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Join Circle Theatre on our front lawn to celebrate the close of our season, and to hear the announcement of our 2022 Season lineup!

Where were you in ’62? Journey back to Modesto, California with a group of teenagers and their adventures over the course of a single night. The coming of age comedy American Graffiti was directed and co-written by George Lucas, and nominated for a 1973 Academy Award for Best Picture. Highlighting the cruisin’ and rock-n-roll culture of yesteryear, this concert event will feature songs like “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Love Potion No. 9.” Put on your bobby socks and poodle skirt or grab your letterman jacket and join us for a day of fun with a costume contest, dance contest, trivia, and more!
A fundraising and concert event.

 

Go to circletheatre.org to get your tickets.

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This American tribal love-rock musical celebrates the ‘60s counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory while exploring the ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace. HAIR remains as relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

 

Go to circletheatre.org to get your tickets.

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Michigan Good Food Charter Gathering

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The event will take place on October 13-15 on a virtual platform with live workshops and networking space.

This interactive agenda will bring together food systems advocates and practitioners to:

  • Preview components of the updated Michigan Good Food Charter
  • Share feedback and big ideas for Michigan's good food future
  • Plan for collaboration and next steps

There is a  fee to help offset the costs of the virtual platform and support future networking events like this. Low barrier scholarship opportunities will be provided via registration.

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  • Live Event Access: All registered participants will be given access to join all live events. Recordings will be made available if you cannot attend live. You can choose which events you would like to attend!
  • Session Recordings and Digital Resource Materials
  • Accessibility: We will provide auto-generated closed captioning during our webinars and with the recordings. Longer sessions will have built-in breaks. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions and use the registration process to indicate if you have accommodations requests.
  • Networking Opportunities: Our virtual platform allows for networking and connection. All events during the gathering are intended to provide interactivity and networking within and across sectors and areas of interest!

Move Your Money

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How you can get involved

  • Meet local banks and credit unions at the September Coffee Hour
  • Meet local banks and credit unions at the September Happy Hour
  • Follow the conversation on social media
  • Read our blog for more info
  • Share the information through your channels
  • Subscribe to get regular Move Your Money updates
  • What questions do you have about moving your money? Email us at membership@localfirst.com and let us know!

People First Economy is introducing a conversation that we hope will uncover and unpack a system that is holding our financial equity hostage: Big Banks. This September, we’ll be lifting up the power of community-based financial institutions and how moving your money can lead to an economy grounded in local ownership, create generational wealth, and build equity. 

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Mixers are back and September is Move Your Money month! To celebrate both, we're hosting a happy hour at Little Space Studio to connect, grab a drink and learn more about our awesome local financial institutions. If you have questions about moving your money - this is the event for you. BONUS: Little Space is also an ArtPrize venue

PARKING: Metered street parking is easily accessible on Division or neighboring streets (download the MOTU app if you haven’t done so already, for easy parking access!)

ABOUT THE HOST: Little Space Studio provides space to work, professional development, and advocacy for a better future of work by creating little spaces with big impact. Learn more at littlespacestudio.com

Please wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status and while not eating or drinking. 

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The Local First Coffee Hour events are a casual opportunity to connect with member businesses, hear about our upcoming programs, and learn how to build an economy that puts people first. We host them monthly with the support of Bloom Credit Union.

Come for the coffee, conversation, swag, and a chance to win 13 mentions on WYCE as a daily sponsor. 

Safety expectations: We’d like to continue meeting monthly in-person for our Coffee Hour events. To safely do so, we ask that our attendees be mindful of their distancing. Masks are recommended for individuals not fully vaccinated. We will follow the masking practices of our host venue. Local First will also provide hand sanitizer. 

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We’ll start in the 1960s with the Beach Boys, The Beatles, and The Monkees, work our way through the ‘70s and ‘80s with The Jackson 5, New Edition, New Kids On The Block, visit the ‘90s with Boyz II Men, ‘NSYNC, and The Backstreet Boys, and dive into the 2000s with The Jonas Brothers and One Direction.

Go to circletheatre.org to get your tickets.

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​A variety of art and theatre classes for all ages available year-round! Visit our website to see current upcoming classes: https://www.lowellartsmi.org/

Artists featured in image:

Dog Plaque - Cyn Tennant

Charcoal Portrait - Scott Kenyon

Needle Felted Bumblebees - Sam Coon

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Focusing on a decade in which classic rock came into its own, this show will feature top hits of bands and artists like Boston, Led Zepplin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers Band, Heart, The Steve Miller Band, and more.

 

Go to circletheatre.org to get your tickets.

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Fulton Street Farmers Market Artisan Market

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For 16 years, the Fulton Street Artisans Market has been a marketplace for Michigan artists & makers to come together, sell their goods, and share their passions with each other and the local Grand Rapids community.

 

Founded by the artists back in 2005, the mission of the Artisans Market was to give local community members an opportunity to not only buy handmade goods & artwork, but to interact and learn about the creative processes involved. It also serves as a hub for West Michigan artists to network & build relationships with other talented & passionate people.

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