1. Looking for a local fireworks display and parade? Dorr will be holding its festivities along with other annual traditions, including a pickup baseball game, tractor pulls, and an ox roast.
There will also be carnival rides that they plan to clean and disinfect regularly in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Social distancing will be required and masks are encouraged.
Hand sanitizer will also be available.
2. The red pandas Wasabi and Wyatt at John Ball Zoo welcomed three cubs late last week.
Right now the zoo doesn't know if they're boys or girls.
The cubs will spend their first few weeks bonding with their mom in the maternity den before undergoing exams.
These are Wasabi's first cubs, but Wyatt fathered two cubs in 2016 while at the Chattanooga Zoo in Tennessee.
Red pandas are endangered with fewer than 2,500 remaining in the wild.
3. Experience Grand Rapids has announced the dates for the 11th annual Restaurant Week GR.
The event will take place August 5-16, but of course, it will be different this year.
The event has plans to offer new experiences, dining incentives, and to help re-energize the local dining economy by things like free registration for businesses.
More information can be found at restaurantweekgr.com.
4. Brands like Coca-Cola and Pepsi keep rollout out fun, fruity flavors. The newest addition to the mix is Pepsi Pineapple.
The company is now selling the pineapple juice-infused option for the first time in the U.S., reportedly at the expense of their lime-flavored cola, which is being phased out.
So far, Pepsi Pineapple only seems to be available at Walmart in-store, or online.
5. There's no need to waffle about what to have for breakfast on Monday. The National Waffle Iron Day!
The waffle iron has a pair of honeycomb-patterned metal plates that are connected.
Batter is poured between the heated plates which are closed so the waffle can bake.
Waffle irons made their debut in the 14th century in the low countries. Cornelius Swarthour submitted the first U.S. patent in 1869. A few decades later in 1918 the first electric waffle iron became available for the general public.