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Food Garden Tours

Tours will start at 5:30 p.m. with a neighborhood overview and distribution of tour map. We'll begin walking at 6p.m. At 8:15, we'll conclude with delicious samples of grilled garden foods at our last garden stop.

Each tour will take you on a 1- to 2-mile walk past 8

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To kick off the Michigan Film Festival (not to be confused with the Grand Rapids Film Festival going on at the same time), GRAM will be holding "Movie Night in the Park" at Rosa Parks Circle every Friday in August.

From the WMFVA:

For the full schedule see the press release here.

AUGUST 29

FREE admission to GRAM and UICA, includes Festival programming. Admission underwriting support provided by Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge.

http://michiganfilmfest.org/

~John

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Grand Rapids Fire and Police to answer public questions at L.O.C.A.L

FREE Workshop, Grand Rapids

LOCAL is an acronym for Licensing, Operation, Capacity, Alcohol, and Liability.

The Grand Rapids Police, Fire, Clerks, Office of Special Events, and Attorney's departments

are joining together to address questions and concerns related to the growing needs of and

requirements for entertainment venues in Grand Rapids. The Michigan Liquor Control

Commission will also have representatives presenting.

The FREE, first annual event is directed to buildings/businesses identified as places where

people assemble. The information covered in this workshop will be relevant to bars, nightclubs,

theatres, special social events, art galleries, and everything in-between; and is designed to

inform owners, planners, and operators of the requirements that the municipality and state will

be enforcing.

The goal of this event is to bring a level of understanding and education to local businesses,

network government agencies and business leaders, and provide a forum for feedback to open

the lines of communication for positive future interaction. Attendance is strongly recommended,

and will be taken in consideration by each Agency for future proceedings.

6 different Governmental representatives will present interrelated topics. Fire safety/Code,

police involvement, application, licensing, compliance measures, and legal aspects are just a

few topics to be discussed. They will also answer any questions or concerns.

Mailings are being distributed, but are not exclusive to those who may attend.

The Seminar is being held August 18th, 2009 from 9AM until 12 Noon at the Calvin College

Gezon Auditorium, 3201 Burton St Se, Grand Rapids, MI.

Seating is limited to 300 people. All parties must register by RSVP. Email @ [email protected]

or call the Fire Department @ 456 3900 for more information.

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8/19/09 – Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/19/2009 at Founder's Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.

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Grand Rapids Home for Veterans' cemetery

August is over half gone. Only three PedalGR rides left. Where did the summer go? This week, PedalGR will visit the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. We'll get a short tour of the main grounds and also see some of cemetery, which holds the remains of 2,413 Civil War veterans along with veterans of many other US wars since then. The GRHV complex is a haunted site according to the Encylopedia of Haunted Places, so you'll want to be on the lookout for weird noises and apparitions if you're into that sort of thing.

We'll also be headed further north than any PedalGR ride has ever been. You'll be able to glimpse 5/3rd Park across the river from Willow Dr. We'll also pass the house where GR Press sports columnist David Mayo grew marijuana in his basement, if you're into THAT sort of thing. icon_smile.gif On our way back to Founders, we may stop at Calder Plaza for a group photo if it's not getting too dark.

Map and more info at: http://www.pedalgr.com/2009/08/18/81909-gr...e-for-veterans/

Edited by fotoman311

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Grand Lady Riverboat picnic cruise

This is the re-scheduled event from this spring. Message comes from a singles group (they don't bite).

On Sunday, August 23, we will be going on the Grand River Lady Boat Cruise. This is a Picnic Cruise. Be there to board the boat at 12:30 PM. Cruise is from 1:00 to 3:00. Bring a picnic lunch. There is a Full Cash Bar on board. Cost is $15 for the Cruise. No RSVP necessary. Just show up and pay at the door. Located at 4243 Indian Mounds Drive, SW Grandville, MI 49418

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Grand River Grocery will host LIVE! and Local, a third annual celebration highlighting local foods and local farmers on Friday, September 11th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

