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Race Day 2009
Friday July 24th from 6pm to 8pm
Holland Market Place at 8th/Pine
Officer Rob Brewer @ 616-355-1707
We are going to have a static display of various race cars withtheir drivers and our goal is to educate the public on safety belt use.The idea is that people, especially kids, like race cars and once theysee all the safety equipment associated with these race cars they willalso see that using their safety belts is smart. The kids will have anopportunity to see the cars up close and even sit in some of them. Therewill be stock cars, drag cars, and other racing vehicles that will beparticipating as well as area Police, Fire, and EMS units. Along withseveral local racers there will be the "Rescue 1 Fire Safety for Kids"race car and the Allegan County Sheriffs Department "Beat the Heat" racecar. Our hope is to not only convince the "non-restraint" users tobuckle up but to also commend the people that are using their safetyrestraints. There will be some safety related handout material alsoavailable. The OHSP "Seatbelt Convincer" will also be at the event forpeople to experience.

Meijer Charity Classic
July 13th
Join FOX 17 Sports' Tim Doty and a host of LPGA players for a day of fun and exciting golf…all for a good cause! It's the Meijer Charity Classic, Monday, July 13th at the Grand Rapids Elks, home of the Highlands Golf Club. Proceeds benefit Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.

GR Symphony: Celebrate America
July 10th
Your Grand Rapids Symphony's Chase Picnic Pops kicks off July 9 and 10 with a salute to American music. Hear patriotic songs, tunes from "Wicked" and "West Side Story," Motown hits, John Williams movie music and much more.

GR Symphony: 50's Dance Party
July 16th
Don't miss the official tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Experience hit songs from the 50s era:That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh, Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace and many more.

GR Symphony: Classical Fireworks
July 24th
The best fireworks show of the summer tops off this annual favorite. Hear classics you know and love including Gershwin's An American in Paris, music from the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and more.

GR Symphony: Music of Billy Joel
July 30th
Features Michael Cavanaugh, star of the Billy Joel Broadway hit Movin' Out! Hear your Billy Joel favorites,Uptown Girl, She's Got a Way, It's Still Rock in Roll To Me, New York State of Mind, and much more.

UDM Offers Free Legal Advice for Veterans
June 4, 2009
Health Care for homeless veterans facility
cost: Free
The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Mobile Law Office will be stopping in Grand Rapids to provide free legal assistance and representation to low-income veterans on Thursday, June 4, at Health Care for homeless veterans located at 353 Division Ave, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..

St. Mary Parish Festival
Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4
Westphalia, MI
phone: 517-622-4116
cost: no cost to enter
St. Mary Parish in Westphalia holds its annual parish festival on Saturday, July 4. Events include a flag raising and parade at noon, midway games and children’s rides, Bingo, Las Vegas tent, antique tractor pull, and cash raffle. There is also live entertainment on Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m. and all day on July 4. For more information, call (989) 587-4201.

Comedy Improv with Contents Under Pressure
7/10/09 - Master Arts Theatre
director@masterarts.org
phone: 616-455-1001
cost: $5.00
Contents Under Pressure, the comedy improv team, will be performing one night only Friday, July 10 at Master Arts Theater. Come cool off in our air-conditioned theater. Don't forget our free parking. Show time is at 7:00 PM. Check our web site www.masterarts.org

45th Annual Greenville Danish Festival
August 20-23, 2009
Greenville, MI
danishfestival@charter.net
cost: Most events are free to the public.
information: The four-day Festival will feature entertainment, live music, arts and crafts fair, grand parade, fairy tale parade, hot air balloon demonstration, food court, family fun day with a variety of children's activities (pony and elephant rides, face painting, juggling, puppet show, contests), teen events (scavenger hunt, Viking fights, basketball shoot out), basketball, softball and volleyball tournaments, car show, rock climbing, paint ball, jousting, karaoke and open mic contests, talent show, derby races, grand prize raffle and ice cream social. New this year will also be the Dirt Diggin truck and tractor pull.

Make a Splash for CF this 4th of July!
July 4, 2009
A BioGuard Dealer or backyard pool near you!
ahaddock@fletchermartin.com
phone: 404 720 8178
cost: $10
This year for the Fourth of July, you can celebrate Independence Day and help fight cystic fibrosis at the same time! Host a pool party at your house, and simply collect donations from people that come. Everyone is encouraged to wear their best patriotic outfits or red, white, and blue swimsuits. Sixty percent of the money you raise will remain in your local community by supporting your CF Care Center. The remaining will support research and other CF causes. Pool party hosts and people wearing patriotic clothing are eligible to earn great prizes for hosting events and posting pictures on the BioGuard Splash for CF website. It's so easy to get involved! Visit www.splashforcf.org for all the information and to get started.

We Heart Colin Benefit Concert
July 11, 2009
Sazerac Lounge 1418 Plainfield NE
phone: 616-451-0010
cost: $5.00
Raggedy Ann will be performing 80's & 90's music with DJ John Pape spinning records in between sets. All proceeds will go to the colin Grenn benefit fund. Colin recently passed away from injuries he sustained in a house fire. He was 21 years old.

Women Build Day
July 8, 2009
959 Kalamazoo SE
phone: 616-774-2431 ext. 224
cost: Free
Please come build with other local area women who are helping to eradicate poverty conditions and substandard housing! Hammer, nail, paint, and bond with other women helping to make a difference with Habitat for Humanity.

Freedom Fest '09
July 4, 2009 6pm-dusk
McCamley Field, Portage MI
phone: 269-381-4416
cost: Free
Freedom Fest is a free patriotic, family friendly event for our community culminating in the Rotary Club sponsored fireworks at dusk. Freedom Fest features live music as well as games and craft for the kids. A concession stand is operated by the Portage Rotary Club.

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