Friday, December 2, 2016

Tis' the Season for Kids Christmas Crafts

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––December is here already! Thanksgiving has passed us by, Black Friday is over, and the holiday season is in full swing. Even though the snow is sparse, the Christmas cheer is in the air. The Christmas parade will roll through and the tree will be lit tonight in Grandville signifying a season of love and giving. Now it's time to deck your own halls and have a little fun - tis' the season for kids Christmas crafts! Make sure to layout newspaper on your tables and have a cleanup station ready. Enjoy!


1. Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornaments

These aren't too difficult, but the glue could make things messy. Get creative and add small items other than pompoms to personalize. 

Tis' the Season for Kids Christmas Crafts


2. Shivery Snow Paint

You can create a cute and puffy snowman, or add colors or a different type of glitter to change things up. Beware, glitter can easily get everywhere!
Tis' the Season for Kids Christmas Crafts


3. Bird Seed Ornaments

These are the type of ornaments for your trees outside! Place near a window, so you can watch all the little birdies enjoy their Christmas treat. 
Tis' the Season for Kids Christmas Crafts


4. Bow Tie Noodle Wreath

How cute are these?! You can customize with different types of noodles or ribbon, if you please. Again, beware the glitter! 
Tis' the Season for Kids Christmas Crafts

5. Coffee Filter Snowflakes

These are the essential Christmas/winter craft, made out of something you might already have - coffee filters! Make sure to monitor scissor and sharp object use. 
Tis' the Season for Kids Christmas Crafts

6. Pine Cone Christmas Trees

These can be decorated with pompoms, old necklace beads, or simply topped with a star! 
Tis' the Season for Kids Christmas Crafts

7. Clothespin Snowmen

These adorable pins can be hung almost anywhere, including the Christmas tree! Let your kids paint them, or paint them ahead of time for a quick craft. 
Tis' the Season for Kids Christmas Crafts

Whether you're going to the parade and tree lighting tonight, or you're going to be doing some Christmas crafts with the kids, we hope you get in the spirit safely! From downtown to the craft store to home, we want you to be safe on the road. Doing so is easiest when your car is in good shape. Be sure to have your recalls repaired as soon as possible. 

Come see us at RiverTown Honda in Grandville where you can shop for new Honda vehicles on our brightly lit and organized lot, or you can wait in our comfy customer lounge as your vehicle is having its oil changed or is being serviced in our Service Center. We're only 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids off I-196. You can schedule online or stop by our Express Service Lane when it's convenient for your schedule. We look forward to seeing you!

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Have Your Recalled 2001-2003 Honda Vehicle Repaired at RiverTown Honda Immediately

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––As you might know or assume, the entire recall for defective Takata airbags is the biggest in automotive history, and has effected many car owners across many makes and models. Unfortunately, Honda vehicles were involved, and some are at high risk. Below you'll find an entire list of Honda vehicles that were recalled for defective Takata airbag issues.


If you have a 2001-2003 Honda vehicle recalled, we urge you to have it repaired immediately at RiverTown Honda, or your nearest Honda dealership immediately, as it is of the utmost risk on the road. 


Have Your Recalled 2001-2003 Honda Vehicle Repaired at RiverTown Honda Immediately


The Takata Airbag Recall affects these Honda vehicles:

  • 2001-2011 Accord
  • 2001-2011 Civic
  • 2002-2011 CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Element
  • 2010-2014 FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2014 Fit
  • 2010-2014 Insight
  • 2002-2004 Odyssey
  • 2003-2011 Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Ridgeline
  • 2010-2011 Crosstour


Through Honda's efforts, 70% of the recall has been completed, but there are still 313,000 vehicles that still require repair. The 2001-2003 model year vehicles were deemed the most dangerous out of all Honda models because of the inflators rupture rate. The airbag inflators found in 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles, made by Takata, were tested over the last few months to reveal rupture rates as high as 50%, which has the capability to seriously injure or kill a driver or passenger.

The recall repairs are free of charge and are able to be done at RiverTown Honda. The repair itself should take less than an hour and can be done at our Express Service Lane. You can also make an appointment for the repair online or by giving us a call at (866) 574-4228 to save time. We urge you to have this repair made regardless of the model or year, but we urge owners of 2001-2003 models to have the repair made immediately at RiverTown Honda. We're only 12 minutes from Grand Rapids off I-196 around the corner from the RiverTown Crossings mall. It's our goal to keep our Honda family as safe as possible during the Holiday season and beyond.

