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Opera Grand Rapids kicks off new season


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Night with the Opera.

This weekend, Opera Grand Rapids is kicking off a new season with two special events.

First, enjoy a night of savory food, live entertainment and breathtaking acrobatic feats, followed by a performance of Verdi's Requiem.

Marketing Director, Ashley Roberts and soloist, John Pickle joined WZZM 13 to talk about the event.


Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
happens on Friday, October 30, 7:30 p.m. at the DeVos Performance Hall.

Tickets: $12-$89; student tickets: $5


Night With The Opera: A Halloween Gala
happens right before the show at 5:00 p.m. at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Tickets: $150 (gala only) $215 (with Requiem ticket)

UICA to screen classic horror flick Thursday


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Wes Craven may no longer be with us, but his legacy lives on for horror movie fanatics.

On Thursday, the UICA in downtown Grand Rapids will be screening the film Craven is most known for, "Nightmare on Elm Street." The Freddy Kreuger thriller will be playing from 8 to 10.

For $4 dollars, participants can enjoy the film as it was originally released to the public, on classic VHS. There will also be pizza served at the UICA.


Grand Rapids to 'borrow' $1.2M from itself to pay for parks


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Six city parks slated for improvements next year likely won't see all the work completed at once.

The city would take a $1.2 million loan from its general fund to eliminate the deficit. Construction bidding would begin during the winter and spring of 2016 -- amid a more favorable bidding environment, leaders say -- but only Mary Waters park would be improved early in the year.

Construction at Camelot, Campau, Dickinson, Douglas and Mulick parks would begin later in the summer when $4 million from the 0.98-mill tax is collected during the new fiscal year beginning July 1.

Additionally, more than $900,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant dollars would be used toward renovations at Dickinson, Douglas and Mary Waters.

Cycling group trying to repair its damage to G.R. park


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A bicycle racing group is trying to fix damage it caused to a Grand Rapids park over the weekend.

Neighbors who found the destruction contacted WZZM 13 News Monday morning.

Cindy Burch says she talked to one of the organizers before the event started. "I said to him, 'Are you afraid it will tear up the park?' He said there would be no problem," she said.

Several parts of the park's lawn are damaged, including are tire tracks and swaths of mud throughout the park.

"Oh man, this is just disappointing," said Jim Davis, adding he worries the damage can't easily be fixed. "It is what it is; you see damage, and it's pretty extensive."

The event is called the Fall Fury CX. It's one of several sanctioned cyclo-cross races across the country. It involves riding a bike along a trail and navigating obstacles on the course.

'Beer the Change' event supports Grand Rapids parks


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids parks continues to celebrate "Neighbor-woods month" with a fundraiser this Monday evening.

The event, called "Beer the Change," is at Brewery Vivant. It goes until 11 p.m.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the event will go to support tree local plantings.

Organizers planted 11 trees during the weekend at Congress Elementary as part of the celebration. They said having the event at a school helps students better understand the benefits trees provide.


Grand Rapids: Don't burn those fall leaves


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Falling leaves might look nice for a while though, eventually, somebody has to clean them up.

Grand Rapids city officials advise residents to follow approved ways to dispose of leaves this fall season. Measures not accepted -- and in some cases, are illegal -- include the raking of leaves in the street, burning them and throwing them into household trash.

The city's yard waste program accepts fallen leaves, and runs through Friday, Dec. 11, as part of the normal refuse collection schedule. A yard waste cart, paper bag or purple bulk yard waste tag are the three approved removal options. Bags and tags can be purchased at the customer service lobby at City Hall.

Residents also can drop off leaves, brush and tree branches for free at 2001 Butterworth Ave. SW. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and proof of residency is required.

Fall Bridal Show at DeVos Place


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)-- Brides to be in West Michigan have a chance to check out amazing florists, bakeries, entertainment, and even stylists to help them make their special day magical, and all of these retailers are under one roof.

The Vice President of the West Michigan Wedding Association tells WZZM what brides can find during the Fall Bridal Show.

It's at DeVos Place Ballrooms at 303 Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids. The show wraps up Sunday, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door.

You can find more information on the West Michigan Wedding Association website. http://www.westmichiganweddingassociation.org/