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Good News You Need for August 18

Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 11:07:02-04

1. The Blue Bridge will shine bright yet again! The iconic and historic bridge across the Grand River is getting new LED fixtures and lighting controls.

The new controls will let the city customize the color and movement of the bridge lights.

The $80,000 project includes replacing 53 decorative lighting fixtures. The work should finish up by the end of the month.

The Blue Bridge has been in downtown Grand Rapids since 1892 and initially served as a railroad. It was turned into a walkway in the 1980s and remains the oldest railroad bridge in the city.

2. John Ball Zoo has welcomed a number of babies within the past six months, and today, everyone can help celebrate them with a baby shower.

There have been baby red pandas, along with a Canada Lynx, a poison arrow frog, and the six-banded armadillo.

The Baby Shower is happening at the zoo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. As with other showers, the zoo has created Amazon Wish Lists as a gift registry for each species who have recently given birth.

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3. If you're looking for a new way to express your love for the Golden Girls, why not let your walls do the talking?

Online home design company, Spoonflower, sells wallpaper featuring the faces of the hit sitcom's four main characters.

You can get a coral wallpaper with large faces or teal background with smaller faces.

It comes in different types of applications: the traditional style of wallpaper that has to be pasted on and a peel and stick method.

The design is also available in fabric to make pillows, table runners, and even napkins.

4. Disney has unveiled two new Halloween themed crocs.

Whether you like the classic Disney characters or perhaps are more of a theme park fanatic, there is a pair of Disney crocs that could be a sweet treat for your feet.

First are the new Mickey Mouse Halloween clogs for adults. Mickeys are all over these clogs, including a raised Mickey Jack-O-Lantern that glows in the dark, and treats shaped like Mickey Mouse.

The Haunted Mansion wallpaper clogs are inspired by the Magic Kingdom attraction The Haunted Mansion. Both cost around $50.

5. Tex-Mex food fans, treat your taste buds with some sizzling flavors for National Fajita Day.

The Tex-Mex staple was originally invented by Mexican cowboys in southwestern Texas in the 1930's. They cooked throwaway beef cuts over an open fire or grill and served it in a tortilla.

However, over the years, fajita lovers expended their options, adding pico de gallo, guacamole, veggies, and spices. Shrimp, chicken, and pork also became alternatives to beef.

To celebrate the holiday, enjoy your favorite fajita, and share on social media using #NationalFajitaDay.