• BY OMG (Bring Your Own Martini Glass)

    Union Square Condos


    Martini party! Bring your own martini glass (or for $5 we’ll give you one to use and take home!). Choose from a variety of martinis (savory and sweet) while enjoying light appetizers. Cost per person is $15 and includes 3 martinis and food. One of your hosts, will be making the drinks and you can take home a copy of your favorite recipe(s). We’ll have a fun time, make new friends while we hang out and drink martinis! Feel free to bring a guest/friend as well. All attendees must be age 21 or over. If you have any questions, please let us know! See you Saturday!

  • Karaoke (Tonight)

    The Web Bar

    Karaoke at a hole in the bar on the West Side in GR? Yes, please! Warm up those shower singing vocal chords and join us for karaoke! With surprisingly great food and cheap drinks, this dive bar is a gem in the rough. Don't sing karaoke? It's okay, we'll probably try to convince you to sing a group song, but you'll definitely have fun, even if you don't. See you tonight!

  • Beach Trip to Millennium Park! (Better Off Read GR)

    Millennium Park

    Combine two of the best elements of summer as we grab our towels and favorite beach reads for fun in the sun at Millennium Park! Chat with new friends about what you’ve been reading this summer while building a sandcastle, lounging on a float in the lake, or running excitedly through the splash-pad. We’ll bring a cooler, some snacks to share, and plenty of sunscreen! Come with anything you like to have at the beach, and feel free to bring a friend or four (no kids under 20 years of age, please). How to Find Us: You can meet us in front of the beach admission gates at 12:52pm. Jordan will be carrying a blue umbrella, a watermelon float, and wearing a backpack cooler. (See the post on our website for pics) If you come after we’ve entered the beach area, you should be able to spot us by our navy blue and light blue umbrella, and blue and white striped blanket. Event Details July 13th, 2019 (rain date: July 14th – We will announce at 7am on July 13th if the event is postponed/cancelled due to weather) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534 Admission is $4 per adult; Visa and MasterCard are accepted Concessions are available for purchase; we will have chips and snacks to pass around as well. Millennium Park has changing rooms, bathrooms, and all the amenities! For additional info: https://betteroffreadgr.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/july-13th-event-beach-reads-at-the-beach/

  • Choose Our August Read!

    Needs a location

    Vote on the book you want to read for August! https://betteroffreadgr.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/choose-our-august-read/ 4 out of 5 of the options are member suggestions, and all books are less than 340 pages long. Vote before June 22nd. And don’t forget to scroll down and “Follow Blog via Email” to get an email when we post a new event, survey, or giveaway (which is once or twice a month). That way you'll be able to give your input even if you missed the most recent event.

  • Better Off Read GR discusses: "Stiff" by Mary Roach

    Schuler Books and Music

    Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them. She places each chapter’s content into a historical context by discussing the history of the method of using a cadaver she is about to witness. At A Glance 303 pages 4.06 Goodreads rating Non-Fiction > Science Publication Date: 2003 Notes: We are meeting on June 13th due to Father’s Day. We have the Studio reserved, but we may get booted for an author discussion if one gets scheduled. We will know on June 1st if we have been moved to the cafe, and will update this accordingly. For more information, view our website: betteroffreadgr.wordpress.com

  • Trivia and Dinner at Cheer's!

    Cheer's Restaurant

    Michigan Team Trivia - Come out, meet people, and have fun! Cheers will reserve a table for our group. Any winnings from the previous week will be used to buy appetizers for the tables. Please make sure to update your RSVP before the day of trivia so we can give them an appropriate head count. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP to free up a spot for someone on the waiting list. Trivia starts on the dot at 7:00, please arrive around 6:45 to get settled before we begin.

  • Free Night at the GRAM + 1/2 Price Sushi

    Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Let's meet up for free admission night at the GRAM. You don't need an art degree to determine what you like and why--so let's talk about what we see together. Afterward, we can grab sushi and drinks across the street. GRAM is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent large-scale sculpture by renowned artist and designer Maya Lin. Created in recycled silver, steel pins, and common building materials, Lin conceives these sculptures with the use of charting, mapping, and scientific research to determine each work’s ultimate design, layout, and structure.

  • DIY String Art at GRPL (No Meetup Host)

    Grand Rapids Public Library

    String a piece of art! We will be creating one-of-a-kind designs with wood, nails, string, a little hammering, and your own designs. All supplies are provided. Just bring your creativity and a desire to learn a new art form. Space is limited. *Note: I have a conflict and will not be present for this event. Please post what you are wearing on the day of so you can sit with each other!*

  • Blandford Nature Center: Farm Open House

    Blandford Nature Center

    Come on out for a day on the Farm! This open-house style event will showcase what the Blandford Farm has to offer to our community. There will be farm-yard storytelling, a plant sale, farm tours, farm animals, and so much more. Let's go as a group at 12pm, and we can even go for a hike afterward if the weather is nice. If you want to go solo or separately from the Meetup, the event runs 10am-1pm. Note: $3 for non-members