February Events

FebruaryEvents

Sundays

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

Mondays

Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Artists, writers, musicians and other creative workers are invited to gather in the back room to work on their own projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creatives and live background music. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm.
www.grbrewingcompany.com

Tuesdays

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

Cozy Tales for Chilly Days. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am.
www.meijergardens.org

Adult Ballet Class. Try a new exercise that will bring you the strength of a football player with the finesse of a feline. All ranges, abilities and experience levels are welcome. Grand Rapids Ballet. 6:30-7:45 pm.
www.grballet.com

Thursdays

Chair Yoga. Dominican Center at Marywood. This class shows you how using a chair helps with flexibility, strength and balance. 4-5 pm.
www.dominicancenter.com

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

Adult Ballet Class. Try a new exercise that will bring you the strength of a football player with the finesse of a feline. All ranges, abilities and experience levels are welcome. Grand Rapids Ballet. 6:30-7:45 pm.
www.grballet.com

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.
www.artmuseum.org

Wine & Cheese Saturdays. Sample wine from around the world complemented with the perfect cheese pairing. The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids. 3 pm.
www.thecheeselady.net

Through February

LaughFest is coming! Come March, we’ll need a good laugh and getting your LaughFest ticket packages guarantees chuckles, snorts and side-splitting laughter. Grab tickets at the box office or at www.laughfestgr.org.

The Kent District Library has a surplus of surprises with activities and workshops for all ages. Craft, read, learn, create and don’t forget to visit that famous WatercolorBot that’s been wowing guests with its art skills. Find the day’s activities and locations at www.kdl.org.

Through the Eyes of Weidenaar. The exhibit will commemorate the works of the local artist and internationally renowned print maker who gives visitors a history of Grand Rapids from his point of view by incorporating local scenes, humor and even politics into his art. Grand Rapids Public Museum. For museum hours, visit www.grpm.org.

Edward Burtynsky: Water exhibit. Feast your eyes on the body of work featuring bodies of water and the various roles they play in the world. Grand Rapids Art Museum.
For museum hours, visit www.artmuseumgr.org.

Through February 8

Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman. Since returning home from World War II, Newman impacted arts, culture and people through his masterpieces. UICA.
www.uica.org.

Through February 10

Courage Ablaze: The Women & Children of Congo art exhibit. Don’t miss Pamela Alderman’s collection illustrating the trauma experiences by the people of Congo and the strength of their spirit. Van Singel Fine Arts Center.
www.vsfac.com

Through February 15

Second Glance exhibit. Get another look at artwork, by talented local artists, that was on display during Art Prize 2014. LowellArts! King Gallery.
www.lowellartsmi.org

Through April 19

Real Pirates Exhibit: the untold story of the Whydah. A pirate ship that sank nearly 300 years ago emerges with treasure chests full of booty. Grand Rapids Public Museum.
www.grpm.org

Though August 16

Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan exhibit. Displaying more than 60 Japanese historical works of art from pottery to scrolls, screens and more, shifting every two months to give guests a new view with each visit. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. To plan your journey, visit www.meijergardens.org

February 1

The Grand Rapids Groundhog Marathon. A winter running event that gives runners something to do as they embrace the cold and what’s left of winter. Starting at the Kent Trails Butterworth St. Trailhead, this course contains six 4.4-mile loops with aid stations where you can score some water and Gatorade for your journey before reaching the third, which is rumored to have cookies. The course is also certified, giving you the opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Kent Trails Trailhead. 8 am.
www.groundhogmarathon.com

The Mousetrap. Indulge in your last chance to see this thrilling and suspenseful play where a stranded group of strangers become murder suspects when one of them is found dead. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. 2 pm.
www.grct.org

The Pirate’s Life for Me. Learn to look and talk like a pirate, play pirate games and fill your treasure chest with shiver me timbers fun. The Kent District Library (East Grand Rapids Branch). 2 pm.
www.kdl.org

