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Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Competition Winners to be Announced Saturday

Restaurant WeekGR wraps up this week as the "Grand Cocktail Competition" winners will be announced at an outdoor Bourbon BBQ event at The B.O.B. in Downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 23 at 4:30 p.m. The Grand Cocktail competition is a part of Restaurant Week here in Grand Rapids, which runs through this Sunday, August 24.

Thirty-one restaurants and their mixologists / bartenders / management staff are currently participating.

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Courtesy UICA
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Open Projector Night Showcase Celebrates West Michigan’s Film Community at UICA Friday

This Friday night, August 22, local filmmakers and their fans will come together to celebrate West Michigan’s growing film community at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ (UICA’s) second annual Open Projector Night Showcase. It all begins at 8 p.m.

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President Carter To Visit Grand Rapids for GRCC Diversity Lecture

The 39th President of the United States will be making his way to Grand Rapids for a lecture and book signing.

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The Quilters are Coming…the Quilters are Coming…Next Week in Grand Rapids

American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, are coming back to town next week. The AQS QuiltWeek event here in Grand Rapids will run from August 20 to 23 at the DeVos Place.

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Courtesy Scott Pellegrom Trio
Courtesy Scott Pellegrom Trio
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Grand Haven’s Walk The Beat: One Afternoon, 40 Venues, 80 Bands, 200 Musicians

By Andy Frisinger and John Sinkevics | Local Spins

Ever catch a rock show at a tire shop? How about a blues band in a lumberyard?

Oddly enough, folks along the lakeshore will have the chance to experience both -- along with one-of-a-kind musician-business pairings -- on Saturday when Ottawa County’s Walk The Beat will host 80 artists at 40 locations in Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.

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Sixteenth Annual Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford Is Saturday [Audio]

The 16th annual Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) run/walk and kids' fun run, is Saturday in downtown Rockford.

Proceeds from the benefit go to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a non-profit dedicated to expediting viable treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic disorder that slowly robs those stricken with the disease of their muscle strength.

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Grand Haven’s Farmer’s Market has an Education Station This Morning

The Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Grand haven Farmer's Market today from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a special twist.

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Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
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9/11 Mobile Exhibit Memorial Will be in Grand Rapids September 10 and 11

The “9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit” marking the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will be at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids beginning September 10 through the 11th and is part of the 13th annual Scout Salute and Community Day of Remembrance.

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Courtesy ArtPrize
Courtesy ArtPrize
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WZZM-13: ArtPrize Announces Expert Discussion Changes

ArtPrize has announced some changes to its 2014 critical discourse programming Monday morning.

The art competition's organizers are calling the seven days of discussion an "event within an event."

The newly-expanded discourse sessions are to bring together experts from a number of different fields, including art, design, innovation, urbanism, social equity and technology.

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Free Museum Admission To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Ford Presidency

 

This weekend marks 40 years since Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States.

He took over the presidency after Richard Nixon resigned as a result of the Watergate scandal.

To commemorate this event, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will be free to the public this Saturday, August 9. 

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GRandJazzFest is August 16 and 17

I blogged about this before, but thought I would remind you the third annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is just 10 days away - Aug. 16 and 17.

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Judy Collins - Courtesy Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Judy Collins - Courtesy Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
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A Special Evening Wtih Judy Collins at Civic Theatre [Video]

Friday night, October 17, here in Grand Rapids, you will be able to spend an intimate evening with Judy Collins. That is, you and a few hundred of your close personal friends.

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