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Visit Downtown Grand Rapids During ArtPrize Eight

September 27th, 2016 by Katie K Team

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The Katie K team is excited to celebrate another year of ArtPrize and share one of the fabulous entries we’ve seen downtown in Grand Rapids, MI! ArtPrize Eight is well underway, and there’s still plenty of time to walk around the city and check out all of the different pieces and installations. Above, you can see just one section of the 288-inch wide painting ‘Four Play’ by artist Charles Yoder. The painting shows the transition of the four seasons in a woodland setting during four different times of day. This piece and more can be seen at the DeVos Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids, and makes an excellent starting point for your tour of the city.

ArtPrize is an independently organized, international art competition decided by public vote and an expert jury. Open by design, the contest features 1,453 artist entries from 44 countries and 40 U.S. states all across the downtown area of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize runs from September 21st through October 9th, 2016. You can read more about ArtPrize Eight by visiting ArtPrize.org

Below, you can hear Katie talk about how great ArtPrize is both for residents of Grand Rapids and for visitors who may be thinking to re-locate here. Check out the audio clip via the player below:

 


3 Favorite Festivals in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

May 27th, 2016 by Katie K Team

Good times make Grand Rapids great. If you’re looking for fun and family-friendly events to entertain visitors this summer or just to get out and about, here are a few of Katie’s favorite festivals.

festivalGR_2016Attend the Festival of the Arts

June 3rd, 4th, & 5th, 2016

Make your way down to Calder Plaza on the first weekend of June for the 47th annual Festival of the Arts! Every year, Festival presents the best performers in West Michigan on six stages, both inside and out. Thanks to their generous sponsors, live music, dance, theatre arts, and more are all presented free of charge. Peruse the artwork for sale in Calder Plaza, find dozens of food booths operated by local nonprofit organizations, and maybe make a masterpiece of your own with provided art supplies. Also featured is the Festival Regional Art Exhibition, a juried show featuring the works of West Michigan’s finest artists. For more information on the Festival of the Arts, visit FestivalGR.org.


cherryNational Cherry Festival in Traverse City

July 2nd through 9th, 2016

Visit scenic Traverse City this summer and partake in their annual Cherry Festival! Every year, the city is host to a massive celebration of farmers, laborers, neighbors and anyone that comes together because of cherries and their important role in the local economy.

The National Cherry Festival has over 150 events and activities and 85% are free for all! Come and see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show, parades, concerts, the arts & crafts show, and more! Kids can enjoy events like pie-eating contests, turtle races and more! Visit CherryFestival.org for more information.


coast-guardCoast Guard Festival in Grand Haven

July 29th through August 7th, 2016

Experience this massive celebration of the men and women serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during their annual festival in downtown Grand Haven! Attendees can enjoy parades, food, ship tours, a car show, fireworks, a carnival, and more.

Bring the kids down for a great time on August 2nd for kids’s day, where there will be games, displays, storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, and other fun activities for the whole family. Senior day is on August 3rd, where there will be a pickleball tournament, free lunch, bingo, live music, and informational seminars.

For the complete schedule of events and more information on the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, visit CoastGuradFest.org!


Get Your Tickets: Spring and Summer Serenades

April 12th, 2016 by Katie K Team

Grand Rapids has one of the most diverse collections of music and performance venues in the Midwest. Below, you can check out three of Katie’s favorite places to attend concerts in the spring and summer!

st-ceciliaSt. Cecilia Music Center

Royce Auditorium was first constructed in 1894 and has been called “the Carnegie Hall of the Mid-West.” Designed by famed Chicago Architect Henry Ives Cobb, the Auditorium is known for its intimacy with seating for less than 700, and the incredible acoustics.

St. Cecilia continues their Acoustic Café Series on April 14th with guitarist Leo Kottke, and ends May 5th with a performance by Alejandro Escovedo. Stop by their box office in downtown Grand Rapids for more info on upcoming performances this summer. Enjoy music from genres such as Chamber, Jazz, Folk, and more! For more information on upcoming shows, events, and to order tickets online, visit SCMC-Online.org.


fredrick-meijer-gardensFifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens:

June 1 – September 1, 2016

Spend a summer evening in the beautiful terraced amphitheater of the Fredrick Meijer Gardens, and enjoy intimate performances from groups like The Monkees, Of Monsters and Men, The Decemberists, Ben Harper, and more. This venue offers lawn seating and food, beverage and merchandise concessions, all surrounded by spectacular views of gardens and sculpture.

The series runs from June to September, and the full lineup is not yet announced. Meijer Garden Member Presale will begin on Saturday, April 30th and close Friday, May 13th. Sales will resume for members and the public on May 14th.

