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Hudsonville tries to make history with lots of lettuce

Hudsonville tries to make history with lots of lettuce

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—The City of Hudsonville hopes to enter the record books with the help of lots of lettuce.

 As part of the new summer festival “Saladbowl Bash,” the city will try to set a world record for the longest continuous salad bar.  Organizers plan to create a salad bar that’s 680 feet long and features produce grown in Hudsonville.

The Saladbowl Bash, organized by the city and Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place July 27.  Judges will officially measure the salad bar at 10:45 a.m. before the community is invited to dig in.  The festival will also feature free activities for children, food vendors, a spelling bee pitting students against adults, live music, a singing competition, dog shows and Zumba demonstrations.

Vendors who would like to participate can find an application here.

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The list of businesses participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is out.

So far, 68 restaurants have signed up to take part in the annual event, creating specialty three-course meals for $25. Participants include:

  • The Acorne Grille at Thousand Oaks Golf Club (4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview)
  • Amore Trattoria Italiana (5080 Alpine Avenue NW, My Town Comstock Park/Alpine Township)
  • Aryana Restaurant and Bar (5700 28th Street SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bar Divani (15 Ionia Ave. SW, Ste. 130, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Bella Vita (44 Grandville Ave. SW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Chloe Elan (445 Ada Drive SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bobarino’s at the B.O.B. (20 Monroe Ave. NW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bombay Cuisine (1420 Lake Drive SE, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille (401 Leonard St.

Inside Grandville's one-room schoolhouse

Inside Grandville's one-room schoolhouse

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— The lot on 44th Street just west of Wilson Avenue is now occupied by Grandville Bible Church, but 29 years ago, it was home to a one-room schoolhouse.

Grandville’s #10 School was built in 1887. The president of Grandville’s Historical Commission says the one-room schoolhouse served kindergarten through eighth grade students until 1958.  Several churches also got their start in the #10 School.

In 1984, the #10 School was moved to Heritage Park near Canal Avenue and 44th Street, where it stands today.  In the spring, students from nearby school districts visit the schoolhouse to experience what education was like in 1887. 

You can take the same field trip June 29; the Grandville Historical Commission will be hosting a public open house of the schoolhouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Members of the historical commission will be on hand to answer questions, and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Anthem students head to Detroit to help

Anthem students head to Detroit to help

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—School is out but the work is just beginning for Anthem students of Mars Hill Bible Church.

On June 16, 30 students and group leaders left for Detroit to help Habitat for Humanity rebuild a home.  The group also learned about Muslim culture with a visit to the Arab American National Museum.

 The Summer Service Trip runs through June 21.  You can follow the Anthem students’ journey on Facebook.

Hudsonville author finds inspiration in flowers in newly released book

Hudsonville author finds inspiration in flowers in newly released book

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A Hudsonville woman is sharing how she found spiritual inspiration in flowers.

In “What’s in a Name,” author Dena Baker explains how she found God while working on her knees in her flower garden for many years.  As the flowers bloom, fulfilling the purpose for which they were created, Baker challenges readers to do the same.

Baker has contributed stories to two anthologies while taking writing classes at Calvin College.  As a pastor’s wife for nearly 50 years, she’s written many Bible study lessons and Christmas dramas.

Baker’s new book is available through bookstores nationwide or online at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Hopcat and Pike 51 keep hopheads high for 4/20

Hopcat and Pike 51 keep hopheads high for 4/20

“Weed Day”  might not be a national holiday (at least not yet anyway,) but 4/20 has been associated traditionally with the controversial herb for decades, dating back to the use of 420 as a police code.

A couple of Grand Rapids-area breweries thought they would have fun with using the date to promote a related weed-hops, and have enough IPAs on tap to keep any hophead high throughout the day!

Read Article: http://www.imabeerhound.com/michigan-brewery-events/hopcat-and-pike-51-keep-hopheads-high-for-420-weed-day.html<

Grand Rapids Beer City USA 2013 - the time to vote is now!

Grand Rapids Beer City USA 2013 - the time to vote is now!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- There is no question 2012 was great year for Grand Rapids and beer.

A record number of breweries opened, including Eastown’s Harmony, Mitten Brewing, and Grand Rapids Brewing Company as well as both Pike 51 and White Flame in Hudsonville, Perrin in Comstock Park and Rockford Brewing Company. Additionally, Grand Rapid’s most successful brewery, Founders, celebrated their 15 year anniversary in style which included the release of their 15% Bolt Cutter Barleywine. But perhaps the defining moment in 2012 was the nomination and securing of the title Beer City USA in a tied vote along with previous year victors Asheville, North Carolina.

Read Article: http://www.imabeerhound.com/michigan-brewery-news/grand-rapids-beer-city-usa-2013-the-time-to-vote-is-now.html