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"Stars & Stripes" event tonight at Wealthy Theatre

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Community Media Center (CMC) is pleased to announce an event at Wealthy Theatre to honor our nations Veterans, on Nov. 11. Our "Stars & Stripes" event will start with a brief set of comments by Grand Rapids resident, Rapidian writer and U.S. Veteran Michael Tuffelmire.

Michael's comments will be followed a brief keynote speech by veteran Timothy Caldwell, and the presentation of several multimedia profiles of Grand Rapids veterans, on the big screen.

Timothy will introduce Justin Pelham, a disabled veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart for serious wounds he received while serving in Iraq. Justin works with The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Segs4Vets. He has even gone to Washington to talk about being wounded.

Volunteers Chill Out With Home Repair Services

58 volunteers from seven groups gathered at Home Repair Services on the morning of Saturday, November 6 to make a difference for area seniors.  "Chill Out With HRS" was an effort to prepare the homes of 30 seniors for the onset of winter weather.  Volunteers placed plastic over windows, replaced furnace filters and smoke detector batteries, installed carbon monoxide detectors and even replaced some light bulbs.

"Tonight we set our clocks back one hour.  Think of that as an extra hour to pay you back for giving up part of your Saturday to help other people," quipped Dave Jacobs, executive director of Home Repair Services.  "Today you'll help a few seniors save some money on their heat bills and be more comfortable this winter."

One of three teams from the Heart of West Michigan United Way NextGen group made their way to Eastern and Kalamazoo Avenues to complete work at two homes.  Grand Valley State University students

Neighborhood Business Alliance Awards tonight at Wealthy Theatre

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Thursday, November 4th, 5:00 pm

The Neighborhood Business Awards celebrates the individuality of our neighborhood commercial corridors and the great businesses located within them. For twenty years Grand Rapids has celebrated our local businesses and recognized excellence in numerous categories. This year the event will be bigger and better as we have new and expanded categories to honor creative and innovative developments, new vendors at a “Taste of Our Neighborhoods” reception and reusable shopping bags to be distributed to all guests showcasing sponsors and neighborhood businesses.

Free and open to the public.

For more event information contact Neighborhood Ventures at 616-301-3929.

East Hills Neighborhood Fall Fundraiser Nov 9

The East Hills Neighborhood Association Fall Fundraiser will take place Tuesday November 9th, 2010 at Eastown Antiques from 6pm-9pm. Champagne and appetizers will be provided on site (1515 Lake Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49506). 10% of the sales earned during the night of the fundraiser will benefit East Hills Council of Neighbors. This would be a perfect occasion to gather some one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts for the holiday season. See you there!

Eastown Business Association website:

http://www.eastowngr.com/index.php/businesses/listing/eastown-antiques/

Slow start to voting at Congress Elementary

Grand Rapids, MI - Although voter turnout in Michigan is expected to reach 52% today, things were pretty quiet at Congress Elementary when I arrived to vote at 8:05 am. The polls will be open until 8:00 pm so there is still plenty of time to cast your ballot. 

To help ensure that senior citizens and the handicapped have an oportunity to vote, the Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Grand Rapids is offering them rides to the polls. The rides are available all day from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm when the polls close.

For a ride, call (616) 452-2899 or (616) 644-5349.

VSA's 21st Very Special Art Auction

For 21 years, VSA Michigan – Grand Rapids has hosted the Very Special Art Auction in support of disabling disabilities with art. Over 60 local artists will be featured as well as many unique non-art gifts.

This year, legendary Grand Rapids radio DJ, Tony Gates will lead the auction. "I am proud to help an organization that reaches out to others through art.” Says, Tony.

Grand Rapids restaurant holds pink party to battle breast cancer

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A downtown restaurant is battling breast cancer with what it does best.

Cygnus 27 held its "Cyg-nature Pink Party" Thursday night, featuring music from local disc jockeys, and Simply Pink wine by St. Julian Winery. For every bottle sold, St. Julian will make a contribution to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

"Breast cancer is that one thing that seems to touch everyone's lives and it's the charity that's really important to me because of some issues in my family," explained party coordinator Dianna Stampfler. "So I think that other people are seeing that as well. And it's a chance to have fun, dress up all in pink and make a difference for a good cause."

The Cyg-nature Pink Party is a kick off to the West Michigan Signature Tour of Kitchens, which starts Saturday, October 23. The tour benefits Sudan G. Komen for the Cure- Grand Rapids.