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Changes for 2012 Festival of the Arts

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - If you're a fan of live performances, art, and meat on a stick-- the wait is almost over. Festival of the Arts begins in just over two weeks.

Tuesday morning, organizers unveiled the poster for the 43rd annual event. Half a million people are expected to attend the three-day festival at Calder Plaza June 1-3.

This year, there will be art at the old Grand Rapids Press building on Michigan Street as well as a youth art program at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. And for foodies there will be over 30 booths offering a wide array of different cultural foods.

Click here for more information about Festival of the Arts.

Roof work causes evacuation of City Hall

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Construction work at City Hall caused a fire alarm to go off and a brief evacuation Tuesday morning.

Craig Coulson, the Risk Manager, released a statement about 11:30am that contractors working on the City Hall roof replacement project were drilling a hole from the roof into the 10th floor elevator control room.  Cement dust from the drilling set off a smoke detector which was located in the control room. 

The evacuation of the City Hall is said to have been orderly. 

2012 Spring Parade of Homes

2012 Spring Parade of Homes

The Annual Parade of Homes has expanded this year.

Beyond the list of 57 homes to be featured from May 25th through June 9th, there will be 6 remodeled homes along with something new, 8 conceptual homes.  The 8 homes listed as conceptual, can only be viewed online.

Most homes featured are in the $200,000 - $300,000 range.

Ticket prices this year are $12 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online: Paradeofhomesmi.com.

For more information, please go to: www.ParadeOfHomesMi.com.

Reconnect to the River Will Highlight the Future of the Grand River

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS – May 14,  2012 – West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Founders Brewing Company are presenting a forum examining the current state and potential future of the Grand River in West Michigan on Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Meijer Theatre.   

RECONNECT TO THE RIVER will feature an expert panel that will discuss the behaviors that have contributed to the degradation of the river's water quality and the options that are available to make the river healthy once again.  Key topics include restoring the rapids, stormwater management, fisheries and habitat, and river activation and recreation.

“The Grand River has defined our community literally and emotionally since the very beginning,” said Nicholas Occhipinti, Policy Director for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and an event panelist.

Ford graffiti removed

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Spray painted images of President Ford are no longer visible on the freeway that is named after him.

Last month someone painted an image of the late President on one of the columns under I-196 which is also known as the Ford Freeway.

MDOT calls the graffiti a distraction to drivers and had crews paint over the image.

Gerontology Network named a finalist in Toyota's 2012 100 Cars for Good program

Gerontology Network named a finalist in Toyota's 2012 100 Cars for Good program

News Release:        

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (MAY, 2012)  Gerontology Network is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic event in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 organizations over 100 days.

 Each day from May 14th to August 21st five organizations will compete via 100carsforgood.com to win a Toyota of their choice.  The organization with the most votes each day wins.  Gerontology Network will compete against four other non-profit organizations to win a Toyota Sienna Mobility van on August 21st.

Transportation plays a vital role in providing access to critical services for older adults with limited mobility.  Gerontology Network provides services to over 3500 seniors every year, including transportation.  Ger

Literary Life Bookstore & More closing in East Hills

Literary Life Bookstore & More closing in East Hills

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A bookstore in the East Hills neighborhood is closing after five years in business. Literary Life Bookstore & More is discounting its inventory as it prepares to close.

Below is a release from the bookstore regarding its sale and hours of operation:

For five years, Literary Life Bookstore & More, located at 758 Wealthy Street SE (the southwest corner of Wealthy and Eastern) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has provided the Wealthy Street neighborhood with a place to celebrate all aspects of the literary life. Sadly, the time has come to close our doors for good.