Out + About: April 2020

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The female Irish music group Celtic Woman performs April 4. Courtesy Celtic Woman

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Editor’s note: Due to the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive order, many events have been canceled. Please check websites for updated information.

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April 4 – Celtic Woman:
The Grammy-nominated female Irish music group performs “Celebration – The 15th Anniversary Tour” with classic Irish songs and melodies, traditional step dancers and musicians. 7:30 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Tickets are $39-$150. devosperformancehall.com.

Special Events
Sports
Stage & Film
Music
Lectures & Workshops


 

Special Events

April 3 – First Friday Gallery Hop: Participating galleries, shops and eateries stay open 6-9 p.m., presented by Avenue for the Arts. South Division Avenue between Fulton and Cherry streets. avenueforthearts.com.

April 4 – Easter Egg Hunt, Byron Center: Annual egg hunt for kids 2-10, plus visits with the Easter bunny. 11 a.m. ages 2-5; 11:15 a.m. ages 6-10. Whistlestop Park, 2120 76th St. SW. Free. byronrec.org.

April 4 – Easter Egg Hunt, Walker: Annual egg hunt for kids 3-8, plus pictures with the Easter bunny. 11 a.m. Walker Ice & Fitness Center, 4151 Remembrance Road NW. Free. walkericeandfitness.com.

April 4 – I Love the ’90s Bash: Bar Crawl Events hosts ’90s-themed bar crawl. 3-10 p.m. $20-$30. eventbrite.com.

April 4 – Indie Flea GR: Monthly local makers market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. Free. indiefleagr.com.

April 4 – West Michigan Mom’s Sale: More than 200 booths with clothing, toys, furniture, car seats, strollers, accessories and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Free; $3-$5 donations at door. westmichiganmomssale.com.

April 4-5 – West Michigan Pet Expo: Vendors, adoptable pets, demonstrations. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. $12 adults, $6 kids, ages 4 and under free. westmichiganstar.iheart.com/content/2019-10-08-west-michigan-pet-expo-2020.

April 11 – Easter Egg Hunt, Kentwood: Easter egg hunt for kids 10 and under, plus photos with the Easter bunny. 10 a.m. On the lawn behind Kentwood City Hall, 4900 Breton SE, Kentwood. Free. kentwood.us/easteregghunt.

April 11 – “Live at Night with the Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show”: 97.9 WGRD radio hosts. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. devosperformancehall.com.

April 16-18 – Festival of Faith and Writing: Calvin University biennial event with speakers, concerts, workshops and film screenings. Begins noon Thu. 3201 Burton St. SE. $235, $135 students. ccfw.calvin.edu/festival.

April 17 – Circle Theater Season Kickoff: Fundraiser: American Graffiti in Concert, plus trivia, contests, silent auction, hot dog roast. 7 p.m. 1703 Robinson Road SE. $25. circletheatre.org/production/season-kickoff.

April 17 – JDRF Promise Gala: 22nd annual fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with Rock for the Cure theme, includes cocktails, dinner, entertainment and auctions. 6-11 p.m. 20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave. NW. $200. jdrf.org.

April 18 – Grand River Valley Railroad Club Spring Train Show: More than 200 vendors of trains and model railroad supplies, books, photos, collectibles. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, Wyoming. $5 adults, kids 12 and under free. grvrrc.org.

April 18 – Lakeshore Earth Day Celebration: Events include Green March at 12:30 p.m. through downtown Grand Haven and Earth Day Fair (1-4 p.m.) at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. Also, music, presentations and horse-drawn carriage rides. visitgrandhaven.com.

April 18 – Party for the Planet: Celebrate Earth Day at John Ball Zoo and learn about saving the world’s resources and protecting wildlife; includes kids activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1300 W. Fulton St. $11 adults, $9 kids 3-12. jbzoo.org.

April 18 – Spectrum Health Foundation Gala: “Expect the Unexpected” includes social hour, dinner and program. 6 p.m. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $250. spectrumhealth.org/foundation/events/gala.

April 21 – Spotlight on Seniors Health & Fitness Expo: 21st annual expo includes 70 vendors of senior-oriented businesses, free health screenings, door prizes, free snacks and lunch. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE, Kentwood. kentwood.us/spotlightonseniors.

April 22 – Blue Tie Ball: West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s sixth annual fundraiser with cocktails, dinner and auction. 6-10 p.m. City View, 401 Hall St. SW, Suite 103. $90, $75 members. wmeac.org/bluetieball.

