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Sunday, February 9 4 p.m. Big Rapids High School, Auditorium 21175 15 Mile Rd. Con Brio Voce Chamber Brass, now in its sixth year, is a community ensemble of 28 to 30 performers, including a blend of local community talent, West Michigan area music educators and talented high school and college instrumentalists. CBV performs musically diverse programs that are audience- and performer-friendly, and include everything from Bach to Broadway. The group is under the baton of their founder, conductor, and artistic director, Kent Boulton. Retired Sergeant Major Woodrow English is principal trumpet, national bugler and soloist for the U.S. Army Band's "Pershing's Own" and for the prestigious U.S. Army Brass Quintet. He served for 34 years performing for audiences around the world in venues ranging from presidential inaugurations to mall gatherings for heads of state. English has been the principal cornet for the popular Brass Band of Battle Creek since its formation and is sought after as a soloist and clinician across the country and abroad. He has performed locally with the Washington Chamber Symphony, Classical Brass, Washington Opera and The National Symphony Orchestra as well as countless other chamber ensembles. A native of Coldwater, Mich., English attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy before graduating from Eastern Michigan University This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-uXrh36kfI


Monday, February 10 6-8 p.m. Interdisciplinary Resource Center, Room 120 Ferris State University 1301 S. State St. Created by students in Ferris State University’s Digital Animation and Game Design program, “Northern Bend” is a multi-screen computer simulation of a 1900s-era Lake Michigan steamer ship. Visitors are invited to interact with the exhibit and meet its creators. The simulation features a captain steering the ship down a Michigan river to the city of Northern Bend. The ship cruises past lakeshore businesses of the era, revealing life at the turn of the 20th century, and navigates through a busy harbor, avoiding other ships and obstacles. Careful navigation determines whether the ship clears the fog or collides with another vessel and sinks, becoming one of the 1,500 documented Great Lakes shipwrecks. This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.


Monday, February 10 5:30 p.m. A version of this FestLab is offered for adults on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Artworks 106 N. Michigan Ave. Like any other skill, creativity must be practiced and actively worked in order to build strength. In this FestLab, facilitator Carrie Weis of Ferris’ Rankin Art Gallery will discuss what creativity is and how it can be applied to everything in people’s lives. Participants will practice techniques that are proven to flex their creative “muscles.”. Participants will be provided with new critical thinking skills and activities to practice which will flex their creative muscles! Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.


Monday, February 10 5:30 p.m. A version of this FestLab for adults is available on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Swan Building, Room 212 Ferris State University 925 Campus Dr. This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to the free 3D modeling program Sketchup as it applies to architecture, interior design, furniture design, landscape/garden design, design of games and virtual environments, wood working, jewelry making, ceramics, glass artistry, 3D printing, sculpture, and other threedimensional art forms. The workshop will provide participants with the necessary skills to conceive spaces and objects in 3D, visualizing them in an intuitive and quick manner. It is intended for those with little or no experience in three-dimensional drawing, but who wish to create 3D environments and their own digital models. Facilitator Paul Long will teach participants to get the most from SketchUp as they digitally model objects accurately and efficiently. We will learn by doing, creating a simple model from start to finish. At the end of the course, participants will have the confidence and ability to create original digital models on their own. While this workshop is intended for people with no prior SketchUp experience, registered participants should be comfortable working on a Windows based PC computer (children with adult accompaniment is necessary). Personal computers will not be required for participation. Registration is required for this event. To register, contact Artworks at (231) 591-2420.


Monday, February 10 5:30 p.m. A version of this FestLab for adults is available on Tuesday, Feb. 11 . Heart & Sole Yoga 212 Maple St. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all ages and sizes by connecting the body, mind emotions, and spirit. This hour-long aerobic movement class is done barefoot and is set to music. Every class offers a unique combination of moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: base, core, and upper extremities. Nia classes balance form with freedom, encouraging people to personalize the movements making choices for pleasure and comfort. Beginners and athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing their own intensity levels. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live. Done barefoot to diverse and inspiring music, Nia is a transformational movement practice that teaches you to be more joyful, expressive, and alive in your body. Nia is practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be comfortable dancing barefoot. This class is for youth ages 10-18. Participants must be registered and have consent forms signed by a parent or legal guardian. To register, contact facilitator Lisa Sandin at (231) 592-5289.

