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Grand Rapids Balloon Festival on Instagram [Photos]

The first year of the Grand Rapids Balloon Festival brought fun and memories.

Crowds enjoyed getting up close to more than 20 hot air balloons and many shared their experience on social media.

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Courtesy UICA
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Something Odd is Happening in Grand Rapids on September 13

Something odd, indeed, is happening. It's the UICA’s OddBall, presented by Law Weathers Attorneys and Counselors, on September 13, 2014 at 7pm. This is UICA’s signature fall gala, now in its fourth year, kicking off the contemporary arts season in West Michigan with a lively party celebrating UICA’s ArtPrize exhibition Collaboration. UICA's sponsors, friends, and fans will come together to raise funds for its year-round exhibitions and events. Many of the artists representing twenty collaborative ArtPrize entries will be at there with their works, including GR Makers, Aaron Nemec, the Actors’ Theatre, and Micah Silver with the Grand Rapids Symphony. The art installations, decor, entertainment, food and drink will happen on all four floors of UICA's building at 2 Fulton West.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Spies, CIA, Secret Service and Tales of Espionage at GVSU September 15

Cloak and dagger, spies, tales of espionage in the United States today often revolves around the NSA, Edward Snowden, Wikileaks and the CIA. But in the late 1700s, a tale of espionage and deceitful maneuvering took place that would change the history of the nation and the world

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Labor Fest 2014 Today in Grand Rapids’ Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Hard to believe September is here, isn't it? Seems like the summer went awfully fast.

But here it is, Labor Day. And if you're looking for something to do today, I'd like to point you toward Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids for Labor Fest 2014!

Labor Fest runs from 11 a

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Grand Rapids’ Grand Crossings Bridge Walk on Labor Day

The yearly Grand Crossings Bridge Walk is set for Monday morning in downtown Grand Rapids.

The walk will start at 8 a.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and will be led by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

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Courtesy Scott Pellegrom Trio
Courtesy Scott Pellegrom Trio
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Grand Haven’s Walk The Beat: One Afternoon, 40 Venues, 80 Bands, 200 Musicians

By Andy Frisinger and John Sinkevics | Local Spins

Ever catch a rock show at a tire shop? How about a blues band in a lumberyard?

Oddly enough, folks along the lakeshore will have the chance to experience both -- along with one-of-a-kind musician-business pairings -- on Saturday when Ottawa County’s Walk The Beat will host 80 artists at 40 locations in Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.

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Courtesy Downtown GR
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Grandwich 2014 Contest Announces Top 10

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Neighborhood Ventures announced the top 10 finalists who will compete to win the title of Grandwich 2014.

On July 8, over 30 restaurants entered their sandwich creations into a competition to determine the best Grand Rapids sandwich of 2014

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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Summertime Hits with Grand Rapids Symphony at D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops [Audio]

It's "Summertime Hits" tonight and Friday night, July 24 and 25, at the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with the Grand Rapids Symphony!

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Byron Township Little Leaguje
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Michigan State Little League Championship: Byron Township vs. Midland [Live Stream Video/Updates]

Michigan Little League State Final: Byron Township vs. Midland on WZZM-13

 

Byron Township versus Midland in the Michigan state Little League (Majors) tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds hosted by Roosevelt Park on Wednesday, July 23.

The game time is 10 a.m., and you can watch the live streaming video right here from our news-gathering partner, WZZM-13.

Go Byron Township!

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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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Alenate, ThinkStock
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Celebration on the Grand’s July 4th [Video]

It's a weekend-long party in Grand Rapids, and it all starts with the 35th annual Celebration on the Grand on Friday, the Fourth of July!

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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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