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September 11th, 2010 - Back to School Kid Parade

First Ever “Back to School Kid Parade!”West Side leaders make big plansGrand Rapids---The upper west side of Grand Rapids will be filled with colorful bikes and banners Saturday, September 11 as a group of people with deep ties to the community host the first ever Kid Parade to celebrate being Back to School. The idea was hatched by Ed Kettle, Chief of Staff for State Representative Roy Schmidt and long time neighborhood advocate. He enlisted City Commissioner Dave Shaffer and School Board Member Jon O?Connor to help assemble a group to make the event a reality.The Kid Parade will begin at 11am sharp. The parade starts at Westend Street, one block west of Covell Road, and will proceed west on Leonard to the Elk?s Lodge 48 (Highlands Golf Course). Once there the group will offer a brief ceremony to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of Fire and Police professionals on the anniversary date of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.

Fashion's night out Grand Rapids is on the horizon

From: http://www.fashionsnightoutgr.com/

For the second year in a row the world will be celebrating Fashion's Night Out together. It all started last year in New York when the United Council of Fashion Designers of America, American Vogue, NYC & Company, and the City of New York created FNO to help patrons understand the vast industry of fashion and how it helps our economy. Fashion is the largest industry in New York City. The industry employs 175,000 New Yorkers which creates $10 billion in total wages. None of these jobs exist if people don't shop. That is why it was time to make shopping fun again.

Fashion's Night Out Grand Rapids has been in the planning stage for months, but now the time is almost here. On September 10th retail stores around Grand Rapids will come together for the first time in support of one thing, “making shopping fun again”.

September 8, 2010 - 'Everyday Sanctuaries' Art Gallery

Pine Rest has the pleasure of announcing artist Charles LaRue will be displaying his collection titled “Everyday Sanctuaries” in the Bruce and Mary Leep Art Gallery at the Postma Center.  The Leep Art Gallery is located on the main campus of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services at 300 68th Street, Grand Rapids, MI. LaRue’s show is titled “Everyday Sanctuaries” to signify the restorative and comforting aspects of the everyday places in everyday environments. The work is inspired by the humble, ordinary scenes that also show a more profound message through an artistic brushstroke.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association Arts and Craft Fair

On Saturday, September 11, 9 AM - 4 PM) Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association (GPNA) will celebrate another wonderful day of shopping, eating and having a great time at our 37th Annual GPNA Arts & Craft Fair. There will be over 125 Exhibitors selling hand-crafted items.

Besides all the wonderful hand crafted items for purchase, the Kroc Center will be providing a family play area for children, with a bounce-hut and face painting. 

There will be great music and entertainment all day and featured are

Noon: Gentlemen of Ragtime

3 PM -4 PM Chance Encounter

A list of exhibitors with booth numbers can be found on our website: www.gpnagr.org.

Handicapped parking is available off from Jefferson, just south of Burton.

Other parking lots are available off from Madison, south of Burton.

Fun, free and frugal events for families in Grand Rapids September 1-7

I am guessing that since school is finally starting in Grand Rapids, most of you don’t need suggestions for how to keep busy this week; but I’m going to give you one anyway. 

It’s what I do.

September 01st, 2010 - Chihuly at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: A New Eden

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, will celebrate the masterwork of artist Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s foremost artists, with a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibition. “Chihuly at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: A New Eden” will feature fourteen monumental glass sculptures in diverse locations across Meijer Gardens. It will be open to the public April 30, 2010 through September 30, 2010. Each of the fifteen sculptures will correspond to the horticultural aspects and natural conditions of each respective location. Chosen sites span the grounds of Meijer Gardens including the English Perennial Garden, Woodland Shade Garden, Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, wetland areas and the 30-acre Sculpture Park. “I’m happy to be coming back to Frederik Meijer Gardens”, said Chihuly.

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
 
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.