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Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade-November 20, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS SANTA PARADE-NOVEMBER 20, 2010

For more than 100 years, the downtown Grand Rapids Santa Claus parade has been the signal to everyone that it is time for shopping and holiday festivities.

Once again, on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 9:00am, you will see almost 100 entries and floats along with a visit from Santa Claus start the parade at the corner of Michigan and Monroe Ave. They will travel south on Monroe, left onto Monroe Center, right onto Division, right on Fulton, ending up with a left at Market Ave.

Bundle up, take along that cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate and go downtown and enjoy one of the highlights of the season.

Two great acts to perform at Wealthy Street Theatre this weekend

Grand Rapids, MI - This weekend Wealthy Street Theatre presents two great musical acts to entertain people of all generations.

On Saturday The Candy Band will be performing what's described as, "high-energy, punk style kids' music." You'll hear original tunes as well as nursery rhymes, movie themes, and music from Green Day and the Clash. The show starts at 11:00 am and will last about one hour.

Sunday you can hear the local jazz band Hey Marco! playing the hits of their favorite band Steely Dan. They'll be playing all of the classic hits as well as tunes from their most recent albums. This show starts at 8:00 and is expected to last two hours.

Please visit http://www.grcmc.org/theatre/ for additional event information.

Wealthy Theatre presents Wonderfall with Jeff Roberts

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Saturday, October 9th, Doors at 10:30 am, Show starts at 11:00 am


Like a scene from "Groundhog Day," the event repeats itself over and over. Bass and drums pound out the beat in perfect unison. Bodies spring to their feet and rush the stage; jumping, dancing and bouncing off each other like bumper cars. The concertgoers behave like children. This should come as no surprise, because they are children, participating in the kiddie mosh pit found at nearly every Justin Roberts concert.

Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children's show business.

Meijer Basketball Classic: Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Detroit Pistons have announced that individual tickets for their preseason game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, The Meijer Basketball Classic, are on sale!

Tickets, priced as low as $15, are available by visiting the box office at Van Andel Arena, any Ticketmaster outlet, ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.  For groups of 10 or more, call (616) 742-6185, e-mail groupsales@smggr.com or order online at vanandelarena.com/groupsales.

The Meijer Basketball Classic, featuring the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks will be played on Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.  Newcomers Greg Monroe and Tracy McGrady join Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and the rest of the core veterans to battle Mavericks stars Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd.

The preseason game marks the eighth consecutive time the Pistons have played in Grand Rapids since the 2001 preseason when the club hosted the Washington Wi

Kid's Guide to ArtPrize

Grand Rapids is an awesome place to grow up. Now. It used to be boring, or so I’ve been told.

I grew up in Grand Ledge and spent my entire childhood wondering why my parents insisted on raising me in a constant state of geographically inflicted ennui(I learned that word in 8th grade. It was perfect timing.) that could have been completely avoided had we stayed in Detroit, where I was born. We also would have avoided good schools, a lack of traffic, as well as a whole lot of bodily and property safety; but those were not my concern. I wanted Eastern Market, the Ren Cen, the Riverfront, big malls, and Boblo Island.

A few weeks ago my kids and I were walking around downtown (Grand Rapids, not Detroit) and A.P. said, “We’re lucky to have so much big art and sculptures here, Mom”. It’s working.My kids dig where they live.

Fun and Frugal in Grand Rapids With Kids! Week of September 24-30

THIS WEEK

September 24 Flick’s Family Film Festival continues.  Kids are free, just pay a few bucks for anyone over 12.

September 24, 25 Oktoberfest

September 24, 25 Rockford Harvest Festival Family Fun Weekend

September 24, 25 Fallasburg Fall Festival

September 25 Connecting Families With Nature Day at the Zoo  

September 25 9:30AM to 2:

September 11th, 2010 - Back to School Kid Parade

First Ever “Back to School Kid Parade!”West Side leaders make big plansGrand Rapids---The upper west side of Grand Rapids will be filled with colorful bikes and banners Saturday, September 11 as a group of people with deep ties to the community host the first ever Kid Parade to celebrate being Back to School. The idea was hatched by Ed Kettle, Chief of Staff for State Representative Roy Schmidt and long time neighborhood advocate. He enlisted City Commissioner Dave Shaffer and School Board Member Jon O?Connor to help assemble a group to make the event a reality.The Kid Parade will begin at 11am sharp. The parade starts at Westend Street, one block west of Covell Road, and will proceed west on Leonard to the Elk?s Lodge 48 (Highlands Golf Course). Once there the group will offer a brief ceremony to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of Fire and Police professionals on the anniversary date of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.