October Events

 

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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. 6 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

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

Saturdays
Tree-Mendous Tree Tours. Travel through the sculpture park on the Kids’ Tram, visit the groves and come away with a new understanding of Michigan Trees. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 11:15 am-1:45 pm. Specific tour times at www.meijergardens.org.

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. 1-3 pm. www.thecheeselady.net

Through October

Your awesome autumn adventures are covered at KDL with bushels of fun for the whole family. Kids can partake in fall-themed crafts, experience the fun of robots at KDL Lab and more. Teens can test their strategy at the Halo Tournament and discover what jobs might be available for them in 2020. Adults enjoy a barrel of wine activities with KDL Uncorked, learn the eerie history of their West Michigan neighborhood and can attend various workshops built for their interests. Kent District Library. For a full list of activities and branch locations, visit www.kdl.org.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit. Step back in time and into the comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup bringing the story of Prohibition to life. Grand Rapids Public Museum. For exhibit hours, visit www.grpm.org

Through October 11
ArtPrize 2015. We’re in the middle of the popular event that transforms Grand Rapids into an art gallery with hundreds of thousands of entries displayed throughout the city. Winners are determined by public vote and international art experts. Stay informed on venues and events at www.artprize.org.

Nature/Nurture exhibit. This adventurous ArtPrize exhibit explores the circumstances of every-day life and the complexities of identity wile addressing the themes of nature and nurture separate from each other. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at www.artmuseum.org.

Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now exhibition. A survey of work by ceramic artists working in Japan today is featured at this year’s ArtPrize exhibition at the gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Exhibition hours at www.meijergardens.org.

Through October 18
SENSE exhibit. Six site-responsive projects are showcased in different locations throughout UICA’s exhibition space, encouraging guests to consider their own sensory experience when responding to the work. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. For exhibition hours, visit www.uica.org.

Through October 23
Jody Williams exhibit. Experience Williams’ first oil painting show in over a decade, featuring his reflective and award-winning artwork. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. For gallery hours, visit www.fhfineartscenter.com.

Through October 29
Quiltangles exhibit. Quilt artist Sandy Dekker exhibits designed and painted art quilts with a cross between zentangle design and quilting. Design Quest. For gallery hours, visit www.designquest.biz.

October 1
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. 10-11:30 am. www.literacycenterwm.org

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9th Annual Wine, Women and Chocolate Reception. Pamper yourself with an evening of wine, chocolate and beer tasting complemented by smartly designed hors d’oeuvres. The Cheney Place. 5:30-8 pm. www.grwrc.org

Reading the Great Lakes. This book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is Love, Sex and 4-H by Anne-Marie Oomen. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org.

ArtPrize: Critical Discourse – Future Color/Design Trends. Pantone Color Institute’s Leatrice Eiseman shares her insights and expertise on the innovation and impact of artistic trends. ArtPrize HUB. 7 pm. Schedule at www.artprize.org.

October 1 and 8
Family Art Nights. Families get reduced admission to the museum to collaborate and create art to take home. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. 5:30-7:30 pm. www.grcm.org

October 2
Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Step up as a leader in the fight by joining the community in a 2-mile walk around Holland’s delightful park to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Kollen Park. 9 am (registration) 10 am (ceremony followed by walk). Register early at www.alz.org/walk.

MSURx. This TED-like event is a series of thought-provoking and inspirational short talks meant to help listeners grow personally and professionally. DeVos Place. 12:30-4 pm. RSVP to www.humanmedicine.msu.edu.

First Friday Gallery Hops. Presented by Avenue for the Arts, South Division becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists and handmade goods along with food and drink specials. Make a night of it by visiting one of the featured eateries for dinner and winding down with a drink. South Division. 6-9 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com

ArtPrize: Critical Discourse – Reflecting the Times: Art & Activism. Speakers will address important contemporary social justice efforts such as #BlackLivesMatter, and how art is situated at the forefront of these movements. Speakers include Taylor Aldridge, co-founder of ARTS.BLACK, Detroit; Jessica Lynne, co-founder of ARTS.BLACK, New York; Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Engagement & Education Manager at Creative Time, New York; Dread Scott, artist, New York. 7 pm at the HUB. www.artprize.com

October 2 & 3
The Diving Bell concert. In correlation with ArtPrize Seven, the indie-folk band will perform live for patrons. Long Road Distillers. 10 pm-midnight. www.artprize.org

October 2-4
Grand Rapids Symphony presents Love, Lust and Rock n’ Roll. Celebrate nostalgic hits from the ’30s to the ’90s with Pink Martini singer, Storm Large. DeVos Performance Hall.  8 pm (Fri and Sat) 3 pm (Sun). www.devosperformancehall.com

I Almost Won at ArtPrize musical. Dive down the rabbit hole of self-parody with intrigue, jokes and really bad art that satirically relates to the ArtPrize experience we know and love. The Pyramid Scheme. 7 and 10 pm. Tickets at www.artprize.org.

