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Jose gives Chucky a trim at The Place Barber Shop.

Drag Brunch takes over the Knickerbocker.

Rissa Thomas checks out the work at the annual UICA Artists Market.

Outside Coffee Co. keeps people warm with domes and drink through winter.

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Volunteer

Local nonprofits need you: How volunteers fuel the day-to-day missions of area charities

2.3 million Michiganders volunteered last year, contributing $4.4 billion in economic value. In West Michigan, local nonprofits rely on volunteers for their day-to-day operations.

Children and seniors share spaces and activities at the Bethlehem Intergenerational Center.

Uniting children and the elderly: Intergenerational centers create magic one interaction at a time

Though it is not typical to see both the elderly and infants engaging with one another, intergenerational programs have found a way to bring them together and add value for both sides. Three local programs and a participant share their insights on the value of these programs and the positive impact they can have.

MuseGR

Muse GR aligns purpose and passion with creativity on the westside

The city has seen its fair share of art galleries over the years, but this year a new space opened up with their version of a modern urban gallery as Muse GR, and the rest is history. Publisher Tommy Allen sits down with Muse GR's Stephen Smith, M.Ed. and Taylor Smith.

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Michigan's pantries and small farms sow seeds of health equity

Designed to help feed people in times of need, the community food pantry has instead contributed to illness. Now, some Michigan organizations are reworking the charitable food model to provide access to healthful farm-grown foods instead.

Relocation

Is it jobs or the lakeshore driving professionals to GR? Recent relocatees share their stories

With low unemployment and an increasing number of jobs, Grand Rapids has a lot to offer relocating professionals. RG explores why professionals from across the country are making the move.

JBZ Neighborhood

Neighborhoods of GR: John Ball Park in photos

The John Ball Park neighborhood is one of the more unusual neighborhoods in GR because almost half is comprised of green spaces. Explore the neighborhood in this photo essay by Adam Bird.
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