The annual Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens continues to bring the finest national and international musicians to West Michigan, thrilling music lovers across all genres and all generations. To see the full schedule of upcoming performances announced to-date, and for box office info, visit MeijerGardens.org.


DPH_InteriorDeVos Performance Hall

DeVos Performance Hall is a performing arts theater located in the heart of Grand Rapids and is home to The Grand Rapids Symphony, The Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Broadway Grand Rapids and Opera Grand Rapids.

Starting in May, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will come to DeVos Performance Hall as part of a brand-new North American Tour. This production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, and will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions now on tour. Performances will take place between May 18th through May 29th. For more information on upcoming shows and for ticket info, visit DeVosPerformanceHall.com.


Spirited Spring Things to do in Grand Rapids, MI

March 31st, 2016 by Katie K Team

The time to hibernate is over: it’s time to celebrate spring in our Grand city! If you’re looking for something different, here are three fun things you can do to “get out there” this spring!

market250Visit the Downtown Market

Fresh, Natural Produce, Informative Classes, and More!

The Downtown Market in Grand Rapids is a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. The expansive indoor facility features a 24-vendor market hall, and dozens of farmers and artisans line the outdoor farmer’s market shed.

There are many fun and exciting classes and events to attend at the market too, to see what’s happening next, Click Here to see their event calendar! Learn more about healthy cooking, urban farming, and more!


photo_mangiamoAttend a Wine Education Night at Mangiamo!

Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about wine? Attend a Wine Education Night at Mangiamo! This unique restaurant is housed in a beloved 19th-century mansion just east of downtown Grand Rapids. The Gilmore Collection has transformed the historic mansion into one of West Michigan’s best spots for fantastic Italian-inspired dining.

During the class, you can taste wines from all over the world and enjoy the beautiful setting. For more information, Click Here.


beeertours250Explore Beer City, USA

ExperienceGR’s Self-Guided Brewery Tour

Grand Rapids has certainly made some waves in the national and international beer scene. Voted 2012 Beer City USA and again in 2013, Grand Rapids is home to Founders Brewing Co., the 3rd best brewery in the world, and HopCat, voted both the #1 brewpub in the US and the 3rd best beer bar on Earth. ExperienceGR.com has a great self-guided tour on their website called the Beer City Ale Trail, with a printable map and over 40 breweries to check out all over downtown Grand Rapids and West Michigan. You can download and print out the map here.

For an organized, fee-based tour, check out Grand Rapids Beer Tours to see upcoming events.

We’d like to remind everyone to be safe and enjoy beer responsibly!

 


Katie-K Team Sponsors Hearts of Gold – Save the Date Oct. 23rd!

October 9th, 2015 by Katie K Team

EastHGCompEast Grand Rapids’ Leading Realtor Team Helps Hearts of Gold Fund Ele’s Place

Katie-K and her team of East Grand Rapids Real Estate mavens are suiting up in gold for a great cause. While they won’t be playing the field October 23rd when the East Grand Rapids Pioneers line up against Forest Hills Central, the fab four will be sporting special jerseys for the Hearts of Gold benefit football game. This year, the fundraising initiative supports grieving children and teens in an outreach program called Ele’s Place.

“I love football, but the closest I’m getting to a scrimmage is to wear the fundraising jersey and cheer the Pioneers from the sidelines,” said Katie-K, who often spends home games in the announcer’s booth. “This game is extra special, and I hope to see every fan in the stands sporting Hearts of Gold gear,” she said. “It’s my kind of haute couture — the helping kind!”

Since its inception in 2009 to remember child cancer victim Reid VanGelderen, the Hearts of Gold events have become a community-wide effort to raise funds and awareness for childhood illnesses both physical and mental.  This effort has helped teach many EGR students the importance of philanthropy in the community.  The Hearts of Gold events have been supported by all EGR elementary, middle and high school students as well as a variety of athletic teams, clubs and special interest groups.

As a specialty underwriter of the 2015 campaign, Katie and her team are urging friends, neighbors and clients to get their orders in for the fundraising Jerseys, T-shirts and Socks. Orders are accepted at all EGR schools beginning Monday, Oct. 12th. Call Amy Stuursma at (616) 901-6841 to secure a jersey and the jersey number. More information on ordering is available at the Hearts of Gold website.
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“I’m delighted to be a part of this community event,” said Katie. “Ele’s Place is a vital resource for grieving children and teens, where they can learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved ones. Our community needs to support this type of resource for our young,” Katie said.
Ele’s Place offers weekly peer support group programs for children aged 3-18 in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Flint and Lansing. Before coming to Ele’s Place, many grieving children feel alone and keep their feelin1810851297gs inside, not wanting to burden their parents or other family members. Often, friends don’t seem to understand if they haven’t had a similar experience. But each week at Ele’s Place, hundreds of grieving children and teens find a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel, while they begin to heal after the death of a loved one.  To learn more about Ele’s Place and how you can help, please visit: http://www.elesplace.org/

