From Culinary Novice to Foodie Pro with Grand Rapids Cooking Classes E-mail
by Brandy Arnold

616882_443916788986115_141021519_o Grand Rapids Restaurant week is still in full swing, and with its tagline of “calling all foodies,” it’s become a week-and-a-half long holiday for those seeking the best of GR cuisine. I myself have made a beeline to Amore Trattoria Italiana for restaurant week both last year and this year.

I don’t consider myself a foodie in the snobby way that insinuates I don’t enjoy pizza from a chain occasionally, but I do consider myself an adventurous diner who places importance on knowing where my food comes from.

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Photos: Godsmack & Shinedown at Rock the Rapids E-mail
Photos by Paul Jendrasiak from the August 21, 2012 Godsmack and Shinedown concert at Rock the Rapids.

Godsmack & Shinedown

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GRNow Review: Green Day Tribute Show E-mail
by LeAnn Secord

IMG_0539 “Do you have the time, to listen to me whine….”

… about how awesome the Green Day Tribute Show (Round 2) was!?! On August 17, 2012, The Pyramid Scheme hosted members of Mustard Plug, North Lincoln, Charles the Osprey, Ozenza, Low Cloud, Bitters, DGR/DWN, Shores, and Apostles as they played tribute to the iconic punk band, Green Day and played the albums Kerplunk (1992), Dookie (1994), and Insomniac (1995) each in their entirety from start to finish.
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GRNow Weekly Preview August 13-19, 2012 E-mail
Another busy week of events includes Restaurant Week, the City Lights Music Festival, the inaugural GRandJazzFest, Danish Festival, The Taste of EGR and more.

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Recent:
*Announced: Dropkick Murphys at The Orbit Room
*Photos: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Meijer Gardens
*Just announced: Journey, Pat Benatar & Loverboy Nov 10 at Van Andel Arena
*ArtPrize records highest volunteer turnout yet
*'Alien Chic' is the theme for this year's The Odd Ball
*City of GR announces official 'Relaxation Day'
*John Ball Zoo funicular now open
*Online petition created to keep Skywalk Deli from closing
*Photos: Bistro Chloe Elan in Ada


Real-time Newest Events & Noteworthy Events
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Photos: Buckcherry in Concert at The Orbit Room E-mail
Check out photos from the Buckcherry concert at The Orbit Room.

Buckcherry

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 6-12, 2012 E-mail
Coming up this week: the all-new Rooftop Couture fashion event, the World's Largest Dog Wash, an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for largest swing dance, the Michigan Pirate Festival and more.

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Recent:
*City of GR announces official 'Relaxation Day' *John Ball Zoo funicular now open *Online petition created to keep Skywalk Deli from closing
*Photos: Bistro Chloe Elan in Ada
*Announced: Ingrid Michaelson at Calvin College Oct 1
*Non-profits & volunteers will raise 20K+ lanterns for ArtPrize entry


Real-time Newest Events & Noteworthy Events
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Sydney’s Boutique is bringing fashion to new heights in Eastown this September E-mail
by Chelsea Slocum

sydneyslogo Kristian Grant, owner and founder of Sydney’s Boutique, is a woman on the move. A compassionate woman with an eye for style, she began her career working in the non-profit/community development sector at both the United Way and the Dorothy B. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU. “I’ve never worked a retail job in my life,” says Kristian, “but I’ve always considered fashion to be universal, it has become my passion.”

Two years ago Kristian began thinking about the growing fashion industry in West Michigan and wanted to make her mark. Sydney’s Boutique opened to an eager customer base in October 2011 and she hasn’t looked back since. “My family always says that when I get an idea I run with it,” says Kristian, “I’m a very driven person.”

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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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