March Events are Here!

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Are you receiving our Plant Powered for Health newsletter?  It has upcoming events and meeting details. Potlucks, movie screenings, and more:  Click here to see the latest and sign up!

Meeting TONIGHT, Wednesday March 1st at 6pm.  Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/384882295221884/

Click on the “about” section at the top of this blog to learn the details on where we meet.  Questions?  Email Sheri:  plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com  See you there!

Meeting Feb 1st, Valentine Dinner Feb 13th and more!

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Love is in the air! Love your sweetheart, your family and yourself to the core by supporting healthy eating and lifestyle!  Plant Powered for Health meeting this Wednesday Feb 1st,  6-8 pm!

Heart Healthy recipes, food demonstration, new books available, and our current raffle is for a  PlantPure Nation cookbook autographed by Nelson Campbell!  Also, grab your tickets for our upcoming Valentine’s Dinner event! And most importantly, support for each other as we strive toward good health! Join us! (Facebook meeting event details HERE)

We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building! Need directions? plantpoweredforhealth.com/about  Questions?  Email Sheri at plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com. This is a free event! See you there!

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Plant Powered for Health
Invites you to
A Valentine Dinner at the Cherie Inn!
Monday, February 13th
6-8 pm
Bring your Sweetheart, or circle of friends and join us for a delicious meal that
will help keep your hearts
healthy AND happy!
$30/pp
4-course whole food plant based/oil free meal prepared by Chef Alex Schulte, formerly of fine dining restaurants such as The French Laundry in California, Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici in New York and Canlis in Seattle.

Also, you’ll take home Valentine inspired recipes from Sheri, PCRM Food For Life Instructor for special occasions or every meals!  Ticket includes entry into door prize drawing!

Contact Sheri ASAP to reserve your seat! Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

This event was requested by group members and we have a short window of opportunity to organize and hit our minimum seat reservation to make it all come together.  Please act now! 🙂 Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2174989122726884/

Meanwhile in Beverly Hills MI with PBNSG.org:

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Rip Esselstyn is BACK in the greater Detroit area helping PBNSG celebrate their 3rd birthday! Rip wowed PBNSG in September, 2014 when he spoke to a packed house. He is the bestselling author of The Engine 2 Diet and Plant-Strong. His latest book The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet has been released for sale! He is a former All-American swimmer and professional athlete and he brought plant-based eating to the Engine 2 Fire House in Austin, Texas where he was a firefighter for many years. He is a wellness spokesperson for Whole Foods Market and heads the popular website engine2diet.com.

Rip Esselystyn?!  ROAD TRIP!  Let’s carpool! Coordinate in our Facebook Group!

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 Would you like to try an entirely plant based eating challenge, but wonder where to begin?  There are many options available, but one that combines recipes, support and community is PCRM’s 21-day Vegan Kickstart!  There is a new kickstart each month, and world-wide participation.  For more information, visit PCRM.org page, and sign up for free!  Why not give it a try?

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Spotted on the recipe page of PlantPurePods.com

Kim Campbell breaks down the recipe for Red Lentil Dahl from scratch!  This version gives both stovetop and pressure cooker directions.  This meal is also available as one of the PlantPure Kitchen Starter packs, if you are looking for a healthy shortcut to preparation!  I used the Kitchen Starter version for the January potluck and many people commented they liked this dish.

For the recipe on the PlantPure Nation website, click HERE.
To learn more about the Kitchen Starters products on the PlantPure Nation website click HERE.
And to see a quick 45 second demo of the recipe using the Kitchen Starter pack, go to the PlantPure TV channel on YouTube.com by clicking HERE.

Find something you love?  Share it with us!  Come to our meeting, and share in our Facebook Group!

savethedatecolorfulUpcoming Events
in the Grand Rapids Area
– Other locations noted in parenthesis

*Wednesday February 1st, 6-8pm: Plant Powered for Health February meeting! Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1955585774669069/   Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com
*Monday February 13th, 6-8pm:  Plant Powered for Health Valentine Dinner at The Cherie Inn!  All are welcome to attend, bring your sweetheart or your circle of friends for this sweet dining experience!  For tickets, email Sheri:  plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com!  Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2174989122726884/

*Wednesday February 15th, 6pm:  Stir the Pot GR Supper Club!  Info here: http://www.stirthepotgr.com/supperclub/

*Monday, February 27th: (Beverly Hills, MI): PBNSG 3rd Anniversary Dinner and meeting with Rip Esselstyn!  Dinner @ 5pm (Info here) meeting with speaker Rip Esselstyn @ 6:30pm  (info here).