LIVE! and Local will highlight products with demonstrations and tastings from local and state-wide food producers. Representatives from Great Lakes Tea and Spice Company, Treasured Thyme Dips, Rowster Coffee, Farm Country Cheese, and award winning cheese maker, Barbara Jenness from Dancing Goat Creamery, and will be available to discuss their products and a mini farmer

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Michigan Wine Dinner at The Thornapple Daily Grill - Thursday, September 10, 2009 @ 7pm

Grand River Grocery and The Daily Grill are getting ready for the Friday LIVE! and Local event - a showcase of Michigan products. To kick-off the celebration they are once again partnering with The Daily Grill and Chef Ed Werner for a TASTE of

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Michigan Wine Dinner at The Thornapple Daily Grill - Thursday, September 10, 2009 @ 7pm

Grand River Grocery and The Daily Grill are getting ready for the Friday LIVE! and Local event - a showcase of Michigan products. To kick-off the celebration they are once again partnering with The Daily Grill and Chef Ed Werner for a TASTE of "everything Michigan" with proceeds from the evening benefiting Local First.

Special guests this evening will include David and Margaret Bell of Circa Winery. Chef Ed will be pairing the evening's courses with Margaret's award winning wines from the Leelanau Peninsula.

The Thornapple Daily Grill - 445 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, MI

Cost: $65 per person / Reservations required, call The Thornapple Daily Grill (616) 676-1233

In the future, unless you feel there will be a lot of discussion on these events (none yet), I think they would be better suited for the events thread rather than their own topics.

Edited by fotoman311

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In the future, unless you feel there will be a lot of discussion on these events (none yet), I think they would be better suited for the events thread rather than their own topics.

Moved. Thanks!

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9/16/09 – HUGE Summer's End Party/Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:15pm (<—-PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL TIME) on Wednesday, 9/16/2009 at Founder's Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.

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The PedalGR Summer's End Party/Ride is coming! Tons of Prizes! Cake! Root Beer! Art! Rooftop Deck! Calder Plaza!

Come and see summer off. It can be a bitter goodbye, but fall is already teasing us with its fantastic leaf show and soon we'll be drinking fresh cider and donuts (hmm...now there's an idea for a ride! icon_smile.gif )

This final ride of the summer will include a group photo at Calder Plaza, a preview of several ArtPrize installations, and a trip to the Hillmount Condos rooftop deck (see above). Once at Hillmount we will enjoy a mini-keg of Root Beer from Martha's Vineyard and raffle off some great prizes! Then we will return to Founders for beer specials, a large cake decorated with bicycles, and more great prizes!

Help me spread the word and we'll fill the streets of Grand Rapids with bicyclists for this season ending event!

I would not be nearly as excited about this ride without the support of our 16 AWESOME local businesses (plus the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club) who have donated to this ride. Please visit these places, buy their goods and eat their food, and enjoy the fact that we have so many great small business owners in GR.

Here's the list (in no particular order):

  • Martha's Vineyard
  • Green Life Market
  • Rowster Coffee
  • MadCap Coffee
  • Winchester on Wealthy
  • Douglas J
  • Vertigo Records
  • Art of the Table
  • Brick Road Pizza
  • The Sparrows
  • Commute Bicycle Shop
  • Global Infusion
  • The Meanwhile Bar
  • Founders Brewing Company
  • Marie Catrib's
  • Green Well/Bistro Bella Vita
  • Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club

More info at: http://www.pedalgr.com/2009/09/09/91609-hu...-end-partyride/

Also, September 11-12 is the season opener for the KissCross Cyclocross Racing Series (http://www.kisscross.com/races/) at Cannonsburg Ski Area. It's the first cyclocross race in the state of Michigan and should attract riders from east and mid Michigan as well as our own area. It's a great spectator sport. Three classes, A, B, and C. Admission is FREE for spectators. This is a family friendly event.

Friday Night Under the Lights - 7pm -10pm

Saturday w/Famous Creek Crossing - 11am-2pm

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I'll be there providing some entertainment when I'm not racing or drinking beer:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoman311/39...9966/in/pool-cx

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Borrowing a page from the Rob Bliss playbook, there is a free-for-all turkey & trimmings potluck DT tomorrow.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=179081976111&ref=mf

Noon, out front of Biggby's by the Senator statue. Hosted by Spearia, who (IIRC) were a double-wide display on Park(ing) Day, complete with grilled food and coffee samples.

