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My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.

"Growing with Gilda's" Plant Sale

"Growing with Gilda's" Plant Sale

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, a free cancer support community of adults, children, families and friends will hold its second annual Community Plant Sale on the grounds of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, Friday, May 13 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The plant sale will take place rain or shine.

Thanks to the generosity and support of many local greenhouses and vendors, nearly 2,000 plants and flowers will be for sale at discount prices. Varieties will include perennials, annuals, shrubs, small trees, herbs and more! Expert gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips and “green thumb” advice.

All funds raised will benefit the ongoing development and maintenance of our Healing Garden at the Grand Rapids Clubhouse for members, family, friends and the community to visit. The Healing Garden provides an outdoor experience to engage all of the senses in a comforting and peaceful environment.

Pump up the tires and take a ride!

Pump up the tires and take a ride!

The Greater Grand Rapids area has a great bike trail network!  May is National Bike Month so get out your bike and enjoy the spring weather!   Check out this map of the Grand Rapids area trails.

Teach the kids to enjoy bike riding!
Teaching a child to ride a bike can be a rewarding, but sometimes frustrating experience.   Check out these Teach Your Kids to Ride tips and help a child build the skills and confidence needed to become a lifetime bicyclist.  Family bike rides are a wonderful way to enjoy nature and stay healthy.

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20!
Biking to work is a great way to energize yourself for a day on the job.   It's also a wo

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        

Grand Rapids City Store

Grand Rapids City Store

While stumbling around the official City of Grand Rapids website I found out that the city has its own online store! The website, located here offers shirts, sweatshirts, caps, pens, and other fun items all branded with the official Grand Rapids city logo.

Check out the selection, order yourself something nice, and be proud to be a Rapidian!

Grand Rapids Ride of Silence

Grand Rapids Ride of Silence

Grand Rapids Ride of Silence
May 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM
11 Mile silent bicycle ride

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM, the 7th annual Grand Rapids Ride of Silence will take place.   The Ride of Silence is a worldwide bicycle event that occurs yearly on the third Wednesday of May.  Cyclists take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

Mayor's Bike Ride

Mayor's Bike Ride

Join in the annual Mayor's Bike Ride at 6pm on May 17, 2011.    This year's ride will also be a ribbon cutting for the new Oxford Street trail.    Meet at the Kent Trails trailhead at 1700 Butterworth SW.

Mayor George K.