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West Catholic to host fourth annual “Celebrate West!”Auction March 26

West Catholic to host fourth annual “Celebrate West!”Auction March 26

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH -- West Catholic High School will hold its fourth annual Celebrate West! Auction on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 6 p.m. in the gym, 1801 Bristol NW.

The evening will begin with another delicious dinner served by Billy K. Catering followed by an opportunity to donate to specific school needs – including academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities and technology – at the “Fund a Need” tables. All donations these funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar with gifts from sponsors.

John Ball Zoo holds a Party for the Planet on April 16th

John Ball Zoo holds a Party for the Planet on April 16th

From http://www.johnballzoosociety.org/

Party for the Planet
Saturday, April 16

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A celebration of conservation, recycling, and our natural world!  This is a national event taking place at Zoos around the country in an initiative spear-headed by the American Zoo and Aquarium Assoc.

An Exceptional Bridal Event With A Cause

An Exceptional Bridal Event With A Cause

From: Eastern Floral

Eastern Floral, the Goei Center and RSVP Events will be hosting a bridal event like no other. The Exceptional Bridal Event for Exceptional Brides will be held at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Goei Center. A portion of the event proceeds will go to Autism Support of Kent County (ASK).
 
The Exceptional Bridal Event will be held at the beautifully urban and unique Goei Center located at 818 Butterworth St. SW.The event will feature a stunning fashion show beginning at 6:30 p.m., and some of West Michigan’s most exclusive vendors ready to assist soon-to-be brides in making their wedding day as stress free as possible.
 
The cost of the event is $5.00 and is open to everyone involved in the wedding planning process. For more information call 616-949-2200 ext. 238.

Juke's presents Igby Iris and The Long Count on Friday, March 18

Juke's presents Igby Iris and The Long Count on Friday, March 18

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Local favorites, Igby Iris, will be performing at Juke's along with The Long Count on Friday, March 18.

Igby Iris has been working on a new album and has posted several new songs to their Facebook page which can be found here.

Music starts at 9:30 pm. There is no cover charge for this show.

Contributions of single, Dutch, immigrant women to GR in late 1800s presented Thursday

Contributions of single, Dutch, immigrant women to GR in late 1800s presented Thursday

by Grand Rapids Historical Society in NON-PROFIT

Among the many nationalities that settled in Grand Rapids, the Dutch were well represented. Underrepresented, however, was an historical account of the Dutch women and their contributions to the Grand Rapids area.

Join us this week when author Janet Sjaarda Sheeres presents the historical story of "Single Dutch Immigrant Women and their Work in Grand Rapids, 1880 - 1900." The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW. Parking is free, too. Find out more here.

During that time more than a century ago, many immigrant women were merely subordinated in the historical records as wives and daughters.

Inside LaughFest

Inside LaughFest

J. BENNETT RYLAH

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids sits on Bridge St. NW, serene and quiet in late afternoon. I am able to meet President and CEO Leann Arkema in the kitchen. She tells me it gets peaceful before dinner.
 
In this moment of silence, I ask her to tell me how LaughFest came to be.
 
LaughFest has been brewing for a long time, it turns out. While the press releases say they've been planning the 10-day festival for 20 months, it seems as though LaughFest has been there all along.
 
Arkema became involved with Gilda's Club near the beginning, in 1998. She had been the medical power of attorney for a close friend who passed away unexpectedly.
 
"I just sat down one day and had a conversation with God about how angry I was that He had taken this person from me in such an unexpected way," she says.

Michigan Civil Rights Commission forum on bullying

Michigan Civil Rights Commission forum on bullying

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will co-host a public forum on bullying on Tuesday, March 1st from 4pm to 6pm at Union High School at 1800 Tremont Boulevard NW.

The forum will discuss and take public comment on bullying. The general public is encouraged to attend, especially if you wish to provide testimony on bullying.

The forum partners include the Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Public Schools, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and the Wyoming Community Youth Coalition.

You can find more information at www.michigan.gov/mdcr.