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CYC to celebrate young writers, new center

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center is inviting the neighborhood to a summer celebration at their new location on the corner of Wealthy and Eastern.

Creative Youth Center's Summer Celebration

Saturday, June 15

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

758 Wealthy Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI

Side view of CYC's new location.

Side view of CYC's new location. /Michael Walton

Two of the latest CYC publications!  "Does This Book Make My Brain Look Big?" and "Under the Sun"

Two of the latest CYC publications! "Does This Book Make My Brain Look Big?" and "Under the Sun" /Michael Walton

On Saturday, Jun. 15, the Creative Youth Center (CYC) is having a party to celebrate the grand opening of their new location. This gives neighbors and citizens a chance to have fun, check out their facilities and meet the people in the organization helping to get these young writers published.

CYC nurtures creativity in children by helping them learn to write and publishing their work. Lori Slager, executive director of CYC, says the goal of publication makes kids more enthusiastic about learning to write.

"It really gets them to work harder and try harder and make their writing better," she says.

You’ll be able to get a taste of that enthusiasm at the celebration. Students from Alger Middle School will read stories and poems from their recently published magazine, "Beats."

Local author-illustrator Ryan Hipp will be there doing comics and other fun projects with the kids.

There will also be performances by Lady Ace, Punkshuate, Dante Cope, the dance group Aerial Tactic and the Diatribe. Food and drink will be provided.

CYC's new building is the former Literary Life Bookstore, 758 Wealthy Street SE at the corner of Wealthy and Eastern. The event will be in the back parking lot, which is off Eastern Avenue. The celebration runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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