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Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

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Ada Chili and Beer Festival

December 5: 11:00am-3:00pm

Join us for the second annual Ada Chili and Beer Festival!  This is a family friendly event following the Christmas parade in the center of Ada Village.  12 Breweries will highlight seasonal beer offerings while restaurants and home-cooks compete for the coveted Chili cook-off trophy from 11:00am – 2:00pm. More than 20 kinds of Chili will be featured for everyone to sample. Hot Dogs, prepared by the Ada Fire Department, will be available also.

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Weekend Adventure: Meijer Gardens celebrates Christmas around the World

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The holidays are here and that means the annual Christmas display is back at the Frederik Meijer Gardens. This year they've added a few new pieces to their display.

As part of its 20th anniversary, more than 40 trees with special ornaments and decorations line the halls for the "Christmas Traditions from Around the World" exhibit.

Each tree represents a different country, from Russia to Finland and Switzerland.

In addition, the gardens unveiled five new landmarks on its "Railway Gardens" exhibit, representing Grand Rapids' five sister cities.

For exhibit hours and more information, visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park website.

Ada celebrates completion of new Headley Street

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Thursday's weather didn't stop people in Ada from celebrating a development underway in their community.

They packed the fire department for an evening party celebrating the new Headley Street, which now connects to Fulton Street and Ada Drive.

Local vendors provided the food, and musical group the Crane Wives provided the music.

Township supervisor George Haga said they have a way to go to finish the entire development project; Thursday's event simply acknowledged the first milestone. "It's to celebrate the grand opening of the new Headley Street, and we invited the entire community to be part of the celebration."

Next year, the community plans to connect Headley Street to Thornapple River Drive. For now, they hope to open Headley Street back to traffic in December, if not sooner.

Taste of my town: Manna Cafe

ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- This week's Taste of My Town brings us to Manna Cafe near Ada. They opened just a few years ago, on Christmas Eve of 2013. Now they're attracting diners with their delicious breakfast dishes and a positive message.

"Everybody is intrinsically valuable in God's eyes and in our eyes so we just want people to come in and know that they are welcome here and we want to serve them well and leave them with a feeling of peace and a full stomach," said the owner.

They specialize in breakfast and lunch options, including a wide array of unique Eggs Benedict dishes and baked goods. Their corned beef is smoked over applewood and is featured in their bestselling Manna Hash.

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Meijer expands curbside service in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grocery shopping is about to get a little easier in West Michigan.

The Meijer in Cascade is expanding its curbside services, and you have a chance to try it out for free. Meijer announced the expansion to eight stores in Michigan and Ohio.

Meijer Curbside began six months ago at the Knapp's Corner store as a pilot program that quickly took off.

Starting this week, people can order their groceries and other items online, drive to the store and pick-up the order at the curb. The service will cost $4.95 per order, but that fee will be waived for the first month.

For a list of participating stores, visit this link.

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Thieves target Cascade jeweler through neighboring shops

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff Department is investigating break-ins at three businesses that happened sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Detectives say the thief or thieves broke into Panopoulos Salons and Kim's Cleaners in order to access Vandenberg Jewelers, which sits between those shops in the 6700 block of Cascade Rd.

Whoever broke into the businesses first cut outside phone and cable lines. They then pried open the back doors at both Panopoulos and Kim's Cleaners before going through the wall between Kim's Cleaners and Vandenberg Jewelers. They broke into one safe and stole another, taking several thousand dollars in jewelry. They also took the security video system.

Investigators said Panopoulos Salons didn't have an alarm and the alarms in the other two businesses were smashed and didn't go off. The alarm companies are investigating why the systems failed.