River Bank Run is Back for 31st Year E-mail
The 31st Annual Fifth Third River Run takes to the streets of downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday May 10th. With 14,000 participants expected from across America and as far as Kenya and Russia, the River Run promises to live up to the reputation of the largest 25K run in the United States. Smaller races including a 10K, 5K Run and a 5K Community Walk will also take their place in the Saturday events.

Online registration and walk-up registration at Gazelle sports locations for the Run closes Monday, May 5th. Late registration fees will apply making the 25K $40, 10K $36, 5K Run $34 and 5K Walk $28 to participate.

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GRNow Weekly Preview May 5-11 E-mail
This week, DeVos Place hosts the National Golden Gloves Tournament culminating in Saturday's championship bout...Thousands of competitors will run through downtown during this weekend's River Bank Run, competing for more than $4,000 in prize money...The Police & Elvis Costello make a national tour stop at Van Andel Arena on Sunday evening.


Wolverine Building Group just submitted these photos taken atop the River House Condo crane, which sits at 460':
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New Awards Recognize Best in Local Hospitality Industry E-mail
You can now nominate and vote for your favorite dining, nightlife and arts & entertainment workers in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Kent County Lodging Association have teamed up to develop the WAVE Awards, a new program recognizing outstanding service providers in the GR metro area. Both guests and employees can start submitting names online by visiting this page on the WAVE website before September 2.

A panel of judges will determine the winners, who will be recognized at the First Annual WAVE Awards Ceremony on November 21, 2008 at the 2008 Wine & Food Festival at DeVos Place.

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Tulip Time Returns to Holland E-mail
The celebration of Dutch culture, heritage and the tulip takes place in downtown Holland May 3-10. Experience live music, food, a carnival, arts and crafts, shopping, fireworks and more, all while surrounded by more than 6 million tulips.

Highlights & Facts:
  • 2008 is Tulip Time's 79th year
  • The '50s & 60s classic car show takes place May 7
  • Pop Evil & Headed for Zen will perform at the Beer Garden May 8.
  • The fine for picking tulips is $50.
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GRNow Weekly Preview: April 28-May 4 E-mail
May enters with a bang later this week as Tulip Time in Holland gets underway with the fireworks show over Kollen Park...The Fulton Street Farmers Market reopens for the season on Saturday at 8 a.m. with annuals and perennials, baked goods and the first produce of the year...The Whitecaps return to Fifth Third Ballpark for a six-game homestand. Friday night's game will be a tribute to the '68 Tigers.

 
Create the Perfect Summer Getaway E-mail
Picture this: The sun shines on your manicured lawn, the kids play in the pool, and the smell of the grill fills the warm air as you and your guests lounge on the patio. Turn this vision into reality by visiting the Grand Rapids Patio, Pool, and Spa Show.

This weekend at DeVos Place you’ll find everything you need to create the ideal summertime getaway. From patios to sunrooms, playscapes to landscaping ideas, surely you will find the missing piece to fit your backyard puzzle.

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2008 Grand Rapids Area Summer Festival Guide E-mail
The Grand Rapids metro area is home to dozens of major outdoor festivals and fairs throughout the summer and warmer months. Here's the first installment of our comprehensive list, covering late spring events including Tulip Time, Great Lakes Kite Festival, Mayfest Bluegrass and Festival of the Arts.

2008 Summer Festival Guide
 
Unwind at the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show E-mail
The cottage is a place to relax, unwind, and forget about the cares of the day. This weekend, visit the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show at DeVos Place and learn how to transform your summer home into the ideal getaway.

This year the show features not one, but two fully furnished cottages. Each is equipped with electricity, state-of-the-art appliances, high-end cabinets, and the latest in home décor.

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