April Events

Sundays

Gazelle Sports Dirty Herd. For those who love trail running and free weekly events, join a herd of runners as they navigate through dynamic terrain and the orchard’s woods. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 4 pm. gazellesports.com/thedirtyherd

Mondays

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. grbrewingcompany.com

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

Tuesdays

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

Science Tuesdays: Explore the fascinating wonder of science and technology among a variety of activities and interactive displays featured at the museum. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-4 pm. grpm.org

Meanwhile Movie. Kick back for a viewing of a cult classic, with titles varying every week in the Wealthy movie theater. Bar privileges open to members. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

Thursdays

Meijer Free Thursday Nights means free admission and an evening of art pieces. The Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm. artmuseumgr.org

Saturdays

Drop-In Family Saturdays welcome families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 11 am-5 pm. artmuseumgr.org

Ongoing

Butterflies are Blooming. This annual exhibit saturates the Garden’s Tropical Conservatory with thousands of butterflies of different species. Partake in the special educational programming and activities that let you spread your wings into the life of a butterfly. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Programming details at meijergardens.org.

GRAM Selects ArtPrize Eight: Encore. Take a second glance at some of the strongest works exhibited during last year’s ArtPrize Eight festival. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Hours at artmuseumgr.org.

US IS THEM and Here + Now exhibit. Featuring works from 42 international artists, issues of politics, religion and racism are confronted through a diverse range of artistic mediums. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-9 pm. uica.org

Natural State by Ai Weiwei. The internationally renowned artist and activist displays his work during this first of its kind exhibit at the Gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Exhibit hours at meijergardens.org.

Prints and Processes at GRAM. Works by well-known artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Blake, Mary Cassatt, and Andy Warhol are organized by printmaking method. Each section of the exhibition provides information about the methods, tools, and materials that go into the production of the most common print forms, including woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, screen-prints, and monoprints. artmuseumgr.org

Creatures of Light exhibit. Explore the world’s organisms that produce light for attraction, hunting and defense. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at grpm.org.

Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta is a visual biography of the man largely responsible for the popularization of tribal tattooing. The exhibition’s narrative format draws on Zulueta’s personal and cultural history, as well as the historical cultures that greatly influenced his work. artmuseumgr.org

Through April 30

Finders Keepers: West Michigan Collects. Discover what drives our impulse to collect during this exhibit displaying relics from art to sneakers to appliances. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Exhibition hours and correlating events at artmuseumgr.org.

April 1

Community Training Run. Rise and shine to train for Grand Rapids’ biggest road race with a free group run followed by snacks and camaraderie with fellow runners and goal-setters. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8-10 am. Full schedule at 53riverbankrun.com.

West Michigan Mom’s Sale. This annual sale invites moms and moms-to-be to sell their kids’ outgrown clothing and toys, and shop for updates among gently used baby and children’s clothing, toys, gear, furniture and maternity attire. DeVos Place. 9 am-1 pm. westmichiganmomssale.com

Trauma Sensitive Yoga & Art. Learn simple techniques along with gentle yoga exercises and art therapy tools that help you manage daily challenges and maintain a positive sense of well-being. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 10 am-noon. Reserve your spot by calling (616) 264-6556. grnaturalhealth.com

Dan TDM on Tour. The famous YouTuber takes families on a journey through his digital world with puzzles, games and an introduction to his real life and online friends. DeVos Performance Hall. 3 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

April 1 & 2

105.7 West Michigan Pet Expo. Visit the arena to find everything you need for your favorite, four-legged friend. DeltaPlex Arena. 10 am-7 pm (Sat) and 11 am-5 pm (Sun). deltaplex.com

Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival. Expose yourself to new films representing diverse perspectives, origins and themes, and partake in a post-screening discussion with fellow audience members. Wealthy Theatre. 1-10 pm (Sat) and 1-9 pm (Sun). grcmc.org

April 1 & 15

Outdoor Winter Farmer’s Market. Vendors line the street offering irresistible baked goods and foods during this seasonal farmers market. Eight Street Market Place. 9 am-noon. hollandfarmersmarket.com

April 1, 2, 8, 9 & 15

15th Annual Bunny Train. Grab the family and take an Easter train ride in vintage, decorated train cars while being entertained by the Easter Bunny and her cast of wacky, musical characters. Coopersville & Marne Railway. Full train schedule and ticket information at mitrain.net/bunnytraintickets.

