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Since 2013, Deborah and James Fallows have traveled to small communities in every part of the country talking with teachers, business owners, mayors, religious leaders, students, artist, librarians, and others involved in shaping their community’s future.

On July 25 and July 26, the Fallows, co-authors of Our Towns, a 100,000-mile Journey into the Heart of America, will be in Northern Michigan for two special community events, hosted in partnership by Green Elk Rapids and the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Both events will be followed by a book signing with the Fallows.

“We are thrilled to have the Fallows coming to our town,” said Royce Ragland, Green Elk Rapids chair. “Their ability to share their insights and describe the spirit of the places they visited will be an inspiration to our communities and our leaders.”

Green ER is hosting a community conversation at HERTH in Elk Rapids on July 25 at 5:30 p.m. with the Fallows.

The event is free to attend with donations encouraged to support the work of Green Elk Rapids. For more information about this event, visit www.greenelkrapids.org.

The Community Foundation is hosting ‘Gather for Our Towns,’ a keynote presentation and community discussion on Friday, July 26 at 10am at the Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park. Event registrations are $15 per person and event proceeds will benefit the Community Foundation’s FOCUS Fund Endowment, a local impact fund that broadly supports communities across our region. For more information and to register, visit https://bpt.me/4253577.

“The Fallows will share what they learned from communities across the country which, we hope, will inspire attendees to take action and create solutions as we celebrate success in our own towns and strive to build healthy, resilient, thriving communities,” said David Mengebier, Community Foundation president and CEO.

Green Elk Rapids is a local volunteer organization committed to raising awareness of environmental issues. They pursue their mission through collaboration with local organizations such as schools, village government, businesses, and community organizations. Programs have included films, educational forums, nature hikes, student projects, guest speakers, and special community service activities. 


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