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GRAAA Offers Public Observing Saturday Night

GRAAA Offers Public Observing Saturday Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month through October 24. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The current public observing night is Saturday, October 10 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm with the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune, Cluster’s & Galaxies. The 2015 Schedule is pictured below showing there is one remaining Public Observing Night left after this Saturday for the year.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

HFM’s Walkin’ on the Wild Side

HFM’s Walkin’ on the Wild Side

Put on your walking shoes for the first 5k walk in West Michigan for the Hemophilia Foundation! Be a participant in this event to help raise awareness & funds for HFM’s programs & services for those in Michigan with bleeding disorders.

Walkin’ on the West Side for Hemophilia takes place this Saturday, October 10 at Fifth Third Ballpark at 4500 West River Road in Grand Rapids. Check in is at 9:00am and the walk is at 10:00am

Power restored to thousands in East Grand Rapids

UPDATE (10/4/2015) -- Power has been restored, earlier than expected.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The strong winds we saw across West Michigan is causing problems for thousands in East Grand Rapids.  A power outage caused by the weather has more than two thousand people in the dark. Consumers Energy's outage map shows 3,226 customers lost power after 8:00 p.m. Saturday night, more than 1,000 have had their power restored

The map says power will not be restored for everyone until 7:00 a.m. Sunday.

Fit4Mom program celebrates 6 years with party

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A nationwide program helping moms stay in shape is celebrating six years. Fit4Mom Grand Rapids held a birthday party at Manhattan Park in East Grand Rapids Monday morning to mark the occasion.

The event included a stroller walking class, prizes, games and treats.

"Our stroller strides program is great for stay at home mom's especially who don't really have a chance to work out and get out because of their kids," says event organizer Marissa Andersen. "This is an awesome opportunity for them to bring them to class. The kids can watch them and they can be a role model for them of health and exercise at the same time."

Fit4Mom is the country's largest fitness program for moms. They offer fitness classes for every stage of motherhood.

New law leads to arrest in 2001 sexual assault case

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new state law has led to an arrest in a 2001 sexual assault that had become a cold case.

Jody Alan Howland, 51, was arraigned Tuesday in Kent County on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Howland is accused of sexually assaulting a then 23-year-old woman in the early hours of Feb. 9, 2001, just inside the East Grand Rapids city limits as she walked home from a neighborhood bar.

Howland is already behind bars, serving time in Macomb County Jail on drug charges.

A new state law, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in January, requires DNA samples to be taken at the time of arrest from any person accused of committing or attempting to commit a felony.

The Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratory matched his DNA to the 2001 sexual assault using the Michigan Convicted Offender Database.

Bicyclists of all ages welcomed in Gaslight Criterium

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The streets of East Grand Rapids were closed most of the day on Sunday for the Fox Subaru Gaslight Criterium.

The closed course bicycle race was open to all ages and experience levels. There were more than a dozen races throughout the day, running from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The event even featured two different races for children under 13, that they try to keep fun.

"For the little kids, they race down the straightaway and we have popsicles when they finish," said race director, Chad Everts. "It's a lot of fun, Griff was here for the Griffins... and for the bigger kids, they do a whole lap."

Organizers say events like the Gaslight Criterium expose more people to the sport of cycling and hope to see them keep that interest as they grow older.