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My Town: Dine out and honor fallen officers

My Town: Dine out and honor fallen officers

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— Visit Uccello’s this Wednesday and honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Uccello’s will be donating 15 percent of total food sales to the Kent County Sheriff Department’s efforts toward the 2014 Police Unity Tour.  The tour is a ride to raise awareness about officers killed in the line of duty, as well as money for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.

Patrons who wish to have a portion of their bill go toward the Police Unity Tour must present the flyer above for participation.  Participating locations include the Uccello’s in Standale, Grand Rapids, Caledonia and Grandville.

My Town: New plans for shuttered Perkins Restaurant in Jenison

My Town: New plans for shuttered Perkins Restaurant in Jenison

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—New plans are under development for the former Perkins Restaurant on Chicago Drive.

According to the Georgetown Charter Township’s Facebook page, the building at 155 Chicago Drive has been purchased by LIMNH #2 LLC.  The township says the new owner is looking to open a Sophia’s House of Pancakes, but no opening date has been set.

The Chicago Drive Perkins Restaurant closed in June 2011, along with six other West Michigan locations.  The restaurant chain’s parent company filed for bankruptcy that same month.

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Skip firing up your skillet Tuesday, March 4 and head to your closest IHOP for free pancakes.

Participating IHOP restaurants will be serving up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.   The deal will be good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In exchange for free pancakes, customers are encouraged to donate to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

"Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

Tickets available for Taste of Grandville

Tickets available for Taste of Grandville

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Tickets are now available for the 13th annual Taste of Grandville.

Visitors can enjoy giveaways, live performances by Grandville bands and food from local restaurants. The Taste of Grandville will be Monday, March 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 8p.m. inside Grandville High School.

 Each “tasting passport” is $10, with proceeds going to the Grandville Education Foundation, which provides funding for Grandville school programs. Advanced tickets are available at the Community Education building, Middle School and High School, or by mailing or visiting the Grandville Education Foundation online.

IHOP preps patrons for Pancake Bowl

IHOP preps patrons for Pancake Bowl

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—IHOP is getting in on the bowl season by hosting its first ever Pancake Bowl.

With the return of all you can eat pancakes at IHOP, participating restaurants are inviting patrons to join a pancake eating contest.  Those interested can enter the competition by ordering all you can eat pancakes at a participating IHOP restaurant now through Jan. 26.  The patrons who down the most buttermilk pancakes will earn a spot on the Pancake Bowl leader board.  The top scoring pancake eater at reach restaurant will receive bragging rights and free pancakes for one year.

On Feb. 1, the top 10 pancake eaters in the Grand Rapids area will compete in the Pancake Bowl.  The winner will receive a $500 IHOP gift card.

IHOP has four locations in the Grand Rapids area, including:

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.

With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014. 

For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour

Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Rep. Roger Victory plans visit to Coopersville

Rep. Roger Victory plans visit to Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— State lawmaker Roger Victory will visit Coopersville later this month to hear from the people he represents.

The Hudsonville Republican will hold office hours Saturday, Dec. 21 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  at the New Beginnings Restaurant, located at 25 68th Ave. in Coopersville. He will also be available at Murphy’s Restaurant in Allendale on Friday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"I greatly enjoy the opportunity to meet with residents in my district," Victory said. "It provides me the chance to bring the suggestions from residents with me to Lansing."

Those who cannot make it out are encouraged to contact Victory’s Lansing office at (517) 373-1830 or email RogerVictory@house.mi.gov.