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Polish Festival moves to the heart of Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Visitors to downtown Grand Rapids can get a taste of Poland this weekend.

The Polish Harvest Festival is underway at Rosa Parks Circle. The weekend long event features Polish food, live music, dancing, cooking demonstrations and a beer tent.

"We started [at Rosa Parks Circle] about 40 years ago and then we moved to the Calder [Plaza], says Polish Heritage Society member Ed Sypniewski. "It's been about 20, 25 years since we've been back to Rosa Parks Circle, and we're just so excited to be back in the heart of Grand Rapids."

Bozo the Clown will be out to entertain the children Saturday. The event warps up with what organizers are calling the world's largest polka jam session Sunday night.

U.S. 131 northbound reopens after crash

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The northbound lanes of U.S. 131 near downtown Grand Rapids have reopened following an accident.

It happened on U.S. 131 between Hall & Franklin streets.

The multi-vehicle crash blocked all three lanes at one point. 

We'll have more information when it becomes available.

Teenager arrested at gunpoint after running from probation officer in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Deputies say a teenager running from his probation officer led to a gun-point arrest in front of a WZZM 13 News crew Thursday in Grand Rapids.  Investigators say the teenager ran from a meeting with his probation officer at the Kent County Courthouse. 

Deputies and security officers began searching for him in downtown Grand Rapids.  They arrested him at gun-point across the street from the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building, right in front of our news crew.

The teenager may face a probation violation or other charges.

What's Happening: August 27-29

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - You can take in some art or you can celebrate polish heritage. There's several events going on this weekend.

Party in the Parking Lot to Strike Out Cancer is Friday at Park Lanes Bowling Alley in Wyoming. The event goes from 3 - 10 p.m.

Friday is the 27th Van Andel Institute Community for a Cure event. There will be a model car display, bowling, and a drive-in movie. Proceeds benefits cancer research.

The Polish Festival is Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle. Participants can enjoy authentic food, music and beer. The event it's free.

15,000 cars are expected to be at the 28th Street Metro Cruise. Just head over to Woodland Mall, Rogers Plaza and other host sites along 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade. The cruise is Saturday and Sunday.

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
 
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.

Grand Rapids' Crescent Park renovated

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- A newly renovated park in the heart of Grand Rapids' medical mile is open to the public.  Mayor George Heartwell was on hand Wednesday for the official opening of Crescent Park.  It is located on the corner of Crescent and Bostwick.

Philanthropist David Van Andel is one of the people behind the project.  He spoke with WZZM 13 News about what inspired it.  "Crescent Park has sat in the middle of the city for several years and as medical mile has been slowly building up around it, we realize the need to preserve some of the green spaces that we have.  Crescent park had fallen into some disrepair and we decided to take the initiative and say we can fix this," said Van Andel.

Wednesday's ceremony also included the unveiling of a bronze plaque honoring the contributions of Jay and Betty Van Andel.

Grand Rapids Community College dedicates new campus

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-Grand Rapids Community College dedicated its newest campus Wednesday afternoon.

The former Davenport University property on Fulton Street is now the DeVos Campus. Doug DeVos humbly accepted GRCC's gesture of naming its new campus after his family.

"This community college, this place, this institution, is developing the next generation of leadership for our community," DeVos said.

Students have seven new acres of campus. Cook, Warren and Sneden halls are the newest buildings to house 30,000 Grand Rapids Community College students each year.

"It's been a year since we took acquisition of this building and this campus from Davenport and in that time frame we've been able to put $2 million into the renovation of this facility; [We're] looking forward to putting about $2 million more into the Warren Hall renovation," said Bob Partridge.