You can find more information on the Takata airbag recall on hondaairbaginfo.com. If you don't own a Honda vehicle, but need to check if your vehicle has been recalled, visit safercar.gov.


Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

7 Bizarre Thanksgiving Facts to Know for Turkey Day

7 Bizarre Thanksgiving Facts to Know for Turkey Day

GRANDVILLE, Mich. –– In the busy world of today, many Americans have reached a point where the histories and idiosyncrasies of things or occasions they're enamored of have become less valuable. For instance, Thanksgiving Day connotes sitting around a large table with friends and family, and proceeding to chow down on festive foods. But feasting isn't the only facet of this holiday that makes it so enjoyable. To get the most out of Nov. 24 this year, check out these 7 bizarre Thanksgiving facts to know for Turkey Day.

1. Thanksgiving was originally a three-day event.

When the pilgrims arrived in America in 1620, they didn't refer to their celebration as Thanksgiving but it definitely was a festival. The celebration took place after the group's first harvest, and was hence a harvest festival that endured for three days. The pilgrims invited their Native American friends to join them in their feasting, dancing, games, and shooting to give thanks for their new lives in a new homeland. 

2. American's eat more turkey than you think they do.

If someone were to ask you how many pounds of turkey you think Americans consume on Thanksgiving, chances are your mind wouldn't jump to the number 690 million. If you're trying to imagine what 690 million pounds of turkey looks like, try picturing about 172,500 Honda vehicles stuffed into a sack. That's pretty incredible!

3. Turkeys can weigh as much as large dogs.

Most often turkeys weigh between 11 and 24 pounds, but there are exceptions to that average. In some cases, turkeys can grow to sizes of large dogs. The heaviest turkey ever served on Thanksgiving weighed 86 pounds. Watch out; a bird like that could gobble you up.

4. Humans and pumpkins share DNA similarities.

It's true, your genes have gourd in them, or maybe gourds have genes like you. However you decide to look at this mind-boggler, scientists have discovered that humans and pumpkins share DNA sequences that are 75% identical to one another. Should you feel bad making all of those pumpkin recipes for Thanksgiving dinner?

5.  You won't fall asleep by consuming too much turkey.

It's true that turkey contains a chemical called tryptophan, which can make you sleepy. But the amount of tryptophan in turkey is so little that it would be virtually impossible for it to have an effect on your wakefulness. Instead, what really makes you sleep on Thanksgiving are all of the carbohydrate-riddled side dishes like mashed potatoes that you feast on.

6. Thanksgiving football was started in Detroit.

If watching football on Thanksgiving is one of your annual pastimes, you can thank the Detroit Lions for starting that tradition. In 1934, the Lions and the Chicago Bears played the first Thanksgiving Day football game in Detroit. The Lions lost 19–16, but they kickstarted a holiday tradition across America, which is a win in itself.

7. Thank turkey for TV dinners.

After Thanksgiving Day in 1953, Swanson, a food delivery company, found itself overstocked with 260 tons of turkey. Brilliantly, Swanson decided the best way to get rid of all of that bird was to package portions of it with potatoes, peas, and cornbread into an aluminum tray that could be stored in a freezer and heated up when ready to eat.

Now that you're equipped with these seven bizarre Thanksgiving facts to know for Turkey Day, you can head to the dinner table on Nov. 24 with an empty stomach ready for good food, and a full mind ready to dish out your Thanksgiving knowledge. We want to make sure you arrive safely to your Thanksgiving get together, so be sure to stop into our Express Service Lane for an oil change, tire rotation, and whatever other auto service you might need before you go!

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Driving For Change with A-T Children's Project at RiverTown Honda This December

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––At RiverTown we not only care about our customers, their satisfaction, and their safety on the road but also our surrounding community! From Grand Rapids to Grandville, around and in between, we'll be promoting change in the way our community interacts and supports each other. Through Driving For Change, we'll be partnering with great and well-deserving charities to help them reach their goals. Tis the season of giving as they say and we've got a new partner to support this month. We hope you'll join us in Driving For Change with A-T Children's Project at RiverTown Honda this December!

Driving For Change with A-T Children's Project at RiverTown Honda This December


A-T Children's Project is an organization dedicated to supporting biomedical research, procedures for children with A-T, and funding of the clinical center, all in goals of finding a cure for this rare disease otherwise known as Ataxia-Telangiectasia. This genetic disease attacks children in many ways and affects a large variety of systems in the body resulting in progressive losses in muscle control, immune system problems, and high rates of cancer. It's our goal to help A-T Children's Project raise $5,000 through our Chili Cook Off fundrasing event happening Saturday, December 10 from 11am-2pm at RiverTown Honda in Grandville.