Sunday Classical Music Series: Ed Mallett & Fareed Haque. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2 pm.
www.artmuseumgr.org

February 2

Chess, anyone? Fans, beginners and anyone looking for something to do this afternoon can drop in and play chess at the library with a worthy opponent. Kent District Library (Wyoming Branch). 4 pm.
www.kdl.org

February 3

Volunteer Orientation. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am and 7 pm. Fill out and print an application at www.meijergardens.org

Family story time. Develop literacy skills and fall in love with reading by sharing books, rhymes, music and movement as a family. Kent District Library (Byron Township Branch). 1 pm.
www.kdl.org

Small Business GPS: Marketing Strategies. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm.
www.growbusiness.org

The Art of Abstract Wine Tasting. A professional connoisseur will provide an entertaining and educational evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres, art and natural beauty to please and enhance your senses. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-9 pm.
www.meijergardens.org

Volunteer Tutor Orientation. The Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6:30-7:30 pm.
www.literacycenterwm.org

Meanwhile Movie: Groundhog Day. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
www.grcmc.org

February 4

Cape Cuisine (South African). Learn the secrets to Cape Town’s wonderful wines and, the lesser known, delicious dishes. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Intro to GROW. Learn more about GROW and what it can offer you and your business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm.
www.growbusiness.org

February 5

A Night in Casablanca. Join the exploration of North African foods like Moroccan spiced chicken & vegetables, Harira lentil soup and vegetable stew with couscous. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Let’s Wine About It: A Skin Care and Hormone Discussion Wine-Tasting event. Whether approaching or already in menopause, discuss what can be done to lessen the suffering, starting off with some wine. Acorn Studios. 6-9 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 301-7390.
www.physioage.com

Girl’s Night Out: Go Red for Women. It’s dress code red for this session offering clear information about risk factors and resources to living a longer, stronger life. Kent District Library (Byron Township Branch). 6:30 pm.
www.kdl.org

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores the Great Lakes. This month’s selection is The Other Side of the River. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org.

Intro to GROW. Learn more about GROW and what it can offer you and your business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women.  Noon.
www.growbusiness.org

February 5-7

Help Paint the Rainbow. Partake in this community art project where you will take part in painting the rainbow to be featured in the Grand Rapids Opera’s production of Noah. Betty Van Andel Opera Center.
www.operagr.org

Water by the Spoonful. This drama ties together the lives of unforgettable characters as an Iraq war veteran seeks solace in an Internet chatroom, unlocking an online recovery community. Spectrum Theater. 8 pm.
www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org

February 5-8

Michigan International Auto Show. Filled with hundreds of the latest models of cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, hybrids, sports cars and more, you’ll have the opportunity to view your next new ride. DeVos Place.
www.devosplace.org

February 6

National Wear Red Day. Join the community in wearing color of energy, passion and action while also raising awareness in the fight against heart disease. For more information and downloadable materials, visit www.goredforwomen.org.

Gallery Walk at the Frederick Meijer Gardens. Look through the eyes of the person who planned and installed the Splendors of Shiga exhibit during this informal tour, highlighting the exhibit’s artwork and sharing unknown facts. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Noon. www.meijergardens.org

Opening of Celebration of the Arts with Artists’ Reception and Awards Presentation. This beautiful exhibit lets viewers of all ages embrace their diverse spiritual gifts represented by local and regional artists. First United Methodist Church. 7 pm.
www.thecelebrationofthearts.com

Looking Forward Collector’s Talk. Paired with artist Kirk Newman’s exhibit, this free talk will feature friend and collector, Chris Markin, as he shares insights and stories about Newman’s career. UICA. 7 pm.
www.uica.org

February 6-15

The Grand Rapids Ballet’s Swan Lake. The ballet performs this timeless story where a beautiful princess is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. Watch in awe as she searches for the prince that will swear his love for her and break the curse. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.grballet.com.

