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Christmas on the Westside

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Come to our first annual Christmas Sip and Shop Hop to celebrate and support our local downtown and westside small businesses this holiday season!

Join the Art of Life Gallery, the hosts of this event, along with other local eats and shops!

1. The Art of Life Gallery

1134 Leonard St. NW

Grand Rapids, Mi 49504

theartoflife.info

2.Shakedown Street

670 Leonard St. NW

Grand Rapids MI 49504

616-458-0500

3. The Holiday Bar

801 5th St. NW

Grand Rapids MI 49504

FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/237886478283063/?ref=newsfeed

theholidaybargr.com

4. Ball Park Floral

8 Valley Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

ballparkfloral.com

5. Pack Elephant

121 Ionia St Suite 105

Grand Rapids, MI

packelephant.com

6. The 12th House

8 Jefferson St

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

the12thhousegr.com

Each of these venues will be offering specials during the event. They will also be hosting live music and/or local guest artists!

At your first venue, ask for a stamp card, if you get it stamped at each stop, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of 6 prizes. One from each venue.

We are looking forward to making this event annual, bigger and better each year. Tell all of your friends and family to support your small local Grand Rapids businesses this holiday season. Keep the joy and love in our own beautiful community!!!

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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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Downtown Holland Parade of Lights

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Santa Claus arrives in Downtown Holland during the annual Parade of Lights on Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30 pm. He’ll be escorted by 75 floats, trucks, antique cars, walkers and marching bands...all decked out from top to bottom in thousands of sparkling lights! This brightly lit holiday procession is fun for the entire family and a holiday tradition for the entire community! The Parade of Lights will begin at the corner of 8th Street and Columbia Avenue at 6:30 pm and proceed west down 8th Street until it reaches the Holland Civic Center, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt! The Parade of Lights is proudly sponsored by Gentex Corporation. Visit them online at www.gentex.com and look for their entry at the end of the parade!

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Downtown Holland Small Business Saturday

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Downtown Holland will join communities throughout the country in celebrating Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 27! On that day, Downtown Holland shops and restaurants will take the opportunity to thank customers for shopping local all year long with amazing giveaways, great discounts and fun promotions! Customers are encouraged to snap a photograph of themselves shopping small in Downtown Holland that day for the annual “Small Business Saturday Selfie Contest.” Customers can share photographs on the Downtown Holland Facebook page or tag #downtownholland on Instagram for a chance to win a $100 discount to your favorite Downtown Holland business!

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The Grand Rapids Holiday Sip & Shop is a community driven event, bringing together local makers and artisans, holiday customers, and Treetops Collective, a Grand Rapids based non-profit organization for a one night only shopping occasion.

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Lights on Creston

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Creston: Lights on Creston is back. Late Shopping hours, business BINGO game with prizes, window display contest and LOTS more. Kingma's will have a lot full of tees. Pop by on December 8th to shop Creston Businesses!

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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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​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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Broad Leaf Brewing Christmas Bazaar

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Our Christmas Bazaar will be coming up on Sunday, December 19th from 1 - 5 p.m. Like in the past we will have a variety of local artisans coming to the taproom to sell a range of handmade items. This is the perfect opportunity for any last minute gifts, or to just treat yourself for the Holidays. Our current roster of artists are as follows. Let me know if you have any questions, or need any additional information.

1.       Teal Moon GR  - IG: tealmoongr
2.       Bessie Boo Creatives  - IG: bessie_boo_creatives
3.       Kate Lewis Ceramics  - IG: claykate
4.       Solstice Clay - IG: solstice.clay
5.       S. Ellis Draws - have not received yet
6.       Gavsby Designs - IG: gavsbydesigns
7.       Solstice Handmade - IG: solsticehandmade
8.       Caroline Elsner - IG: scare_o_line
9.       Maggie Ann Soap - IG: maggie.ann.soap.co

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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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