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Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

July 3rd starts the celebration for the 4th of July in Grandville, MI when the 2nd Annual Beer, Band and BBQ kicks off in downtown Grandville, near the Library parking lot from 4:00 – 11:00pm.

People of all ages are welcome to join in with the live music and dinner served from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a variety of BBQ food items from $2.00 - $10.00. The live music will continue until 11:00pm but you must be 21 years of age to be in the Beer Tent after 8:00pm. Feel free to bring along a lawn chair to sit around the outside of the tent.

A variety of beer, wine coolers and Osgood Brewing will offer Sol Seeker and Journey. One hundred 2015 Beer, Band and BBQ decorative mugs will be sold for $5.00. VFW Post 702 will have flags and jewelry available for small donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Historical Pump House in Holland open for Tours each Month this Summer

Historical Pump House in Holland open for Tours each Month this Summer

History buffs will certainly to want to check out the Pump House in Holland, MI. located directly north of the US Coast Guard Station at 2388 Ottawa Beach Rd. The Pump House will be open to the public on the third Thursday of each month from 3 – 5pm beginning June 18. The following dates will be July 16, August 20 and September 17.

Free parking is available in both the Black Lake Boardwalk’s east and west parking lots at 2278 Black Lake Ave. and 2358 Ottawa Beach Rd.

Since the dedication of this building in May was so popular, the Historic Ottawa Beach Society (HOBS) and Ottawa County Parks decided to provide the public with more opportunities to view the interior of the historic Pump House building over the summer.

The art in the building will still be on the walls for guests to enjoy. The SOBS is working to set up a historical storyteller for the July through September dates.

Battle Creek Air Show and Balloon Festival July 1 - 5

Battle Creek Air Show and Balloon Festival July 1 - 5

Battle Creek will play host to the Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo team July 1-5, 2015. This is only 1 of 19 events during this time.

The Air Show will show the best of the best when civilian performers fill the sky July 3 – 5 with aerobatic maneuvers that make the fastest roll-a-coaster seem like a merry-go-round.

“Even more excitement has been added to this year’s Air Show,” stated Barbara Haluszka. “We are not only going to have pyro during the Night Air Show but during the actual Air Show itself,” she said. Spectators will love the explosions and the 750 ft. Wall of Fire!

Air Show at its best! Join us at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.

For more info, contact the Battle Creek Field of Flight Office at 269-962-0592 or go to www.bcballoons.com

Hot Air Balloon Shows are always a Thrill

Hot Air Balloon Shows are always a Thrill

The Hudsonville Fairgrounds is the place to be on July 24, (5-9pm) and July 25 (1-10pm).

The 2015 Grand Rapids Balloon Festival, hosted by RE/MAX of Grand Rapids and presented by our numerous community sponsors, will be held on these dates. All proceeds to support the Children’s Miracle Network (Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital). Admission is free and a charge of $5.00 for parking.

There will be 30 Hot Air Balloons, Kids Stage, Vendor Bazaar, Classic Car Show, Arts & Craft Fair, Farmer’s Market and a Movie in the Park. Lots and lots of activities for kids. This Free, Fun and Family Focused event will be the place to be.

Fresh Open-Air Spring Peddlers Market in Zeeland

Fresh Open-Air Spring Peddlers Market in Zeeland

Zeeland will host the Second Annual Spring Peddler’s Market on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9am – 2pm. This event, an artfully curious faire, will be held downtown on Church St. between Cherry St. and Central Ave. In case of severe weather, this event will be moved to the gym at City Side Middle School, located at 320 East Main St. in Zeeland.

The market will have a number of different vendors, 35 at this time, with a wide variety of wares. There will be homemade children’s clothing, art prints, flowers, jewelry, household gifts and goods, vintage furniture and décor, architectural salvage, fresh bread, handcrafted outdoor furniture, antiques, candles, soaps and repurposed finds. Along with all these things there will be live music.

This is a fresh, open-air lifestyle market so grab a cup of coffee and stroll through all the booths.

1st Annual Downtown Art & Chocolate Walk on April 24

1st Annual Downtown Art & Chocolate Walk on April 24

Over 1000 art pieces created by Grandville pre-school to high school students will be on display in 20 downtown business venues.

The public is invited to venture the Grandville downtown district on Friday, April 24 from 5pm to 9pm to view these creative works, along with the opportunity to visit chocolate & beverage tasting stations nearby that require the purchase of a $2.00 Sips & Bits card.

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District will continue screening its lone finalist for superintendent.

Monday, West Ottawa Schools Superintendent Tom Martin announced he is withdrawing his application for the job.  Martin was one of two finalists for the position with Kent ISD. 

In a statement released to WZZM 13 Monday, Martin said, “After talking with West Ottawa’s board president who urged me to stay and hearing the same support through numerous emails, notes and phone calls, I’ve decided to withdraw from the Kent ISD search. We have come so far in this district, and with the continued support of staff and community, we can and will build on that improvement for all of our students. College, career and life ready is a vision that’s becoming a reality, and I look forward to continue being a part of that success.”