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ENCORE EVENTS Blues and a Little Bit of Sweet Potato Pie — Event honoring Black History Month, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Alma Powell Branch, 1000 W. Paterson, 553-7960. Overdue Brew: The Story of Black Frog Brewing Co. — Christopher Harris, owner of the first minority-owned and operated craft brewery in Toledo, describes his experiences, 7–9 p.m. Feb. 16, Tibbs Brewing Co., 402 S. Burdick St., 553-7879; registration required.

Mystery Book Club — Discussion of IQ, by Joe Ide, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Spread the Love: All Things Cats and Dogs — Learn about adopting, grooming, nutrition, safe handling and more, 10 a.m.–noon Feb. 23. Portage District Library 300 Library Lane, 329-4544 Friends of the Library Book Sale — 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Feb. 2.

Novel Ideas Book Club — Discussion of Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Oshtemo Branch, 553-7980.

International Mystery Book Discussion: Australia — Discussion of The Dry, by Jane Harper, 7 p.m. Feb. 7.

Classics Revisited — Discussion of The Golden Ass, by Apuleius, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Boardroom, Central Library, 342-9837.

Book Discussion — Disscussion of American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, in support of WMU's 2019 Common Read, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

Overdue Brew: Beer Tasting — Alex Mantakounis discusses styles of beer and explains flavors and textures, 7–9 p.m. Feb. 21, Brite Eyes Brewing Co., 1156 S. Burdick St., 553-7879; registration required.

SciFi/Fantasy Discussion: Alien Weddings — 7 p.m. Feb. 12.

Golden Age of Building — Lynn Houghton explores the expansion of building construction in Kalamazoo in the 1920s, 7–8:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Van Deusen Room, Central Library, 342-9837. Urban Fiction Book Club — Discussion of The Forgotten Wife, by Lakisha Johnson, 6 p.m. Feb. 26, Alma Powell Branch, 553-7960. Parchment Community Library 401 S. Riverview Drive, 343-7747 Parchment Book Group — Discussion of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Yum's the Word: Valentine Cupcake Creations — Meka Phillips, owner of Dessert First, shows how to decorate like a pro, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13; registration required. Front Page: Donuts & Discussion — Discussion of homelessness: causes, resources and things we can all do to help, 10:30 a.m.–noon Feb. 16.

Right Size Gardening: Tips for Growing Your Own Veggies and Kitchen Herbs — 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Open for Discussion — Discussion of Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19. Other Venues Aimee Nezhukumatathil — This poet, essay and nonfiction writer speaks as part of the KVCC Visiting Writer Series, 10 a.m. craft talk, 2:15 p.m. reading, Feb. 12, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 West O Ave., 488-4821. MUSEUMS Gilmore Car Museum 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, 671-5089

Duesenberg: Celebrating an American Classic — This exhibition showcases up to 20 rare Duesenbergs in rotation, through fall.

Speaker Series — The Bradford Model T Girls, John Butte, Feb. 3; Built in Battle Creek: Threshers and Steam Traction Engines, Robb Gillespie, Feb. 10; Profiles in Citizenship: A Portrait of Henry Knox and Rosa Parks, Cameron Brown, Feb. 17; Barn Finds: Automotive Archaeology, Ryan Brutt, Feb. 24; all lectures begin at 3 p.m. Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N. Rose St., 373-7990

Your Kalamazoo Wings! The First 45 Years — The history and culture of Kalamazoo's oldest professional sports franchise, through March 31. What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria — Refugees' journeys to America through images of their personal carried objects, through April 15. Storytelling Festival — Storytellers, musicians and illustrators share their stories, music and books, with book signings and vendors, 5–8 p.m. Feb. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Feb. 2.

Math Moves: Experiencing Ratio and Proportion — A multi-sensory interactive exhibit to set up, measure, describe and compare ratios and proportions in a fun approach to problem solving, Feb. 2–June 2. Sunday Series — A Change in the Weather, with meteorologist Keith Thompson, Feb. 10; The Douglass Community Association: Then and Now, with Sidney Ellis, Feb. 24; sessions begin at 1:30 p.m., Stryker Theater. NATURE Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, 671-2510 Winter Tree Identification Workshop — Hike and learn how to identify common Michigan trees using bark and twigs, 1–4 p.m. Feb. 9. Birds and Coffee Walk — A morning bird walk and discussion over coffee, 9–10:30 a.m. Feb. 13.

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