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Library Used Book Sale

Library Used Book Sale

The many branches of the Kent Country District Library in southern Kent County will have used book sales beginning March 5, 2011. This is a great time to get wonderful books for a fraction of the price.

You may want to check with the library branch you normally go to and see when they will be offering used books for sale.

Afrika Bambaataa performance, lecture postponed due to illness

Afrika Bambaataa performance, lecture postponed due to illness

by George Wietor (George) in NEWS

Two Grand Rapids appearences by legendary hip-hop progeniter Afrika Bambaataa have been postponed due to illness. In a statement made by the events' organizer, Grand Rapids Hip Hop Coalition (GRHHC), it was announced that Bambaataa is hospitalized but expected to make a full recovery. The lecture and performance, both planned for tomorrow evening, will be rescheduled when the New York City-based DJ has fully recovered and is able to perform again.

Wealthy Theatre presents Black Dynamite

Wealthy Theatre presents Black Dynamite

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Thursday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m.

Brought to you by The Black Bottom, Grand Rapids Hip-Hop Coalition and Community Media Center's Wealthy Theatre, this contemporary "blaxploitation" movie is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite.

"Black Dynamite" film synopsis (from Wikipedia)

The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor.

George Bayard's enduring art

George Bayard's enduring art

By: J. BENNETT RYLAH

While his storefront's location has changed over the years, George Bayard's gallery of primarily African American art and culture has endured. And he's got plans for even more...

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The Foremost Insurance 28th Street Metro Cruise® Planning Begins

The Foremost Insurance 28th Street Metro Cruise® Planning Begins

News Release:

The Foremost Insurance 28 th Street Metro Cruise® Planning Begins

Chamber prepares for the annual end of summer event

Wyoming-Kentwood, MI (January 12, 2011) – The annual event has grown through the years to over 300,000 visitors and over 15,000 vehicles. Last year, with beautiful weather, the event hosted record breaking numbers. Organizers are looking for an even larger turnout this year. There has been momentum within the 28th Street merchants’ community to increase event participation. Many of the businesses are reaching out to the visitors and welcoming them with specials, activities and event oriented activities. The Metro Cruise® was started as a method of helping businesses along the 28th Street corridor when highway M-6 opened.

This year’s venues are currently under development.

Volunteers needed for Gilda's LaughFest

Volunteers needed for Gilda's LaughFest

NEWS RELEASE:

Volunteers needed for Gilda’s LaughFest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 3, 2011 –  Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids will hold 3 informational meetings this week for individuals wishing to volunteer during Gilda’s LaughFest. The inaugural event is being held in Grand Rapids March 10 through March 20. Over 400 hundred individuals have already shown interest in volunteering. More information regarding volunteer opportunities can be found at laughfestgr.org.

What: Volunteer Informational Meetings

When: Jan.4, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. and Jan.5, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. or Noon – 1:30pm

Where: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St.

Stability through Innovation: Securing the Wealthy Theatre’s Next 100 Years

Stability through Innovation: Securing the Wealthy Theatre’s Next 100 Years

By Erin Wilson, Wealthy Theatre Director(wealthytheatre) in NON-PROFIT

Wealthy Theatre, in Grand Rapids, MI, designed by prolific architect Pierre Lindhout (1891-1940), turns 100 in 2011. Operated by Grand Rapids Community Media Center (CMC), Wealthy Theatre is marking its centennial anniversary with a modest capital campaign (click here to visit the campaign's micro-site) to fund an ambitious series of upgrades, as a springboard into the theatre’s second century.  Our Centennial Campaign is about much more than a building turning 100 years old.