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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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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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Courtesy World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
Courtesy World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
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America’s Diplomats Documentary Film Free to the Public This Wednesday at Ford Museum

Here is an exciting opportunity to learn about America's Diplomats, and the U.S. Foreign Service and policy.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15, the World Affairs Council in partnership with the Gerald R...

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Courtesy Amway Family Fireworks
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Downtown 4th of July Amway Family Fireworks to be Bigger Than Ever

All of us at 100.5 The River and our Grand Rapids Townsquare Media family are so excited to be a part of this years downtown 4th of July Amway Family Fireworks. This years event, which will actually be on Friday, July 2, marks the sixth year of Amway’s sponsorship of the annual fireworks display, which promises to be bigger than ever before. As always, they will be at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, on the river in front of the Ford Presidential Museum. Of course, they're free and open to the public.

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Courtesy LINC UP Home
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Rock the Block Street Festival is fun for Whole Family

Saturday, June 11, is the day, and Grand Rapids’ Madison Square neighborhood is the site for the sixth annual Rock the Block (RTB) Street Festival hosted by LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.

The community-wide event will have activities for families and children, food stands from local restaurants, a street market, a resource fair and live entertainment from hip hop group, Dead Prez. The duo will perform on LINC’s RTB main stage from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Additional live entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. and run throughout the day including local singing groups, dance and step troupes and fitness exercises.

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum
Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum
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Free Admission to Grand Rapids Public Museum Offered to Active Duty Military and Families

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016.

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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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Get Heart Healthy and Join in on National Walking Day

National Walking Day from The American Heart Association, is encouraging all of us to lace up and get moving this coming Wednesday, April 6. Whether it’s walking, running, biking, playing sports or joining a class, the goal is getting more active.

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Jonathan Tramontana
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Cathedral of Saint Andrew to Celebrate 24 Hours for the Lord

Catholics in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have the opportunity to participate with Catholics from all over the world during 24 Hours for the Lord on March 4-5 at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in downtown Grand Rapids...

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Food Is Distributed To Needy Denver Families Ahead Of Thanksgiving
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Mel Trotter Ministries Helping Needy Families With Christmas Food Boxes

Mel Trotter Ministries is always there for people in need, and this year, as in years past, one of the biggest needs over the holidays is food.

In the greater Grand Rapids Area, Christmas Food Boxes will be given out to 650 families as part of Mel Trotter Ministries’ Holiday Food Box program.

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Courtesy Mel Trotter Ministries
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Feeding 1,000 West Michigan Families is Mel Trotter Ministries Goal

The Food Drive is ON!

Mel Trotter Ministries is collecting non-perishable foods for its annual Brown Bag Food Drive this fall, and it begins today. The goal is to collect 35,000 pounds of food items that will be used for more than 1,000 Thanksgiving and Christmas meal boxes for Grand Rapids area individuals and families in need. Food collected will also supplement Mel Trotter’s community food pantry.

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New Horizons, Direct from Pluto Mission Manager Speaking at Calvin College Thursday

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA) announced Dr. Thomas Strikwerda, who managed the design, guidance and control teams responsible for the success of the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto this past July, will speak about the mission this Thursday, October 15th in a public presentation at Calvin College.

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