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Ada/Cascade Michigan July 4th 2010 Celebrations

Ada MI July 4th Celebration

Friday July 2, 2010 Ada Park – Bike Decorating Day

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

$4  kids 4-12 yrs who show up with parent or guardian

[fee includes supplies and helpers]

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Saturday July 3rd, 2010:

Parade Line up 9:30 AM   Parking Lot near McDonalds

4th of July Parade 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Entertainment/Activities 11:00 AM- 6:00  PM  Ada Village Green

“On the Green Activities”

New Classic Car Show  Thornapple River Drive

Fireworks Dusk    7590 E Fulton @ Ada Drive  In the Village

Cascade Library

Cascade Township July 4th Celebration

Saturday July 3rd 2010:

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM          Friends of the Library Book Sale

Cascade Public Library

9:45 – 10 AM                            Bicycle Parade Staging

Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church

**Parade Participants must wear a bike helmet

10:30 AM                   Main Parade Cascade Rd SE to 28th St, west

up 28th St to Jacksmith

11:30 AM – 3:30 PM    Street Fair Begins Free Games , Rides for kids

& adults, elephant rides, train rides, animal

petting zoo, Food Booths, Clowns & more…..

Cascade Library Grounds

12:-12:45 PM           Live Music by Flashback Stage at Library Grounds

12:55 – 1:15 PM        Ronald McDonald Stage at Library Grounds

1:15PM-2:00PM      Music by Flashback Stage at Library Grounds

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM   F.H.Y. Cheer Pomms Stage at Library Grounds

2:30 –3:15 PM         Music by Flashback Stage at Library Grounds

3:30 PM                  Closing of the Celebration

Fireworks Dusk    7590 East Fulton @ Ada Drive ( Downtown Ada Village

Green across from Amway)

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Arts in Ada Michigan Festival ~  May 15th 9 am to 4 pm

Event will be held on Bronson Street from the Covered Bridge

to Ada Drive  Directly in front of historic Ada Town Hall

Hosted by the Ada Arts Council

Music, Dance, and activities are planned all day

Artists will sell their creations, including stained glass, jewelry,

photography, paintings, and pottery.

  • Live entertainment will be provided
  • Food will be available

While you are in Ada, it would be a great time to check out the

boutiques and specialty shops here.  Ada has unique stores with

unusual items and fantastic restaurants.

Art in Ada on Bronson

Art in  Ada festival

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It seems there are free summer concerts everywhere this summer.

I have seen banners flying in small towns and villages all over Michigan.

What a great way to get out and enjoy the local parks, people

and scenery. Not to be outdone, Ada Michigan is joining the free

music array this summer.

Ada Historic Museum barns

Ada Historical Society is hosting its 10th Annual

Music on the Lawn Concert Series 2010

All concerts are free of charge, donations accepted.

 

7144 Headley St  Ada Michigan 49301     616-676-9346

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 pm  Summer 2010

June 8 – 13th Hour           60’s –70’s classic folk-pop tunes

June 15 – Koul Band         Jazz and popular standards

June 22  The Otters         Americana, folk and roots music

June 29   Tony Reynolds   American classics

 

July 6  Tiki O’Riley  – Celtic Music

July 13  Chris Vallillo   Folk music performer

July 20   Voices of Freedom   Patriotic Acapella

July 30  Friday, 6:30  The Nowhere Band   Beatles Music

 

August 3    Red Taillights   Americana and roots music

August 10  Adams Family Band   Folk and minstrel music

August 17  Crossroads Country Band   Country and gospel

August 24  Apple Country Dulcimers   Acoustic string music

August 31  Java Jive   Favorites in a swinging style

 

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The eighth Annual Tri River Museum Network will open their tour

of small museums in West Michigan on Saturday, Sunday May 1 & 2,

2010 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Admission to all 18 museums is free during the promotional event,

designed to generate interest in the local historical societies and

their offerings. Local museums on the tour include Averill Historical

Museum and restored barn in Ada; Cascade Museum, located in a

town hall built in 1898, Fallasburg Historical Village with a a one

room schoolhouse and Lowell Historical Museum featuring a virtual

tour and Victorian rooms.

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Ada Historical Museum

town hall front

Cascade Township Historical Museum

Lowell HistoricalMuseum & Society

Lowell Historical Museum

Other Highlights along the tour are historical churches, a Masonic Temple,

a Gleaners Hall, restored train depots, restored Victorian Home, military

museum, a dormitory that house girls who worked in silk factories, a

restored storefront, and a historic village encompassing 300 acres.

Each museum has a little different local historical memorabilia and local

records on display. Maps and additional information can obtained at any

of the  museums taking part in the “Spring Into the Past” Tour.

Google Map & List of Tri River Museums

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Ada Park in Ada Michigan is going all out for Earth Day/ Arbor Day

this year with a Festival.  The celebration will start at  10 AM and

continue until 2 PM at Ada Park & Arboretum on Saturday,

April 24th, 2010.  Ada Park is located at 1180 Buttrick Ave.

