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July 2012

July 2012

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Special Events July Newsletter
78th Annual Hollyhock Lane Parade
The oldest, continuous 4th of July Parade in Michigan, the 78th AnnualHollyhock Lane Independence Day Parade and Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4th at 8:30 am. Begun in 1934, as a way to commemorateAmerica’s freedom and independence to the neighborhood children, it hascontinued as an unpretentious event, which attracts people from all over  the community. Parade lineup is at the corner of Calvin and Alexander Streets S.E. beginning at 8 am. For more information please contact WendiMoore at 616.452.2422 or Susan Zimmerman at 616.243.3579.
GRBMX Bikes N’ Bands
On July 13th, the Grand Rapids BMX will be hosting their Bikes N’ Bandsevent at 580 Kirtland SW (near Burton/US 131) from 6 pm to 9 pm.GRBMX is proud to present local music act ‘CJ-5’ live on the ShowmobileStage as part of our annual Family Fun Night! We’ll have activities for allages, including games, tricks, treats, and of course BMX! Gate practice willbe held from 6 pm to 9 pm for $5 (memberships and equipment available
on site), all leading into our USABMX State Qualier race on Saturday, July 
14. Registration 9 am to 11 am, racing starts at noon. More informationis available atwww.grbmx.com, or sign up for Instant Text Updates atbroadtexter.com/grbmx. See you all there!
Zumba at RPC -Mondays
Swing Dancing at RPC -Tuesdays
Blues on the Mall -Wednesdays
Blues on Ottawa -Wednesdays
Line Dancing at RPC -Thursdays
WERQ at RPC -Fridays
Ballroom Dancing at RPC -Fridays
4th of July Family Fireworks -4th
Hollyhock Lane Parade -4th
Fraternal Order of Eagles -8th
Memorial for Serbian Genocidein 1995 -11th
GR BMX Bikes N’ Bands -13th
Big Shot Ball Out-14th-15th
Gathering of the Bride -14th
Urban Adventure Race -14th
Rock Hard Rugby-21st
ADA Celebration -26th
Grand Cycling Classic -28th
Transplant Games of America -28th
GR Bar Brawl -29th
Naked Foot 5K -16th
Q Elite Summer Distance - 31st- August 1st & 2nd
This Month’s Highlight: 4th of July Family Fireworks
Fireworks will illuminate the sky once again this year during the 4th of July celebrations in downtown GrandRapids, presented by Amway. A parade will kick off the celebration Wednesday, July 4th at 5 pm on the corner of Lyon and Monroe NW. The parade will continue down Monroe Center to Veterans Memorial Park, wheremen and women who have served in the U.S. military will be honored. Live music and children’s activities willfollow after the parade at Ah-Nab-Awen Park at 6 pm. The Fireworks will begin at 10:30 pm. All activities arefree and open to the public. Visitwww.4thofjulygr.comfor more details.
July Events
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Big Shot Ball Out
The Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club are proud to host the Big ShotBall Out 3on3 Basketball Tournament! This tournament will be held down town Grand Rapids at Calder Plaza. Games will be played Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th. There is a double elimination format with a 3game guarantee. Costs are $115 per team if registered by June 23rd, $125from June 24th- July 1st. Sign up now atwww.grssc.com/tournaments.
Gathering the Bride
Gathering the Bride is a day of prayer, fasting, and worship at Rosa ParksCircle for our city, state, and nation starting at 10 am going all day long. We will be gathering all Christian denominations as the body and bride of Christ, all in one accord. We will be praying for youth, single mothers andfathers, healing, deliverance, marriages, and the church. Also, invite your friends who may or may not know Jesus. This is a time to share and learnwho the Bible declares Jesus really is and His great love for everyone.
Urban Adventure Race
Riverside Park will be the start and nish of an epic day of adventure
racing on July 14. Four-hour teams will hit the river for some canoeing,head back to downtown GR for some running and Amazing Race-type
challenges, and search for hidden ags in a nature area. Eight-hour teams
will experience a heavier dose of biking and canoeing along with someswamp action and tougher orienteering. Cost ranges from $67-99 per person, two-person team is required. Comes with t-shirt, lunch and tons of prizes. Please visitwww.grUrbanAdventureRace.com for more information.
Summer JAMboree
On June 21, 2012, Baxter Community Center’s Greenhouse and ChildDevelopment Center co-host a Summer JAMboree family picnic at JoeTaylor Park. The evening includes a strawberry freezer jam class, freeHudsonville Ice Cream, a taste testing booth of Bryant Terry’s Soul Food With A Twist, games, prizes, crafts, and strawberry picking in Baxter’son-site garden. The event is one of three scheduled community events through Baxter’s newly launched Greenhouse program. The events aremeant to provide opportunities for the community to come together around good food and family fun. The goals of the greenhouse programare to increase sources of readily available, affordable produce in theBaxter neighborhood and to create programming which enhancesnutritional education, environmental awareness, and community spirit.
ADA Celebration
The Disability Advocates of West Michigan will be hosting their ADACelebration Thursday, July 26 at Rosa Parks Circle from 11:30 am to2:30 pm. The event will be celebrating the 22nd anniversary of thepassage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. There will be live music, icecream and a wheelchair obstacle course.
