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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 9:30 AM
Fun Foundations 8-Week Series: 15-30 Months
Renew Mama Studio – The Fun Foundations Class: the crossroads where sensory play + books + songs + dancing + speech, language, behavior and feeding support meet! Taught by a certified speech-language pathologist. The kiddos have a blast and the mamas, papas, nannies and grandparents get supported! This 8-Week Series for Little Talkers (approximately 15-30 months) and their caregivers will run every Wednesday morning, 9:30-10:30, from 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 and 3/7 cohosted by Renew Mama Studio! The Fun Foundations curriculum was developed by certified speech-language pathologist, Emily Goudreault, who teaches the class utilizing a whole language approach, which employs both sides of the brain: the left side of the brain, which is activated to process grammar, vocabulary and meaning, and the right side of the brain, which processes emotion and voice melody. Throughout the class, songs and movement reinforce grammatical patterns and emotion, use of hands-on sensory experiences engage children and support language concepts, sign language acts as a visual aid to symbolize vocabulary, and books introduce early literacy skills. These are all vital factors when teaching children language and early literacy skills. The class also offers your child the opportunity to connect and engage with peers and other adults, and you the opportunity to engage with fellow parents. In addition to offering fun and educational learning opportunities for children that can be duplicated at home, caregivers will also learn research-based strategies for supporting their child’s speech, language, feeding, positive discipline or literacy development. Each 60-minute class offers the following activities based around a fun weekly theme that highlights an important language concept or basic noun/adjective (examples: up/down, in/out, beaches, body parts, lizards, etc.), while we: • sing songs • read a book • move our bodies with a gross motor activity • practice language concepts with manipulatives and toys • sensory exploration with a variety of hands-on • introduce babies to sign language (utilizing American Sign Language) with 1-3 signs per week • children engage with peers • parents chat with other parents • learn strategies to support speech, language, feeding, positive discipline or literacy development Cost: $125 for 8-week class. Includes class attendance for 1 child and 1-2 adults. $60 for an additional child age 3 years or under
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 - Feb 28 @ 9:30 AM
Executive Coaching Program
Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU – In organizations of all sizes, executive leaders often struggle to find the support and camaraderie they need to do their best work. It’s lonely at the top. But it doesn’t have to be. At the Johnson Center, our small-group Executive Coaching Program brings together a cohort of leaders from different backgrounds and experience levels to forge a professional support network that lasts well beyond our final session. By learning with — and from — each other over the course of seven weeks, we find new ways to tackle intractable challenges within our organizations and embrace our own professional development. Participants commit to meeting once a week for seven weeks. During our two-and-a-half-hour sessions, we’ll dig into the theories, best practices, and dialogues that can enrich and enhance your role. Each session’s exercises and conversations will be guided by the group’s specific needs, experiences, and challenges. And throughout the program, your curriculum will be facilitated by a certified coach, Tamela Spicer, who brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector to her role as your guide. The 2010 study “Coaching and Philanthropy” — from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, BTW Informing Change, Leadership that Works, and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services — demonstrated that executive coaching can help nonprofit leaders gain greater self-awareness, increase their professional confidence, and provide a clearer understanding of roles, resources, and how to approach leadership challenges. By providing a safe space for reflection, guidance, and self-directed learning, the Johnson Center’s Executive Coaching program can help you embrace your leadership with confidence and support. Cost: $750 Program Dates: Wednesdays, January 17–February 28 9:30 a.m.–Noon REGISTER ONLINE ==> bit.ly/2hI2mmr Deadline to register is January 15, 2018. Groups are limited to 12 per session. Participants will be required to complete a brief survey prior to attending.
