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Rock The Rapids to feature 80-foot ferris wheel, alligator wrestling, and more

Rock The Rapids to feature 80-foot ferris wheel, alligator wrestling, and more

Rock The Rapids, presented by Miller Brewing, Grand Rapids’ Original Music Festival, will be more than a weeklong lineup of the nation’s best concerts, it will also feature a collection of rides and entertainment that includes an 80-foot Ferris Wheel, a rock climbing wall, snake charmer, sword swallower, contortionist, ice carving, face painting and a wrestling match between a man and an 8-foot, 400 pound alligator named Chub.

“We are excited that we can bring a diverse lineup of music and entertainment to downtown Grand Rapids,” said Denny Baxter, founder of Rock the Rapids. “This is just a great opportunity to showcase downtown Grand Rapids and open the streets to every kind of music, entertainment, food and fun imaginable.”

The musical lineup for the festival features:

GRPS Back-to-School Celebration

GRPS Back-to-School Celebration

Visit the Grand Rapids Public Schools website for additional information.

Estella C. Dokes Community Day Extravaganza this Saturday

Estella C. Dokes Community Day Extravaganza this Saturday

The GDT Estella C Dokes Renal Food Bank was established to provide for the special nutritional needs of low-income kidney and other related diseases (diabetes and hypertension) patients. We are focused on being more than just a provider of food, but we are geared toward bringing education to create awareness and prevention.

During the month of July, we will be hosting our annual Estella C. Dokes Community Day Extravaganza on Saturday July 14, 2011 from 11pm-2pm. It is one of the many ways we strive to give back to the community and make a difference. Throughout the month we will be offering health care information, and many more opportunities to be educated on prevention and awareness.  We will have food, games, prizes and many other exciting activities for all ages to enjoy.

Local church is hosting fundraiser for Church Dub 2012

Local church is hosting fundraiser for Church Dub 2012

CASCADE, MI – News Release:  Grand Rapids Church Dub 2012

June 30, 2012

Genesis United Methodist Church

1601 Galbraith St

Grand Rapids, Mi 49546

12:00 Noon

Faith Fest is the first annual celebration of Faith for all of Grand Rapids.  A time for members of the community to come together and bless the community in which we live and express our faith through music, food, and fellowship.

Faith Fest 2012 is benefiting the filming and production of Church Dub 2012- a lip dub production being filmed downtown Grand Rapids as an expression of Faith. 

This press conference is to unveil the plans for Church Dub 2012 as the largest “Expression of Faith” our community has ever seen.  On August 12 be will be bringing together people of all denominations, all faiths, all races, ages, genders, and more- Simply put- All of our city in one all-inclusive video production. 

During this press conference the

Habitat for Humanity receives $1.8 million dollar loan to build 10 Kent County homes

Habitat for Humanity receives $1.8 million dollar loan to build 10 Kent County homes

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is one of 10 Habitat affiliates nationwide to share $20 million of New Markets Tax Credits.  Habitat of Kent County's share will be $1,880,000 in Qualified Low Income Community Investment (QLICI) loan from CEI Capital Management.

The money will be used to build 10 homes in a distressed area of Kent County.  According to a news release, the homes must be in an area where poverty rates are between 25.9% and 40.6% and unemployment is 1.45 to 3.71 times the national average.

The homes will range in size from 1230 to 1530 square feet and be completed between now and December of 2013.

You can find out more information at HabitatKent.org.

One-Day Outdoor Book Festival, BookFest, Offers Family Fun

One-Day Outdoor Book Festival, BookFest, Offers Family Fun

The Grand Rapids Public Library will host an all day book festival, BookFest, on June 2, 2012 in conjunction with Festival of the Arts. The event runs from 10 am to 5:30 pm in front of the Main Library – 111 Library St NE and is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation.

The outdoor stage will feature musical performances, author appearances and a poetry slam. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character and join the Storybook Parade led by PBS Kids characters Super Why and Princess Presto. The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be on hand to help kids make a costume if they do not have one.

Archery added to Kroc Center summer activities

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has added 19 new program classes this summer. Enrollment is now open and new classes begin June 11.

Intro to Archery is one of the new classes being offered for ages 7+ at the Kroc Center this summer and will cover archery safety and terminology, followed by hands on practice at the range.  Other new classes include Art & Nature, an outdoor art class for youth and Climbing for Kids which give youth an opportunity to learn basic climbing and bouldering wall techniques. Also new this summer, adult co-ed softball and volleyball leagues and youth tennis, soccer, and day camps.

Dance classes for adults are another new feature at the Kroc Center this summer. Couples can learn dance styles such as the salsa, waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, and line dancing.  Another option for dancers is a beginner’s level dance class that will teach jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, and ballet.