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Tuesdays

Nature Buds-Winter Edition. These programs will include guided and self guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1yr-4yrs. Blandford Nature Center. 9:30-10:30am. Blandfordnaturecenter.org

Thursdays

The Chilly Challenge. Participants will enjoy a unique tour each week, traversing the sidewalks while focusing on a theme, narrated by Caroline Cook of Grand Rapids Running Tours. JW Marriott Grand Rapids. Facebook.com

Saturdays

Mindstorm Saturdays. Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, these hands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, problem solving and more. Grand Rapids Public Library. 10am-12pm. grpl.org

Ongoing

Rebecca Louise Law: The Womb. This exhibition of new work explores the intimate relationship between humankind and nature. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. meijergardens.org

The Art of Change. An exhibition of art that raises awareness of current global issues of our time in an effort to provoke positive change. Lowell Arts. lowellartsmi.org

Larry Cook: On the Scene. On the Scene is a solo exhibition that explores the cultural aesthetic of “club” photography and painted backdrops. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. uica.org

Mark Rumsey: Memory Map: Roof Line – State Street. It features braids of repurposed textiles strung into planes floating in space. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. uica.org

Kennedy Yanko: Before Words. Before Words is a body of metal and paint skin work meant to induce new ways of seeing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. uica.org

Jan 1 

Owl Moon. Listen to a classic winter tale about the owling adventures of a boy and his grandfather while sipping hot chocolate. Blandford Nature Center. 6-7:30pm. Blandfordnaturecenter.org

Jan 1-16

Snowflake Break. This holiday season, visit the GRPM and take part in a variety of family friendly programs and activities themed around history, science and culture, and our special exhibits – Bodies Revealed, Design Zone & TOYS. Grand Rapids Public Museum. grpm.org

Jan 2

Morgan Wallen’s Whiskey Glasses Road Show with Jon Langston, Ashland Craft Presented by 93.7 B93. 20 Monroe Live. 7pm. 20monroelive.com

Winter-Themed Storytime. Learn about the countless ways to explore the winter season in the Children’s Garden through stories such as All You Need for a Snowman, Bear Snores On, Time to Sleep and Froggy Gets Dressed. Frederik Meijer Gardens. 11:15-11:45am. Meijergardens.org

Switch Tournament. Win prizes and eat snacks while you give your thumbs a workout. Englehardt (Lowell) Branch. Kdl.org

Snowflake Studio. Drop-in for snowflake-themed arts and crafts for the whole family. Walker Branch. 2-4pm. Kdl.org

Bookmobile at Streams of Hope. Come check out books, music, movies, games and more. Bookmobile. 5:30-7:30pm. kdl.org

Jan 3

Far Off Galaxy Festival. Families with children will love this Star Wars® themed festival sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library. Cascade Township Branch. 10am-12pm. Kdl.org

Living the D.R.-eam. Audrey McKenzie, a teacher in the Domican Republic, will be presenting on the culture and interests of the average citizen in the DR, what her teaching day is like and why she chose the career path that led her there. Alto Branch. 6:30-8pm. kdl.org

Jan 4

River City Improv. Our shows weave skits, games and songs with audience suggestions to create unique entertainment experiences for each show. Peter Wege Auditorium. 7:30pm. Grcmc.org

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Raptors. DeltaPlex. 7pm. Deltaplex.com

GR Symphony Presents the Snowman. Based on the award-winning children’s book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, this concert captures a magical night for a boy and his snowman friend. DeVos Performance Hall. 3pm. Devosperformancehall.com

Winter-Time Walks. Bundle up and join us on an outdoor interactive discovery walk to investigate the Children’s Garden in new ways. Frederik Meijer Gardens. 11:15am-12pm. Meijergardens.org

The Snowman. Based on the award-winning children’s book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, this concert captures a magical night for a boy and his snowman friend. DeVos Performance Hall. 3pm. Grsymphony.org

Jan 5

Cabochon Stone Setting Workshop. In this 5 hour class, you will learn to cut, solder, and work with silver  and bezel wire to set those beautiful stones in your own ring or pendant. The Hot Spot. 10am-3pm. thehotspotgr.com

Jan 7-14

Watercolor for Beginners. In this two session course led by Solstice Handmade, you’ll learn useful techniques and advice to tackle painting in full color from life. Lions and Rabbits. 6pm. lionsandrabbits.com

