March 30 Library Groundbreaking


The Grand Ledge Area District Library will be undergoing some long-anticipated renovations.  Changes will include adding about 1300 sq. ft. of collections space, an elevator, adding powered doors to both of our entrances, an additional bathroom in the meeting room, renovated bathroom on the first floor, and the creation of a small study room.  The elevator will allow our guests with wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers the ability to move between library levels without venturing outside!  During renovations, rental of the meeting room will not be available to the public and library programming will be moved offsite.  Laux Construction has been awarded the contract and work is anticipated to begin very soon. 
To keep updated on this project, visit us at grandledge.lib.mi.us/renovations-faq

April 1 - The 11th Annual ART AID

11th Annual ART AID Fundraiser
Hosted by Ledge Craft Lane
Friday, April 1st
6:00-8:00 pm

This free event helps promote the works of local
artists & artisans. 
It also allows Ledge Craft Lane to maintain the historic
building (1885) in which it’s housed. 


Come join us for this entertaining evening.  You’ll have the opportunity, while wandering through the two floors of arts and crafts, to bid in the Silent Auction on numerous packages full of goodies and/or services provided by local area businesses as well as the artwork of local artists and artisans.

While bidding or simply looking around, enjoy refreshments and live entertainment.  You can also buy Raffle tickets for the big drawing at 8:00 pm.  Prizes include a Mad Art Painting Party for Six, a Hand-Knitted Tablecloth and a night at The English Inn!

You’ll want to check out our new Stair Art, the recent renovations we’ve made and the Grand Rapids ArtPrize entry of Maureen Ryan, on display at Ledge Craft Lane.  And, Grand Ledge’s very own Officer Mark Sleep will be on hand at the Olde Jail Cell.  You can get your free picture taken with him as long as you’re willing to be “locked up!”

Raffle tickets are $5 or 3 for $10.  Order raffle tickets in advance at http://www.ledgecraftlane.com/art-aid.html or call us at (517) 627-9843.  Silent Auction bid tickets (free) are available at the door or can be obtained earlier by stopping in at Ledge Craft Lane or giving us a call at (517) 627-9843.

Remember, this is a free event.  Any donations you can give to help support the local art community will be greatly appreciated.

Classes start Saturday, April 2

Rosalie Petrouske's
Spring Poetry
Workshop & Schedule

"To See a World in a Grain of Sand:  Writing Poetry about Nature"

"To see the world in a grain of sand ..." wrote William Blake.  The poet might as well have been a nature writer.  
Join local published poet and essayist Rosalie 
Sanara Petrouske for a nature poetry writing workshop.  There will be lively readings, discussions, walks outdoors with acute observing, and several writing assignments.  
In this workshop, participants will explore their own experiences with nature, in whatever form they take.  They'll learn to find the relevant details of the experience and write about them in ways that are both deeply personal and universal.  
Writers of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome.  Likewise, participants need no formal training in poetry; only a desire to see the world around them with new eyes.  
Classes will begin on April 2nd in celebration of National Poetry Month.

$60.00 for a five-week session.   Contact Rosalie at (517) 316-6888 or email her at prosalie@comcast.net for information and registration.  
Classes will meet on Saturdays from 9:30 - 12:30 at Ledge Craft Lane, 120 S. Bridge Street, Grand Ledge, MI.  

Class dates:  April 2, April 16, April 23, May 7, May 14

April 17 Delta Community Choir Concert


Are you SKILLED??

Are you SKILLED??
The Victorian Days Planning Committee is looking for skills popular back in the Victorian era. 
Can you tat, crochet, knit, weave, spin yarn, make candles or make soap? Can you weave baskets, carve wood or make bricks. Do you do any kind of work with leather, are you a potter or a cobbler?  Do you work with stained glass or do any other Victorian era craft? 

We’d love to have you join us at our Victorian Day event in downtown Grand Ledge on Saturday, April 30 to display your skill to 21st century folks!   There is no entry fee if you are simply displaying your craft or skill.  Small fees apply if you plan to sell goods, depending on the amount of space you will need.  Weather permitting, most demonstrators will be at Bridge Street Plaza (center of the 200 block on S. Bridge St. in downtown Grand Ledge); otherwise, alternative indoor space will be available. 

If you are interested, please visit our website by March 29 to fill out and send in a demonstrator application form: http://www.victoriandays.org/demonstrate 

If you would like to speak with person about your craft, please contact:
Marilyn Smith @ 517-627-5170   (marilyn@victoriandays.org)

Upcoming Library Events


April 30 - Red Hat Day

18th Red Hat Birthday Bash
Dancing' to the 50s
April 30, 2016
11 am - 3:30 pm
Grand Ledge Country Club
5811 E. St. Joseph Hwy.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Hosted by the Big Purple Bloomers
Grand Ledge, MI

Red Hatters from around the country will be celebrating the 18th Birthday of the Red Hat Society.  Those attending our Birthday Bash will participaate in a catered luncheon and dancing to the music of the Grand Ledge Bums on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 11 am, and being held at the Grand Ledge Country Club.

The tickets are $28 per person 
deadline to purchase tickets is on Friday, April 15
Red Hatters may obtain tickets from:
Big Purple Bloomers 
304 S. Bridge Street 
Grand Ledge, MI 48837 


FREE On-Site Safety Training

Back and ergonomic injuries are the leading cause
of sick days in Michigan.

Grant Provides Free On-site Employee Safety Training
to Michigan Industries.


WorkSafe—a free, back safety and ergonomic program—reduces the incidence of back injury by educating workers in the state’s most vulnerable industries:
- Manufacturing, 
- Support Activities for Transportation 
- Warehousing & Storage 
- Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
- Hospitals

On-site WorkSafe instructors use a multi-media approach to train employees on back safety and ergonomic techniques, stressing prevention and personal responsibility.
WorkSafe has a 14-year history, training over 25,000 employees with positive results.
Companies including Gordon Manufacturing, Weyerhaeuser, Akebono, MediLodge, Costco, Caro Community Hospital and others use WorkSafe at no cost.
This free employee training is made possible through a State of Michigan safety education grant. The grant ends September 30, 2016.
To learn more, go to:
www.MacWorkSafe.com    (Manufacturing, Transportation and Warehousing & Storage)
www.WorkSafeHealthcare.com    (Nursing & Residential Care Facilities and Hospitals)
Kathy Schaefer
WorkSafe Grant Administrator
M: (517) 290-3252


43rd Annual Island Art Fair will take place
on August 6 on the Island in
downtown Grand Ledge. 


Artists, crafts people, print artists, and photographers are invited.  
Media - sculpture, painting, drawing, prints, craft, photography.  

All art and craft items must be the creation of and assembled by the exhibitor.  Commercial/manufactured items (kits), food and drink are not eligible. For information go to www.ledgecraftlane.com/island-art-fair.html or call (517) 627-9843, Wednesdays-Fridays.

April 30 & May 1 Victorian Days

Living in the Ledge

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