The Killing Jar. A play with a dark, yet humorous story where an act of jealous passion sets uncontrollable events in motion leading a young man into madness and violence. Dog Story Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.dogstorytheater.com.

October 2-11
Shakespeare Festival’s All’s Well That Ends Well. This classic is written by Shakespeare, but director Karen Libman gives it a spin by setting the tale in the swinging ’60s. Grand Valley Performing Arts Center. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.gvsu.edu/theatre.

October 3
Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Join the efforts to prevent suicide and save lives by walking with the community and raising funds for depression and suicide education. Millennium Park. 10 am. www.afsp.org

ArtPrize Blood Drive. DeVos Place. 10 am-3:45 pm. www.redcrossblood.org

West Side Walk for Gilda’s. All are invited to participate in this 1.5-mile stroll for free and further support Gilda’s Club by setting up a fundraising website. The walk will be followed by a block party with live music, games and more. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. 1 pm. www.gildasclubgr.org.

The Avett Brothers and Brett Dennen concert. The new ArtPrize music tent venue features the Grammy-nominated, folk-rock band and the singer-songwriter and his band along with food and art for the community to enjoy. The Eddy. 6 pm. www.artprize.org

October 3 & 4
Fall Bonsai Show. See a variety of beautiful bonsai from young to old displayed by the West Michigan Bonsai Club and marvel at the artist’s work during live demonstrations. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite tree. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am-5 pm (Sat) 11 am-5 pm (Sun). www.meijergardens.org

October 4
Brunch, Brews and a Movie: The 400 Blows. Meet up with Toni Perrine for brunch and beer followed by a screening of 400 Blows at the UICA’s certified theater. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 11 am. www.uica.org

ACT Creative Lab. This free event welcomes all ages and abilities to experiment with sensory activities like face painting, ping-pong ball painting, caricatures, music and more. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 11 am-3 pm. www.artprize.org

ArtPrize Final 20 Announcement and Round 2 Voting begins. Find out which artworks you voted for made it through to Round 2. Rosa Parks Circle. 1 pm. www.artprize.org

Joshua Davis solo performance. The Michigan-based singer/songwriter is joined by Troll for Trout and Fauxgrass Quartet for an unforgettable concert, bringing great tunes to the ArtPrize venue. St. Cecilia Music Center. 6 pm. www.scmc-online.org

October 4-8
ArtPrize Round 2 Voting. Admire art and decide what masterpieces are worthy of the grand prize. Cast your vote at www.artprize.org.

October 4-10
ArtPrize Labs: Drop-In Studio. Create your own art with provided materials for a creative experience designed in partnership with WiseMaker of The Geek Group. ArtPrize HUB (Oct 4-9) or AccessArt Lounge (5-10). For more information, visit www.artprize.org.

October 5
Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists? Part I. ArtPrize HUB. 7 pm. www.artprize.org

October 6
Small Business Class: Business Basics/Strategic Planning. 6 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org

New Holland/Grand Rapids Marathon Beer Run. Join fellow runners and beer lovers for a run between three and five miles followed by beer, friends, fun and door prizes. Peppino’s. 6:30 pm. www.grandrapidsmarathon.com/events/beer-runs

Harvest of Hope First Annual Fundraising Dinner. Witness the impact of SowHope’s program efforts to plant hope into women’s lives during an evening featuring a buffet-style dinner and live jazz entertainment. 6:30 pm. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Tickets at www.sowhope.org.

Learn Swing Dancing. Everyone is invited to get their groove on regardless of dancing ability. Rosa Parks Circle. 7-10 pm. www.artprize.org

CMC Movie: They Live. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

October 7
ArtPrize Link Sessions. These beneficial sessions provide professional and creative connections, advice and new opportunities for artists registered for ArtPrize Seven. Studio Blue Interphase Interiors. 4-6 pm. www.artprize.org

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October 8
Couture for a Cure. Save the date for an evening of cocktails followed by a runway fashion show featuring an exclusive preview of designer Dan Sharp’s luxury outerwear collection that will have you cleaning out your closet to make room for these pieces. Van Andel Institute. 6 pm. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.vai.org.

