Rockettes Event Kicks Off Downtown Entertainment Strategy E-mail
The Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance will kick off a new series of downtown activities and entertainment with a special performance by the Radio City Rockettes at Rosa Parks Circle Tuesday, September 9. Free and open to the public, the 6 p.m. event will feature dance lessons led by four members of the world-famous troupe followed by swing dancing and live music by the Beltline Big Band.

Before the Rockettes take the stage, the Downtown Alliance will officially introduce 'Lets go. Out: The Downtown Outdoor Entertainment Strategy', an initiative to expand the range and frequency of events taking place in Grand Rapids' urban core. The Alliance has noted the success of ice skating, swing dancing and lunch-time concerts at Rosa Parks Circle and looks to promote events that appeal to students, young professionals and families. To help encourage event creation, the Alliance will unveil an assistance program that will award up to $1,000 to help cover the costs of qualifying events, and any individual or organization in the metro area can apply.

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GRNow Weekly Preview September 8-14, 2008 E-mail
Another big week of events follows Celebration on the Grand with both the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and GR Symphony opening their seasons, Mexican Heritage Festival at Calder Plaza, Daughtry and GR's Pop Evil at the Allegan County Fair and the Professional Bull Riders at Van Andel Arena. On Tuesday, the Rosa Parks Programming Series kicks off with a special performance by The Rockettes.


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GRNow Weekly Preview September 2-7, 2008 E-mail
Celebration on the Grand tops a huge weekend of events around Grand Rapids. In addition to Friday night's fireworks over Ah-Nab-Awen Park downtown, Hispanic Festival returns to Calder Plaza, the Allegan County Fair opens, Garfield Park hosts its annual Arts & Crafts Fair and GVSU kicks off their football season in Allendale.


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29th Celebration on the Grand Begins September 4 E-mail
A premier outdoor event will celebrate its 29th year when Celebration on the Grand returns to downtown Grand Rapids September 4, 5 and 6. The fireworks show over the Grand River and Ah-Nab-Awen Park will take place at dusk, around 9 p.m., on Friday, September 5.

Daily Schedule:
Thursday (5 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Friday (5 p.m.-11 p.m. + Fireworks at dusk)
Saturday (3 p.m.-11 p.m.)

Taste of Downtown will also be back at Rosa Parks Circle for Celebration on the Grand, this time with ten participating restaurants including Bar Divani, Tre Cugini, Cottage Bar, XO Asian Cuisine, San Chez and Z's. General admission is free and most samples will be available for $2-$5 each.

Country band Little Texas will headline Thursday's concerts at the Rosa Parks Circle stage and Bad Company with Brian Howe will perform on Saturday evening. Local acts The Mighty Narwhale, Chance Jones, Troll for Trout and Bless You Boys highlight the dozen local bands scheduled to play throughout the weekend.

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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.)

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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.

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