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2014 Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts – Kids Guide

Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts is June 6 - 8.

Make the most of your time downtown with your family and view our highlights for kids at Festival of the Arts in 2014.

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Summer Water Safety: Do You Know The Signs Of A Person Who Is Drowning?

As "summer vacation season" heats up in Michigan, many people will head to the beach, soak up some sun and spend time in the water. But, what if someone - maybe a family member - was drowning?  Would you realize it?  Do you think it would be like what you see on TV or in the movies?

I ran across a fantastic video showing TRUE signs drowning (hint: there aren't many) and thought it was important to share with you

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RECALL: Ford Escape, Explorer, Taurus and Mercury Mariner

Last week, Ford Motor Company announced recall of nearly 1.5 million vehicles (mainly SUV's) because of concerns about steering problems. Here is a breakdown of the vehicles affected:

2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner, 2011-2013 Ford Explorer

The recall is due to a concern about faulty sensors and electrical connections that may cause a loss of power steering.  Although Ford

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Davenport University Grad Gets Do-Over Back Flip on ‘Steve Harvey Show’ [Video]

Bobby Blank, of Holland, became a viral video sensation in April when he face planted while attempting a back flip at Davenport University's graduation ceremonies at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

On Tuesday, he received another chance.

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The B.O.B.’s Liquor License Suspended for 10 Days

WZZM reported in April, that The B.O.B. was sentenced to a 3-day liquor license suspension. The downtown Grand Rapids bar, restaurant, and nightclub tried to appeal that decision. Tuesday, the Michigan Liquor Commission not only upheld the original suspension, but extended it to 10 days. 

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Grand Rapids’ Cheshire Grill and Cherie Inn Ranked A Top 50 Family-Friendly Restaurant

Grand Rapids' Cheshire Grill and Cherie Inn have been ranked as two of the most family-friendly restaurants in the United States by Restaurant.com!

Each year, Restaurant.com releases their "top 50 family-friendl

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100.5 The River’s Summer Vacation Fund $10,000 Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jennifer Melton.

She's won $10,000 in 100.5 The River's Summer Vacation Fund cash contest!

Jennifer was driving when we called her to share the news.

Just imagine getting that call on your way to work, right?

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Grand Rapids Vying Against San Diego, Oklahoma City and Others in Bid for 2017 State Games of America

The State Games of America brings over 10,000 athletes together to compete in dozens of events.

Those athletes and over $5 million of spending could be coming to Grand Rapids in 2017.

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Kent County Free Pre-School

Starting this week in schools, yards, salons and grocery stores, you'll see lots of buzz about Kent ISD free preschool. All of the information is right here.

If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old by October 1, 2014 and want to enroll them in pre-school for fall, you need to act right now

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(Photo by Oli Scarff/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams Crashes Wedding

The setting: a beautiful beach in Miami.  The event: your wedding.  An international tennis star comes to take pictures with you and the wedding party.

The reaction? Smiles and excitement.

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Billie Jean Played On Beer Bottles

Earlier today, I was walking toward the office of an employee.  As I was just a few feet from his office, I heard some sort of (what I call) "snake charmer" music.  As I walked in and gave him a strange look, he said "it's Billie Jean on bottles!"

So, River website surfer, I present to you "The Bottle Boys" doing "Billie Jean

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Michigan DNR Waives Certain Rec Fees June 7 and 8

Who among us is excited about summer? Yep, I figured everyone would raise their hand. And here's some good news for the start of summer recreation season!

The Michigan DNR is waiving fees for some outdoor activities this weekend, June 7th and 8th

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