April 23 – Woman Up & Celebrate: Michigan Women’s Foundation’s annual luncheon and awards. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. JW Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW. $100. miwf.org.

April 24 – Grandville Art & Chocolate Walk: Sixth annual showcase of student artwork in downtown business venues, plus chocolate and beverage stations ($3), kids art activities, music and entertainment. 5-9 p.m. Wilson and Chicago Drive, Grandville. cityofgrandville.com.

April 24 – Heart Ball: American Heart Association hosts annual fundraiser with cocktails, dinner, entertainment and live auction. 6 p.m. 20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave. NW. $250. bit.ly/2020HeartBall.

April 24 – Kentwood Arbor Day Celebration: Tree-themed celebration with art from local students, environmental community booths and Kentwood Tree Beer. 4-9 p.m. Broad Leaf Local Beer, 2885 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, Kentwood. kentwood.us/parks.

April 25 – Huge Indoor Garage Sale: Community indoor sale includes clothes, tools, household goods, décor and kids items. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, Wyoming. Free. mihsb.org.

April 25 – Mayor’s Greening Initiative: Fifth annual Friends of Grand Rapids Parks community event to plant trees. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Garfield Park, 2111 Madison Ave. SE. friendsofgrparks.org/mayors-greening-initiative.

April 26 – Allegan Antiques Market: Monthly market features 400 exhibitors inside and outside, rain or shine. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan County Fair Drive. $4. alleganantiques.com.

April 30 – Brilliance Awards: West Michigan Woman presents awards to honor success of women in the community. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe Ave. NW. $95. westmichiganwoman.com/brilliance-awards.

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Sports

April – Grand Rapids Griffins: Grand Rapids’ American Hockey League team, primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Home games: April 1 vs. Texas Stars. April 10 vs. Chicago Wolves. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $19-$40. griffinshockey.com.

April – West Michigan Whitecaps: Professional minor league baseball team is a member of the Midwest League and Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Home games: April 9-11 vs. Lansing Lugnuts. April 20-22 vs. Lake County Captains. April 23-26 vs. Great Lakes Loons. Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park. $9-$17. whitecapsbaseball.com.

April 17-18 – Michigan Golden Gloves State Championships: Boxing competition. 7 p.m. DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. michigangoldengloves.com/events.

April 18 – Run of the Mill 5K: Annual fun run supporting Windmill Island Gardens. 9:30 a.m. 1 Lincoln Ave., Holland. $20-$25. runsignup.com.

April 18 – Striders Classic: 22nd annual 5K run/walk and 10-miler; benefits Paradise Bound Ministries. 8 a.m. Covenant Christian High School, 1401 Ferndale Ave. SW. $25-$40. stridersrun.com.

April 19 – Gazelle Girl: Women’s 5K, 10K and half-marathon, benefiting Girls on the Run, YWCA, GROW, Gazelle Sports Foundation. 8 a.m. Calder Plaza, 250 Monroe Ave. NW. $35-$95. gazellegirlhalfmarathon.com.

April 22 – Bridge Walk for Autism: Hope Network’s sixth annual walk for autism awareness. 4-6 p.m. Blue Bridge at Front Avenue entrance, downtown Grand Rapids. Includes free admission after walk to Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, with low-sensory experiences. hopenetwork.org/hope-network-foundation/blue-bridge-walk-autism.

April 23 – Hearts in Motion 5K: Heart Ministries hosts 5K, 10K and Flamingo Fun Run. 6:30 p.m. Faith Reformed Church, 220 W. Central Ave., Zeeland. $20-$35. runsignup.com/race/mi/zeeland/heartsinmotion5krunwalk10krun.

April 25 – Hurt the Dirt: Quarter-, half- and full marathon trail races. 8 a.m.; kids fun run 10:45 a.m. Luton Park, 10 Mile Road NE and Olde Meadow Drive NE, Rockford. $47-$72. hurtthedirt.com.

April 25 – Limb Loss Awareness 5K: Annual fundraiser for Kentwood Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive Recreation Programs; also 1-mile kids fun run. 9 a.m. Bowen Station Park, 4499 Bowen Blvd., Kentwood. $25-$35 adults, $5 kids run. kentwood.us/limbloss5k.

April 25 – Purple Community 5K: Sixth annual run/walk and kids 1-mile fun run benefiting Van Andel Institute. 8 a.m. Mary Free Bed YMCA, 5500 Burton St. SE. $20-$30 adults, $15-$25 kids 12 and under. vai.org.

