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Better food for Heartside: Gleaning produce, growing access, and improving health

Heartside Gleaning Initiative provides hundreds of pounds of fresh produce each week to Heartside residents, food pantries and missions thanks to generous farmers and volunteers.

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The brightest lights in West Michigan's entertainment scene are at a national level

Whether it's an acoustic street side gig at Rosa Parks Circle, a sold-out club show at 20 Monroe Live, a DeVos Performance Hall production, or even a movie in the park, the artists provide the music and emotion but technology amplifies the experience.

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Lady Ace Boogie - Don't Box Me In

Coming off an electrifying show this past Sunday at the Pyramid Scheme and set to launch her new EP “Don’t Box Me In” this fall, Linda Tellis a.k.a Lady Ace Boogie showed us that this summer is not done heating up.

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Michigan's newest winemakers are following their passion—and doing well

Michigan has 127 wineries and produces 2.5 million gallons of wine annually. May is when the state celebrates its wine makers and encourages tourists to visit as the wineries show their springtime colors.

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RapidChat: Benjamin Heyn

As we enter the month of June, we also enter a month dedicated to celebrating Pride. "What does Pride Month mean to you?" we asked Benjamin Heyn, a resident and LGBQT+ activist within the Grand Rapids Community. We've learned that it goes farther beyond what many of our eyes have been trained to see.

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Rapid Blog: The power of collective voice: Speaking up, speaking out, and making real change

"Empathy and the commitment of not violating one’s dignity is where I believe we can find real, tangible solutions." In this week's Rapid Blog, Grand Rapids Second Ward Commissioner Joe Jones discusses empathy, community engagement, and the power of speaking up.

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13 events for your perfect Grand Rapids summer

With just three short months to enjoy the sunshine and somewhat predictable weather of a Grand Rapids summer, you'll want to pack your schedule full of fun, relaxation, and tasty treats. This list of the top summer events will kickstart your calendar and get you moving on your best Michigan summer.

Buckthorn is an invasive plant that began as a popular hedge.Photo by Imad Hassan.

DNR’s volunteer stewards safeguard Michigan’s natural areas

At 20 state parks and recreation areas across southern Michigan, groups of volunteer stewards regularly roll up their sleeves to help protect and restore natural areas. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Volunteer Steward Program puts volunteers to work, typically removing invasive species, planting native species, and collecting native seed. The program holds about 200 workdays per year.

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Listen to the Grand: River revitalization much more than a kayaker’s dream

What started as a group of kayakers seeking to create a great spot for their sport has evolved into project can restore priceless habitat, respect local indigenous people, and make spaces where all residents can partake and enjoy. As Grand Rapids Whitewater cofounder Chip Richards remarked during the River Rally presentation, “The more we listened to the river, the more we realized this project is something good for everyone and everything.”

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Accepting the culture of failure as life, not a trend

Many may see the culture of failure as a passing fad, but those who experience it everyday are trying to change the conversation and keep it in style.

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Drones, 3D printers, and hard hats: The role of technology in construction

From drones to 3D printers, construction is just as enthralled with cutting edge tech as the next industry. It has been said that 'time is money," and technology is helping construction companies conserve time by increasing accuracy and adding to bottom line profit margins through the implementation of cost and quality controls.

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RapidChat: Angela Fox

"Is this recyclable?" is a question we ask ourselves more often than we'd like to admit. Regardless of whether or not the answer is 'yes,' you're already down a path to a more sustainable lifestyle. This week's Rapid Chat interviews Angela Fox who leads sustainability workshops with Green Michigan.

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Grand Rapids Asian Festival: A joyous new event debuts in downtown Grand Rapids

In anticipation of the debut of the Grand Rapids Asian Festival, Rapid Growth wants to shine a warm spotlight on a series of images created earlier this year by photographer Two Eagles Marcus.

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Area Preschoolers get a leg up on STEM learning at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

This spring, more than 1,500 area preschoolers from Head Start for Kent County and other early education programs visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum thanks to PNC Foundation grant-funded field trips.

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VIDEO: On The Ground highlights the Southeast Community of Grand Rapids

Learn about the people who are mobilizing, living and working on the southeast community of Grand Rapids in our On The Ground Video celebrating the threads connecting these communities to each other. 
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