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Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Sponsors & the Hudsonville Fairgrounds invite the public to a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!

The kick-off of this colorful festival starts at the Ah-Nab-Awen Park located downtown Grand Rapids by the Gerald R Ford Museum on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00pm. Guests have the opportunity, for $1 to walk inside a RE/Max hot air balloon, watch the glow of hot air balloons in the night sky, along with musical entertainment with Picnic in the Park until 10pm.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to the Hudsonville Fairgrounds located at 5236 Park Avenue to experience activities galore on Friday & Saturday.

Friday, July 22 the community can enjoy numerous events from 5pm through 9:00pm and Saturday, July 23, beginning at 6:30am-8:00am (weather permitting) guest can experience Balloon Fly-Ins. Who will win, as pilots fly in the fairgrounds balloon area for a target? Family entertainment returns at 1pm through 9:00pm.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Lunchtime Live Returning to Bronson Park

Lunchtime Live Returning to Bronson Park

Lunchtime Live, a series of City of Kalamazoo sponsored, lunchtime parties that center around Food Trucks in Bronson Park. These events will return this summer beginning Friday, June 12, 2015 and continue throughout the summer ending on September 11, 2015.

Not only will there be Food Trucks but also live music and pop-up retail shops along with other activities.

Marge's Donut Den to Celebrate 40 Years in June

Marge's Donut Den to Celebrate 40 Years in June

Marge’s Donut Den in Wyoming, MI will celebrate 40 years in business on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The well-known bakery is located at 1751  28th St. SW.

Marge’s is open 365 days a year but she does have shorter hours on Saturday and Sunday, only open until 4:00pm instead of 6:00pm.

Stop by and celebrate with Marge on her Anniversary. For inquires or to place an order, call 616-532-7413.

Woodland Mall Opens GARAGE’s First Western Michigan Location

Woodland Mall Opens GARAGE’s First Western Michigan Location

News Release:

GARAGE opened its first western Michigan location inside Woodland Mall. Located in a 3800 square foot space next to Fred Meyer Jewelers, GARAGE is known for its “effortlessly stylish clothing and accessories” including the season's hottest denim, the latest must-have styles and “everyday fashion basics for teen girls and the young at heart within a casually cool, unique shopping space”. With stores across the world, GARAGE is known for its on-trend clothing.  

“We welcome GARAGE as they bring their unique, high-quality merchandise to the western Michigan area, giving Woodland Mall shoppers access to on-trend international products,” says Woodland Mall marketing director Terry Leshuk.

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools is Hiring. They are looking for Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Ed Personnel and Support Staff.

The Job Fair for these positions is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the W. Main Professional Development Center, located at 1627 W. Main in Kalamazoo, MI.

If you would like to pre-register and be considered for interviews on May 12th, please RSVP before May 1st at hivelynl@kalamazoo.k12.mi.us or visit the website at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.