*Wednesday, March 1st, 6-8pm:  Plant Powered for Health March meeting!  Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com

*Saturday March 4th (time TBD):  PlantPure Nation film screening at Bit Baking Co!  Details coming up, this FREE screening will be a collaborative effort with GR VegFest, Bit Baking Co, Concept Coffee and Plant Powered for Health!

*Wednesday March 15th, 6pm:  Stir the Pot GR Supper Club!  Info here: http://www.stirthepotgr.com/supperclub/

*Wednesday, March 29th (Birmingham, MI) 6:30 pm:  PBNSG group meeting with Special Guest Dr. Kim Williams, MD!  Dr. Williams is the immediate past-President of the American College of Cardiology.  He follows and recommends a plant based diet to his patients!  One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Williams is “I don’t mind dying, I just don’t want it to be my fault”.  So much about our health is in our own hands! (and forks)  Detail pending, see PBNSG.org website!

*September 17th 2017:  Grand Rapids VegFest in development!

Reminder, our meetings are always the first Wednesday of each month!  Stay tuned to our Facebook Page, click here to “Like” and subscribe to upcoming events!  We also have a Facebook group where we can visit and share between meetings, click here and request to join.  You may also follow our blog, plantpoweredforhealth.com for news and events! Questions?  Email:  Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

Can’t wait to see you!

Food, Friends, Science and Support!!

Happy New Year! January Meeting is HERE!

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It’s almost time for our January meeting!  Coming up Wednesday January 4th,  6-8 pm!

Happy New Year! Let’s celebrate our individual and group accomplishments from 2016 and KICK OFF 2017 in the direction of good health and reaching for our dreams!  Potluck starts at 6pm.  Please come whether you have a dish or not, this is a time to mingle and get to know each other!

Not sure what to bring?  Whole Food Plant Based, no added oils. List of suggested websites for recipe ideas: http://www.theveganjunction.com/top-15-healthy-oil-free-plant-based-recipe-websites/
or http://www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/
or http://www.pbnsg.org/featured-chef/
or http://www.klunkerskitchen.com/
or https://cookingwithplants.com/
Happy Herbivore special Winter Holiday recipe list! https://happyherbivore.com/2014/12/vegan-plant-based-winter-holiday-recipes/

DETAILS:
Facebook invitation:https://www.facebook.com/events/671943946318202/

We are currently meeting at the GRCC Devos campus (formerly Davenport University) in the Stewart Edward White Hall dining room.

The address is:  GRCC DeVos Campus-Steward Edward White Hall Dining Room

415 Fulton NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building! Need directions and/or pictures to find it? click on this link!  plantpoweredforhealth.com/about

This is a free event, and open to all whether plant based or plant curious.  You’ll find there’s food, friends, science and support! Questions?  Email Sheri at plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com.

plantpoweredforhealthdec17collageOur December meeting was DELIGHTFUL and above are a few highlights!  Colorful and delicious potluck, 2 holiday food demonstrations, great discussions and doorprizes!  Congratulations to our new group member who won the drawing for a signed copy of “The Plant Based Journey” by Lani Muelrath!
We will be starting off the new year with another signed copy of a plant powered book, to be announced!  Come join in the fun!

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Recipe Alert!!
Found on the PlantPurenation.com recipe share

Mediterranean Sweet Potato Boat

The Mediterranean flavors are delicious in this recipe. The combination of creamy sweet potatoes, semi-crunchy chickpeas and the garlicky herb sauce explodes with taste.-By Lauren Vaught

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  PBNSG Presents:  FOUR PLANT BASED DOCTORS!

2017 is sure to be your best Plant-Based year yet with presentations from…

*Dr. Robert Breakey, MD, Family Practice
*Dr. Michael Dangovian, MD, Cardiology
*Dr. Mumtaz George, MD, Internal Medicine
*Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, Cardiology

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm Beverly Hills, MI at Groves High School Main Auditorium. 

Have you been wondering what to eat or how to get back on track? This is the meeting you have been waiting for.

