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Grand Rapids Michigan July 4th 2010 Celebration

Grand Rapids July 4th Fireworks and Celebration will be held at

Ah Nab Awen Park along the Grand River in downtown Grand

Rapids.  The evenings entertainment will start at 6 pm and

conclude with the fireworks display at 10:30 pm.

Blue Bridge Artwork

Schedule of Free Events:

6:00 pm – Octaglee Vocal Octet sing patriotic selections

6:15-6:45 pm – Spittin’ Image – 8th & 9th grade students  play

contemporary and classic rock

7:00 –7:30 pm – Gabriel James – Alternative style

7:45 – 8:30 pm – Silversmith – Group plays original music from

blues to classic  rock

8:30 – 9:15 pm – Four Finger Five – Band plays a unique mix of rock and blues

9:15 – 9:30 pm – Ralston Bowles – Popular West Michigan entertainer

9:30 – 10:30 pm – Natchez Trace – One of Michigan’s favorite Vocal Bands

10:30 pm – FIREWORKS!!!!

fireworks

GRNOW Fireworks information

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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The Grand Rapids Art Museum is hosting free Music Concerts

on the Terrace Stage Friday nights this summer.

Starting on June 11th and running until August 27th, 2010 every

Friday night from 7-9 pm.  Access to the Terrace Stage is free,

downtown market kiosks, plus food and beverages will be available.

Outdoor sketching, games for all ages and wonderful West Michigan

summer evenings in an urban setting – with live music!

The line up for Friday Nights at GRAM

Outdoor Summer Music Series – Summer 2010

June 11            La Famiglia – Hip Hop

June 18            DJ Brandon Hill  – Techno

June 25           Groove Merchant   – Urban Beats

July 2              End of Times Orchestra  – Prog  Rock

July 9              Chosen  – R & B featuring Daniel Richardson

and Kathy LeMar

July 16            Pangea   – Steel Drum Band

July 30           Side Pocket  – Fusion

July 30           Big Organ      – Organ Trio featuring Randy Marsh

Aug 6            David Hardin   – Americana

Aug 13          Fainting Generals  – Pop Rock

Aug 20         Bill Sears   – Jazz Saxophone

Aug 27        An Dro     – Celtic

The fun begins at 5 pm, music starts at 7 pm.

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Michigan is an agricultural state. In fact, in agricultural products,

Michigan is second only to California among the diversity of its

products.  Agriculture and farming is a large segment of our local

West Michigan economy.

West Michigan is nationally known for its fruit production, including

blueberries, cherries, apples, grapes and peaches.  Add to this local

organic farmers that sell to local restaurants and grocery stores and

you can see how important growing food is to our local economy.

We like to support local businesses and farmers. Local produce is

the best!  So visit your local farmers’ Market in Kent County and

see what you have been missing.  Fresh produce is here in Michigan

and available in most areas near you.

fresh west michigan produce

Ada MI Farmers’ Market – Community Church Parking Lot

Tuesdays June 22 – Sept. 28, 2010  2:00 – 7 pm

Project FRESH accepted

“Chef in the Market” cooking demonstration program, also accepting

food basket donations for delivery to food pantry

Allendale Famers’ Market6101 Lake Michigan Dr – Heritage Town

Square Parking Lot ( North side of Lake Michigan Dr)  June – October

Tuesdays and Fridays  11:00 am – 4 pm  Project FRESH accepted

Byron Center Farmers’ Market – Pathway Church Parking Lot or

grassy area north of the Post Office – 8350 Byron Center Av.

May – October Saturday 8am-1 pm Project FRESH accepted.

Caledonia Michigan Farmers’ Market – M 37 & 100th St Intersection

Saturday  8am –  12 pm until Oct 30th 2010

Coopersville Farmers’ Market – North Main St parking lot pavilion

May 7- Oct 29  Wednesday 8 am – 1 pm  Project FRESH accepted

Fulton Street Farmer’s Market – 1147 E. Fulton St Grand Rapids MI

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday  8:00 am – 3:00 pm

May to Christmas

Grand Rapids South East Area Farmers’ Market

Corner of Franklin & Fuller   Grand Rapids Michigan

June – October Thursday  10am – 4 pm

Project FRESH & Food Stamps accepted

Grand Rapids West Side Farmer’ Market

Alpine at 11th St ( City View Church) Grand Rapids Michigan

Thursday May 6 – October 7  Thursday  10am – 6:30 pm

Project FRESH accepted

Ada MI farmers market

Grandville Farmers’ Market – 4055 Maple St SW Grandville, MI

North of the Grandville Library

May 4 – Oct 19 Tuesday  8 am – 1 pm

Howard City Famers’ Market – 120 W. Edgerton at the White Pine Trail

staging area near the depot at Ensley and Edgerton St. Intersection

May 8 – October  Saturday 9 am – 1 pm

Hudsonville Farmers’ Market & Crafts – 3302 Prospect St  corner of

Prospect and School just off Chicago Dr.

