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The Cottage Burger gets national attention

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- A Grand Rapids restaurant is getting national attention for its cheeseburger. 

Our partner USA Today has named Cottage Bar and Restaurant one of the 51 greatest burger joins in the nation.  The 83-year old restaurant is the only place in Michigan to make the list. 

A food critic says the Cottage Burger is a show stopper with its rye bun, American and Swiss cheese, chopped olives, lettuce, tomato and smoky mayonnaise.

Announcing added benefit for supporting GPNA

From: http://www.gpnagr.org/

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association is working with business to provide discounts to GPNA paid members. The list of participating businesses will continue to grow over the next year. For a current list click on the link below. Please consider supporting GPNA with your paid membership.

GPNA Business Discount Listing


Fun and frugal family entertainment in Grand Rapids this week

I have a ton of stuff for you to take a look at this week.  Check out my Calendar for a full listing.

Martin Luther King Basketball Courts get improvements thanks to “Work-In” March Madness Fundraiser

From: Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

This Thursday morning, volunteers will be helping to improve conditions in one of our area parks by improving basketball courts at Martin Luther King Park. Many of these courts have not seen improvements since they were installed in 1983.  Funds raised through this Spring’s “Work-In” event will be used for the improvements.

“Work-In” was an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to enjoy the opening round of the March Madness Basketball Tournament last March while working on laptops and portable devises. The event was sponsored by Peppinos Pizzeria, Wondergem Consulting, WBBL and The Image Shoppe, raising $2,500 for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and dedicated to basketball court improvements in area parks. Volunteers will work on Sept 16th to resurface several courts and make other improvements to the basketball courts at Martin Luther

September 11th, 2010 - Back to School Kid Parade

First Ever “Back to School Kid Parade!”West Side leaders make big plansGrand Rapids---The upper west side of Grand Rapids will be filled with colorful bikes and banners Saturday, September 11 as a group of people with deep ties to the community host the first ever Kid Parade to celebrate being Back to School. The idea was hatched by Ed Kettle, Chief of Staff for State Representative Roy Schmidt and long time neighborhood advocate. He enlisted City Commissioner Dave Shaffer and School Board Member Jon O?Connor to help assemble a group to make the event a reality.The Kid Parade will begin at 11am sharp. The parade starts at Westend Street, one block west of Covell Road, and will proceed west on Leonard to the Elk?s Lodge 48 (Highlands Golf Course). Once there the group will offer a brief ceremony to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of Fire and Police professionals on the anniversary date of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.

Fashion's night out Grand Rapids is on the horizon

From: http://www.fashionsnightoutgr.com/

For the second year in a row the world will be celebrating Fashion's Night Out together. It all started last year in New York when the United Council of Fashion Designers of America, American Vogue, NYC & Company, and the City of New York created FNO to help patrons understand the vast industry of fashion and how it helps our economy. Fashion is the largest industry in New York City. The industry employs 175,000 New Yorkers which creates $10 billion in total wages. None of these jobs exist if people don't shop. That is why it was time to make shopping fun again.

Fashion's Night Out Grand Rapids has been in the planning stage for months, but now the time is almost here. On September 10th retail stores around Grand Rapids will come together for the first time in support of one thing, “making shopping fun again”.

Fun and frugal things to do with kids this week!

There is a WHOLE lot going on this week in Grand Rapids!