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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.

Golf Scramble for Cullen Finnerty's family August 30

Golf Scramble for Cullen Finnerty's family August 30

ALLENDALE, Mich.—A golf scramble to help out the family of a late Grand Valley State University football star will take place Friday, August 30.

Cullen Finnerty died in May, after finishing a solo fishing trip near Baldwin.  In a recently released report, the medical examiner said Finnerty died from inhaling his own vomit while suffering from pneumonia.  The medical examiner said Finnerty also suffered from CTE, a condition found in athletes with repeated head trauma.

The Cullen Finnerty Memorial Golf Scramble begins at 8 a.m. Friday at The Meadows, located at 4645 West Campus Dr. in Allendale.  The cost is $400 per a four-person team, and comes with 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, prizes and event holes.    Proceeds from the event will go to Finnerty’s wife and two young children.

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Hundreds of students to get new shoes ahead of school year

Hundreds of students to get new shoes ahead of school year

WYOMING, Mich.—Hundreds of students are heading back to school with new athletic shoes, thanks to In the Image’s Shoes Help Our Elementary Students (S.H.O.E.S.) Program.

Program organizers plan to distribute 13,000 pairs of new athletic shoes to at-risk children before the new school year starts.  Eligible students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools and select schools in Kentwood, Wyoming and Godfrey-Lee will receive new shoes. 

In the Image added Potter’s House School to their list after realizing it would have enough shoes to serve children at that school.  Potter’s House students can pick up their shoes at 1823 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids at the following times:

Movies in the Park: "Anchorman" August 23

Movies in the Park: "Anchorman" August 23

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The final film of “Movies in the Park” airs August 23.

Online voters selected "Anchorman" for the inaugural film series.  The showing begins at dusk at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. The showing by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is free to the public. Movie-themed activities begin at 7 p.m.

Visitors should bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for the event.  Refreshments will be available for purchase, and beer and wine are allowed.  

Movies in the Park: "Back to the Future" August 16

Movies in the Park: "Back to the Future" August 16

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— “Movies in the Park” returns to Ah-Nab-Awen Park Friday, August 16 with a showing of "Back to the Future."

 Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will begin airing the movie at dusk.  The showing is free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for the event.  Refreshments will be available for purchase, and beer and wine are allowed.

The final film of Movies in the Park is “Anchorman,” which will be on the big screen August 23.   Movie-themed activities begin at 7 p.m.

Bob Kozminski Memorial Classic to help GRCC student

Bob Kozminski Memorial Classic to help GRCC student

WALKER, Mich.—On July 8, 2007,  Grand Rapids Officer Bob Kozminski was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute at a Northeast home.

But his legacy lives on, helping college students pursue a career in law enforcement.

The Bob Kozminski Memorial Classic will take place August 17 at Gracewil Country Club, 2597 4 Mile NW in My Town Walker. Proceeds from the four person scramble will go to the Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship Fund, which supports Grand Rapids Community College students entering law enforcement. 

This is the seventh year for the event.

Zombies invade Kalamazoo for night race August 10

Zombies invade Kalamazoo for night race August 10

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Zombies will take over Kalamazoo this weekend, trying to stop “survivors” racing through Spring Valley Park.

The Zombie Dash on Saturday, August 10 is one of the only night races of its kind in the nation.  Participants who finish the 3.1 mile race with one or both “life strips” attached to their waist receive a time bonus.  Zombies will be hiding throughout the course, trying to yank the strips away. All runners will be required to wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight for safety.

Registration for Kalamazoo’s Zombie Dash is closed to runners, but zombies are still invited to come and “eat” for free.  Zombies must check in before 7:45 p.m. with a signed waiver from the race website.  Friends, family and community members are welcome to cheer on the survivors.