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TEDx comes to Grand Rapids on Thursday

TEDx comes to Grand Rapids on Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Innovators will be gathering in Grand Rapids tomorrow (May 12) at the Civic Theatre for a TEDx event.  TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.  TED’s annual global events draw thousands of people, who want to hear from some of the most innovative people around the world.  TEDx events are independently organized local events, which have the approval of TED.

TEDxGrandRapids will bring innovators from diverse fields, from all over the world, to share their personal stories of innovation with over 500 local participants at the Civic Theatre.  Organizers have lined up 16 speakers.  The event is sold out.

For more information click on this link:  http://www.tedxgrandrapids.org        

Not Your Average Speaker Series: East Meets West

Not Your Average Speaker Series: East Meets West

"Economic gardeners" and urban pioneers from Michigan's two largest cities, Detroit and GR, on stage together at Wealthy Theatre, to talk about what inspires them, success stories and challenges, and common mis-perceptions about both cities. Doors open at 5:30p on Thursday, May 26 and the event is held 6p-9p at Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy St. SE Grand Rapids.

"Not Your Average Speaker" is open to the public and the admission is free. There are consessions available for purchase.

Some of the panelist include:

Sarah Lapinski:Owner/ Creator of Motor City Sewing and Designer of Fashion Label WOUND Menswear

Matt Clayson - Director of the Detroit Creative Corridor, Detroit Declaration Founder, Leadership Next Chairperson

Tami Vandenberg - Co-owner of the Meanwhile Bar and Pyramid Scheme, Well House Community Board, Grand Rapids Red Project and the Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority

Mike Han - Street Culture Mash Founder

New Grand Rapids 'points' program encourages recycling!

New Grand Rapids 'points' program encourages recycling!

mygrcitypoints.com is an innovative community engagement program that links individuals, organizations, local businesses and city government to encourage recycling, volunteering and community building. This first-of-its-kind, local rewards program allows participants to earn points by recycling or volunteering. Points can then be redeemed at local businesses for discounts on products and services.

The first phase of mygrcitypoints.com will allow Grand Rapids residents to earn points based on how much they recycle.  It’s easy and free - just follow these three easy steps to make mygrcitypoints.com work for you:

1. Sign up online for the mygrcitypoints.com program.
2. Obtain a FREE blue Single Stream Recycling Program cart, issued by the City.
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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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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.

What the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan Does for GRR

What the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan Does for GRR

From Rapid Growth Media:

Up until the day I went to talk with Dan Wiersma about the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan (RAAWM), I still thought that when you decided to take a plane somewhere, you usually drove or took a bus to Detroit or Chicago first. Why did I think that? Because that's what everyone said. It was cheaper to get to Detroit or Chicago and fly from there than it was to fly straight out of Grand Rapids.

Wiersma, RAAWM's executive director and treasurer, explains to me that RAAWM is making strides to change that, and has already greatly impacted the cost of air transit in West Michigan.

In 2007, Wiersma says, Dick Devos was approached by a number of business leaders at a Christmas party. The conversation dealt with the issues of how expensive it was to fly in or out of Grand Rapids, and what it would take to bring a low-cost air carrier to town.

Not Your Average Speaker Series: Transporting Our Economy

Not Your Average Speaker Series: Transporting Our Economy

From Rapid Growth Media:

Thursday, April 14 · 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI

Our mobility as a community is vital to our economy. Where are investments being made in transit and transportation in Michigan? What do the next 5, 10, 20 years look like for Michigan's transit and transportation future? And what transit issues are on the near horizon locally that deserve attention?

These questions and many more will be discussed at our Not Your Average Speaker Series event, "Transporting the Economy," April ...14th at 6 PM at the Wealthy Theatre.

Three Michigan leaders outspoken on transportation and transit issues will share their expertise and visions for Michigan and the region:

Rich Studley - C.E.O.