April 3

Blood Drive. Davenport University. 10 am-3:45 pm. redcrossblood.org

April 3-7

Art Camps for Kids and Teens. KCAD offers a variety of day camps for ages 6-17 that lets them experiment with digital media, cubism, memes and more artistic styles. Kendall College of Art & Design. Class details at kcad.edu.

Spring Break Ballet Camp for Kids. GR Ballet is holding ballet classes for kids, ages 3-9, where they learn the fundamentals of ballet while making new friends and participating in art activities during each class. Meijer-Royce Center for Dance. Class schedule and enrollment at grballet.com.

April 4

Prospective Literacy Tutor Orientation. Those interested in being a literacy tutor can learn more about the literacy center’s programs at this information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. literacycenterwm.org

2017 Total Eclipse Presentation. Learn more about the Great American Eclipse taking place this August including information of where to go and what to expect in a presentation given by expert eclipse chasers. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7 pm. grpm.org

April 4 & 11

Cooking Matters class. These are the final classes of the 6-week nutritional program teaches families how to make healthy food choices  and provides participants resources to create the meals at home. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6-7:30 pm. Register at grpl.org/register.

April 5

Drive-In Movie. Kids and families are invited to construct their own cars out of cardboard and bring them to the library for an outdoor screening of a movie chosen by voters along with delicious popcorn from Celebration Cinema. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1-3:30 pm. grpl.org

Girls Pint Out: Meeting and Glassware Education. Grab a beer and join the crowd along with former HopCat Manager Steve Smith for a discussion on beer and glass pairing. Horrocks Market. 6 pm. gpowestmichigan.weebly.com.

Avenue for the Arts Open Studio Night. All artists and creators are invited to bring their current project and discuss, explore and participate in art-making among fellow makers. Avenue for the Arts. 6-7 pm. avenueforthearts.com

Margo Price performs at St. Cecilia Music Center, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

April 6

PechaKucha GR: 20×20. As part of the Grand Rapids Film Festival, this event features presentations in a 20 images x 20 seconds per image film format that encourage viewers to share their passions of film while energizing and inspiring one another. Noto’s Old World Catering. 7-9:30 pm. grfilmfestival.com

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes with fascinating stories set in our Great Lake area. This month’s selection is Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit grpl.org/rtgl.

Concerts Under the Stars presents Emma Loo and Sam. Experience folk music choreographed with the visually dazzling lights of the Chaffee Planetarium. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7:30 pm. grpm.org

Acoustic Café Series presents Margo Price. The country soul sensation warms us northerners with her southern sound. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at scmc-online.org.

April 6 & 20

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. growbusiness.org

April 7

Pop Scholars: Improv Comedy. Laugh with a night of smart, risk-taking improv comedy performed by Grand Rapids’ four-man improvisational experts. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

April 7-9, 14 & 15

University of Wits presents Next to Normal. This prize-winning musical explores how one suburban family copes with crisis and the lengths they will go to keep their world intact. Dog Story Theater. Tickets and showtimes at dogstorytheater.com.

Hop aboard the trolley that takes patrons to various places in Downtown Grand Rapids displaying art during Art.Downtown, April 8, noon-9 p.m.

April 8

Grand Rapids Film Festival screenings. GRFF invites the filmmaking and film-loving community to view some of the 28 films in this year’s festival. The films stretch across a variety of genres in the categories of “transformative” or “quality entertainment,” bringing viewers an eclectic mix of movies to enjoy. Wealthy Theatre. Noon-11:30 pm. Film information and other GRFF events at grfilmfestival.com.

