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Get downtown Grand Rapids this summer for GRandJazzFest on August 18. The first day-long festival of its kind in the city will be held in Rosa Parks Circle. Long-time jazz aficionados and musicians will fill the park with sound and hopefully audience members. The event is free to the public. The event kicks off at 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. Performers to date include Time Bowman, playing jazz guitar, Phil Denny, a jazz saxophonist, and Walt Gutowski & The Bridge Street Band playing contemporary jazz. Go to www.GrandJazzFest.org for more information.

The public is invited to attend Green Drinks at the City Sen Lounge at City Flats Hotel at 83 Monroe Center in Grand Rapids on Thursday, May 17 from 5-7 p.m. Sponsored this month by Moms Clean Air Force, Green Drinks is a networking event of employees working in the environmental field. The events attract a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government, and business. All are welcome to attend.

The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs will host the AWE Business Connect presentation, "Marketing on a Shoestring Budget." Presenter Kim Bode, Principal of 834 Design & Marketing will speak on the top at the Holiday Inn at 310 Pearl St. NW in Grand Rapids from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. Click here to register. Early registration in $22-$37, and regular registration is $32-$47.

Nurse and wellness coach Sara Armstrong will teach a class on "Tackling Chronic Conditions" at the Holland Hospital Conference Center, 602 Michigan Avenue. The class is Thursday, May 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. "Attend this seminar to learn more about a plant-based nutrition plan that can help you control your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, lose weight and feel great!"

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