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My Town: Ada Farmers Market prepares for a new extended season

My Town: Ada Farmers Market prepares for a new extended season

ADA, Mich.—The new season will be an even longer one for the Ada Farmers Market.

The farmers market will celebrate the start of its sixth season on Tuesday, June 10 in the parking lot of The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Drive.  Shoppers can peruse fresh produce and other local products from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   The farmers market will be open every Tuesday through October 28, a month longer than last year. Organizers are expecting the majority of vendors to return this year.

This year, organizers will be adding a new cooking class by local chefs, preparing their own dishes based on whatever is in the market that day.  The cooking class schedule will be posted on the Ada Farmers Market website and Facebook page as it becomes available.

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My Town Cascade Township: Deputy shares tips for fraud protection during free workshop

My Town Cascade Township: Deputy shares tips for fraud protection during free workshop

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Senior citizens are encouraged to learn how to protect their assets during a fraud presentation by Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Roe Wednesday, April 16.

Roe will share some tips for community members during this free workshop, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Wisner Center inside the Cascade Township Library.

The presentation comes just days after a suspicious person was seen on Colchester Drive SE, going through mail boxes in the late evening.  Roe advises community members to avoid placing checks in their mailbox, so suspects cannot obtain your information and money.

Local runners looking forward to Boston Marathon


ADA (WZZM) - Runners from the Grand Rapids area are looking forward to Monday's running of the 118th Boston Marathon. Many are leaving Friday for Beantown, including Kim Evans of Ada.

"Usually you feel a little nervous and I'm not feeling that way at all this year - I'm just feeling very much lucky and excited to be a part of it" Evans said Tuesday.

She will be one of 36,000 runners, a record field.

Evans was several minutes from the finish line in last year's race, when two bombs exploded. She was not near the chaos but "we were very much affected by what was going on."

Evans, a retired school teacher, now works at Gazelle Sports. She is one of five Gazelle employees running Boston.


My Town: YMCA announces site for new facility

My Town: YMCA announces site for new facility

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is opening a new facility.

The approval process begins April 21 with the Cascade Township Planning Committee, but the YMCA has already signed purchase agreements for 36 acres at Burton Street and Kraft Avenue SE. 

The new facility will replace the existing Southeast YMCA on Forest Hills Avenue.  It will include the same basic design that was planned for the Grand Rapids Township property, and feature outdoor athletic facilities, a healthy living center and a farm.  Leaders hope to begin construction on the new YMCA this fall, and open to the public in the fall of 2015.

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My Town: New restaurant to open April 15

My Town: New restaurant to open April 15

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—A new restaurant is getting ready to open its doors to the public.

Cork Wine & Grille will begin welcoming the public on April 15.  Cork Wine & Grille is located at Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Road SE.  The restaurant is part of the RedWater Restaurant Group, which includes Reds on the River in Rockford, FireRock Grille in Caledonia Township and Rush Creek Bistro in Grand Rapids.

Cork will be open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  The new restaurant features one of the largest outdoor seating areas in the area, complete with fire pits.  The menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and soups.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announces biggest Outdoor Summer Concert Series ever

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announces biggest Outdoor Summer Concert Series ever


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (WZZM) - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is announcing its biggest Outdoor Summer Concert Series ever. The 30 shows will take place at the 1,900-seat amphitheater this June through September.

Here's the lineup:

Santana, June 1 at 6:30 p.m., $150 presale | $ 153 member | $155 public

Jason Isbell with James McMurtry, June 11 at 6:30 p.m., $29 presale | $32 member | $34 public

CAKE, June 12 at 7 p.m., $47 presale | $50 member | $52 public

John Legend, June 18 at 7:30 p.m., $75 presale | $78 member | $80 public

Tedeschi Trucks Band, June 19 at 6:30 p.m., $54 presale | $57 member | $59 public

NEEDTOBREATHE, June 21 at 7 p.m., $35 presale | $38 member | $40 public

O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips, June 23 at 5:30 p.m., $65 presale | $68 member | $70 public

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Arthritis Walk will return with a new name and new leader when it returns to Grand Rapids next month.

Dr. Thomas A. Malvitz of Ada will serve as medical chair of the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis, formerly known as the Arthritis Walk.  Malvitz is a surgeon with the Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan in Grand Rapids.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a three-mile walk aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight arthritis.  Proceeds from the event go to the Arthritis Foundation, which works to help some of the more than 2.3 million Michiganders with arthritis.