It’s another weekend of a wide variety of activities in west Michigan. From music to ice cream and chocolate! Then there’s Pet Pictures with Santa, a Hipster Santa, a Whoville 5K, Records and CDs, a book signing, belly dancing, and a tuba concert!

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

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    The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: $20.00 in advance, $23.00 day of show

    The band best known for their song "The Lumberjack", which features a chainsaw solo by lead singer Jesse James Dupree makes a stop in Grand Rapids this weekend. Along with Jackyl will be local support from Trixy Tang and Tru-Burn.

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    Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Thursday, December 6th, 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 - 8:00 pm

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm

    Sunday, December 9th, 2018 - 3:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $18.00

    Come home for the holidays and celebrate the season with the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops and your Grand Rapids Symphony. Guest vocalist Justin Hopkins returns to DeVos Performance Hall along with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus for holiday melodies such as Sleigh Ride and classical favorites including the Hallelujah Chorus. Join us for the Christmas carol sing along because, as Buddy the Elf would say, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

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    Picture Your Pets with Santa

    Chow Hound Pet Supplies - Various Locations and Times

    Cost: Free (Prints are $5)

    It’s time…time to get an adorable, keepsake photo of your pet (and your family too!) with Santa Paws, and help local animal shelters at the same time! Santa Paws will be stopping in at all 12 Chow Hound stores in December – stop in for your pet photo with Santa Paws. You’ll receive one photo by email or as a 4×6 print for $5, with all proceeds benefiting local animal shelters. Get extra prints for $2 each. Plus you’ll receive $10 in Chow Hound Santa Bucks with your photo, valid on future visits. Here’s the schedule:

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 – Wyoming 3-7 pm

    Saturday, December 8th – Jenison & Grand Haven 10 am-2 pm

    Sunday, December 9th – Burton Street 12-4 pm

    Friday, December 14th – Knapp’s Crossing & Holland 3-7 pm

    Saturday, December 15th – G.R. North & Kalamazoo 10 am-2 pm

    Sunday, December 16th – Cascade & Portage 12-4 pm

    Wednesday, December 19th – Standale – 3-7 pm

    Thursday, December 20th – G.R. South 3-7 pm

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    Love's Ice Cream & Chocolate Grand Opening

    Love's Ice Cream, 435 Ionia Ave., SW, Stall 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 9:00 am-9:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    Love's is ready to officially debut its newest addition -- affectionately known as Love's Chocolate! Featuring an array of bonbons, chocolate covered nuts, candy bars, and other confections -- all made right here, in-house -- Love's Chocolate is making its official, delicious debut. And to sweeten the deal, you'll receive 2 bonbons with any scoop of ice cream purchase! Help us celebrate and learn all about our new venture!

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    Hipster Santa

    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm

    Cost: General admission to the Museum is required to have access to pictures with Hipster Santa.

    Hipster Santa will be stopping by the Grand Rapids Public Museum for photo opportunities! Hipster Santa will be set up in the Museum’s Streets of Old Grand Rapids' Barrel Factory. All ages are welcome to purchase picture packages to be printed on site during their visit to the Museum. “Hipster Santa is a fun, slightly different take on the holiday tradition of family Santa Claus pictures, making it a delightful activity for people of all ages,” said founder and owner Adam Bird.

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    Grand Rapids Record & CD Show

    Westgate Bowling Center, 4486 Alpine Ave., NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 10:00 am-5:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    Music lovers unite for one more time in 2018! The Grand Rapids Record & CD Show is back on December 8th. Vendors from five states with great vinyl records, compact discs, memorabilia and so much more! They are welcoming four new dealers to this show. A perfect place to pick up Christmas gifts for your family and friends.

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    Book Signing: Mitch Albom’s “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven”

    Barnes & Noble (Woodland Mall), 3195 28th St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    To celebrate his release of "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven," Mitch Albom will be at the Barnes and Noble Grand Rapids location for a signing and Q&A! Albom will only be signing his latest book, so make sure to pick up a copy today!

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    Holiday Gala Showcase

    Bellydance Grand Rapids, 959 Lake Dr., SE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Cost: $20 advance / $25 at the door

    Celebrate the holidays with Belly Dancing. Their Holiday Showcase will be the highlight of the season! Transport the awe and wonder of Ancient Egypt to your front door. They are bringing you the world's oldest dance through fresh, innovative eyes. It will be an enchanting evening, filled with historical and fictional Egyptian themed performance. They will also feature Hawaiian Hula, Tahitian Drum Solos, Chinese Dancing, Street Shabbi, Nubian & brand new choreographies! SEATING IS LIMITED!

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    Tuba Christmas Rehearsal and Concert 2018

    Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Sunday, December 9th, 2018 - 12:30 pm-4:00 pm

    Cost: $10 Registration

    Attention Tuba players and fans. This will be an open call, rehearsal and concert of the great instrument -- the Tuba! Registration starts at 12:30 pm, Rehearsal will be from 1-2:30 pm. The concert will start at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary of Fountain Street Church.

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    2018 Whoville 5K - Grand Rapids

    Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NE,, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    Sunday, December 9th, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Cost: Registration Fee

    The Whoville 5K is the funniest, coolest, never before seeniest, out of this world and happiest 5K this side of the Grand River…or even the other side of the Grand River! This is a fun run 5K or close to that (not sure the exact distance…the Things keep moving the course on race day). Everyone gets a Whoville shirt, finisher medal and at the finish hot chocolate and xmas cookies for all runners and walkers! Late Registration Details: December 7 -- Late Registration/ Runner Check In at Gazelle Sports from 4-8 pm at 3930 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. December 9 -- Runner Check -In/ Late registration at Whoville 5K from 11:30 am-1 pm.

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