April 25 – Rivertown Races: 5K, 10K and half-marathon races. 8 a.m. Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave. SW, Walker. $25-$75. rivertownraces.com.

April 25-26 – Lakeshore Volleyfest: Michigan AAU volleyball for ages 12-18. DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. devosplace.org.

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Stage & Film

Through April 5 – “The Playboy of the Western World”: Presented by Theatre at Grand Valley. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Linn Maxwell Keller Theatre, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale. $16 adults, $14 seniors, $7 students. gvsu.edu/mtd/theatre-season-41.htm.

April 1-5 – “Antigone”: Aquinas College Theatre presents a tragedy set in the aftermath of the Civil War. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. 1703 Robinson Road SE. $6-$10. aquinas.edu.

April 3-5 – Latin American Film Festival: Tenth annual movie festival featuring award-winning independent films by Latin American and Latino directors. See website for films and times. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. Free. grlaff.org.

April 5 – “The Bachelor Live on Stage”: Romance reality TV series for local eligible bachelors hosted by Ben Higgins and Becca Kufrin, plus audience participation and rose ceremony. 6 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $33-$172. devosperformancehall.com.

April 6 – Banff Mountain Film Festival: International film competition and screenings of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and environment. 7 p.m. Covenant Fine Arts Center, Calvin College, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE. $13 adults, $10 children and students. calvin.edu.

April 11, 18 – River City Improv: Comedy improv team performs unscripted skits using audience suggestions. 7:33 p.m. April 11 at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. $14 adults, $8 students. 7:33 p.m. April 18 at Studio Park, 123 Ionia Ave. SW. $15. rivercityimprov.com.

April 16-19 – “Paradise Lost”: Actors’ Theatre presents a drama about Satan and her plan for revenge on the Almighty God. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. $28 adults, $24 seniors and students. actorstheatregrandrapids.org.

April 16-May 9 – “The Enchanted April”: Master Arts Theatre presents the story of four women renting a villa on the Italian seashore. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. 75 77th St. SW. $17 adults, $15 seniors and students, $8.50 kids 12 and under. masterarts.org.

April 17-May 2 – “Clue The Musical”: LowellArts presents a comedic murder mystery with audience participation; based on the board game. 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. April 26. 223 W. Main St., Lowell. $20-$22. lowellartsmi.org.

April 18-19 – “Sleeping Beauty”: Michigan Ballet Academy performs the classic fairytale. 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun.; tea at 1 p.m. Jenison Center for the Arts. 8375 20th Ave., Jenison. $22 adults, $16 kids 4-13. michiganballet.org.

April 23-25 – “The Four Loves”: Turning Pointe School of Dance presents an original ballet about the three human loves (affection, friendship, eros) and the Divine love (charity). 7 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 and 7 p.m. Sat. Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. Eighth St., Holland. $22-$24 adults, $17-$19 students. turningpointedance.org.

April 23-May 16 – “On Golden Pond”: Holland Civic Theatre presents the story of a couple returning to their summer home for the 48th year and a teenage boy. 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sun. 50 W. Ninth St., Holland. $10-$18. hollandcivictheatre.org.

April 24-26 – Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition: Competitive dance for kids and adults in a variety of styles, including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap and ethnic. DeVos Center for Arts and Worship, 2300 Plymouth Ave. SE. crudance.com.

April 24-May 2 – “The Tempest”: Calvin Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s tragedy. 7:30 p.m. Spoelhof Center Gezon Auditorium, Calvin University, 3201 Burton St. SE. calvin.edu.

April 24-May 3 – “Junie B. Jones The Musical”: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents a comedic musical about a sassy first grader. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. 30 N. Division Ave. $12-$20. grct.org.

April 24-May 3 – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Grand Rapids Ballet presents Shakespeare’s comedy about four star-crossed Athenians whose lives are turned upside down by a miscast spell. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Peter Martin Wege Theatre, 341 Ellsworth Ave. SW. $30-$48. grballet.com.

April 25 – “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live”: Off-broadway comedy based on the book about dating, romance and marriage. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $13-$55. devosperformancehall.com.

April 27 – FSC Screen Club: Fountain Street Church hosts monthly panel discussion about TV shows. This month: “Picard” (CBS). 6 p.m. 24 Fountain St. NE. Free. fountainstreet.org/screen-club.

April 30-May 3 – “Mamma Mia!”: Muskegon Civic Theatre tells the story of a young woman on her wedding day trying to determine which of three men is her father; set to music by ABBA. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Beardsley Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $26.50. muskegoncivictheatre.org.

