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Jazz Trumpeter Rick Braun Headlines Third Annual GRand Jazz Fest August 16-17

Jazz lovers everywhere rejoice. The third annual GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is back. The dates are Aug. 16 and 17 in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Movies in the Park in Downtown Grand Rapids This Friday

This Friday, July 11, is the third night of Movies in the Park 2014 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, in front of the Ford Museum on the Grand River. Sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Friday's movie is Dreamgirls. It's a film about a trio of female singers’ rise to fame during the Detroit Motown era of the 1960s. (Can you say Supremes?)

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#GRFamilyFireworks: Amway Family Fireworks Live Via Twitter, Instagram on 100.5 The River

The Amway Family Fireworks today at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids is more than just fireworks celebrating the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It's music, entertainment, food, frolic and fun, while embracing and feting family, freedom and community.

Share the fun you're having and the festiveness and friendliness you're seeing by using Twitter or Instagram, and posting tweets and pics using the hashtag #GRFireworks, and see it all posted below on 100.5 The River.

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Michael Valdez, ThinkStock
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Independence Day Weekend Fireworks and Activities in West Michigan – 2014

Independence Day weekend will bring many opportunities to celebrate and enjoy fireworks in West Michigan in 2014.

Take a look at our list and have a great Independence Day weekend!

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LaughFest Tries for Another World Record

The nation’s first ever community-wide festival of laughter, Gilda’s LaughFest, announced plans to kick off this year’s festival by inviting the community to help set another Guinness World Record on Thursday, March 6, for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.

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Whitecaps-Nick Castellanos
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Whitecaps Tickets on Sale Saturday at Fifth Third Ballpark Open House

Play ball!

Baseball is just around the corner; really. Spring training and the regular season bring us eternal hope that the snow will be gone and it will be warm!

For the West Michigan Whitecaps, their season will open soon enough, and, yes, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. Construction continues and crews work to restore the first base side of the ballpark from the disastrous fire earlier this year. 

However, Fifth Third Ballpark will be open Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an open house to celebrate the start of individual game ticket sales for the 2014 season.

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Rockford Ice Festival is This Weekend, Feb. 7 – 8

The fifth annual Rockford Ice Festival is this weekend, Feb. 7-8.

The theme for this year’s event is “Putting on the Glitz."

The event kicks off Friday evening, with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. that include a scavenger hunt throughout the weekend. The grand prize for the hunt (a.k.a. The Glitz) will be a prize valued at more than $1,000!

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“JFK: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism” with Jason Duncan at GVSU

Wednesday, December 4th, The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies of Grand Valley State University, presents a keynote address by author Jason Duncan, Chair of History Department and History Professor at Aquinas College.

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Free Child Car Seat Checkup is Today in Muskegon

Safe Kids West Michigan is having a free safety check TODAY, Thursday, September 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Custer Fire Department, located at 2549 E. US 10 in Custer.

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Fallasburg Arts Festival-Dan Mayhew demonstrator
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Annual Fallasburg Arts Festival is Just a few Weeks Away

It began 45 years ago and is still going strong. The Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts is almost here.

LowellArts! is held annually in Fallasburg Park, approximately 20 miles east of Grand Rapids.  Set amid the trees of this historical site, the event features 100 unique fine art and fine crafts booths, food booths, and a children’s craft area.

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Grand Rapids Art Museum Now Free On Tuesdays

A special gift from Meijer has opened a new opportunity for art lovers in West Michigan.

"Meijer Free Tuesdays" means everyone can enjoy free admission every Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Art Museum!

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Ionia Free Fair Fun July 19-28th!

The Ionia Free Fair is this Thursday and will continue through Saturday, July 28th!  The Fair has been a tradition here in Michigan since 1857 and has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Fairs in the nation.

Over the years lots of big names have graced the Ionia Free Fair stage.  Some of the old timers include  Gabby Hayes, Les Paul, Buster Keaton, Sonny and Cher, and world renowned country artists Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Willie Nelson.

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