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GR Juneteenth 2021: Dickinson Park Dunumba “Power In the People!”

Independence Day Celebration
Sat. June19, 2021

12:30 p.m. Parade begins at 12:30 Pm

1 p.m. Opening ceremony  

Dickinson Buffer Park                         
1635 Linden Street SE GR, MI 49507

Bring your family and friends to this FREE, fun in the sun event. Walk, jog, or ride your bike. Take Rapid Transit #3 (Madison) or #4 (Eastern) Enjoy refreshments, bring a drum, lawn chair, jump rope, Free throw challenge and more.

Sponsored by; (ADDPA), City of Grand Rapids and West Michigan Jewels Of Africa LLC

For information email info.msjewelshair@att.net or text (616)633-8148

Join OKT and FGRP for Movies in the Park

7 p.m. Friday June 18
MLK Jr. Park
900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

OKT will be tabling with information on our programs and the Southeast Area Farmers Market during Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Movies in the Park on Friday June 18 at MLK Jr. Park. FGRP is excited to bring Movies in the Park, the free, family-friendly summer series, back to five neighborhood parks this summer!

Feel free to bring along lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, but please no alcoholic beverages.

schedule for each event:

7:00 PM – Community partners will be providing yard games, music, dance, entertainment, as well as recreational activities for all ages

9:00 PM – Movie starts! (Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse)

2021 SCHEDULE OF MOVIES IN THE PARK:

  • June 18: Martin Luther King Park
  • July 17: Sullivan Field
  • July 31: Roosevelt Park
  • Aug. 7: Plaster Creek Family Park
  • Aug. 21: Highland Park

¡Friends of Grand Rapids Parks se complace en traer Movies in the Park, la serie de verano gratuita y familiar, de regreso a cinco parques del vecindario este verano!

Siéntase libre de traer sillas de jardín, mantas y aperitivos, pero no bebidas alcohólicas.

horario de cada evento:

7:00 PM – Los socios de la comunidad ofrecerán juegos de jardín, música, baile, entretenimiento y actividades recreativas para todas las edades.

9:00 PM – Comienza la película  (Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse)

The Movies in the Park series is generously supported by Lake Michigan Credit Union, the Grand Rapids Police Foundation, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent Count Health Department, Aligned Planning, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, Consumer’s Energy, the Wege Foundation, the Community Media Center, and the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department. .

Get Vaccinated Thursday at LINC UP!

Vaccine Event At LINC UP
1167 Madison Ave SE
Thursday June 17 from 1:00PM – 7:00PM

Walk in or schedule ahead of time

My name is Vincent and I am LINC UP’s Director of Communications. Last April, my mom called my brother and me once a day to give us daily updates about my dad. My dad caught the COVID-19 virus at the height of the spread in Detroit when hospitals were overwhelmed with cases. Fortunately, after three weeks of breathing treatments, trips to the doctor, and a lot of help, he pulled through. It was one of the most difficult times in our family’s life. As soon as I was able to sign up to be vaccinated I did. I got vaccinated to protect my family and the families of so many other people in our community.

Right now, the disparities of who has had access to the vaccine have kept Black and Brown communities from taking the vaccine. From technology to the vaccine clinic locations, it has been difficult for Black and Brown communities to sign up. LINC UP is teaming up with SpartanNash to address the disparities by hosting a Vaccine Clinic right here in the Madison Square Neighborhood. 

This Thursday, from 1:00PM to 7:00PM, you can get the Pfizer vaccine! You can sign-up by clicking the button below or walk-in! If you have questions about the vaccine, we can get you connected to the SpartanNash Team! If you need help signing up you can get in touch with LINC UP’s Senior Community Liaison, Samika at Samika@lincrev.org or by calling 616-451-9140 and asking for Samika directly! Vaccine Event with SpartanNash
At LINC UP | 1167 Madison Ave SE
1:00PM – 7:00PM

First 616 Day! launches fundraiser for “A City within a City”

Tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/616-day-tickets-157737393791

First Annual 616 Day! Celebration: Re-open the City & Crowdfunding Launch for ACWAC Documentary Film Project

2pm to 10pm (Full day of festivities and celebrations)@ Celebration Cinema’s Studio Park in DowntownGR
Organized by: Victor Williams, CEO, Grand Stand Pictures, Producer of “A City Within A City” Documentary Film Project and Founder, Grand Rapids HipHop Coalition
Sponsored by: DGRI, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, LoadaSpud, the Total Soul Continuum and the Grand Rapids Media Initiative and Film Incubator (GR-MiFi)

Victor Williams, CEO Grand Stand Pictures

616 Day Activities include;

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • free popcorn, snacks and beverages
  • game show games – 616 Trivia
  • music
  • prizes
  • humans
  • film teaser
  • conversation
  • announcements
  • panel discussion

Party with a Purpose
Fundraiser for A City Within A City Documentary Film Project.