What's happening at our Chili Cook Off event?

-Delicious chili tasting (only $.50 per ticket/taste)
-Voting for aforementioned delicious chili
-Prizes for the top voted chili makers (you can enter to compete for $10: https://www.atcp.org/Chili)
-Raffle open to everyone
-Awesome prizes for aforementioned raffle winners
-A live radio remote courtesy of JQ99.3

Will you be the change this holiday season? Please join us in Driving For Change with A-T Children's Project at RiverTown Honda by attending or competing in our Chili Cook Off or by donating directly to the cause online. You can RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends. We hope to see you all there!

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Comforting Potato Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––Since Thanksgiving is only about a week away, you might be preparing your menu or what planning on what dish to bring to dinner. If you haven't got a clue, or are overwhelmed by the endless options, we've got you covered. Potatoes are a classic side dish and play very well with turkey and all the other traditional Thanksgiving dishes you might see at the table. If you're watching your figure, go ahead and step away now, because these comforting potato side dishes for Thanksgiving will surely tip the scale. Enjoy!

So easy and creamy, they might almost be life changing! 
Comforting Potato Side Dishes for Thanksgiving


You can't beat the presentation of these little clouds. 
Comforting Potato Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

A.k.a: Cheesy Potatoes. Eating these is like hosting a funeral for your sadness.
Comforting Potato Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

These little single-serving, fancy-looking, stacks of potatoes are just too gouda!
Comforting Potato Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Mashed? More like smashed! These crispy little guys are loaded with garlic, parmesan, & perfection.
Comforting Potato Side Dishes for Thanksgiving


Soft sweet potatoes and onions baked in cream. Need we say more?
Comforting Potato Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

With these comforting potato side dishes for Thanksgiving, you might just win that "Best *insert family role name here*" award you've been campaigning for since last Christmas. We hope you enjoy these dishes, but most of all, time spent with your family this Holiday. We want to make sure you arrive safely to your Thanksgiving get together, so be sure to stop into our Express Service Lane for an oil change, tire rotation, and whatever other auto service you might need before you go!

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Car Connection's Best Cars to Buy Awards Honda 5 Times

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––The Car Connection, a reliable car review resource for consumers, has come out with the Best Cars Awards for 2017. Even though we're very much used to the entire lineup of Honda vehicles consistently winning awards, it doesn't make new awards any less exciting. These awards, especially of consumers, just goes to show the high level of quality Honda can put out on the market. The Car Connection's Best Cars to Buy Awards Honda 5 times, and we're here to summarize it all for you! Let's take a look at each vehicle and review the reasons it was awarded:


Honda Pilot - Best Crossover to Buy 2017

The Car Connection's Best Cars to Buy Awards Honda 5 Times

The best reason it was awarded: it can handle anything a family can throw at it. Without being a minivan or a too-rugged SUV, the 2017 Honda Pilot crossover rises to the top. It has three rows of seating versatile enough that your grandma could hop in the back no problem. In fact, it has the biggest third row in comparison to its competitors like the Ford Explorer. Plus, it can tow nicely and has a solid pep in its step.


Honda Ridgeline - Best Pickup to Buy 2017

The Car Connection's Best Cars to Buy Awards Honda 5 Times

The midsize pickup market is remarkably smaller than the full-size, but is a market segment pickup buyers need. With that said, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline blows its competition out of the water thanks to its attention to detail and capability. The 50" flat box bed is ultra convenient, it's towing capability of 5,000 lbs is great, and the eight 350 lb tie-downs in the bed are just icing on the cake. The comfortable seating, and convenient feature filled interior is reason enough to make the switch to this midsize truck.


Honda Civic - Best Economy Vehicle to Buy 2017

The Car Connection's Best Cars to Buy Awards Honda 5 Times

Here we are, talking about yet another award for this incredible and revolutionary Honda vehicle. The previous generation Civic was a cheap car that, well, felt cheap. The newest generation is boring no more with entertaining and tech-forward infotainment and convenient features, but it also retained much of what consumers loved about the previous version. The handling is fantastic and the fuel economy is one of the best selling features reaching 35 combined mpg.


Honda Civic Coupe - Best Coupe to Buy 2017

The Car Connection's Best Cars to Buy Awards Honda 5 Times

That athletic stance, two-door, sporty style the coupe consumer wants, is what the coupe consumer will get with the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe. This car has it all and starts at $20,000 which can make a new car buyer feel like a million bucks. The fun performance feel of the Si, and 35 combined mpg definitely helped this coupe reach the top of the list.


