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Actors’ Theatre hosts inclusive pop-up performances embracing "raw honesty" & "marginalized voices"

The Actors’ Theatre focuses on curating inclusive and creative pop-up performances centered on identity, community and love.

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Striving for the best, GVSU PRSSA is recognized for its hard work and dedication

Receiving numerous awards at the recent West Michigan Public Relations Society of America (WMPRSA) PRoof Awards, Grand Valley State University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (GVPRSSA) has much to celebrate as it continues to add value to its members and positively impact the community.

Feature Story Join the fun in Grand Haven, Coast Guard City USA, and celebrate the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.

August Things To Do Along the Lakeshore: Festivals and family movie nights, art shows and 5Ks

From festivals to music, art shows to sidewalk sales, and 5Ks to family movie nights, there are plenty of things to do in August in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. 

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Enjoying summer and exploring downtown on the DASH

It is that time of year again ― time to get outdoors and explore all that summer and the city have to offer. If you are looking for an affordable, convenient way to navigate through downtown, the DASH may be the perfect option.

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KDL offers free mini libraries throughout the community to reach readers where they are

In partnership with local businesses, organizations and library patrons, Kent District Library (KDL) offers KDL Free Libraries scattered throughout the community. The boxes or shelves featured in airports, buses, local businesses and residential neighborhoods offer free, ready-to-grab books to anyone.

Feature Story Ebony Roach

Promise Scholar headed to U-M shares her lifelong love of learning

It won’t be in a box with her other belongings, but Promise Scholar Ebony Roach will take a lifelong love of learning with her when she heads to the University of Michigan in the fall. She’s also carrying a tremendous sense of gratitude to her family, teachers, and friends who’ve helped her succeed.

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GRCC receives third Metallica foundation grant to provide skilled trades training

Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation recently awarded $25,000 to Grand Rapids Community College, marking the third time GRCC has received funding from the legendary band. The grant will help GRCC Workforce Training to continue a program that provides technical education and hands-on welding experience.  

Feature Story Janee’ Beville

A look back at the YPCC and a presenter’s advice to help improve mental, emotional health

With the continued impacts of COVID-19 being seen at all levels, it is more important than ever to make personal health and well-being a priority. For people of color, overcoming barriers to access as well as potential stigmas pose additional challenges. At the recent Young Professionals of Color Conference (YPCC), local counselor Janee’ Beville shared insights on the importance of mental and emotional care.

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Making the most of summer with outdoor yoga and Pilates on the Lakeshore

While social activities ramping up as COVID-19 restrictions ease, there are still places to slow down and enjoy nature while getting in a great workout. If you’re ready to give yoga or Pilates a try, check out these classes that are offered in a park, on the beach, or aboard a ship.

Feature Story Herrick District Library is hosting a free program about census records.

‘Hopping Through History’ makes sense of census, offers tips on genealogical research

Why is the census important? Find out by joining “Hopping Through History — Making Sense of the Census.” The virtual Herrick District Library program also will examine how participants can use census data in researching their family history.

Longform Brian Nicholson, MiCAL program director for Oakland County-based crisis services agency Common Ground, takes a call for the Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MiCAL).

New mental health crisis line to roll out across Michigan

The new service is now available in Oakland County and Michigan's Upper Peninsula – and it's just the first step of a larger plan to roll out improved mental health crisis services across the state.

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An interview with ICCF CEO Ryan VerWeys on the Franklin Campus Project

The Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF), in partnership with the Madison Church, is now offering affordable housing and other services on the southeast side of Grand Rapids at their recent development at 415 Franklin.

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The “new” MLK Neighborhood Association – Developing neighborhood block champions

After reemerging in 2020, the Martin Luther King (MLK) Neighborhood Association has continued to strive and move forward through the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic with the goal to continue caring for one other and advocating for the community. Even through the challenges, the faithful few have come together virtually, working on their mission to continue enhancing the overall quality of life in the neighborhood and building on the rich history that has become a known part of the community for over 40 years.

Feature Story Lakeshore storyteller Mike Lozon authored 12 historical books over his career.

A tribute to Mike Lozon: The Lakeshore’s storyteller

Many are mourning the passing of journalist, photographer and author Mike Lozon, one of The Lakeshore’s first contributors. Representatives of the organizations he supported are sharing what made his work so special for our community.   

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State programs play a role in GRCC’s 7.1% increase in summer enrollment

Grand Rapids Community College, which recently kicked off its second summer semester, reports enrollment this season is up 7.1% over 2021 and 5.9% from before the pandemic. The increase is attributed in part to students taking advantage of state programs that help with tuition costs.

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Balm Tattooing: Bodyart can be more than skin-deep


Latino Outdoors encourages Latinx community to get outdoors and reclaim nature


Creston business relaunches as nonprofit Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts


Green Gavel scoring system rates Michigan’s Supreme Court’s environmental impacts


Host Productions LLC plans to open a community theater and more on the West Side


Pulse software frees teachers to interact more effectively with online students


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Balm Tattooing: Bodyart can be more than skin-deep


Green Gavel scoring system rates Michigan’s Supreme Court’s environmental impacts


Pulse software frees teachers to interact more effectively with online students


Residents get more power in allocating ARPA dollars with participatory budgeting model


Humane Society of West Michigan collaborates in National Shelter Alliance to protect pets


Childcare options expanding in Grand Rapids southeast neighborhoods


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Latino Outdoors encourages Latinx community to get outdoors and reclaim nature


Creston business relaunches as nonprofit Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts


Host Productions LLC plans to open a community theater and more on the West Side


Michigan House Summer launches statewide event series for reconnecting and innovating


Marge of Marge’s Donut Den receives award for community impact and service


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