February 7

Public Run at YMCA. Meet up with runners of all skill sets for a pressure-free run, choosing your own distance throughout the various courses. Arrive early to visit some of the informational booths available. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8 am.
www.53riverbankrun.com

Ethnic Heritage Festival. A cultural celebration packed with music, dance, crafts, beer tasting and food representing the cornucopia of ethnic groups that make up West Michigan. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am.
www.grpm.org

Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild. Kids will love exploring survival techniques of various animals, live presentations, interactive games, stories and more. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am. Sign up at www.meijergardens.org

Heart to Heart Craft Party. It’s hearts and crafts at this Valentine’s event, snacks included! Kent District Library (Alto and Gaines Township Branch). 10:30 am.
www.kdl.org

Kids Create Valentine’s Delights. Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries, cream puffs, chocolate lava cake, truffles and more. Kids can leave with a batch of sweet delights. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 11 am-1 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Grand Rapids Symphony Presents rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes. It’s like 3-D for your ears as the instrumentally, inspirational music from your most epic video games fills the hall. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.
www.devosperformancehall.com

The 33rd Annual Giants Awards & Banquet will be held at DeVos Place. African American individuals and organizations are recognized for their exceptional contributions to shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids.
www.grcc.edu/giants

February 8

Help Paint the Rainbow. Partake in this community art project where you will take part in painting the rainbow to be featured in the Grand Rapids Opera’s production of Noah. Fountain Street Church.
www.operagr.org

Sunday Classical Music Series: Spektral Quintet. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2 pm.
www.artmuseumgr.org

February 10

Doctor Dialogue Series: Throwing the Book at Heart Disease. Doctors Bitner and Otterbacher share their knowledge, insights and personal stories of living well through life changes and cardiovascular disease. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Register by calling (616) 267-2626  or visit www.shmg.org/events.

The Art of Abstract Wine Tasting. A professional connoisseur will provide an entertaining and educational evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres, art and natural beauty to please and enhance your senses. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-9 pm.
www.meijergardens.org

Luke Bryan That’s My Kind of Night Tour with Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm.
www.vanandelarena.com

Meanwhile Movie: Say Anything. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
www.grcmc.org

February 10-12

I Love Lucy live on stage. Adapted from the most beloved program on TV, America’s favorite foursome hit the stage for the first time with laughs and nostalgia for Lucy fans everywhere. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm.
www.ilovelucylive.com

February 11

Sushi Basic Rolling. Master rice, basic ingredients, utensils and beginner roll practices. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Forming the Tea Bowl. The first of this two-session class will have you forming tea bowls from raw clay and preparing them to be stained and colored the following class. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6 pm. Enroll at www.meijergardens.org

Diversity Lecture Series. Author Dr. Mary Pipher talks about how the information about the fate of our planet disconnects us from ourselves and each other. Fountain Street Church. 7 pm.
www.grcc.edu/lecture

February 12

Fifth Third Riverbank Run 5/10K registration training party. Rivertown Honda. 5:30-7:30 pm.
www.53riverbankrun.com

Dessert Wars. A war you’ll be glad to get involved in as local “treateries” provide their best desserts for your sampling pleasure and your deciding vote for who is worthy to be called “Best Dessert in Grand Rapids.” Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. 6 pm.
www.mychannel957.com

Volunteer Tutor Orientation. The Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6:30-7:30 pm.
www.literacycenterwm.org

River Cruise & Small Ship Voyage Celebration. Watermark Country Club. 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 942-0300.
www.bretontravel.com

February 13

Facing Off Against Parkinson’s Disease with Brent Peterson. Van Andel Institute. 2-4 pm.
www.vai.org

Creativity Uncorked: Love. A glass of wine will complement your artistic side during this social and unforgettable night at the museum as you create a collage with text and mixed media materials. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 7 pm. To register, visit www.artmuseumgr.org.

