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Calder Cup to appear at two local restaurants

Calder Cup to appear at two local restaurants

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Calder Cup is so well traveled, it could put George Clooney’s character in ‘Up in the Air’ to shame.

After making numerous stops, the Calder Cup will visit East Grand Rapids Thursday, along with Griffins Head Coach Jeff Blashill.

Blashill will accompany the cup to Ramona’s Table, located at 2232 Wealthy St. SE for a 12:30 p.m. appearance.  Hockey fans are invited to visit during their lunch hour.

If you can’t make it out Thursday, mark your calendar for September 13.  The Calder Cup will be on display at the Uccello’s on East Beltline from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 11 'Gym Jam' to benefit Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

August 11 'Gym Jam' to benefit Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—  Grand Rapids Gymnastics will transform into a carnival August 11 for the “Gym Jam” open house.

From noon until 4 p.m., visitors can visit the gym, located at 1601 Galbraith Ave.

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

The “Stuff the Bus” community challenge is back.

 Now through August 9, Hand2Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation will be collecting school supplies and personal items for children.  The donations will be distributed to about 3,000 middle school students in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.

 “Soap, Socks and Supplies” is the theme for this fourth annual campaign. Donations can be dropped off Fifth Third Bank locations throughout metro Grand Rapids.  Financial donations are also being accepted.

 "Each year Fifth Third supplies the backpacks for the students, and we look forward to working together with the community to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank.

East Grand Rapids gears up for triathalon after GR Facebook honor

East Grand Rapids gears up for triathalon after GR Facebook honor

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—East Grand Rapids is getting ready to host the Reeds Lake Triathalon again this year.

This is their 30th year for the race, which will take over portions of M-21 on September 7, leading to lane closures around 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  The Reeds Lake Triathalon is expected to attract 1,200 athletes—approximately the same amount who turned out for the Grand Rapids Triathalon on June 9.

This week, Facebook named Grand Rapids the top U.S. city for triathalons.   Grand Rapids was the only Michigan city to make Facebook’s list of fittest cities, which was compiled based on fitness-related status updates, gym check-ins, use of fitness apps and fitness-related life events listed by Facebook users earlier this year.

NFL player helps Van Andel Institute fight cancer July 17-18

NFL player helps Van Andel Institute fight cancer July 17-18

Work out alongside NFL player Jared Veldheer as part of the Van Andel Institute’s Barre Fight Against Cancer.

The two-day workout begins at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at Powerstrength Training Systems, located at 1680 4 Mile Rd. NE  and ends at Pure Barre, located at 2107 E. Beltine Ave. NE.  For $20, participants  get NFL training with Veldheer  and a  Pure Barre class, as well as a Purple Community t-shirt.  Proceeds will go towards cancer research at VAI.

Space is limited.  To reserve a spot, visit https://community.vai.org/veldheerbarre.

Golf pro opens new business

Golf pro opens new business

Golf pro and author Scott Seifferlein is turning his talent into a business.

Seifferlein and the people behind www.grandrapidsgolflesson.com recently cut the ribbon on their new location at Watermark Country Club, located at 5500 Cascade Rd. SE.

Seifferline has been in the business for 19 years, helping hundreds of golfers fix their swing.  He’s also written three instructional books, including “The Game of Golf & The Art of Business,” “Stop Slicing in Five Swings” and “Nineteen Holes of Business Golf Conversation.”

Village design project kickoff planned for June 17

Village design project kickoff planned for June 17

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Ada Township Board and Downtown Development Authority Board hope to kick off  their village design plan Monday, June 17.

The Township picked Progressive AE to prepare the village design plan.  Progressive AE’s proposal includes showcasing the riverfront, creating a central focal point at Ada Drive and Thornapple River Drive, improving safety on roadways by adding medians and possibly including biking and parking lanes, reconfiguring the Thornapple Village Shopping Center, and expanding recreational opportunities.

Progressive AE plans to hold public forums to revise its plan. If all goes well, the developer will present its final approved plan in October 2013.