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Upcoming Events

Here is what’s happening for the coming month; for a complete list, go to our Events page.

Mosaic Art for 3rd-5th Graders
Dates: 04/11/2015, Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

mosaic kidsCome learn the basics of this fun, calming mosaic art in the playground of creative 360. Each child will end up with a completed mosaic project to take home. With Linda Z. Smith

Saturday, April 11 10:00 am-Noon

$20 cash/check; $23 debit/credit

1st-3rd graders have their own mosaic art class February 7.

Yes We Can! Betty Baxter in Concert
Dates: 04/12/2015, Times: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Betty-Baxter-1Betty Baxter (83), accompanied by pianist Jeff Kressler and guitarist Doug Fritch, will share her smooth jazz at Creative 360 on April 12, 3-4:00 pm as part of the Yes We Can! series celebrating the creative legacy of artists, scientists, scholars and community leaders who are 80 and older.

At 83, Vocalist Betty Baxter remains a much sought after performer in central Michigan. Known as “Satin Sounds,” Baxter’s performances are engaging, personal and infectious. She recently launched a new CD, Love Remembers.

Throughout her life, Baxter has performed in a variety of venues and has even performed with the likes of Pat Boone and Leroy Vinnegar, the great jazz bassist. Vinnegar was so impressed with her singing that he gave her some of his original songs to consider recording.

Today, Baxter continues to perform for arts and cultural functions, non-profit organizations, weddings, private parties, and doing educational workshops on Michigan music. She and her Satin Sounds Band have appeared in several jazz festivals.

Find more information about Betty Baxter at www.satinsounds.com

Sunday, April 12 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. $8

Thanks to our Yes We Can! sponsors: the Barstow Foundation, Dow Chemical Foundation and Senior Services.

Ekphrasis Workshop: Writing poetry about art
Dates: 04/16/2015, Times: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

11535780_f260We’ve all heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Here is your chance to put that phrase to the test by creating your own ekphrastic poetry – poetry that verbally describes a visual work of art.

The workshop begins with a discussion of selected published ekphrastic poems and then you’ll have an opportunity to select works of art from the current exhibition (and those provided by the instructor) to serve as the starting point for your own responsive writing.

The program wraps up with a discussion of the exhibition, the particular approaches taken and choices made in your writing. The group will provide one another with feedback on each other’s writing in progress.  All materials provided.

Instructor Trish Harris has organized and curated several exhibitions focused on the intersections between literature and visual art. She is the curator for the transmedia Remaking Moby-Dick project. She edits the literary journal Pea River Journal. Her poems, stories, and micro-memoirs appear in McSweeney’sCortland Reviewand Brevity, and her essays in Computers and Composition. She teaches writing at Delta College. Please pre-register.

Thursdays, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16 / 5:30 – 7:30 pm / $8 cash/check; $11 debit/credit

Yes We Can! Luncheon honoring Linnaeus & Phae Dorman
Dates: 04/17/2015, Times: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Linnaeus (79) and Phae (81) Dorman – Community Leaders, Philanthropists

Linneaus & Phae DormanIn 1997, the Dormans established two endowed scholarship funds; one in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and another in honor of Rosa Parks. The scholarships assist students whose leadership and devotion to community issues and academic performance parallel that of Dr. King and Rosa Parks.

Dr. Linnaeus Dorman began his career at The Dow Chemical Company in 1960 and retired in 1994 as a senior associate scientist. He holds patents and publications in the fields of biomedical and polymer science. He has been active in numerous professional and civic activities including the SVSU Board of Fellows for which he was president from 1983 to 1985. Dr. Dorman is included as a “Science Maker” in The History Makers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive.

Phae Dorman joined The Dow Chemical Company in 1973 and retired in 1994 as manager of the Business Information Center. She is the author of Chemical Industries: An Information Sourcebook, a guide to the business-related publications of the chemical industry.