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. 6-7 pm. www.literacycenterwm.org

October 9
The ArtPrize Awards. Join the anticipation followed by celebration as the community finds out which masterpieces won over the judges and the public during this year’s ArtPrize Seven. 8-10 pm. Visit www.artprize.org for venue information and other specifics.

October 8 & 9
Heathers the Musical. Meet the original “mean girls” in this rock musical where the average Veronica Sawyer finds herself in the middle of the most popular and ruthless girls at Westererg High. Spectrum Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

October 9 & 10
The Killing Jar. A play with a dark, yet humorous story where an act of jealous passion sets uncontrollable events in motion leading a young man into madness and violence.  Dog Story Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.dogstorytheater.com.

October 9-11
Dido and Aeneas. Experience the tragic tale reimagined for the 21st century. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 7:30 pm (Fri and Sat) 2 pm (Sat and Sun). www.grballet.com

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October 10
Cheese Lady Grand Rapids is hosting a Grilled Cheese Showdown at Fuller Park. Enjoy family fun, yummy grilled cheese, live music, beer and wine tent and visit Fuller Park’s new playground. 1-4 pm. Registration for teams who would like to compete available at the Cheese Lady Grand Rapids store at 315 Fuller Avenue NE. www.thecheeselady.net

Michigan Adventure Race: ArtPrize Edition. Gather your team to bike, run and encounter Amazing Race-like challenges through this course that weaves its way through the largest public art competition in the world. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Register at www.artprize.org.

Seeds of GROWth Luncheon. Seize the opportunity to network with fellow business women and entrepreneurs before the luncheon featuring a program packed with information on how you and your business can grow. JW Marriot. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org.

Bark in the Dark walk. You and your dog can join the Humane Society of West Michigan for this special glow-in-the-dark 5K walk/run that supports the humane treatment and responsible care for animals. Riverside Park. 7 pm. www.barkinthedark.org

Life in Color: Big Bang. The Paint Factory tour visits Grand Rapids and fans can learn about the origins of paint and how color was created. DeVos Place. 8 pm-1 am. www.devosplace.org

October 13
KDL Uncorked: Wine Making 101. Steve Siciliano of Siciliano’s Market will discuss the ins and outs of making wine at home, teaching you about the basic equipment and procedures needed to make your own bottle. Kent District Library (Tyrone Township Branch). 6 pm. www.kdl.org

Small Business Class: Taxes and Legal Session I. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org.

Be Inspired: Unique Perspectives artist reception and art sale. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7-9 pm. www.vsfac.com

CMC Movie: Army of Darkness. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

October 14
America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour. Top acts from the first 10 years of the popular reality TV series come to Grand Rapids to give audiences a performance they won’t forget. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. www.devosperformancehall.com

October 14 & 15
Intro to GROW. An excellent opportunity for those thinking of starting their own business with discussions of the programs and services GROW offers. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-7 pm (Wed) Noon-1 pm (Thu). www.growbusiness.org

October 15
An Evening of Poetry and Conversation. This poetic night features readings by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Kwame Dawes followed by a reception and book signing. GVSU Eberhard Center. 7 pm. www.gvsu.edu/fallarts

Frederic & Ronza in Concert. Dog Story Theater. 7 pm. www.dogstorytheater.com

October 15-17
Heathers the Musical. Meet the original “mean girls” in this rock musical where the average Veronica Sawyer finds herself in the middle of the most popular and ruthless girls at Westererg High. Spectrum Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

October 16
Autumn Nights in Paris. Learn how to prepare a très délicieux cuisine from the city of love. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.com

Grand Rapids Griffins vs. San Antonio Rampage. The Griffins’ hockey season begins with this intense battle for beginner’s glory. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Full list of games at www.vanandelarena.com.

October 16-18 & 23-25
John Ball Zoo Goes Boo. West Michigan’s favorite trick-or-treat spot returns with over 300,000 treats to pass out, games, prizes, music and more surrounded by a spooky, over-the-top decorations. John Ball Zoo. 10 am-3 pm. www.jbzoo.org

October 16-18
Grand Rapids Comic-Con. It’s the ultimate fandom destination. Over 100,000 square-feet is packed with art shows, a film festival, life-sized Hulkbuster, gaming room, comic museum, celebrities and encouragement to go all out with your costume. DeVos Place. For more info, visit www.grcomiccon.com.

GR Ballet presents Pacifica. Don’t miss a one-weekend-only encore of the popular pieces performed earlier in Seattle. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 7:30 pm (Fri and Sat) 2 pm (Sun). www.grballet.com

October 16-November 29
Westside Stories exhibit. The four crazy friends who have been living in the lower Westside of Grand Rapids all their life have good stories about their experiences expressed in a collection of visual pros. St. Cecilia Music Center. Gallery hours at www.scmc-online.org.

