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Join Young Lawyers Section

Date: Monday, January 1

Last Updated: January 19th, 2024

Location: 161 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Hosted By: Grand Rapids Bar Association


Event Details: Join Young Lawyers SectionLearn more athttps://www.grbar.org/?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=260997Description:Enter your Name and Contact information into this RSVP tool to join the Young Laywers section. GRBA Staff will register you for the section and send you an invoice for the $20 section fee.Schedule:Monday, January 1, 2024


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SIGN UP TO RECEIVE INFO RE: 2024 Spring Joint Admissions Ceremony for New Attorneys

Date: Thursday, February 1

Last Updated: February 15th, 2024

Location: 161 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Hosted By: Grand Rapids Bar Association


Event Details: SIGN UP TO RECEIVE INFO RE: 2024 Spring Joint Admissions Ceremony for New AttorneysLearn more athttps://www.grbar.org/?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=278760Description:If you would like to receive information regarding the 2024 Spring Joint Admissions Ceremony once it is available, please use this RSVP tool to place yourself on the contact list. We will send an email when registration is available, along with steps required for admission to both the State Bar of Michigan and U.S. District Court – Western District of Michigan. Spring Admissions historically takes place in June.Please note you will not receive any confirmation email. Using this RSVP tool does not register you for the admissions ceremony, nor does it commit you to participate at a future date. With this RSVP, you are only requesting to be sent information about the event and you are not required to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Kenny Williams-Buck, Communications Coordinator at: kenneth(at)grbar.org. Schedule:Thursday, February 1, 2024


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Prokofiev Symphony No. 7

Date: Saturday, March 2 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Last Updated: February 2nd, 2024

Location: DeVos Performance Hall

Hosted By: Grand Rapids Symphony


Event Details: RUTH REINHARDT conductor RICHARD BRITSCH horn GRAŻYNA BACEWICZ Overture GLIÈRE Horn Concerto PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 7


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Cirque Mechanics- Zephyr

Date: Saturday, March 2 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Last Updated: March 1st, 2024

Location: 600 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Hosted By: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center


Event Details: An emotive and exhilarating tale about human ingenuity and our natural resources. In Zephyr –A Whirlwind of Circus by Cirque Mechanics, audiences will witness the tug of war that existsbetween man and nature, in the name of progress.Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind for thousands of years. The beauty andefficacy of that timeless and ingenious process inspired the creative team at Cirque Mechanicsto create Zephyr, a theatrical circus show that harnesses human power, instead of wind, togenerate an energetic acrobatic experience. Cirque Mechanics has designed and built a performance windmill to serve as the multi-functional mechanical centerpiece of our story. Mounted on a turntable, the windmill combines both modern and older more picturesque elements – with the transformation from one aspectto another providing a change of scenery in real time.Inspired by a visit to a working windmill in central England, Zephyr (which means gentle breezefrom the Greek god of the west wind Zephyrus) tells the story of Nigel, mill owner and operator,and his complicated relationship with wind, the natural resource that powers his flour mill. Hisreliance on wind is tested and in turn he is lured by fuel in the name of progress as his primaryenergy source. His choices cause elation and disruption, aptly represented by the communitythe mill serves as dynamic and lyrical circus acts. Nigel grapples with tough choices andunintended outcomes with humor and optimism, which lead to acceptance, coexistence andbalance with wind, progress, and his community. Please note there will be a 20-minute intermission https://fhfineartscenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Zephyr-Teaser.mp4http://fhfac.ludus.com


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Breakfast with Legislators

Date: Monday, March 4 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am

Last Updated: December 7th, 2023

Location: Gordon Food Service, 1300 Gezon Pkwy SW, Wyoming, MI, 49509, United States

Hosted By: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce


Event Details: Breakfast with LegislatorsBreakfast with Legislators events provide Chamber members and their employees the opportunity to establish relationships with key decision makers and voice opinions on issues moving forward in Lansing. Networking and facilitated question-and-answer sessions offer firsthand information on upcoming legislation and House and Senate committee activities, prompting great dialogue between legislators and Chamber members.


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Probate Section Virtual Seminar - Uniform Power of Attorney Act

Date: Monday, March 4 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Last Updated: January 31st, 2024