Art.Downtown 2017: A Jam-Packed Journey. Avenue for the Arts presents an art experience featuring the work of hundreds of artists displayed in Grand Rapids’ galleries, businesses, restaurants and studio spaces expanding throughout our community neighborhoods, complete with free trolley transportation between exhibition sites. Expands from South Division to Kendall College of Art & Design and DeVos Place. Noon-9 pm. Map at avenueforthearts.com.

Opening reception for MEGA 2017 at UICA which features works from 17 emerging graduate and undergraduate artists representing 6 different Michigan Universities. The exhibition features a variety of mediums such as sculpture, textile works, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, performance, and installation. Gallery admission is free beginning at 5 pm in association with Avenue for the Arts’ Art.Downtown. uica.org

GR Beer Tours: East Side Beer Tour. Visit Brewery Vivant, Elk Brewing and Harmony Brewing Company and sip 12 large beer samples as the knowledgeable tour guide fills you in on each facility’s story. Founders Brewing Company (tour meets across the street from Founders). Noon-4 pm. Book a tour at grbeertours.com.

Scott’s Lawn Care Turf Tips. Bring your questions about lawn care, maintenance, grass seed and more to Rylee’s where Scotts lawn care rep Joe is on-hand to answer all of them. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location). 9 am. ryleesace.com

Fresh Pick: Eana Agopian opening reception. Enjoy free admission to the galleries and get a first look at the works on view and meet the artist. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 5:30-10 pm. uica.org

LIVE at Night with Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show. Experience your favorite features of Grand Rapids’ No. 1 morning show as the funny guys banter about local news stories, celebrities and comment on audience members. DeVos Performance Hall. 8-10 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

April 10

Lewy Body Dementia Caregiver Support Group meeting. Build a support group with others who have a loved one affected by dementia and learn about helpful community resources. Spectrum Health Neurology Center. 6:30-7:30 pm. alz.org

Read So Hard Book Club. Share your passion for reading and great discussions with fellow readers as you talk about what books you’ve all been buried in lately. Harmony Hall. 7 pm. grpl.org/readsohard.

Rise! Songs that Overcame and Inspired, with Kelly Carey and Friends, to raise funds for scholarships to Lake Michigan Academy and Turning Pages. At Circle Theatre 6:30 pm – 8 pm. mylma.org

Tony England: From Earth to Space and Back. The museum welcomes the former astronaut to talk about his time with NASA and his journeys in space. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

April 11

America’s First Ladies luncheon. Celebrate the Betty Ford’s 99th birthday with Mary Jean Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Eisenhower, at the Gardens as you enjoy a delicious lunch and good company. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Noon-2 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 254-0396. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

A Human Approach to Digital Business digital strategy presentation by American Marketing Assocation of West Michigan at GRAM. 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at GRAM. Register at eventbrite.com

Sneak Peek of City Built Brewing Company. Brewery owners Rachel Hood and Dave Petroelje invite people to get a glimpse of the in-progress brewery while enjoying snacks and beer previews. City Built Brewing Company. 5:30-7 pm. citybuiltbrewing.com

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

West Michigan Leukemia and Lymphoma Society kicks off their Man & Woman of the Year Campaign at MSU Secchia Center’s rooftop garden. 6-9 pm. Register at eventbrite.com.

No Problems Training Run. Running is better when you know there is beer afterwards. Join fellow runners at the brewery for a casual group run followed by a pint, treats and good conversation. Perrin Brewing Company. 6-8 pm. Full schedule at 53riverbankrun.com.

Younger Onset Caregiver Support Group. Faith Lutheran Church. 7-8:30 pm. alz.org

April 12

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

Rapid Delivery Improv. Laugh with the local improv team as they perform all types of comedy and launch into skits inspired by audience suggestions. Dog Story Theater. 7:30-9:30 pm. dogstorytheater.com

Aretha Franklin concert. After being postponed in October, the Queen of Soul comes to the stage to deliver a much anticipated performance. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

April 13

A Conversation About Depression with Carol Van Andel. Learn about advances in depression research along with treatment options, patient care and how you can help one suffering from the illness during this informative luncheon. Van Andel Institute. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Register at vai.org.

