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Mosquito Festival

Last week I made a post about avoiding mosquitoes and apparently there are people out there who WANT to get bitten by mosquitoes. Crazy!

Russia has a 3-day festival in a town I cannot pronounce called

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Lavell Crawford/Gilda's LaughFest
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Lavell Crawford Cancels Gilda’s LaughFest Appearance Because of Movie Production

Lavell Crawford has canceled his Gilda's LaughFest appearance for Wednesday night because of a movie he's currently filming, festival officials announced this morning.

The cancellation of his appearance at Fountain Street Church is because of a change in the production schedule for the film "Meet the Blacks."

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Courtesy Gilda's LaughFest
Courtesy Gilda's LaughFest
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Play Gilda’s LaughFest Match & Win with Connie and Curtis!

Gilda's LaughFest's 11-day festival of comedy rolls with comedy, fun, humor, zaniness and laughter across West Michigan at more than 40 venues in Grand Rapids, Ada, Lowell and Holland from March 5 to 15.

We want to help you win tickets to some LaughFest performances.

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Zach Copley
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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Is Saturday; Five Epic Meal Time Bacony Delicious Dishes [Sponsored]

This is the weekend that BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration returns.

The bacon-infused celebration is Saturday at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features all things bacon: dishes, drinks and, of course, desserts. Tickets are still available.

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Ted Murphy
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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Nov. 8; Top 5 Homer Simpson Bacon Quotes [Sponsored]

Returning for the second consecutive year on Nov. 8 is BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration.

The all-things bacon celebration is a week from Saturday at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features bacon-themed, -infused and -inspired dishes and drinks, and tickets are still available.

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Volodymyr Krasyuk/ThinkStock
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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Nov. 8; Top 5 Jim Gaffigan Bacon Jokes [Sponsored]

BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration is back for its second annual event Nov. 8 at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features bacon-inspired dishes and drinks for the celebration of all things bacon, and tickets are currently on sale.

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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Nov. 8; Top 5 Bacon-Inspired Quotes [Sponsored]

BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration returns for its second annual event on Nov. 8 at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features bacon-inspired dishes and drinks, with tickets currently on sale.

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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Sizzles Nov. 8 at The DeltaPlex [Sponsored]

BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration is returning for its second annual event in November at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features bacon-inspired dishes and drinks, with tickets going on sale this morning for the Nov. 8 celebration.

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Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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On Tap with Summer Craft Beer Festival 2014 [Photos]

John Ball Park was the venue and craft beers were the main course Saturday.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival poured, played, entertained and fed hundreds from across Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond on a summery afternoon and early evening with sunshine and temperatures creeping into the low 80s.

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Photo by Matt Milhouse
Photo by Matt Milhouse
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Sunday Afternoon At Festival

Festival weather has more than cooperated this weekend.  Both attendance and revenues are up for Festival 2011! 

I spent a couple of hours pushing the double stroller around downtown on Saturday

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Steven Depolo, Flickr
Steven Depolo, Flickr
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‘Festival 2011′ Schedule Is Now Available

Another sign of summer is less than two weeks away.  Festival of the Arts 2011 is June 3-4-5!

I'll keep coming back for the food and music, but there's a whole lot more to 'Festival'.  Dance, storytelling, films, poetry, art, kid's activities, and more.  

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Beautiful weather launches Tulip Time 2011 in Holland!
Laura & Grace klompen dance around Centennial Park (Picture by Aunt Sabrina)
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Tulip Time Tips Off In Holland!

Laura & Grace klompen dance around Centennial Park (Picture by Aunt Sabrina)Tulip Time in Holland is one of the many highlights of living in West Michigan!

With tens of thousands of tulips planted throughout the downtown, Centennial Park, along Tulip Lane (where my late grandma lived for over 50-years), and behind Herrick Library-- the setting possibilities for a family photo are endless.
On Saturday, I made the drive from GR to the lakeshore to drool over all of the unique arts and crafts that adorned Centennial Park and later watched my niece, Grace, dance around the park. 
It's always a proud Dutch heritage day (and week) for me and my family -- especially since Grace has been able to be such a big part of the festivities. 

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