GRNow Weekly Preview May 19-26 E-mail
This week, Monty Python's Spamalot makes a national stop at DeVos Performance Hall...Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes take the stage at Van Andel Arena for back-to-back shows Wednesday and Thursday...the annual carnival at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming returns May 23-26...Nearly all area Memorial Day events take place May 26; Grand Rapids' parade is May 30 at 7 p.m.

New Restaurant Opening: Chez Bayou at 1520 Wealthy Street in Eastown (Cajun/Creole)
Mayfest Brings Bluegrass to Lowell at 13th Annual Festival E-mail
Grab your pick and head over to the Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell, Michigan for the 13th Annual Mayfest Bluegrass Festival. Put on by the West Michigan Bluegrass Association, the festival promises fun for the entire family. The fairgrounds host a weekend of entertainment May 16, 17, and 18, which along with local and regional bluegrass groups including the The Oat Bran Boys and The Bluegrass Echoes, also features national act Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

The festival kicks off Thursday night May 15 with a potluck dinner and indoor jam session. Friday festivities start at 6 p.m. with The Thunder Floor Cloggers and winds up around 10 p.m. with Sandi Paul & Raisin Corn.

GRNow Weekly Preview May 12-18 E-mail
This week, WWE visits Van Andel Arena with back-to-back Smackdown and ECW TV shows...West Michigan host four main festivals this weekend: Arts in Ada, Mayfest Bluegrass, Grand Haven Kite Festival and Rock the Coast...On May 17, John Ball Zoo debuts the Sky Trail ropes course and brings back the 300ft zipline.

Photos taken atop the River House Condo crane, which sits at 460', submitted by Wolverine Building Group:

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.

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':

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.

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.
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.

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