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The focus of this category is on attractions, events, recreational opportunities, and sports teams and programs in Big Rapids, Michigan.

An example of a resource that would be appropriate for this category is the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, which features racist memorabilia, using these objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice. Also in Big Rapids, the Mecosta County Historical Museum is housed in a home formerly owned by an early lumberman, Fitch Phelps.

The Big Rapids Community Library not only carries the books and electronic resources that are to be expected from a library, but it includes a seed library, which is a collection of seeds that can be borrowed and planted, the idea being that the borrower will save the seeds from the new growth, returning them to the seed library to be shared with others. The FLITE Library at Ferris State University is an integral part of the university experience for students at FSU.

The Bull Dog Cinema is a locally-owned movie theater on Maple Street. Established in 1981, and providing an outlet for theatrical experiences, the STAGE-M theater is operated by the Society for Theatre Arts Growth and Enjoyment in Mid-Michigan.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, ArtWorks offers educational programs, summer art camps, a foreign film series, book clubs, and other creative programs. It includes a large gallery for local and visiting art and cultural exhibits.

Situated about one mile from Ferris State University, The Gate is a bowling center and bar, featuring several bowling lanes, as well as pool tables and a large bar area with several televisions.

The Big Rapids Cardinals is the name used by Big Rapids High School sports programs, while the Ferris State Bulldogs is the collegiate name for the athletics programs of Ferris State University. Additionally, there are several municipally-sponsored or community-based recreational and sports programs, such as the Big Rapids Little League, Big Rapids Men's Softball Association, Big Rapids Area Junior Hockey Association, Northland United Soccer Club, and probably some others as well.

These are just a few. Websites representing any museums, historical places, theaters, theatre groups, and entertainment venues, as well as concerts, festivals, and events in Big Rapids would be appropriate for this category, as would any other sports programs, leagues, or teams, whether sponsored by the city's parks and recreation department, school system, community organization, or as a private for-profit business.



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