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Kids and Family Expo comes to Devos Place


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The second annual Kids and Family Expo took place at DeVos Place Saturday. The Expo focuses on family bonding activities and funk, while encouraging families to get active.

The main attraction was a zip-line through DeVos Place. But there was also a giant slide an Art Wall Zone and an Outdoor Clinic and several other activities for the entire family.

Admission to the event was 7 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for kids.


GR Symphony hosts night at Oscars


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Music from the silver screen is filling DeVos Performance Hall this weekend as the Grand Rapids Symphony hosts its night at the Oscars series.

They are performing songs from Oscar nominated and winning dramas. The program includes the romantic duet "Love is an Open Door" from Frozen, the theme from Chariots of Fire, and selections from Beauty and the Beast.

Saturday was the second of three performances this weekend. A Night at the Oscars wraps up with a performance Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets start at 18 dollars.


My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.

My Town: WMU-Cooley Law honors the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

My Town: WMU-Cooley Law honors the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WMU-Cooley Law School and the school’s Black Law Student Association hosted a viewing of the documentary Martin Luther King Jr. – The Man and The Dream.

Following the documentary, a discussion was held about the impact King has had on individuals, the community and society. Leaders of the group discussion also contemplated what society would be like today if King was not assassinated 47 years ago.

“It’s important to reflect back on the work Dr. King accomplished almost 50 years ago and to consider what else we can do in terms of establishing equality,” said Te Smith, president, WMU-Cooley Black Law Students Association. “We all enjoyed celebrating his legacy together and the impact he has had on society.”

 

Black Lives Matter: Grand Rapids holds meeting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The local chapter of the group Black Lives Matter held a meeting Thursday night in Grand Rapids.

The organization is a response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's death and also gained national attention after violent confrontations with police in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

The group's co-founder, Anita Moore, says members don't have faith in the current system and are looking to the community for solutions.

"We believe that there's a lot of racial disparities here in Grand Rapids that go unnoticed by our public officials, not unnoticed, but ignored by our public officials. We have an issue with that. So this is what we're going to be working on, planning on how we can directly reach the community and build relationships."

Final beam raised for Medical Mile hotel


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Medical Mile along Michigan St. near downtown Grand Rapids is certainly helping the area's economy, and Thursday saw a milestone for the first hotel going up in that part of town. The final beam for the 142-room Hampton Inn & Suites under construction was set in place during a morning ceremony.

Construction crews, hotel operators, and developers all signed the beam before it went up.

Third Coast Development partner Max Benedict said it's an important milestone, too, for Medical Mile in general.

"It's really going to put a lot of activity here on the streets of midtown," he said. "We're really excited about how it's going to create a more vibrant neighborhood, the whole Michigan St. corridor here. You're going to see more restaurants popping up."

The $28 million, five-story hotel is scheduled to open in September.