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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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Grand Rapids Heritage Hill Home Tour Is This Weekend!

It's been moved to the Spring and if this is the first you've heard about it, it's happening this weekend! The Heritage Hills 43rd Annual Weekend Tour of Homes happens Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th.

It's a chance to go back in time as families in the Heritage Hills neighborhood open up their beautiful homes to the public.  Hours are 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Noon to 6 pm on Sunday.

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Master Grilling Cook-Off AND Arts and Crafts Fair, Garfield Park

Summer is just around the corner and besides swimming, yard work, and an increase in outside fun and leisure, let's not forget about grilling!

The Popular Master Grilling Cook-Off is back and is going to be held at the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association's annual Arts and Crafts Fair

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Muskegon & West Michigan Celebrate “Bike To Work” Week May 14 through 18

Muskegon County may have been ranked one of the unhealthiest in Michigan but Ride On Organizers are hoping to have 1,000 riders registered to ride their bike to work the week of May 14-18, 2012.
It's t

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BANG Blow Dry Bar Opens Up In Grand Rapids’ Heartside District

Maybe you thought the same thing when you read this headline, "What is a blow dry bar?" Well, I was reading an article about this new place on Rapid Growth Media's website and it piqued my interest.

It sounds like an interesting concept.  The article talked about reintroducing that time when women used to get their hair washed and styled every week.  When I read that, I thought to myself yes, I remember going to the salon every week with my mom and sitting there waiting for her while all the other pretty women were getting their hair washed, cut and styled, some just getting their hair washed, curled and styled.

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Should Parking Be Free At Celebration Cinema Downtown Grand Rapids?

I hadn't thought about parking much but when I was on mlive.com this morning the headline caught my eye.  Lots of people who live in the downtown Grand Rapids area were pretty excited to learn about the potential of Celebration Cinema opening up a movie theater and entertainment venue on Ionia just south of the Van Andel Arena

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32 Year Old Sheila Wright Fighting Breast Cancer
32 Year Old Sheila Wright Fighting Breast Cancer
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Join Me, Kim Carson, For The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Saturday!

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk happens this Saturday morning at Rosa Parks Circle.  Registration begins at 8am and the walk starts at 9am.  I'll be hosting the walk with Emily Richett from Fox 17 News

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Grand Rapids Fulton Street Farmers’ Market Opens Saturday Morning

The new and improved Fulton Street Farmers Market will officially open at 7:45am for the ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, bright and early!

So whats different?  The market will now feature permanent, covered, open air spaces and a plaza with seating, bike parking, and an overflow area for vendors.  The goal still is to raise enough funds to make the market a year-round building.

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Grand Rapids “Start Garden”…Rick DeVos Unveils The Details

This is just so cool!  You've seen all the signs around town, right?  It's kind of difficult to miss them.  The colorful signs are all over in orange, pink, lime green and blue.  They're posted on doors, windows, inside coffee shoppes, cafes, and restaurants.  Start Garden is coming!  Well, Start Garden is HERE!

This morning at a news conference Rick DeVos unveiled what Start Garden is really all about.

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Join Me, Kim Carson, For The Autism Support Of Kent County Walkathon, Sunday, Kuiper College

Sunday, April 29th, I will be hosting the Autism Support of Kent County Walkathon at Kuiper College noon-3pm!  It's a fun time and there are always some pretty amazing auction items that you can bid on.  In the past they have included getaways to Chicago, the John Ball Zoo, spa visits, massages, gift cards to local restaurants and salons, Whitecaps tickets, Tigers tickets, plus lots of office and business items, too. 

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FREE West Michigan Youth Summit! Kids Invited To “Live Above The Influence”

Grand Rapids is hosting the first ever youth summit and West Michigan youth are being invited to "Live Above The Influence."

Registration is already underway for this FREE April 27-28 Event

WHAT IS IT: It's a two-day, jam-packed teen-driven “Above the Influence" Kent County conference, presented by the Kent County Prevention Coalition.  It is designed to foster positive attitudes and behaviors
regarding life

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