March Events | Women’s Lifestyle Magazine

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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. 4 pm. www.gazellesports.com/thedirtyherd

Mondays

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

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. www.grbrewingcompany.com

Tuesdays

Science Tuesdays: Learn all about this month’s topic, Science of Watersheds, among a variety of activities and interactive displays featured at the museum. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-4 pm. www.grpm.org

Cooking Matters class. This 6-week nutritional education program teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget, providing participants with ingredients and resources to create the meals at home. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6-7:30 pm. Register at www.grpl.org/register.

Spring Speaker Series: Integrative Health. Universal Health Solutions invites the public to attend these free lectures that provide tips on facing the stress and allergies that come with springtime along with covering the topic of essential oils. Donnelly Center at Aquinas College. 6:30-8 pm. www.uhsmi.com

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. www.grcmc.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

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

In March

Butterflies are Blooming.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 www.meijergardens.org.

UICA and GRAM Membership Exchange. Members of either institute enjoy free gallery admission to both of GR’s most popular art museums. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and Grand Rapids Art Museum. Membership opportunities and more information at www.uica.org.

Finders Keepers: West Michigan Collects. Discover what drives our impulse to collect during this exhibit displaying relics from art to sneakers and appliances. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Exhibition hours and correlating events at www.artmuseumgr.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 www.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 mediums. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-9 pm. www.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 www.meijergardens.org.

Through March 4

Actors Theatre GR presents Hand to God. Witness the twisted events that take place when grieving Jason seeks solace at the Christian Puppet Ministry only to have his puppet develop a personality of its own. Spectrum Theater. Tickets and showtimes at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

Through March 15

Beer Month GR/Cool Brews. Hot Eats.  Celebrate Grand Rapids’ exceptional craft breweries and restaurants during these collaborating events that challenge local chefs and brew masters to create beer-infused dishes and meals with complimentary beer pairings to add to their menu. Grand Rapids. Schedule of events and specials at www.beermonthgr.com.

Through March 19

Ragtime. Feast on the story of how our country and those who immigrated here share the same hopes and dreams while struggling with class and racial divides in this beautifully sung story. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at www.grct.org.

Through March 28

Future Machines exhibit. Artist Joey Ruiter displays his collection of cutting-edge designs that show his unique way of re-imagining everyday things in new ways. Design Quest. Gallery hours at www.designquest.biz.

March 1

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. www.avenueforthearts.com

Going Native: Pollinators Small and Mighty. Grab a beer, get some apps and have a seat at this casual, interactive presentation about native plants and the role pollinators play in our ecosystem. Founders Brewing Company. 6-8 pm. www.wmeac.org/events

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

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Ft. Wayne Mad Ants. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

Women & the Environment presents ARISE film and panel discussion. ARISE captures the stories of women around the world who commit to healing injustices and, viewers join in a panel discussion about how the film’s message can be applied in West Michigan. Wealthy Theatre. 7-9 pm. Tickets at www.wmeac.org/we.

Total Eclipse Information Session. Join GRPM Chaffee Planetarium Curator Dave DeBruyn as he gives a presentation about this year’s eclipse happening August 21, and useful tips on how you can best view this phenomenon. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7:30 pm. www.grpm.org

March 1 & 2

Lake Effect Fringe Festival presents The Ghost of Jimmy Dean. Follow the story of Sebastian, an actor who snaps into craziness while playing James Dean in a movie during this theatrical comedy. Dog Story Theater. 8-10 pm. Tickets at www.dogstorytheater.com.

March 2

Women & the Environment Keynote and Awards featuring Winona LaDuke. Celebrate environmental heroines with a lecture by LaDuke followed by a reception with drinks, appetizers and the opportunity to meet the speaker. GVSU Loosemore Auditorium. 5:30-9 pm. www.wmeac.org/we

Growing in Sustainable Gardens workshop. Learn how to create a sustainable garden by designing your own plant selection and planting a salad bowl from seed to take home. Two Dutch Hens. 7-8 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 878-1641. www.facebook.com/twodutchhens

An Evening with Leo Zulueta lecture. The artist known as the “godfather of tribal tattooing” discusses his long and impressive career at this special lecture correlating with the museum’s current exhibit Black Waves. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 7-8 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is Know the Mother: Stories by Desiree Cooper. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl.

