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Grand Rapids Begins New Pay As You Throw Trash Program

Grand Rapids has launched its new trash pick program.  The new program will save some residents money, while others will pay more.

Find out how the costs will effect you.

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Wonderful Food at Pietro’s for Restaurant Week

It's Restaurant Week Grand Rapids!  I've been telling you for the past few weeks about Restaurant Week, moved into August this year to take advantage of our great Michigan foods at harvest time.

It's 10 days that over 60 area restaurants create special 3-course meals, and it ends this Saturday.  Most are offering several selected 3-course meals for $25, and some offer 2 3-course meals for $25.

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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 City Pools Open For Summer

Grand Rapids splash pads opened for summer a couple of weeks ago.  Now, we have more options to cool down in Grand Rapids.  Today, three Grand Rapids city pools have opened for summer.

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Here is Where you can see Great Fireworks

Just in case you missed my fireworks post of a couple of weeks ago, I thought it a good idea to repeat it.  I have updated it with the help of  website, www.michiganfireworks.com, so that you'll be able to find a great fireworks show near you.  100.5 The River and all of our TownSquare Media stations have teamed up with Amway to present the Grand Rapids fireworks, but if you're not able to make it downtown, there are still plenty of other locations.

 

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Grand Rapids Restaurant Week Has Moved From November To August

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week has moved from November to August!  I like that!  The weather is still warm, it's a nice break right before the kids go back to school.  November always seemed to be a bit busy what with Thanksgiving and the December holidays.  Experience Grand Rapids VP of Marketing Janet Korn said that last year's Restaurant Week generated between $500,000 and $700,000 in revenue for the 37 downtown restaurants that participated.

The organizers of Restuarant Week Grand Rapids are trying to attract more people from outside of the immediate Grand Rapids area.

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Grand Rapids/West Michigan Home Market Stabilizing

I have a couple friends who are real estate agents and they have been echoing the same thing.  However, I have had a cute little house next door, more than reasonably priced, that has been for sale for over a year now; so these statistics do make me wonder?  But the statisticians say the West Michigan housing market is seeing some healthy signs.  The number of housing listings went down 19% last month. Compare that to an 8% decrease from last year.  So does that mean the houses were actually sold or does it mean they were "rented or leased out"?

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Grand Rapids Splash Pads Are Open

Summer has just begun and we've already had a taste of 90 degree temperatures.  Fortuneatly, staying cool in Grand Rapids just got a little easier.  The City of Grand Rapids has opened its splashpads!

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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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June 22nd Is Take Your Dog To Work Day!

I guess instead of asking you ,"Are you taking your dog to work on Take Your Dog To Work Day?" I should have asked "Can you take your dog to work on Take Your Dog To Work Day?"

June 22nd, is Take Your Dog To Work Day and this is the day that every dog in America gets to see how hard their masters work to put food into their dog bowl, provide shelter over their little heads at night, and always have a fresh bowl of water ready to drink. 

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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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Fireworks on the 4th? They’re Everywhere! Here’s the List!

Fireworks on the 4th of July are as American as Apple Pie and Chevrolet.  Okay, it is our Independence Day, but, come on, you just have to watch a big display of fireworks somewhere.

We thought you'd like this list, as up-to-date as we know at this time.  That way, you and the kids can make your plans early and find an exciting fireworks show near you.

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