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CKO Kickboxing, one of the fastest-growing fitness franchises in the nation, is slated to open their first Midwest location at 616 Lofts on Monroe in early January 2016. President of CKO Grand Rapids, Shelby Reno brings over 20 years of fitness expertise and group exercise know-how to the brand. The kickboxing studio will feature 60 6-foot-tall "heavy" bags to support one-hour group kickboxing and high intensity interval training classes – nearly 40 sessions each week. A Kids' Kick class is on the schedule for late Saturday mornings to give kids an outlet to unleash their high energy while improving agility and building confidence.

Danielle Hawkins refused to believe that an aneurysm could cease the life she and her husband created. Teaming up with rehabilitation therapists, they proved to the world that love does conquer all.

The 8th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival, Nov. 19-21, is a celebration of culinary crafts. The Midwest's largest wine, beer and food tasting event in the Midwest offers 1500-plus beverages for sampling.

As part of its active lifestyle initiatives, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, near Traverse City, annually organizes two 5K fun runs, and the public is invited to participate in them.

"Explore your creative side with painting, sculpting, and more, at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum sixth annual Kids' ArtFest, a free celebration of the arts on September 27th, noon-5:00pm on Sheldon Ave and Veteran's Park, in front of the museum.

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