http://heartandsoleyoga.com/


Monday, February 10 5:30 p.m. A version of this FestLab is offered for adults on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Arts and Sciences Commons, Card Wildlife Education Center Ferris State University 820 Campus Dr. In 2009, a group of faculty and students from Ferris State University placed a webcam near where osprey had nested on top of a light pole located in the Swan Building parking lot. Over the last five years, the struggles of this pair of breeding osprey have been transmitted worldwide. What have we learned about the osprey? What have they taught us about ourselves? Join Ferris professor Paul Klatt in this FestLab to discuss the answers to these questions and examine the use of other similar cameras to reveal other interesting insights into animal worlds previously uncharted. For ages 7 to 17. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.

http://osprey.ferris.edu/index.html


Monday, February 10 5:30 p.m. Big Rapids City Hall 226 N. Michigan Ave. Professional storyteller Eileen DeLorenzo leads this storytelling workshop for children, helping them explore the power spoken word has in creating images, sharing laughter and imparting important messages. Participants will strengthen speaking and listening skills, develop awareness of the power of verbal and non-verbal communication, broaden awareness and appreciation of multicultural similarities and differences, learn performance skills and create images with language through the art of storytelling. As part of FOTA 2014, DeLorenzo will also provide presentations to local elementary school classes. To learn more about DeLorenzo, visit her blog at classroomstoryteller.blogspot.com or her website at classroomstoryteller.com Parental supervision required for children younger than 13. Registration is required for this event. To register, contact Artworks at (231) 796-2420.

www.classroomstoryteller.com classroomstoryteller.blogspot.com www.lanes.org/hire-a-storyteller-guide


Tuesday, February 11 5 p.m. Eastwood Early Childhood Community Center 410 N. Third St. Join family and friends for a “Create Your Plate” dinner and discover the arts through the eyes of a child. Michigan Child ID will be provided by Masonic Lodge 171, and child vision screening offered by the Big Rapids Lions Club. Children's artwork will be on display, along with “make-it-and-take-it” opportunities. Each classroom will offer a unique experience, with a wide variety of activities throughout the entire building. Participants can also learn more about:  Community Play Group - Early On/ Great Start Home Visits  Early Childhood Special Education Preschool - MOISD  Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition  Mecosta Osceola Career Center Preschool  Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency - Early Head Start  North East Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA) Head Start Join the fun with family and friends! This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.


Tuesday, February 11 6 p.m. Big Rapids Public Safety Building 435 N. Michigan (This location has been changed from the printed program.) The Big Rapids Poetry Group will host a poetry workshop that allows participants to comment on poems in workshop with facilitator Foster Neill. Poems from previous workshops will be read. Participants should bring a pen or pencil and paper. This event is appropriate for ages 18 and older.

http://fosterneill.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, February 11 6 p.m. A version of this FestLab is offered for youth on Monday, Feb. 10. Artworks 106 N. Michigan Ave. Like any other skill, creativity must be practiced and actively worked in order to build strength. In this FestLab, facilitator Carrie Weis of Ferris’ Rankin Art Gallery will discuss what creativity is and how it can be applied to everything in people’s lives. Participants will practice techniques that are proven to flex their creative “muscles.”. Participants will be provided with new critical thinking skills and activities to practice which will flex their creative muscles! This event is appropriate for ages 18 and older. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.


Tuesday, February 11 6 p.m. A version of this FestLab for youth is available on Monday, Feb. 10 . Swan Building, Room 212 Ferris State University 925 Campus Dr. This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to the free 3D modeling program Sketchup as it applies to architecture, interior design, furniture design, landscape/garden design, design of games and virtual environments, wood working, jewelry making, ceramics, glass artistry, 3D printing, sculpture, and other threedimensional art forms. The workshop will provide participants with the necessary skills to conceive spaces and objects in 3D, visualizing them in an intuitive and quick manner. It is intended for those with little or no experience in three-dimensional drawing, but who wish to create 3D environments and their own digital models. Facilitator Paul Long will teach participants to get the most from SketchUp as they digitally model objects accurately and efficiently. We will learn by doing, creating a simple model from start to finish. At the end of the course, participants will have the confidence and ability to create original digital models on their own. While this workshop is intended for people with no prior SketchUp experience, registered participants should be comfortable working on a Windows based PC computer (children with adult accompaniment is necessary). Personal computers will not be required for participation. This event is intended for adults 18 and older. Registration is required for this event. To register, contact Artworks at (231) 591-2420.


