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GRBJ: Gilmore Collection aiming to expand

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)- Although the Gilmore Collection has just closed a longstanding suburban business, the firm is moving forward with its plan to expand its downtown entertainment center. But the urban market that the Grand Action Committee and the Downtown Development Authority want to build at Wealthy Street and Ionia Avenue has caused the company to adjust its expansion plan for The BOB, which is about a mile away from the market at 20 Monroe Ave. NW.

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Metro Cruise expected to bring thousands to Grand Rapids area

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Car lovers from across the country are on their way to West Michigan as the 28th Street Metro Cruise returns for a sixth year.

The event attracts more than 300,000 visitors and 15,000 vehicles to Grandville, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, and Cascade Township.

On Thursday, organizers stopped by our studios to showcase just a couple of the classic cars that will take part in this year's Metro Cruise.  They say the two day event is good for the local economy and fun for everyone.

"I just absolutely love people and just watching those cars come in and the excitement that everyone has," says Denise Hughes. "Everybody has a car that they had, their first car they fell in love with or a car they wish they always had everyone can be a part of this."

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Presents: Douglas Baker

From: http://www.fhfineartscenter.com

Douglas Baker:  Oil Painting
September 1 – 27, 2010
Reception: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the lobby. Everyone is welcome!

Like little journeys between past and present, Douglas Baker’s abstract paintings remind us that where we’ve been is part of where we’re going. “There’s a form of expression within each person that comes out no matter who you are and what you’re doing,” he explains. “What feels like a brand new thought is really an evolution––a building process based on what has already come before.”

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FHPS Kindergarten Schedule Changes for 2010-2011 School Year

From: http://www.fhps.us/

After a review of enrollment trends for kindergarten schedule options, as well as gathering staff input, it has been decided that beginning with the 2010-11 school year, all kindergarten classes will be offered on an all-day, alternate-day (AD/AD) schedule. On this schedule, children attend all day Monday and Wednesday and a half-day on Friday, or all day on Tuesday and Thursday and a half-day on Friday. We are pleased that this change will allow the following benefits for our incoming kindergarteners:
•  Two full days and a half-day weekly will provide more uninterrupted instructional time to teach the kindergarten curriculum.

•  Scheduling will allow collaboration among early childhood teachers and may allow for flexible grouping of students.

Public Comment Session on Ada Township Parks & Recreation Plan

From: Ada Township Online

Public Comment Session on Parks & Recreation Plan

Your Input Is Required. Ada Township Parks & Recreation Deptartment is in the process of updating the Township's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. This document is used as a guide for park master plans, land acpuisition goals, recreation programs and our strategic planning process. It is updated every 5 years.

A copy of the current "2007 Recreation Plan" is available on the Ada Township web site "Parks & Recreation" page.

We would like your input, ideas and suggestions. There will be two other meetings: on Saturday, Oct. 2nd, at 11:00 am and at 1:00 pm., at Roselle Park during the River Festival, 1010 Grand River Dr., Ada MI 49301

Ada Township "River Clean Up Day"

From: Ada Township Online

"River Clean Up Day"
The "Annual Clean Up Day" for the Thornapple and Grand Rivers. Care for our local waterways by helping pick up trash along the shores and in the rivers and nearby streams. Meet at Leonard Field Park by the Covered Bridge for check-in. You can join either a "land team" (on the shores) or a "water team" (canoes, kayaks) to collect trash along the Thornapple and Grand Rivers that run through Ada Township. Supplies, gloves, snack and lunch provided. Pre-registration required by contacting the Park office: 676-0520

When Sat Sep 18 9am – 1pm Eastern Time
Where Meet at Leonard Field