big rapids: Buy a home for Ferris college student(s) in Big Rapids, Michigan? - 04/11/15 01:14 PM
Is it a good investment to buy a home for Ferris State University college student(s) in Big Rapids, Michigan?
 
About this time of year, parents start thinking about the costs of paying for college dorms compared to the cost of buying a home that their student can live in during college years.
 
Sometimes investing in a home can be profitable, yet there are no guarantees. One thing that is sure - you will not get any money back from dorm costs, so you might come out ahead by owning a home short term and then selling it.
 
Many owners have kept their rental properties … (2 comments)

big rapids: Have Fun at the Hemlock Park Wooden Playscape in Big Rapids, Michigan - 04/08/15 05:23 AM
Have Fun at the Hemlock Park - Wooden Playscape in Big Rapids, Michigan
Now that Spring has finally brought us some (almost sorta kinda) warm weather, the wooden playscape at Hemlock Park is a great place to bring the kids for hours of fun - and best of all, it's FREE!  Located just east of the main downtown Michigan Street, just go north of Maple and you will see the city sign pointing toward Hemlock Park.  The longer you look, the more you will notice the special touches in this park, including a bridge resembling the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, a 'stage' complete … (1 comments)

big rapids: The Best Way to Search for a Home for Sale - Home Buyer Big Rapids, MI - 02/23/14 06:14 AM
The Best Way to Search for a Home for Sale - Home Buyer Big Rapids, MI
Many times I hear from home buyers that they get very frustrated trying to find a home for sale as they are searching through web sites on their own.
They are very relieved to find out that there is a simple solution...
Work with a Realtor®!  Your agent can set up an automatic search, based on your own criteria such as area, size and price, and additionally can designate many special features that may not even be an option to look for on national web … (0 comments)

big rapids: Relocating to Big Rapids, Michigan - Ferris U? Info for Mecosta County - 02/23/14 05:36 AM
Relocating to Big Rapids, Michigan - Ferris U?
Info for Mecosta County
Big Rapids is a great place to live and work, and home of Ferris State University!
Click on photo to go to:
Big Rapids, Michigan Community information such as Schools; Motels; Ferris State University; Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce; area Rental Homes and Apartments; Jobs; link to Homes for sale---- Even the Big Rapids current weather!
Feel free to call me for a Big Rapids area packet of information, or if you have questions about buying a home in the area.  You will be amazed at this lively city with … (0 comments)

big rapids: Hidden Gems Attract Buyers in Big Rapids, Michigan - 02/17/14 12:24 PM
Hidden Gems Attract Buyers in Big Rapids, Michigan Homes for Sale
I will tell you up front that this is not about gemstones!  This is about the hidden values in a home, that you, as a seller or buyer, need to think about front and center.
For one of my buyers, the hidden gem that sold the home was an old fashioned root cellar/tornado shelter built outside the perimeter of the normal basement walls.  It was love at first sight as they discussed how their lovely homemade canned goods and garden surplus would find a home in that room. 
To most, … (1 comments)

big rapids: Do Something Different Valentine's Day! - Big Rapids, MI, Events 2014 - 02/10/14 07:47 AM
Do Something Different Valentine's Day! -
Big Rapids, MI, Events February 14, 2014
Silk Road Acrobats, G. Mennen Williams Auditorium

 
Contra Dance, Holiday Inn

 
Lantern Launch at The Gate
"One Billion Rising" campaign
to end violence on women and girls

 
Mediterranean Dinner for Two at Nawals
111 S. Michigan Ave. Big Rapids, MI

Sure, you can do the standard go-out-for-dinner
at Big Rapids Restaurants:  
Applebees
Ruby Tuesday
Holiday Inn Restaurant
Pizzeria Vivos
Peppers Cafe
Blue Cow
Schuberg's Bar
The Gate
Pizza Hut
Bob Evans
Crankers Brewery
Buffalo Wild Wings
New China Restaurant
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big rapids: Andy Warhol "Silver Clouds" Exhibit-Big Rapids Art Works February 2014 - 02/02/14 04:43 AM
Festival of the Arts 2014 ( FOTA)
Andy Warhols’ “Silver Clouds”
Artworks Gallery Exhibit will run through February 28th 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM 
Andy Warhol’s “Silver Clouds,” is an interactive exhibit combining light, air, movement, and audience participation to create an environment that is playful and engaging.
Other events:
February 4th | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lecture | “Pop Goes the Art World” Presented by Carrie Weis
February 17th| 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Youth FestLab |Creating Contemporary Art
February 18th| 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Adult FestLab | Creating Contemporary Art
February FOTA classes will explore medium … (0 comments)

big rapids: Home for Sale? 2013 Dressing Your Home for the Holidays TO SELL - 11/02/13 03:43 AM