June 2 – October 6, 2010   Wednesdays 8 am – 2 pm

Project FRESH accepted

Lowell MI Farmers’ Market – 225 S Hudson Lowell Fairgrounds

Thursdays May 13- Oct 7 2010   2 pm – 7 pm  Handicap Parking Avail.

Metro Health Hospital Farmers’ Market– Metro Health Village

5900 Byron Center Ave Wyoming MI – easy access off M-6

May 6 – late Sept. 2010  Thursday 9am – 1 pm

Project FRESH accepted; free health screenings; live entertainment

Plainfield Township Farmers’ Market – 4411 Plainfield Ave NE

(corner of 5 Mile Rd and Plainfield Ave) adjacent to Fire Station # 3.

June 15 – Oct 14, 2010 Tuesday & Thursday   2 pm – 7 pm

Rockford MI Farmers’ Market – South Squires St Parking Lot off Main St

June 5 – Oct 30, 2010  Saturday 8 am – 1 pm

Walker Farmers’ Market – 4300 Remembrance Rd at Rylee’s Ace Hardware

Saturday June – Sept    8am – 2 pm

Link to Michigan Farmer’s Markets

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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The inimitable Cheryl Wheeler is coming to Grand Rapids this week!

In concert at Fifth Third Ball Park on Saturday, April 10th, 2010.

Gates open at 6:30 pm, concert starts at 7:30 pm.

Special guest Nicholas James Thomasma

Part of the Pepsi Stadium Club Concert Series

Never heard of Cheryl Wheeler?

Cheryl is a prolific songwriter and talented performer. You have

probably heard her songs. She is very respected by her peers, as many

of them have recorded her songs.

Chery’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals,

Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus,

Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and

Holly Near. If they think she is great, then maybe you should find

out why they are fans.

Tickets are $20.00   Parking is free.

Cheryl’s website Tickets online

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The West Michigan White Caps will kick off their 2010 season

with a FREE exhibition game with Grand Valley State University

on Wednesday , April 7th, at 6 pm at Fifth Third Ballpark.

 

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The official Whitecaps baseball season begins on Thursday,

April 8 at Lake County, OH.  The first home game is scheduled

for Sunday April 11th against the 2009 Midwest League Champion

Fort Wayne TinCaps at 2 pm.  This is also Family Day

– Kids Eat Free – sponsored by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

They are sponsoring 2 of these events in April.

 

You can go to the website www.whitecapsbaseball.com  for ticket information.

Admission to this event is free.

 

There is always something happening in Grand Rapids!  We try to keep

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

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We attended an inspiring event sponsored by Rapid Growth Media

and Michigan State Housing Development Authority last night at

the Wealthy Street Theatre.  This was the first in a year long series

of events. This premier event was called “Touting Michigan”.

 

Rapid Growth brought together 5 panelists that are each individually

promoting Michigan, our state economy and image, and doing

something positive about rebuilding our state.

 

The message was clear – We have to do it ourselves!

 

Rapid Growth Talk 1  2010-02-09

Panelists from left to right are:

 

Sean Mann from Let’s Save Michigan

John Bell from Michigan Awesome

Lisa Diggs from Buy Michigan Now

Kevin Buist from Michigan by Choice

Neil Yaremchuk from Made in Michigan

and Moderator Jennifer Pascua

From Neil Yaremchuk: If we buy just $10 worth of Michigan made

products every week, we would pump $37 million back into our

local economies.  This means JOBS!!

 

Think Michigan First, Buy Local, and support your local

businesses and farmers. It is actually cheaper and greener.

Why send our hard earned Michigan money elsewhere?

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Major remodeling on the I-96 expressway starting at the bridge over the

Grand River in Grand Rapids and running to Fuller Street exit is being

announced by Michigan Department of Transportation through a novel

method – a YouTube video. 

