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The Local First Coffee Hour events are a casual opportunity to connect with local businesses in West Michigan. During the months of April, July, September, and December these events will be held in partnership with GROW. This CDFI microlender offers loans, counseling and educational opportunities, and a variety of other resources to entrepreneurs in West Michigan. Join us to connect, sip on a morning beverage, and learn more about how we’re GROWing a People First Economy.

Local First's monthly Coffee Hour series is powered by Bloom Credit Union.

Host highlight: In May 2022, Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. partnered with Bridge Street Market and opened a new cafe within the market space. Ferris prides itself on offering high-quality espresso beverages, pour over coffees, teas, a variety of signature drinks, and snacks. Bridge Street Market, a child store of Meijer, is your neighborhood grocery store with fresh, affordable, and local products in downtown Grand Rapids. Read more about their collaboration here.

Safety expectations: We’d like to continue meeting monthly in-person for our Coffee Hour events. To safely do so, event attendees are expected to adhere to current CDC recommendations:

  • When indoors, masks remain on unless actively eating or drinking
  • Maintaining 6 feet of social distance between guests and/or respecting the color-coded comfort zone stickers provided to all guests by PFE
  • Adhering to frequent hand-washing and sanitizing practices

Local First will also provide hand sanitizer.

We hope you'll join us for good coffee and good conversation!

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Holland Pride

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Show your pride at the annual Holland Pride Festival on Saturday, June 25 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Centennial Park! Celebrate Pride with live music, food trucks, vendor booths, children's entertainment and lots of fun at this free family-friendly festival on June 25!  For a full schedule of Pride month events planned in June, be sure to follow Out on the Lakeshore's Facebook page.  A number of Downtown businesses are also offering Pride specials for the entire community all June long!  You can view the flyer here.

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The Local First Coffee Hour events are a casual opportunity to connect with local businesses in West Michigan. During the months of April, July, September, and December these events will be held in partnership with GROW. This CDFI microlender offers loans, counseling and educational opportunities, and a variety of other resources to entrepreneurs in West Michigan. Join us to connect, sip on a morning beverage, and learn more about how we’re GROWing a People First Economy.

Local First's monthly Coffee Hour series is powered by Bloom Credit Union.

Host highlight: Globe is a friendly and hip neighborhood optical store that promotes music, visual arts & kind creative thinking. Since 2002, Globe has exceeded clients' expectations by providing excellent service and a world class inventory of both prescription eyeglass frames and sunglasses.

Safety expectations: We’d like to continue meeting monthly in-person for our Coffee Hour events. To safely do so, event attendees are expected to adhere to current CDC recommendations:

  • When indoors, masks remain on unless actively eating or drinking
  • Maintaining 6 feet of social distance between guests and/or respecting the color-coded comfort zone stickers provided to all guests by PFE
  • Adhering to frequent hand-washing and sanitizing practices

Local First will also provide hand sanitizer.

We hope you'll join us for good coffee and good conversation!

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Circle Theatre's upcoming 2022 Main Stage productions include the musical RENT; comedy The Play That Goes Wrong; musical The Music Man; play On Golden Pond; sci-fi musical Little Shop of Horrors; Circle Theatre will also be welcoming back their family-friendly Magic Circle production in partnership with Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Circle’s unique and diverse Summer Concert Series performances include Get Ready: The Music of Motown, Divine Divas: Iconic Women of Pop, Soul Groove: The Hits of Soul and R&B, Under Pressure: The Music of Queen and David Bowie, along with a variety of Pop-Up Concerts. All performances will be held at Circle Theatre, located at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College. 

The 2022 Circle Theatre season will kick off with their annual Season Kick Off party Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond, April 15 and 7pm. Kick off Circle’s 2022 season in style - Bond style! Nobody Does It Better, is a one-night fundraiser soiree to support the on-going commitment Circle Theatre has to enriching, educating, and entertaining West Michigan through exceptional performing arts. Enjoy drinks, food, and a night of music featuring the iconic songs made famous by the James Bond films. This highly anticipated night of entertainment brings together theatre enthusiasts, accomplished performers, and visionary supporters to make a lasting impact on the performing arts.

Tickets, memberships, and season details can be found at circletheatre.org. 


 

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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.

Host highlight: Madcap Coffee is committed to buying, roasting, retailing, and wholesaling specialty coffees. We believe that, to do this well, we must build strong relationships with all of the people who participate in bringing coffees to our roastery.

Safety expectations: We’d like to continue meeting monthly in-person for our Coffee Hour events. To safely do so, event attendees are expected to adhere to current CDC recommendations:

  • When indoors, masks remain on unless actively eating or drinking
  • Maintaining 6 feet of social distance between guests and/or respecting the color-coded comfort zone stickers provided to all guests by PFE
  • Adhering to frequent hand-washing and sanitizing practices

Local First will also provide hand sanitizer.

We hope you'll join us for good coffee and good conversation!

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Downtown Holland Street Performer Series

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Each evening, a total of 25 musicians, caricature artists, dancers, balloon twisters, and more line 8th Street to perform for the pubic for free! The Street Performer Series is free to attend, but tipping the performers is highly encouraged! Each Thursday night this summer will also feature a special guest performer, including jugglers, aerial acrobats, magicians, hip-hop dancers, and stilt-walkers!  And don't forget that the Downtown Holland Social District is now open during special events, so you can "sip while you stroll" during the Street Performer Series.

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Fulton Street Farmers Market Main Season

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Main Season is here! From now until October 29, join the community at Fulton Street Farmer's market every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday to support dozens of local vendors. Fresh finds and fun folks await! 

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Gallery, Music, & Theatre

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LowellArts holds a variety of events for lovers of visual and performing arts - from gallery exhibitions, to theatrical productions, to live music concerts!

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 6pm, and Saturday, 12pm - 5pm.

Learn more on our website: lowellartsmi.org

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Holland Celtic Festival

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The first ever Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival is coming to Window on the Waterfront on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25! Organized by the Holland Celtic Society, the Festival will be fun for the entire community with live music, dancing, Highland games, food and drinks, a marketplace, and more! The Holland Celtic Festival begins that Friday with a traditional Ceilidh from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm for ages 21 and up.  The Ceilidh will feature Irish and Scottish bands performing live, with Guiness and other drinks on tap!  Tickets to the Ceilidh are $20 per person with a cash bar. On Saturday, the Festival will feature a variety of family friendly Celtic activities for just $10 per person from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. (Kids 12 and under free.)

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