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Local landscape painter Overvoorde to host art sale for hunger relief

Submitted 04-22-2015 under NONPROFITS

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde will sell paintings and drawings at his home and studio April 24 and 25.


Hunger rate rises in West Michigan, Upper Peninsula according to new report

Submitted 04-21-2015 under NONPROFITS

Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap report concluded that 49 million Americans struggled with hunger in 2013, including one in seven people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.


East Hills to host third Made in Michigan Day April 25

Submitted 04-21-2015 under NEWS

East Hills Business district will be featuring products made in Michigan with a neighborhood scavenger hunt, special restaurant items and giveaways.


Entrepreneurs encouraged to collaborate, experiment in Incubator Kitchen

Submitted 04-14-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Twenty-five food entrepreneurs make use of the Downtown Market's Incubator Kitchen, and have formed a community within the group.


Downtown residents invited to share thoughts about future of city

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NEWS

Mix, Mingle and Share Your Voice hopes to prompt residents to meet their neighbors and learn about important issues in the community.


Happy Hour think tank to discuss women in cycling industry

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NEWS

She Rides Her Own Way invites women cyclists to join them for a happy hour designed to discuss women in the bike industry, improving bike culture and connecting with other women cyclists.


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.


Yoga startup grounds itself in community

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NEWS

Local yoga instructors Ashley Yost and Mali Jane aim to make yoga accessible with their new venture, AM Yoga.


4th annual Women and Environment Symposium explores environmental justice issues, solutions

Submitted 03-23-2015 under NEWS

At this year’s Women and Environment Symposium, speakers discussed environmental justice and related topics such as healthy homes and family health, inclusion and localizing food.


GoSite reveals ribbon cutting, grand opening dates

Submitted 03-17-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

After much planning and community involvement, the new information sharing space opens in downtown Grand Rapids, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the morning of March 31 and Grand Opening on April 4.