By Gary Manier – Collegiate Staff
Check out this week’s list of events including a Christmas story, pioneer Thanksgiving, live music and science.
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will be bringing “A Christmas Story” to its stage for the first time at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Nov. 20. Ticket prices range from $15-$35 depending on seat choice and show time. This musical is based on the 1983 film directed by Bob Clark. The event will run from Nov. 20-Dec. 20 and tickets can be purchased here.
Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill will celebrate GR’s Cocktail Week with New Holland’s Brews, Booze and Blues Bonanza starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. New Holland will take over the taps for the night and cocktails will be crafted with New Holland spirits. Music starts at 9 p.m with The Strapping Owls and then Megan Dooley. Admission is $7.
Grand Rapids Community College will host a free Community Science Day in the Calkins Science Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. The event will be filled with hands-on and health related activities. There will also be giveaways, prizes, face painting and hot beverages. The Kent County Health Department will be available to answer questions regarding immunizations and new school vaccination requirements. Community Science Day will have more than 30 interactive lessons for all age groups. For more information, visit GRCC’s Biological Sciences page.
The Blandford Nature Center will be hosting a Pioneer Thanksgiving from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. Visitors will experience the work behind daily pioneer life that inspired Thanksgiving. This is an all ages event. The cost of admission is $3 for members and $6 for non-members. Registration is required and should be done by telephone at (616) 735-6240. For more information, visit.
Afro Zuma, a world jazz band from Grand Rapids will be performing at the Cascade Branch of the Kent District Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 22. This is a free show and part of the Sunday Afternoon Live series. Afro Zuma is a 14-piece collaborative effort known for their high energy Afrobeat performances.