Festival admission is free, although donations are accepted.

The Festival will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with exhibits

on trees, landscaping, native plants, invasive plants and insects.

Ada park entrance sign

Activities for all ages include:

  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Fishing in the pond

Activities are also free, except for one craft and ‘tree themed ‘ snacks.

Each group will receive a free white pine sapling as long as supplies last.

The white pine is Michigan’s state tree.

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Spring is here and Ada Parks Programs are underway.  Take a look

at what fun programs the Ada Parks are offering this spring.

Pre-register by calling 616-676-0520

or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com

Ada park entrance sign Ada MI 49301

”Senior Specials at Ada Park”

Pre-register at the park office 676-0584 before the day of the event

$2/per event payable on site the day of the event.

Bird Break – Thursday April 15th  9-10 AM

Ada Park Les Craig Learning Center

A morning gathering in the learning center for coffee and donuts,

followed by a guided leisure walk ( 25 minutes) to look for and

listen to local birds.

Nature Walk – Thursday May 6th – 9-10 AM

Ada Park Shelter and Trails

A guided walk ( 40 minutes) along the paved paths through the

Arboretum and Nature Area in search of spring wildflowers

and other natural beauties. Refreshments at the end in the

shelter.

Lunch with Punch  Wednesday, June 9  12-1 PM

Ada Park Les Craig Learning Center

A time to gather with friends for a nice meal and fellowship

in a pleasant setting. Lunch provided by the Ada Park staff

and volunteers. Optional walk in the park after lunch.

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FREE SPECIAL EVENT

Earth Day/Arbor Day Festival  Saturday April 24th 10 AM –2 PM

Come celebrate Earth day and Arbor Day together in this special

event in Ada Parks’ Locke Arboretum. There will be activities

for all ages including workshops, guided walks, displays, exhibits,

handouts, make & take crafts, plus games & fishing for kids.

One free tree sapling to each family as supplies last.

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Youth Discovery Days  Age 3-5  10 AM – 12 noon

Ada Park Learning Center    $4/youth

Especially for Pre-Schoolers along with a parent or guardian to have

a fun, educational adventure out in Ada Park,  Each session with

an indoor hands-on activity, nature craft and a guided discover

experience outdoors.

Cool Critters – Wednesday April 21

Does it have fur, scales or feathers? Does it run, swim or fly?

Look for the many different critters that live just outside

our back door.

Beautiful Bugs  Wednesday May 12

What beautiful bugs live in our neighborhood? Go on an insect

hunt and pretend to be a firefly looking for some friends.

Jump, Frog, Jump!  Wednesday June 2

Frogs are singing, croaking, and jumping everywhere. Look and

listen for frogs around the pond, try to hop like a frog, and

make a fun “frog” craft to take home.

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Kids Bike & Safety Rodeo  Ada Park ( Free- Donations accepted)

Saturday June 12 10 AM – 1:30 PM  4-12 yr olds

Kent Country Sheriff Department will host fun activities and food

for all who attend with bike inspections, helmet inspections, bus

safety, fire safety plus a bike obstacle course form 10- 12 AM

At noon awards, raffles, and a free cookout lunch followed by

the ‘Bike Parade” at 1:00pm  Bring your own bike and helmet.

Donations up to $ 5.00 per child will go towards the Community

Policing Unit. Make checks payable to: K.C.T. S Action Fund.

Call 616-632-6220 for more information or the Ada Parks Office.

Free Evening Fishing  Ada Park  Thursday June 17 from 6-8 PM

Open fishing for youth with their families at the Ada Park pond.

Poles, bait, assistance and snacks provided. Pre-registration

requested by calling the park office 676-0584

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We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful entertainment venue

in our Forest Hills Area.  The fabulous Fine Arts Centers Shows this

winter-spring season have something for everyone.  Not only the

headlining events like Amy Grant, and  Whose Live Anyway, the local

high school productions are not exactly the amateur events I remember

from my school days.  The musicals we have seen have had seriously

talented young performers from our local high schools.

There are still quite a few shows to catch this season. If you haven’t

been to our fabulous gold star LEED performance center, you should

stop by and take a look.

It is open every day from 8am to 5 pm with a featured artist-in-residence

work displayed in the lobby.  This month, fiber artist Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk

displays vessels that explore the concept of containment.

Fine Arts Center Forest Hills MI

February 22 – Forest Hills Central -Evening of Percussion 7 pm

February 23 – Jazz Night 7 pm

March 11 – Cynthia Hagedorn Artist Reception – 6-7:30 pm

March 12-13 – Grand Rapids Balley Company Interactive 7:30 pm

March 25,26,27 – Forest Hill Central MusicalThe Wizard of Oz – 7:30 pm;

+  3:00 pm matinee Mar 27th

April 17 – An Evening with Amy Grant – 7:30 pm

April 18 – Grand Rapids Symphony – Percussion Explosion – 3:00 pm

April 20 – Forest Hill Public Schools K-12 Student Artists Reception, 6 – 7:30 p.m

Thursday, April 29, 2010 – Whose Live Anyway

May 26 – National Senior Health and Fitness Day, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

June 3  – International Society of Experimental Artists’ Reception, 6 – 7:30 p.m

Fine Arts Center 

We volunteer at the Fine Arts Center and find it a very entertaining and

rewarding way to give back to our community.  We have ushered shows,

taken tickets, handed out programs, placed posters and guided people to

their seats.  The Fine Arts Center is a part of the Forest Hills School

System but must survive financially on its own, which means volunteers

are vital to the program. Without volunteers, it wouldn’t be possible to

fund the shows and events that take place to enrich the community.