The video takes you on a completed trip through the new proposed

highway, from both directions, east & west. It shows the 4 bridges

that will be replaced: Diamond, Lafayette, Eastern, and Coit Avenues.

This $40 Million project is part of American Recovery & Reinvestment

Act benefits.  A new south wall, landscape beautification and new

signage and lighting will be added along this two mile driveway to

downtown Grand Rapids.

 

 

Article here but the best information is covered in the video.

 

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

                          Contact Terry   616-292-7263

We love to try new places to eat, especially for lunch. But Marie

Catrib’s in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids is an old

favorite.  We have friends, John & Betsy who live in Heritage Hill

and Marie’s is a great place to meet.

The atmosphere is cozy and warm.  The restaurant is always busy.

And the food is unusual and delicious.  I prefer the vegetarian,

local products, my spouse prefers traditional fare. At Marie’s,

both of us are happy with the selections.

On our recent visit, I ordered the veggie Sweet Potato and

Quinoa burger [heavenly and huge] while my pard ordered the

Turkey Rueben [messy but delish].

Outside of bldg

Marie Catrib’s From the Street

Inside marie catribes restaurant

East Hills is the center of the universe.

deli goodies case at marie catribes

A take-out case is loaded with great offerings.

Marie Catrib’s is located at 1001 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids MI

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Grand Rapids Michigan is a diverse metropolitan area comprised of

many local cities and communities that surround the city of

Grand Rapids.  The Grand Rapids metro area is the second largest

“city” in Michigan with a population around 1 million.

West Michigan is a beautiful 4 season area of Michigan that has lots

of hardwood forests, rolling hills, Lake Michigan shoreline, hundreds

of  lakes and rivers, and a thriving, diverse work environment with

educated workers.  We have 25 colleges and universities in our

area, including the new Michigan State Medical School on the

“Medical Mile” in downtown Grand Rapids with a student population

of around 32,000+ students.

GR big map w tack

Getting To Know Grand Rapids:

Since pictures speak louder than words, we have links to photos

& videos of some of our local communities:

Ada Michigan is a small community southeast of Grand Rapids with

an excellent school system and lots of suburban homes.

Caledonia Michigan is a small suburban community that has farms

and a rural setting.

East Grand Rapids is a city bordering on Grand Rapids that has

lovely older homes, an excellent school system, and excellent city services,

including community events, and over 100 miles of plowed city

sidewalks in the winter.

Kentwood Michigan is a suburban community southeast of Grand

Rapids with businesses, such as Steelcase, one of the nation’s largest

office furniture manufacturers and lots of suburban housing subdivisions,

both new and established, plus rental communities for housing options.

Lowell Michigan is a small community east of Grand Rapids with a

vibrant business community, excellent school system, and a mixture of

older homes and newer subdivisions, all centered around the Flat River.

Rockford Michigan is a small community north of Grand Rapids

on the Rogue River.  It is home to the global shoe manufacturer, Wolverine

Worldwide [Merrell, Patagonia, Harley Davidson brands], but has a small

town feeling with unique boutiques, shops, and wonderful restaurants.

Many newer homes, established subdivisions and older homes populate

the Rockford area.

Quality of Life in Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids Michigan Rated 5th Most Affordable Housing in US

Aug 21, 2009 – CNN Money has rated the top cities in affordable housing.

Top Schools in West Michigan – 6-15-2009 – Six West Michigan public

Schools were rated in the top 1500 schools in the nation by Newsweek.

Spectrum Hospital Ranks in Nation’s Top 100

Restaurants in the Grand Rapids Area:

Good Eats – Marie Catrib’s in the East Hills Neighborhood of Grand Rapids offers

unusual fare in a friendly atmosphere.

The Thornapple Daily Grill in Ada, Michigan – March 9, 2008 –Nestled in

heart of downtown Ada near the Thornapple River, this Gilmore

Restaurant is a favorite with local patrons for lunch or dinner.

More than Tacos at Taquitos Mexican Grill – Aug 1, 20009 – Located in

the old Herkimer Hotel, no dark and dingy digs here.

First Choice for Chinese in Forest Hills = First Wok – Dec 4, 2009 – Located in

the heart of Cascade, this Chinese Restaurant is one of our favorites.