Pop Scholars. Get a laugh in before Valentine’s Day as the improv team presents you with smart, risk-taking comedy that might even involve you on stage. Peter Wege Auditorium. 7 pm.
www.grcmc.org

Noah’s Flood. Benjamin Britten’s music drama presents the famous biblical story of Noah who builds an Ark to save himself and his family from the great flood. Fountain Street Church. 7:30 pm.
www.operagr.org

February 14

Valentine’s Day Beer Tour. Who needs a date when you’ll be accompanied by 12 beer samples from Perrin, The Mitten and Brewery Vivant? Craft beer and a private brewery tour with transportation to and from the breweries will make this a special day regardless of relationship status. Tour pick up in front of the Central Bus Station. Noon-4 pm. Book it at www.grbeertours.com.

Valentine’s Day Cooking with Chef Mark. Register early for an intimate cooking class that will strengthen you and your partner’s bond along with your cooking skills. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location). 2 pm.
www.ryleesace.com

Romantic Dinner for Couples. A romantic cooking class that will have you perfectly preparing lamb lollipops, duck breast with Michigan cherry sauce and a vanilla creme-brulee all paired with perfect wines. Bring your honey and your appetite to D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Local Epicurean Blush. You, your appetite and someone special are invited to a delicious three course dinner that will have you falling in love with a range of tastes featuring lobster and roses. Follow with a dark chocolate truffle class bringing home all the truffles you make along with a delectable gift bag of chocolate body paint. The Local Epicurean. Seating times are 11 am, 1, 3, 5 and 7 pm. Reservations required by calling (616) 206-5175.
www.thelocalepicurean.com

February 14-15

Shen Yun. Experience 5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night. DeVos Performance Hall. 2:30 and 7:30 pm (Sat) and 2 pm (Sun).
www.shenyun.com

Noah’s Flood. Fountain Street Church. 7:30 pm (Feb 14) and 3 pm (Feb 15).
www.operagr.org

February 15

Taste of Soul Sunday. Watch performances, eat free food samples, learn and join in the mind opening discussions of race and Grand Rapids from past to present. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1-4:30 pm.
www.grpl.org/tasteofthesoul

Thai & Fly AcroYoga Therapeutics. A heart opening and soul-expanding workshop on Lunar Acro yoga that you can enjoy solo or with someone else. Grand Rapids Gymnastics. Noon and 2 pm. Register at www.aerial4me.com.

Sunday Classical Music Series: Mel Hsuan Huang & Joyu Lee Perfirm Rachmaninoff. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2 pm.
www.artmuseumgr.org

The Underground Concert Series: Contemplating the Heavens. Presenting a new series of improvised music concerts, poet Laureate Linda Nemec Foster accompanied by music from pianist Steve Talaga’s Nonet. LaFontsee Galleries. 3 pm.
www.lafontsee.us

February 16

Introducing LaughFest Central. The GoSite for information, official merchandise and tickets to the most hilarious festival in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 9 am.
www.laughfest.org

February 17

Fat Tuesday: Creole & Cajun. Explore the cuisines created by several cultures coming together in a seafood rich environment. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Pussy Cat Beer Guild Meeting. Women gather for great beer and casual convo. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6 pm. Join the group on Facebook.
www.hopcat.com

Roll Your Own Sushi. Experience a hands-on slice of Japanese culture and learn how to pick and pair ingredients resulting into tremendous and tasteful sushi. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-9 pm.
www.meijergardens.org

Meanwhile Movie: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
www.grcmc.org

February 18

Ask the Nutritionist with Brandi. Health yourself by bringing your questions about nutrition, medications and diet to this informational forum. Keystone Pharmacy Seminar Room. 5:30 pm.
www.keystonerx.com

Forming the Tea Bowl. Reunite with the beauTEAful bowl you made the previous class and give it some color with simple stains and glazes. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6 pm. Enroll at www.meijergardens.org

