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Lowell Gymnastics’ Lauren DeHaan Named High School Athlete of the Week

Rod Spicer
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Vanessa Williams Joining Grand Rapids Symphony for Symphony with Soul

Special guest Vanessa Williams is joining the Grand Rapids Symphony on Feb. 28 for the 14th annual Symphony with Soul.

The community celebration of African-American musical expression is at 8 p.m. EST at DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids, with tickets still available.

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James Swoboda
James Swoboda
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East Kentwood Basketball’s Brent Kimbrel Named High School Athlete of the Week

Steven Depolo
Steven Depolo
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Cool Brews, Hot Eats in Grand Rapids Back February 16 to 28

Fresh off the heels of being named Best Beer Town by USA Today and Top 10 Vacation Spot for Beer Lovers (www.TheStreet.com), Beer City USA will once again host beer lovers and food enthusiasts from all over Michigan and beyond for Cool Brews.
Hot Eats. in Grand Rapids, which runs Feb. 16 to 28.

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Peter Kim/ThinkStock
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How Many Grand Rapids Brewers Are On Thrillist’s ‘A to Z’ List?

Thrillist is just that. A thrilling website with lists. Get it? Thrillist? Yeah, I think it's a stretch too.

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Sinbad, Madigan, Breuer, Willman and Kosta to Perform at LaughFest’s Signature Event

Gilda's Laughfest announced Tuesday that this year’s Signature Event will celebrate the festival’s fifth year with a lineup of returning LaughFest comedians coming together for the first time

LaughFest also announced the remaining acts for the 2015 festival, which will run from March 5 to 15 at venues in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

The Signature Event will take place on Tuesday, March 10, at DeVos Performance Hall and will be hosted by Michael Kosta, the winner of LaughFest’s 2011 stand-up competition. The event will feature headlining acts from LaughFest’s past years, including Jim Breuer, Kathleen Madigan, Sinbad and Justin Willman.

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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015 Rocks Richmond Park January 23-25 in Grand Rapids [Video]

97.9 GRD Rocks will host the fourth annual WGRD Pond Hockey Classic, presented by Labatt Blue and Dematic.

More than 40 teams will play on the frozen surface at Richmond Park in Grand Rapids starting Friday night (Jan. 23) and running through Sunday, Jan. 25. Division finals will be the afternoon of Jan. 25.

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Courtesy "Elf: The Musical" and Broadway Grand Rapids
Courtesy "Elf: The Musical" and Broadway Grand Rapids
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‘Elf: The Musical’ Hits Grand Rapids’ DeVos Performance Hall This Weekend [Video]

Discover your inner elf with "Elf: The Musical."

The touring Broadway production is at DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids today through Sunday through Broadway Grand Rapids.

Performances are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with tickets still available through Ticketmaster online and its ticket centers; DeVos Place convention center and Van Andel Arena box offices; or by telephone at (800) 982-2787.

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Meijer Announces Dates for the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft

After a successful inaugural tournament that generated $600,000 for Midwest food pantries, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids in 2015 for another week of community events and the best women golfers in the world.

The tournament is slated July 20-26, 2015, at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, and will again benefit the Walker-based retailer Meijer's Simply Give program.

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Alexander Shalamov/ThinkStock
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Grand Rapids Is No. 2 Cheapest Foodie Town In U.S.!

We did it again! Grand Rapids made another best of list.

This time our love of craft beer and food has put Grand Rapids in the national spotlight!

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John Eisenschenk
John Eisenschenk
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 12

ArtPrize 2014, Grand Rapids' sixth annual public art extravaganza, wraps up today.

So, head to downtown Grand Rapids to check out the winners and revisit your favorites before ArtPrize closes at 6 p.m.

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Anila Quayyum Agha’s "Intersections" -- Ann-Marie Jurek
Anila Quayyum Agha’s "Intersections" -- Ann-Marie Jurek
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 11

And the envelopes please.

On Friday night in ceremonies at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre with a watch party at Rosa Park Circle, ArtPrize 2014 handed out its awards.

The big winner was Indianapolis artist Anila Quayyum Agha's Grand Rapids Art Museum installation titled "Intersections."

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