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Have some family fun during last day of Rock the Rapids

Grand Rapids (WZZM)- The Mixing Pot is a free multi-cultural family festival located within the Rock the Rapids concert venue.

The Mixing Pot will offer affordable family fun Saturday, during the last day of Rock the Rapids.

Families will have access to free drinks, food, and entertainment from noon until 3:00 p.m in Rosa Parks Circle in Downtown.

Donations will be accepted throughout the event. Proceeds will go to the YMCA, GRPS, and Girl's Choral Academy. 

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The Gift of Life

The Gift of Life

Blood donations are welcome at Grand Rapids Main Michigan Blood Donor Center located at 1036 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 28 thru 30 from 8am to 7pm. Those who try to donate will receive an Outback Steakhouse coupon for a free steak dinner. 

Call 1-866-MIBLOOD or (616)774-2300 for more information.

Catholic Central crushes EGR 33-14

East Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Grand Rapids Catholic Central rolled past East Grand Rapids in the coaching debut of Trip Gallery for Catholic Central. The Cougars built a 26-0 halftime lead on the strength of two special teams touchdowns and two passing touchdowns.

Broccoli, apples, legumes: It's on the school lunch menu

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - This school year every student in the Grand Rapids school district will eat lunch for free. Grand Rapids Public Schools is participating in a USDA pilot program called the Community Eligibility Program. The purpose is to put the focus back on nutrition.

As part of the program, GRPS Food Services Director Paul Baumgartner says students also will be seeing a few changes to the lunch menu this year.

"They are going to see a larger variety of beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables than they've ever seen before which we're really excited about because it's something we really believe in, so we're saying we want students to build their tray a healthier way."

And that includes taking at least one fruit or vegetable, which will be enforced. If a student doesn't take one, they will have to pay full price for their meal instead of eating for free.

Big Bang Art Festival bringing "outsider" art to Mangiamo! this weekend

Big Bang Art Festival bringing "outsider" art to Mangiamo! this weekend

by Jonathan Stoner in OPINION

Not your "normal" art festival, folk artist Reb Roberts and crew are seeking to create a truly unique show of original artwork from some of Michigan's most intriguing artists.

Veggie Van brings fresh local produce to the NE side of town

Veggie Van brings fresh local produce to the NE side of town

by Jonathan Stoner in LOCAL LIFE

The YMCA mobile farmers market, otherwise known as the Veggie Van, now providing access to affordable, healthy produce at Pilgrim Manor.

The YMCA Veggie Van, touted as “West Michigan's first and only mobile farmers market,” is out visiting between 15 to 18 sites in Grand Rapids every week. In May they branched out beyond the SE neighborhoods. They added their first site on the NE side, the Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community.