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Weekend Update

Opening day at the John Ball Zoo, layoffs coming to the Grand Rapids Public Library, more snow on the way, plus more trends from this week that you may have missed.

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Spring Break Can Be Fun Right Here At Home

Spring Break!  The time of the year when families and individuals, take time off from the cold winter weather and....take a break!

Many leave.  Yeah, leave and go south seeking warmth, beaches and water.

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The John Ball Zoo is Open!

Finally, the Zoo is open!

Closed for the season in late Fall, this past Friday, March 1st, the John Ball Zoo opened for the 2013 season.

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Tiger Day At John Ball Zoo

Channel 95-7 will be broadcasting live at John Ball Zoo Wednesday starting at 11 am for Tiger Day at the Zoo. John Ball Zoo is attempting to bring a world class Tiger exhibit to Grand Rapids in 2014, and Wednesday we kick off that campaign.

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Entry Into John Ball Zoo Is Only $1, Tomorrow Only

So, 95-7 received some free passes to John Ball Zoo to give away on air today, and I wanted to call and get some information about hours. While I was on the phone with the zoo, they informed me that tomorrow, Adults, Seniors, and kids overs the age of 3 will all get in for the price of one buck.

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John Ball Park Zoo’s New, Improved Gift Shop Offers Elephant Poop Stationary(?)

The John Ball Park Zoo has undergone a ton of improvements in preparation for their 2012 season. Not only have they added some new animals, like a baby camel. But, they've also upgraded some of their facilities including the entrance plaza and gift shop, and added the Bissel Tree House, an indoor event space that's expected to open in August for weddings, corporate events, and the like. And then there's the gift shop...

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Baby Camel Debuts At John Ball Zoo This Weekend [PHOTOS]

Henry, a 1-month-old camel, makes his debut at John Ball Zoo this weekend.
Henry is quite the entertainer!  He runs, he jumps, and he takes some big tumbles too! 

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Grand Rapids’ Top 5 Spring Break Events For Kids

Staying in Grand Rapids over spring break is a little easier this year. Our warm March has already given us a taste of summer making missing out on a trip south easier to handle than most years. The trick is to have fun while keeping the kids busy over spring break in Grand Rapids

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Stella’s, A Murder Mystery Dinner, And John Ball Zoo – Wine Dine And Unwind

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, how about 3 things to do instead? It's time to wine, dine, and unwind this weekend in West Michigan! Each week I'll hook up West Michigan with some interesting weekend activities. So get

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John Ball Zoo Opens Thursday

If our mild winter has you showing early signs of cabin fever, you don't have to wait until spring, the cure arrives on Thursday.

John Ball Zoo opens for the season on Thursday, March 1.  As soon you walk in, you'll notice some changes.

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Help Release Monarch Butterflies At John Ball Zoo On Saturday

It's 'Monarch Madness' at John Ball Zoo on Saturday.

Over 300 Monarch butterflies will be tagged and released.  Anyone attending may enter a drawing for the chance to hand release the butterflies.

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John Ball Zoo 5-For-5 Days Start Monday! [AUDIO]

Meet Mr. Snuggles and John Ball Zoo Director, Bert VescolaniBert brought Mr. Snuggles into the Channel 957 studio to show you and me how adorable he is and to remind pet owners what a big responsibility it is to own and care for a pet.  Mr. Snuggles was given to John Ball through the Humane Society and is now part of the petting zoo.

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