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  • Allies for Greyhounds

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — They are lean, muscular and athletic, and many greyhounds have spent time in a racing environment. But when their time on the track is over, an uncertain fate often awaits the animals. That’s where Allies for Greyhounds come in. Over the years the rescue group has placed more than 700 animals in new homes and turned countless families on to a well-kept secret: while they look like they are built for speed, greyhounds are often just […]

  • Mel Trotter banquet will feed more than 2,000 on Thanksgiving

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For some it’s a chance to have a hot meal and find a sense of normalcy on Thanksgiving. For others it’s an opportunity to follow their faith and serve those in need. “It” is the Great Thanksgiving Banquet presented by Mel Trotter Ministries. Mel Trotter staff members have been working for weeks to get the ingredients ready and prepare the room at DeVos Place, and today they’ll be joined by over 700 community volunteers and more […]

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    Operation Handshake at Ford Int’l Airport: Greeting service members on their way home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There’s no place like home for the holidays, and that’s why the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is partnering with the Patriot Guard Riders of West Michigan to welcome troops home during one of the busiest travel days of the year. On Wednesday, November 26, airport volunteers and the Patriot Guard Riders will participate in “Operation Handshake,” an event to welcome home returning military members and veterans and to thank them for their service. Volunteers will […]

  • Battle Creek YMCA Turkey Trot

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — David Tanis from the Battle Creek YMCA joined us on FOX 17 to talk about the 3rd annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k run. It starts at 8am on November 27 and costs $10 in advance, $20 day of.

  • Thaksgiving dinner – American Char style

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  So many dishes, so little time. Even for those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen, cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful time. Chef Len from American Char  says it doesn’t have to be. A little time-management (and buying tasty side dishes from him!) can go a long way toward easing the anxiety. Chef joined us on FOX 17 to talk about his menu and some of the interesting ways to use leftovers – if you […]

  • North Beach Foods vegan cheese

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ask someone on a vegan diet what type of food they would like and a lot of them would answer cheese. Many have tried to come up with a product that satisfies those rumbling tummies, and many of them have failed. Now North Beach Foods thinks they have come up with a winner. Made from cashew nuts, their Brie en Croute gives snackers a warm and filling vegan treat with the taste and feel of real […]

  • Limit shopping stress with yoga on Black Friday

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For millions, the holidays are some of the best times of the year, but with family and work commitments, travel, cooking and gift buying, they can also be some of the most stressful times. Laura Armenta says a good way to relax and de-stress is to try yoga, and her Armentality Studio is hosting an event on one of the most hectic days of the year – Black Friday. Open to all ability levels, the event […]

  • Food donations needed for Holland Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving meal

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Preparations have been underway since late summer, and it’s almost time for the annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet in Holland, but that doesn’t mean more help isn’t needed. While the Holland Rescue Mission has enough volunteers to assist in cooking and serving, they could use food namely desserts and turkeys – because it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving meal without Turkey! Volunteer Coordinator Martha Wing came to FOX 17 to talk about the event and how to help the […]

  • Gravity Taphouse opening in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — West Michigan loves craft beer – that’s a fact – and people here are also pretty big fans of great food. Now a new restaurant is combining the two in a unique way. In the words of executive chef Laurel Deruda, the menu at Gravity Taphouse combines “European tradition with southern upbringing and the exotic flavors of the Orient and, of course, beer!” Gravity is located at 3210 Deposit Drive in Grand Rapids, just off the East […]

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