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Experience Grand Rapids launches personalized travel planning website

Experience Grand Rapids launches personalized travel planning website

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, recently announced the launch of its new personalized travel planning website, www.GRCityTwist.com.

The new interactive website targets 18 different interests, from “art lovers” to “thrill seekers”, allowing the visitor to customize their trip.  For example, craft beer enthusiasts can find breweries to explore, activities and nightlife related to craft beer, and accommodations for the weekend.

EXGR launched the new, mobile-friendly website on Dec. 17 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the hospitality community, business and political leaders, and its Certified Tourism Ambassadors.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Fourteen local Pizza Hut locations on Wednesday, October 23 from 11am to 11pm will donate 20% of the customer’s bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

Go to www.crashslanding.org locate Upcoming events for October 23 Pizza Hunt Fundraiser to print flier for participating locations; must present flier with your order.

Call: (616)821-6065 or more information.

Enjoy a drink while helping children September 25

Enjoy a drink while helping children September 25

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If you’re over age 21, September 25 is a good day to stop by for a drink at Olive’s Restaurant & Bar.

Guest bartenders will be serving up drinks to benefit Aquinas College’s Conductive Learning Center. CLC board members Chip Behler and Andy Behler will be demonstrating their drink-making skills from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The restaurant plans to donate 20 percent of proceeds during that time to CLC.

Conductive Learning Center was founded by Chuck and Susie Saur about 17 years ago, after their son was born with a severe form of Cerebral Palsy.  CLC serves children from birth to age 26 who live with motor skill disorders connected to complications of premature birth, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or brain injury.  Specially trained teachers help each child work on physical, life and social skills necessary for adulthood.  For more information about CLC, click here.

Calder Cup to appear at two local restaurants

Calder Cup to appear at two local restaurants

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Calder Cup is so well traveled, it could put George Clooney’s character in ‘Up in the Air’ to shame.

After making numerous stops, the Calder Cup will visit East Grand Rapids Thursday, along with Griffins Head Coach Jeff Blashill.

Blashill will accompany the cup to Ramona’s Table, located at 2232 Wealthy St. SE for a 12:30 p.m. appearance.  Hockey fans are invited to visit during their lunch hour.

If you can’t make it out Thursday, mark your calendar for September 13.  The Calder Cup will be on display at the Uccello’s on East Beltline from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Get a 'Taste of East Grand Rapids' August 22

Get a 'Taste of East Grand Rapids' August 22

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Taste of East Grand Rapids returns to Gaslight Village August 22.

Visitors can sample food from area restaurants while enjoying free musical performances.  There’s also a free kids fun zone and free bike valet parking by Grand Rapids Bicycle Co.

Proceeds from Taste of East Grand Rapids will go to Susan G. Komen West Michigan.