The Freddy Cole Quartet. The talented group continue the legacy of Nat “King” Cole and his niece Natalie with musical memories performed on piano, bass and drums. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.vsfac.com.

March 2-5

West Michigan Home & Garden Show. Green thumbs go wild for this annual expo featuring 12 awe-inspiring gardens, multiple seminars and over 350 exhibitors with all the products and services you need to make your garden oasis the best yet. DeVos Place. Expo times at www.showspan.com/WMH.

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Mickey and Minnie take audiences on an adventure featuring some of everyone’s favorite Disney characters. Van Andel Arena. Tickets and showtimes at vanandelarena.com.

March 2 & 16

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. www.growbusiness.org

March 3

Osteoporosis: An Impending Public Health Crisis symposium. Keynote speaker Dr. Sundeep Khosla and VAI discuss the latest osteoporosis research and address concerns about the condition. Van Andel Institute. 7 am. Register at www.vai.org.

Entrepreneur-YOU Conference. Join the Michigan Women’s Foundation for a day of empowerment and inspiration, educating interested attendees about the steps it takes to running their own business. Davenport University. 8 am-4:30 pm. www.miwf.org.

First Fridays Gallery Hop. Avenue for the Arts welcomes you to a night of gallery going as artwork and handmade goods by local artists take over gallery and building spaces along the corridor. Exclusive food and drink specials, offered by local businesses, make for an exciting evening of culture and libations. South Division. 6-9 pm. www.avenueforthearts.com

March 3 & 4

Pictures at an Exhibition. Composer Korngold thrills audiences with this colorful and expansive violin concerto as part of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

March 3-5

Girlfriend’s Weekend. Local Holland businesses and restaurants pack the weekend with events, tastings, deals, specials and fun for you and your gal pals so you can celebrate your closest friendships and discover some of Holland’s local treasures. Downtown Holland. Schedule and details at www.girlfriendsweekend.org.

GEM Theatrics presents Chapatti.Watch this performing husband and wife duo in a unique performance that combines traditional Irish storytelling with conventional dialogue that achieves both charm and dark humor. Dog Story Theater. 8 pm (Fri & Sat) and 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at www.dogstorytheater.com.

March 3-24

KCAD Continuing Studies: De-Mystifying the Language and Practice of Design and Innovation. This four-session series teaches you and your organization how to solve problems in innovative ways with hands-on discussions, case studies and a final project. Kendall College of Art & Design. Class schedule at www.kcad.edu/continuing-studies.

March 4

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 www.53riverbankrun.com.

Family Day at the West Michigan Home & Garden Show. Kids are free until noon and the expo is full of special activities that families can enjoy like a pancake breakfast, planting workshops and intriguing presentations. DeVos Place. 10 am-2 pm. Schedule of activities at www.showspan.com/WMH.

GR Beer Tours: Beer City Experience. Visit Founders, The Mitten and Harmony Hall Brewery to experience the dynamic beer varieties throughout our city. Meet across from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book at www.grbeertours.com.

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 www. grpm.org.

Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Double Header: All Stars vs. Tri-City and Attack vs. TBD. Rivertown Sports. 5-9:30 pm. www.grandraggidy.com

Frivolous Follies variety show. Wealthy Theatre. 9-11:30 pm. www.grcmc.org

March 4 & 18

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. www.hollandfarmersmarket.com

March 4-April 15

LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition. Visit the gallery to see the pieces submitted by lower West Michigan artists for this year’s annual art competition. LowellArts. Gallery hours at www.lowellartsmi.org.

