GRPS 8th graders go canoeing on the Grand River, many for the first time.  <span class='image-credits'>Autumn Johnson</span> Hip hop artist Lady Ace Boogie is one of the women in West Michigan making a difference.  <span class='image-credits'></span> Takidia Smith with Fresh Beets harvests from her urban acreage. <span class='image-credits'>Adam Bird</span> Blandford Nature Center welcomes spring with edible tours.  <span class='image-credits'>Adam Bird</span>

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For GR’s self-care entrepreneurs, individualism and expertise are key in booming industry

As the wellness industry booms in West Michigan, self-care entrepreneurs strive to create a unique experience for their patrons, showcasing their values — and their personality — with each service.

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Para los emprendedores de self-care de GR, el amor a si mismo y la experiencia son la clave

A medida que crece la industria del bienestar (wellness) en el oeste de Michigan, los empresarios de self-care se esfuerzan por crear una experiencia única para sus clientes, mostrando sus valores y su personalidad con cada servicio.

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UIX: This city-run nonprofit has been supporting community enrichment for over a decade

The Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance has been supporting and funding local initiatives that build culture and connection between West Michigan neighbors since 2011. Programs like the Godfrey-Lee band camp, Pinery Park Little League, and regional tornado preparedness efforts have all been assisted by this city-run nonprofit. The fund has been growing every year, and the plan is to give it all away.

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G-sync: Catching up with Diane Griffin of Griffin Properties

Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen sat down with Griffin Properties' Diane Griffin to hear first-hand from one of our area's top realtors who entered the marketplace in 2005 right as the property values were about to begin a long slide.

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Women fill the gaps: Training and empowering the next generation of skilled trades professionals

Though for centuries overlooked in the skilled trades, women are making a comeback in a big way in construction. Equipped with ambition and seeking out educational and training programs tailored specifically for them, Michigan women are building the future—one brick, beam, or conquered stereotype at a time.

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Rapid Blog: Jenn Fillenworth interviews 4 women chefs working to bridge the gender gap in local food

Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RD, is a chef and registered dietitian with a passion for sustainable food systems and culinary medicine. In her Rapid Blog, Fillenworth interviews four local female chefs working to bridge the gender gap in West Michigan restaurants.

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Michigan women bust stereotypes, find success in Professional Trades

In Michigan, there will be an estimated 47,000 openings annually through 2026 in the Professional Trades. These are the stories of three Michigan women who have found rewarding careers in these sometimes-stigmatized jobs.


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Many Michigan caregivers need care themselves – but they aren't getting it

The importance of a support network when caring for a loved one can't be understated. That's why a number of Michigan organizations are working to better understand what caregivers need and make it more accessible to them.

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Here's how we can address rural Michigan's alarmingly high infant mortality and poor maternal health

Substance abuse, lack of access to healthy food, and dwindling birthing hospitals and OB-GYNs all contribute to poor health outcomes for mothers and infants. These organizations and individuals are working to change that.

Feature StoryBrandon Buskey, ACLU Deputy Director for Smart Justice Litigation

The blueprint for criminal justice reform: The ACLU's Brandon Buskey visits Grand Rapids

Brandon Buskey, ACLU Deputy Director for Smart Justice Litigation and Criminal Law Reform Project team member, is the keynote speaker at the 2019 ACLU of Michigan Luncheon. Having devoted his entire career to criminal justice reform, Buskey explores systemic racism, police misconduct, and community activism in the U.S. carceral epidemic.

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Rapid Blog: Dan Brooks explores "process-based" drama and the Alternative Acts Theatre Company

Aquinas English Professor and actor Dan Brooks explores the new Alternative Acts Theatre Company, and the powerful effect of "process-based" theatre.

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Why Michigan needs a more diverse healthcare workforce – and what we can do about it

The healthcare workforce doesn't represent the diversity of those it serves, and that results in poor health outcomes for patients of color. But several initiatives are working to develop more diverse health professionals.

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Grand Rapids Symphony aims to step into the rhythm of the times

Finishing his third season in GR, Music Director Marcelo Lehninger hopes to bring new energy into the Grand Rapids Symphony, including changes to formats, blending genre, informal educational opportunities, and more community-focused events.

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Local groups help women and minority-owned businesses take a seat at the corporate table

Two Michigan-based entrepreneurial support organizations seek to encourage growth and increase wealth creation, specifically for women and minority-owned businesses.

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Grupos locales ayudan a las mujeres y las empresas propiedad de minorías a tomar asiento en las mesa

Dos organizaciones de apoyo empresarial con sede en Michigan buscan fomentar el crecimiento y la creación de riquezas, específicamente para mujeres y empresas de propiedad de minorías.

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More than pampering, spa helps clients overcome trauma


The Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative begins three-year action plan


Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop


USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


Awards Gala spotlights Latinx impact on local economy: "We are here to make a true contribution."


Temporary tattoos making long-lasting investments in the sustainable foods movement


Development

More than pampering, spa helps clients overcome trauma


Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop


Awards Gala spotlights Latinx impact on local economy: "We are here to make a true contribution."


Temporary tattoos making long-lasting investments in the sustainable foods movement


New watercraft launch at Riverside Park confirms City's commitment to equity and access


GVSU aDMI's 3D printer brings brand new tech to the Medical Mile


Innovation

The Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative begins three-year action plan


USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


Little Space Studio changing their approach to creative co-working


LOFT fulfills niche for tech software aftercare


Vision To Learn launches first step toward free vision care for GRPS students


Recognizing Muskegon's bright, entrepreneurial future


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G-Sync

Jam Making: How to artfully preserve our 2019 growing season

Thursday, May 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lions & Rabbits, 1264 Plainfield NE
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Paddleboard Yoga: Love times two plus you

Thursday, June 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Reeds Lake (launch behind the police station), East Grand Rapids
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Rad Women Walking Tours: A fun way to experience the A,B,Cs of women’s history

Debuting Tuesday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. (through May 12)
Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW
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From small pop-up galleries to large cultural institutions to national attention-grabbing events like ArtPrize, Grand Rapids' arts and culture scene has a diverse mix of offerings that will appeal to people of all stripes.

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The West Fulton district, often referred to as the 'U to the Zoo,' runs along its namesake street from Grand Valley State University's booming downtown campus on the east to historic John Ball Park and Zoo on the west.

 

In between is a mix of popular locally owned businesses – such

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