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Contra Dancing in West Michigan

Contra Dancing in West Michigan

Start out the new year with some foot-stompin' fun!   Contra dancing is a fun family friendly event, and no partner is necessary!   On Friday nights the Grand River Folk Arts Society puts on Contra Dances at the Fifth Street Hall in Grand Rapids. 

Come early for a Contra Dance Basics workshop at 7:00pm.  This is a dance introduction, or a refresher if you've been away from contra dancing awhile.

GRPS Athletics Hosting Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament

GRPS Athletics Hosting Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament

From: http://www.grps.org

Grand Rapids Public Schools Athletics is hosting the East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament on December 22 and 29, 2012.

Men's teams from the Detroit area will take on West Michigan teams Rockford, Muskegon, Creston, Union, and Ottawa Hills on the 22nd. The women's event on December 29th will feature Creston, Union, Ottawa Hills, Clio, Lee, and Bay City Central. Halftime entertainment is planned for many of the games.

Following a successful Turkey Trot fundraiser, the GRPS athletics department is hoping to raise another $50,000 during the Holiday Classic to continue offering K-12 sports programming without a pay to play fee.

Will your school's football game be suspended due to weather?

Will your school's football game be suspended due to weather?

Tonight's weather is starting to look a bit threatening. Most people know that lightening and thunder will force a game to be suspended, but we thought you might want to know the exact details regarding inclement weather game delays and suspensions.

Here are the official Contest Suspension Guidelines for Inclement Weather as listed on the MHSAA website:

Michigan Titanium Triathlon traffic warning

Michigan Titanium Triathlon traffic warning

From: Kent County Sheriff Department

On Sunday, 8/26 350 athletes will participate in the Michigan Titanium Triathlon. The race will originate at Versluis Park (Northland Ave/Plainfield Ave) at 7 AM. After completing the swim, athletes will then bike 112 miles throughout northeast Kent County (see map). They will then run 26 miles down Grand River Dr and 3 Mile Rd as far south as Knapp St.

These roads are open to traffic however, beware of some delays at intersections. Also, while driving along the course be extra vigilant of cyclists, runners, police officers and volunteers.

The run course, Grand River Dr between Northland Ave and Knapp St – and – 3 Mile Rd between Dunnigan Ave and Grand River Ave will be closed to thru traffic. Local resident’s traffic will be allowed.

Race starts at 7 AM. Bikers will be on the course from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Runners will be on the course from 11 AM to as late as midnight.

Color Run creates colorful memories

Color Run creates colorful memories

by Chelsea LaForge in collaboration with Jonathan Stoner

Over 10,000 runners and walkers participated in the colorful race through downtown.

After months of planning, The Color Run finally arrived in Grand Rapids on Sunday. Over 10,000 runners and walkers lined up to run the 5k (3.1 miles) which winded through downtown. This race, like other fun runs, was not meant to be a timed, competitive event. It's called "The Happiest 5k on the Planet" for a reason.

"Seeing how happy The Color Run has made all different kinds of people has been very rewarding," says creator Travis Snyder, who was in town for the race and travels to as many cities as he can.

Some city youth games cancelled tonight due to weather

Some city youth games cancelled tonight due to weather

From the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department for TUESDAY, July 17, 2012:

  • Youth baseball, youth softball and t-ball games are cancelled for tonight.
  • All other activities (including ADULT softball games) will still be held as scheduled.