New Grand Rapids WhiteWater Project Details Revealed E-mail
by GRNow.com staff

More specific details about the project to restore the Grand River's downtown rapids have been released. The non-profit Grand Rapids WhiteWater (GRWW) group has been working with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to determine the feasibility of removing or modifying five man-made dams between the Sixth Street Bridge and Wealthy Street in order to restore the area to its more natural, original state.

GRWW hired Colorado-based RiverRestoration to complete Phase I of the feasibility study and the results were presented at today's DDA meeting. The group found that benefits from a restoration would include a 500% increase in fish holding habitat, the propagation of 100,000 mussels, space for an International Canoe Federation slalom course, one adjustable whitewater surfing wave and room for six to eight lanes for rowing competitions.

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GRNow Weekly Preview July 30-August 5, 2012 E-mail
Coast Guard Festival continues this week, plus a couple new restaurants open, it's time for Star Wars Swing Dancing and The Color Run debuts.

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Jam 'N' Bean Revitalizes Historic Cascade Building E-mail
by John Sinkevics

Doug and Paul Lee’s dramatic transformation of a long-vacant, 157-year-old building on Cascade Road SE into the gleaming new Jam ’n’ Bean coffeehouse with an elevated, outdoor concert deck seems impressive in its own right.

dougtomandpaulleeJamNBean But the brothers’ mission for the cafe and 200-seat “Cascade on the Boardwalk” entertainment deck may be just as extraordinary: 10 percent of proceeds from Jam ’n’ Bean go to support the Forest Hills Central Band Boosters to help bolster struggling school band programs.

And just as important, the coffeehouse and 3,000-square-foot deck have become a rallying point of sorts for the Forest Hills community, with young high school rock bands joining other local musicians in getting a chance to strut their stuff for audiences, often for the first time.

“People are star-struck by it,” co-owner Doug Lee says of the lighted deck and stage, which officially opened in June behind the coffeehouse at 6860 Cascade Road SE, just south of Old 28th Street SE. “It’s sort of re-generated and revitalized things. … It’s a beautiful environment in the woods.”

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Southern Eats and Local Art at Radix Tavern E-mail
by Brandy Arnold

334224_443350469043734_1013817487_o Balwinder Bal, owner of Radix Tavern and Bombay Cuisine, has gone back to his roots, both literally and figuratively. A food man at heart, Bal has transformed the Bombay adjacent Queen’s Pub into a new concept – the Radix Tavern. Radix, a southern-style eatery whose name means “root” in Latin, celebrates its grand opening August 3 and 4. It will focus more on farm fresh food, while still offering craft beer and cocktails with a southern twist.

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Riding the Funicular at John Ball Zoo E-mail
Check out video from the new John Ball Zoo funicular, opening to the public in just a few days!



 
Expanded Cowpie Music Festival Returns to Caledonia E-mail
by John Sinkevics

To hear longtime concert promoter David Deaver tell it, the Cowpie Music Festival is “a unique celebration of mostly local and regional musicians on 160 beautiful acres of pure Michigan farmland.”

Veteran Grand Rapids singer and stand-up bassist Delilah DeWylde, who played the festival last year with her band, the Lost Boys, puts it this way: “The environment is very friendly, laid-back and fun.”

cowpiecrowd2 Once touted as a purely blues event staged “on a working cattle farm” near the community of Alaska in rural southern Kent County, this year’s retitled Cowpie Music Festival on Aug. 10-11 has been revamped considerably by expanding the musical genres covered by a larger number of artists performing on two stages over two days.

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New Magazine West Michigan Woman Debuts E-mail
by GRNow.com staff

Screen shot 2012-07-27 at 1.44.41 PM A new local magazine devoted to professional and influential women is ready to make its print debut. 'West Michigan Woman' celebrated its soft launch online in January and will begin mailing issues to subscribers in August. Every other month, the publication will cover topics related to wellness, careers, family, style, finance and more, as well as profiling a prominent local woman in each issue.

The idea is the brainchild of Grand Rapids-based Serendipity Media, LLC, a company that has focused on printing national magazines for the last ten years. "We do national tourism publications, association work, and specialty publications. The one thing we hadn’t done was a local magazine," said Serendipity publisher Kasie Smith. "Women today are empowered by connecting with other like-minded women, but often connecting with them is the challenge. The goal of West Michigan Woman magazine is to be a publication that provides local, timely, and relevant content to professional and influential women in our community, and include personal stories from other women in West Michigan."

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GRNow Weekly Preview July 23-29, 2012 E-mail
Taste of Grand Rapids tops a busy week that also includes Coast Guard Festival, the annual Grand Cycling Classic, the Ottawa County Fair and Licari's Sicilian's debut on the Food Network.

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*Announced:Zac Brown Band at Van Andel Arena Nov 8
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