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 9:30 AM
Yoga for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
The Wellness Collective GR – Research indicates yoga can reduce the impact of our stress response and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. Evidence suggest, yoga can reduce the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and ease respiration. The body itself contains and manifests much of the suffering- shame, self-hatred, and pain. In that respect, at Grand Rapids Healing Yoga, we begin the healing within the context of the body. Our somatic techniques build a stronger connection to the body and Self. Our approach is an effective, safe, and empowering way to establish more mind-body integration. Topics include, compassion, self-care, breath work, yoga postures/philosophy, interoception, and mindfulness. Space is limited to 12 participants. Course is effective for beginner and experienced students. Includes handbook. Participants will be asked to complete a confidential history form prior to the first class. ? Cost: $180 (Scholarships available)
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 10:00 AM
Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
Kent District Library - Cascade Township Branch – This group provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 10:45 AM
Fun Foundations 8-Week Series: 6-14 Months
Renew Mama Studio – The Fun Foundations Class: the crossroads where sensory play + books + songs + dancing + speech, language, behavior and feeding support meet! Taught by a certified speech-language pathologist. The kiddos have a blast and the mamas, papas, nannies and grandparents get supported! This 7-Week Series for Little Talkers (approximately 6-14 months) and their caregivers will run every Wednesday morning, 10:45-11:45, from 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 and 3/7 cohosted by Renew Mama Studio! The Fun Foundations curriculum was developed by certified speech-language pathologist, Emily Goudreault, who teaches the class utilizing a whole language approach, which employs both sides of the brain: the left side of the brain, which is activated to process grammar, vocabulary and meaning, and the right side of the brain, which processes emotion and voice melody. Throughout the class, songs and movement reinforce grammatical patterns and emotion, use of hands-on sensory experiences engage children and support language concepts, sign language acts as a visual aid to symbolize vocabulary, and books introduce early literacy skills. These are all vital factors when teaching children language and early literacy skills. The class also offers your child the opportunity to connect and engage with peers and other adults, and you the opportunity to engage with fellow parents. In addition to offering fun and educational learning opportunities for children that can be duplicated at home, caregivers will also learn research-based strategies for supporting their child’s speech, language, feeding, positive discipline or literacy development. Each 60-minute class offers the following activities based around a fun weekly theme that highlights an important language concept or basic noun/adjective (examples: up/down, in/out, beaches, body parts, lizards, etc.), while we: • sing songs • read a book • move our bodies with a gross motor activity • practice language concepts with manipulatives and toys • sensory exploration with a variety of hands-on • introduce babies to sign language (utilizing American Sign Language) with 1-3 signs per week • children engage with peers • parents chat with other parents • learn strategies to support speech, language, feeding, positive discipline or literacy development Cost: $125 for 8-week class. Includes class attendance for 1 child and 1-2 adults. $60 for an additional child age 3 years or under
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 12:00 PM
Energy Meditation Practice Group
The Wellness Collective GR – Meditation is transformative. Practicing in community is powerful. In this class, you’ll gain increased self-awareness, more questions, better energetic boundaries, more clarity, increased intuition, connection, community, calm, discover your blocks and learn meditation practices to incorporate into your daily practice. Why might you want to participate? If you’re searching for something more, if you want more clarity, if you feel blocks, if you’re working on building better boundaries, if you’re searching for community, if you’re looking for a new meditation practice, then this group might be for you. Through meditation and other group and partner exercises, you’ll gain a clearer understanding for how your own energy moves, how it reacts in stress and how to be in control of your energy. Each month will introduce a new practice and contribute to your deeper sense of Self awareness. Some of it will be easy; some of it will be difficult. All of it will transform. This group will meet monthly on Wednesdays throughout 2018. This class is open to all. Ideally, you will be present for each class to maintain the group dynamic and rapport. Kara McNabb, a naturopathic practitioner with Continuum Healing, will lead this group. Meets: Once a month on Wednesdays through 2018. Cost: $25/month or $250/year (if paid in full) Pay in person with cash, check, mobile app or register online. Contact: kara@continuumhealing.com
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 12:00 PM
BUDS - Blandford Nature Center's Wildlife
Blandford Nature Center – BUDS is a FREE event for kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Venture out this week to meet and learn with Blandford Nature Center's wildlife. Kids will love seeing the animals and learning how you can help wildlife this winter – in your own backyard! We'll find out how and make something to take home to help the wildlife in your own backyards. Park in the front of school where greeters will direct you to where Mrs. Staal, Director of Outdoor and Nature-based Education, and the Blandford Nature Center animals will join you for this FUN and FREE event! Invite your friends!
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 4:00 PM
LRD - Seafood Boil
Long Road Distillers – Our next Seafood Boil is coming soon! This event is not to be enjoyed alone, so bring your bff, co-worker, boss or boo to enjoy a traditional seafood boil of shrimp, mussels, clams, corn, potatoes and cheddar biscuits. This is a communal meal, so bring a friend for $35/two people. No tickets necessary.
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 5:00 PM
Family Art Night
Coit Creative Arts Academy – Silent Auction and Student Art Gallery Showcase in the Piazza! All proceeds benefit the school.
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:00 PM
Grand Rapids Young Professionals New Member Happy Hour
GRYP - Grand Rapids Young Professionals – New to Grand Rapids Young Professionals and want to get involved? Come join us for a night of conversation and escape the Michigan winter. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other new members in a more intimate setting than our larger events. Come see what GRYP is all about, what are you waiting for? *By attending this event, you agree to allow GRYP to photograph you for promotional purposes.
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
CA Frost ESA Elementary Concert
CA Frost Environmental Science Academy – Save the Date more info to follow. Enjoy our K-5 students performing in the comfort of Central High’s Auditorium.
