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Catalyst Radio: Media education at GRCMC another outlet for youth creativity

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This week we turn the mic on Gretchen Vinnedge, the Community Media Center's education director. The education department for the CMC steers many programs including stop-animation workshops.

/Courtesy of MoLLIE

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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.

/Courtesy of MoLLIE

This week we turn the mic on Gretchen Vinnedge, the Community Media Center's education director. The education department for the CMC steers many programs including AniJAM workshops that teaches stop-motion animation to all ages and MoLLIE, a program that brings video production tools and education to local schools.

Music featured on the show is "You're the reason," by Fam-ly Brown from their most recent disc, Restored.



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Critical mass bundle-up bike ride
5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 (last Friday of every month) at Veteran's Park (101 E. Fulton)
All ages, free
Critical Mass is a fun, free, non-athletic, group ride which all are invited to attend. We ride together in a manner that is safe and welcoming to riders of all skills levels. We ride to raise awareness of bikes as traffic, promote all aspects of cycling, build community, and celebrate bikes. More information is available at the G-Rad calendar.

Litribune writers workshop
8:30-11 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29 at the Litribune Barn (110 Fuller SE)
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City Commission meeting
7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at City Hall, ninth floor (300 Monroe NW)
The Grand Rapids City Commission will meet to talk about issues that affect the city. The agenda will be up available the City's Website by 9 a.m. on the day of the meeting. For the agenda, visit the City of Grand Rapids Website.

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