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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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PHOTO: City of Grand Rapids
PHOTO: City of Grand Rapids
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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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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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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
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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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