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Big Top Juice Ball 2011 is January 8 in Grand Rapids

Big  Top Juice Ball 2011 is January 8 in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Juice Ball returns to West Michigan on Saturday, January 8th.  The proceeds from the fundraising event go to the Juice Ball fund at Kids' Food Basket which provides meals for needy children.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids. The first Juice Ball was held last year at the same location with a school lunch lady theme.  This year the International Ballroom will be transformed into a big top circus. 

Guests are encouraged to dress up in circus themed costumes.  They will find carnival games, food booths, a cash bar, face painting, as well as music and entertainment. 

Admission is charged.  Click here to get more information from the event website.

Wealthy Theatre presents International Folk Dancing

Wealthy Theatre presents International Folk Dancing

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Friday, December 10, 7:00 pm

International Folk Dancing lets us all tour the world while still going home to sleep in our own beds. We make a point of doing dances from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas--and will happily add dances from still more places if anyone shows up with the music and is prepared to teach. International Folk Dancers are the friendliest people on Earth. Beginners are warmly welcomed and carefully taught--after all, we were all beginners once. Intermediate and advanced dancers are warmly welcomed, also, and invited to teach if they wish. We average about twenty dances per evening, alternating between easy dances, dances with somewhat more complicated patterns, and one or two really tough ones for the most advanced folks. You don't need to bring a partner.

Win Tickets to Diana: A Celebration from MomsLikeMe.com

Win Tickets to Diana:  A Celebration from MomsLikeMe.com


Grand Rapids MomsLikeMe.com is so proud to offer you the chance to win TWO TICKETS to Diana:  A Celebration at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.


ArtPrize inspires creativity and community at Henry Head Start

ArtPrize inspires creativity and community at Henry Head Start

The success of ArtPrize stirred a great deal of conversation among Henry Head Start staff members. A sense of excitement permeated the school as new and unusual ArtPrize creations were discovered around town then later discussed among staff. This excitement inspired Henry Head Start staff to create their own art event to help develop a closer bond within their community.

The event took place on Thursday, November 18th, with participation from nearly 200 students, their families, and staff. The children worked on artistic creations with parents at home, as well as at school, individually and in groups. Parents submitted an eclectic collection of art pieces and staff added to the fun by offering their own art. Families and staff shared comments and laughter while viewing the art.

"Watching it all come together and the faces of the families and children strolling around the art said it all.

January Series of Calvin College features impressive lineup

From: Matthew Kucinski, Calvin College

The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is back for its 24th year. From Wednesday, January 5, through Tuesday, January 25, 2011, Calvin College will continue a long tradition of bringing one of the nation's leading lecture and cultural arts series to west Michigan and abroad.

The 2011 January Series features an impressive lineup of speakers, covering a wide range of today's hottest topics, among them social justice, environmental justice and the future of the U.S.

20th Anniversary Tanglefoot Artists Studio Sale

From: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158842044137033

“Tanglefoot,” as local art aficionados have known it over the years, has made a reputation for being the annual, pre-holiday “must-do” activity, traditionally held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Hundreds of visitors come from throughout Michigan and beyond to attend the open-studio event which provides an opportunity to peek into the artists’ studios, meet informally with the artists, and purchase their work.

Founding artists Michael Pfleghaar, Elaine Dalcher, and Nikki Wall will be among the artists exhibiting this year.

Ground breaking Art event, Tanglefoot Open Studio, turns 20

by Mark Rumsey (markrumsey)

Was there Art in Grand Rapids before ArtPrize? Yes, lots of it in all sorts of locales. This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most notorious art events in Grand Rapids, the Tanglefoot Artist Open Studio. The Tanglefoot Building garnered its name from the fly paper that was once produced at the site and has since been infested with artists. The maze of a building reveals dozens of local artists diligently working away at their craft. Once a year the artists open their studios to the public, offering a great opportunity to buy local art and support the local art community.

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