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The Downtown Holland Principal Shopping District is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $4,000 grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Holland Area Arts Council. The grant will support the 2013 Street Performer Series, a weekly program featuring performing artists and groups from all backgrounds who perform free for the public throughout downtown Holland.

Last year, two thousand area citizens tipped off Silent Observer, helping solve 112 crimes and removing 125 criminals from our streets. The Silent Observer Fast 50 Program, active in sixty-five middle and high schools, allowed tipsters to identify eighty-six students in violation of conduct codes by possessing drugs, weapons, or alcohol at school. These programs help keep our neighborhoods, businesses, and schools more safe and secure, making the Grand Rapids area a better place to live, play, and do business.

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup for the FREE two-day jazz festival coming to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, August 17-18:

Challenge of Children is a free one-day conference for parents and caregivers held each year in May. The conference is dedicated to informing, educating, motivating, and offering support and networking on child development, child guidance, and other issues related to parenting.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Energize Your Business on May 7, 2013, at DeVos Place. The brand-new one-day event is designed to give entrepreneurs, business-owners, and team leaders a chance to dress down and gear up with the latest tips, tools, techniques, and networking for growing their business, revving up their team, and marketing their organization.

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