• 20 Apr 2009 7:00 AM | Dana Reynolds

    The next installation of Super Happy Fun Time Burlesque is THIS Thursday, April 23rd at the Park Theater in Holland.


    Discount Tickets for this event are available for HYP members ($8/ea) - please contact Jen Pider at 616-717-0048 or




    The public’s mind wanders rightly into the gutter.


    This is art. Art is a good thing.


    It’s the medium in which the artist reflects the viewer back at themselves. When you see this girl on stage taking off her clothes, what does that inspire in you? Do you look at that body and the context in which it’s presented? Do you think of it as beautiful, humorous and zany, or does it inspire deviance, guilt, shame or desire?


    Who cares? This is burlesque, baby, this is a good time!!


    Burlesque is an underground movement sweeping the nation. Every city from Salt Lake to LA boasts burlesque revivals happening weekly at clubs and theaters. Burlesque stars such as Dita Von Teese spearhead national campaigns for products like Revlon and national TV shows such as NBC’s Americas got Talent.


    Composer and Saxophonist Corey Ruffin, aka Mr. Happy Pants, leads Michigan’s part in the vaudeville and burlesque revival as host and bandleader for the nationally renowned burlesque troupe based out of Grand Rapids, Super Happy Funtime Burlesque.


    In a typical 2 hour Super Happy Funtime Burlesque show, the audience members see the finest (and sexiest) Michigan performers in an unrestrained and over the top show that will leave them laughing and begging for more! Glass Walking, Hula Hooping, Stilt Walking, Fire, Aerial Acrobatics, Live Jazz, Magic, Illusion, Stand Up Comedy, Costumes and Striptease.


         Our naughty musical sexy comedy is a regular sell-out in 400 (or more) seat venues such as the Wealthy Theatre and the Intersection Lounge in Grand Rapids, Bell’s Beer Garden and Poppa Pete’s in Kalamazoo, Park Theatre in Holland, Acorn Theatre in Three Oakes, The Ritz in Warren, the Inside Out Gallery in Traverse City and many more.


    With a 25 member cast, a 8 piece avante gypsy jazz rock band, an unforgettable MC who keeps the evening rolling and audience laughing, multi-media, comedy sketches, music, magic, fire-eating/spinning, contortion, juggling, 100% original acts created by local talent this show is a STEAL at $15 advance, 20 DOS. (doors at 7:30 pm)


    The audience will confidently resound ‘My town is quirky, hip and edgy. It’s cool; it’s fun to live in!’


    Register to win Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Show tickets at

  • 20 Apr 2009 6:57 AM | Dana Reynolds

    Saturday, April 25th

    Twelve different locations.
    Twelve different bands.
    All in Downtown Holland!

    Walk or take the GrooveXpress to any or all locations. Drink specials. Free snacks. And great bartenders! Just purchase a wristband in advance or at the door to experience the coolest night of live music Downtown has ever seen! From 9:00 pm to 1:00 am.

    Wristbands go on sale Friday, April 10 at New Holland Brewing Co. Restaurant & Pub and the Curragh Irish Pub. $7.00 each if purchased in advance and $10.00 each if purchased the night of the event. Wristbands will be available for sale at all locations beginning at 8:30 pm the night of the event.

    Feel like taking it easy? Still want to hear some awesome bands? You can get into Lemonjello’s and JP’s wrist-band free! Both coffee shops will feature live music from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

    You won’t want to miss it! (Trust us…) Visit for more information or join the Downtown Holland GrooveWalk group on Facebook!

  • 20 Apr 2009 6:56 AM | Dana Reynolds
    Giving for Good online auction hosted by Good Samaritan Ministries to raise support for the Clearinghouse program. Online auction runs April 13 - 26, 2009. Unique, unusual and everyday comfort items in all price ranges. Money raised from the auction supports the Clearinghouse - the point in our community where families in need get connected with agencies who serve, and individuals and churches who care. Families are helped with housing, employment, transportation and emergency financial assistance. Support GSM's 40 year history of impacting the community!
  • 20 Apr 2009 6:53 AM | Dana Reynolds

    On Saturday, April 25th, come and join the community in cleaning up the neighborhood for Spring!

