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.

GRNow Weekly Preview August 4-10 E-mail
It's another big weekend for outdoor festivals with Coopersville Summerfest, Cowpie Blues and Rockford Celtic Festival all opening this week. Plus the Whitecaps are back in town and Antiques Roadshow makes its first-ever stop in Grand Rapids.

Behind the scenes of the Antiques Roadshow Filming at the Grand Rapids Public Museum August 7, 2008

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Silver Maple Music Festival Debuts E-mail
Traditional folk, bluegrass, world beat and roots music will fill the air at Fifth Third Ballpark Saturday, August 2nd for the inaugural event. Festivities being at noon with gates opening at 11 a.m. Seven bands will be performing until 10:30pm starting with The Ragbirds and ending with Donna the Buffalo.

In the middle of these two bands will be Greensky Bluegrass, The Milroys, Big Leg Emma, Aphrodesia and Railroad Earth. The Grand Rapids Children Museum will have a face painting and tambourine making booth set up from noon until 7pm for kids attending the festival.

The stage will be set up near second base. Blankets are welcome however chairs and umbrellas are not. Food cannot be brought in but the ballpark will be offering their food selections for festival goers.

GRNow Weekly Preview July 28-August 3 E-mail
Coast Guard Festival continues in Grand Haven this week with the Meijer Grand Parade happening at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. There's also no way to miss ABBA with Mamma Mia! running Tuesday through Sunday at DeVos Hall and the GR Symphony teaming up with former members of the band for the Picnic Pops. 'High School Musical' and 'Alice' also open this weekend and Neil Diamond performs at Van Andel Arena.

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Coast Guard Festival Honors Grand Haven's Finest E-mail
Coast Guard City, also known as Grand Haven, will host it's Coast Guard festival from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, August 3. The volunteer-based event will celebrate the men and women who protect our waterways with a parade, fireworks, a carnival, the popular ship tours, and much more.

The family friendly festival includes a kids parade Saturday, July 26 at 10:30am starting at the corner of 5th street and Franklin. The Cruise-In car show will be the next day from 7:30am-2:30pm on Washington Ave. Meijer will sponsor the grand parade Saturday, August 2 at 11:45am in downtown Grand Haven, and it all ends that night with the fireworks extravaganza. Fireworks will start the moment it gets dark and will be viewable from the waterfront.

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