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Spider Web DeGraaf

The Wonderful World of Spiders

DeGraaf Nature Center offers a look into the world of one of the scariest (to some humans) and misunderstood species on the planet.

YouTube personality Bob McAndrews, aka “Bob The Spider Hunter,” will talk about the value of spiders, incuding the 880 million tons of insects they consume from our prairies, wood and gardens each year.

The event, which takes place 1-2 p.m. Saturday, is $5 per person (free to members) and registration is required.

After an overview, McAndrews will share information on his special project, the Six-Spotted Fishing Spider.

DeGraaf Nature Center is located at 600 Graafschap Road in Holland.

(Saturday)

Take the Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Michigan’s fundraiser will leave you breathless.

The event has volunteers plunging into icy water, all for a good cause. This year’s frigid dip is at Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive, Comstock Park. The cost is $75 per person. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the plunging begins at 1 p.m.

Special Olympics supports almost 23,000 athletes statewide in year-round sports training and athletic competitions.

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Time to lace ’em up

If cabin fever has you down, a trip to the middle of downtown might be just the ticket to fix what ails you.

Rosa Parks Circle hosts outdoor ice skating from 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Sunday.

Open daily, weather permitting. 135 Monroe Center NW. $3 adults, $1 age 17 and younger; skate rental free with admission.

(Saturday)

Welcome to Diagon Alley

Grab your broomstick and fly over to Gaslight Village to support the East Grand Rapids Interscholastic Yule Ball.

Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen is supporting children’s literacy by donating 5% of sales back to the Interscholastic Yule Ball Fund.

Don’t forget to check out the other area businesses participating as Gaslight Village transforms into Diagon Alley. Carolina LCK will magically become Hogs Head Inn and serve up a healthy dose of whimsical and imaginative fun along with a Harry Potter-themed menu.

The butter beer and treacle tarts are not to be missed.

The festivities run from 4-11 p.m. All Muggles are welcome.

Bonus Picks

Social House GR + Motu Viget ‘Sips In The City’ Happy Hour

We Jack. Pop-Up

Live Music with Doug Peterson

February Indie Flea GR!

Groundhog Marathon and Half Marathon

Creative Mornings January: Roots

Motown Brown (AB Presents Zoko After Hours)

Young Adults Catholic Pub Trivia

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