Grand Rapids African American Art & Music Festival hosts a fundraiser for this year’s event. Enjoy live music, art and a taste of the festival at the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, 87 Monroe NW. 6- 8 pm.

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. literacycenterwm.org

Acoustic Café Series presents Marc Cohn. The Grammy-winning artist performs his most well-known music from the past 25 years mixed with new releases. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at scmc-online.org.

April 13-15 & 20-22

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. Sit in on a dinner party full of an eclectic range of guests that ask challenging questions of the nature of faith and race in post-9/11 America along with the responsibilities we have to create art. Spectrum Theater. 8 pm. Tickets at www,actorstheatergrandrapids.org.

April 14

Alzheimer’s Support Group. Area Agency on Aging. 1-2 pm. alz.org

The Intersection presents the Jayhawks featuring Wesley Stace. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. grcmc.org

April 15

GR Beer Tours: Specialty Beer Tour. Visit Speciation Artisan Ales, Elk Brewing in Comstock Park and Perrin Brewing Company with a knowledgeable tour guide who tells you about each facility while you enjoy samples of their best beer. Founders Brewing Company (tour meets across the street from Founders). Noon-4 pm. Book a tour at grbeertours.com.

Gazelle Girl MeetUp: Fenn Valley Edition. Join fellow Gazelle Girls for a private winery tour with wine and cider samples. Fenn Valley Winery. 3 pm. Sign up at gazellegirlhalfmarathon.com/meet-ups.

April 16

Happy Easter, from WLM!

Easter Sunday Brunch. Chefs prepare a delicious traditional Easter brunch buffet for families and friends to enjoy, featuring chef carved Applewood ham, Fontina chicken, lemon-butter Tilapia, pizza, an assorted dessert table and more. Pietro’s Italian Restaurant. 11 am-3 pm. Pietrosgr.com

Easter Bunny Brunch. The Easter Bunny is hopping over to Wheelhouse to visit families and join them for an exquisite Easter Brunch featuring special menu items and a $5 kids menu. Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails. 11 am-8 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 226-3319. Wheelhousegrandrapids.com.

April 17

Monday Night Jazz Gumbo presents the Kat Jones Quartet. West Michigan Jazz Society crew dishes out their delicious gumbo while you enjoy music from top jazz performers. The Guest House. 6:30-7:30 pm. wmichjazz.org

Def Leppard concert featuring Poison and Tesla. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.

Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets devosperformancehall.com.

April 18

Science Night. Part of SciFest Month, the museum is hosting an evening science festival filled with researchers who invite you to check out the table display of their latest research. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 5-8 pm. grpm.org

GROW Small Business Class: Branding and Personal Selling. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register for the class cluster at growbusiness.org.

Story Slam, a storytelling competition with the theme: You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover comes to Pyramid Scheme. The event features true, autobiographical stories told in five minutes or less. Proceeds benefit Creative Youth Center. 6:30-8:30 pm. creativeyouthcenter.org

Secchia Garden Lecture series presents The Right Size Flower Garden with Kerry Ann Mendez. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7-8 pm. meijergardens.org

April 19

Parks Matter breakfast. Learn more about why parks matter with the Kent County Parks Foundation while enjoying a complimentary breakfast. Salvation Army Kroc Center. 7:30-8:30 am. kcpf.org

One Book, One City for Kids: White Glove Event. Join the library for beer, wine, music and appetizers during this annual fundraising event that supports the One Book, One City for Kids reading program. Grand Rapids Public Library. 5 pm. Tickets at grplfoundation.org.

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. literacycenterwm.org

April 20

Blue Tie Ball. Support WMEAC’s water protection programs at this fundraising gala that keeps guests entertained with live music, cocktails, dinner and an experience raffle featuring prizes that send winners on an adventure. Goei Center. 6-10 pm. Tickets at wmeac.org.

