No summer in Michigan is complete unless you’ve taken part in the fun found at the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Coast Guard City USA. While honoring the men and women of the United States Coast Guard, the CG Festival offers events for people of all ages. It’s always held during the last week of July and first week of August. Concerts, picnics at Oval Beach, enjoy the lively rhythms of Semper Paratus (Always Ready) during the parades, on-board ship tours, dinners, a carnival and fireworks make for quintessential summer memories. Head out to the Lake!
For more on the Coast Guard, take a look at these LLC resources.
July is National Culinary Arts Month – so, “hats off” to our favorite cooks, chefs, bakers, waitstaff, barristas, bartenders! Whoever sets the dates for the “national months” surely was thinking culinary thoughts, since July is also the National Month for: Baked Beans; Cherries; Grilling; Horseradish; Hotdogs; Ice Cream; Blueberries; and, National Picnic Month!
GRCC is well-known for its excellent Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. The Library supports that program with a terrific culinary arts collection and a Culinary Arts Subject Guide. If your meals are getting kind of hum-drum, take a look at some of the newest library resources that can perk up your menu.
If you’re someone who enjoys a good tramp through the woods, across fields, or on a dune, then A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan is for you. Billed as the “essential guidebook to the natural communities of Michigan,” this book will help you understand the natural Michigan landscapes you encounter.
The e-book is available for an unlimited number of simultaneous GRCC users online, and can also be downloaded for 21 days – which will work great when you want to take it on a hike. Plus we have a print copy. Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number if you are off-campus or using wireless on campus. Take a look, and put on your walking boots!
go see gr! is a program that provides GRCC students, faculty, and staff free general admission to several Grand Rapids museums and John Ball Zoo! Student Alliance, Student Life, and Staff Development provide this benefit to students, staff and faculty.
GRCC-ites must present their Raider Card and a GoSeeGR! voucher – available for pickup in the Student Life Office – in order to be able to enter the attractions for free. Check out the website for details.
Take a look at our Grand Rapids Subject Guide, too!
Festival is scheduled for June 2-3-4 in downtown Grand Rapids. “Festival of the Arts is a FREE three-day community event that features several stages of performances, a juried Regional Arts Exhibition, and dozens of food booths run by non-profit organizations.” There are activities for kids and adults, and there are many opportunities to experience Festival as a volunteer, too.
If you enjoy art as well as learning more about those who create it, take a look at our Visual Arts, Theater, and Music Subject Guides. Where will you be on the first weekend of June?