Jan 8

Open Studio: Lyubov Popova Inspired. Artists Creating Together. 6-7:30pm. Artistscreatingtogether.org

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Long Island Nets. DeltaPlex. 7pm. Deltaplex.com

Jan 9

Division Avenue: A Trip Back in Time (Part II). In part two of this series, Ed Paciencia will look back at South Division between Wealthy and 28th Street, showcasing photographs and sharing stories from his book, The History of South Division. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7-8:30pm. Grpl.org

Learning to Draw. An introductory drawing workshop for those new to drawing, or those looking to brush up on their skills of observational drawing. Lions and Rabbits. 10:30-11:30am. Lionsandrabbits.com

Impractical Jokers “Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour” Starring the Tenderloins. Van Andel Arena. 7:30pm. vanandelarena.com

Jan 10

Pop Scholars Improv Comedy. They impress with their fast-paced humor, perfect comedic-timing, and uncanny on-stage chemistry. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8pm. Grcmc.org

Whiskey Myers. The Intersection. 6:30pm. Sectionlive.com

Face 2 Face – A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel. Elevation. 7pm. Sectionlive.com

Jan 10-11

GR Symphony Presents Shostakovich & Mozart. DeVos Performance Hall. 8pm. devosperformancehall.com

Jan 10-26

A Streetcar Named Desire. A tragic drama from the mind of Tennessee Williams about a young woman’s delusion, volatile relationships, and the madness in between. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Grct.org

Jan 11

DJ Logic. The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ Logic, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and mixing his sound across the map. Founders Brewing Co. 9:30pm. Foundersbrewing.com

11th Annual Winter Wheat Festival. The Intersection. 1pm. Sectionlive.com

Jan 11-12

Elements of Design. This Two day intensive workshop will focus on combining cabochon setting skills with fabrication techniques. The Hot Spot. thehotspotgr.com

Jan 13

FSC Screen Club. Koning Micro-cinema. 6pm. Grcmc.org

Jan  14

Shen Yun. Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company, bringing to life a lost culture through profoundly beautiful art. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30pm. devosperformancehall.com

Jan 16

Owl Prowl. Join the Wildlife Staff at Blandford as we head out on the trails, equipped with recorded owl calls in hopes a wild owl will return our message. Blandford Nature Center. 6-7:30pm. Blandfordnaturecenter.org

Henhouse Prowlers. Founders Brewing Co. 9:30pm. Foundersbrewing.com

Emmet Cohen Master Legacy Series. Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30pm. scmc-online.org

Jan 17

Grand Rapids Story Spinners | Winter Night of Tales. Join Grand Rapids Story Spinner Gloria Cangelosi and Blandford Nature Center for a night of entertaining stories. Blandford Nature Center. 7-9:30pm. Blandfordnaturecenter.org

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Delaware Blue Coats. DeltaPlex. 7pm. Deltaplex.com

Jan 17-19

GR Symphony Presents Hollywood Hits. DeVos Performance Hall. devosperformancehall.com

Jan 17-31

Translating Valence: redefining black male identity. Translating Valence propagates ideas regarding black masculinity that lie in conjunction with, and opposition to, widely held historical and stereotypical beliefs. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. uica.org

Jan 18

Winter In the Cabin. Take a step back in time to experience Pioneer life in our Historic Log Cabin. Stoke the fire, help with chores, and learn what life was like for Pioneers of the 1800s. Blandford Nature Center. 1-2:30pm. Blandfordnaturecenter.org

Winter Sensory Hike and Meditation. Witness the detail and beauty of the forest in winter, appreciate the cold air on your skin, listen to the sounds of Blandford’s forest in winter, and then settle into your own reflective space with a guided meditation. Blandford Nature Center. 10-11:30am. Blandfordnaturecenter.org

River City Improv. Our shows weave skits, games and songs with audience suggestions to create unique entertainment experiences for each show. Peter Wege Auditorium. 7:30pm. Grcmc.org

FHC Random Acts  of Talent. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 7-8:30pm. Fhfineartscenter.com

Motionless In White + Beartooth – Diseased & Disguised Tour. The Intersection. 6pm. sectionlive.com