Girl’s Night Out: Superheroes. Shed your human disguise and reveal your superhero identity during a fun night of friends, shopping and prizes in historic Lowell. Downtown Lowell. 5-9 pm. girlsnightoutlowell.org

Body & Breast Seminar. Learn more about the surgical and non-surgical procedures from Dr. Brad Bengtson and the Clinical Team while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Bengtson Center. 5-7 pm. RSVP at bengtsoncenter.com.

Portrait Class with Chris LaPorte. All artistic levels are invited to this hands-on class that has LaPorte working with you to create a portrait you’ll take home at the end of the night. Supplies included. Meet at 401 Hall St. SW. 6:30-8:30 pm. RSVP to insidefestival@festivalgr.org.

Nocturne: KCAD 2017 Capstone Show. Witness the work of six graduating seniors from the school of fashion at Kendall College of Art & Design who have developed pieces inspired by the moon’s four seasons. Dessert and hors d’oeuvres served. Mckay Tower. 7-9:30 pm. kcad.edu

Music in the Stacks: The Extra Texture. Browse the library’s collection while enjoying a performance by Grand Rapids-born band, The Extra Texture. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. grpl.org

Alzheimer’s Early-Stage Support Group. 1-2 pm. alz.org

April 21

Refresh Yourself. Enjoy a night of pampering, education and healthy skin with GRNH practitioners and Ashley Petroskey of BC Cosmetics as you enjoy healthy smoothies, mini-facials and clean makeup touchups. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 5-8:30 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 264-6556. grnaturalhealth.com

Anything Goes in Concert. Circle Theatre kicks off its 2017-2018 season with this classical musical that brings audience members aboard an ocean liner with a gaggle of characters that engage with the audience during the performance. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. circletheatre.org

Gazelle Girl Sneakers & Sass. Dress in your favorite style, whether it’s formal or casual, and wear your sneakers to kick off Gazelle Girl weekend at GR’s newest venue while enjoying drinks, food, socializing and more. 20 Monroe LIVE. 7-11 pm. 20monroelive.com

April 21 & 22

Beethoven & Bernstein. Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus lends their musical and vocal talents to revive the music of these iconic composers to audiences during the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at grsymphony.org.

April 21-23 & 28-30

Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents Much Ado About Nothing. This comedy follows a series of couples dealing with different aspects of affection from constant bickering to engagement to plotted deception. Dog Story Theater. Tickets and showtimes at dogstorytheater.com.

April 21-30

Fancy Nancy. This musical, based on the popular children’s book series, introduces audiences to Nancy who believes more is better when it comes to being fancy. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grct.org.

April 21-May 6

Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding dinner theater. You are invited to attend the tacky and hilarious wedding and reception of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale with dinner and dessert served to audience members during the production. Larkin’s Other Place. Tickets and showtimes at lowellartsmi.org.

April 22

Earth Day Activities at GRAM. Bring the kids to enjoy a series of sustainable activities throughout the museum including a special exhibition, scavenger hunt and a photo booth. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am-5 pm. artmuseumgr.org

Gazelle Girl Expotique/Packet Pick-up. The annual Expotique goes beyond a regular packet pick-up experience by providing the community with a fun event featuring athletic fashion, samples and a last chance to sign up for the next day’s big race along with a running and yoga event held before expo doors open. JW Marriott. 11 am-5 pm. gazellegirlshalfmarathon.com

Opera at the Movies: Eugene Onegin. Enjoy the experience of world-class opera in the comfort of the movie theater. Celebration Cinema North. 12:55 pm. operagr.org

Fashion and Tea at the museum. Learn about fashion, customs and culture while exploring the museum’s collection of vintage clothing and enjoying tea with sweet treats. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 2-4 pm. Tickets at  grpm.org.

Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Double Header: All Stars vs Main Roller Derby and Attack vs Illiana Derby Dames. Rivertown Sports. 5-9:30 pm. grandraggidy.com

West Michigan Hip Hop Festival. Don’t miss the festival featuring the noteworthy artists of hip hop like Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Red Man, Scarface and more. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.