To connect with Hearts of Gold on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/147829244720/

 

 

 

 


Support Breast Cancer Month in Grand Rapids

October 14th, 2014 by Katie K Team

MakingStridesScreenFor Katie-K, breast cancer awareness is worth celebrating, this month, and every month. Whether you put on your walking shoes, buy a bra to bridge the Grand, or simply donate to a worthy cause to advance the cure, please think Pink and lend your support.

Bras across the Grand – October 25

Bras will hang downtown at the Blue Pedestrian Bridge during Bras across the Grand. It’s a celebration of breast cancer survivors with an opportunity to honor those who have been lost to the disease. Bring a bra that you’ve decorated or bring a $5 donation and decorate a bra that will be provided at the event. Each donation will support free programs and services to cancer patients and breast cancer research, along with early detection and prevention programs. Bras across the Grand will be held in conjunction with the Making Strides against Breast Cancer 5K. Bras across the Grand will begin at 8 a.m. on October 25, at the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids.

Strides against Breast Cancer 5K – October 25, 10 a.m., Rosa Parks Circle

The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step, so join the American Cancer Society Making Strides walk. So far, 569 participants have raised more than $43,000, according to their website. The Making Strides Walk will take place on Saturday, October 25 in downtown Grand Rapids. Visit their website for more information — you can sign up, sponsor a walker, or volunteer to help out.


Time Magazine Names Art Prize One of Top Five Events In World for 2013

January 22nd, 2013 by Katie K Team

Laughfest 2012 Sets Guiness World Book of Records Opening Day!

March 9th, 2012 by Katie K Team

 

 

 

As many of you are aware, Katie-K.com is heavily involved in Laughfest, which benefits the local Gilda’s Club and its support of people with cancer. We’re delighted that our kick-off this year netted a Guiness World Book of Records for having 607 people turn up to Rosa Parks wearing beaks and doing the chicken dance! Please come out and support this fun-filled week-and-a-half of events. For the full event schedule and ticket information, visit the laughfestgr.org website by clicking on the link. To read the full MLive coverage of the opening event, follow this link.

Many events still have availability. If you’d like to contribute to the cause, you may also contact us at Katie-K.com.

So get out, have a laugh, and support this great cause. Thank you for your support!

 


Grand Rapids joins the “Improving” Housing Market List!

January 10th, 2012 by Katie K Team

Great News for the Grand Rapids Real Estate Market . . . We’re #20 on this list!

More Cities Join ‘Improving’ Housing Market List

from the Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The National Association of Home Builders’ list of improving housing markets nearly doubled this month, as more cities showed signs of a rebound with their real estate markets.

The list now contains 76 improving markets, up from 41 in December, according to NAHB’s and First American’s Improving Markets Index, a monthly gauge that measures a city’s improvements in housing permits, employment, and housing prices for at least six months.

“The fact that the list of improving housing markets nearly doubled this month shows that a significant, positive trend is developing, and is even more relevant when you consider the expanding geographic distribution of the list — which now includes 31 states and the District of Columbia,” NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen said in a statement.

Follow this link to see the cities that were added to the list in January: Read the rest of this entry »


Friday Night Lights! Get the Schedule for Your Favorite Eastside Team!

September 16th, 2011 by Katie K Team

There’s no place better to be on a Friday night in West Michigan than enjoying high school football games in East Grand Rapids and Forest Hills. This fall, be true to your school and give them a boost! Tonight, East Grand Rapids takes on Muskegon Mona Shores at 7 p.m. in EGR, while Forest Hills Northern hosts Belding. Forest Hills Central is at Lowell and Forest Hills Eastern hosts Ottawa Hills.

For all the latest scores and news in high school football, check out MLive’s pages:

Here’s a link to MLive’s East Grand Rapids Game Schedule this season:

http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/school/grand-rapids-east-grand-rapids/football/schedule/2011-football/

Here’s a link to MLive’s Forest Hills Northern Game Schedule this season:

http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/school/grand-rapids-grand-rapids-forest-hills-northern/football/schedule/2011-football/

Here’s a link to MLive’s Forest Hills Central Game Schedule this season:

http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/school/grand-rapids-grand-rapids-forest-hills-central/football/schedule/2011-football/

Here’s a link to MLive’s Forest Hills Eastern Game Schedule this season:

http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/school/ada-grand-rapids-forest-hills-eastern/football/schedule/2011-football/


 

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