RSVP required by April 13. Space is limited.
Friday, April 17 – 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. $30

Two Wheel Tango with Jim Crissman
Dates: 04/17/2015, Times: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jim CrissmanJoin us for this evening of all things bicycle. James W. Crissman will lead the evening with his bicycle inspired poetry. There will be bicycles in art, the art of the bike, and bikes themselves. Jim is a veterinary pathologist and former large animal veterinarian. He is also a poet and the author of the book Root Cause: The Story of a Food Fight Fugitive. Hors d’oeouvres will be served. A cash bar is also available.

Friday, April 17, 8:00-10:00 pm

$8 prepaid, $12 at the door (cash/check)

$11 prepaid, $15 at the door (debit/credit)

Yes We Can! Tuesday Tribute to Papa Joe Lubbehusen
Dates: 04/21/2015, Times: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Papa Joe croppedYes We Can! is Creative 360’s series honoring artists, scientists and community leaders who are 80 and older.

Tribute to Papa Joe Lubbehusen (90)

Come celebrate the 90 ½ birthday of Papa Joe Lubbehusen. Tea and refreshments will be served as we pay tribute to Papa Joe. He will share his humor and beloved positive philosophy with us. The art of Joe’s late dear wife Marjorie will be displayed. Proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Tuesday, April 21 – 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. $8

Life in the Foreign Service, Kathleen List - Djibouti
Dates: 04/23/2015, Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DjiboutiDr. List will present a series of talks on life as refugee coordinator (Cuba), political officer (Brazil), and political advisor to the Commander at Camp Lemonnier (Djibouti). Dr. List is a dedicated Wolverine, with four degrees from the University of Michigan. She taught at the University and the American University of Paris, before joining the U.S. Department of State as a diplomat. She is a senior policy analyst for Computer Science Corporation’s anti-proliferation of WMD program in Africa. Refreshments served. Pre-registration is required. Thursday, Apr. 23, 7:00-8:30 pm

$8 cash/check; $11 debit/credit

Yes We Can! Luncheon Alice Buchalter
Dates: 04/24/2015, Times: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Alice #1Alice Buchalter (80) – Pioneer in advancing sports for girls, when there were few opportunities for female athletes. Alice was caring for her newborn and two year old in 1961 when these words came through the radio: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. JFK’s words were more than platitudes for Alice. She responded to the call by founding, directing and coaching the Freeland GymnasticsTeam in 1969,  the school’s first sports program for girls. She coached her teams to numerous State Championships from 1974-1994. With “Coach B” as their role model many of her gymnasts also have become community leaders, carrying on the spirit of JFK’s life changing words. RSVP required. Space is limited.

Catered by Northwood’s NADA Center. The lunch menu includes:

Blueberry Mixed Green Salad with Parmesan Cheese and Grape Tomatoes with a Strawberry Vinaigrette
Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Chicken
Ginger Carrots
Cilantro Lime Rice
Chocolate Pound Cake

The Yes We Can! luncheons are part of Creative 360’s series honoring artists, scientists and community leaders who are 80 and older.

Friday, April 24 – 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. $30

Cocktails & Canvas - Apr 24
Dates: 04/24/2015, Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cocktails & Canvas Poppies

SOLD OUT. Call 989-837-1885 to be added to the waitlist.

Ready for a fun and creative evening? For Cocktails & Canvas, you don’t need an artistic bone in your body. You bring your favorite brew or cocktails, and we will provide the canvas, acrylics, brushes and the instruction. It’s like follow the leader for adults! Ursula Steckert and Allise Noble will lead you through the process, where everyone paints their own version of the featured painting. You’ll end up with your very own stretched canvas painting. Choose a date or come to all of them! Register early to ensure your space. These sell out!
Field of Poppies-Friday, Apr. 24
7:00 – 9:00 pm / $40 cash or check; $43 debit or credit

Watch for more Cocktails & Canvas events in our Spring/Summer schedule.


Mother's Day Mosaic
Dates: 04/25/2015, Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

seashell flower potTransform a simple 5″ clay pot into a beautiful and useful sea shell encrusted gift for your mom for Mother’s Day. Ages 6+ – under 6 with a loving adult. With Lynda Magril. Pre-registration required by April 20.
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am – noon

$20 cash/check; $23 debit/credit

For a complete list of coming events, go to our Events page.




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