Jan 19

Sublime with Rome w/ Melophobix, Flexadecibel Presented by WGRD. 20 Monroe Live. 6:30pm. 20monroelive.com

Stacked Mixed Metal Pendant. The Stacked Mixed Metal Pendant is a fabrication primer class focusing on cold connection techniques. The Hot Spot. 2-5pm. Thehotspotgr.com

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. Van Andel Arena. 6pm. vanandelarena.com

Jan 21-30

Broadway Grand Rapids Presents Hamilton. DeVos Performance Hall. devosperformancehall.com

Jan 22

Culinary Conversations:  Creating Vital Connections in the Food World. Eastern Kille Distillery. 5-6pm. downtownmarketgr.com

Jan 23

Property Management Happy Hour/Downtown Neighbor Network. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. 4-5:30pm. Facebook.com

Matt Cushman Art Reception. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6-7pm. Fhfineartscenter.com

Open Life Drawing. The night will start off with 20 mins of gestures (1-10 min poses that the model holds) 20 min- 1 hr poses to follow (depending on model’s comfort level) Please bring all needed drawing supplies Drinks provided. Lions and Rabbits. 7:30-9:30pm. lionsandrabbits.com

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Experience the grace, wit, and charm of French music. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30pm. scmc-online.org

Jan 24

The Frog King (A Tribute to Neil Diamond). Peter Wege Auditorium. 7:30pm. Grcmc.org

Huntin’ Time Expo. The expo features a variety of hunting exhibitors offering products and services unlike any other outdoor show. DeltaPlex. 1pm. Deltaplex.com

Michal Menert. The Mint. 8pm. sectionlive.com

Jan 25

Kombucha Workshop. Kombucha is a fermented beverage dating back almost 3,000 years and has been used in many cultures as a beneficial drink for digestion, inflammation, immune function, and countless other uses including skin toner. Blandford Nature Center. 1-3pm. Blandfordnaturecenter.org

Peter and the Wolf. One of the best-loved musical tales of all time will thrill your little ones in this performance featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony. Dan Heintzelman Fine Arts Center. 10:30am. grsymphony.org

Jan 25-26

Orchid Show. Escape winter’s chill and enjoy a stunning variety of beautiful, unusual, and colorful orchids exhibited by orchid enthusiasts from across the state. Frederik Meijer Gardens. Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 11am-4:30pm. Meijergardens.org

Jan 26

Trampled by Turtles. The Intersection. 7pm. Sectionlive.com

Dynamic Drawing. Time for another night of life drawing with a live model and still life. Little Space Studio. 6pm. facebook.com 

Chain Maille. Create patterned chains both elegant and bold with this workshop that covers introductory skills. The Hot Spot. 1-4pm. Thehotspotgr.com

Harlem Globetrotters. Van Andel Arena. 3pm. vanandelarena.com

Jan 29

Auto Show Charity Spectacular. Join the Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Foundation for an exclusive preview of the International Auto Show, complete with live entertainment, cocktails and a roaming dinner with culinary creations from local restaurants. All proceeds go toward the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. DeVos Place Convention Center.6-9:30 pm. showspan.com

Jan 30

Mary Jane. Mary Jane is a moving and compassionate portrait of a woman striving for grace and the prevailing strength of human will when fueled by unconditional love. Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids. 8pm. Actorstheatregrandrapids.org

Bailen. The Stache. 7pm. Sectionlive.com

Drawing the Portrait. Working from life, students will work through the challenges of accurately drawing a portrait. Lions and Rabbits. 6:30-8:30pm. Lionsandrabbits.com

Jan 30-Feb 2

Michigan International Auto Show. Car manufacturers from around the world will bring their finest traveling displays with new vehicles. DeVos Place Convention Center. showspan.com

Jan 31

Pop Scholars Improv Comedy. They impress with their fast-paced humor, perfect comedic-timing, and uncanny on-stage chemistry. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8pm. Grcmc.org

The Glory of the Baroque. St. Cecilia Music Center. 8pm. Grsymphony.org

Mitchell Tenpenny – Anything She Says Tour. The Intersection. 6:30pm. Sectionlive.com

The Movement. The Stache. 8pm. Sectionlive.com

Moody Good – Sunny Side Up Tour. Elevation. 8pm. sectionlive.com

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