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Move Your Body with African Dance

Learn authentic African dancing and drumming every Tuesday, 4pm-6pm and Sunday, 6pm-8pm at Garfield Park Gym.  The fun, high energy work out is a way to learn about African Culture while exercising to help promote good fitness and health.  Workout attire required. Garfield Park Gym is located at 334 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI.  The classes are open to all ages 0-99plus!  Contact Jewellynne Richardson at 616.633.8148 or westmichiganjewelsofafrica@yahoo.com  The first class is free. 

Jake's Music Festival - Saturday, April 16th 3-11p

Jake's Music Festival - Saturday, April 16th 3-11p

Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy Street SE

Jake's Music Festival is a community fundraiser Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Enjoy the acts AB & Coconut Brown, Igby Iris, Chance Jones, The Fainting Generals, Paucity and Karisa Wilson.

Jake's Music Festival was created by Tom and Mary Scheidel after their son Jake was diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile diabetes 14 years ago when he was just six.

The money raised from this benefit concert will help fund research that is seeking a cure for diabetes. There will also be a silent auction.

Admission: Free


Local artists taking over downtown Grand Rapids April 15!

Local artists taking over downtown Grand Rapids April 15!
On April 15, 2011 from 6-11pm, local artists are taking over downtown Grand Rapids!
Visitors are invited to experience places they may not access on a regular basis as 2 trolleys provide transportation between 25 unique downtown businesses, galleries and studio spaces. With over 250 local artists and performers involved, this event it is sure to be an exciting, dynamic evening.

Maps provide attendees a comprehensive guide to the event including listings for over 25 participating art hot spots. Major destinations include, Avenue for the Arts, the Kendall College studio spaces, Kendall College Galleries, Site:Lab, the Ionia Street Entertainment District, WMCAT, the GRAM and the UICA.

Visit the Art.Downtown. website for maps and details: www.artdowntowngr.com 

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Summer Fun for Kids!

Summer is just around the corner!  Are you looking for ways to keep your kids busy and their minds active this summer?  Here's a sampling of camps, classes in the Grand Rapids area.

Grand Rapids Area Camps - Comprehensive listing of available camp programs, including day, sports and theme camps.  This extensive listing is provided by GRKids.com.

Summer Discovery Classes

Record Store Day 2011 at Vertigo Music

Record Store Day 2011 at Vertigo Music

Vertigo Music
129 S. Division Ave
Grand Rapids, MI
Saturday, April 16 · 11:00am - 8:00pm
Join your friends at Vertigo Music for the fourth-annual Record Store Day celebration. Each April, we join with independent music retailers across the country for a celebration of music and local business. As always, the party is free and open to everyone.

As in previous years, we have a full day of live music on tap. This year's bands are The Long Count, Shores, Boss Mustangs, The Blue Squares, Big Dudee Roo, Hannah Rose with Soulshine, and the Total Blam Blams.

Spontaneous giving surprises Smackdown

Spontaneous giving surprises Smackdown

by Molly Murray in LOCAL LIFE

Local nonprofit leaders squared off Friday night in a Nonprofit Smackdown at Wealthy Theatre as part of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s (YNPN) national conference. What began as a fun close to the conference ended as an overwhelming display of spontaneous giving in Grand Rapids.

The Smackdown consisted of 16 individuals representing eight sub-sectors of the nonprofit field: Education, Arts & Culture, Health, Community Development, Environment, Homelessness & Hunger, Professional Membership and Philanthropy & Foundations. The teams of two had to make it through four rounds, convincing the audience their cause was more worthy than the rest.

Jake's Music Festival

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Saturday, April 16, 3:00 pm

Jake's Music Festival is a benefit concert supporting the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This is the 7th annual event featuring the best in local music.

Sponsored by WYCE, West Side Beer and Tru-View.


Poor ol' Jim

Spitting Image

The Fainting Generals

The Veloras


Chance Jones

Igby Iris

A.B! and Coconut Brown

Special guest performers include:  Michael Schaeffer, Karisa Wilson and Lynn Thompson, Todd Herring, Ryan McCarthy, Ritsu, and DJ Jef Leppard.