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Biggest Bicycle Rally In Greater Grand Rapids On Friday

Lots of people in the area have been bicycling to work for the last week here in and around Grand Rapids!  I posted about it on The River's website a few weeks ago!  You may have seen a few bikes propped up against an office wall or parked and chained in the front of your office building

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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Van Halen POSTPONES Summer Concerts Including Van Andel Arena[video]

Van Halen has announced that they are POSTPONING summer concert dates including the stop at the Van Andel Arena originally scheduled for July 26th.

I saw Van Halen in concert back when DTE Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan was known as Pine Knob

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Grand Rapids Heritage Hill Home Tour Is This Weekend!

It's been moved to the Spring and if this is the first you've heard about it, it's happening this weekend! The Heritage Hills 43rd Annual Weekend Tour of Homes happens Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th.

It's a chance to go back in time as families in the Heritage Hills neighborhood open up their beautiful homes to the public.  Hours are 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Noon to 6 pm on Sunday.

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West Michigan’s John Ball Zoo & Binder Park Zoo Are Now Officially OPEN

This is the closest many of us will ever get to seeing animals in a somewhat natural habitat.  At least they are protected and won't be hunted down like so many animals in the wild. Rhino's in South Africa were the animals most recently in the news.

So if you want to see animals that are protected, loved, and nurtured we have two zoos in our area that are now officially open.  The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.

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Apple Farmer Says, “We’re Just Growing Trees This Year”

Sad.  That's all I can say I felt when I read this headline on mLive.  Sad.

Apple farmer says, "We're just growing trees this year."

It was the apple farmers greatest fear and honestly it was my greatest fear too, because no one in this country can grow tasty apples like Michigan farmers can.  Well, this season is pretty much a bust for West Michigan apple growers.

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ALERT! Burglaries & Scams Are On The Rise In Grand Rapids & West Michigan

It happened to me recently and thought I'd share it with you.  I was working in the yard recently when it was raining, and three white males walked up my driveway.  They were in their early 20's, all wearing orange caps with white lettering on them, they parked a taupe colored, medium sized car in front of one of the neighbors homes

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Shopping Fresh Michigan Fruits & Vegetables Via West Michigan Cooperative

You probably have friends who have belonged to a food co-op before.  The amount of food you get far exceeds the amount of money you pay for it!  Plus the best part is, is that it is locally grown, fresh and you can follow the source where your food came from

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Obese White Women Shy Away From Colon Cancer Screenings

Research conducted recently show that obese, white, women, are less  likely than normal-weight white women or blacks of any weight or gender to  seek potentially life-saving colon cancer screenings.  The reluctance on their part is particularly serious because obesity is associated  with a higher risk for colon cancer and an increased risk of death from the disease

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Rand McNally Wants To Know What West Michigan Site Deserves A Place On Its Map?

If you live in West Michigan, you already what a spectacular part of the country we live in.  If you don't know that then that tells me you haven't traveled much.

Rand McNally, for those who don't know, is a very famous map maker and they are looking for nominations to include in their Best of the Road contest.  They are looking to identify some of the "best" small towns in the United States of America and they want to include places that travelers might enjoy as well.

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BANG Blow Dry Bar Opens Up In Grand Rapids’ Heartside District

Maybe you thought the same thing when you read this headline, "What is a blow dry bar?" Well, I was reading an article about this new place on Rapid Growth Media's website and it piqued my interest.

It sounds like an interesting concept.  The article talked about reintroducing that time when women used to get their hair washed and styled every week.  When I read that, I thought to myself yes, I remember going to the salon every week with my mom and sitting there waiting for her while all the other pretty women were getting their hair washed, cut and styled, some just getting their hair washed, curled and styled.

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Should Parking Be Free At Celebration Cinema Downtown Grand Rapids?

I hadn't thought about parking much but when I was on mlive.com this morning the headline caught my eye.  Lots of people who live in the downtown Grand Rapids area were pretty excited to learn about the potential of Celebration Cinema opening up a movie theater and entertainment venue on Ionia just south of the Van Andel Arena

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32 Year Old Sheila Wright Fighting Breast Cancer
32 Year Old Sheila Wright Fighting Breast Cancer
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Join Me, Kim Carson, For The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Saturday!

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk happens this Saturday morning at Rosa Parks Circle.  Registration begins at 8am and the walk starts at 9am.  I'll be hosting the walk with Emily Richett from Fox 17 News

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