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Feature Story Laura Ward

RapidChat: Laura Ward on interrupting the cycle of poverty through mentoring relationships

"When well supported, students can make significant gains in their commitment to learning," explains Executive Director of Affinity Mentoring Laura Ward. Striving to interrupt the cycle of poverty through mentoring relationships, the local non-profit recently added a new site in partnership with Godfrey-Lee Public schools this past fall — as a part of their multi-year expansion plan.

Feature Story Julie Ribaudo.

Infant mental health programs create better futures for little Michiganders and their parents

Most people don’t really think about infant mental health until they notice its absence – but the difference can be stark to the observer and life-changing for the infant.

Feature Story ygoa

How local yoga instructors address trauma through the mind-body connection

As trauma-sensitive yoga grows throughout West Michigan, treatment accessibility and mental health awareness can offer opportunities for all to heal.

Feature Story Fouad Catrib - Food Entrepreneur

G-Sync: From the Center of the Universe to beyond, food entrepreneur Fouad Catrib shares what’s next

Publisher Tommy Allen joins The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin to interview Fouad Catrib of Marie Catrib’s about his recently launched food startup Marie Catrib's Provisions. 

Feature Story tactical art

The community members behind GR's tactical urban art: Temporary, permanent, and gentrifying artworks

Tactical urban art attracts new people to a neighborhood, but that can sometimes lead to gentrification. How do local artists balance the impermanence of urban artwork?

Feature Story Wyoming Band

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.

Feature Story Jonathan Jelks

RapidChat: Jonathan Jelks on why entrepreneurship doesn't have to be a lonely road

As a true proponent for creation over competition, Jonathan Jelks — Co-Founder of GR USA, Ambiance GR, The Midwest Tech Project, and most recently, Motu Viget Spirits — confidently works with like-minded younger-generation entrepreneurs to bring diverse culture, businesses, and entertainment to GR.

Feature Story The board for the DAAC in the new building.

These two organizations are partnering up in an epic relaunch

Balancing creative expression and the need for capital, Gaia Cafe and the Division Avenue Arts Collective have partnered up to rebirth their community-loved institutions in Creston.

Feature Story El Granjero

A city in flux: Local advocate talks collaboration and development without displacement

Last month’s Building Bridges series article highlighted the continued growth and development taking place within the city of Grand Rapids as it works through its Master Plan. West Side resident, advocate, and catering coordinator at her family’s restaurant, Paola Mendivil shares her thoughts on the developments taking place and what she hopes to see moving forward.

Feature Story El Granjero

Una ciudad en constante cambio: La importancia de la mutua colaboración y el desarrollo sin desplaza

El artículo de la serie Building Bridges del mes pasado destacó el continuo crecimiento y desarrollo de la ciudad de Grand Rapids a través del desarrollo de su Plan Maestro. Paola Mendivil, residente de West Side, promotora y coordinadora de catering en el restaurante de su familia, comparte sus pensamientos sobre los acontecimientos que están teniendo lugar y lo que espera ver en el futuro.

Feature Story Chris Martinez

RapidChat: Chris Martinez on his newest role on the Varnum Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

Identifying both as Hispanic/Latino and as a part of the LGBTQ community, Chris Martinez is an evident fit for Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. As its newest member, Martinez will provide vital insights from both his personal experience and role in leadership development at the YMCA.

Feature Story Curb-cut raingardens

UIX: These small gardens are keeping our watershed clean with native plants

Small raingardens in front of homes in West Michigan are helping clean and cool polluted runoff water before it reaches one of the most critical watersheds in the area. The Plaster Creek Stewards are behind it all, and their impact is growing.

Feature Story Andrea Wallace

Andrea Wallace, aka "SuperDre," answers 6 questions from Rapid Growth

In these "Six Questions with Andrea Wallace," local DJ SuperDre shares her thoughts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and working with friends.

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RapidChat: Quynh Lai and Ben Wiley of Stock&Candor

Quynh Lai and Ben Wiley of Stock&Candor yearn for their guests to experience food in an entirely new way. The only stipulation: adventurous eaters who can enjoy all foods only. No picky eaters or dietary restrictions allowed.

Feature Story A centering pregnancy group at Covenant Community Care.

Michigan moms-to-be are trading traditional prenatal OB visits for group sessions – and loving it

Centering pregnancy groups offer moms traditional prenatal medical care, but also a social atmosphere that creates strong bonds and has demonstrated positive effects on moms' and babies' health.

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Bean there. Done that: Chicago coffee roasters bring their talents home to Grandville


Head Start for Kent County opening two new centers for the 2019-2020 school year


New Kent County Food Policy Council will champion good food for all


Autonomous Vehicle Initiative changing the way we view public transportation


New gardening project promotes community engagement for seniors


Brownfield approval moves forward new MSU-affiliated medical innovation building


Development

Bean there. Done that: Chicago coffee roasters bring their talents home to Grandville


New Kent County Food Policy Council will champion good food for all


Brownfield approval moves forward new MSU-affiliated medical innovation building


WMSBF facility tours spotlight local strides towards circular economy


“Lunch” at the farmers market: Catering duo serves lunch and supports local nonprofit


Uptown tree project forges powerful partnership


Innovation

Head Start for Kent County opening two new centers for the 2019-2020 school year


Autonomous Vehicle Initiative changing the way we view public transportation


New gardening project promotes community engagement for seniors


Start Garden planting seeds of diversity for future minority-owned startups


$410,000 Thrive Outside grant supports outdoor recreation


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


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G-Sync

BYOBevvie ArtPrize Project 1 Tour: It's better with friends…and beer

Beginning Friday, Sept. 13 (through Oct. 26)
Craft Beer Cellar, 404 Ionia Ave. SW (starting point)
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch: The punk musical that won the world’s heart is back on stage in GR

Opening Thursday, Sept. 12 (through Sept. 21)
Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids, 160 Fountain St. NE
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GRandJazzFest: The city’s largest jazz event returns for year 8 downtown

Saturday - Sunday, Aug. 17 - 18
Rosa Parks Circle, 155 Monroe Ave. NW
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Yassou!: Lemon, garlic, oregano…Opa!

Friday - Sunday, August 16 - 18
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 330 Lakeside Dr. NE
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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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West FultonRead More

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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