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Helen DeVos Children's Hospital hosts Christmas in July


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It may be one of the hottest days of the year, but they were thinking of December at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on Tuesday.

Patients got a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the hospital's Christmas in July party. It also had a superhero theme; kids got to take home their own superhero masks and capes. Spider-Man and Batman made appearances, as well, scaling the sides of the building.

Event organizer Stephanie Stanton said it helps give the patients and their families a much-needed break.

"My hope is that it brings a little love and light on an otherwise maybe not so good day," Stanton said. "They can come down and they can smile, they can have fun, they can take things home, they can take things upstairs to play with."

Lookout Park get a Facelift

Lookout Park get a Facelift

Universal Forest Products, along with Orion Construction, took the time to make some significant improvements to Lookout Park, located at 801 Fairview NE in Grand Rapids, MI. Lookout Park occupies hilltop property that was once part of the city’s old waterworks and overlooks the City of Grand Rapids. The park was aquired in 1911 for $4800.

Many improvements were made to the park, the grounds and some surrounding landscape areas.

We thank Jason Wheeler, PR Coordinator for Orion Construction, for bringing this great community project to our attention.

Tournament celebrates pickleball's birthday


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It combines ping-pong and tennis, and it turned 50 on Wednesday. It's pickleball.

It's played with a badminton-size court and a Wiffle ball. It started in Washington state a half-century ago.

To celebrate, the Grand Rapids Pickleball Club held a tournament in Belknap Park.

"Any age bracket can play," said organizer Linda Jirous, "Little kids and people in their eighties play."

Several Meijer LPGA Classic players G-A took a break from the green to play some pickleball, as well.

You can check out Grand Rapids Pickleball Club's Facebook page or website if you're interested in giving the sport a try.


Van Andel Arena's social media presence among world's best


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids is ranked among the best in the world of social media.

The arena came in fourth on a world-wide list in Venues Today, a trade publication that covers the business side of sports and entertainment.

They used the amount of activity on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to put the list together.

Arenas in Ontario, Manitoba, and Wichita Kansas made the top three.


Wolfgang Puck holds job fair for G.R. restaurant


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Want to be a part of the opening team for The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck or The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck, opening this fall in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel? Here's your chance.

AHC+Hospitality is hiring part-time and full-time positions for the new restaurant that will be located along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.

People can apply at this link.

There was also a job fair Tuesday, July 21, at the JW Marriott International Ballroom.


My Town: Grand Rapids youth police academy expected to have 'a huge payoff'

My Town: Grand Rapids youth police academy expected to have 'a huge payoff'

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)— The final youth police academy of the season begins this week.

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced the return of the program in February. The first session took place June 22; the second program starts on July 20. The academy is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Kent County area who might be interested in a career in law enforcement.

City officials hope the academy will inspire a new generation of officers.

"Our hope and our belief is some number of years down the line, this is going to have a huge payoff," City Manager Greg Sundstrom said earlier this year.

For more information, visit the Grand Rapids Police Department's website.

 

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie at it's Best

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie at it's Best

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie                                           

2 pints Blue Berries (Divided)

½ cup White Sugar

½ cup Water

Pinch of Salt

I tablespoon Corn Starch mixed with a few spoonfuls of water till smooth

Mix 2/3 cup berries, sugar, water & salt and bring to a boil over med heat. Cook until most of the berries are cooked and the mixture has a nice color. Add the cornstarch, a little at a time, till thickened. Cook till clear, then remove from heat and let cool completely. Add the remaining fresh berries and pour over cream mixture. Refrigerate. Top with Cool Whip.  Toss a few fresh  berries on top just before serving. (Optional)