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Grand Rapids Museums FREE 4 ALL Happens Again This Weekend!

It's time for another Grand Rapids FREE 4 All!  A few months ago we you about the first Free 4 All that happened in January, and I am happy to tell you that it was a GREAT success! All of Grand Rapids was invited to take advantage of FREE ADMISSION to  4 Grand Rapids museums in the month of January. The tally at the end of the the very first Free 4 All was 14,000 people.  The second one was just as successful so here comes number three for the museum Free 4 All!

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ArtFestival/flickr.com
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51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

We're only a few months away from ArtPrize so look at this as the warm up!  The 51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival is this weekend, June 23rd - 24th.  Washington Avenue will be turned into an outdoor art gallery.  There will be lots of local talent and it will also feature art from 150 of the nation's leading artists.  There will also be a Family Day Of  Fun, June 23rd, 10am-2pm, with arts and crafts activities for the kids.   Admission and parking are free and open to the public both days.

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West Michigan Chalk Art Festival 2012 In Byron Center

When I first heard about the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival, or really any event that involves chalk, what person do you automatically think of?  If you were living in Grand Rapids in 2009, Rob Bliss, of course!  Remember Chalk Flood? It's the same thing that happens every time I hear American Pie by Don McLean on the radio, on my iPod, wherever; my mind starts streaming images of the American Pie lipdub video (almost 5 million view so far!).  It's still as brilliant as it was the first time I watched it.  It's poetry in motion.  Kind of strange how big events and good music,  have a tendency of cementing memories inside the brain.

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Today Is Flag Day! How Can You & Grand Rapids Veterans Celebrate?

June 14th, 2012 is Flag Day, so what does that exactly mean?  This is a little story about Flag Day and the celebration of it started...

June 14th is a big day at the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans too!  Today is a day when the veterans come out for the Flag Day All Wheels Show from 6pm -8pm.  They like to reminisce when they see some of the old cars they drove around the streets of Grand Rapids when they were young men and women.

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The Amway Fourth Of July Fireworks Are Back This Year!

Fireworks will illuminate the sky once again this year during 4th of July celebrations at Ah Nab Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids, presented by Amway.

In addition to the fireworks, a parade will kick off the celebration Wednesday, July 4 at 5 p.m.

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Michigan Municipal League (MML)/flickr.com
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East Grand Rapids Reeds Lake Clothesline Arts Fair This Saturday

This is one art fair you do not want to miss.  It's the perfect setting just off of Reeds Lake, with lots of bars and restaurants close by.  You'll find something for all prices plus you always get a nice variety of art.  There are wood works, pottery, oil paintings, watercolors, textiles, jewelry and everything else in between.  Another perk is you'll have the opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about the pieces you purchase.

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walker festival
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Are You Up For The Walker Michigan Bike Parade?

Happy 50th Birthday, Walker!  The Walker Festival is this weekend, June 16th at City Central Park, behind City Hall on Remembrance Road.

Calling all kids ages 12 and under!  Pedal your bike over the the Walker Festival Parade, Saturday morning and learn bike safety, get fitted for helmets, play some Bike Bingo, then join the parade and show off your decorated bike, you can win some great prizes! 

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Pow Wow Fun At Grand Rapids Riverside Park This Weekend

This is a fun family event that children of all ages will thoroughly enjoy.  There's music, colorful costumes, crafts, dancing,  and food!  It's all a part of the 33rd Annual Homecoming Of The Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow!

Check out everything you'll need to know after the jump!

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Festival Of The Arts June 1st, 2nd and 3rd At Grand Rapids Calder Plaza

What's your favorite part of Festival Of The Arts.  In the past I've heard people joking that its name should be changed to Festival Of The Food because there is so much of it there.  Talk about arousing your sense of smell.  Festival offers it all up!  Whether you are looking for Italian, German, Vegetarian, Ribs,  Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc., you can find it all at Festival!

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san francisco green film festival
san francisco green film festival
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Grand Rapids Premieres Feature Length Film “Urbanized”, At Wealthy Theatre

I love architecture!  Recently I sold a number of paintings that were done by architect Frank Lloyd Wright's last apprentice on eBay, his name was Robert Green.  I purchased a number of Robert's paintings from his son Matthew.  I think his paintings were so wonderful because there was just something so  different about them.  Maybe being an architect, that happened to be lucky enough to study under one of the most highly acclaimed architects of all time, may have helped Robert to look at things a bit differently.  I imagine that this feature length documentary will examine all of the aspects of building and how it affects our cities, neighborhoods, landscapes and nature itself.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here’s What’s Happening Around Town

What does Memorial Day Weekend mean to you?  Over the years it has become an occasion, for many,  as a weekend to remember.  Many people visit the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not.   Red, white and blue flags wave over the grave stones and flowers sometimes decorate the grave markers.  It has also become a long weekend devoted to bargain shopping, family gatherings, barbecues, fireworks, and trips to the beach. (Grand Haven and the Lakeshore is usually PACKED on Memorial Day weekend, if the weather in nice.)

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Go Fly A Kite! At The Great Lakes Kite Festival In Grand Haven

Talked to Josh Depenbrok this morning from grNow and he mentioned the Great Lakes Kite Festival.   It took me back to my days in Detroit.  I couldn't wait for the springtime when the wind would start kicking up and I would head over to the church parking lot where there weren't too many overhead wires and I would run as fast as I could to get my kite in the air.  I would make it dip and soar.  I think kids who even spend a lot of time behind a computer screen or in front of the television flying a virtual kite might even enjoy this.

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