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GR's Big Talent finale competition kicks off Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Musicians, comedians, dancers and more will compete Saturday night at the Peter Wege Theatre at the Grand Rapids Ballet Co. for chance to at a $1,000 grand prize.

The event will showcase 16 finalists performing for a live audience and celebrity judges including "Gravy" from 105.3 HOT-FM, Steve Zaagman from WZZM-TV and others. Todd Chance of MLive is the emcee. The grand prize is $1,000.

One finalist also will be chosen to perform at the 105.3 HOT-FM New Year's Eve party in downtown Grand Rapids.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at grsbigtalent.com or $15 at the door.

Peter Wege Theatre is located at at 341 Ellsworth Ave. SW.

Weekend Adventure: Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- In this Weekend Adventure, our weekend morning news team ventured to Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters is a wholesale coffee roasting shop. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., they open their doors for "The Saturday Experience".

"We invite the public to come in and sample coffees at no charge and learn about coffee, answer their questions about coffee and if they care to, we'll take any of our raw beans and roast them to order while they wait" said owner, Craig Patterson. "No one else does that in town. We're all about education so we'll have three different coffees and three different roasts every Saturday. What we're trying to do is educate the customer on how the roast affects the flavor of the coffee. "

The Saturday Experience also includes espresso shots & Americano's.

Rapid bus driver pleads guilty to assault

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids bus driver Alicia Miller pleaded guilty to assault and battery for fighting with a teenager.

Fluellen will be charged in juvenile court for her part in the fight.


Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Brann’s is offering a free 6oz.  Sirloin and two sides on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Bob Evans-Free Breakfast all day for Veteran’s and Active Military. Choose from 5 different plates.

Golden Coral-Appreciation for Veterans and Active Military: Dinner is free November 11th from 5 – 9pm.

Applebee’s will be serving 7 different free meals to Veterans and Active Military on Wednesday, November 11th.

Red Robin Restaurants will be offering a free Tavern Double Berger with Bottomless Steak Fries at all of its restaurants on November 11th. They will also be offering a 20% discount at participating restaurants from November 12 – December 31.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer and dessert from Monday, November 09, 2015 to Thursday, November 12. They have put together a special menu for both items.

"Pass the Gravy" food drive and concert

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hot bands, live music and all to help the hungry.

Gravy, from 105.3 Hot FM joined us in studio to talk about the "Pass the Gravy" food drive.

Patrons are asked to bring a non-perishable food items with them to the event as this will serve as their admission ticket into the concert.

Performers include pop artist Daya, who will be performing her pop hit "Hide Away".

Also performing is pop duo Tryon and Grand Rapids very own The Outer Vibe.

It happens on Saturday, November 7th at The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave SW in Grand Rapids.

Doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 8PM.

"Creepy Crawlers" visit WZZM Studio on Halloween

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Halloween is the "spookiest" day of the year and if you're into creatures that "creep and crawl", Saturday's your chance to see them up close and personal.

Daniel Garvin from D & E reptiles joined us with some special friends.

If you'd like to meet these guys in person, you can visit Daniel at the Grand Rapids Reptile and Exotic Pet Expo.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.