1. Grand Rapids Comic-Con announced on Facebook that their April Spring Fling this year will not be happening because of COVID.
But the good news is they haven't canceled it. They've decided to reschedule it for mid-august and remain it the Summer Bash. Organizers also said the Spring Fling show will return in 2022 with a date in April to be announced later.
2. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park's annual Fred and Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is back this year.
It will run from March 1 - April 30. The exhibition will bring more than 7,000 butterflies to West Michigan and is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, some exhibition elements and activities will be altered to allow for physical distancing. In addition, due to state guidelines, their capacities will be limited.
For more information, you can head to meijergardens.org.
3. Grand Rapids Community College wants you to spread the love this Valentine's Day by helping stock up their student food pantry.
The school is inviting the community to buy cookie decorating kits, cupcakes, and other items, at either the Quiet Cafe or Raider Grill. There'll also be a raffle to win a free iPad.
Stop in at one of the two locations by tomorrow to get a kit.
4. Aunt Jemima has gotten a makeover. Pepsi-Co announced its pancake mix and syrup products, which formally had the Aunt Jemima name and loco on their packaging, will now be sold under the new name, Pearl Milling Company.
The company dropped its long-time design last year after it was deemed a racial stereotype.
5. Sub-zero temperatures in Minnesota are helping revive a local tradition.
Frozen pairs of pants are popping up in front yards across Minneapolis. The snow-covered lawns have been transformed into pieces of art, as the frozen jeans can serve as stand-ins for family portraits.
The tradition of dipping old denim into the water and hanging them outside to freeze was reborn this year thanks to a Facebook page that brought it back to life.
Some say it's a fun outdoor activity to do on a cold winter day, while others are making it into a scavenger hunt, seeking out all of the area's frozen jean scenes.