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Music

April 3 – Alice Cooper: Hard rock singer performs Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back tour with special guest Lita Ford. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $47-$72. devosperformancehall.com.

April 3 – Coffee Classics Series: Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Mozart & Haydn” concert with free coffee and doughnuts. 10 a.m. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $16, $5 students. grsymphony.org.

April 3 – Erin Zinddle and The Ragbirds: Indie-pop singer with special guest Via & Brooke. 7:30 p.m. Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave., Holland. $12-$15. parktheatreholland.org.

April 3 – “Mozart & Haydn”: Grand Rapids Symphony presents Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto and Haydn’s Symphony No. 90. 8 p.m. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $26 and up, $5 students. grsymphony.org.

April 4 – LowellArts House Concerts: The Willeys. 7 p.m. 223 W. Main St., Lowell. $10-$16. lowellartsmi.org.

April 4 – “Rhythm in Your Rubbish”: Touring family show with animated duo using ordinary items to make music, accompanied by Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. 2 p.m. kids activities and instrument petting zoo, 3 p.m. concert. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. $15. grsymphony.org.

April 8 – Brit Floyd: Pink Floyd show with highlights from “The Wall,” “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here.” 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $42 and up. devosperformancehall.com.

April 10, 24 – Alley Door Club: Jazz, blues and folk in downtown Muskegon. April 10, Yard Sale Underwear. April 24, Big Daddy Fox & Friends. 7 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $10. frauenthal.org.

April 11 – Overdrive: Punk/metal rock band with special guest The Yesterdays. 7 p.m. Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave., Holland. $10-$15. parktheatreholland.org.

April 15 – Link Up The Orchestra Rocks Family Concert: West Michigan Symphony presents a family concert with audience participation. 7 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $10 adults, $5 kids 14-18, kids 13 and under free. westmichigansymphony.com.

April 16 – SCMC Jazz Series: St. Cecilia Music Center hosts The Clayton Brothers Quintet. 7:30 p.m. 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $40-$45. scmc-online.org.

April 17 – Mardi Gras in Muskegon: West Michigan Symphony presents a concert of New Orleans jazz. 7:30 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. $25-$62, $12 students. westmichigansymphony.com.

April 17-18 – Concerto – For Orchestra!: Grand Rapids Symphony classical concert includes music by Daniel Leo, Haydn and Bartok, with cellist Alicia Eppinga. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $18-$90. grsymphony.org.

April 18 – Classics III: Beethoven: Holland Symphony Orchestra, Holland Chorale and Hope College choirs present a joint concert. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Hope College, 221 Columbia Ave., Holland. $22 adults, $5 students. hollandsymphony.org.

April 18 – Scot Bruce as Elvis: Musician/actor celebrates the King of Rock and Roll. 7:30 p.m. Van Singel FAC, 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW, Byron Center. $35 adults, $22 students. vsfac.com.

April 18 – Small Glories: Folk singer-songwriters. 8 p.m. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. $33-$36. sc4a.org.

April 18, 25 – GRFAS Acoustic Saturday Night Concerts: Grand River Folk Arts concerts. April 18, GRFAS Founders, April 25, B Side Growlers and The Kwils. 7 p.m. Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy St. SE. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $10 members, $5 kids under 12.

April 19 – The Pianists with Orli Shaham: Grand Rapids Symphony performs with pianist Orli Shaham. 6:30 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. $33 and up, $5 students. grsymphony.org.

April 20 – Monday Night Jazz Gumbo: Monthly West Michigan Jazz Society concert with Greg Miller. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Casino Club, 3260 Salerno Drive NE. $15, $10 members. wmichjazz.org.

April 21 – Embellish Spring Concert: Handbell performance. 7:30 p.m. Calvin University Covenant Fine Arts Center, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE. $12. embellishhandbells.com/wordpress.

April 23 – Elton John: Rock/pop singer performs The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. 8 p.m. Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St. $200 and up. vanandelarena.com.

April 24 – Motherland House Concerts: Monthly concert of African music, art and storytelling. 6-8 p.m. LINC Up, 1167 Madison Ave. SE. $25-$30. eventbrite.com.

April 25 – Metropolitan Choir of Praise: Saturday Spring Concert. 7 p.m. Christ Chapel, Cornerstone University, 1001 East Beltline Ave. NE. Free-will offering. metropolitanchoir.org.

April 26 – Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids: Sounds of Spring concert with Chamber Choir alumni. 3 p.m. Basilica of St. Adalbert, 654 Davis Ave. NW. chamberchoirgr.org.

