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List of Roads Closed and Parking Meters Unavailable During Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts is Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 in downtown Grand Rapids.

Thousands will enjoy music, food and the arts this weekend, but Festival also brings multiple road closings in Grand Rapids.

See when and where roads will be closed and parking will be restricted this weekend in Grand Rapids.

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Grand Rapids’ Blue Bridge Will Light Up Orange Thursday Night for Gun Violence Awareness Day

The iconic Blue Bridge downtown Grand Rapids will light up orange tonight in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, MLive reports. 

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Best Activities for Kids at Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts

The 47th annual Festival of the Arts is this weekend in Grand Rapids! Festival begins at noon on Friday and runs until 6PM on Sunday.

There is a lot for kids at Festival, but little legs can get tired quickly. Not to mention stroller-pushing arms. It's best to plan ahead.

Take look at our guide for kids and enjoy Festival 2016!

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Rock the Block Street Festival is fun for Whole Family

Saturday, June 11, is the day, and Grand Rapids’ Madison Square neighborhood is the site for the sixth annual Rock the Block (RTB) Street Festival hosted by LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.

The community-wide event will have activities for families and children, food stands from local restaurants, a street market, a resource fair and live entertainment from hip hop group, Dead Prez. The duo will perform on LINC’s RTB main stage from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Additional live entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. and run throughout the day including local singing groups, dance and step troupes and fitness exercises.

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Man Shot Himself at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital Downtown Grand Rapids

UPDATE: Police say the 26-year-old man who shot himself outside of Spectrum Butterworth Hospital has died. The man left a suicide note indicating he had a "parting gift" for police. Police are investigating  a suspicious package near the scene.

A man has shot himself outside the emergency room at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital downtown Grand Rapids, Fox 17 reports.

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St. Cecilia Music Center Drops Out of ArtPrize, Artist Registration Extended to June 9

Today, ArtPrize announced they are extending artist registration for ArtPrize Eight by one week after St. Cecilia Music Center pulled out of this year's competition.

The new artist registration deadline is June 9 at 5PM. Connections are extended through June 23 at 5PM.

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Zippy Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Zippy the dog came calling today.

Yes, Zippy visited with Andy Rent as he talked about her on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Grand Rapids Children Will Have Free or Reduced Cost Meals This Summer

Summer should be a time of fun, exploration and relaxation, for school children in Grand Rapids. But, for many, summer also means they are left without the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and thrive. Across the country more than 21 million children lose access to free or reduced-cost meals once the school year ends, and it could be the case for nearly a thousand in Grand Rapids, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Free Youth Golf Clinics at Meijer LPGA Classic

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is offering young golfers free, two-hour clinics along with other activities throughout tournament week June 14-19.

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New Ride Share App To Debut In Grand Rapids

Tired of Uber surge charges that add to the cost of your ride? So is James Matthews. That's why he's debuting a new ride share app in Grand Rapids called SteadyFare. 

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Bodycam Footage Of GR Police Officer Arresting Suspected Bank Robber [Video]

Earlier this month, Sgt. Tom Warwick of the Grand Rapids Police was walking to the Kent County Courthouse when he walked right into a man walking out of a bank in a hurry. It turns out the guy allegedly had just robbed the bank with a pistol.

Here's the official Police bodycam footage of the arrest being made.

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See Where AT&T Made Upgrades in Grand Rapids in 2015

AT&T reports they invested more than $150 million in Grand Rapids wireless and wired networks from 2013 - 2015.

The improvements enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance. They also improve services that support public safety and first responders.

See where the improvements were made in 2015.

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