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The following information is courtesy of the Cultural Intelligence Committee.


Thurs, Oct 1, 6 pm to 8:30 pm: 7th annual Community Spirit Awards, with author and activist Tim Wise speaking on privilege, race, and the effects of inequality. LINC UP event.  Free but RSVP necessary at info@lincrev.org.  At Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids.

Thurs, Oct 8, 7:30 pm (doors open 7 pm): “On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam.”  The Big Read Holland Area joins with Hispanic Heritage Month collaborative to present a documentary of “memoirs from two siblings examining the Latino experience during a war that placed the heaviest burden on working-class youth.”  Free.  At Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 East 8th, Holland.

Wed, Oct 14, 5:30 pm-7 pm: #RacisminGR Community Conversation, Part III.  Free event for people to discuss, in a safe space, experiences with racism, bias, and inequity in Grand Rapids. Hosted by Partners for a Racism-Free Community.  www.prfc-gr.org.  At Christian Reformed Church North America, 1700 28th St, Grand Rapids.

Thurs, Oct 15, 6:30 pm to 8 pm: Bilingual College Fair.  Sponsored by Hispanic Center of Western Michigan for Latino students and families to meet with bilingual (English/Spanish) representatives of many colleges.  Free, open to the public. At César Chavez Elementary School, 1205 Grandville Ave, NW, Grandville.

Fri, Oct 16, 6 pm (trans support group), 7 pm (support group), 8 pm (program).  PFLAG meeting: “Generous Spaciousness-Responding to Gay Christians in the Church.”  Video of a speeh given in April by author and pastor Wendy VanderWal Gritter to students and friends of Calvin College.  She tells the story of Kathy, a traditional Christian who works in a Christian organization and discovers she is a lesbian: “Can she be lesbian and still Christian? Can she come out of her closet?  Can a woman pastor like Wendy change attitudes in a conservative Protestant denomination?”  At Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Ave, Holland.

Sun, Oct 18, 9:15 am (parent session at 3 pm): Transgender Youth Empowerment Workshop. Sponsored by Stand with Trans for youth ages 12-23.  Youth sessions on art, music, poetry, self-defense, bullying and the law, college and careers, more.  (248) 739-9254 or roz@standwithtrans.org. www.standwithtrans.org.  At Affirmations, 290 West Nine Mile, Ferndale.

Tues, Oct 20, 5:30 pm: Disability Network/Lakeshore “The Ability Award” event honoring those who “persist in the vision of communities where people with disabilities can participate, contribute, and belong.”   Keynote address by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.  Light appetizers, followed by program. RSVP by October 13 to www.dnlakeshore.org.  At Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant, 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland.

Thurs, Oct 22, 8:30am – 10 am: 9th annual Lakeshore Friends of Fair Housing Breakfast. Opening Doors to Housing Choice.  Keynote speaker is Kevin Boyle, author of the award-winning book “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age,” the true story of a black doctor, Dr. Ossian Sweet, as he and his family move into a white neighborhoods in 1920s Detroit.  Register for the event at www.fhcwm.org.   At Double Tree Hotel, 650 East 24th St, Holland.

Community Opportunities

Calling All Colors:  Volunteers needed 9 am to 11:30 am to facilitate small group dialogue at one or more middle- and high school Calling All Colors conferences (Oct. 5, Lakeshore middle school, at Hope College; Oct 6, Lakeshore high school, Hope College; Oct 20, Kent County high school, Aquinas College, GR).  Training is Mon, Sept 28, 5:30 pm at Hope College or Wed, Oct 14, 5:30 pm at Aquinas College; alternative training is available if you can’t attend one of these sessions.  www.programethnicdiversity.org.  Organized by Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance.


Native Makers, through Nov. 7:  Art forms: baskets, pottery, fiber art, wood carvings, by members of Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians; photos taken at Sweet Grass Moon pow wow in 2015.  www.sc4a.org or (269) 857-2399.  At Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St, Saugatuck.



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