Maybe you’ve made it partway through Dr. Todd Robinson’s famous dissertation A City Within A City: The Black Freedom Struggle In Grand Rapids, Michigan and wished you had a film to see instead. 616 Day! is the official launch of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support the making of this historic film. Major funders and many collaborators have stepped up, now it’s your turn to get on board. Log on to the campaign at this event [igg.me/at/acwacfilm], or join up on your own anytime on or after Launch Day.


The A City Within A City Documentary Film Project will also be providing training and development opportunities for apprentices and industry aspirants through our newly formed community-based nonprofit incubator, the Grand Rapids Media Initiative & Film Incubator (GR-MiFi)–Grand Rapids’ answer to Hollywood’s overdue call for Black & brown filmmakers and others locked-out of the film industry and for media professionals where they can have an on-ramp for opportunities. GR-MiFi is here for burgeoning creatives and for teaching, learning and advancement opportunities within the media, film and entertainment ecosystems. GR-MiFi will also focus resources on helping frame dynamic stories and narratives with many different talented writers and diverse artists from the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area.

So, come on out and celebrate 616 Day! and see the teaser for the documentary film, meet the producers, and hear from many of the Grand Champions of diversity, equity & inclusion- – – or pledge to be one yourself! Tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/616-day-tickets-157737393791

Sponsorship and engagement opportunities are ongoing—get on board!

THANK YOU for supporting the WALK FOR GOOD FOOD!

#WalkForGoodFood2021

Thank you Walkers and Supporters! You are the reason this event has once again been a success, raising funds to support the work of the OKT-managed Southeast Area FArmers Market and  13 other local organizations  that are working to create a good food system for all. We are so grateful for your efforts.


It’s not too late to donate! Donations are collected through June 30th. Our fundraising page will remain live until then. Stay tuned as we tally final results and announce our top fundraising teams after we’ve collected all donations. If you have been collecting cash or check donations you can drop those off at our t-shirt curbside pick up locations next Tuesday, May 18 between 3-7pm (click here for locations). You’re also welcome to mail them to Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids MI 49508. Checks should be made payable to Access of West Michigan.
Did you get a yard sign?


Questions or need more info? Visit accessofwestmichigan.org/walk or contact Walk for Good Food Director Alaina Dobkowski: alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org or 616-747-0988.

Walk for Good Food T-Shirts & Masks
Did you raise $150? Come and get a free Access Walk for Good Food T-Shirt! We will have walk t-shirts and masks available for curbside pick up May 18, 3-7pm! To get a closer look or for pick locations and details, click here. T-Shirts are available in sizes Youth S-L, and Adult S-3XL. They will also be available for a $15 purchase. Masks are free. Items available on a first come first serve basis.

Thank you for all your efforts!

You can still join the OKT #Walk4GoodFood team!

Click here to join!
Virtual Walk takes place May 2 through 12.*
Pick your day and time!

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic,  Walk for Good Food in your own neighborhood. Access of West Michigan is asking walkers to walk individually or with their household while maintaining a six feet distance from anyone else. For specific details, visit the Walk For Good Food Website.

How can you get involved?

For more information or to sign up to get involved, visit our Walk for Good Food Website. If you have any questions, contact Alaina at 616-747-0988 or alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org.

*Those observing Ramadan can extend their walks through May 19.

#Walk4GoodFood

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Join the OKT Walk Team today!

Join the OKT Walk team here!
All money that our team raises will go to help fund the
Southeast Area Farmers Market.

Over the past 43 years, the Access of West MichiganWalk for Good has raised more than $6 million for dozens of local and international nonprofits addressing hunger and food insecurity. This year, the Walk is funding eight local organizations that are working hard to improve access to healthy foods and diminish other impacts of poverty: the Kent County Food Policy CouncilNorth End Wellness CoalitionOur Kitchen TableRevive and Thrive ProjectSECOM Resource CenterSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and UCOM.The work of these organizations ranges from community gardens, neighborhood-based food markets, and meal delivery programs to emergency food pantries and community development initiatives. Each walker raises donations for the Walk from their friends, family, co-workers, and congregations.

All are invited to join the walk anytime between May 2 to May 12, either individually, creating a team, or joining an existing team. (Walkers observing Ramadan can extend the end date to May 19.) Those who would rather not walk can make a donation. Donations can be made to a specific walk recipient organization, as well. It’s easy to do on the Walk for Good Food website.

Those who would rather send a check can send one to Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.