Tuesday, February 11 6 p.m. A version of this FestLab is offered for youth on Monday, Feb. 10. Arts and Sciences Commons, Card Wildlife Education Center Ferris State University 820 Campus Dr. In 2009, a group of faculty and students from Ferris State University placed a webcam near where osprey had nested on top of a light pole located in the Swan Building parking lot. Over the last five years, the struggles of this pair of breeding osprey have been transmitted worldwide. What have we learned about the osprey? What have they taught us about ourselves? Join Ferris professor Paul Klatt in this FestLab to discuss the answers to these questions and examine the use of other similar cameras to reveal other interesting insights into animal worlds previously uncharted. This event is appropriate for ages 18 and older. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.

http://osprey.ferris.edu/index.html


Tuesday, February 11 6 p.m. A version of this FestLab for youth is available on Monday, Feb. 10. Heart & Sole Yoga 212 Maple St. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all ages and sizes by connecting the body, mind emotions, and spirit. This hour-long aerobic movement class is done barefoot and is set to music. Every class offers a unique combination of moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: base, core, and upper extremities. Nia classes balance form with freedom, encouraging people to personalize the movements making choices for pleasure and comfort. Beginners and athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing their own intensity levels. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live. Done barefoot to diverse and inspiring music, Nia is a transformational movement practice that teaches you to be more joyful, expressive, and alive in your body. Nia is practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be comfortable dancing barefoot. This class is appropriate for ages 18 and older. To register, contact facilitator Lisa Sandin at (231) 592-5289. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.

http://heartandsoleyoga.com/


Tuesday, February 11 7 p.m. Big Rapids High School, Auditorium 21175 15 Mile Rd. The Big Rapids Middle School seventh and eighth Grade Bands will perform a concert in their preparation for the Michigan Schools Band and Orchestra Association’s District I Festival. There is no charge for admission to the concerts, though donations will be welcome at our Pre-festival concert. This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13. For more information, contact Big Rapids Middle School at (231) 796-9965.


Tuesday, February 11 7 p.m. This is event is part of a four-session series: Tuesday, Feb 4 Tuesday, Feb 18 Tuesday, Feb 25 United Church, parlor 120 S. State St. Knitters Anonymous, in four sessions for knitters of all skill levels, invites participants to gather up and bring along their latest projects to knit with other local knitters. Each session will focus on a different aspect of knitting for discussion and sharing. Knitting teachers from Newaygo and Ludington yarn shops will be present to answer questions and demonstrate techniques. Refreshments will be provided. This event is appropriate for ages 18 and older. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13. Participants should bring knitting needles, yarn and an ongoing project.


Wednesday, February 12 7 p.m. Big Rapids City Hall 226 N. Michigan Ave. Cartoons and comic books reached an apex in popularity during the period of the second World War, outselling more serious entertainment magazines of the day such as Life, Time and Look. The value of cartoons as entertainment, artistic and educational vehicles, and how they were used in propaganda will be discussed using comic illustrations taken from the 1940s and beyond. Presenter Dr. Pasquale Di Raddo has published poetry on various chemical themes and an article on the use of comics for the teaching of chemistry laboratory safety. He is the recipient of Ferris State University's 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award. This event is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.


Wednesday, February 12 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Pioneer Group 115 N. Michigan Ave. Participants are asked to bring knitting needles, red yarn and a scarf pattern to join this “knit-in.” Completed red scarves will be donated to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital. This event is appropriate for ages 18 and older. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.


Wednesday, February 12 1 p.m. Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Miller Wing 15830 190th Ave. Renowned garden designer and author Janet Macunovich presents a one-hour program on trees and shrubs for small spaces. According to Macunovich, "There can never be too many plants, but there is frequently too little garden." This event is for the gardener with limited space who understands the importance of trees and shrubs and wants a variety in his or her landscape. Both deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs will be discussed. The Big Rapids Garden Club, the Michigan Garden Club Inc. and the National Garden Club Inc. emphasize the importance of trees in all settings – forests, rural and urban areas, and home landscapes. This event is appropriate for ages 18 and older. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13. Registration is required for this event. To register, contact TLMKozak53@gmail.com.

http://www.gardenatoz.com/about-us/janet-macunovich/


Thursday, February 13 5:30 p.m. Business Building, Room 111 Ferris State University 119 South St. Every Tuesday of 2012, from sunrise to sunset, the father-and-son team of Todd and Brad Reed photographed a Michigan location. Each week, they produced a 7-10 minute movie that consisted of the stunning still photographs they captured, along with HD video footage from the actual shoot. Now, they have taken all 1,014 still images and produced a 400-page hardcover book that weighs eight pounds. Each image in the book has a caption and the metadata describing how it was shot. Glued to the inside of the back cover are two DVD sleeves that hold the movies, slide show and interviews from the entire "Tuesdays" project. The book and DVD set costs $95 and is a must-have for any fan of fine art and the great state of Michigan. For the presentation, the Reeds will present a slide show with 120 of the best images from "Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute," as well as one of the best "Tuesday" movies. A question-and-answer period will follow. The Reeds are eager to share their "trade secrets" and vast knowledge of photography, marketing, design, self-publishing and gallery ownership. For more information, visit ToddandBradReed.com. This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.