March 5

Space Film Series presents Wall-E. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 2 pm. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. Enjoy beautiful music performed live among GRAMS stunning architecture and galleries. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Forest Hills Adult Community Band. Forest Hills Eastern High School. 2:30-3:30 pm. fhfineartscenter.com

Grand Rapids Youth Symphony & Classical Orchestra concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 3-5 pm. www.grys.org

March 6

Author Visit: Sharon M. Draper. The Out of My Mind author visits the library discusses her book while attendees enjoy cake and refreshments. Grand Rapids Public Library. 5 pm. www.grpl.org

March 7

GROW Small Business Class: Strategic Planning. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry film screening. Join film critic John Serba for a viewing of this award-winning documentary followed by a discussion with the audience. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7-8:30 pm. RSVP to awolff@meijergardens.org. www.meijergardens.org

Pink Martini with China Forbes concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. devosperformancehall.com

March 7, 14 & 21

Recipes for Success. Learn the steps in making your culinary creations a career during this three-part series that teaches you about packaging, breaking into the retail market and advertising on a budget. The Downtown Market. 7:30-9 am. www.downtownmarketgr.com

March 8

Teen Council Meet-up. Tell your teen about their opportunity to join the library’s new Teen Council and help plan library programs, give input on the teen collection and more. Grand Rapids Public Library. 3 pm. www.grpl.org

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

March 9

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

Downtown Lowell Gallery Hop. Downtown galleries are staying open afterhours and inviting the public to stroll through their displays for a fun, art-filled evening. LowellArts. 5-8 pm. www.lowellartsmi.org

Measure What Matters Mixer. Join Local First and members as they discuss the importance of sustainability in the workplace and celebrate the work our local businesses have done so far. Local First Office. 5:30-7:30 pm. www.localfirst.com

Discussion with Andy Boyan. Take a look at recent research on how media affects liberal viewpoints and view the larger picture of political media content via social media. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov

March 9-11

LaughFest presents Clean Comedy Showcase. The B.O.B. Tickets and showtimes at www.laughfestgr.org.

March 9-12

Saldadin Shrine Circus. Absorb the marvel of the circus’ 87th year with animals, tricks, trapeze and more. DeltaPlex Arena. Tickets and showtimes at www.deltaplex.com.

March 9-19

LaughFest GR. Laugh for the health of it during GR’s most hilarious, week-long festival featuring a variety of comedic showcases from stand-up to improv to music and more. Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, giving us even more to smile about as we laugh along with the community during this massive event that leaves funny bones everywhere tickled. Schedule of events, locations, showtimes and more at www.laughfestgr.org.

March 10

Alzheimer’s Support Group. Join others affected by Alzheimer’s at this support group conducted by trained facilitators. The Area Agency of Aging. 1-2 pm. www.alz.org/gmc

Opening Reception: Freshly Considered. The 2017 exhibition calendar kicks off with a variety of works on display from multiple artists during this group show that gives you the opportunity to meet the talented masterminds behind the pieces. LaFontsee Galleries. 5-8 pm. www.lafontsee.us

LaughFest presents Pop Scholars. Witness the hysterical talent of this Grand Rapids based improv troupe as they perform a variety of skits during this year’s festival. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets at www.laughfestgr.org.

March 10-12

West Michigan Women’s Expo. Spring break for women has finally arrived with over 400 exhibits, seminars and shopping opportunity tailored to women and their families. Enjoy numerous fashion boutiques, cooking seminars, information on home décor and DIY projects and so much more. DeVos Place. Schedule and $1 off admission coupon at www.kohlerexpo.com.

MOVEMEDIA: World Premieres. Witness new and exciting works in the world of dance created by today’s most talented choreographers and performed by the Grand Rapids Ballet. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at www.grballet.com.

Monster Jam. The annual monster truck and speedster show is crashing back to Grand Rapids with an even more tantalizing, adrenalin-bumping, endurance showdown that fans will go wild for. Van Andel Arena. www.vanandelarena.com

March 11

Tattoo T-shirts workshop. You and your little one can learn to design your own unique t-shirts with inspiration by graphic tattoo artist Leo Zulueta. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am-noon. Register at www.artmuseumgr.org.

AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade. See green at the annual parade celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Grand Rapids. Downtown Grand Rapids. 11 am-1 pm. Map at event Facebook page. www.grmichanaoh.com

GR Beer Tours: Grand Rapids East Side. Taste the creations of Brewery Vivant, Elk and Harmony Brewing Company during this informative exploration tour. Meet across from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. www.grbeertours.com

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

LaughFest presents Joel McHale. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.laughfestgr.org.

