Want to be a Vendor at Farmgirl Flea Spring 2016?

farmgirl fleaMay 14 (from 8 am-4 pm) at Hudsonville Fair Grounds offers a fun-filled Saturday of handmade, vintage, retro, antique, farm finds, salvage and more. Oh, and food trucks, too! Interested in being a vendor? Contact for more info. They will begin reviewing applications Feb. 14 for the May Flea. Get tickets here. They’re only $5.

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Go Red For Women Luncheon Feb. 26

go red for womenGo Red For Women is the world’s largest network standing together to end heart disease and stroke in women. This event includes exhibits, networking, survivor stories and silent auction. Friday, Feb. 26 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm at JW Marriott (235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids). Go here for more info. Registration Fee: $200.

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Grand Rapids Boat Show Feb 17-21

Boat A West Michigan tradition! In its 71st year, the Grand Rapids Boat Show will showcase its broadest array of power boats ever–almost five acres of them, especially for the Great Lakes. DeVos Place (303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids). Feb. 17-21. Admission: Adults $10; children ages 6-14 are $4; and children 5 and under are free. Go here for more info.

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Valent-ICE Feb. 12-14 in Downtown GR

timthumbValent-ICE, the annual festival organized around Valentine’s Day to celebrate love and winter in Downtown Grand Rapids, features 50+ sculptures on display totaling more than 15 tons–or 30,000 pounds–of ice. You can thank ice guru Randy Finch for those. Valent-ICE is part of Downtown’s campaign to embrace the cold, take more advantage of the city’s northern climate and make Grand Rapids a better winter city. Go here to vote for your favorite sculpture and for more info.

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UICA Showcasing Oscar Shorts
February 12th, 2016 by Brett Wiesenauer

Giving some recognition to the UICA’s showcase of the Academy Award Nominees for short filmmaking.

The Sweet Side of February
Chocolate Covered Boyne
February 12th, 2016 by Dianna Higgs-Stampfler

While chocolate is obviously available year-round, there’s something sweeter about savoring it in February. Maybe it is because love is in the air—with Valentine’s Day and all. Or, maybe it has something to do with the way it warms us up during the cold winter season. No matter why you love chocolate, here are some events and shops you’ll want to check out this month (and beyond). [Read More]

Company Reps Introduce Sixth-Graders to STEM, Skilled Trades Careers
From left, Keavion Buggs, Roshan Kami, Amarion Nichols and Emmanuel Aoudiek learn what a project manager faces when building
February 11th, 2016 by Erin Albanese

Crestwood Middle School sixth-grader-turned-builder Roshan Kami and his business partner classmates scrambled when their clients said they wanted an already-installed window moved from the east side to the west side of their new house. The Kentwood Public Schools students were tasked with building the LEGO house on a $76,750 budget using architectural renderings. [Read More]

Secretary of State offices to be closed for Presidents Day
State of Michigan seal
February 11th, 2016 by Gisgie Dávila Gendreau

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all branch offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15. So, make sure to plan your responsibilities accordingly! [Read More]

For those in need of a plan, here’s your Valentine’s Day cheat sheet
Be a kid again at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum
February 10th, 2016 by Mike DeWitt

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to prepare a weekend with your significant other because, and let’s be honest here, we know you haven’t planned anything yet. If you’re one of those rare breeds who plans out Valentine’s Day months in advance, then you can use this for ideas for how to put a cherry on top of your picture perfect day. For the rest of us who just realized it’s already February 10, there’s still time, and here’s a cheat sheet. [Read More]

Gird Your Loins: Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner
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February 10th, 2016 by Victoria Mullen

What’s so special about Valentine’s Day? First off, it’s St. Valentine’s Day, and this romantic tradition has its roots in the Middle Ages when people chose a romantic partner on that particular day because they believed birds started mating. I’m as confused as you are. [Read More]

Lenten Fish Fry Dinners at St. John Vianney Parish
St. John Vianney Parish
February 9th, 2016 by Mike DeWitt

Looking for a Parish to enjoy a fried fish dinner with friends of Christ this Lenten season? Look no further than St. John Vianney Parish on Clyde Park Ave. Starting this Friday, February 12, and continuing for the next five weeks, St. John Vianney Parish will be hosting their annual fish fry dinners from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. [Read More]

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