    There will be lots of general yard clean-up, tree planting, various landscaping projects, etc. We'll fire up the grill for lunch and cookout together. Come for an hour or come for the day. The event runs from 9am to 3pm and there will be people around 433 Columbia Ave all day who can assign you to a team. Bring shovels, rakes, etc. if you have them.

    Email Brant @ with questions or if you plan to make it out!

  • 20 Apr 2009 6:31 AM | Dana Reynolds

    When: Tuesday, April 21 - 5-9pm

    Where: LaDuke Studios of Photography 714 Michigan Ave Holland MI 49423

    Why: To create awareness and underwrite literacy development for Africa's youth.

    The event is free. Attendees will have the opportunity to give a one time $7 donation that will sponsor a child's participation in VOX United's South African Literacy Program for one year.

    For more information, please call 616-396-2990

  • 02 Apr 2009 5:44 PM | Nathaniel Volkema

    Christina Hinkle pic.jpg

    Name: Christina Hinkle

    Age: 24

    Company:  Target Corporation

    Occupation: Executive Team Leader

    How long have you lived/worked in Holland?  Less than a year

    What besides being HYP do you like to do (Hobbies)?

    Sports, Shopping, Music, Spending time outdoors.


    What do you like best about HYP, or if you’re a new member, what drew you to HYP?  I found HYP on the web because I knew I was moving to Holland and wanted to find a group of young professionals to meet and  get involved with.


    Our President, Mr. Hill, is a funny guy; he’d like you to tell us a joke.  He’s always looking to add to his own collection.  

    Hmm… I’ll have to get back to you on that one.


  • 31 Mar 2009 5:10 AM | Dana Reynolds

    West Ottawa Public School
    Performing Arts Center, Harbor Lights
    1024 136th Ave.  Holland, MI 49424
    4:00pm — 5:30pm

    Wednesday, April 1


    Author of "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball"

    Kevin Carroll   is an author, speaker, and agent for social change. With his effervescent energy, wit, and humor, Kevin helps people harness the power of sport , creativity and play as a vehicle for chasing and achieving their dreams.


    The Holland Area Arts Council, who is sponsoring this event, is offering a great discount for HYP members.  When purchasing your tickets make sure to note you are a member of Holland Young Professionals.

  • 31 Mar 2009 4:56 AM | Dana Reynolds

    Have you heard the latest?  Mother Earth loves a good martini.

    Visit CitySen Lounge, located on CityFlats Hotel's main level, on Thursday, April 2nd for the monthly gathering of Green Drinks Holland — a group of eco-conscious social butterflies who love to meet, mingle, and make merry. The environment, architecture, design, and social causes are just a few topics open for debate at 5:30 on the first Thursday of each month — although there is nothing on the agenda except for fun. Exclusive appetizers and drinks will also be available your savoring and sipping pleasure.

  • 16 Mar 2009 12:21 PM | Dana Reynolds
    In a time when the needs of children are greater than ever, you can help the Holland Junior Welfare League change the lives of children in the Holland/Zeeland community through the funding of crucial children's programs.
    Join the Holland Junior Welfare League on Saturday, April 18th at 7:30pm for their annual BitterSweet Fundraiser to benefit children in our community. Enjoy a selection of beer from New Holland Brewing Co. and tasty treats from Holland’s finest eateries while trying your luck at the fantastic live and chance auctions.
    For more information, please visit
  • 06 Mar 2009 9:58 AM | Barry Rice
    The Faith in Youth Partnership/AmeriCorps through Good Samaritan Ministries, is presenting a fundraiser to benefit the Faith in Youth Collaborative (FIY) and AmeriCorps.
    The FIY serves over 400 at risk Middle school youth- homeless, low income and suspended youth with mentoring, after school activities and leadership/civic engagement.

    Tickets are: $20/person available at the following location
    Calvary Reformed Church, Hardewyk Ministries/Neighbor's Plus, Maple Avenue Ministries/Cornerstone, Rose Park reformed Church, The Bridge Youth Ministry, Urban Youth Ministries and Good Samaritan Ministries.

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