GRABB & Loc Royalty LLC Small Business Saturday Pop-up

unnamedLocation: Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation
Address: 1530 Madison Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Date: Saturday, November 30th 2019
Time: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
GRABB & Loc Royalty LLC is partnering to bring the Official Small Business Saturday Holiday Pop-up event. This event was created to support and showcase Black businesses within our community.
You can expect to find local entrepreneurs representing a variety of products and services. Please come and share your patronage; Love Local and Shop Small! For the Kids: pictures with Black Santa and crafts!!
Small Business Saturday Pop-up Vendors:
D’s Dipped Delectables
Dream Keep It Moving
Ds Smell Good
It Works
Maiyah Mari
Momma D’ Kitchen
On Time Dumpster Rental
Robinson’s Popcorn
Savor The Flavor
Shades of Color
Shea Buttercups by TahLee
Thats Sew Me LLC
VSJ Fitness
Jazzy Jewlelz by Yolanda
Studio 824 Beauty Lounge

OKT canning workshop gets rave reviews at BUGS Conference in NYC

OKT peer-educators, Belinda Harrison and Fatima Lee, traveled with OKT’s executive director, Lisa Oliver-King, to New York City Oct. 25 to present a session at the Black Urban Growers (BUGS) conference in New York City.  Ms. Lee created the program, “Canning’s not just for Grannies: Preserving the Harvest” to share basic canning skills with conference participants.

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“Everyone appreciates you all,” emailed Sue Rock, head of a Brooklyn-based nonprofit. “What an amazing workshop — so excited to start making everything, except botulism!”

Click on the links to view  pdfs of the presentation’s PowerPoint and handout.

Post-Halloween pumpkin drive

pIs your Halloween pumpkin starting to rot on your front steps? Ridgemoor Park Montessori and Wormies Vermicompost are partnering on a pumpkin drive. 1.9 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown each year and most end up in landfills. Because of
their high water content, pumpkins in landfills contribute to groundwater contamination. When pumpkins decompose in landfills, they release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. By composting pumpkins, they’ll be transformed into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that benefits the environment, rather than harming it.

Ridgemoor Park Montessori, along with the help of their upper-elementary students, will be hosting a pumpkin drive on November 7 & 8,  learning firsthand about the composting process with an assembly. Wormies will be partnering with a few other schools in the area to collect pumpkins in early November. For information, contact
Luis Chen at

Creative Youth Center at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday 11/2

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 2 & 9
LINC, Madison Ave. SE just north of Hall St.      cyc
Stock up on fresh local produce!

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) will be sharing information at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this Saturday along with the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and Grand Rapids Public Library “Storytimes.”

The CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders-High School Seniors) at no cost to families. All programs take place at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center. Come join the adventure! Registration for Fall 2 is now open! Fall 2 : November 11 – December 19 – 5 week (NO Class November 25-29).

In all classes students will work to write and edit content for The Book of Explosions, the CYC’s annual anthology of student writing. Students explore various genres and techniques, learning about poetry, narrative, or nonfiction. Students will have the opportunity to share their work in an informal performance at the end of the class term in the classrooms as well as being invited to share their work at an open microphone event at a local business at the end of the term.

Mondays: Afterschool Adventure – 3rd-5th grade – Book Club 4-5 pm, Creative Writing 5-6 pm – 12 total spaces

Wednesdays :

  • Afterschool Adventure – 1st & 2nd grade – Book Club 4-5, Creative Writing 5-6 – 12 total spaces
  • Amplify – Middle School, 4-6 pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 14 total spaces
  • Craft – High School, 6:15pm-7:45pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 10 total spaces

Contact KAIT by email: or by phone (616) 458-5505 for information.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and Grand Rapids Public Library Storytime will also be visiting with patrons at the market!

Two more weeks to shop the farmers’ market!

Last chance to stock upon clean local produce for winter!

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On Nov. 2, three community partners will be providing information and resources:

Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program. The RSP is a voluntary program to prevent fires. The goal is to reduce the number and severity of fires. It offers:

  • Fire safety checks
  • Free smoke alarm upgrades and installations
  • Free carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installations
  • One-on-one fire safety consultation

Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center. CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders through high school seniors) at no cost to families.

Grand Rapids Public Library “Storytimes” Fun and educational storytimes for children ages birth – 5 years old.



Health and Resource Fair Friday, Oct. 25

Southtown Women’s Group is joining Seeds of Promise for a
Health and Resource Fair on Friday, Oct. 25 at Gerald R. Ford Academy from 5 – 8 p.m.
The event will include information about domestic violence.  “We would like to encourage everyone to join us as we tackle this very big topic that plagues our communities silently,” says Paula Collier. “We want to show our zero-tolerance stance against any violence, especially domestic violence where innocent victims are intimidated or brutally abused against their will.”