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2012 Art Prize Rule Changes!

The talent pool for next year's Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids will shrink by the top ten winners selected this year.
That makes a ton of sense since the idea is to give all artists a fair shot at winning some prize money and recognition in the community for his or her accomplishment.  If the same people win every year then the competition will lose its appeal and possibly intimidate some up and coming artists from ever applying.

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Katy Perry Coming To Grand Rapids On Her 2011 Tour

Katy Perry will be hitting the stage at Van Andel Arena on September 11, according to an announcement on her website today! Tickets go on sale April 30th at 10am.

The Grand Rapids show is part of a series of brand-new U.S. dates on her California Dreams 2011 Tour.

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Parking prices may even out to draw people downtown!
Feed the meter! (Photo via flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc)
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Grand Rapids Parking Price Drop?

Parking downtown Grand Rapids can be so frustrating AND expensive, depending upon where you find a spot.

Now the city parking commission is being asked to consider lowering the monthly fee of lots north of Fulton in order to draw customers from the south lots that seem to be more full and less expensive.

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Fuller Avenue exit ramps off of I-196 are closed through Monday
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Fuller Exit Closes In Both Directions …

According to mlive.com, starting at 10 p.m. Friday night, Grand Rapids commuters will not be able to exit onto or off of Fuller Avenue in both directions of I-196 for bridge work.

The lane closures extend through 5 a.m. Monday.

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Meet Bert and the Screech Owl from John Ball Zoo!
Give me a name! (Photo taken by Krys Bylund)
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Help Name JBZ’s Screech Owl By Party For The Planet Event!

The pic is a little dark, but you can see that Mr. Screech Owl is pretty tiny ... and he needs a name!

Post your entries in the comment space below and share this story with a friend so we can get as many names as possible!

John Ball Zoo director, Bert Vescolani spent the morning with me in the Channel 957 studio to talk about all of the amazing animals, sea creatures, reptiles and birds that live at the zoo in Grand Rapids AND to personally invite you to their annual Party For The Planet event on Saturday!

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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Sick Puppies Coming to Grand Rapids

Channel 957 brings you the Sick Puppies Saturday June 11th at 5/3rd Ballpark!
Featuring The Sick Puppies with special guests Hinder & Seether.

Tickets are just $30 for field seats and $25 bucks for stadium seats.

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(Photo by Don Murray/Getty Images)
(Photo by Don Murray/Getty Images)
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Grand Rapids Police Say No Gun Was In Building

Edit: (2:50pm)

Police have cleared an office building  in the 3500 Block of Lake Eastbrook after receiving reports of a possible gunman in the building.

Officers searched the East Lake Office Center and say that they didn't find anyone with a gun

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The Bitter End Coffeehouse
The Bitter End Coffeehouse
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Best Coffee in West Michigan – Our Top 5

Getting that perfect cup-o-joe can be a very satisfying experience, especially after a long night of studying at the library or partying out with friends.  Compiled here for you is our take on West Michigan's Best Coffee.  You don't have to agree with our list, in fact... I almost guarantee that you won't.  So take a look, see how we did, and let us know if we got our list right!

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John Ball Park Zoo
John Ball Park Zoo (Photo from John Ball Zoo)
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John Ball Park Zoo’s Zoobilee!

Need an activity to get your Spring breakers out of the house and into a learning environment?  Well, John Ball Park Zoo has just the thing for you.  Zoobilee!  All week long the zoo is giving you an awesome Spring break destination inside the city.

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Who can say no to a chocolate fountain? (from Facebook)
Who can say no to a chocolate fountain? (from Facebook)
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Join Channel 957 For Sabrina’s Sleepover!

Chocolate, pampering, cocktails, dancing and more will combine for a night that you'll remember forever!

Join Channel 957's Sabrina Fairchild for Sabrina's sleepover on Saturday, May 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids!

Grab three of your girlfriends and reserve your room today! Each room includes an overnight stay, a complementary appetizer tray when you arrive and a pizza at the end of the night, 8 beverage tickets, and 4 tickets to the event, which promises non-stop fun for only $195 per room of 4 (that’s only $48

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(Photo Illustration by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
(Photo Illustration by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Google Fiber Passes on Grand Rapids

Despite the city's best efforts, Google has passed on Grand Rapids being the test market for its new Google Fiber. They announced today that they will be launching the project in Kansas City, Kansas.

Google Fiber will provide a faster connection than most typical internet connections. Google hopes to begin building the network by the end of the year and that service should begin in the first quarter of 2012, with plans to roll out to all communities in Kansas City. Once the service is live pricing will be “competitive to what people are paying for Internet access today” though Google hasn’t yet named the plans.

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Rumor: Cash Cab In Grand Rapids?

Discovery Channel's hit show "Cash Cab" is rumored to be coming to Grand Rapids April 12-16. While I was unable to find out if there really is any truth the the rumor, I did discover that, among other things, it has its own Facebook page.

The Facebook page claims that they are giving away a guaranteed ride in the cash cab to one lucky winner.

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