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Grand Valley State to host cyber security workshop

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A cyber security workshop for small business owners will be held at the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Grand Valley State University.

The school says protecting company information, mobile security, and what firms should do in case of a breach will be among the topics covered during the workshop Friday, Dec. 4 at the L. William Seidman Center in Grand Rapids. The event runs from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Trivalent Group, Inc., Chief Operating Officer John Hey is the keynote speaker. Trivalent Group is a Grand Rapids Internet service provider.

The program is developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

For more information and to register visit smallbusinessbigthreat.com or call (616) 331-7480.

West side bar takes Christmas to a new level

GRAND RAPIDS,Mich. (WZZM) -- One restaurant on the west side of Grand Rapids goes above and beyond to bring the holiday spirit to West Michigan with holiday decor from the floor to the ceiling.

The Broadway Bar has perhaps the largest Christmas decor collection in West Michigan.

In addition to the decor, Broadway Bar also serves up festive holiday cocktails and is home to one of the best burgers in town, called "The Broadway Burger". It comes with 2 patties sandwiched between Texas toast and piled with lettuce, onion, pickles, and mustard.

Broadway Bar is so popular during Christmas that reservations are required.

They are located at
740 Broadway Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

Their phone number is (616) 454-0565

GRPD looking for three armed robbers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are trying to figure out who robbed a party store on the city's northwest side.

It happened around 1 a.m. Thursday morning near the corner of Bridge Street and Pine Avenue at Sam's Party Store. That's just a block east of Lincoln Park.

Police are looking for three men who they say had a gun. When we talked with dispatchers there was no immediate description on those suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at (616) 456-3400 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

2 Calvin students admit to 'white power' messages

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Calvin College officials say two students have admitted to writing in snow that apparent hate speech discovered in a campus parking lot Monday morning.

A photo circulating on Facebook with hundreds of shares shows the words "white power" and a swastika written in the snow. Officials said six cars had the message written on them.

Calvin College President Michael Le Roy published the following statement after the message was discovered:

Meijer Gardens features Christmas traditions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The holiday lights are going up on trees and homes across West Michigan.

This year, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park has new additions to its annual display. As part of its 20th anniversary, more than 40 trees with special ornaments and decorations line the halls for the "Christmas Traditions from Around the World" exhibit.

Each tree represents a different country, from Russia to Finland and Switzerland.

In addition, the gardens unveiled five new landmarks on its "Railway Gardens" exhibit, representing Grand Rapids' five sister cities.

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.