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Do you have a desire to see an end to breast cancer? Do you want to help, but don’t have a lot of time, money, or just think you can’t commit to another cause? Take an hour and come to the Making Strides kick-off dinner party and you will clearly see how important this cause is and that it takes very little time and no money to make a huge difference!

You are formally invited you to the kick-off dinner party with members of Making Strides, a national walk-a-thon team starting up in Muskegon. The dinner is Thursday, August 16 at the Muskegon Harbor Holiday Inn at 6:30 p.m. and the invitations are printed and ready to go in the mail. If you would like to attend as a guest of local American Cancer Society volunteer Angela Baker, click here to e-mail her.

In the meantime, mark your calendar for the family-friendly 5k walk on October 13. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m. Activities and pre-event fun will also start at 8:30 a.m. Registration and activities will be located inside at the LC Walker Arena Annex. The walk will begin there and weave through downtown.

Click here to get a preview of what this event is all about and to check out the website.

Grand Rapids and Muskegon welcome the National Tour of Traveling World War I Gallery next week. The exhibit will be at the Gerald R. Ford Museum on Monday, July 23, and at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum on Tuesday, July 24.

Mark your calendars now for the third annual Taste of East Grand Rapids on August 16 from 5-9 p.m. The event takes place throughout Gaslight Village. Purchase tickets at the welcome booth the night of the event and use them to purchase refreshments provided by local vendors. Each ticket is $1, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit blood cancer awareness.

Gather your friends and boogie woogie down on Cherry Street later this month. The Inner City Christian Federation will host a free concert on Thursday, July 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 920 Cherry Street Southeast in Grand Rapids. The concert is family-friendly and there is no admission charge. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the Boogie Woogie Babies–three harmony-singing, Broadway-loving gals reminiscent of the 40s and girl groups past. Bring a picnic or order a boxed meal from Green Well Restaurant next door. Click here for more information.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) brings back the popular outdoor summer series, GRAM on the Green, for a fourth season beginning July 6.

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