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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:

What's Happening: September 24-26

(WZZM) - Whether you're in the mood for art, an early Halloween scare, or a cheap movie, there's plenty of things to do this weekend in West Michigan.

The Wicked Ranch opens in Rothbury. If you dare, check out the Nightmare at the Bunkhouse, Town of Terror, or the one-mile long hay ride through the Wicked Woods. The fright starts at 6 p.m. each night.

If being scared isn't your thing, you can go to the Double JJ Resort for the Yee-Haw Festival. It is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.

The Harbor Theater in Muskegon is offering family friendly flicks for $1. You can see the Wizard of Oz this weekend. Just head over to 1937 Lakeshore Drive.

You can enjoy the Old World vs. New World wine and food tasting at Applause Event Center on Birchcrest Drive in Grand Rapids. It's Friday night from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

UPDATE: Grand Rapids student dies during after school program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- An autopsy performed on a 10 year old girl says she died from a brain aneurysm.

The school district says the Brittnee Mororski, a fifth grader, collapsed at her desk Wednesday during an after school program at Covell Elementary. 

The staff administered CPR until firefighters arrived but they were unable to revive her.



Kent County ranks high for car-deer crashes

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Kent County is once again at the top of the list for car-deer crashes.  The Michigan Car-Deer Crash Coalition says more than 2,100 such accidents happened last year.  That's about 200 more than the next highest - Oakland County.

The coalition was in Grand Rapids Thursday to launch its fall safety campaign - just a week before the worst time of year for car-deer crashes.

Lori Conarton with the Michigan Car-Deer Crash Coalition says, "Deer crashes are not only a concern with life and injury, but it costs us all through higher insurance premiums.  The average deer-car crash costs $2,100 to fix your car.  That's the average.  And that totals about $130 million year in damages to vehicles."

Kent County was number two for car-deer crashes in 2008, behind Jackson County.

ArtPrize contestants claim they're over-ticketed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)-  Artists invested thousands of dollars into their ArtPrize entries, but one thing they didn't budget for is all the parking tickets they say they're getting. Artists told 13 On Your Side that the City of Grand Rapids is over-ticketing them while they're unloading their art pieces.

The courtyard near the BOB is vibrant with artwork, but some artists are getting an unwanted splash of color on their cars. Mike Moy says the tickets are out of control. He says it's been a problem seen since last year when he got $200 in parking tickets unloading his work.

Moy says, "I had to bring my equipment everyday so I'd park and I got 4 tickets in one day. It was pretty frustrating."

Eric Kravako also got nailed while moving his artwork.

"We're trying to unload and keep everything moving, it's just another damper to have another parking ticket on your car."

Deal could save Israels Furniture

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - There is new hope for Israels furniture and a possible deal that could keep the company alive in West Michigan.

The Israels family says they are in talks with Gorman's furniture, which is based out of Southfield. The exact nature of those business talks is not yet clear, but Gorman's company officials say they will remain committed to Israels' existing customers and will take care of warranties during this transitional time.

Owner Bob Israels announced last weekend Klingman's and Israels furniture are going out of business. The surprise announcement comes just weeks after Macatawa Bank announced it was filing a lawsuit demanding immediate repayment of a $6 million loan.

Israels and Klingman's employ about 150 people in West Michigan.

Neighborhood ArtPrize parties start today

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Two official ArtPrize events happen on Thursday night.

One will be held downtown and he other will take place on the Westside.

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will host what's called "PechaKucha."  Basically, it's a simple presentation where artists show 20 images and will only be given 20 seconds to talk about it.  The fun and informal gathering will run from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Then, the first of five neighborhood days begins. The Westside neighborhood is inviting community members are invited to gather for a special outdoor screening of the "West Side Story."

It's happening at the corner of Seward Avenue and 5th Street. Concessions are on the house courtesy of Celebration Cinema.