard. GVSU Downtown Campus (Loosemore Auditorium). 5-8 pm. Tickets at

February 20 & 27

Sight & Sound feat. MuseArte Duo. This unique performance combines art and music as artist Marlene Boonstra guides participants through a painted nature scene while violinist Gail Saldatori serenades the atmosphere with sweet sounds. Hors d’oeuvres and libations served. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-9 pm. Register at

February 21

Blood Drive: Lake Michigan Credit Union Corporate (8:30 am-2:30 pm) and BHS Insurance (9 am-2 pm). Sign up at

Grand Rapids Go Red for Women Luncheon. Hone your best fitness attire (bonus if it’s red) and join the American Heart Association at their annual luncheon celebrating our commitment and strive toward a heart healthy lifestyle. 20 Monroe Live. 10 am-1:30 pm.

February 22

Blood Drive: Steelcase Kentwood West (5:30 am-3:15 pm), Northpointe Christian High School (8 am-1 pm) and Heritage Baptist Church (noon-7 pm). Sign up at

GVSU Career Fair. Print out resume copies, dress to impress and explore career options with the chance to talk with hiring employers. 11 am-5 pm.

My Next Home Workshop. Real Estate experts are on-hand to help you navigate the process to purchase your next home using fun and interactive education. City2Shore Real Estate. 5:30-6:30 pm.

13th Annual Winterfest. Enjoy an evening of culinary delights, wine, cocktails and the chance to bid on amazing silent and live auction packages, all benefiting VAI’s life-changing Parkinson’s disease research. Cascade Hills Country Club. 6-10 pm. Tickets at

Live Music with Funkle Jesse. Enjoy an evening of happy hour prices, drink deals and a live musical performance by the local super group, Funkle Jesse. Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails. 7-10 pm. wheelhousegrandrapids

SCMC Spectacular Jazz Series presents Gregory Porter. Blooming with jazz and vocal talent, Porter returns to SCMC by popular demand to deliver another unforgettable performance to audience members. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

Blake Shelton: Country Music Freaks concert feat. Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

February 23

Blood Drive: Metro Health Hospital (7 am-noon) and Spectrum Health Breton (9 am-3 pm). Sign up at

Break it Down | Make it Better. Visit the dwelling place for captivating conversation and roundtable discussions about being an artist in this day and age, covering topics submitted by local community members heavily involved in the arts. Avenue for the Arts. 8:30 am-4 pm. Tickets at

Volunteer Education session. Learn more about the center’s programs at this free information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm.

SCMC Acoustic Café Series presents Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

Rangeela 2018. Celebrate the vibrancy of different cultures during this performance featuring heartfelt storytelling, exhilarating dances, melodious music, colorful costumes and more. Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College. 8-10 pm. Tickets at

February 23 & 24

Winter Beer Festival. Over 125 Michigan breweries flood the ballpark parking lot to give beer-lovers a taste of the best and most creative brews. Live music by local bands, entertainment, games and festival-goers sporting the most genius “snacklaces” you’ve ever seen make this one of the most anticipated festivals of the season. Fifth Third Ballpark. 5-9 pm (Fri) and 1-6 pm (Sat). Tickets at

February 23-25

GR Ballet Junior Company presents The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy needs to find her way back to Kansas, but she can’t journey down that yellow brick road without the help of the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, especially when the Wicked Witch of the West is afoot. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at

February 23-March 18

My Fair Lady. This popular musical brings thick-accented Eliza Doolittle and arrogant phonetics professor Henry Higgins together through a bet and sets them off on a life-changing path of discovery. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at

February 24

Yoga and Nature Workshop. Practice connecting your body with nature during a soothing, grounded yoga session led by Amber Kilpatrick, founder of Mindful Vinyasa Yoga School. Blandford Nature Center. 9:30-11 am.

GR Bridal Show. Find the wedding vendors you’ve been searching for and learn about other resources that help you plan the big day. DeVos Place. 11 am-6 pm.

Black Family History Series: The ABC’s of DNA (10 am) and African Americans in Grand Rapid (1:30 pm). Grand Rapids Public Library. Complete series at

Astronomy as a Hobby: What’s Next for My New Hobby? Learn about the resources available to continue and grow your astronomy hobby. Schuler Books & Music. 10 am-noon.

Backyard Sugaring. Learn how to tap maple trees during this educational class where you learn the sugaring process and can purchase the materials you need to tap the tree in your own yard. Blandford Nature Center. 2-4 pm.

KOP 60: Riggs vs. Lozano. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

Host Productions presents Ain’t Nothing Like Family. Through talented, comedic acting and hilarious narration, this play shows what it means for family to stick together when facing troubled times. Wealthy Theatre. 7-9 pm. Tickets at

Symphony with Soul. Celebrate African American music and legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday with the GR Symphony and a myriad of talented guest artists who use their incredible vocals to pay tribute to Fitzgerald’s tone, diction and improvisational scat singing. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at

February 24 & 25

InspiredLifeGR Conference. This two-day conference features holistic health experts who guide you on how to achieve a healthy and inspired life through nutrition, bodywork, mindfulness and more so you can emerge feeling refreshed and focused on self-care. Aquinas College Wege Ballroom. 8:30 am-4:30 pm (Sat) and 8:30 am-2:30 pm (Sun). Tickets at

Blood Drive at St. Pius X Catholic Parish. 3-7:30 pm (Sat) and 7 am-1 pm (Sun). Sign up at

February 25

Blood Drive at North Park Baptist Church. 12:30-4:30 pm. Sign up at

Sunday Classical Concerts presents Music of Our Time. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. Full line-up at

Teen Stars LIVE. See some of the hottest Disney Channel stars perform music, comedy, trivia and play games onstage, wedging spontaneous Q&A sessions with the audience into the show. DeVos Performance Hall. 2 pm. Tickets at

John Proulx CD Release Party. Proulx gifts audience members with a copy of his recent CD, Say It, followed by a memorable jazz performance and a post-concert reception. St. Cecilia Music Center. 2 pm. Tickets at

February 26

Blood Drive at GVSU Seidman College of Business. 11 am-4 pm. Sign up at

GROW Facebook Micro Credential Workshop: Week 4. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 2-5 pm.

Grand Rapids Legacy Luncheon feat. Shannon LaNier. Come hungry and leave enriched, enlightened and connected after enjoying a delicious lunch while celebrating Legacy Luncheon’s scholarship recipients, community leaders and business partners. Amway Grand Plaza. 11:30 am-1 pm. Reservations at

February 27

Blood Drive: East Kentwood High School (7:30 am-1:30 pm), Universal Forest Products ( 8-11 am) and Progressive AE (1-4 pm). Sign up at

Blood Drive at West Michigan Aviation Academy HS. 8 am-1:45 pm. Sign up at

February 28

International Women’s Day. Celebrate with a day of powerful workshops focused on improving effectiveness in the workplace and keynotes from journalist and motivational speaker Debbye Turner Bell and YWomen president Jeffrey Halter

Blood Drive at Thornapple Community Church. 2-7:45 pm. Sign up at

Hills & Hops Training Run. Become unbeatable during this year’s River Bank Run by hill training with your fellow runners and Greg Meyer, followed by replenishing eats and drinks at a nearby location. John Ball Park (northwest lot). 6-8 pm. More training opportunities at