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New Restaurant Grove Locally Sources More than Just Food

New Restaurant Grove Locally Sources More than Just Food

By J. Bennett Rylah

Grove, the latest restaurant venture from Essence Restaurant Group, opened this Tuesday at 5 p.m. in East Hills. Located at 919 Cherry St. SE, Grove joins a number of local neighborhood eateries and bars, such as The Winchester and The Meanwhile Bar, all expressing a commitment to locally sourced foods and beers. This is not a new concept to Essence, who uses this methodology in the menus of both its other restaurants, downtown's Bistro Bella Vita and Grove's across-the-street neighbor, The Green Well.

5 Broadway Tours on Sale September 18 - 3-Show Mini Packs Now Available

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Broadway Grand Rapids is pleased to announce that all shows on the 2011-12 season will be on sale to the public on Sunday, September 18th at 9am. Shows going on sale include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Million Dollar Quartet, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, Mary Poppins, The Addams Family and CATS. Presale tickets are available Monday, September 12 at 9am to members of the Broadway Grand Rapids eClub. To join the eClub and receive exclusive presale offers to upcoming shows visit BroadwayGrandRapids.com/eclub. Shows already on sale to the public include Come Fly Away, Under the Streetlamp and Les Misérables.

August & Summer 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

August & Summer 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids (WZZM) -

Temperatures in August averaged 71.8°F, 1.0°F above average but 3.1°F cooler than last year (74.9°F).  Seventeen days were warmer than usual, twelve were cooler, and two were average.  The highest temperature occurred on August 1 with 90°F while the lowest temperature occurred on August 22 with 53°F.  The summer season (June, July and August) averaged 72.7°F, 2.1°F above average, making it the tenth warmest summer on record, but 0.6°F cooler than last summer (73.2°F).

Precipitation was above average last month with 4.42”, 0.83” more than usual and 2.68” more than last year (1.74”).  There were eleven days with measurable precipitation, which is two days more than usual (9).  Summer precipitation was well above average with 14.63”, 3.49” more than usual and 0.19” more than last summer (14.44”).

Green Gala: Come Out & Play!

Green Gala: Come Out & Play!

Thursday, August 25, 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Fish Ladder Park & PlanteMoran/Christman Bldg.

The greenest bash of the season is coming to Grand Rapids this August, and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks wants you to be part of it. The Green Gala is a one of a kind fundraiser event for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to advance our mission to protect, enhance and expand parks and public spaces in the city.

Green Gala guests will arrive at 7 PM to enjoy live music, a complimentary green cocktail or local brew and delicious, locally sourced appetizers. Guests can mingle, listen to great live music, capture their event highlights at our playground photo booth, or just enjoy a stroll along the Riverwalk Pathways and through Fish Ladder Park, all while supporting parks and public spaces in our city.

Treehuggers opens on Wealthy Street S.E.

Treehuggers opens on Wealthy Street S.E.

Treehuggers specializes in earth friendly retail with many products made of recycled materials and many made right here in Michigan. They also offer free recycling of many hard to recycle items like styrofoam and toothpaste tubes.

This is the second Treehuggers store to open in west Michigan. The first location is in Holland, MI.

Visit http://thetreehuggerstore.com for additional information.

Building Blocks of Grand Rapids

Building Blocks of Grand Rapids

August 11, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meet in the lobby of the Amway Grand Hotel


Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray will lead a tour through downtown Grand Rapids, beginning at the Amway Grand Hotel lobby and continuing through downtown to the main library. Learn the geologic history contained in the walls of familiar landmarks. Search for fossilized snails in the floor of the Amway Grand, find rocks from around the globe in one place and discover where the "rapids" in the Grand River ended up. Observe the remains of glacial movement that carved our city from the Grand River valley. Pace will be slow to moderate, comfortable walking shoes recommended. A magnifying glass would be helpful to closely examine Indiana Bedford Limestone and granite from around the world used in downtown structures.

$3 per participant. RSVP at 745-6240.

Visit http://blandfordnaturecenter.org for additional information.

July 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

July 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

Temperatures in July averaged 77.0°F, 5.6°F above average, and 1.5°F warmer than last year (75.5°F), making it the fifth warmest on record and the warmest since 1936 (77.3°F).  Twenty-seven days were warmer than usual while only four were cooler.  The highest temperature occurred on July 20 with 97°F, the warmest temperature since July 31, 2007 (97°F).  The lowest temperatures occurred on July 7 and 14 with 58°F.

Precipitation was well above average last month with 6.87”, 3.31” more than usual and 2.21” more than last year (4.66”), making it the eighth wettest on record and the wettest since 2006 (6.90”).  There were nine days with measurable precipitation, which is exactly average (9).

There was 81.4% of the possible sunshine last month, 6.5% more than usual and 6.6% more than last year (74.8%), making it the seventh sunniest on record and the sunniest since 1990 (86.4%).  There were ten clear days – two