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The American Legion is currently collecting gently worn shoes to help create small businesses in developing nations.  GVL / Amy McNeel

American Legion Post 459 to host Save Our Shoes Fundraiser

This month, Post 459 is partnering with Funds2Orgs to bring the Save our Shoes fundraiser, an event that helps both the Post and those in need. The Post is collecting gently worn pairs of shoes, sending them to the needy, and then getting reimbursed for what they collect. Contributions to the fundraiser are therefore helping both veterans and those in need. 

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Students walking on campus on Wednesday October 11, 2017.

Grand Rapids nonprofit organization protects parks, green spaces

From its art to its architecture, Grand Rapids is a city well known for its beauty and character. Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is one of the many Grand Rapids organizations that keeps the city looking vibrant and beautiful.  Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a nonprofit organization focused on creating and maintaining beautiful and useable community spaces. “We are a nonprofit organization that is separate from the city Parks and Rec department,” said Stephanie Adams, Executive Director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. “Our mission is really to empower people in our community to cultivate diverse parks and green spaces, public spaces and trees.” 

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Courtesy of Eastern Ottawa Young Life Facebook

Young Life golf outing raises thousands at GVSU

Young Life, a non-denominational Christian organization working to teach middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students about Jesus Christ, hosted their 17th annual golf outing on May 11. Volunteers from the Eastern Ottawa group hosted the outing to raise money for their organization, which focuses on building friendships with students throughout the school year, no matter their religious belief. The golf outing specifically supported the 11 schools where Young Life staff members gather for ministry. 

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Participants in the walk travel through Grand Rapids to raise awareness for mental health. 
Courtesy / Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan

Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan to Host Walk for Mental Health

May has been mental health month for decades, and one local organization has created an event to celebrate and bring awareness to this month and the stigmas surrounding mental health. The 16th annual Stomp Out Stigma Walk for mental health will be taking place this Saturday, May 19.  The walk, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, starts at the Grand Valley State University Seward parking lot in Grand Rapids, and will span three miles along the Riverwalk. There is also a shortcut available for those who wish to walk one mile instead of three.

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Laker Life briefs 4/19/18

This year, the Grand Valley State University Saxophone Studio is set to launch the annual Michigan Saxophone Summit. The summit this year is set to take place on Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts. 

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Piano majors set to showcase skills at recital

Grand Valley State University is continuing its trend of allowing students to showcase their talents in the upcoming piano major studio recital being held Saturday, April 21. The event will feature upper-level GVSU students majoring in piano and will allow each student to demonstrate their musical capabilities. The event is set to start at 3 p.m. in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall in the Thomas. J and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts.

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GVSU Dance Recital rehearsal on Thursday November 30, 2017.

GVSU Dance Company to perform spring concert

The Grand Valley State University Dance Company and the Freshman Dance Company are preparing their performances for their spring dance concert this upcoming weekend. The concert, which will be held at the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts, is set for Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

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