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East Hills Council of Neighbors Spring Fundraiser Tomorrow @ The Meanwhile Bar April 13, 2011

East Hills Council of Neighbors Spring Fundraiser Tomorrow @ The Meanwhile Bar April 13, 2011

East Hills Council of Neighbors is going to have it's Spring 2011 Fundraiser at the fabulous Meanwhile Bar on April 13, 2011.

The reception is from 5pm to 8 pm and will have food and information regarding the East Hills Council of Neighbors. 30% of the proceeds from the entire night (4pm to 2am) will be donated.

Come and celebrate the neighborhood with us and have a drink!

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.

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

Art.Downtown is April 15th

Art.Downtown is April 15th

From Art.Downtown:

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 with the event it is sure to be an exciting, dynamic evening. 

"(I liked) How like EVERY place was open. You could just walk along Division and stop in any place. Each place holds something different, Everyone was high spirited. There's also such a large mix of people involved. The trolley transport is awesome!!!

GRYP New Members Meeting is April 5th

GRYP New Members Meeting is April 5th

From Grand Rapids Young Professionals:

Are you new to GRYP? Do you want to learn about all of the things that GRYP has done and will be doing? If so, come join us on Tuesday, April 5 for our first New Members Meeting.

Attendees should arrive around 5:30pm at J. Gardella’s Tavern on the second floor for this event. Cash bar and food specials will be available. At 6:15, we will begin the program by introducing the board members and allowing them to give a brief description of their role in GRYP. We will also discuss the organization as a whole and the types of events we put on.

The evening will conclude with networking and we will plan to wrap-up around 7:30pm. Pre-registration for this event is required.

Build The Guild Pt. I – April 17

Build The Guild Pt. I – April 17

This is an invitation to all West Michigan creatives and arts leaders to join a free, open conversation – that will be ongoing throughout 2011 – to establish guidelines and “best practices” for artists, known as The Guild Idea.

The first open conversation about The Guild Idea takes place April 17 at 2 p.m. at ArtPeers Artist Hugo Claudin’s studio (information below).

As you may know, ArtPeers has joined several other arts organizations in a conversation about “best practices” among local artists – the goal being to advance a more financially sustainable culture in Grand Rapids, to attract and retain live/work artists.

Last month, we published a retrospective “look back” at efforts undertaken by ArtPeers and others over the past year. Click here for this blog by ArtPeers President Erin Wilson, which provides background.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County "Welcome Home" Project

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County "Welcome Home" Project

Calling Veterans, Veteran Families & Volunteers

In 2011 Habitat for Humanity of Kent County will be teaming up with veterans, veteran families, and community organizations for West Michigan's first Habitat for Humanity Veteran's Build.  Please read the attachment for details on how you and your corporation can become involved!