Will your home be for sale over the Holiday Season? Now is the time to plan for great showings!
It can be a wonderful time to sell your home, as a home decked out for the Holidays can be at it's ultimate best for showings.
Some tips for Holiday decorating if you want it to be at it's best for showings:
Keep it simple... resist having decorations on every wall and table surface. If you are having a tree, make sure it looks nice.  Take a photo and see if it needs improvement. Limit decorations to 3 areas.  (For example … (0 comments)

big rapids: Big Rapids, MI- Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival - Sept. 2, 2013 -FREE - 08/27/13 07:28 AM
Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival
Date: September 2, 2013
Location: Hemlock Park, Big Rapids, Michigan
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

This is a great Labor Day Activity, with plenty of local flavor!  Food, fun, and Arts and Crafts from all over Michigan!!
Come and join the fun... sponsored by the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce.  
See the latest trends as well as old-fashioned favorites.
Everything from crafty homemade items and foods to fine arts represented by local artists!
Something for everyone, and all ages!
Admission for attendees: FREE
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big rapids: Big Rapids, Michigan 2013 River Days Celebration Events Aug 29-Sept 2 - 08/27/13 07:09 AM
Big Rapids, Michigan 2013 River Days Celebration Events Aug 29-Sept 2
Labor Day Weekend brings out the fun in Big Rapids!
For Riverdays Schedule of Events Click Here
It is amazing how many events are packed into this end-of-summer celebration in Big Rapids every year!
Events for all ages to enjoy include a Thursday ice cream social, Friday night music in Pocket Park by the
Keywest Permafrost Blues Band; Farmers Market; Car Cruise and Classic Car Show; 5K run; Kids sidewalk art and mural painting; Sale at the Old Jail; Outdoor movie; Numerous garage sales around town; Craft show on … (0 comments)

big rapids: Big Rapids, Michigan 2013 BANDSHELL SUMMER CONCERTS Hemlock Park - 07/15/13 07:40 AM
BANDSHELL SUMMER CONCERT    
Hemlock park, Big Rapids, Michigan Date: July 17, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Event DescriptionThe Big Rapids Bandshell Summer Concert Series at Hemlock ParkLocated behind the BR Middle School.  Concerts are FREE and open to the public, pull up a chair and enjoy the sounds of Mecosta County!
 
SCHEDULE:
July 17th¶Flat River Big Band(Rock/Blues) 
July 24th¶Key West Permafrost Blues Band (Rock/Blues)
July 31st¶Quinn (Piano Duo) 
August 7th¶Free-Wheelin(Bluegrass) 
August 14th¶Blue Water Ramblers (Bluegrass/Country         … (0 comments)

big rapids: Don't Miss the Mecosta County Fair! Ends Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 07/12/13 03:20 AM
Don't Miss the Mecosta County Fair in Big Rapids, Michigan! Ends Saturday, July 13, 2013
 Located at the north end of Big Rapids on West Street, just off State Street to the west.  (South of the Big Rapids Roben Hood Airport)
Last two days ---  Main Events:  
 
Friday, July 12th - 7pm
Michigan Truck & Tractor Pull - $10 ($5 for children 12 and under)
 
Saturday, July 13th - 7pm
Demolotion Derby - $10 ($5 for children 12 and under)
 
Friday JULY 12th, 2013
 
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big rapids: Big Rapids, Michigan Real Estate Sales Trends - June 2012 to May 2013 - 06/06/13 07:57 AM
Big Rapids, Michigan Real Estate Sales Trends - June 2012 to May 2013   Amazingly, sold homes in the 49307 zip code, (Big Rapids, Michigan), have risen 33% over the past twelve months, according to the trends report for the West Central Michigan area!   Over the same time period, the active listing asking price has risen less than 1%! Check out this graph provided by TrendVision for our Multiple Listing Service:
                  Please give me a call or send an email if you are interested in other trends in the area … (0 comments)

big rapids: 2013 Big Rapids, Michigan - Downtown Farmers Market - 06/06/13 07:31 AM
2013 Big Rapids, Michigan - Downtown Farmers Market
Check it out weekly for the varying fruits, vegetables, plants and craft items offered as the harvest changes over the spring, summer and fall!  You will not want to miss the local vendors items for that fresh-from-thefarm taste!
 