October 17
Zombie Beerfest. Beer City Festivals draws the undead out of quarantine and into the heart of Grand Rapids for their second zombie-themed beer festival featuring craft beers, ciders and spirits, food vendors and the community in rue zombie form. Calder Plaza. 4-8 pm. Tickets at www.zombiebeerfest.beercityfestivals.com.

GGYFB (Girl Get Your Fight Back) presents the 5th annual Rock’n the Runway: Fashion for a Cause event to raise breast cancer awareness. Bethel Abundant Life Center, 3075 30th St SW in Grandville. Pink carpet at 6 pm. www.rocktherunwaygr.com

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Star Trek: Live in Concert. Hear the talented symphony perform the unforgettable score live, as Star Trek (2009) is presented on the
big screen. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. www.devosperformancehall.com

October 18
The Willis Clan. This family of amazing musicians, dancers, athletes, writers and artist merge their Irish roots with their Nashville heart to create a unique blend of music and dance that exposes audiences to new genres. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7 pm. www.vsafc.com

October 19
West Michigan Monday Night Jazz Series: Fred Knapp Trio featuring Kathy Lamar. The Guest House. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

October 20
Hope Circle luncheon. Learn how you can be a part of shaping the future for local children and hear stories about how the Family Future organization’s support has given families strength and kept them safe. New Vintage Place. 11:30 am. www.familyfutures.net

The People’s Cider Company Tour and Tasting. Discover a fresh take on craft beverages in West Michigan with a tour and free tastings of their delicious cider. The People’s Cider Co. 6 pm. www.kdl.org

Small Business Class: Taxes and Legal Session II. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org.

CMC Movie: The Exorcist. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

October 21
KDL Uncorked: Wine Tasting. Join fellow wine lovers for buy-one-get-one tastings and a presentation by winery owner Karen Grossman. Kayla Rae Cellars. 6:30 pm. www.kdl.org

The Sketches That Lived. Sketches and monologues, created by kids in the Creative Youth Center, are brought to life by professional, adult actors in this creative and bound-to-be funny performance. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. www.grcmc.org

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

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Fork Fest 2014

October 22

Local First Fork Fest. Join Local First and the community and indulge in an autumn evening of treats, eats and drinks from West Michigan’s finest producers, restaurants and specialty food makers at the event foodies have waited all year for. Romence Gardens & Greenhouses. 5-9 pm. Tickets at www.localfirst.com.

Keystone Nutrition presents New Approach to Weight Loss with specialists from Age Management of Michigan in the Keystone Pharmacy Seminar Room. 6 pm. RSVP (616) 974-9792. www.keystonerx.com

October 22-24
Heathers the Musical. Meet the original “mean girls” in this rock musical where the average Veronica Sawyer finds herself in the middle of the most popular and ruthless girls at Westererg High. Spectrum Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

October 23
Westside Stories artist reception. St. Cecilia Music Center. 5-8 pm. www.scmc-online.org

Cooking With Beer. Beer won’t be limited to just drinking after this class where you learn new ways to cook with Beer City’s favorite beverage. Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 6 pm. www.downtownmarketgr.org.

Wine & Words With Allie Merrick. Kent District Library (East Grand Rapids branch). 6 pm. Register at www.kdl.org.

Bob Burr Comedy Fall Tour. DeVos Performance Hall. 7 pm. www.devosperformancehall.com

October 23 & 24
Encaustics Then & Now adult workshop. Revisit the old technique of mixing oil paint with wax to achieve rich textural surfaces and go home with 3-5 encaustic paintings of your creation. Kendall College of Art and Design. 10 am-3 pm (Fri and Sat). www.kcad.edu

Writers’ Conference: Quit Whining Start Writing. Enjoy Friday’s evening reception followed by Saturday’s day-long conference for all writers. Includes fifteen work sessions and presentations that honors their craft and provides them with ideas and insights. L. William Seidman Center. 6-8 pm (Fri) 8 am-8 pm (Sat). For more information and ticket purchases, visit www.splatteredinkpress.com.

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Mahler’s Titan. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

October 23-November 1
Sleepy Hollow youth musical. Audiences enjoy a modern-day spin on this classic tale where three children are transported back in time and find themselves among the outrageous creatures of Sleepy Hollow. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at www.grct.org.