Jake’s Music Festival 2017, a fundraiser for the West Michigan Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at The Orbit Room. 7-11 pm. orbitroom.com

April 23

Gazelle Girl 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. Michigan’s premier women’s-only race invites runners of all levels and goals to partake in this wildly supportive and enjoyable running event that features miles of cheering crowds, aid stations with plenty of fuel and a party at the finish line. Calder Plaza. 8 am. Register at gazellegirlhalfmarathon.com.

April 24

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. Call (616) 459-5151 to register. literacycenterwm.org

Alzheimer’s Support Group. Family Life Conference Center. 2-3 pm. alz.org

Outcry: Spring 2017 Tour. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. vanandelarena.com

April 25

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

April 25-June 3

Who’s Who? LowellArts Members Exhibit. LowellArts members display their work at the gallery’s new location, hiding their credited names to invite viewers to guess whose talent is behind the masterpiece. LowellArts. Gallery hours at lowellartsmi.org.

April 26

Bridge Walk for Autism and Free Sensory Friendly Night. Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with a short walk across the Blue Bridge followed by a sensory friendly night at the museum for children with autism and their families, featuring the museum’s current exhibits adapted to create a comfortable experience for children with autism. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 5-8 pm. grpm.org

Hills and Hops Training Run. Get ready for the River Bank Run by clocking in some hill miles with fellow runners followed by drinks and eats at a nearby restaurant. John Ball Park (meet at northwest parking lot near Butterworth Street). 6-8 pm. More training events at 53riverbankrun.com.

Mary Had a Little Tan and Other Tall Tales. Audience members witness the results of what happens when middle school students are invited to write their own versions of tall tales inspired by classic stories or completely original concepts. Creative Youth Center. 6:30-7:45 pm. creativeyouthcenter.org

Love and Relationships: A Talk with Author Chris Sain, Jr. The author of Finding Real Love in the Love & Hip Hop Era visits the library to talk about attracting real love and ridding yourself of toxic relationships. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. grpl.org

Gallagher: The Joke’s On You comedy show. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

April 27

Attend LUNAFEST at San Chez and enjoy great short films. complimentary appetizers and a cash bar while supporting Girls on the Run. Happy hour begins at 5:45pm The program starts at 6:30 with a short film about Girls on the Run, followed by the amazing LUNAFEST films. Tickets available at lunafest.org/grandrapids0427 or call (616) 204-4267.

Member Morning: US IS THEM. Grab a cup of coffee provided by Rowster Coffee and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries by Exhibition Curator Heather Duffy. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 9-11 am. Become a member at uica.org.

April 28

Cool Jazz concert. Enjoy a hot night of cool jazz featuring the nationally recognized Byron Center Jazz Ensembles and a surprise international jazz musician. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vsfac.com.

April 28-30

Classical Mystery Tour: Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary. Celebrate Sgt. Pepper’s The Lonely Hearts Club band with two hours of non-stop Beatles hits as part of Fox Motors Pops. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm (Fri & Sat). 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at grsymphony.org.

Alice in Wonderland. Experience the dreamlike wonder of the classic tale performed through outstanding choreography by the GR Ballet dancers. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grballet.com.

April 29

Purple Community 5K Walk/Run. Join the fight against cancer at this fun, community 5K where 100% of the proceeds go toward cancer and disease research at VAI. Mary Free Bed YMCA. 8 am. Register at purplecommunity.vai.org.

Container Gardening with Our Kitchen Table. Learn how to grow your own organic food and herbs in containers and window boxes to achieve planting success in an urban environment. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1 pm. grpl.org

April 30

Growler Gallop 5K. The first race in Trivium Racing’s Beer Flight Race Series kicks off in Downtown Grand Rapids, awarding runners with a finishers glass, Atwater beer at the finish line and some beer-iliant prizes including filled growlers, howlers and a coupon for a keg. Atwater Brewery in GR. 4 pm (race day registration and entertainment begins at 3 pm). Register at triviumracing.com.


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