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John Ball Zoo goes BOO!

From: http://www.johnballzoosociety.org

All four days of BOO will be packed with entertainment, trick-or-treat stations, make-and-take crafts and animal activities, but each day will be different from treat stations to entertainment. Imagine your child dressed-up like a lion, in front of a real lion. It’s those amazing and sometimes hilarious photo opportunities that just pop up at John Ball Zoo’s BOO. Visit our event calendar for dates and times. ZOO GOES BOO! is budget-friendly at $5.00 for everyone. Members only $2.00. Kids 2 and under are always totally free!

Contest Alert: Win Tickets to "The Zoo Goes Boo!"

Chat to Win tickets to "The John Ball Zoo Goes Boo!" event on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.  Enter HERE by visiting West Michigan MomsLikeMe.com.

WMSTI hosts summit on Health Care Reform

From: http://www.gvsu.edu

The West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative will hold its annual SUMmIT10 event, exploring the impact of Health Care Reform on innovation and entrepreneurship in the areas of drugs, diagnostics and devices. 

The event will be held Tuesday, September 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Loosemore Auditorium at the DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

While the law is still being debated, interpreted, and reduced to regulations, the impacts on innovation, product development and conducting business are becoming clear for these three areas of interest. Speakers will discuss how this new law will likely affect these areas in the future. 

7:30-8:30 a.m., Registration and continental breakfast
8:30-10:30 a.m., Keynote and company presentations
11 a.m.-noon, Panel discussion

Speakers include:
Roger S.

Kid's Guide to ArtPrize

Grand Rapids is an awesome place to grow up. Now. It used to be boring, or so I’ve been told.

I grew up in Grand Ledge and spent my entire childhood wondering why my parents insisted on raising me in a constant state of geographically inflicted ennui(I learned that word in 8th grade. It was perfect timing.) that could have been completely avoided had we stayed in Detroit, where I was born. We also would have avoided good schools, a lack of traffic, as well as a whole lot of bodily and property safety; but those were not my concern. I wanted Eastern Market, the Ren Cen, the Riverfront, big malls, and Boblo Island.

A few weeks ago my kids and I were walking around downtown (Grand Rapids, not Detroit) and A.P. said, “We’re lucky to have so much big art and sculptures here, Mom”. It’s working.My kids dig where they live.

Fun and Frugal in Grand Rapids With Kids! Week of September 24-30


September 24 Flick’s Family Film Festival continues.  Kids are free, just pay a few bucks for anyone over 12.

September 24, 25 Oktoberfest

September 24, 25 Rockford Harvest Festival Family Fun Weekend

September 24, 25 Fallasburg Fall Festival

September 25 Connecting Families With Nature Day at the Zoo  

September 25 9:30AM to 2:

Fun and frugal family entertainment in Grand Rapids this week

I have a ton of stuff for you to take a look at this week.  Check out my Calendar for a full listing.

September 11th, 2010 - Back to School Kid Parade

First Ever “Back to School Kid Parade!”West Side leaders make big plansGrand Rapids---The upper west side of Grand Rapids will be filled with colorful bikes and banners Saturday, September 11 as a group of people with deep ties to the community host the first ever Kid Parade to celebrate being Back to School. The idea was hatched by Ed Kettle, Chief of Staff for State Representative Roy Schmidt and long time neighborhood advocate. He enlisted City Commissioner Dave Shaffer and School Board Member Jon O?Connor to help assemble a group to make the event a reality.The Kid Parade will begin at 11am sharp. The parade starts at Westend Street, one block west of Covell Road, and will proceed west on Leonard to the Elk?s Lodge 48 (Highlands Golf Course). Once there the group will offer a brief ceremony to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of Fire and Police professionals on the anniversary date of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.