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Kids and Family Expo comes to Devos Place


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The second annual Kids and Family Expo took place at DeVos Place Saturday. The Expo focuses on family bonding activities and funk, while encouraging families to get active.

The main attraction was a zip-line through DeVos Place. But there was also a giant slide an Art Wall Zone and an Outdoor Clinic and several other activities for the entire family.

Admission to the event was 7 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for kids.


GR Symphony hosts night at Oscars


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Music from the silver screen is filling DeVos Performance Hall this weekend as the Grand Rapids Symphony hosts its night at the Oscars series.

They are performing songs from Oscar nominated and winning dramas. The program includes the romantic duet "Love is an Open Door" from Frozen, the theme from Chariots of Fire, and selections from Beauty and the Beast.

Saturday was the second of three performances this weekend. A Night at the Oscars wraps up with a performance Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets start at 18 dollars.


Black Lives Matter: Grand Rapids holds meeting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The local chapter of the group Black Lives Matter held a meeting Thursday night in Grand Rapids.

The organization is a response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's death and also gained national attention after violent confrontations with police in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

The group's co-founder, Anita Moore, says members don't have faith in the current system and are looking to the community for solutions.

"We believe that there's a lot of racial disparities here in Grand Rapids that go unnoticed by our public officials, not unnoticed, but ignored by our public officials. We have an issue with that. So this is what we're going to be working on, planning on how we can directly reach the community and build relationships."

Final beam raised for Medical Mile hotel


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Medical Mile along Michigan St. near downtown Grand Rapids is certainly helping the area's economy, and Thursday saw a milestone for the first hotel going up in that part of town. The final beam for the 142-room Hampton Inn & Suites under construction was set in place during a morning ceremony.

Construction crews, hotel operators, and developers all signed the beam before it went up.

Third Coast Development partner Max Benedict said it's an important milestone, too, for Medical Mile in general.

"It's really going to put a lot of activity here on the streets of midtown," he said. "We're really excited about how it's going to create a more vibrant neighborhood, the whole Michigan St. corridor here. You're going to see more restaurants popping up."

The $28 million, five-story hotel is scheduled to open in September.


GRPD search Grand River for missing woman


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police used a watercraft to search the Grand River downtown late Thursday morning in the area of the Gillette Bridge and Pearl Street NW.

A Grand Rapids woman has been missing since Tuesday morning. A purse was found along the river near the Ford Museum with footprints leading into the river but no footprints coming back. Authorities say Kimberly Haymon, 55, is schizophrenic and is without her medication.

RELATED: Missing woman may have fallen into Grand River

Missing woman may have fallen into Grand River


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are searching for a woman with mental health issues who may have fallen into the Grand River.

Kimberly Marie Haymon, 55, was last seen getting off a bus at Fulton Street and Division Avenue at approximately 9:50 a.m. Tuesday. Police say she is schizophrenic and does not have her medication.

At 2:45 p.m., officers responded to the Ford Museum at 303 Pearl Street NW, on a report of a found purse in the walkway near the edge of the river. The walkway had footprints leading to the water's edge and appeared to lead into the river, but no
footprints were found leaving that area.

Police are searching along the river and surrounding area.

Soup's On tickets for sale to help God's Kitchen


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Warming the hearts of thousands, while helping to provide a hot meal for those in need. That's the driving force for the annual Soup's On For All event. It's taking place at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. The fundraiser raises more than $100,000 annually for the food & pantry programs of God's Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities of West Michigan.

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Guests get a bowl as a souvenir of the evening as a lasting reminder that hunger is a reality for many in the West Michigan community.