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Caledonia Michigan July 4th 2010 Celebration

Caledonia’s July 4th 2010 celebration will be held on Saturday,

July 3rd, 2010 at Caledonia Lakeside Park.

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List of Caledonia July 3rd 2010 Events:

8:00 AM – The Kilt Klassic 5K Run

10:30 AM  The Parade

12:00 Noon    Stage Entertainment

Throughout the day there will be games, food, Antique Tractor Pull,

and fun for the whole family.

10:00 pm – Fireworks at dusk

Village of Caledonia Info

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Rockford Michigan is celebrating the 42nd Annual Start of Summer

Celebration June 10- 13th, 2010

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 42nd Annual

Start of Summer Celebration with carnival rides, crafters, food

vendors, entertainment and free children’s activities, Water Ball &,

Bed Race competitions, parade and fireworks.  This event begins

on Thursday night, June 10 with community night.  Contact the

Chamber office for details – 616-866-2000

 Rogue River dam Rockford MI

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Michigan Free Fishing Weekend  June 12- 13, 2010

As summer in Michigan approaches, Michiganders start to

gravitate toward the 11,037 inland lakes, 36,350 miles of rivers

or streams, or the 3288 miles of Great Lakes shoreline available

for recreation in Michigan [ Included are 12,000 miles

of trout waters].  In fact, there is so much water

available, that wherever you are in Michigan, you are never

more than 6 miles away from a body of water.

Grand River 6th st bridge

If you have fond memories of fishing with your Dad or grand-

parents, then why not create your own memories this weekend?

The Michigan Dept of Natural Resources has declared that you can

fish in any Michigan inland or Great Lakes waters for all species of

fish – without a license – this weekend.

Please note that all fishing regulations still apply.

And don’t forget about safety.  You are still required to follow

all watercraft laws.  So, get out the poles, grab some bait,

and get fishing!

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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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2010 Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts on the Lowell Michigan Showboat

Lowell is a pretty little city on the Flat River just east of Ada &

Grand Rapids.  In fact, it takes us about fifteen minutes to drive there,

which we do quite often.

Lowell ShowBoat Sizzlin’ Summer  Concert Series 2010

Thursday night this summer, there is a FREE CONCERT from 7 to 9pm

at the Riverwalk in Lowell on the Showboat stage.  The concerts are

wheelchair accessible, free parking, there is bleacher seating or bring

your own chair.

The Flat River Grill is offering food and a cash bar, as well as other

vendors  along the Riverwalk plaza.

NOTE: Construction on the Flat River Bridge in the center of Lowell will

complicate parking and traffic as it only goes one way – east – at this point.

The detour takes you out to Grand River Drive and then back to M 42 on

the return trip west to Grand Rapids.

Robert E Lee Showboat Lowell MI

Lowell MI showboat stage

Summer Concert Line Up  Thursday Nights June 17th – August 26th

June 17th – Bronk Brothers Band – ( Rockin’ Hillbilly)

June 24th – Kathy Lamar & the Bob Van Stee Trio ( Jazz, R & B, Blues)

July 1st – Boogie Woogie Babies – (a 1940’s Musical Revue)

July 8th – Madcap, Kane and Maxwell Street (Acoustic Blues- American Roots)

July 15th – Alive and Well ( Classic Rock/Pop)

July 23rd – River City Jazz Ensemble – ( Jazz)

July 30th – Lynn Thompson Band (eclectic)

Aug 6 th – Eyde Evans Hyde & MacNaughton Trio (Jazz, Blues. Pop)

Aug 13th- No Show at Riverwalk – 4-H Fair – Performing at the Fair

The Black Canyon Bluegrass Band ; Patchwork Bluegrass Band

Aug 20th – Dewsouth  – (Rockin’ Country)

Aug 26th – Argentucky Blues Band – ( Blues)

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As you can see by this photo, there is an awesome shade tree to sit

under, over by the river or in the bleachers.

A great line up of local talent for your summer enjoyment. Come on out

and enjoy an evening in Lowell, Michigan.

Lowell Area Arts Council and Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce are

joint sponsors.  More information on their web sites.

If you would like information about Grand Rapids, Ada or Lowell Homes,

please contact me directly:  toll free at 1-888-240-1968 ext 0

or terry@terrywestbrook.com

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Copyright 2010  All rights reserved

Photos of Lowell Showboat Concerts by Bonnie Westbrook

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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.

 

Evanston fireworks close up3

 

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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We invite you to visit our world famous Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will share our recent snowy winter scenes with you. It usually doesn’t look like this until January or February, but it certainly is getting us in the Holiday mood. This is just a sampling of the 200+ sculptures that are here at the park permanently.

If you get a chance to visit Grand Rapids, don’t miss the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Former President Jimmy Carter called it a "National Treasure." We would love to have you come for a visit and see for yourself.

More photos of Meijer Gardens

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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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Roselle Park in Ada Michigan along the Grand River is  247 acre park that is

a dedicated Natural Habitat Refuge.  On a rainy Saturday a few weeks

ago, we stopped and took  a few photos.  It was cold and windy but

the fall colors were great.  We walked on one of the trails along the Grand

River. A very peaceful place to visit. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

Silos at Roselle Park

These silos were left from the previous owner of the property. The one with

the stars on top has been made into a 9 story observation tower.

 

view east from silo

View from the observation tower toward the Grand River

leaves on path

On the walking trail along the river.

river at park

The Grand River, the longest river in Michigan. It starts near Hillsdale MI and

winds it’s way north then west, eventually emptying into Lake Michigan.

This spot is just north of the confluence of the Thornapple River at Ada MI.

 

Additional information on  Roselle Park:

Roselle Park Nature Preserve on the Grand River

Roselle Park Flood Stage Spring 2009 Video

Roselle Park Photos

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For MLS access to the homes for sale in the West Michigan Area,visit: Westbrook Realty ~ Grand Rapids Real Estate for a free search.  Your search can be saved and modified as you view homes, with no obligation.

Thinking of selling your home?  We offer one of the most extensive marketing campaigns in Grand Rapids with a major online presence for your home.  With over 85% of buyers looking for homes online, this is where we concentrate our efforts.  Click here to view Terry’s Realtor profile.

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Autumn is a picturesque time of year here in West Michigan. We

have lots of rivers, lakes, fall color, and lots of wildlife.  This series

of photos lets you see a few residents of the Thornapple River at

their daily routine.  The Thornapple River flows into the Grand River,

the longest in the state at Ada Michigan.  Needless to say, a haven for wildlife year round.  This gaggle of geese was just off the

Thornapple Pointe Golf Club  in southeastern Kent County a few

weekends ago.

Thornapple River Ada MI

Thornapple River Grand Rapids MI

Thornapple River Grand Rapids MI

Thoranpple River Grand Rapids MI

Thornapple River Grand Rapids MI

 

If you are looking for a home in the Grand Rapids Area, we service the following areas: Metro Grand Rapids, Ada-Cascade, East Grand Rapids, Caledonia, Kentwood, Lowell, and Rockford. We have assisted Grand Rapids buy & sell homes for the last 35+ years. Call 1-616-292-7263 to talk with Terry or email him at: terry@terrywestbrook.com.

For MLS access to the homes for sale in the West Michigan Area,visit: Westbrook Realty ~ Grand Rapids Real Estate for a free search.  Your search can be saved and modified as you view homes, with no obligation.

Thinking of selling your home?  We offer one of the most extensive marketing campaigns in Grand Rapids with a major online presence for your home.  With over 85% of buyers looking for homes online, this is where we concentrate our efforts.  Click here to view Terry’s Realtor profile.

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