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The Eastown Community Association is partnering with Eastown Ministries this season to collect and distribute items to boys and girls in Eastown that are in need.  If you are a business in Eastown and would be willing to be a drop off point, please let Courtney Burrows know by contacting her at 616-710-9372.  If you are willing to donate toys, please have them at the ECA Office before December 17, 2013.  Thanks!

Donations Needed:
Family:
- Family movie/popcorn
- Gift cards
- Markers/crayons
- Children’s books

Baby:
- Diapers/wipes
- Bottles
- Onesies

Boys (Ages 5-17):
- Socks/underwear
- Slippers
- Sweatshirts
- Boots

Girls (Ages 5-17):
- Colorful socks/underwear
- Clothing
- Tank tops for under clothes
- Leggings for warmth
- Slippers
- Boots

Older Youth:
- Bus passes: single/10-ride
- Shampoo/conditioner appropriate for African American hair
- Body spray/perfume
- Feminine hygiene products

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As many of you may have seen, the Hub Lot in Eastown has received a makeover thanks to the City of Grand Rapids, The Black Cats, Billy’s/Mulligans and also the hard work of a few people.  The EBA and ECA had to come up with 10% of the project cost and we’re still a little short so Lyndi of Billy’s and Mulligans is stepping up again to hold a fundraiser.  The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm at Billy’s Lounge and will consist of $3 pints of Sam Adams Winter Lager and an ugly sweater contest!  More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page.

Also, if you want to help spread the word by letting people know and also changing your facebook profile image to the image above, that would be awesome!

Congratulations to the Cakabakery for winning the award for Outstanding New Business at the 24th annual Neighborhood Business Awards this past Thursday!  Congrats to all the Neighborhood Business Awards Winners!

It’s that time of year again!  Come join us in Eastown on December 5, from 4-10pm for a special night in Eastown and throughout Uptown.  Just some of the activities and participants planned:


Terra GR - Hot apple cider and fresh doughnuts on the patio. Food and beverage specials inside and 10% off entire bill with receipt from another Uptown business dated 12/5/13.
Sydney’s Boutique - Holiday food/desserts and a Christmas ornament with purchase.
ACK All City Kicks - Live music, refreshments, and discount prices on selected items.
Foot Outfitters - Drawing for free pair of Birkenstocks, food and drink, meet a Birkenstock rep! Free socks with purchase of regular priced shoes. Free Birk gift with Birkenstock purchase.
Eastown Antiques - Food, drink, music, FUN!
Smitty’s - Sample Michigan crafted New Holland Liquors including their Beer Barreled Bourbon. Guests can also warm up with a free cup of local coffee made by Ferris Coffee while they check out our Michigan Made Craft Beer Specials.
Eastown Business Association - Hot Cider and Cocoa, Santa and more at the Hub Lot.


For more information, check out the facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/416313721802720/

Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Citizen Foresters in helping to maintain trees across the City. Throughout the year, we host a variety of opportunities to shrug off a day at the desk and spend some time outdoors enjoying sunshine, nature, and a bit of elbow grease.

The businesses and people of Eastown have agree to host us to help prune and maintain trees within the business district. Many of these trees have low branches, and we’d like to trim them up a bit to promote better growth and for pedestrian safety.

We’ll meet at Spirit Dreams at 4:30p to kick things off. However, you’re welcome to show up late or leave early; work as much as you want. Every bit helps. We’ll wrap up around 6:30p as it starts to get dark.

What: Maintain some Trees
Where: Spirit Dreams in Eastown
When: October 23, 4:30p-6:30p
Why: Trees need love.
Who: Citizen Foresters and interested volunteers.
How: We’ve got the tools and expertise. Luckily, the trees are already there waiting for us!

RSVP to Lee (389 4687 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to let us know you’re coming. If you’re interested in earning mygrcitypoints sign up at the VOLUNTEER CENTER.

For more info: http://www.urbanforestproject.com/news/event/after-work-tree-time-eastown/

June 20 coming up quick, and we need your help! We’ve got a headliner, but we are looking to fill the rest of the four hours with a variety of events around Eastown. Do you have an idea for entertainment? Or would you like to host something at your location? It can be anything you want, such as an acoustic band in a parking lot, a swing band on a stage with dancing encouraged, or strolling musicians/entertainers on the sidewalk - the sky is the limit.
If you are a retail location, we encourage you to stay open for the event past your regular hours. If you are a bar or restaurant, join the fun by providing a happy hour or late night special! 
Please contact Kelly (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) if you are interested in hosting entertainment by Friday, May 31 . Email any additional details for specials or late-night hours no later than Friday, June 7.