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Don't Make Dinner Tonight

Don't Make Dinner Tonight

Grand Rapids, MI-- The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting a fundraising event at Noodles and Company today Monday, December 17th from 4 til 9pm at 2289 Eastbelt Line NE. Museum staff is asking you to close your kitchen for the night and have dinner out instead. The museum will recieve 25-percent of the tonight's revenue to help support the annual "Night at Your Museum" program to raise money for the museum's education fund.

Making GR the ultimate tourist destination

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Experience Grand Rapids is launching the national Certified Tourism Ambassador Program in hopes of providing city tourists with a memorable experience.

This story comes to us from our partners at the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Experience Grand Rapids' Vice President of Marketing, Janet Korn says tourism made a $15 million jump from 2010 to 2011. Tourism continues to be a huge money-maker for the city. 

You can find the full article here.

Men's Spirituality Initiative at Dominican Center

Men's Spirituality Initiative at Dominican Center
Dominican Center at Marywood offers a variety of opportunities for men to gather together to deepen their spirituality, understand their role in life, family and community.

DCM now offers several men’s spirituality programs. These programs originated in response to men’s requests for opportunities to work on their spirituality in the company of other men. This initiative is not intended to negate or ignore the need for men and women to work together toward spiritual development. It does, however, offer a specific focus on a participant’s life experience and needs, similar to programs we offer based on generation, life stages and transitions. Below are offerings for men of all faiths and cultures. If you have questions or would like additional information, please call the DCM front desk at 616.454.1241 (Option 5). We welcome your inquiries.

Wreaths Across America growing in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-A holiday tribute to West Michigan veterans is growing.

Saturday, volunteers and the Michigan Civil Air Patrol laid 126 wreaths on veteran graves outside the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The ceremony is part of the annual Wreaths Across America project. Grand Rapids has been taking part in the program for seven years now, and it has grown to include more wreaths every year.

"It's a very humbling experience and it's a sense of real honor to be able to be a part of an international event that honors, remembers and teaches," says Maj. Keith Sikkema.

"It's very important for us to honor our military and show our respect for the people who protect our freedom," adds Sarah Nielsen, who brought her husband and three children along to lay wreaths.

The Civil Air Patrol would like to someday cover every veteran grave with a wreath.

What's Happening: 12/15/12

(WZZM)-  The holidays are upon us! Take friends and family to the following events, and get in the Christmas spirit.

You can't miss out on "Holiday Delights," the annual Christmas concert put together by the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus.

A $10 ticket will get you a holiday experience filled with your favorite Christmas songs and a chance to shop at intermission! KCC Cookbooks and CD's will be on sale for $10.

Holiday Delights starts at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Chenery Auditorium located at 714 S. Westnedge in Kalamazoo.

Tickets will be available at the door.

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Pop into the Seymour Branch Library in Grand Rapids on Saturday to visit with Mrs. Claus!

The lady in red will be at the library from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Kids (preschool age and up) will have a chance to decorate cookies, sing some Christmas songs, and Mrs. Claus will be answering all of their burning questions!

GRPS talks safety after Connecticut shooting

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - As soon as news of the school shooting broke, we called our area schools. We were put in touch with Head of Security and Assistant Superintendent of Grand Rapids schools Larry Johnson, who tells us new school security measures are developing all the time.

"More and more we are seeing metal detectors, security cameras, and key card systems, like in Grand Rapids. But no matter what you buy, what guards you hire, or drills you do," he says, "It's tough to make a school 100% safe; especially when you're dealing with a bizarre case like this."

"I think here in Michigan, and in Grand Rapids in particular, our schools are very safe, but you have to go back now and look at the policies, your procedures, look at your training, work with law enforcement, and continue to develop those partnerships that will make a difference in the lives of young people," said Johnson.

GRPS Athletics Hosting Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament

GRPS Athletics Hosting Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament

From: http://www.grps.org

Grand Rapids Public Schools Athletics is hosting the East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament on December 22 and 29, 2012.

Men's teams from the Detroit area will take on West Michigan teams Rockford, Muskegon, Creston, Union, and Ottawa Hills on the 22nd. The women's event on December 29th will feature Creston, Union, Ottawa Hills, Clio, Lee, and Bay City Central. Halftime entertainment is planned for many of the games.

Following a successful Turkey Trot fundraiser, the GRPS athletics department is hoping to raise another $50,000 during the Holiday Classic to continue offering K-12 sports programming without a pay to play fee.