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
Astrology 101
The Wellness Collective GR – So you want to know what you’re made of via cosmic intervention. Come see how the planets and the stars align together to create the specific alignment that is the Self. This class will cover: -How sun signs work (what does it mean to have been born a Sagittarius, or a Pisces, or a Virgo…etc.?) -What each of the 12 signs means in terms of basic personality -What the sun, moon, ascendant, and each of the planets do to interact with those signs in our charts -Sign elements (Earth, air, fire, water) -Q+A This event is donation powered. Please come early to get your seat for this popular event. You may also email doorwaytoself@gmail.com to reserve a space. Led by Rachel Leah Gerson, founder of Doorway to Self. Rachel is a metaphysical practitioner offering metaphysical inner guidance sessions.
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday Night Chill
Solid Rock Youth Ministry – A midweek break from the busy-ness of your school life. Music, games, Bible study, food, and hanging with friends. Immediately following Wednesday night dinner at church. All our youth are invited! Meet in The Rock (formerly known as "The Pit Stop")
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
Freedom Topical Classes
ResLife Church – Freedom Topical Class Wednesdays, January 10 - February 7 | 6:30 p.m | 467-B Freedom ministry hosts topical classes that address specific issues or struggles that can hinder experiencing real freedom in your life. Classes are open to all and are designed to bring freedom to different areas of our lives. No registration required. Contact: Casey, (616) 261-3782, caseyb@reslife.org
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday Night Service
ResLife Church – Join us tonight in the Rez Center for the mid week service! January 17: We've got something for everyone on Wednesday nights!
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
Freedom Foundations Classes
ResLife Church – Freedom Foundations Classes Wednesdays, January 10 - February 7 | 6:30 pm | Room 467-A Join Pastor Deb Kirgis as she teaches these five foundational classes about freedom. No registration required. Contact: Casey, (616) 261-3782, caseyb@reslife.org
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM
All the Way Free Showing and Happy Hour
GR Civic Theatre Young Professionals – Come enjoy a free performance of All the Way at the Civic Theatre in honor of Martin Luther King Day! The show starts at 7:30pm. And before heading to the show, enjoy drinks at City Sen Lounge with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Young Professionals at 6:30pm! City Sen Lounge Address: 83 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 7:00 PM
McKinley James wsg The JetBeats
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill – $ 10.00 / Age 21 And Up Additional Info: McKinley James is a 16-year-old Rock & Roll guitarist/singer from Rochester, NY. His father, drummer Jason Smay (Los Straitjackets, JD McPherson Band) helped raise McKinley in a very musical household.He started on the Hammond organ at 7 but discovered his passion for guitar at 10.His influences range from Link Wray to Freddie King and Otis Redding.He started performing in Rochester blues and jazz clubs at age 13 and has performed with Chris Duarte, The Nighthawks, Joe Beard, and JD McPherson.McKinley is also the face of the latest Eric Church album campaign, having starred in his music videos, and also appears on the album cover for Churchs latest record,Mr. Misunderstood.Record in October 2016, at the Family Wash.McKinleyhas released his first EP, Live In Nashville. Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/event/mckinley-james-tip-top-deluxe-bar-tickets/7721125?REFERRAL_ID=twfb
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 8:00 PM
Local Spins Wednesday feat. Benjaman James wsg Earth Radio
WYCE – Local Spins Wednesday at the SpeakEZ Lounge, featuring Benjaman James with very special guest, Earth Radio! Benjaman James is a Michigan-based, Traverse City-native artist, musician, and bandleader of a self-titled eight-piece pop-funk band. As a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with roots in funk, jazz, R&B, and soul, Benjaman inspires his audience by generating dance-worthy, captivating, lyrical music that takes listeners on an energetic improvisational journey. Benjaman features a collective of seven incredible Michigan-based musicians, including a heroic horn section that has made dancers out of the most static crowds since the band's conception in 2016. More on Benjaman James: http://www.benjamanjamesmusic.com/ Earth Radio is a brand-new Grand Rapids super-group, featuring bassist Justin Avdek, keyboard player Dutcher Snedeker, singer-keyboardist Hannah Laine, drummer Mario Copeland and guitarist Travis Swanson. This unique, cutting-edge band exudes influences of jazz, hip hop, neo-soul, rock, metal and funk. More on Earth Radio: https://www.earthradiomusic.com/ Local Spins Wednesdays are presented by SpeakEZ Lounge, Local Spins, Perrin Brewing Company, and WYCE. As always, there are Michigan beer specials on tap, free parking in the lot kitty-corner from SpeakEZ on Monroe Avenue NW and Local Spins 2018 Calendars for sale. More on Local Spins: https://localspins.com/ More on SpeakEZ Lounge: http://speakezlounge.com/ More on WYCE: https://grcmc.org/wyce
 
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    Wednesday Jan 17 @ 10:00 PM
Open Mic Night with Sam Kenny
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill – $ 0.00 / Age 21 And Up Additional Info: Hosted by Multi-Instrumentalist Sam Kenny, come out and do your thing! Tickets: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/open-mic-night-with-sam-tip-top-deluxe-bar-tickets/8031245?REFERRAL_ID=twfb