Honda Accord - Best Sedan to Buy 2017

The Car Connection's Best Cars to Buy Awards Honda 5 Times

Best bang for your buck? Try a midsize sedan. Try the 2017 Honda Accord sedan that made the top of this list for its comfort, style, value, and performance. The tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto combined with the refined airy interior and comfortable seating speak for the consumers wants, while the sculpted not-too-boring, not-too-far-out exterior wins them over. Not to mention the safety this vehicle offers, the 2017 Honda Accord is a seriously wonderful sedan.

The Car Connection's Best Cars to Buy has awarded Honda 5 times, meaning there's a Honda vehicle for each buyer. At RiverTown Honda, we're confident we can find a vehicle that's both perfect for your needs and that fits within your budget. We're also confident that we can provide you the best dealership experience of your life! Want to take one of these Honda's for a test drive? Start shopping our new vehicle inventory online, pick your poison, then visit us in Grandville where you'll find bright lighting inside and out, and a well organized lot and showroom for an easy shopping experience. We're only 12 minutes from Grand Rapids off I-196 around the corner from the RiverTown Crossings mall.


Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Ways to Stay Healthy Around the Holidays

GRANDVILLE, Mich.–– Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Christmas is not far behind! The lurking threat of calories and unhealthy food galore can be intimidating to our waistlines and general health. While it's all good and fun to enjoy the cheese heavy appetizers, butter drenched sides, the sugar-laden dessert bombs, it's better done in moderation. Let's be honest, no one enjoys the painful belly aches and extra weight holiday food brings along. To keep you feeling well and your body functioning at its best throughout the holidays, we've got a few tips. Check out these different ways to stay healthy around the holidays.


1. Walk It Out

Ways to Stay Healthy Around the Holidays

It's really easy to lay down on the couch with family to enjoy your favorite show or holiday movie after dinner, but you can still enjoy that quality family time in a different way. You can take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather we've been having by taking a walk after dinner. Other ways to fit some more steps in: parking farther away from your destination, taking the stairs instead of the elevator wherever you go, and frantically running around the house trying to clean before the relatives arrive.


2. Eat Before You Go

Ways to Stay Healthy Around the Holidays

What? Eat, before you go to eat? Yes! While it seems highly counterintuitive, eating a healthy snack before you go somewhere can give you the ammo to combat that really-hungry, heavy noshing that leads to a quick stomach ache and regret. Try munching an apple on your way, so that when you arrive you're stomach will be satisfied with fiber and healthy sugars so you don't go crazy on heavy appetizers. No one likes a 'hangry' guest.

3. Veggies First

Ways to Stay Healthy Around the Holidays

Another tip that involves eating before eating goes as follows: when you arrive to a get together where there are appetizers galore, eat the veggies first. By doing this, you'll fill up on good fiber, get in a veggie serving or two for the day, and feel better overall. Don't forget to add more veggies to your diet by filling up your dinner plate with them, too. Veggies provide the sustenance you need to last you a full dinner party or a Christmas shopping marathon without feeling like you're starving.


4. Try the 80/20 Rule

Ways to Stay Healthy Around the Holidays


Simple, yet effective. Whether you're trying to lose weight, be healthier overall, or just trying to maintain your current figure during the holiday season, this rule will treat you well. How does it work? Eat healthy and clean 80% of the time, and use the other 20% for outings with friends, holiday parties, etc. Forget that cheat day mentality and jump on the moderation train! You can also apply this to your workout regimen. Stay active 80% of the time and inactive the other 20%. Try working out or being active each day during the week, and enjoy resting on the weekend.


5. Avoid Takeout

Ways to Stay Healthy Around the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful for many of us, which can mean many of us turn to takeout and the couch for relaxation. Even if you think you're ordering "healthy" from the takeout menu, there's typically no nutritional label to tell you just what's in the food your ordered, how big the serving size is, etc. We're not saying you need to count calories, but avoiding takeout can help you be more aware of what you're eating. When you cook at home you get to choose what goes into the dish and can substitute for healthier options where possible.

We hope you use these ways to stay healthy around the holidays! Regardless of your schedule this holiday season, you can use these tips to help you feel and function better overall. We want to help you AND your car function its best throughout the year. Because winter weather can happen fast, it's best to be prepared for it ahead of time. Check out our Fall Car Care tips and schedule your service appointment online. You can also stop by our Express Service Lane for auto services in under 90 minutes.

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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