Ford Club Holding Annual Astronomy Expo, Swap Meet: The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club will be hosting its annual Astronomy Expo and Swap Meet on March 12, at the Livonia Holy Cross Church at 30650 Six Mile Road. It will be the club’s eighth year of outreach to share the enjoyment and passion for the hobby of amateur astronomy with the general community. This unique event within the Detroit area provides opportunities to learn about the science, methods, and equipment that we use to observe hundreds of fascinating objects in the night sky. We will have guest speakers, method workshops, hands-on displays, equipment for sale, planetarium shows, and on-site food service. The event is convenient and open for folks of all ages. Students and beginners in the hobby are especially welcome. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with astronomy classes and workshops from beginners to advanced starting at 10 a.m. Food is available for sale on site. Admission is $5 at the door. There’s a table fee for retailers of $15 per table in advance or $20 at the door. Retailers and manufacturers may contact Tom Blaszak at: or Doug Bauer at

GVSU economist to unveil annual economic forecast: Grand Valley State University economics professor Hari Singh will release the findings of his benchmark survey of the regional economy at a breakfast event. The survey, which includes business leaders from Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties, was conducted in November 2010. The 2011 Economic and Commercial Real Estate Forecast Breakfast will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 8:15 to 10 a.m. at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids. Singh, a professor of economics in Grand Valley’s Seidman College of Business, will talk about consumer confidence, employment, sales and export growth. The event is co-sponsored by Colliers International. 

Tech communicators to meet: The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication will offer a program meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20. We are joining with the STC Carolina and STC Rochester Chapters of STC to present a Webinar with three short, narrowly-focused presentations, with one speaker from each of the chapters. This, “lighting-round” of presentations will focus on the general theme of job searching with social networking technologies, as well as extending specific online tools and techniques beyond a job search to the workplace. In addition to the Webinar, we are also hosting an informal get together at Thomson Reuters in Dexter; please join us to view the Webinar for free, as well as view STC/SM’s portion of the Webinar in person. You do not need to attend the Webinar meeting in Dexter, you can attend from your own computer. The informal get together will not be available via the Webinar. The event begins with registration, networking and snacks at 6 p.m. and the Webinar from 6:30 to 8. To register, visit   Thomson Reuters is located at 7322 Newman Boulevard in Dexter, and the meeting will be in Conference Room 3-AA.


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