Fine Arts Center GR MI 49546
Fine Arts Center GR MI 49546

 

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Winter fun is on the schedule in Ada Michigan this winter. 

The following  activities were published today:

 

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a series of

upcoming programs for youth & families to get outside & enjoy

the winter. 

For Kids Ages 3-5, Discovery Days Program: Build a Bird Feeder

Tuesday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00

Ada Park Learning Center,  $4/youth

Designed especially for Pre-Schoolers along with a parent or guardian

to have a fun, educational adventure out in Ada Park.  This session

will explore different birds and how they feed, making bird feeders

to take home and outdoor discovery hike looking for birds.

Come dressed for both indoors and outside activity.

Ada park entr sign

 

For Kids Ages 7-12, Junior Naturalist Program:

Winter Survival on Snowshoes    Saturday, February 20, 2010

10:00 a.m. – 12:00, Ada Township Park, $4/youth

Starting inside the Learning Center with tips and tricks on how to

prepare for winter outings.  Followed by an outdoor winter

adventure where youth will be challenged to “survive” out in the

park by making a shelter, fire, finding food and signaling for help.

Come dressed to be outside in the woods.

Snowshoes and snacks provided.

 

For Kids of All Ages and Families: Birds of a Feather

– Part 2: nesting boxes

Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00, Ada Township Park,

$3/adults $2/youth

Meet in the Learning Center to learn about how different birds

need different types of nesting sites, habitats and materials.

Then work as a “team” to build your own nesting box (bird house)

suitable for local birds.  Materials and tools supplied.

 Pre-registration requested by Wednesday, March 3 by calling 676-0520 or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com.  Pay on site.

Pre-registering is highly recommended for all Ada Parks & Rec. programs by calling the Ada Park office at 616-676-0520 or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com.  Payment of fees may be made on the day of the program.

Ada Township Park is located at 1180 Buttrick Drive in Ada, MI 49301.  Contact the Ada Park office for more details: 616-676-0520, mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com, www.adatownshipmi.com

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Ada Michigan – Ada Village Trick or Treat at Ada Village Shops &

                       Fire Hall Open House  Sat. Oct 31st   5-6pm

 

Cascade Michigan – Halloween Open House at 2865 Thornhills Ave

                               Fire Station: Oct 31st 6-8pm

 

East Grand Rapids MI – Halloween Saturday Oct 31st 6-8 pm

                                    EGR Halloween Safety Tips

 

Grand Rapids MIHalloween Event Activities in GR from Jack the Ripper to

                            corn mazes, something for everyone.

Kentwood MIKentwood Halloween Hoopla – Oct 31st Woodland Mall

                        4-6pm  Free Event – must pre-register by Oct 27th

 

Lowell MI – Oct 31st – Halloween – 6-8pm

 

Rockford  MI  – Trick or Treating  City of Rockford  Sat October 31st. Sirens will     sound to start and finish or recommended hours 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Keep your porch light on if participating. Drive slowly to protect our children!

 

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Ada Township Park Participates in Connecting Families with Nature Saturday Sept 19, 2009 ~ Free Ada MI Event

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The Kent Conservation District is holding a Kick Off Event for their

Nature Passport Program. These local events will be  held at local

parks and Nature Areas this fall.  The events are to encourage

families to enjoy outdoor activities and your local park resources.

Ada Township Parks and Recreation – Invites families throughout

Kent County to come out and enjoy a family day at Ada Township

Park.  You can pick up your “Passport for Adventure”.  Check in

at the Park Shelter to register and get your “Passports” and then

you can have a range of free activities for your day at the park.

Saturday Activities include:

  • Learning Center with nature artifacts and hands on science exhibits
  • Free racquets to borrow for tennis and pickle ball
  • Nature trails through woods and prairie with interpreters
  • Paved bike paths for walking & biking
  • Free fishing poles and bait to borrow at the fish pond
  • Scavenger hunts in the Arboretum
  • Balls for playing basketball & soccer
  • Plus additional fun ideas to help you enjoy your day at the park

 

Event Information :

Location Ada Park 1180 Buttrick Ave.  Ada MI 49301

Date/Time: Sept 19, 2009  10am to 2pm

Additional Saturday Sept 19 Events are planned at these Nature Centers:

Blandford Nature Center

Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve

Howard Christensen Nature Center

Wittenbach/Wege Agri-Science and Environmental Education Center

John Ball Zoological Park

 

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