LaughFest presents Sinbad. Fountain Street Church. 8 pm. Tickets at www.laughfestgr.org

March 11 & 12

Spring Bridal Show. Moms, dads, brides, grooms, friends and wedding enthusiasts find everything they need for the special day during this event that puts Grand Rapids’ best wedding professionals under one roof to lift the stress off the days leading up to the big one. DeVos Place. 10 am-5 pm (Sat) 11 am-5 pm (Sun). www.kohlerexpo.com

HIS Dance Academy Ensemble presents Desert: A Good Samaritan Story. DeVos Center for Arts and Worship. 3-5 pm (special Friendship Tea takes place before the performance). Tickets at www.dcaw.org.

March 11 & 18

LaughFest presents River City Improv. This improv troupe entertains audience members by delivering skits, games and songs that you can’t help but crack up at. Ladies Literary Club. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.laughfestgr.org.

LaughFest’s Best. If you didn’t get a chance to see all the shows, catch a sampling of this year’s comedians during this comedy event featuring some of the best acts of this year’s festival. Pyramid Scheme. 11:59 pm. www.laughfestgr.org

March 11-July 9

Creatures of Light exhibit. Explore the world’s organisms that produce light for attraction, hunting and defense, and marvel at how there is an abundance of these creatures in places you wouldn’t expect. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at www.grpm.org.

March 12

LaughFest’s FUNderwear Run. Trade your Sunday best for your craziest undergarments during this 5K that has people running around in their underwear in support of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. 10 am. Register at www.laughfestgr.org.

LaughFest’s People & Pets. Bring your pets to celebrate their special brand of hilarity at this fun event featuring contests, vendor tables, a photo booth and more. GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. 11 am. www.laughfestgr.org

Film Screening: About Elly. Chiaroscuro International Film Festival invites the community to free screenings of films celebrated worldwide followed by an insightful panel discussion and an after-film reception. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 2 pm. Full film schedule at www.chiaroscurogr.org

Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Nicole Lee. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

March 13

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

Read So Hard Book Club: Modern Romance. Book-lovers gather over a pint to discuss this month’s selection by Aziz Ansari. Harmony Hall. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

March 14

GROW Small Business Class: Choosing Your Business Structure. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org.

LaughFest Signature Event with Howie Mandel. Get ready for an evening filled with laughs as comedian Howie Mandel takes the stage to deliver jokes that audience members will be laughing about long after the show is over. DeVos Place. 5:30 and 8 pm. www.laughfestgr.org.

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 www.53riverbankrun.com.

Author Visit: Tom Carr. Carr discusses his book Blood on the Mitten, covering some gruesome, little-known history of the mitten state. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

Acoustic Café Series presents Los Lonely Boys. Experience the group’s melodic mix of bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and roots-inspired brown-eyes soul during this performance celebrating their newest album, Revelation. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.scmc-online.org.

March 14-16

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour. This original rock musical takes the stage to celebrate how far it has come in spreading its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear with a cast of characters that support each other with outstanding bravery when faced with a flood of tumults that threaten their lives. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.broadwaygrandrapids.com.

March 15

VARI Seminar Series: Probing the Epigenome for Therapeutic Opportunities with Dr. Cheryl Arrowsmith. Van Andel Institute. Noon. www.vai.org

Goldberg Machine Workshop. Learn to use random objects to create your very own machine by collaborating with fellow creatives. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. RSVP at www.avenueforthearts.org.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Maine Red Claws. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

LaughFest presents Best of the Midwest competition. Eight of the Midwest’s finest comedians visit Grand Rapids to earn the “Best Of” title and the grand cash prize based on audience vote. The B.O.B. 7 pm. Tickets at www.laughfest.org.

