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West Michigan RV Outlet Show Highlights How RVers Save On Vacations [Sponsored Post]

A new study just out last week shows that recreational vehicle vacations cost less than other forms of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership.

The study found savings of 27 percent to 62 percent for a four-person group and 15 percent to 48 percent for two-person group, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

Narrow down the RV -- or RVs -- to do some vacation travel or camping in by checking out the West Michigan RV Outlet Show, which runs Thursday through Sunday -- Sept. 18 to 21 -- at Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE just off U.S. 131 in Comstock Park.

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ArtPrize 2014: Venue Curators Pick Their Favorite Entries at Other Venues

With 1,536 entries at ArtPrize 2014 a few suggestions on where to go and what to see are welcome.

View suggestions from curators of some of ArtPrize's top venues.

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John Mellencamp Announces ‘Plain Spoken’ Tour 2015 Will Land in Grand Rapids

John Mellencamp announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour beginning in January 2015 throughout the summer. “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including a stop here in Grand Rapids at DeVos Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30 PM. The special guest is Carlene Carter.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum Hosts Movie Premier in October

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced that on Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Museum will be the host venue for the world premiere of the new film “Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson.” The film, produced by 10West Studios and EMC Productions and filmed in Manistee and Muskegon, will be distributed domestically by Pure Flix Entertainment and internationally by The Highland Film Group of Los Angeles. The movie premiere will be a fundraiser for the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and will kick off the institutions month-long celebration of their 160th Anniversary and 20th year at the Van Andel Museum Center.

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Operation Golf with Heroes at Railside Country Club Today

Railside Golf Club, a private golf club located in Byron Center, is hosting Operation Golf with Heroes, a military appreciation event designed to thank local military men and women for their service. The inaugural golf event, presented by Metro Health, is today, Monday, September 8. More than 100 military servicemen and women have already registered for the event.

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Something Odd is Happening in Grand Rapids on September 13

Something odd, indeed, is happening. It's the UICA’s OddBall, presented by Law Weathers Attorneys and Counselors, on September 13, 2014 at 7pm. This is UICA’s signature fall gala, now in its fourth year, kicking off the contemporary arts season in West Michigan with a lively party celebrating UICA’s ArtPrize exhibition Collaboration. UICA's sponsors, friends, and fans will come together to raise funds for its year-round exhibitions and events. Many of the artists representing twenty collaborative ArtPrize entries will be at there with their works, including GR Makers, Aaron Nemec, the Actors’ Theatre, and Micah Silver with the Grand Rapids Symphony. The art installations, decor, entertainment, food and drink will happen on all four floors of UICA's building at 2 Fulton West.

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Spies, CIA, Secret Service and Tales of Espionage at GVSU September 15

Cloak and dagger, spies, tales of espionage in the United States today often revolves around the NSA, Edward Snowden, Wikileaks and the CIA. But in the late 1700s, a tale of espionage and deceitful maneuvering took place that would change the history of the nation and the world

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Labor Fest 2014 Today in Grand Rapids’ Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Hard to believe September is here, isn't it? Seems like the summer went awfully fast.

But here it is, Labor Day. And if you're looking for something to do today, I'd like to point you toward Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids for Labor Fest 2014!

Labor Fest runs from 11 a

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Re/Max of Grand Rapids’ Grand Rapids Balloon Festival Gets Aloft Friday, Saturday in Wyoming

The first annual Grand Rapids Balloon Festival launches on Friday and Saturday.

Twenty-one hot air balloons from across the midwestern U.S., including the iconic Re/Max balloon, are taking part, according to festival organizer Re/Max of Grand Rapids.

The festival includes goings-on starting at 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday on the grounds of the corporate headquarters of Gordon Food Service, 1300 Gezon Parkway SW in Wyoming.

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Grand Rapids’ Grand Crossings Bridge Walk on Labor Day

The yearly Grand Crossings Bridge Walk is set for Monday morning in downtown Grand Rapids.

The walk will start at 8 a.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and will be led by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

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Grand Crossings: Avoid Long Drive And Crowds; Walk Across a Local Bridge Or Two

You don't have to drive four hours and deal with 40,000 people to walk across a bridge on Labor Day.

The Grand Crossings Bridge Walk here in Grand Rapids is low key and less stressful.

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Garfield Park 41st Annual Arts and Crafts Fair on September 6

On Saturday, September 6th, the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA), will celebrate their 41st Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Citywide participants and Garfield Park residents will enjoy shopping and family fun and a variety of other activities at the Arts & Craft Fair. The Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair is one of the largest in West Michigan.

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