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In studio: Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

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In a recent 10-day campaign, Friends successfully raised $175,000 to finance three public pools' operations over the summer. One of Friends' upcoming project is working with middle schoolers to do a t
GR has 89 parks. Filter parks by amenities on <a href="">Friends of GR Parks' Website</a>.

GR has 89 parks. Filter parks by amenities on Friends of GR Parks' Website.

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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is a weekly radio show with hosts Linda Gellasch and Denise Cheng that looks at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting as well as grassroots and nonprofit efforts around the community. The show comprises a media analysis and developments portion, interview segment and calendar of events. 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.

Joining us in studio this week is Heather Kaweck of Friends of Grand Rapids Park. In a recent 10-day campaign, Friends successfully raised $175,000 to finance three public pools' operations over the summer. One of Friends' upcoming project is working with middle schoolers to do a tree inventory in SECA.

Music featured on the show is "Lions," from Samantha Crain's newest album, You (Understood).



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[SPORTS] State Games of Michigan
Friday, June 25, 87 p.m. at Van Andel Arena
On June 25-27, 2010, thousands of athletes representing multiple sports from all over Michigan will gather to compete in the Meijer State Games of Michigan. The Opening Ceremonies are taking place at 7:00 pm at the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids, complete with a torch lighting, athlete parade, speakers and VIPs. Find more information on

[ARTS] Sunday Soup at The DAAC
Sunday, June 27, 2 p.m. at The Division Avenue Arts Collective (112 Division Avenue)
Sunday Soup is a mini-grant funding model. On the last Sunday of the month, Grand Rapidians will gather to eat soup and vote on proposals. $5 buys you a bowl of soup and a vote, the entire proceeds of the meal will go to fund the proposal with the most votes. Find more information on the Facebook page.

[BUSINESS] The Art of Raising Capital in Michigan
Monday, June 28,  5:30-7:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott (235 Louis NW)
Momentum, an incubator group in Grand Rapids, will be hosting a dialogue with the region's investment community and technology entrepreneurs. Panelists will discuss the current climate for raising and investing capital in Michigan. Find more information on the Facebook page.

[MUSIC] Ladies Of Blues Night featuring Beth Stalker and Stacia Petrie
Wednesday, June 30, 6-10:30 p.m. at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Elizabeth Stalker began singing when she was just 3 years old. In 2005, Beth came onto the Detroit Music scene winning 6 Detroit Music Awards for her independently produced CD "Here With You" - including the Best Limited Budget Music Video and "The People's Choice" award. Beth is about to release her fourth CD “Simple Things." Find more information on the GRCMC calendar.

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