Zumba at RPC -Mondays
Swing Dancing at RPC -Tuesdays
Blues on the Mall -Wednesdays
Blues on Ottawa -Wednesdays
Thursdays Live After Five at RPC -Thursdays
Line Dancing at RPC -Thursdays
WERQ at RPC-Fridays
Ballroom Dancing at RPC -Fridays
Q Elite Summer Distance -July31st-1st & 2nd
New Teacher Orientation-2nd
Miles for Hope -4th
Summer Reading Program -4th
Color Run -5th
National Night Out -7th
Grandwhich -11th
Cattle Barrons Ball -12th
Church Dub -12th
Master Your Fly Cast and Tying -16th-17th
City Lights Music Festival -17th-18th
GRand Jazz Fest - 18th
Festival of Roses -18th-19th
Oxford House Picnic -18th
Steeple Fest -18th
Westside Reunion-18th
Rock the Rapids -20th-25th
Open Air Service -21st
American Quilters Show -22nd
Green Gala -23rd
Polish Festival -24th-26th
Yassou Festival -25th
28th St. Metro Cruise -25th
Cattle Barrons Ball-25th
Traffic Stop 5K -25th
Amway New Platinum Concert -26th
Eat. Pray. Run -26th
Waiter/Waitress Race -26th
Boost Mobile 4 Genie -28th-29th
Amway New Platinum Concert -29th
Amway New Platinum Concert -26th
Soul of the City -31st-Sept.1st
 August Events
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Grand Cycling Classic
On July 28, the Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic will host the 2012USA Cycling Professional Men’s Criterium National Championship. SeeAmerica’s top pro riders compete for the gold in an 80 km race along a1.2 km course in downtown Grand Rapids. Historic brick-paved streets, tight turns and speeds of up to 40 mph in a 90 minute adrenaline rush for cyclists and spectators alike. Kick off a full day of cycling excitement with the Grand Cycling Challenge Ride, a 2.5 hour closed-course ride through the streets of GR. Open to cyclists of all abilities, ages 10 and up. Pleasevisitwww.grcyclingclassic.comfor more information and registration.
Transplant Games of America
Transplant Games of America is a multi-sport festival event for athleteswho have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries and living donors.Competition is open to anyone who has received a solid organ transplantor bone marrow donation. On July 28th-31st, Transplant Games of America will be having all types of different events within the City of Grand Rapids. There will be a golf outing, Zumba dance class, 5K run,barbeque, beach volleyball, rock climbing, a coffee house open mic/taping,donor tribute, workshops, quilt display/banner making, and dinner cruise.For more information visitwww.transplantgamesofamerica.org.
GR Bar Brawl
Bar Fly Events and JSW Event Services are proud to present the GR Bar Brawl on July 29th at Rosa Parks Circle from 2 pm to 6 pm. This is aFUNdraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. The“boxing” challenge will pit local bar staff in teams, duking it out against each
other in an inatable boxing ring wearing oversized inatable boxing gloves.Spectators can purchase rafe tickets to “bet” on their favorite teams.
Enjoy food from HopCat’s taco cart, a beer garden courtesy of B&B Beer Distributing, a children’s area featuring carnival games, cotton candy and amagician. There is no cost to enter but tickets for food, beverages, games
and team rafe will be on sale. Bring the whole family and head down town to nd out who will be the next Feather-Weight Champs for Charity.
For more information visitwww.dsawm.org/Events/Fundraisers3rdParty.aspxor call 616.956.3488.
Naked Foot 5K 
Come join us on Sunday, July 29 at Riverside Park for The Naked Foot 5K.This is a race for the entire family! The Kids 1K starts at 8am and the 5K starts at 9 am. Also stay after for the “Bare Life” outdoors mini-expo; afestival for everything that represents an active, healthy, and natural lifestyle.Learn about, try on, demo, and purchase minimalist footwear from avariety of companies. Sample organic and/or natural foods and beverages.Purchase or learn about accessories, apparel, and gear for an active lifestyle.
There will be demos and booths by alternative tness and lifestyle
practices and clinics by athletes, authors and professionals on minimalist/natural running, nutrition, and more! For more information and to register for this event, please visit our websitewww.thenakedfoot5k.com. If you arelooking to sponsor this event, please email AmberJBalmer@gmail.com.
Rosa Parks CircleWeekly Schedule
 What: Zumba When: 5:30pm to 6:15pm
 What: Swing Dancing When: Tuesdays 7pm to 10pm
 What: Free Blues on the Mall When: 6pm to 9:30pm
 What: Line Dancing When: 7pm to 10pm
 What: WERQ When: 5:30pm to 6:15pm What: GRAM on the Green When: 6:30pm to 8:30pm What: Ball Room Dancing When: 8:30pm to 10pm
Spectrum Health
 Where: 301 Bostwich Ave. NE When: Tuesdays 11 a.m-4 p.m.
Healthy Street
 Where: Maple St. When: Thursdays 11 a.m-5 p.m.
Fulton Street
 Where: 1147 E. Fulton St. When: Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
South East Area
 Where: 2006 Jefferson SE When: Saturdays 10 a.m-3 p.m.
Farmers Market’sWeekly Schedule
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