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Catalyst Radio: 200 volunteers to build new playground in Aberdeen Park in just six hours

This dispatch was added by one of our Nonprofit Neighbors. It does not represent the editorial voice of The Rapidian or Community Media Center.

Tune in to hear about the design process with the community, purchasing equipment from the KaBoom program and how Aberdeen became the 13th park that has benefited from this partnership.
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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.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Amway join us on air to talk about their efforts, along with Creston Neighborhood Association and a few others, to build a new playscape at Aberdeen Park on Sept. 23. Within six hours' time, 200 volunteers (more than 100 of whom are Amway employees) will have readied the grounds, assembled the play set and host a ribbon cutting ceremony without the aid of power tools.

Tune in to hear Steve Faber of Friends and Michelle Meulendyk of Amway's corporate citizenship division talk about the design process with the community, purchasing equipment from the KaBOOM! program and how Aberdeen became the 13th park that has benefited from this partnership.

Music this week comes from Taken By Trees with their songs "Sunshine Lady" and "Open Field."



Community Media in NYC increases
The city of New York has negotiated terms with two cable giants that expand public, educational and government access channels, and bring WiFi connectivity to nearly 3 dozen city parks.  The deals with gable giants Time Warner and Cable Vision also provide public libraries with free internet and establish at least 40 public computing centers.
[More: Democracy Now]

Photojournalist observes the increasing popularity of narcocorridos
Photojournalist Shaul Shwarz was one of the earliest photojournalists to begin documenting the growing narcotics culture on the Mexican-U.S. border between bordertowns Júarez and El Paso. His photographic body of work includes much documentation that contrasts the violence that this industry unleashes on those who participate and the glorification and glamor that is perceived as more media is created around the culture, from ballads to movies.
[More: The Lens]

Flame Index gauges worst reputed companies
The Flame Index is a site that scrubs through over 14,000 news sources around the world that produce business news. Based on an alogrithm, the Flame Index rates whether the article is positive about a company, assigns a score and tallies it up to produce, every two hours, a list of the worst reputed companies in the world.
[More: Tech Talk]

Arab Game show pulled due to star’s views
An pan-Arab satellite TV network has decided to pull a game show that was scheduled for broadcast this month because the host of the show supports the Syrian government.
[More: Rapid TV News]


CALENDAR (27:18)

The third annual Salmagundi event
8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Wealthy Theatre, Dance in the Annex is having its fall recital, Salmagundi, a collaboration among performance artists in the community. The event combines contemporary dance with local music that results in a one-of-a-kind Grand Rapids creation. For more information, go to the website.

Urban foraging workshop at the South East Farmers Market
10 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Madison and Burton
The Bloom Collective and Our Kitchen Tableinvite you to stop by the South East Area Farmer’s Market at Garfield Park to learn about the edible plants growing in your backyard and around your neighborhood. Bring along plants you suspect might be edible for identification. Share your knowledge about wild edibles.

GRPL goes batty
Mid-September and October at various branches of the Grand Rapids Public Library
Starting tomorrow and through the rest of September, into October, GRPL has invited the Organization for Bat Conservation to its library branches to share about the world of bats.

Ask a Lawyer event at the Library
6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Main Library (111 Library NE)
The Grand Rapids Public Library and the Grand Rapids Bar Association have partnered to offer free legal advice in a series of five sessions throughout the year. Every other month, expert attorneys volunteer to provide Grand Rapids citizens with answers to legal questions. A 10-minute overview of the featured area of law will be followed by an interactive question and answer period. This month the topic is Citizen's Rights-Criminal Law & Civil Rights.


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