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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 Chamber of Commerce
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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
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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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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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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