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Wine and Canvas wants to prove you can paint

Submitted 03-30-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Wine and Canvas Grand Rapids features local artists giving step by step painting instructions in a relaxed atmosphere.


Curator Spotlight: Ladies Night, Throwbactivists

Submitted 03-26-2015 under NONPROFITS

For Art.Downtown., Throwbactivists will be curating “LADIES NIGHT” at 307 S. Division.The show references women’s issues and features an international lineup of artists.


Breastfeeding rights under scrutiny

Submitted 03-25-2015 under VOICES

As a nursing mother I was denied my right to nurse my child as needed. Despite Michigan's “Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act," I was directed to nurse only in a small study space. Grand Rapids Public Library needs to take steps to create a a safe, welcoming breastfeeding environment.


Grand Rapids Ballet adult classes open company to community

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

If you’re looking to change up your mid-2000s exercise routine from yoga, pilates and zumba, consider trying one of Grand Rapids Ballet’s adult classes.


Downtown bars work toward sustainability with zero waste initiative

Submitted 03-24-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The BarFly Ventures group of downtown bars, like Stella’s and Grand Rapids Brewing Company, are working to lower their impact on the earth- from decreasing all of their waste output to raising awareness about fracking.


Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Judge Sara Smolenski

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

We are continuing a series of posts highlighting the awards recipients for the 2015 Hometown Heroes Celebration put on by the American Red Cross of West Michigan.


Downtown discussions get real about "crip life"

Submitted 03-23-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

LaughFest used humor to open up conversation on differences, disability and the upcoming DisArt Festival.


Griffins in position for another deep playoff run

Submitted 03-20-2015 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Griffins have set a new franchise record for points in consecutive games. Their 18-game point streak tops their previous record of 16 set in the 2002-03 season.


Four Grand Rapids organizations to host Celebrate! Community Arts Day

Submitted 03-18-2015 under NONPROFITS

Artists Creating Together (ACT), the Girls Choral Academy, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH) and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, will offer activities, workshops and performances at this free event.


Scholarships enable wider range of attendees at Downtown Market

Submitted 03-17-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The Downtown Market has a need-based scholarship program to ensure access to local produce and food education.