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The ninth annual Local First Street Party is this Saturday, June 9 from 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Gather in front of Bistro Bella Vita for local music, local food, and local beer. Admission is free. Purchase drinks and food from local vendors throughout the event. On stage, bands playing include La Famiglia, The Hard Lessons, Grupo Aye, Afro Zuma, Larry McCray, and the Fauxgrass Quartet. Find out more local events on the Local First website

Join the Social Charity Club of Grand Rapids on Thursday, June 14 to benefit The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks at the JW Marriott J Dek, Mixology, and Six.One.Six. Donate $10 at the door. All proceeds are donated directly to the charity. A drink ticket is included with your donation. Also, enjoy complimentary appetizers from 6-7 p.m.

Ashley Alexis Amaya, Marjorie Behm, Whitney Budden, Jordan Carson, Lauren LaTarte, and Chelsea Slocum

Mayor George Heartwell, Tommy Allen, Michelle Brainard, Margaux Drake, Michele Giordano, Andy Guy, Jeff Hill, Nate Phelps, Kristen Ray, and Lizzie Williams

The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent organization dedicated to expanding parks and public spaces in Michigan’s second largest city. Their goal is to help Grand Rapids rebuild and sustain an exceptional system of parks and public spaces and, by extension, increase home values, improve citizen health, safeguard air and water quality and strengthen the community’s ability to retain and attract residents, businesses and visitors.

All donations are tax deductible & receipts are available upon request.

Join artists whose genres come in many hues at Art in the Park on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Hudsonville. Hosted by the Hudsonville Arts Council, the event will bring more than fifty artists and crafters together to display and sell their wares as well as feature performers and art demonstrations throughout the day. Bring your kids for the child-friendly area and face painting. Contests will also support the artists. Click here for more information.

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.

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