Topics include:
“How Not to Die of a Heart Attack”
“Keeping Your Kidneys Happy”
“Creating the Nutrition Habit”

Q and A and more… click below for tickets.

Take a complimentary “Arterial Aging” test and pick up a list of “Dr. Bob’s 8 Keys for Health and Success” 

Tickets are $20-$30 for this presentation, click this link to purchase your PBNSG ticket! 

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Grand Rapids area, DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS COMING UP NEXT?  Are YOU receiving our Plant Powered for Health NEWSLETTER?  If not, please email Sheri at plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com and ask to get on the mailing list!

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We are looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

Holiday Cheer Meeting 12/7, Chef AJ is near, and Eating You Alive!

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It’s almost time for our December meeting!  Coming up Wednesday Dec 7th  6-8 pm!

We have made so many wonderful friendships and connections this year, and each month more friendly faces are joining us.  If you’ve been thinking about coming to our meetings, there’s no time like the present!   Happy Holiday Potluck and sharing!  Potluck starts at 6pm.  Please come whether you have a dish or not, this is a time to mingle and get to know each other!

One of the topics we will explore is the health benefit of the beautiful pomegranate-is it a miraculous healing superfood or is the marketing a delicious deception? And how do you eat the darn things anyway?! FOOD DEMO and discussion!

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Not sure what to bring?  Whole Food Plant Based, no added oils. List of suggested websites for recipe ideas: http://www.theveganjunction.com/top-15-healthy-oil-free-plant-based-recipe-websites/
or http://www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/
or http://www.pbnsg.org/featured-chef/
or http://www.klunkerskitchen.com/
or https://cookingwithplants.com/
Happy Herbivore special Winter Holiday recipe list! https://happyherbivore.com/2014/12/vegan-plant-based-winter-holiday-recipes/

DETAILS:
Facebook invitation:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1806984812877272/

We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building! Need directions? plantpoweredforhealth.com/about

meetingcollageThis is a free event, and open to all whether plant based or plant curious.  You’ll find there’s food, friends, science and support! Questions?  Email Sheri at plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com.

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We had a FABULOUS time at the pre-release screening of EATING YOU ALIVE!  We had a packed house, delicious food and amazing inspiration from the film.  During our support meeting 12/7, let’s talk about the plan to promote the film in Grand Rapids to a larger audience!  Everyone needs to hear these messages of hope and health!  Congratulation to Patra Gupta who won the door prize at the registration table of “Kale Yah” bag, 2 Naked Food magazines and the documentary “PlantPure Nation”! Please email me @plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com!

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Chef AJ is coming to PBNSG!

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PBNSG presents Chef AJ!

Tuesday December 13th 6:30-8:30 pm

(please note the event on the 12th is SOLD OUT)

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV.  With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body.

 

PBNSG meeting featuring a lecture by Chef AJ! Tickers here. Book signing to follow.  There has been a pre-meeting “meet and greet” with Chef AJ added to the events, with a separate ticket purchase. Please click here for details!

 If you’d like a little more info to decide if you’d like to see Chef AJ, here is a link to PBNSG.org’s podcast interview with AJ!!

So, who’s up for a road trip and awesome experience?!  Let’s carpool and talk about it on the facebook group, click here!

 

 Also upcoming after this meeting on 12/4:
*Saturday, December 10th 11am-3pmVegan Grand Rapids is hosting a holiday pop-up shop!  Details here
*Wednesday, December 14th, 6-8:30pm: Stir the Pot GR’s holiday party at the Cherie Inn! For info, click here.
There may be a few tickets left, so call the Cherie Inn to see if you can grab your ticket!  (616) 458-0588 

2017-Happy New Year! Have you started dreaming up your goals for the new year?  If you can dream it, you can do it!

Reminder, our meetings are always the first Wednesday of each month, so Wed January 4th 6-8pm!

And more to come!  Stay tuned to our Facebook Page, click here to “Like” and subscribe to upcoming events! 

Questions?  Email:  Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

Can’t wait to see you!

Food, Friends, Science and Support!!

 


 

 

 

 
 

 


 

 

Thanksgiving Feasts, Documentary Peek, Rich Roll, Dr. Garth Davis and more!

Join us Wednesday November 2nd!

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The leaves are falling and the chill is in the air. The Thanksgiving feast soon will be here! Let’s take this opportunity to practice some plant based Thanksgiving dishes, and share our strategies for support through our family holidays!