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Hell Yes Sprints, Saturday, 3/13 at HopCat. Registration starts at noon. No published schedule beyond that which I can find. It probably depends on how many people sign up.

http://www.facebook....84945328&ref=ss

Even if you don't want to sprint, it's going to be a lot of fun to spectate and cheer everyone on as well.

Edited by fotoman311

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5/5/10 - Huff Park Cinco de Mayo Tour

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 5/5/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

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I wanted to start off by saying Congratulations to Lansing, Portage, and Marquette. These three Michigan cities were among only 16 new cities given the Bicycle Friendly City designationby the League of American Bicyclists. With six cities now earning the honor, only Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington have more Bicycle Friendly Cities than Michigan. It’s certainly something to emphasize and build upon at the Lucinda Means Advocacy Day on May 26th.

On with the ride info. The people I’ve come to know in GR truly amaze me. I contacted my friend Tommy Allen about a tour of Huff Park, because I know he lives in the neighborhood. Tommy will be joined by Lynn Rabaut giving our guided tour. Lynn is a former GR city commissioner who was instrumental in saving this land from development and turning it into a city park. Heather Kaweck will also be there to tell us about how to get involved with “I Heart GR Parks” Day and the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Huge thanks go out to those three for volunteering their time to help make PedalGR a great ride!

We’ll also be visiting some other awesome sites as we tour the NE side, including the giant mansion on Boltwood, a challenging ride up the historic cobblestone of North Ave (all but the toughest will be walking, there’s no shame in that icon_smile.gif ), and a close up view of the “Fix” on 196 as we cross what’s left of the Coit Avenue Bridge.

Full post here: http://www.pedalgr.c...o-de-mayo-tour/

Edited by fotoman311

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6/16/10 - Grand River Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/2/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

3844053219_4f3af45b37.jpgVeteran's Cemetery - PedalGR 2009

This week’s route will start with a (mostly) scenic cruise up the east bank of Grand River. We’ll pass through Riverside Park and detour to the reportedly haunted Veteran’s Cemetery at the GR Home for Veterans. We’ll continue north along the river and ride along some farmland before heading back into town. We’ll hop over to the west side of the river before hitting the river trail at the Fish Ladder and continuing back to Founder’s via the blue pedestrian bridge. This week’s route will likely be the longest of the year, but it’s mostly flat, with just one or two larger hills, so it shouldn’t be physically much harder. Fittingly, we’ll have the most daylight of any PedalGR ride, with sunset holding off until 9:23pm.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, texting while biking is BANNED on PedalGR!

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New three-day Grand Rapids concert Prospecto to mix national, local talent during first week of ArtPrize !

http://www.mlive.com...rapids_con.html

~John

That sounds pretty cool. It will be interesting to see if other events try to take advantage of the attention and traffic that ArtPrize should repeat in its sophomore year. Seems like I heard about a couple of other things, but I can't seem to recall the details.

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Independence Day Tea Party Rally on Saturday July 3, 2010

Listen to and meet the Constitutional Patriot Candidates that iCaucus has vetted and endorsed.

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Time: July 3, 2010 from 12pm to 2:30pm

Location: Riverside Park (Band shell), Across from the Vets Home

Street: 2401 Monroe Avenue NE

City/Town: Grand Rapids

Come join us July 3rd for a Tea Party, featuring a candidate forum brought to you by Independence Caucus.

Independence Caucus vetted candidates will have a moment to share what the constitution means to them and how they will be different from the typical Democrats and Republicans that we all know and love........ This is our chance to hear actual constitutionalists that are running for office!

We will also have our now famous "Soap Box" featuring any citizen that wants to share their thoughts or concerns with their community. Folks will have approximately 2 minutes to talk, depending on the crowd size.

Of course there will also be Music, Tea Party Goods, and Educational Materials.

Come join us as we enjoy the richness of our heritage! Then we'll get back to work!

http://www.teapartyofwmi.org/events/july-3rd-independence-day-tea

~John

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