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Catalyst Radio: All4One a free festival to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan

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All day on Saturday, Aug. 6, the All4One festival invites the community to enjoy the arts, music and movement that will benefit the 14 programs areas of the Humane Society.

/All photos by John Fife

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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.

Festival founder Michele Fife (right) looks on as festival-goers try out yoga

Festival founder Michele Fife (right) looks on as festival-goers try out yoga

A Capoeira troupe performs some traditional moves from the Brazilian dance/fight art form.

A Capoeira troupe performs some traditional moves from the Brazilian dance/fight art form.

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Michele Fife of Seva Yoga and Nikki Outhier join us on air to alert animal lovers to a fundraiser for the Humane Society of West Michigan. All day on Saturday, Aug. 6, the All4One festival (free!) invites the community to the East Grand Rapids High School track (2211 Lake Dr SE)to enjoy music by African-inspired drum corps, aerial performances that will all benefit the 14 programs areas of the Humane Society.

Music this week comes from Breathe Owl Breathe with "Sabertooth Tiger."



Monetizing opportunity for news outlets in the form of ebooks
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[More: Poynter, Nieman Lab]

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[More: New York Times, The Atlantic]

Scandal refocuses debate on media consolidation in US
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CALENDAR (27:14)

Critical Mass in Grand Rapids
5 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at Rosa Parks Circle
Critical Mass is a bikers rights awareness ride that takes place on the last Friday of every month in cities all over the world. July's ride is dedicated to Larry Martin
, an area resident and cyclist who recently died after being struck by a car. Participants should meet at 5 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle.


Public night at Veen Observatory
9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 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.

Love Michigan Blood Drive
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Michigan Blood (1036 Fuller NE)
WYCE and Michigan Blood are hosting the LOVE MICHIGAN Blood Drive to help replenish the 140 pints of blood needed each day in West Michigan. Stop by Michigan Blood from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Blood donors will also be rewarded with a Michigan made product including items from, Hudsonville Ice Cream, Better Made Chips and Meijer.

Grand Rapids Latch On festival for mothers
10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Rosa Parks Circle
The Grand Rapids Latch On is set for Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m., where nursing mothers will be making the point that breastfeeding in public is a natural and essential act. There will be many performers and speakers sharing about the importance of breastfeeding and its history and place in society.

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