GRNow Weekly Preview August 25-September 1 E-mail
As Labor Day approaches, the Whitecaps wrap up their regular home season at Fifth Third Ballpark, The Doobie Brothers perform at Meijer Gardens and actor Crispin Glover presents his new film at the UICA. Plus Muskegon and Newaygo host Late Summer outdoor festivals. Mayor Heartwell's Grand Crossing Walk will be the featured downtown event on Monday, as the Labor Day Parade has been cancelled for 2008.

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Celebrate Polish Heritage at Calder Plaza E-mail
It will be a weekend of Polka music, dancing and kielbasa when the Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival returns to Calder Plaza August 22-24. Busia Rosa Sak and Little Warsaw will again serve authentic plates of potato pancakes and golumpkis and will be joined by new food vendor Three Men and a Grill. The beverage tent will house a selection of Polish and domestic beers along with cooking demonstrations, souvenir vendors and cultural displays.

Original local bands like Pan Franek & The PolkaTowners and the Stan Mroz Orchestra will host three days of polka music and dancing on the wooden floor. Big Dogs will add classic rock and country into the mix later on Friday and Saturday nights. New for 2008 will be the Cornhole/Corn Toss games where competitors can take part in casual play or daily tournaments.

General admission to Polish Festival is free.

Daily Schedule:
Friday (11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.)
Saturday (noon-11:30 p.m.)
Sunday (noon-6 p.m.)

GRNow Weekly Preview August 18-24 E-mail
This weekend, one of Grand Rapids' largest annual events will take over the city's south side, when the the 28th Street Metro Cruise hosts 15 miles of cars on display Friday and Saturday. Downtown, Polish Heritage Festival returns to Calder Plaza with authentic food, music, dancing, beverages and free admission. Superstar comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform Saturday evening at DeVos Hall.

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See the Emperor's New Clothes at the Greenville Danish Festival E-mail
The theme is the Emperor's New Clothes for this year's Danish Festival Thursday, August 14th through Sunday, August 17th. Downtown Greenville will become a hub of activity with music in the park, hot air balloon flights, and the popular family fairy tale bed race at 6:30pm on Friday.

Thursday night starts at 6pm with a hot air balloon demonstration at Baldwin Elementary. The Hans Christian Andersen Theater Community Center will host performances of "Cool Suit" (For the Emperor) at 7:30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

15 Miles of Cars at the 4th Annual Metro Cruise E-mail
West Michigan's biggest outdoor car show will take over 28th Street Friday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 23rd for the 4th annual Metro Cruise. More than 10,000 special interest cars and over 200,000 visitors are expected. The Grand Cruise starts at 5pm on Saturday in addition to the activities and displays going on throughout the weekend.

The official start of the cruise is 1pm on Friday and kicks off with a classic car display at Klingman's before those automobiles go up for open auction at noon on Saturday. Registration for the auction ends August 18th. Klingman's will also be hosting the original Batmobile driven by Adam West. Visitors will be allowed to sit in the car for a $10 donation. Evel Knievel's gold-plated Harley Davidson motorcycle will also be on display.

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 11-17 E-mail
Big concerts and celebrity appearances around Grand Rapids kick off on Monday with performances by KT Tunstall and Puddle of Mudd. Later in the week, Def Leppard, Billy Bob Thornton, Pauly Shore and Teena Marie will all take the stage.

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Arena District Offers $15 Parking Pass E-mail
Parking downtown for events can get pricey, which is why Arena District venues have come together to offer a way to help offset the cost. A three month trial VIP parking pass is being offered for $15 a month. The daily pass provides access to three specific parking structures during evenings beginning at 5pm.

Cardholders will have a parking spot at the Pearl & Ionia, Cherry Commerce or Monroe Center parking ramps from 5pm-6am each night during their pass period. Only 450 cards will be sold for the three month trial period. If the program continues, the card holder will automatically continue their membership in the program unless requested to cancel.The pass can be returned to parking services within fifteen days of the end of the trial for a refund.

Celtic Culture Comes to Rockford for Annual Festival E-mail
Bagpipes, fiddles, and kilts will be the norm this Saturday at Rockford's annual Celtic Festival. Downtown Rockford will host a petting zoo, music, food, reenactments and more from 10am-10pm August 9th free for the public to enjoy.

The Pavilion and Garden Park Stage will host Celtic local entertainment such as InisCeol, Dublin Station, Morris Dancers, and Thistle Head. The audience will get involved for "set" dancing lessons at 2pm at the Pavilion Stage. The same stage will host the local Grand Rapids District Pipe Band at 10am and 1pm for traditional bagpipe music.

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