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Catalyst Radio: Garfield Park hosts the 38th Arts and Crafts Fair

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On Sept. 10, Garfield Park will be packed with creativity in an event that has historically drawn up to 10,000 attendees.
Garfield Park, always great for families, has a whole area of the Arts and Crafts Fair dedicated to kids' activities.

Garfield Park, always great for families, has a whole area of the Arts and Crafts Fair dedicated to kids' activities. /Steven Depolo on Flickr (Creative Commons - BY)

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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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Kathy Woudstra, a Garfield Park resident with a remarkable story of how she became executive director of the Neighborhoods Association, shares about this special fair in its 38th year. On Sept. 10, Garfield Park will be packed with creativity in an event that has historically drawn up to 10,000 attendees. Tune in to learn more about this annual fundraiser for the Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association.

Music this week is "Monster" by Those Eighty Acres from their self-titled album.



HistoryPin, a fresh summer startup, recently got the Brooklyn Museum to jump on board, scanning in thousands of photos and asking the public to help map out their location in Brooklyn. As a new startup, HistoryPin asks participants and institutional partners in New York to add their historic photos with descriptions of the scenes.
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A few cases in Spain are demonstrating recent concern over "the right to be forgotten" in the European Union. A few individuals are in court asking for Google to stop indexing past information about them, from their easily searchable home address to arrests made during college years. In Europe, three out of every four citizens are uncomfortable with the vagueness of how Internet companies gather and use their information while 90% want some action taken with the "right to be forgotten," a topic in the EU expected to come to a head this fall.
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The activist hacking group "Anonymous" has been making headlines lately, and in one of their latest ventures, they organized a protest of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in response to cell phone service being shut down for passengers to mitigate police protesting. Anonymous hacked the website, publishing personal information of its passengers and then instructing customers to take issues with BART for not creating a secure system. A small group of protestors gathered on Aug. 15, Anonymous members in masks, to protest the shutdown.
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Blandford invites those interested in foraging
2-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Blandford (1715 Hillburn NW)
Blandford naturalists will help attendees learn to identify wild edible plants. Participants will have the opportunity to safely see, touch, taste, and smell specimens along the way. You may be surprised to find how many edibles are growing right outside your back door.

Public night at Veen Observatory
9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Veen Observatory (3308 Kissing Rock Ave, Lowell)
Star gazers can head to Lowell for a look at the night sky. Veen Observatory is opening its doors for public night. The observatory has several high-powered telescopes, and members of the GR Amateur Astronomical Association will also be sharing their own telescopes.

Working: Searching for the Dignity and Meaning of Labor
7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29at Grand Rapids Public Library (111 Library NE)
In the past, work was the measure of worth. Three Michigan authors, M.L. Liebler, Lolita Hernandez, and Gregg Shotwell, who have all written about work experiences, will be exploring labor based on their work and research. The panel will be moderated by local labor historian Michael Johnston.

Rapidian photographer exhibits work at The Sparrows
6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 at The Sparrows (1035 Wealthy SE)
Grand Rapids photographer Eric Tank will be exhibiting a series of black & white captures at Sparrows. Meet the artist, check his ongoing body of street photography, and enjoy music performed by the Welshie Project at the opening reception.


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