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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for January 3

Posted at 10:36 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 10:36:25-05

1. Is your "big day" planned in the coming months? Head to the 50th annual Grand Rapids Bridal Show.

The big event kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. at DeVos Place. Wedding experts will be on site offering planning tips, a fashion show, food samples, discounts, prizes, and brides can actually register for a free ticket on their website.

The show will also be open on Saturday, so visit for all the details.

2. Who says it's too cold to catch Concerts Under The Stars? The one-of-a-kind experience at Grand Rapids Public Museum series highlights local music and audio-visual artists.

The first concert is on January 16 featuring "How to Live Together," a synthetic pop music group from the Grand Rapids area.

Chaffee Planetarium doors open 6:30 and pricing begins at $12.

For a full list of other concerts visit

3. On five dates in 2020, entrance to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be free of charge.

Normally required for entry is a seven-day vehicle pass which costs $25.

The first "free" date is Monday, January 20, which is Martin Luther King Day. The other dates are in April, August, September, and November.

To learn more visit

4. An adorable baby black rhino is settling in at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo. Now he needs a name, and zoo officials are asking for help.

Many names were collected from suggestions received on social media. Zookeepers have narrowed the list to six potential names: Mosi, Enzi, JAali, Bash, Reggie, and Azizi.

Zoo fans can vote for their favorite rhino calf name by donating to Potter Park Zoo. Every $5 donated counts as a vote towards the donors chosen name.

The naming contest ends next Wednesday and the name will be announced on Thursday. Head to the zoo's website for complete details.

5. New year, new things. USA Today is predicting what the most popular consumer products will be in 2020.

They say when it comes to kitchen appliances, Instant Pots and high-tech coffee makers will keep selling. The news outlet also expects meal kit delivery services to gain more traction.

When it comes to technology, smart watches, smart speakers, and air-pods are at the top of the list.

For entertainment, it's Roku TV and Kindle.

When it comes to relaxation, weighted blankets and essential oil diffusers are expected to become more popular.