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Central District Cyclery brings bike shop convenience downtown

Central District Cyclery brings bike shop convenience downtown

by Emma Higgins

"Spinfully good" new bike shop offers maintenance and rentals as well as ordinary and custom build bikes to downtown cyclists.

It's tee time at Indian Trails!

It's tee time at Indian Trails!

Mild winter weather means it's time to get the golf clubs out because Indian Trails Golf Course is now open! Indian Trails Golf Course is a valuable City asset dating back to 1928. The only public golf course in the City limits, Indian Trails offers 95 rolling acres and 18 challenging holes. Last year, approximately 22,000 rounds of golf were played at the course.

In addition to rounds of golf, Indian Trails offers a complete pro shop for all of your equipment needs (hats, jackets, balls, clubs, sunglasses, etc.). The club house also features a snack shop where pop, beer, wine, and an assortment of food items, such as hot dogs and pizza, can be purchased. Indian Trails provides the relaxed, fun atmosphere for any level golfer and is a great recreation facility for families. Indian Trails is also a great course for a company outing or golf leagues - even the non-golfers can enjoy food and beverages while seated on the deck overlooking the beautiful terrain.

Catholic Central / West Catholic fencing team brings home the trophy

Catholic Central / West Catholic fencing team brings home the trophy

The West Michigan Fencing Academy announced that a composite team from Catholic Central and West Catholic captured the Team Trophy at the Midwest High School Championships.

According to the WMFA, Kayla Kelch of Caledonia High School, Desree Ortega-Furgeson of Catholic Central and Amanda Williams of Rockford High School came in first, second and third, respectively, out of a field of 46 women in the foil competition.  All three were undefeated until meeting each other at the end of the competition.

You can find out more about the sport at WMFA.org.

The Great Skate Raises More Than Money.

The Great Skate Raises More Than Money.

With the Sunday evening temperatures approaching 40 degrees it was a great time to stroll over to Rosa Parks Circle to take part in the Grand Rapids Griffins Great Skate. This annual event spans a full twenty-four hours of skating, activities, fund raising and fun.

As of 8pm when I arrived, the Griffins players, staff and some local volunteers had raised over $14,000 for the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation. Each individual player, some staff and even Forest Hills Northern and Eastern High School Hockey team all are taking pledges and even money from people showing up to skate.

While there, Griffin's defense man Sebastien Piche was the "on duty" skater for the 8pm hour with the final skater being goalie Tom McCollum.

The Hills are Alive

The Hills are Alive

The hills are alive once more with the sound of kids and parents alike out and sliding on the hills at Union High School on Grand Rapids Northwest side. There is lots of squealing, shouting and laughs as they all take turns sliding down the hills and then trudging back up for another spin.

What an awesome way for families to spend time together while getting fresh air and lots of exercise. And, it’s all free.

The Westside of Grand Rapids is very fortunate to have two great sliding areas with Union and also Richmond Park. Take time to check them out!

Winning Wednesday Is A Winner

Winning Wednesday Is A Winner

There is a saying in sports, "Winning Builds Momentum". When it comes the the Grand Rapids Griffins it pays off in more ways than one. Its called "Winning Wednesday"

Here is how it works and it is pretty simple. Come to a Wednesday game, Griffins win, You get to come to the next Wednesday home game for free. Yes free!

Already on their fourth mid-week game the Griffins are 3-1 with the only loss coming during the November matinee game. Because of the noon start of that game, the Griffins honored their first Wednesday win for the next Wednesday game the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

One of the premises of the promotion is to get fans to weekday games that traditionally have low attendance. Tonight's game was played before a crowd of 5,586. The Griffins won in a shootout. With the win, all of the fans at the game can exchange their ticket for the next Wednesday game.

19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

From: http://grpublicschools.org

This year’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, the 19th annual, was a huge success! More than 1,400 participants came out to Cornerstone University to take part in the event.

(Above) Competitors and spectators gather near the Start/Finish line before the gun goes off.

Click here to watch a video of the beginning of the race.