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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


2011 Earth Day Concert & Celebration

2011 Earth Day Concert & Celebration
2011 Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 6:00-11:00pm|
Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St., Grand Rapids, MI

The 2011 Earth Day Celebration is a joint fundraiser for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council's water quality programs, and the Grand River Water Festival.  This year's celebration features environmental exhibits, a cash bar, and special performances by Earthwork Music's Mary Erlewine & Seth Bernard, Rachel Davis and Dominic, of "Starlight Six" fame, plus the opening act, Hawks & Owls.

Facebook 2011 Earth Day Celebration event page.

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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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.


Gimme Shelter - A three day Symposium

Gimme Shelter - A three day Symposium

Gimme Shelter, April 7 - 9, 2011, is a three day symposium on Human Shelter and Sustainability.  The 3 day event began with a talk by bestselling author Sarah Susanka ('The Not So Big House' book series), and continues with a variety of guest speakers and workshops on issues ranging from creating community, living a sustainable lifestyle, green Grand Rapids and using design and architecture as tools for social change.  

View the Gimme Shelter website for a complete listing of events:   www.sheltergr.org

Uptown Corridor Improvement District Meeting is April 6th

Uptown Corridor Improvement District Meeting is April 6th

From the Wealthy Theater:

Free monthly public meetings to discuss the Uptown CID.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
8:30AM, doors at 8:30AM
Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Front Studio (WT Annex)

Click here to learn more about the Corridor Improvement District.