The Farmers' Market is open through October 19th,
Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and
Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It is located in the parking lot just South of City Hall (226 North Michigan Avenue),
Big Rapids, Michigan.
Spring Selections when available: Spinach, Salad Greens, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Bedding, … (0 comments)

big rapids: June 2013 Junior Engineering Summer Camps Ferris State- Big Rapids, MI - 06/06/13 07:18 AM
June 2013 Junior Engineering Summer Camps Ferris State- Big Rapids, MI   Junior Engineering - Learning with LEGO® Kits  
    Ferris State University is sponsoring Junior Engineering Summer Camps for several grade levels during summer 2013.  Click on the Ferris.edu link below to see the camps offered, grades included and the prices for each camp.  Sure to be a great memory and learning adventure for your Junior Engineer! Date: June 17, 2013 - June 20, 2013 http://www.ferris.edu/lego
Junior Engineering Event DescriptionFor students 1st - 3rd Grades
Great hands-on learning and building. Students will creatively build and modify machines through basic engineering … (1 comments)

big rapids: Easter Egg Drop - Roben Hood Airport - Big Rapids, MI - March 30, 2013 - 03/25/13 09:19 AM
EASTER EGG DROP Big Rapids, Michigan
All children ages 1-12 years are invited to participate. 
 
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013 
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00PM
 
Location:  Just north of Big Rapids on Northland Drive (State Street in Big Rapids), about a half mile north of Greenridge Realty Oakmont office.
 
Event Description1st Annual Mecosta County Community Easter Egg Drop at Roben Hood Airport in Big Rapids, 1pm. 
 
Guest appearance from the Easter Bunny, prizes and more.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and bring own basket/bag for gathering eggs. 
In case of inclement weather, event will be cancelled.
Sponsored by the Mecosta … (1 comments)

big rapids: Easter Egg Hunt, Big Rapids, MI Sat. March 30, 2013 Ferris State Univ - 03/13/13 10:32 AM
FSU EASTER EGG HUNT Date: March 30, 2013 Time: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM   Event Description Ferris State University will be hosting an Easter egg hunt at the girls’ varsity softball field.  
For more information contact Jon Coles at 231-591-2860. 
 Come and join the fun as Ferris State University hosts this event!
 
 
 
 
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big rapids: Big Rapids, MI Elks & Ferris U - Learn to Ice Skate- Free - Kids 4-12! - 03/10/13 03:22 AM
Big Rapids, MI Elks & Ferris U - Learn to Ice Skate - Free for Kids ages 4 to 12!
Location : FSU ICE ARENA, south end of Big Rapids off South State Street   Date :    Saturday March, 16th 2013   TIME :      2 to 4 PM  
 NO Cost! Competely FREE - HOTDOG with BEVERAGE and Equipment (skates and hockey equipment included)
 
    ALL CHILDREN AGES 4 to 12 YEARS OLD


 This is a great free opportunity for children to come and have fun skating, even those just learning to skate.
Also an option … (0 comments)

big rapids: Sellers: Is Your Home Ready to Sell in Big Rapids, Michigan? - 03/10/13 12:22 AM
Sellers: Is Your Home Ready to Sell in Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan?
In today's competitive market, you must prepare your home to sell.
Step 1:  Make a consultation appointment with a Realtor• to find out what items inside and outside your home need attention, if any.
Step 2:  If needed, set up a second appointment when you will list the home for sale.
Step 3:  Make a plan to complete the repair/cleanup tasks before that listing appointment.
Step 4:  Keep your home close to show-ready until it is sold.
This may seem like a very simplified plan, and yet it … (0 comments)

big rapids: Festival of Arts Ferris St U- SNOW SCULPTURE contest! Feb 21-24, 2013 - 02/16/13 01:53 AM
Big Rapids, MIchigan Snow Sculpture Contest!
DATE: Sculpting begins February 21        Judging: Sunday, February 24
LOCATION: Ferris State Uuniversity Quad and Hemlock Park
For more information contact Erin Williams at (586) 854-0258 or email at willie16@ferris.edu
In an attempt to bring back a wonder-ful old Big Rapids tradition, the Ferris State University Student Government is joining mittens with the Festival of the Arts and holding a snow sculpture competition!
Creations may be built on the North Quad of the Ferris campus or at Hemlock Park. The building may begin on February 21 and judging will take place on … (1 comments)

 
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