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Get a glimpse of West Michigan during 'House Hunters' September 26

Get a glimpse of West Michigan during 'House Hunters' September 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A segment of HGTV’s “House Hunters” filmed in Grand Rapids will make its national debut Thursday night.

Realtor Marilyn Hazard, who helped Holland native Diane Travis make the move to Grand Rapids, says the segment will air at 10 p.m.

Hazard’s realty company is based at 4949 Plainfield NE in Plainfield Township, but she says crews also shot scenes at Bistro Bella Vita in Grand Rapids and G.B. Russo & Son International Grocery in Kentwood.

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

A fundraiser to establish a scholarship fund in honor of Chef Mark Noseda will take place September 22.

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Sunday's fundraiser will run from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.

Best-selling author from Michigan releases new book

Best-selling author from Michigan releases new book

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A best-selling author is back in his native state of Michigan to introduce his new book, just in time for football season.

“Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football” gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the good, bad and ugly involving football programs at Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Northwestern. The book, written by John U. Bacon, will be released September 3.

A week later, Bacon will lead a presentation and book signing event at Louis Benton Steakhouse, located at 77 Monroe Center in My Town Grand Rapids Central.  The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on September 10. Complimentary valet parking will be available in front of the restaurant’s Ionia Street entrance.

Harmony Brewing Co. to host High Five Co-Op Buy-In Party

Harmony Brewing Co. to host High Five Co-Op Buy-In Party
High Five Co-op Brewing will be celebrating their successful incorporation as a legal entity with their first ever buy-in party at Harmony Brewing Co. at 6 P.M.  Monday, September 9. The event is the first of several planned and will include the tapping of the Co-Op recipe Peppercorn and Michigan Mint Wheat IPA. The brew evolved from a series of previous tastings of which variations of the Wheat IPA has proven to be one of the favorites.

Taste test winners from the 2013 WGRD Summer Craft Beer Festival

Taste test winners from the 2013 WGRD Summer Craft Beer Festival
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The WGRD Summer Beer Festival returned to John Ball Park Zoo for the third year and continues to get bigger and better each year with more breweries and more taps. The combination of warmer weather, great food and live music also contributed to another winning combination for 2013.

West Michigan Labor Fest returns with freebies September 2

West Michigan Labor Fest returns with freebies September 2

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The community is invited to celebrate Labor Day with the West Michigan Labor Fest September 2 in Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

This is the fifth year for the Labor Fest, which begins shortly after Mayor George Heartwell’s bridge walk.  The event includes free admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, which is celebrating what would have been President Ford’s 100th birthday. Visitors can also enjoy live music, food from local restaurants, arts and crafts vendors, the American Made Classic Car & Motorcycle Show and a beer tent.  Children can hitch a free ride on a mini Ferris wheel or check out the bouncy house, Berry-Go-Round, games, chalk art and face painting.

ArtPrize 2010 winner Chris LaPorte will be on hand, creating caricatures for families.  For more information, visit the West Michigan Labor Fest’s website.

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

A scholarship fund is being set up in memory of a local executive chef who died while preparing to open a new restaurant.

Chef Mark Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.