https://www.facebook.com/toddandbradreed http://toddandbradreed.wordpress.com/


Thursday, February 13 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church 304 Elm St. An Evening of Song with Courtney Gilson-Piercey and Friends will feature music from a variety of genres including opera, art song, chamber music, musical theater and jazz. Her accompanist is Sheryl Lott. Gilson-Piercey has performed with such companies as Opera XXI, EuroOperetta Showcase, West Side Opera, and Hudson Opera Theatre in New York City. She has also been a featured performer in productions at The Crane School of Music, Berklee School of Music, Boston University and Arizona State University and is a founding member of ArtSong Rising; a consortium of musicians in Phoenix, Ariz., dedicated to the preservation of the Art Song recital. Currently, Gilson-Piercey is Chancel Choir director at Reed City United Methodist Church and offers vocal instruction in Big Rapids. This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.

http://courtneypiercey.moonfruit.com/


Friday, February 14 7-10 p.m. Holiday Inn and Conference Center 1005 Perry Ave. (This is a location change from the printed version of the program.) Old-Time Contra Dance is an opportunity for folks of all ages to learn how to participate in a community dance. All the dances will be taught and slowly walked through by a professional dance caller and instructor before to the start of the dance. The tempo will start out slow and increase as dancers become accustomed to the the flow of this ageless and ancient form of community dance, still going strong in the 21st century. This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.

Show schedule: http://www.hawksandowls.com/Performances.htm Social media: https://www.facebook.com/riverfiddler Email sign-up: http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/brucelinghawksandowls


Friday, February 14 6:30 p.m. The Gate 706 Perry Ave. February 14, 2013, marked the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls. V-Day's “One Billion Rising� campaign leveraged the strength of its activist network to mobilize over a billion people nationwide, inspiring women and men in 207 countries to come together and rise against violence. February 14, 2014, will see continuation of this effort to raise awareness of violence against women and girls with a rally and sky lanterns launch. All members of the community are invited to join this effort against domestic violence and sexual assault. This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.

http://thegatesite.com/


Friday, February 14 7 p.m. G. Mennen Williams Auditorium Ferris State University 820 Campus Dr. China’s Silk Road Acrobats, founded in 2004, provide high quality, authentic cultural entertainment. Their choreography is a fusion of traditional acrobatics and modern dance to music that strikes a balance of hardness and softness, excitment and calmness, and strength and weakness, emulating the Yin Yang concept of traditional Chinese culture. The show is action-packed and intended to keep audiences of all ages at the edge of their seats. Vignettes may include: Hoop Diving, Plate Spinning, Candelabra Contortion, Happy Chef, Hula Hoop Contortion, Straw Hat Juggling, Handkerchief Spinning, Pole Diving This event is appropriate for all ages. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13. Presented in partnership with Ferris State University Arts and Lectures. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door and are $7, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets also may be ordered online via the “Ticket Box Office” link at ferris.edu/arts.

http://www.class-act.com/acts/chineseacrobats/


Saturday, February 15 1-3:30 p.m. Artworks 106 N. Michigan Ave. Art isn't just for "artists". Art is powerful and the arts can change lives. Discover your inner artist and the magic that can be found in each and every day. Elizabeth Abeel, batik artist and art instructor will explore the power of creativity. Abeel has developed a tool designed to help you discover your inner artist and enhance your view of the world. Come learn the philosophy behind this concept and get a hands on start developing your creativity in the workshop. No prior art experience is needed – just bring a curious mind! You will leave with a kit and all the inspiration you need to continue your journey. Abeel is an award winning Batik artist who has widely exhibited her work over the past 40 years. She has also taught drawing classes for the last 20 years, specializing in teaching those who never thought they could learn to draw. Along with the various art classes she teaches she has conducted numerous workshops on creativity. Last fall she was a keynote speaker at the Michigan Art Education Associations annual conference in Traverse City, Mich. This event is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13. Registration and purchase of an art kit for $15 are required for this event. To register, contact Artworks (231) 796-2420. Registration limited to 30 participants.

http://www.artworksinbigrapids.com/ http://www.thegratefulartist.com/


Saturday, February 15 7 p.m. Interdisciplinary Resource Center, Room 120 Ferris State University 1301 S. State St. “I’ve Loved You So Long” is a 2008 French film rated PG-13. It follows the story of a former doctor after her release from prison See our other film festival offerings on Saturdays, February 8, 15 and 22. This event is appropriate for ages 13 and older. Parental supervision required for children younger than 13.


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