March 16

Teen Night at UICA. Teens are invited to confront social issues inspired by UICA’s current exhibition followed by art-making activities in The Studio. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 5:30-7:30 pm. www.uica.org

Yoga at GRAM. Join the museum for a yoga session among the galleries. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5:45-6:45 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Kid’s Joke Time. LaughFest invites young comedians to take the stage and perform their favorite jokes to an audience just waiting to laugh. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6 pm. www.grpl.org

Concerts Under the Stars presents Mishigami. Experience foot-tapping jazz music choreographed with the visually dazzling lights of the Chaffee Planetarium. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7:30 pm. www.grpm.org

One Man Star Wars. Charles Ross single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, fights the battles and condenses the plots of the Star Wars trilogy into one hilarious show that friends and fans alike fall in love with. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.vsfac.com.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents French Virtuosity. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.scmc-online.org.

March 17

Green Kids with St. Patrick. Sign your kids up for this cooking class celebrating the St. Patrick’s favorite color! Kids make green shamrock smoothies, green mac & cheese and green cake crinkle cookies. The Downtown Market. 4-5:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body panel talk. Investigate the depictions of the black female body in art and in popular culture. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-8 pm. www.uica.org

LaughFest presents Iliza. Fountain Street Church. 8 pm. Tickets at www.laughfestgr.org.

March 17 & 18

Saint Patrick’s Day(s). Celebrate your inner leprechaun with a pint of Guinness and your last chance of Peanut Butter Porter along with special performances and a scrumptious pancake breakfast (9-11 am on Sat). The B.O.B. www.thebob.com

LaughFest presents National Stand-up Comedy Showcase. The B.O.B. Tickets and showtimes at www.laughfestgr.org.

March 17-19

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Cathie Ryan, former member of Cherish the Ladies band, sings beloved Celtic classics as part of Fox Motors Pops. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm (Fri & Sat). 3 pm (Sun). Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

March 18

Irish on Ionia. Unleash the energy of all that is Irish during Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street party featuring live entertainment, loads of food and, of course, beer! Ionia Street Downtown Grand Rapids. 7 am-11 pm. Tickets at www.irishonionia.com.

Irish Jig 5K. This St. Patrick’s 5K supports improving the community’s health and is perfect for those seeking an easy course with a few gentle hills to tackle. East Grand Rapids High School. 9 am-noon. Register at www.spectrumhealth.org/irish-jig.

Astronomy as a Hobby: The Great Solar Eclipse. Expert Jack McCarthy visits with some of his stargazing friends to tell you where to go and what to do to witness the solar eclipse, happening August 21. Schuler Books & Music. 10 am-12:30 pm. www.grpm.org

Amazing Words: Fantasy Writing with H.M. Bouwman. Grand Rapids Public Library. 10:30 am. www.grpl.org

GR Beer Tours: Beer City Experience. Visit Founders, The Mitten and Harmony Hall Brewery to experience the dynamic beer varieties throughout our city. Meet across from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book at www.grbeertours.com.

LaughFest presents Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan. You loved them in Super Troopers and Beerfest, now hear how funny these actors are live during their hilarious stand-up show. Wealthy Theatre. 7:30 pm and 10 pm. Tickets at www.laughfestgr.org.

LaughFest presents Pete Holmes & Friends. Fountain Street Church. 8 pm. Tickets at www.laughfestgr.org.

March 19

LaughFest’s Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge. Gather the family (or 1-3 friends) and get ready to scamper all over Grand Rapids, partaking in funny challenges and activities inspired by shows like The Amazing Race and Expedition Impossible, while competing with other teams of four for ultimate glory. Downtown Grand Rapids. 1-4 pm (registration begins at noon). www.laughfestgr.org

Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Almava Trio. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

Miranda Lambert concert. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Il Duo Lirico: Debut Album Release. Musicians Nancy Steltmann and Robert Byrens bring the cello and piano together to perform beloved arias from their album, live. Betty Van Andel Opera Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.operagr.org.

March 20

Paws, Claws & Corks. Support the furry friends of the Humane Society by sipping on wines and microbrews sided with tastes of GR’s best eats. Auction packages include trips, wine, sports memorabilia and other goodies. DeVos Place. 6 pm. Tickets at www.hswestmi.org.

Monday Night Jazz Gumbo presents Nick Ayoub and The Family. 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. www.wmichjazz.org

March 21

GROW Small Business Class: Successful Relationship Building. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm. Register at www.growbusiness.org.

