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Dance event planned for Grand Rapids this weekend

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- For people who can't wait for the premier of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," there is a big dance event scheduled in Grand Rapids this weekend.

An entire afternoon and evening of dance is planned for Saturday, September 11, at the Latvian Hall in the 500 block of Grand Ave. NE.

There will be performances by some of the areas most accomplished dancers, workshops by a Swing Dance Hall of Famer, and competitons.

"There will be workshops during the day, a social dance in the evening, some competitions, and also five or six dance showcases," says event organizer Eric Freeman.

"We are doing a showcase piece together," says dancer Ondrea Kamps. "We practice together quite frequently, so we put together a little routine to have a little fun."

All day passes including all the events are available, or participants can pick and choose what interests them.

Granholm says Grand Rapids company is a success story of 21st Century Jobs Fund

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm visited Display Pack Thursday, saying it's a good example of a company that's diversified to survive a struggling economy. 

The private packaging company on Monroe Ave. NW, took advantage of commercial lending incentives that were part of the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a ten year initiative she outlined in her 2005 State of the State address.  

Granholm said the Fund has retained or created more than 24,400 jobs.

Display Pack now has 175 employees, and its president, Victor Hansen, said his recent revenue growth is due to the diversification the Fund allowed. 

Granholm says transfer of school funds to balance budget will boost community colleges

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed into law a key piece of a plan to balance the Michigan state government budget for the current fiscal year.

Gov. Granholm on Thursday approved a bill that transfers more than $200 million of a school aid fund surplus into the state's general fund, which is facing a deficit of about $300 million this fiscal year.

During a tour of a manufacturing facility in northwest Grand Rapids Thursday, the governor said the transfer into the general fund will help support community college funding.

Sneak peek of WZZM 13's 'mobile venue' in ArtPrize 2010

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Here at WZZM 13, we decided that we wanted to participate even more in ArtPrize this year -- so we came up with the idea of being a mobile venue.

We are posting sneak peek photos of the actual artwork will hang off of the WZZM 13 satellite truck.

Can you make out what the image is going to be? You can see -- there are animals involved. When it's all done -- you've got to see the "hedgehog."

Coming up on Monday, we'll introduce you to our artist, Kevin Zimmer of Kalamazoo.

ArtPrize to offer shuttle service from several local Meijer stores

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.(WZZM) - If you want to visit ArtPrize this year, but don't like searching for a parking place downtown, organizers have a new solution.

Tuesday ArtPrize, Meijer and the Rapid announced plans to offer six free parking sites at six area Meijer Stores and provide a shuttle into the city.

"Last year more than 200,000 people visited ArtPrize,:" said Rick Devos, ArtPrize founder, "This year, we are doing more to integrate public transportation with our shuttle service to help our visitors get the most out of ArtPrize."

After arriving in the three-square-mile ArtPrize district, guests will also have an opportunity to ride the ArtPrize shuttle throughout the five neighborhoods within the district and six exhibition centers.

Police investigate Grand Rapids double stabbing

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Police are searching for the person who stabbed two roommates in a Grand Rapids apartment.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of College Ave. NE.

Investigators say a dispute broke out over money and someone stabbed two residents inside the apartment. Officers describe their injuries as non-life threatening.

A search for the suspect using police dogs was unsuccessful, but police say they believe they know who the person is. So far, no arrests have been made.

Grand Rapids Police investigating attempted sex assault

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Ellie Orlowski says before she could get out of bed someone came towards her.  Orlowski says around 8 a.m. Wednesday someone entered her home in the 400 block of Leonard NE.

Orlowski suspects the man she says must have come through her back porch.

According to Orlowski the suspect shoved her face into the mattress and said "Just do as I say and you won't get hurt." But Orlowski managed to elbow the man and fought back.

"We wound up on the floor and he was over me I had my hands on my head gouging at his eyes with every bit of force I could.  I went right for the eyes."

Grand Rapids Police are currently investigating the case as an attempted sexual assault. "I was screaming help, help, help the whole time.  I eventually started to scream fire.  Once I started to scream fire he left," Orlowski said.