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Love Michigan and Save a Life With a Blood Donation

A Michigan summer is a beautiful thing. So is saving a life.

That is why Michigan Blood is inviting all of us to celebrate both during Michigan Blood’s ‘Love Michigan’ blood drives throughout the state over the Fourth of July weekend, June 30 – July  4.

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New Emojis are Coming to a Phone Near You [Video]

Are you a big emoji user? All those cute, crazy, weird symbols we use in our phone texts and emails. Get ready because more have just come out.

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Tonight is a Summer Beach Bash at The Score for Olivia’s Gift

 

Olivia’s Gift is a first-of-its-kind model for nonprofit residential living that honors the dignity of adults with severe disabilities & offers opportunities to belong in their community. AND THEY ARE GROWING! THEY have purchased a home at 2009 Forest Hill Avenue that will open this summer. So THEY need your help…

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Softball at it’s Best…Priests versus the Media Thursday Night at Fifth Third Ballpark

This Thursday at Fifth Third Ballpark, the game of games will be played.

It's the "29th Annual Let's Go to Bat for Kids" softball game, priests and seminarians versus lots of local media personalities. Who will win? Guess!

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Meijer LPGA Classic - Round One
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Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythfield Country Club is Full of Fun and Food, and Golf, too

This years Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythfield Country Club is one of the most fun events in the West Michigan area. Fourty Three of the top fifty women golfers in the world are here this weekend, and all of the top ten players and money winners are here. What does that mean? You can watch the best women's golf in the world. But, there is more to this years tournament than ever before.

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Looking for a Different Summer Camp Experience? How About Ambulance Camp?

There are lots of innovative summer camp opportunities out there. The traditional camp, the public museum's camp activities, the Humane Society and their camps with animals, and so much more. But, there is another one out there - Ambulance Camp.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum Celebrates Beer

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM), in partnership with Brewery Vivant, is beginning a series of three Beer Explorers classes inspired by the new exhibit Earth Explorers, and in conjunction with ongoing Science Tuesdays programs. Each class will offer a different scientific approach to the brewing and tasting of beer. What not to like, here?

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Free Youth Golf Clinics at Meijer LPGA Classic

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is offering young golfers free, two-hour clinics along with other activities throughout tournament week June 14-19.

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City High Middle School Ranked #3 in the State by U.S. News & World Report

More honors are coming Grand Rapids Public Schools way, this time from U.S. News and World Report.

In February, I reported that Grand Rapids Public Schools City High Middle School has been ranked the #1 high school in the state on Bridge Magazine’s list of “2015 High School Academic State Champs”.

Now, City High Middle school has been ranked the #3 high school in the state of Michigan by U.S. News and World Report. It is the #1 high school in West Michigan and #47 in the nation, according to the report.

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Comedic-Farce “Perfect Wedding” Coming to Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre's intimate setting is the perfect place for their upcoming production of Robin Hawdon’s Perfect Wedding. Starting on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College, the show will run June 3 & 4, 8-11, 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. and June 12 at 5 p.m. 

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National Dance Institute (NDI) Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Annual Gala
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Summer Camp for Your Kids? Try a Summer Theatre Camp

If you’re searching for fun activities for your kids this summer, how about the Van Singel Fine Arts Center for the summer theatre camp scheduled for June 27-30 from 9am to 1pm.

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Senator Dick Durbin Tours New Healthy Lunch In Schools Program
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GRPS Summer Food Showcase to Provide Info about Free Summer Meals

During the school year, thousands of Grand Rapids Public School students are provided with free meals. Meals they might not have if it weren't for the school progam.  But, what happens when school is out for the summer? Do they go hungry? Not to worry, its handled.

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