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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack cares deeply about justice, not just for some citizens but for all. This profound belief in fairness was shaped at an early age and has guided her entire career.  

Pine Rest will open its second thrift store called, the Pine Rest Thrift Store. It will be located at 2741 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was the former Michaels location east of Breton Avenue. 

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the top ten finalists for the ATHENA Young Professional Award, which will be celebrated on Thursday, September 12 at the ATHENA Award Celebration. The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader for their contributions to community, professional excellence, and commitment to serve as a personal and professional role model to young women.

Join the Family Hope Foundation at the Special Families Fun Fest on Saturday, September 28, for a fun-filled day for individuals with special needs and their families. Multiple rooms of fun at the Delta Plex include midway games, arts and crafts, a bike course, and a petting zoo.

The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing, September 13-15, 2013, in downtown Muskegon, and features Irish and Celtic music on three stages. Come hungry and fill up as the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie's Pub serve authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Fest Stout, Irish Cream, and other products. Don’t miss other festival activities such as the Irish Marketplace, children's activities, a cultural center, and a session tent. A popular highlight on Saturday is the Michigan FEIS, an Irish dance competition. Sunday morning, a Catholic mass will be held at 9 a.m., followed by a traditional Irish breakfast. The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday only, from 5-6 p.m. Purchase tickets online for $10 on Friday (5-11 p.m.), $15 on Saturday (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and $10 on Sunday (8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Tickets at the booth are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. Three-day passes are $30 online and $40 at the ticket booth. Go to MichiganIrish.org/tickets for more information. 

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