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Anna's House is a Winner in my Book

Anna's House is a Winner in my Book

I had the pleasure of having lunch at Anna’s House on Plainfield with my friend Barb Thompson last week for the first time. I have heard reports from others that the food is really good but now I know it to be true.

We both had burgers and it is one of the few places that ask how you would like the burger cooked. I’m guessing it is a sirloin burger because the flavor was so awesome and it was cooked to perfection. My choice was the bacon blue burger, truly a delicious burger. Even the bun was warmed, not something you always get unless you request it and I think that adds so much to a great sandwich.

Anna’s House is located at 3874 Plainfield NE in Grand Rapids, MI and is open Monday – Sunday from 6am – 2pm with breakfast served anytime. Phone: 616-361-8500 or you can go to urbanspoon.com to see the menu firsthand.

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NorthPointe Christian blanks Ravenna

RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian earned its first Division 6 district with a 37-0 win over Ravenna.

Luke VanDyke rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 6, 1 and 7 yards.

Preston Huckaby also had a 10-yard touchdown run and kicked a 25-yard field goal.

The Mustangs play Watervliet in next week's regional final.

1st Bridal Show for the New Year, 2015

1st Bridal Show for the New Year, 2015

The Grand Rapids Art Museum will be host to the 2015 the 1st Bridal Show of the year, come January 5th from 5 – 9pm.  Additional information can be found at www.kohlerexpo.com

The area’s best bridal vendors will be on hand to help newly engaged brides put the finishing touches on their spectacular wedding day. Meeting vendors face to face is a real plus when planning such a special event.

There will be bridal exhibitors there to help with Ice Sculptures, Flowers and Decorations, Limousines, Honeymoons, Catering, Wedding Cakes, Reception Facilities, Wedding Dresses, Tuxedos, Photography & Videography, Favors, Photo Booths, DJ’s and Bridal Registry.

This event is open to the public with admission at the door. A $1 coupon is available at the site listed above. Information also available at www.GRBrides.com

Kids and Family Expo - A January 2015 Event

Kids and Family Expo - A January 2015 Event

January 2015 may seem like a long way off to many but it really is not and Kohler Expos, Inc. would like you to reserve some time to come to the Kids and Family Expo January 24, 2015.

This family oriented expo will be held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI from 10am – 5pm that day and tickets are available at the door. Additional information can be found at Kids & Family Video www.kidsandfamilyexpo.com

Grand Rapids had been ranked as a #1 city in the United States to raise a family and this Expo encourages families to Get Active, Get Smart and Have Fun!

Cabin fever sometimes sets in around January each year and this is the perfect opportunity to come play, celebrate, get active, explore, build, learn and discover. This Expo will encourage family bonding time, encourage physical activity and empower children and families to lead better lives.

This event is open to the public.

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D.A. Blodgett - St. John's event encourages adoption

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- D.A. Blodgett - Saint John's in Grand Rapids held its third annual Images of Adoption event Thursday evening.

It featured 15 children currently waiting to be adopted in Kent County. The kids ages range from 5 to 17. Some are single; others are with siblings.

D.A. Blodgett - Saint John's Adoption Program Manager Joy Engelsman said adopting a child isn't as scary as some might think

"Our greatest need is for families willing to adopt sibling groups, willing to adopt older children (which is 8 and up), and those who are willing to adopt medically fragile children," said Engelsman.

Right now across the state of Michigan, there are 292 children in the foster care system waiting for a forever family.

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

If you are looking for an interesting and informative evening, plan on attending this event in Greenville, MI on November 18th at the Flat River Library, located at 200 W. Judd from 6 – 8pm.

Michigan’s Orphan Train is about 12,500 orphans from New York City and the Boston area, who were taken from the streets and placed in Michigan from 1854 – 1927. Many of these children were never actually adopted but were used as teenage labor.

Join in the research with historians and television producers, Al and David Eicher, who will share details about this obscure time in Michigan’s history.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Flat River Community Library. Admission is free but if you would like more information, contact Tim West at gretjw@flatriverlibrary.org

UAW sells property to Meijer Gardens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Grand Rapids building that bears the name of labor leader Owen Bieber will be demolished next year.

The West Michigan Horticultural Society bought the United Auto Workers Region 1-D building. The society owns the neighboring Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

UAW regional director Gerald Kariem says the Flint-based union will still have a presence in Grand Rapids and won't change the services it provides. Union leaders voted to merge the Grand Rapids office with a Flint office in June to increase efficiency.

Kent County records don't yet list the purchase price of the property. A Meijer Gardens spokeswoman says it hasn't decided what's next for the property. The Gardens wants to honor Bieber, who was a longtime friend of Fred Meijer.