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Weekend Top 5 – 6/13/2014

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By Ray Potts – A&E/Features Editor

Rockford Start of Summer Celebration

Hosted by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Summer Celebration kicks off the beginning of summer. The event includes a parade, food and beer tents, live entertainment, arts & crafts, carnival rides, a fireworks display on Saturday, and more. The celebration will be from 6-10 p.m., Thursday night, then runs all day Friday and Saturday. Sunday is the last day and runs from noon to 5 p.m. This event is free and located in downtown Rockford, for more information visit www.therockfordnetwork.com

The 26th Annual Pride Festival

West Michigan Pride and The Lesbian and Gay Community Network of West Michigan will be hosting “Rockin’ the Calder for Equality”, the 26th Annual Pride Festival. Every year, the festival celebrating gay and lesbian pride, seeks to build bridges of tolerance with the community, and to celebrate equality. Starting the event will be the Parade of Pride, lasting from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the festival which will include entertainment, food and beverages, a kid’s tent, and the chance to socialize with the community. If you wear a “Pride 2014” t-shirt, you get into the event for free, but admission is only $1 without it. The Pride Festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Calder Plaza. For more information, visit www.grlgbt.org

Opening of the John Ball Zoo Crawford Amur Tiger Exhibit

John Ball Zoo will open it’s new exhibit “Tigers of the Realm”. The exhibit will feature two Amur male tigers (who are brothers) and a female Amur tiger. With the addition of three tigers the whole zoo expanded by nearly 50 percent, although it is mostly untouched since it is very similar to the amur tiger’s natural habitat. The main contributors of this exhibit are Bill and Marilyn Crawford, who wish to bring the importance of conservation and preservation of the 400 Amur tigers left in the wild to the public. John Ball Zoo is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8.50 for adults (no student discount), $6.50 for children 3-12, and children under 2 are free. The zoo is located at 1300 Fulton Street W., for more information visit www.johnballzoosociety.org

Blue Bridge Hustle

Central District Cyclery is hosting “Blue Bridge Hustle”, a race of 100 cyclists across the Blue Bridge downtown. The event is beimg held to raise money for the non-profit Health Intervention Systems. The top prize is a seven night stay at Redstone Inn in Redstone, Colorado. Registration is $20, and immediately following the race is a tapping party at BOB’s brewery, located at the BOB downtown, 20 Monroe Ave.

Put Cancer on the Ropes Celebrity Boxing

To raise money for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation is hosting “Put Cancer on the Ropes”, a celebrity boxing event. The exhibition boxing matches will pit local television, radio, and other notable names from around West Michigan against each other. Ticket prices start at $15 and the event will be held 7 p.m. Friday at the DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave N.E. All proceeds will go to clinical services, vital patient and family support programs and to support research. For more information, visit https://give.helendevoschildrens.org/celebrityboxing