March 22

Established Division Event: Peer-to-Peer Roundtable. Explore topics that help you enhance your leadership and ownership skills while improving your business savvy. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1:30 pm. www.growbusiness.org

VARI Seminar Series: Engineered Tumor Microenvironments and Applications in Metastasis and Dormancy with Dr. Shelly Peyton. Van Andel Institute. Noon. www.vai.org

Blood Drive. Cornerstone University. Noon-5:45 pm. www.redcrossblood.org

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

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Raptors 905. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

Golden Dragon Acrobats. These athletes, artists and acrobats come all the way from China to “wow” audience members with an unbelievable acrobatic performance. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. www.fhfineartscenter.com

March 23

Music in the Stacks: PARTS. Browse the library’s collection while enjoying a performance by the two-piece electronic band that incorporate a variety of talents to create music. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7 pm. www.grpl.org

Casting Crowns concert. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

Spectacular Jazz Series presents Joey Alexander. The 13-year-old jazz pianist and his trio impress audience members with their incredible talent. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at www.scmc-online.org.

March 24

More than a Woman panel discussion and catalog release party. Contemporary art’s leading cultural critics and producers join to discuss their work and the importance of incubators while guests enjoy refreshments and mingle with the artists. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 6-8 pm. www.uica.org

Creativity Uncorked: Floral Painting. Grab a glass of wine and learn how to paint vibrant floral arrangements, creating a masterpiece that you can bring home. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 7:30-9:30 pm. Register at www.artmuseumgr.org.

Pop Scholars: Improv Comedy. Enjoy a night of smart, risk-taking improv comedy performed by Grand Rapids’ 4-man improvisational experts at Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

March 24 & 25

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto. The concert hall fills with the lively elegance and good taste of French composers Saëns and Ravel during the Richard and Helen DeVos Classic Series. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

March 25

Milwaukee Tool demonstration. Representative Nick is visiting to showcase the store’s line-up of heavy duty power tools with live demonstrations and an expert on-hand to answer your project questions. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan Street location). 10 am-2 pm. www.ryleesace.com

Visit some of Beer City’s newest additions as this informative tour takes you to Atwater Brewing Company in GR, Creston Brewery and Harmony Hall. Meet across from Founders Brewing Company. Noon-4 pm. Book at www.grbeertours.com.

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

The Emperor’s New Clothes. Sit back and enjoy this adored story in a way like never before as the orchestra performs its heart-pounding music while a live illustrator draws the story projected on the big screen. DeVos Performance Hall. 3 pm. Tickets at www.grsymphony.org.

Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Double Header: All Stars and Attack vs. Royal City Bruteleggers. Rivertown Sports. 5-9:30 pm. www.grandraggidy.com

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Ft. Wayne Mad Ants. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.

GRFAS Concert Series presents Bill Staines. Wealthy Theatre 8 pm. Tickets at www.grcmc.org

March 25 & 26

Friends of the Library Book Sale. Browse unprecedented book bargains of all genres during this book sale benefiting the library. Grand Rapids Public Library. 9 am-4 pm (Sat) and 1-4 pm (Sun). www.grpl.org

March 26

Sunday Classical Concert Series presents Music in Bloom. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

LaughFest Festival Encore: Kat Williams. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm. Tickets at www.laughfestgr.org.

March 28

Lionel Richie with special guest Mariah Carey. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at www.vanandelarena.com.

March 29

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 www.53riverbankrun.com.

March 30

Get down and dirty with WMEAC and learn how to instruct students in their watershed programming, partaking in projects that clean up our natural water resources. Location TBD. 1-3 pm. www.wmeac.org/events

Spring Nights in the Caribbean. Shake off winter by taking a tropical Caribbean journey as you learn to make jerk chicken, pepper pot stew, papaya-pineapple salad and coconut milk cake. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

How to Think Like a Collector lecture. Expert on collectibles Harry Rinker visits the museum to discuss his over 50-year history of collecting a variety of objects, coating the lecture with his signature wit and opinions. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 7-8 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org

March 31

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Canton Charge. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at www.deltaplex.com.


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