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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On Sept. 25

There are 1,537 artist entries from 42 U.S. states and 51 countries at ArtPrize 2014, which opened Wednesday. With the combination of a public vote and juried honors, the sixth annual event is awarding $560,000 in prizes.

For the public vote, voting began at noon and round one closes at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4, with the public vote finalists announced at 1 p.m. Oct. 2. Round two voting starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 with winner announced Oct. 9.

More than 13,000 votes had been cast by midnight Wednesday, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations.

Today (Thursday, Sept. 25) is the second day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

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John VanderHaagen
John VanderHaagen
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On Sept. 24

This is the opening day for ArtPrize 2014.

Welcome to the festivities for the sixth annual event, which runs today through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

As ArtPrize relates:
Definitely more of a 'day of events' than a single h

Matt Milhouse
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ArtPrize 2014: Guide for Kids and Families

With large crowds and lots of walking, it's best to plan ahead when visiting ArtPrize with kids.

View our guide for tips on the best events for kids and the best ArtPrize entries to see with your family.

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Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Winners Announced

Restaurant Week was another huge success in Grand Rapids, wrapping up Sunday, with thousand enjoying some fabulous food at over 60 restaurants. I tried several, and I certainly can vouch for some wonderful food.

However, food wasn't the only thing happening. There was the Grand Cocktail Competition, judged by a panel of judges, me included, and a public voting part of the contest as well.

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Photo courtesy of Founders Brewing Co.
Photo courtesy of Founders Brewing Co.
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Founders Brewing’s ArtPrize Beer Mosaic Promise Premieres August 20

ArtPrize begins Sept. 24, but you don't have to wait until next month to enjoy a taste of ArtPrize.

This year's ArtPrize beer, Mosaic Promise, premieres at Founders Brewing Co. on Aug. 20.

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On Tap with Summer Craft Beer Festival 2014 [Photos]

John Ball Park was the venue and craft beers were the main course Saturday.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival poured, played, entertained and fed hundreds from across Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond on a summery afternoon and early evening with sunshine and temperatures creeping into the low 80s.

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Tyler Howe, The Campanellis, Upstage Crew Bring Their Tunes to Summer Craft Beer Festival!

Not only great brews and great food, but great tunes as well are on tap for the Summer Craft Beer Festival on July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids.

Don't miss the live entertainment that will be performing at the fourth Summer Craft Beer Festival! 

Have a listen to all the great bands slated to play!

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Amway Family Fireworks’ Fifth of July: Downtown Grand Rapids Lit Up! [Photos]

Downtown Grand Rapids was lit up for the Fifth of July with the Amway Family Fireworks.

A few thousand people came to Ah-Nab-Awen park to enjoy some food, drink, music, entertainment, activities and, of course, the 20-minute fireworks spectacular!

Music from The Rhythm Aces, Vox Vidorra, and Three's a Crowd performed into the evening, as well as some amazing acrobatics and aerial work from the Daredevil Circus Company!

Then, the sky over downtown Grand Rapids lit up with an amazing fireworks show, to honor all those who serve and protect our freedoms and lives!

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#GRFamilyFireworks: Amway Family Fireworks Live Via Twitter, Instagram on 100.5 The River

The Amway Family Fireworks today at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids is more than just fireworks celebrating the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It's music, entertainment, food, frolic and fun, while embracing and feting family, freedom and community.

Share the fun you're having and the festiveness and friendliness you're seeing by using Twitter or Instagram, and posting tweets and pics using the hashtag #GRFireworks, and see it all posted below on 100.5 The River.

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Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver Visits for Fourth of July Week Leave Through Fly A Soldier Home [Video]

U.S. Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver is currently back home in Greenville, spending a 17-day leave that includes the Independence Day weekend thanks to an unexpected assist.

The 20-year-old soldier flew home June 21 to heartwarmingly -- and unsuspectingly for his mother -- see his parents, Deann and Gary Oliver, at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. He arrived with a welcoming reception from Blue Star Mothers of America and Patriot Guard Riders.

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Re/Max of Grand Rapids’ Family Fun Zone, Hot Air Balloon at Amway Family Fireworks

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

But before that colorful display next Saturday, Re/Max of Grand Rapids' Family Fun Zone from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST at Ah-Nab-Awen park.

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Photo Courtesy of Amway
Photo Courtesy of Amway
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Have a Blast with Amway Family Fireworks on Fifth of July in Downtown Grand Rapids

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies on July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

The 2014 event marks the fourth year of Amway’s title sponsorship of the annual fireworks display.

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