April 26 – Jazz in the Sanctuary: Fountain Street Church presents pianists Lisa Sung and Robin Connell. 3 p.m. 24 Fountain St. NE. $15. fountainstreet.org/jazz.

April 26 – Underground Concert Series: S3NY: String Trio of New York. 3 p.m. LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE. $20-$25 adults, $10 students, kids 12 and under free. lafontsee.us.

April 30 – SCMC Chamber Series: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents “From Prague to Vienna” with music by Dvorak, Suk and Brahms. 7:30 p.m. 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $40-$45. scmc-online.org.

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Lectures & Workshops

April – Downtown Market Cooking Classes: April 3, Coast to Coast Sushi. April 18, D.I.Y. Thai. April 24, Asian Street Foods. 435 Ionia Ave. SW. downtownmarketgr.com.

April – FLPC Art Workshops: April 3-4, “An Adventure Into Textures in Oils” by Barbara Schilling and “Gelli Prints: Mono Printing Without a Press” by Catherine Tonning. April 13-15, “Contemporary Watercolor” by Kathleen Mooney. April 23-25, “Encaustic Collage and Mixed Media” by Sarah Rehmer. Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell. lifeprocesscenter.org.

April – Grand Rapids Public Libraries: Adults: book clubs, computer/technology instruction. Kids: LEGO Block Party, Mindstorm Saturdays, book clubs, Bilingual Pajama Time!, story times. grpl.org.

April – Johnson Center Workshops: April 7, “What It Really Means to Be an Executive Director.” April 29, “Your Personal Wellness Revolution.” Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave. SW. Free. johnsoncenter.org.

April – Kent District Libraries: Adults: Sunday Afternoon Live concerts, Early Childhood Essentials, Apple Users Group, book sales, book discussions, computer/technology instruction. Kids: Pokémon Club, Teen Zone, book clubs, story times. kdl.org.

April 1 – Ford Museum Lecture: “Presidential Power: How Much Power Does the President Really Have?” by Roger B. Porter. 7 p.m. 303 Pearl St. NW. fordlibrarymuseum.gov.

April 3 – Contra Dance: Grand River Folk Arts Society hosts instruction and dancing. 7 p.m. 701 Fifth St. NW. $10 adults, $8 members, $6 students, $20 family.

April 7 – GRCC Diversity Lecture Series: Michael Skolnik, co-founder of The Soze Agency. 6 p.m. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Free. grcc.edu/ODEI.

April 11 – GRAM Saturday Studio Session: Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts “Casting Plaster Vessels.” 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 101 Monroe Center NW. $35. artmuseumgr.org.

April 14 – Home School Information Nights: Information and Q&A about home schooling, including curriculum options, classes and socialization. 6-8 p.m. Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, Wyoming. $15/family. mihsb.org/homeschoolinfonights.

April 16 – Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series: Author and poet Chris Merrill. 7:30 p.m. Wege Ballroom, Aquinas College, 1703 Robinson Road SE. aquinas.edu/contemporary-writers-series.

April 17 – Connect to KCAD: Information and tour for prospective students, including application process, scholarships and financial aid. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University, 17 Fountain St. NW. kcad.edu/connect.

April 18 – KCAD Continuing Studies: Kendall College of Art and Design presents Bird Watching and Painting Course. 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings. kcad.ferris.edu/continuingstudies.

April 21 – Sambuza: Sister Colleen Ann Nagle teaches a cooking class of a Kenya meat dish in a homemade wrapper. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell. $35. lifeprocesscenter.org.

April 21 – Secchia Garden Lecture: Meijer Gardens hosts “Foliage First: Three Easy Steps to Transform Your Landscape and Container Designs” by Karen Chapman. 7 p.m. 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE. Free with admission. meijergardens.org.

April 26 – GRAM Adult Workshop: Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts “Paper Marbling.” 12:30-3:30 p.m. 101 Monroe Center NW. $35. artmuseumgr.org.

April 27 – Grand Rapids Audubon Club: “The Birds of Borneo” by Brian Allen. 7:30 p.m. Aquinas College Donnelly Center, 1607 Robinson Road SE. Public welcome. Free. graud.org.

April 28 – Passport to Adventure: Calvin University presents travel film series: “The Road to Namibia” by Rick Ray. 7 p.m. Calvin University Covenant Fine Arts Center, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE. $6 adults, $3 students. calvin.edu/academics/call/travel-film-series.

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