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Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott
Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott
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Wedding & Social Event Industry Night Is On Menu Thursday at The Bistro [Sponsored]

The Bistro at the Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott is celebrating manufacturing with a special Wedding & Social Event Industry Night this Thursday.

Socialize with other manufacturing industry professionals from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Thursday (March 26) at The Bistro, 11 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

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Crooked Goose in Standale Has Amazing Wings Ready to Serve for King of the Wing 2015 [Video]

King of the Wing 2015 is less than a week away, on March 25th at The Woods in downtown Grand Rapids, and WGRD is gearing up to eat a bunch of wings with you! How do we gear up?

We eat a bunch of the wings people are bringing to serve up! How else?

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GRD’s Dumb Internet Challenge 5 — Dragon Habanero Chicken Wings [Video]

For the fifth GRD Dumb Internet Challenge, Metalhead Ned and I went to Riverhouse Ada in Ada to see who could eat more of its delicious-but-dangerous Dragon Habañero chicken wings.

These things pack a lot of heat after a great taste up front! A lot of heat.

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Johnnie and Ned Sample Riverhouse Ada’s 2015 King of the Wing Entry Wings [Video]

The 3rd Annual King of the Wing is coming up on March 25th, and I got to head to Ada with Ned to sample some amazing wings at Riverhouse Ada! They're one of the contestants for the wing event, and have four delicious wing flavors they're entering in the competition.

We met Christina and Ryan, the owner and chef of Riverhouse, which is a really nice restaurant on Ada, next to Gravel Bottom Brewery.

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Grand Rapids Griffins’ Inaugural Dog Day Is Sunday at Van Andel Arena

Sometimes it's sad leaving your four-legged best friend at home when you head out for a good time.

This Sunday, March 22, your dog can join you at the Grand Rapids Griffins home hockey game!

It's the American Hockey League club's inaugural Dog Day at Van Andel Arena!

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Big Jay Oakerson
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Big Jay Oakerson, Ben Roy, David Dyer, Adam Degi Rocked The Orbit Room for LaughFest

GRD got to give away a bunch of tickets this week so people could get in to see the Big Jay Oakerson show with Ben Roy at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids.

It was all part of Gilda's LaughFest on Thursday night.

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Big Jay Oakerson and Ben Roy Bringing Laughs to The Orbit Room On Thursday! [Video]

On Thursday, Gilda's Laughfest and Bud Light is prepared to bring smiles and laughs to The Orbit Room.

Featured on Comedy Central's This is Not Happening, Big Jay Oakerson is headlining a night of laughs along with comedian Ben Roy as a special guest. The performance is 8 p.m.

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Lavell Crawford Cancels Gilda’s LaughFest Appearance Because of Movie Production

Lavell Crawford has canceled his Gilda's LaughFest appearance for Wednesday night because of a movie he's currently filming, festival officials announced this morning.

The cancellation of his appearance at Fountain Street Church is because of a change in the production schedule for the film "Meet the Blacks."

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Gilda's LaughFest
Gilda's LaughFest
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Gilda’s LaughFest’s Community Kickoff Moved to Fountain Street Church

Gilda’s LaughFest is relocating its LaughFest Community Kickoff for the 10-day festival on Thursday night to Fountain Street Church because of weather concerns, festival officials announced.

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Janna Braves the Cold for Craft Beer at the Winter Beer Festival [Video]

This past weekend I withstood frigid temperatures, numb fingers, and port-o-potties with ice clinging to the seats, all in the name of craft beer.

I know, I'm such a trooper.

To tide myself over until WGRD's Summer Craft Beer Festival, which is now called America On Tap, I went to the Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark. 

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Community Action Partnership of Kent County
Community Action Partnership of Kent County
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Walks for Warmth Help Keep Michigan Families Warm [Sponsored]

Consumers Energy is encouraging the public this winter to take part in Walks for Warmth, which help raise money to keep Michigan families warm.

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WGRD Partied with Gumbo Mardi Gras Style on Fat Tuesday at The BOB [Video/Photos]

Fat Tuesday is always a fun day to party, and this year was no exception, as all our stations entered some gumbo recipes in the Gumbo Challenge at the BOB, for the Fat Tuesday party! We also brought a lot of beads, and set up do my show live from the BOB for the day!

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