Potluck starts at 6 pm, meeting at 6:30pm. Facebook invitation:  https://www.facebook.com/events/205760569834721/
Please come at 6 pm whether you have a dish or not. This is a time to mingle and connect. So remember, bringing food is optional, but your participation is the most important part! Everyone is welcome, whether you are a seasoned Plant-Powered eater or just plant curious 🙂 Come and join the discussion!

Whole Food Plant Based, no added oils. List of suggested websites for recipe ideas: http://www.theveganjunction.com/top-15-healthy-oil-free-plant-based-recipe-websites/
or http://www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/
or http://www.pbnsg.org/featured-chef/
or http://www.klunkerskitchen.com/
or https://cookingwithplants.com/

We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building! Need directions? Scroll down to previous post or click the “about” tab above or here:  plantpoweredforhealth.com/about

It’s been an AMAZING October!
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Our fabulous October meeting on the first Wednesday night, and a vegan/oil free menu unveiling at the Cherie Inn! (see stirthepotgr.com) To cap it off, PBNSG hosted ultra endurance plant-based athlete, Rich Roll!  Here is a link to the PBNSG.org podcast before RR’s visit:  http://www.pbnsg.org/podcast-collection/2016/10/20/rich-roll


What’s next??

GarthDavisProteinaholicimage.jpgThurs 11/10 Dr. Garth Davis @ PBNSG (Birmingham, MI) with optional dinner proceeding talk http://www.pbnsg.org/event-calendar/2016/8/22/vot6d1k942zeoyss3dv1zudohv9q9y11/

 

p13224841_p_v8_aaTues 11/15 6pm Grand Rapid pre-release screening of the documentary Eating You Alive!! Screening at Garden Diner and Cafe (formerly Bartertown) and as a ticket holder, you’ll receive 10% off your food order.  This is a limited seating event, so Grab your tickets today!  Have you seen a preview of this film?  It’s incredible!  https://www.facebook.com/eatingyoualivefilm/videos/

*SO INSPIRATIONAL!*

Secure your seat!  Grab your tickets today!

Facebook invitation for info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/143839766081003/

Garden Diner & Cafe 6 Jefferson Ave SE GR 49503

See you there!  Questions?  Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

Welcome from Grand Rapids Veg Fest!!

Welcome from Grand Rapids Veg Fest!

Plant Powered for Health Support Group members were so excited to be at the GR Veg Fest!  We introduced so many new people to our support group and we will warmly welcome everyone to our meetings!!!

As a recap, we meet the first Wednesday of each month, next on October 5th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.   The address is 415 Fulton NE, Grand Rapids 49503.  (FYI only-This campus used to be part of Davenport University, so many people think of this as the old Davenport location.)

Pictured above, the front of the administration building on Fulton Street (GRCC DeVos Campus).  Driveway on the East side of that building (looking at the front of the building, to the right).  Pull in driveway.  OK to park there, although signs will say not to. We have permission.  To the East (right) of that parking lot is the Steward Edward White Hall (Tudor style home). Go in the modern main entrance and watch for the signs.  It will be down a hall on the right and in the “dining room” of the historic home.

If you are on Facebook, we have a FB invitation to the next meeting:  https://www.facebook.com/events/964655793662737/

We also have an online FB group to talk and share between meetings: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1396457570633986/?ref=br_tf&qsefr=1.

And a FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/plantpoweredforhealth/?fref=ts .  Connect with us there as well to get to know each other and support each other virtually anytime 🙂

Potluck at 6pm, meeting at 6:30
Whole Food Plant Based, no added oils. List of suggested websites for recipe ideas: http://www.theveganjunction.com/top-15-healthy-oil-free-plant-based-recipe-websites/
or
http://www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/
or
http://www.pbnsg.org/featured-chef/
or
http://www.klunkerskitchen.com/

Please come at 6 pm whether you have a dish or not. This is a time to mingle and connect. So remember, bringing food is optional, but your participation is the most important part! Everyone is welcome, whether you are a seasoned Plant-Powered eater or just plant curious 🙂 Come and join the discussion!

The monthly meetings are a free event! See you there!

