GRNow Weekend Guide: January 19-21 E-mail
A wide range of events for every interest descend on Grand Rapids this weekend. For those who love the arts, the Ballet presents Mistletoe, Lafontsee Galleries opens its first 2007 exhibition and The Side Street Strutters perform American jazz classics. Sports fans can check out the pro bullriders at Van Andel Arena and the Camper, Travel and RV Show at DeVos Place. Plus the Children's Museum opens a new exhibition and River City Improv takes the stage.

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Internationally Known Artist Begins Meijer Gardens Installation E-mail
American artist Patrick Dougherty is known around the world for his massive cocoon-shaped natural sculptures, and through January 25, visitors to Frederik Meijer Gardens will have the chance to see his newest work take shape up close.

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ArenaCross Series Stops at Van Andel E-mail
ArenaCross, the largest indoor motocross series, returns to Van Andel Arena for three days of competition beginning January 5. The tour showcases professional riders on 125cc and 250cc motorcycles vying for more than $2 million in prize money and a chance to join the elite Supercross Series.

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GRNow Weekend Guide: Dec 29 - Jan 1 E-mail
Dozens of New Year's Eve events highlight the busy weekend that also features the Griffins hitting the ice, The Mega '80s taking the stage at the Intersection, The Penguin Express and a charity Texas Hold'em tournament.

Weekend Guide: Dec 29 - Jan 1
 
President Ford's State Funeral Schedule Announced E-mail
The family of President Gerald R. Ford has announced the official state schedule of his funeral and memorial services in California, Washington D.C. and Grand Rapids.

On Friday, December 29, President Ford's remains will be received with a military ceremony at St. Margaret's Episcopal church in Palm Desert, California around 3:20 p.m. EST. Following that ceremony, the remains will lie in repose until 12:45 p.m. Saturday, December 30 and then will be transported to Andrews Airforce Base in Maryland.

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Take Part in a Christmas Story E-mail
Where will Millie go next? It’s up to the public to decide as they take part in a distinctive holiday campaign created by Grand Rapids-based advertising firm, Highland Group. The independent company has launched an interactive website allowing people to create a Christmas story based around a single paragraph about the main character, Millie, who steps out of a pickup truck Christmas morning with little money after a five day journey.

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The Long Road to Freedom E-mail
A new exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum offers a look at slavery through the eyes of one of the enslaved. Slavery on Trial: The Long Road to Freedom examines the institution of slavery in America from Colonial times until Civil War from the perspective of Dred Scott, a slave who sued for his freedom at the United States Supreme Court.

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Michigan Christmas Tree E-mail
By Dianna Stampfler

Load up the family and head out to the country to visit one of the many farms that have kept the tradition of fresh-cut Christmas trees alive and growing. Once you’re there, the experience begins when you climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon for the trek out to pick out the fir, pine or spruce of your choice. Pass by open fields where buffalo still roam. Stop by the petting zoo to visit with Comet and Dasher. After you’ve loaded your tree up on your car, head inside to warm up with a cup of hot cider. Don’t leave without stocking up on decorations, garlands and wreaths. And if you’re lucky – real lucky – maybe you’ll even get a chance to meet Old St. Nick!

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