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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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East Grand Rapids Reeds Lake Clothesline Arts Fair This Saturday

This is one art fair you do not want to miss.  It's the perfect setting just off of Reeds Lake, with lots of bars and restaurants close by.  You'll find something for all prices plus you always get a nice variety of art.  There are wood works, pottery, oil paintings, watercolors, textiles, jewelry and everything else in between.  Another perk is you'll have the opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about the pieces you purchase.

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West Michigan’s Wine-A-Palooza Is A 3 Day Wine Tasting Event June 15-17

Have you ever lived in a city this size with so much going on?  Especially during the summer, weekends are jam packed with something to do.  Some are family friendly and some are more adult oriented.  This is one of those!

Wine-A-Palooza is a three day wine tasting event that starts on June 15th and runs thru the 17th.

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Michigan’s “Jim Crow Museum”, In Big Rapids Showcases Largest Collection Of Racist Artifacts

Back in the day, there were plenty of strange, racist artifacts that you would never see these days. And one man has decided to showcase them.

Well, if you have only read about such things or watched them in movies now is your chance to see what early America was really like, the full picture.  It will help you understand a bit more of how we got to where we are today and maybe help you understand that racism in many forms is still alive.

Big Rapids has a new museum but be prepared, it's not for the faint of heart.

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Where’s The Crime In Your Grand Rapids Neighborhood? Find Out NOW!

I was on www.wzzm13.com 's website today and saw this cool new feature they have.  It's called Spot Crime! If you live in the Grand Rapids area you can type in your zip code and various crimes that have occurred in your area show up on a map.  They include, arrests, burglaries, shootings, arson, theft, assault, robberies, vandalism and other.

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Pow Wow Fun At Grand Rapids Riverside Park This Weekend

This is a fun family event that children of all ages will thoroughly enjoy.  There's music, colorful costumes, crafts, dancing,  and food!  It's all a part of the 33rd Annual Homecoming Of The Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow!

Check out everything you'll need to know after the jump!

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West Michigan Farmers Markets Open

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is officially open!  A couple weeks ago  the Holland Farmers Market is opened and I found a list of various Farmer's Markets in our area that you can visit both during the week and on weekends too.

I'm trying to eat more and more local, and it's easy with all of the farmers' markets right here in West Michigan.

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School’s Out For Summer Grand Rapids

Will Smith did a song called Summertime, it was that song from the 90's that celebrated being out of school for the summer.  Then there was that old song Alice Cooper sang called, School's Out. And all of the nonsensical songs that kids just make up the words to that celebrate the end of another school year. I remember those days.  I would mark them off on my calendar until vacation was here!

Well, it's just about that time again mom, so Brace Yourself! One week away, and counting down the days until June 8th.  According to the Grand Rapids Public School System calendar that is the official end of the school year.

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Grand Rapids Singer Writes A Special Song For His Sister Who Was Diagnosed With Autism

His name is Chas Burtchett, and I first met him and heard him sing at the Autism Support of Kent County Walkathon a few weeks back at Kuiper College.  I've been hosting the event for the past 5 years or so.  Chas was telling me and some of the others, about his sister who was diagnosed with Autism.

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John Ball Zoo Adds Funicular Cars, Funicular? It Sounds Like Fun!

Funicular, now there is a word I have never heard before.  At first I thought it may have been a made up word.  But no, it's for real.  Funicular: is a motorized tram on a track and it just came to the John Ball Zoo.

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Think The Potholes Are Bad Now? Study Shows Grand Rapids Roads Getting Worse

Driving down Hall Street and dodging all the potholes gets me to thinking.  I wonder if maybe one day while driving home from work, my car and me might just disappear into one of those big potholes, falling deep into the dark abyss of the earth, only to resurface in China.   They just seem to gobble you up, don't they?   Seriously, at the very least they do an enormous amount of damage to the front end of cars, tires and alignments.

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Festival Of The Arts June 1st, 2nd and 3rd At Grand Rapids Calder Plaza

What's your favorite part of Festival Of The Arts.  In the past I've heard people joking that its name should be changed to Festival Of The Food because there is so much of it there.  Talk about arousing your sense of smell.  Festival offers it all up!  Whether you are looking for Italian, German, Vegetarian, Ribs,  Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc., you can find it all at Festival!

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