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Dog photo shoot at Calder Plaza Monday

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Are you looking to do something fun with your dog?   Do you want to attend City Lights Music Festival?  Monday night you can do both by attending the video event shoot at the Calder Plaza. 

Photos and video will be taken at 8:00pm Monday.  Anyone who attends with their dog will be given a free 2-day general admission ticket.  If you bring your pet dressed up for the occasion, you will be given two free 2-day general admission tickets.  The top three best dressed dogs, will be given two free 2-day VIP tickets. 

Donations are not required, but The Humane Society will be at the event.   

 

Family Promise wins Toyota giveaway

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Thanks to overwhelming support, Family Promise of Grand Rapids won a new vehicle. 

Toyota 100 Cars for Good voting took place for one day on Saturday July 28th through Facebook.  At 11:59pm Family Promise of Grand Rapids barely edged out Hawks Aloft Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM.  

Family Promise won with 35% of the votes.   The not-for-profit group will use the new pickup truck to help move families in transition from being homeless to more sustainable living situations. 

"We are so appreciative of the outstanding amount of support we received from the Grand Rapids community," said Cheryl Schuch, executive director of Family Promise of Grand Rapids in a press release. 

The Transplant Games are in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Transplant Games are going on in Grand Rapids. The event was nearly canceled because of funding problems until a local man and area sponsors stepped in.

The Transplant Games honor organ donors and recipients. TJ Maciak received a kidney more than a decade ago. Last year when he heard the event was in trouble he found sponsors to make financial donations.

He says the event brings together organ recipients and its donors from all over the country, and in some cases the world.

Maciak says the event spreads the word of organ donation and reminds others of the impact it can make.

If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, click here.

Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic: The thrills and spills

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The scene is set on the brick-laden Ionia Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids. Music by The Rolling Stones blares over the loudspeaker just as the first riders take off.

The 2012 Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic, a competition pitting cyclists against time, other riders, and inner strength attracted crowds on a sunny Saturday morning. The men and women master series race was a fast, compact competition of carbon, alloy, and adrenaline.

The casual observer would think the more riders, the merrier. However, the larger the crowd, the more challenging the ride.

"You've got to stay in your line, and try to maintain your gaps with each other, and when people are competing, people get into oxygen debt, and their coordination decreases a little," said Colin Plank, who became tangled up in one of several wipe-outs during Saturday morning's race.

Transplant Games of America underway

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The 2012 Transplant Games of America are underway in Grand Rapids.

Opening ceremonies at Van Andel Arena Saturday night set the stage for the three day competition, involving 1,100 athletes who are alive today because of transplant surgeries and living donors. The athletes are representing 48 states in 12 sports.

"These people are here to help celebrate Grand Rapids along with organ donation and transplantation, so it's great for the city. Everybody's been raving about what a great city it is, and we're just so excited to have [the games] here," said Bill Ryan, chairman of the Transplant Games of America.

The five day event is expected to inject $2 million into the local economy. The 2012 Transplant Games of America run through Tuesday.

Westbound I-196 back open after crash

GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) --  A serious car accident closed the westbound lanes of I-196 at US 131 early Saturday morning. The north and southbound ramps from 131 to westbound 196 were also closed.

Police say only one car was involved in the crash and that one person inside the car was killed.

We will have more information on later editions of WZZM 13 News.

GR Bar Brawl to benefit Down Syndrome Association of WM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- There's a fun family style event planned Sunday to help raise money and support of The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan.

It's called the Grand Rapids Bar Brawl. Teams from downtown bars and restaurants will face off against each other in a giant inflatable boxing ring with giant gloves. The teams will be raising money, as well as raffles and carnival games all with prizes to also help raise money.

Jeremy Wysocki and Shannon Snively stopped by the Weekend Morning News to share more details.

The Grand Rapids Bar Brawl happens from 2 p.m.- 7 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.