Intro to GROW. Learn more about GROW and what it can offer you and your business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm.
www.growbusiness.org

The Alley Cat. Benefit the Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition by seeing the Chicago film festival winner about a night bike journey toward uncovering an emotional secret. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
www.grcmc.org

The 3 Ms of Divorce: Myths, Mistakes, and Misconceptions. Join us for an informal women-only reception hosted by experienced family law attorney Allison Sleight of Kreis Enderle and financial advisor Ben Verwys of Action Point Advisors who will provide solid advice on how to avoid making common legal and financial mistakes when going through a divorce.  If you’re thinking of starting over – start over smart. 6 p.m. Cork Wine & Grille at Watermark Country Club. RSVP to asleight@kehb.com

February 19

Intro to GROW. Learn more about GROW and what it can offer you and your business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm.
www.growbusiness.org

Indian Cuisine. Spice up your life and learn to make traditional Indian delicacies like Birayani and naan breads with roasted cauliflower. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Christian McBride Trio. Bask in the spectacular jazz as McBride boasts his appealing sound. Saint Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm.
www.scmc-online.org

February 20

Grand Rapids Legacy Ball Luncheon begins the day long celebration of diversity table for tonight’s Legacy Ball. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. 11:45 am-1:15 pm. For more information visit www.japrgroup.com.

Join the excitement at the 8th Annual Grand Rapids Legacy Ball at the JW Marriott in celebrating diversity and Black History month. The spotlight is on Women’s Lifestyle Magazine’s, Victoria Upton, the Grand Rapids Community College GIANTS Committee, as well as the legendary DeBarge family at this grand event. 6:30 pm.
www.japrgroup.com

Ikebana Demonstration. Watch an expert Ikebana artist as she teaches you about techniques and arranging plants into an art piece. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Noon.
www.meijergardens.org

Grown Up Play Date. Enjoy a night of food from local restaurants, craft beer, music, play and fun for all the adults. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. 6:30 pm.
www.grcm.org.

February 20-28

Cooking With Gus. This play will whisk you into laughter with a comedy about a famous cookbook author who stars in her own TV show. VFW Flat River Post. For showtimes, visit www.lowellartsmi.org

Meatless Kids Cooking Class. Kids learn to cook with some of the most diverse and nutritious flavors summoned right from the vegetable plate. With dishes like Garbanzo soup, Bulgarian salad, cheese Tyropitas and a coconut almond macaroon torte, even a meatless day will be delicious and filling. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 11 am-1 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

February 20-21

The Grand Rapids Symphony Presents New World Symphony. Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint performs Bernstein’s Serenade. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.
www.devosperformancehall.com

February 21

Black & White Photography Class for Beginners. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am. Enroll at www.meijergardens.org

Engineering Days for the Public. Explore various engineering applications through fun, hands-on activities. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 11 am.
www.grpm.org

Astronomy as a Hobby: Sorting it All Out. This session has a universe of information on recommended telescopes, guide books, star charts and online resources. Schuler Books & Music. 1-3 pm.
www.graaa.org

Winter Family Day. The Lena Meijer Children’s Garden holds loads of frosty, family fun, warming you up with hot chocolate and snow-tivities. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-4 pm.
www.meijergardens.org

February 22

Gazelle Girl Run Meet Up. Wake up and warm up for that 5K and marathon by gathering with fellow runners for a run on a course ranging from 1 to 11 miles. Gazelle Sports Holland. 8 am. www.gazellegirlhalfmarathon.com

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate Princess Adventure. DeVos Performance Hall. Multiple performances throughout the day. For showtimes, visit www.devosperformancehall.com

Sunday Classical Music Series. Kenbang Suling: Music for Flute & Percussion. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2 pm.
www.artmuseumgr.org

February 24

Fresh Pasta Making. Learn the art of making your pasta in a variety of shapes to accommodate a surfeit of sauces. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Roll Your Own Sushi. Experience a hands-on slice of Japanese culture and learn how to pick and pair ingredients resulting into tremendous and tasteful sushi. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30-9 pm.
www.meijergardens.org