Location: Meeting held via Zoom

Hosted By: Grand Rapids Bar Association


Event Details: Probate Section Virtual Seminar - Uniform Power of Attorney ActLearn more athttps://www.grbar.org/?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=278713Description:The Probate Section invites you to join your colleagues at its upcoming virtual seminar. Kathleen Cieslik of Varnum will be presenting on the recently passed Uniform Power of Attorney Act. This section meeting is free for GRBA Section Members and $20.00 for Non-Members. The Zoom link for this event will be given at least to registered attendees at least 24 hours before the start of the Probate Section meeting. About the Presenter:Estate Planning Attorney Kathleen is a trusts and estates attorney focused on creating customized estate plans for a wide range of individuals and multi-generational families which achieve goals such as tax avoidance, business succession planning and charitable giving. She also provides counsel to individual and corporate fiduciaries regarding the timely and efficient management of trusts and estates, including probate administration when necessary. An experienced litigator, Kathleen also handles controversies and frequently appears in Probate Court to handle both routine and contested matters throughout Southeast Michigan. Experience Routinely represent high net worth clients including leading planning for the second generation of a ultra-high net worth family which utilized various wealth transfer techniques collectively removing over $30M in assets from taxable estates through grantor trusts. Implemented plan which transferred situs of a $25M trust to a favorable jurisdiction which allowed for decanting resulting in the expansion of special power of appointment to allow a client to update her planning to provide for her desired beneficiary. Management of taxable estates, including advice with regard to funding marital trust or family trust, obtaining business valuations and assist accountants with Form 706. Effectively implemented post-mortem trust modification by seeking probate court approval to effectuate a high value specific bequest made orally in close proximity to death. Lead litigation and negotiate resolution on behalf of an irrevocable trust regarding decades of unprepared marital trust accountings following the surviving spouse’s death. Honors and Recognitions Best Lawyers in America®, One to Watch, Trusts and Estates, since 2021 Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Trusts and Estates, 2023 Professional Affiliations State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section Oakland County Bar Association Presentations Behind the Curtain: What Goes On in Charitable Estate Planning, Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan, June 2022 Drafting an Estate Plan for Estates Under $5 Million, ICLE, Spring 2022 Taxes and Estate Planning: Where Do We Go From Here?, ICLE, Fall 2022 Your registration is not complete until you select the green "Complete Registration" button. After selecting your rate, you must press "Continue" and "Complete Registration" to finalize registration. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please double check enrollment was completed. Schedule:Monday, March 4, 2024Location:Meeting held via ZoomRegistration will be verified for the event. Participants not registered will be sent an invoice after the program ends if applicable. 


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Independent Living Workshop Series

Date: Monday, March 4 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Last Updated: February 14th, 2024

Location: Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports & Inclusion Center, 160 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548

Hosted By: Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan


Event Details: This series is geared toward teens and adults seeking information on everything from finances to relationships to internet safety. The schedule of topics will be released soon, so remember to frequent our social media and newsletter. Each workshop will be taught by an expert in that particular week’s topic. Our first installment of this workshop will be a social gathering to practice communication skills and goal setting on January 22nd. Join us every Monday to increase independence, build relationships, and expand the power of your advocacy! Register here!  Inclement Weather PolicyDSAWM’s severe weather policy follows that of Kentwood Public Schools. This means that if Kentwood Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, the DSAWM office will automatically be closed and all programs will be cancelled as well. Program cancellation will be posted on the DSAWM website calendar and Facebook. Time permitting, program participants will also be notified by email or phone.


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CTC Therapeutic Play and Learn Group

Date: Monday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Last Updated: February 1st, 2024

Location: Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports & Inclusion Center, 160 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548

Hosted By: Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan


Event Details: Mondays from February 5 to March 46:00 pm to 7:15 pmDSAWM Office – PlayroomAges 5 and younger Join DSAWM and Comprehensive Therapy Center for free Therapeutic Play and Learn Groups hosted at the DSAWM office in our playroom! At the playgroups, you can expect: Therapist-led play activitiesOne-on-one time with dance-movement therapistsOccupational therapists and speech-language pathologistsPlay and learn kitsFree booksSnacksRegister HERE! Email [email protected] if you have any questions about this program.   Inclement Weather PolicyDSAWM’s severe weather policy follows that of Kentwood Public Schools. This means that if Kentwood Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, the DSAWM office will automatically be closed and all programs will be cancelled as well. Program cancellation will be posted on the DSAWM website calendar and Facebook. Time permitting, program participants will also be notified by email or phone.


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Shape Up

Date: Monday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Last Updated: February 1st, 2024

Location: Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports & Inclusion Center, 160 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548

Hosted By: Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan


Event Details:   MondaysDSAWM Building Studio6:00pm to 7:30pm12+ Join us for another season of Shape Up! Shape Up is a health and exercise program for teens and adults to stay active this fall and winter. Each class will consist of a 45 minute lesson on nutrition and healthy choices, followed by 45 minutes of fun aerobic workouts and strength training. Registration is open HERE! Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Inclement Weather PolicyDSAWM’s severe weather policy follows that of Kentwood Public Schools. This means that if Kentwood Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, the DSAWM office will automatically be closed and all programs will be cancelled as well. Program cancellation will be posted on the DSAWM website calendar and Facebook. Time permitting, program participants will also be notified by email or phone.


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City Commission Meeting

Date: Monday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Last Updated: June 10th, 2023

Location: Commission Chamber - 750 Lakeside Drive SE East Grand Rapids MI 49506

Hosted By: East Grand Rapids Community Center


Event Details: https://www.eastgr.org/calendar.aspx?EID=3157


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