The Grille Restaurant at Watermark Country Club – March 9, 2008 –

Serving fresh local foods when possible, this restaurant is always

busy.  Whether you stop in for a business lunch or have a quick

meal after you play nine holes, you can’t go wrong here.

The Monterey Grille in Caledonia – March 9,2009 – A great local place

for breakfast or an after work get-together at the sports bar.

Recreation in Grand Rapids:

Art Prize – Sept 24, 2009 – Planned to be an annual event in Grand Rapids,

Art Prize took the city by storm this year with over $250K in prizes,

artists from all over the world bringing their art creations to GR.

Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey – May 11, 2009 – A Night at a Griffins

Play-off Game

White Caps Baseball Signals Spring – March 15, 2009 – Opening day

for the local AA Team is much anticipated in Grand Rapids.

Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture ParkThe Sculptures;

The Conservatory ; The Children’s Garden ; Butterfly Exhibit

Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series 2010 – April 26, 2010 –

16 concerts held at the Outdoor Amphitheater.

Grand Haven – Aug 24, 2009  – Coast Guard City is a great destination for

tourists and Michigan day trippers, like ourselves.

Golf in West Michigan –

Roselle Park – Nov 6, 2009 – Natural Habitat Refuge on the Grand River

with an observation tower, viewing deck, canoe/kayak launch, miles of

walking trails.

Grand Rapids Golf – With over 900 courses in West Michigan, it could

take a few months to play them all.  A few local golf course articles &

photos.

Real Estate Information for Buyers & Sellers:

Which Mortgage Do I Choose? – Key questions to ask yourself and

lenders before you finalize your mortgage.

Buying Foreclosed Homes is NOT FUN! – May 6, 2008 –

A few buying tips on foreclosed properties. Be Aware. Be Prepared.

Use a Seasoned Buyer’s Agent.

Are you Looking for your Grand Rapids Dream Home? – May 13, 2008 –Lots

of internet searches for the perfect home are being done right now.

Sellers Beware! Avoid 11 Mistakes That Could Cost You Hundreds, even
Thousands of Dollars!

The difference between a profitable, seamless

transaction and a break even, miserable experience is often a fine line.

Top Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You List Your Home – Crucial

areas of expertise your Realtor should possess.

Homes in Greater Grand Rapids Area:

Grand Rapids Michigan Homes  Search

Ada Michigan  Homes Search

East Grand Rapids Michigan Homes  Search

Caledonia Michigan Homes Search

Cascade Michigan Homes  Search

Kentwood Michigan Homes  Search

Lowell Michigan Homes  Search

Rockford Michigan Homes  Search

Wyoming Michigan – Search for Homes

Search Luxury Grand Rapids Homes

Grand Rapids – Condos for Sale

Kentwood Condos for Sale

Waterfront Homes for Sale

No one wants to get ill and end up in the hospital. But life happens.

We get sick, we get in accidents, we fall off ladders and break bones,

we have babies.  When this happens it is very comforting to know

you have an excellent  hospital in your local area that will be able to

care for you until you recover.

 

WestSide skyline GR2005

Here in Grand Rapids, Michigan we are very fortunate to have one of the

nation’s best hospitals to care for our citizens in need of health care.

 Spectrum Health has 7 Hospitals and more than 140 service sites.

Spectrum Health’s 14,000 employees, 1,500 medical staff members

and 2,000 volunteers are  a major part of our community and our economy,

providing $98.6 million in community benefit during its 2007 fiscal year.

 

Spectrum Health has earned more than 50 national awards during the

past 10 years. A recent study recognized Spectrum Health as one of

the best hospitals in the country for the sixth time in 10 years.

Spectrum Health was included on the list of Thomson Healthcare’s

100 Top Hospitals for 2007.

The winners were announced in the March 17, 2008 issue of

Modern Healthcare magazine.

The 100 Top Hospitals have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free, and have lower expenses-all while maintaining financial stability. Thomson Healthcare estimates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the 100 Top Hospitals winners:

  • more than 120,000 additional patients would survive each year
  • nore than 138,000 patient complications would be avoided annually
  • expenses would decline by an aggregate $6.2 billion a year
  • the average patient stay would decrease by more than half a day

If you are planning on relocating to Grand Rapids Michigan, you can rest assured your medical needs will be in good hands.

Spectrum Health facts taken from Spectrum Health website – press releases

Grand Rapids Photos

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