Choosing Food Over Bypass

animatedheart   If your Doctor told you that your life depended on going into surgery for a heart bypass…or you could try changing your diet…what would YOU DO?  Paul Chatlin faced this choice, and with a leap of faith, chose to change his diet in order to get vital blood flow to his heart… and he has not only survived, he has THRIVED!

Along the way, he started the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG.org) so everyone who wanted to try this way of life would have community and support. Over time, Paul’s mission has expanded to include becoming a change-maker by working with medical schools to update curriculums, increase plant-based options in restaurants, and reaching out to lawmakers!  For our next meeting, Wednesday September 7th, Paul is going to visit us for our GR Plant Powered for Health meeting as our special guest and tell his story of reversing heart disease, and the work of being Founder and Chair of PBNSG!

Aaaaannnnnd to double our fun,  we will also host PBNSG’s VP of Operations, Jeremy Glogower! Jeremy is a man of many talents and is key in the production of PBNSG events, both large and small as well as hosting the group’s popular interview podcast.  He is both the wizard of event technology and as I like to think of him, the king of plant-based celebrity selfies!  Jeremy will share what this exciting job is like and how he came into plant based nutrition. It looks like they are all having a lot of fun!

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***Also, I just returned from my Food For Life training with the Physician’s Committee in Washington DC! During our meeting, I’m excited to share reflections on the trip and the classes I’m bringing to GR!

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This and more at our Plant Powered for Health meeting Wednesday, September 7th, @ 6pm!!  Facebook invitation:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1801350543414133/

 

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GRCC DeVos Campus-Steward Edward White Hall Dining Room
415 Fulton NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

 

Have you heard about the PlantPure Summit from PlantPure Nation?!

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The first-ever PlantPure Summit (Sept 7-16) is less than a week away and will start at 10am EDT on Wednesday, Sept 7th, with a new speaker every 2 hours (10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm).  This is completely free, and you will NOT need to log in to any website to view the presentations.  There will be options to purchase recordings and other items, but it is a free educational event with more than 50 (!!) diverse speakers in the field of plant-based nutrition, animal advocacy and environmental protection efforts.  Speakers include our PBNSG friends Paul Chatlin, Dr. Kerry Saunders, and Dr. Joel Kahn along with many of our exciting (evidence-based) speakers like Drs. Greger, Ornish, Barnard, Popper, Campbell, Esselstyn, Carney and more!  This unstoppable plant-based movement is truly saving lives and creating a better tomorrow for generations to come. Sign up with our group’s affiliate link HERE!

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Sign up with our group’s affiliate link HERE so they know we sent you!

***Join us at GR VegFest September 18th! We have a booth and I’m looking for volunteers to share staffing and tell others about our group! Let’s have a great turnout at VegFest and represent for whole-food plant based nutrition!grvf

Let’s kick off these September events right with our FANTASTIC meeting this Wednesday September 7th, @ 6pm!!  Facebook invitation:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1801350543414133/

 

Special Guest Meeting Tonight!

Our meeting tonight includes a special guest speaker, Cardiologist Dr. David Johnson!  Dr. Johnson is board certified cardiologist who knows where to look to find the origins of heart disease. He is able to help you identify the patterns in your life that are at the root of heart disease and support you in making the appropriate changes to prevent and reverse heart disease!

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We will also reflect and review our restaurant meet up at Bartertown Diner!

…..And where should we go next?!

Potluck at 6pm, meeting at 6:30
Whole Food Plant Based, no added oils. List of suggested websites for recipe ideas: http://www.theveganjunction.com/top-15-healthy-oil-free-plant-based-recipe-websites/
or
http://www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/
or
http://www.pbnsg.org/featured-chef/
or
http://www.klunkerskitchen.com/

Please come at 6 pm whether you have a dish or not. This is a time to mingle and connect. So remember, bringing food is optional, but your participation is the most important part! Everyone is welcome, whether you are a seasoned Plant Powered eater or just plant curious 🙂 Come and join the discussion!

We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building!

Food, Friends, Science and Support! See you at 6 pm!! 

Facebook invitation:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1091622237594720/

The address is:

GRCC DeVos Campus-Steward Edward White Hall Dining Room

415 Fulton NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Park in the lot behind the Administration Building off of Fulton-we have permission at this time in the evening.  The tutor style historic home, in the “Steward Edward White Hall Dining Room” is where we meet!  The first Wednesday of each month from 6pm-8pm.

This is a free event! See you there!