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Art Van Sports Complex fundraiser meets goal

Art Van Sports Complex fundraiser meets goal

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The West Michigan Sports Commission is one step closer to completing Phase I of the Art Van Sports Complex.

With the help of 40 attendees, organizers say they met their goal during a benefit November 6, raising nearly $4,000 for the complex.  The money will go toward constructing fields at the complex. The West Michigan Sports Commission is also collecting funds by selling engraved bricks, balls and bats that will be placed at the new complex, located at 3300 10 Mile Rd. along the Plainfield Township-Rockford border.

Last week, crews were putting roofs on the grand stands for the championship fields.  Grass is already growing on the Miracle League field. The West Michigan Sports Commission says eight additional fields at the sports complex will be complete by August  2014; teams are expected to begin a full season of play at the facility in spring 2015.

Winter comes early to Cannonsburg with 'Shredtoberfest'

Winter comes early to Cannonsburg with 'Shredtoberfest'

Cannonsburg News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- For the second year in a row, Cannonsburg will host “Shredtoberfest,” – a festival combining the beauty of fall and fun of winter on October 18th and 19th.

This year, Shredtoberfest will include the largest pre-season rail jam in the Midwest, winter fashion show, premier microbrew fest, live music, and plenty of activities for the whole family.

Friday night will be a showcase of men and women’s winter fashion from top brands. Hughet from 104.5 WSNX will be emceeing the futuristic space-themed show put on by MC Sports.

Saturday starting at noon, Cannonsburg will be blowing at least 40,000lbs of snow for the second annual Shredtoberfest rail jam. Skiers and snowboarders can get their winter fix the largest terrain park set-up in the Midwest.

The Score makes beer history during 'Tap-Fest'

The Score makes beer history during 'Tap-Fest'

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar celebrated its recent expansion by making beer history.

On Thursday, September 26, The Score opened its 128 taps for “Tap-Fest.” The restaurant donated $5,000 of its sales to two local non-profits: West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance and Friends of the White Pine Trail. 

Marketing manager Branden Monroe says The Score is the only bar in the state to dedicate 120 taps to craft beer, making it a beer lovers’ destination. The Score is located at 5301 Northland Dr. NE in My Town Plainfield Township.

'Rock City BMX' track to take shape in Plainfield Township

'Rock City BMX' track to take shape in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new BMX track in Plainfield Township will begin taking shape as early as next week.

Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says on September 3, the Plainfield Township Board unanimously approved plans for West Michigan BMX’s new track, dubbed "Rock City BMX".  The track will sit on approximately 2.5 acres located within 10 Mile Park, adjacent to the Art Van Sports Complex.   

Van Wyngarden says West Michigan BMX plans to begin sculpting the track next week before bringing in a professional track designer around September 23.West Michigan BMX would like to finish most of the work on the track this fall so it will be operational by spring 2014.  

Construction begins on West Michigan Archery Center

ROCKFORD, Mich.--   The West Michigan Archery Center is beginning to take shape in Kent County.

Project Manager Arn McIntyre says construction has begun on the $1.2 million facility, located on 10 Mile Road, adjacent to the Art Van Sports Park.    Crews with Rockford-based McIntyre Builders began working on the entrance drive as well as grading, filling and leveling the site for a building pad about two weeks ago.

Star-gazers invited to Perseid meteor shower party August 10

Star-gazers invited to Perseid meteor shower party August 10

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Saul Lake Bog Preserve will be filled with star-gazers Saturday, August 10, intent on catching the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The “Star Party” is being coordinated by the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, Boy Scout Troop 228 and the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA). The family-friendly event begins at 8 p.m.

Several members of the GRAAA will be providing telescopes for the public to get a closer look at the Perseid meteor shower, which is considered one of the best meteor showers of the year.   Viewers could potentially see more than 50 meteors per hour at the celestial show’s peak.

Boy Scout members also plan to lead night hikes through the preserve during the Star Party. Guests can also relax around a campfire.

Registration for the Star Party is required.   To sign up, click here or call 616-451-9476.