October 24
Rylee’s first Big Green Egg Fest. Enjoy cooking demos and grill discounts during this annual festival. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. location). 10 am-2 pm. www.ryleesace.com

BISSELL Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof. You and your family, including your four-legged kids, are invited to a fun-filled day with face painting, food, games and inflatables. Gainey Athletic Field. Noon. www.hoofandwoof.org

There’s No Place Like Home Gala. Support West Michigan’s Ronald McDonald House by attending an evening full of cocktails, exciting auction and raffle items, a delectably filling dinner, inspiring speakers and more. JW Marriott (International Ballroom). 5:30 pm. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call (616) 258-5730 or visit www.rmhwestmichigan.org.

Zombie Dash 5K. Run for your life if you’re a runner or run for their lives if you’re a zombie at this zombie-themed race that transforms downtown Grand Rapids into a zombie quarantine area. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30 pm start. www.thezombiedash.com

October 24 & 25
West Michigan Wedding & Gift Show. DeVos Place. 2-7 pm (Sat) noon-4 pm (Sun). www.devosplace.org

October 25
Reynold Weidenaar: A Retrospective exhibit opens. The museum will showcase 120 of the acclaimed artist’s prints, drawings and paintings that capture the energy of the 20th century American experience. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Museum hours at www.artmuseumgr.org.

Inside the Japanese Teahouse. The garden’s Japanese-style teahouse will be open for guests to experience along with the opportunity to attend a tea ceremony demonstration. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-5 pm (demonstrations at 1 and 3 pm). Register at www.meijergardens.org.

October 27
KDL Uncorked: Wine Making 101 with Steve Siciliano of Siciliano’s Market. Kent District Library (Caledonia Township Branch). 6 pm. www.kdl.org

River Cruise & Small Ship Voyages Celebration. Five luxury cruise lines come to Grand Rapids for a fun and informative celebration of river cruising and small ship voyages featuring representatives from AMA Waterways, Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises and more. Watermark Country Club. 6-8 pm. www.bretontravel.com

CMC Movie: The Shining. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. www.grcmc.org

October 28 & 29
Intro to GROW. An excellent opportunity for those thinking of starting their own business with discussions of the programs and services GROW offers. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-7 pm (Wed) Noon-1 pm (Thu). www.growbusiness.org

October 28-November 20
Preserved! exhibit. This exhibit showcases masterpieces highlighting the conservation of West Michigan with paintings, photography and ceramics by nine local artists. (106) Gallery and Studio. For more information and gallery hours, www.naturenearby.org/preserved.

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October 29
Let’s Get Started exhibit opening. All are invited to start the fall and winter season by viewing the gallery’s newest collection of art and meeting the artists behind the work. LaFontsee Galleries. 5-8 pm. www.lafontsee.us

15th Annual Hope on the Hill Gala. Dress in your fanciest cocktail attire and sample cuisine from Grand Rapids’ finest restaurants at this magical, Phantom of the Opera themed gala where drinks are served on bars made of chiseled ice. Van Andel Institute. 6 pm. Tickets at www.vai.org.

Great Artist Gala. Enjoy an evening of food, wine and an intimate concert with Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, Dianne Reeves, while supporting the music center’s programs. St. Cecilia Music Center. 6:30 pm. For tickets, visit www.scmc-online.org.

An Evening of Hope Gala. Featuring keynote speaker William Moyers, this community gala celebrates recovery and life beyond addiction while supporting those that suffer from the disease along with the friends and family who love them. Diocese of Grand Rapids. 7-9 pm. www.ourhopeassociation.org

Opening Artists’ Reception for Preserved! (106) Gallery and Studio. 7-9 pm. www.naturenearby.org/preserved.

October 30
A Night With the Opera: Halloween Gala. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (performance at DeVos Performance Hall). 5-11 pm. www.operagr.org

Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. www.vanandelarena.com

Opera Grand Rapids presents Requiem. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.devosperformancehall.com.

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October 30-November 1
Día de los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead. Members of the community display unique and personalized altars that celebrate the life of passed family and friends. Grand Rapids Public Library. For library hours, visit www.grpl.org.

October 30-November 20
Jan G. Vonk exhibit. This show celebrates the artist’s life and his ability to capture the real world around him through photography, color, layout and design. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. For gallery hours, visit www.fhfineartscenter.com.

October 31
Covenant Christian Craft Show. This annual craft show features over 80 local vendors with a variety of handcrafted items. Covenant Christian High School. 9 am-3 pm. www.covenantchristiancraftshow.org

Mike Epps: The Real Deal tour. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. www.vanandelarena.com

See event updates and more details on our online calendar at www.womenslifestyle.com.

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