National City Thunder Nationals Postponed to May 20 E-mail
Due to such inclement weather that continues to plague southwest Michigan, the legendary National City Thunder Nationals presented by Pepsi has been postponed one week to Saturday, May 20th at US 131 Motorsports Park.

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Circle Theatre Opens Season with Oliver! E-mail
by Brian Burch

There is something special about the musical Oliver!. Perhaps because it is based on one of Charles Dickens' immortal classics or because the music and lyrics by Lional Bart is so addicting. Whatever it is, Circle Theatre will open 54th season with an ensemble street urchins and dancing in the streets.

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Grand Rapids & West Michigan Summer Festival Guide E-mail
Grand Rapids has a long tradition of great summer festivals and celebrations, especially on Calder Plaza and throughout downtown. Festival of the Arts, Mexican Independence Day and Celebration on the Grand are among the most popular. Here are dozens of ways to take advantage of the warm sunny days and the long summer evenings.

2006 Summer Festival Guide

 
Downtown Grand Rapids Development Projects E-mail
Much of the recent downtown development buzz has focused on the possibility of the $1B-$2B Mystery Project that might be constructed between the S-Curve and the Grand River. However, there are already numerous current building and renovation projects underway around downtown, with many more having been recently proposed.
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Meijer Gardens Reveals Downtown Sculpture Locations E-mail
Frederik Meijer Gardens has revealed the final installation locations of their summer exhibit Tom Otterness: From the Gardens to the Grand. The total number of sculptures in the exhibit has ballooned to 40 total works, 35 of which will be scattered throughout downtown. Monroe Center will feature six sculptures, with two being stationed in front of the Children's Museum.

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Bela Fleck and The Grand Rapids Ballet E-mail
by Brian Burch

2004 marked a milestone collaboration between Bela Fleck, arguably one of the most influential banjoists ever, and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Following a year-long hiatus, which included traveling the world, as well as a hot new album, Grammy winners Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are returning to Grand Rapids for an exciting one-night performance with the Ballet.

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250,000 Visitors Expected in GR This Summer E-mail
A quarter of a million visitors are expected to visit Grand Rapids this summer, thanks in large part to Frederik Meijer Gardens’ new art and sculpture exhibit opening both downtown and at their indoor galleries. The exhibit, Tom Otterness in Grand Rapids: The Gardens to the Grand will feature 35 bronze sculptures by Otterness installed along two miles of downtown sidewalks and pedestrian bridges.

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MSU to Build Medical School in Grand Rapids E-mail
Spectrum Health and Michigan State University finalized a deal that will create a four-year medical school in Grand Rapids. Spectrum will invest $55 million for building facilities and another $30 million over the next ten years specifically for research. The initial group of medical students will begin their enrollment by fall 2008.

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