Stitch for a Soldier. Say thank you and warm a soldier’s heart, head or feet by knitting and crocheting them slippers and hats. Kent District Library (Cascade Township Branch). 6:30 pm.
www.kdl.org

Nickelback No Fixed Address Tour joined by openers The Pretty Reckless. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm.
www.vanandelarena.com

Meanwhile Movie: Napoleon Dynamite. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
www.grcmc.org

February 25

Entrepreneur You. Take the day to fill yourself with education and resources from women entrepreneurs, learning about challenges and opportunities, building powerful contacts and leaving with a new sense of empowerment. Davenport University Sneden Center. 8 am-4 pm. To register, visit www.growbusiness.org

Go Red for Women Luncheon. Wear red and celebrate the efforts and triumphs in the fight against heart disease. JW Marriott. 10 am. Register at www.grandrapidsgrfw.org

Women & the Environment Unsung Heroine Awards. Loosemore Auditorium. 3 pm.
www.wmeac.org

Rustic French Cooking. Beinvenue to the class that will be a gift to both your stomach and your nose. Inhale the scent of leeks and mushrooms complemented by the roasting of meats. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

February 26

Hump Day Hills & Hops. Charge the hill and build your strength with fellow trainers and 25K champ, Greg Meyer, in this socially enjoyable workout as you face incline together and celebrate afterwards at a local eatery. John Ball Park Parking Lot. 6 pm.
www.53riverbankrun.com

Drawing Self Portraits. The fist of two sessions where ArtPrize winner, Chris LaPorte, teaches you how to nail a self-portrait with pencil, charcoal and ink. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6 pm. Enroll at www.meijergardens.org

February 26

Good Reads & Great Discussions. A great resource for those looking for their next good read with conversation and new book discovery. Kent District Library (Byron Township Branch). 6:30 pm.
www.kdl.org

February 26-March 1

Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure. The original Disney gang embarks on a magical journey to the worlds of The Lion King, Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch. Van Andel Arena. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.vanandelarena.com

February 26-April 15

West Michigan Regional Art Competition exhibit. Awe at the outstanding artwork entries for this year’s juried art show. LowellArts! King Gallery.
www.lowellartsmi.org

February 27

Girls Night Out Caribbean Queen. Spiced corn soup, jerk shrimp with Caribbean Quinoa, Trinidad Curry chicken with black beans and rice and Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin will help you remember the warmth of summer while waiting for Michigan to thaw. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
www.dwfm.spartanstores.com

Open Children’s Chorus Auditions for Evita. Theatre Annex at Aquinas College. 6:30-10 pm.
www.circletheatre.org

Grands Rule the Movie. Join the story in emotion and interest as you learn Chance’s story. Peter Wege Auditorium. 7 pm.
www.grcmc.org

February 27-28

Valentine’s Bridal Show. Providing you with the highest quality wedding vendors in West Michigan, bringing everything you’re searching for to one place. DeVos Place. 5-9 pm (Fri). 11 am-4 pm (Sat).
www.devosplace.org

February 28

Indoor Seed Starting with Sandy. Spring into spring by learning which plants to plant early, the importance of containers and soils, proper lighting and watering requirements. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location). 10 am.
www.ryleesace.com

Open Children’s Chorus Auditions for Evita. Theatre Annex at Aquinas College. 10 am-1 pm.
www.circletheatre.org

A Pirate’s Life for Me. Kent District Library (Byron Township Branch). 2 pm. For more times and locations, visit www.kdl.org

South Pacific. A musical, comedy drama containing a love story, war, racial prejudices and show stopping songs that you’ll want to add to your music library. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. 7:30 pm.
www.grct.org

Grand Rapids Symphony Presents Symphony for the Soul featuring Vanessa Williams. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.
www.devosperformancehall.com

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