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Festival of the Arts organizers unveil 2015 poster

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's never too early start thinking about summer 2015 -- and what better way, than talking about Festival of the Arts.

Festival is held every June in downtown Grand Rapids, and celebrates the arts.

Wednesday, we got our first look at the Festival poster created by Pete Kemme. It shows a crowded downtown street, with a mix of people, vendors, and music.

Festival is always held during the first full weekend in June: the 5th, 6th, and 7th this coming year.

Diplomat Pharmacy closing G.R. location

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A pharmacy that caters to patients who need specialized medications is shuttering a West Michigan location.

Diplomat Pharmacy's store on Fulton Street in Grand Rapids is closing.

Diplomat is one of the two largest compounding pharmacies in the area that offers personalized medications. The company, based out of Flint, is not saying much about why it's closing that location on Fulton.

The Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations gave WZZM 13 this short statement Wednesday: "There is a transition plan in place and patient care will not be interrupted."

Mel Trotter Ministries Brown Bag Food Drive begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Every year, the Brown Bag Food Drive asks the community to step up and donate non-perishable food to help make Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes for families in need. The campaign runs October 22 through December 3.

Mel Trotter Ministries' Director of Marketing and Communications, Cindy Smies, stopped by the WZZM 13 News at 5 on Wednesday to talk about the drive.

The goal is to collect 35,000 pounds of non-perishable food items that will be used to fill over 1,200 holiday meal boxes and supplement the food pantry.

Slows BBQ to open in Grand Rapids Downtown Market

GRAND RAPIDS (Detroit Free Press) -- Slows Bar BQ will begin serving its low-and-slow smoked brisket, ribs and pork in Grand Rapids next spring after being selected as the first of only two restaurants to operate in Grand Rapids' Downtown Market, an innovative $32-million facility showcasing local food producers and purveyors.

The choice of Detroit's nationally known 'cue joint was announced by Downtown Market president and CEO Mimi Fritz and other officials in a news conference at the complex this afternoon.

In an interview with the Free Press last week, Fritz said the privately owned, mixed-use market began searching for the right restaurant tenant 2½ years ago, while the building was still under construction; it first approached Slows just two months ago.

No Bullying in Gov. Snyder's Campaign Ads

No Bullying in Gov. Snyder's Campaign Ads

I don't usually get too involved in politics but felt I had to point out the fact that Micigan's present Governor seems to be the only politician that can run a campaign on his merits not by slandering and bullying his oponent. To me, this shows he's a businessman moreso than a politician.

What he says is so true. Anyone who has been in the position Michigan was in a few years ago knows you cannot turn the State around overnight. It's kind of like people who have gained a lot of weight; the weight did not go on overnight so it's going to take time for the weight to drop off with a lot of work and determination.

I for one, admire the campaign Gov Snyder is running and feel he will do all the things he has promised but again, it won't happen overnight and not everyone will agree with his methods.

We can't have our cake and eat it too; there has to be trade-offs for us to get back to the great self-sustaining State of Michigan we used to be.

GR Community Foundation exceeds LGBT Fundraising goal

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has announced its Our LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender) Fund, a new field of interest fund reached $270,000 in community donations. It exceeds the original goal and 1:1 match set in August.

Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik, created the Fund at the Community Foundation with a matching gift of $100,000. Padnos and Sarosik expressed a desire to fund programs that support vulnerable and homeless LGBT youth in West Michigan.

Nationally more than 500,000 young people live on the streets are more vulnerable to harm physical harm, sexual abuse and exploitation than adults. For LGBT homelessness is even more of a harsh reality—often families are unaccepting when youth come out and they are forced out of the home or run away due to rejection, conflict or abuse.

Making Strides spotlights breast cancer awareness

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- It's an event aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer and saluting the people who have the disease -- and the ones who have survived it.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
and Bras Across the Grand will be held this Saturday. Making Strides is a noncompetitive 5K walk through downtown Grand Rapids, open to anyone who wants to walk.

Bras Across the Grand is also part of the event. Hundreds of decorated bras are strung across the Grand River on the Blue Bridge.

Both events are done in conjunction with the American Cancer society.