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WZZM 13's monarch butterfly, 'Bella Trece,' flies away

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The butterfly that emerged from its chrysalis at the WZZM 13 studios flew away, released for its trip to Mexico.

WZZM 13's Phil Dawson took custody of the chrysalis on Sunday, when he was covering the release of monarch butterflies at John Ball Zoo.  On the 11 p.m. news that night, he showed us the chrysalis, or butterfly in its pupal stage.

On Wednesday night, WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos, who had taken over the watch over the chrysalis, brought it back on the 11 p.m. news to show how the chrysalis was darkening -- a sign the butterfly was about to emerge.

On Thursday during the 5:30 & 6:00 p.m. news, the butterfly finally emerged.  Insect experts told us to let the butterfly mature for a day, then release it for its journey to Mexico for the winter.

Blanford Nature Center - Leaf ID Scavenger Hunt

From: http://www.blandfordnaturecenter.org

Fall is a great time to learn to identify trees by their leaves.  We'll have field guides, instruction, and then a great scavenger hunt!
$3 per person

Coffee shop on Wilson Ave. reopens as Biggby

STANDALE (from Biggby Coffee) - BIGGBY COFFEE will open its 111th store and its first location in Standale on Tuesday, Sept. 21.  The store, located at 355 Wilson Avenue, will celebrate with free brewed coffee for all guests the entire week of Sept. 21- 27.  In addition, it will offer $1.00 off specialty beverages on Sept. 21 for Grand Valley State University students who present their current student I.D.

The BIGGBY COFFEE on Wilson Avenue was formerly a Starbucks Coffee location before it was closed last year as part of the Seattle-based retailer’s effort to shutter more than 600 of its cafés across the United States. While Starbucks was busy closing 18 stores in Michigan last year, BIGGBY COFFEE opened 11 new stores in the state.  The growing Michigan brand has added another five stores to the state this year.

Christian Slater, newest 'Playback' actor, loves Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The supernatural thriller "Playback" is shooting at locations around Grand Rapids, and one of the new members of the cast says he's loving the city.

Veteran actor Christian Slater joined the cast this week.  He plays a jaded police officer who may not be what he seems.

Slater has obviously not been with the production for long, but he is enjoying his time in West Michigan.

"I love it," Slater says. "It's beautiful.

"The hotel is gorgeous. We're right along the river. There are guys out there fly fishing. It's gorgeous. I love this type of place and being here. [People] are so friendly to the movie industry, so we couldn't be more grateful."

Slater will be in Grand Rapids for the rest of the week. Production of "Playback" is expected to wrap up at the end of September.

Some of the scenes for the movie were filmed at the WZZM 13 studios in Grand Rapids.

Zinser Elementary - Kids Health and Safety Day

Walker, MI - Zinser Elementary school will be hosting Kids Health and Safety day on October 2ndfrom 12:00pm to 4:00pm. It will feature informational booths from the Walker Police and Fire Departments, Canine Unit and much more.

Zinser Elementary is located at 1234 Kinney NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.

KHPS - Free-and-Reduced Lunch

From: http://www.khps.org

The web feature LunchApp.com allows parents to fill out an application for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits online. According to the Director of Food Service, Randy Kincaid, “LunchApp.com offers a higher level of confidentiality, is faster, more accurate, and easy to use.” If you prefer to use this site, you will no longer need to send in the paper application and, in most cases, your application will be reviewed and a determination made within one business day.

Please remember that a Free & Reduced Meal Application must be filled out every new school year by September 30th. There is one application form for Free-and-Reduced priced meals for the entire household. If you are approved for Free-or-Reduced priced meals, you are entitled to one breakfast and one lunch daily.

Lowell vs. Kenowa Hills

(WZZM)- Billboards across West Michigan made Friday's matchup between Lowell and Kenowa Hills hard to miss.

It was the annual Pink Arrow Pride game. The Lowell community is raising money for their Gilda's Club chapter and cancer awareness.  Kenowa Hills sported purple unifroms in an effort to raise money and support for the group "We Do Care".

This game of unbeatens was all Lowell.

In the first quarter, Lowell's Gabe Dean called his own number and raced over the left side untouched for a 42 yard touchdown.

Lowell's second touchdown came on a handoff to Samuel Young.

It was all Lowell, as the Pink Arrows downed Kenowa Hills 47 to 0.