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Local musicians work to promote supplemental education programs

Submitted 08-04-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Local musicians will be performing at The Avenue for the Arts event, First Fridays: The Market, working to promote supplemental education programs in Grand Rapids neighborhoods such as East Hills, Heartside and Roosevelt Park.


Local band Bigfoot Buffalo infuses genres, musical styles to make original sound

Submitted 07-30-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The folk-rock ensemble, founded in 2014, mixes elements of jazz, americana, bluegrass and more to make its own style of music.


Local author publishes first novel focusing on good, bad in everyone

Submitted 07-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Adam Schuitema's "Haymaker" dives into the life of two groups of vastly different people and shows that everyone, even characters in books, have flaws.


Disc golf popularity continues to grow in Grand Rapids community

Submitted 07-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

As the sport using discs- or frisbees- continues to bring more players into its fold, the community in Grand Rapids encourages those interested to pick up a disc, come out and play.


Annual dog wash benefits grief organization

Submitted 07-17-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids put on the “World’s Largest Dog Wash” for the 13th year last Sunday, drawing in all forms of dogs and owners. Admission and other proceeds went to assist the club’s Children’s Cancer and Grief Program.


Local writer battling brain cancer seeks help to write his story with Kickstarter campaign

Submitted 07-09-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

David Wenzel is asking for funds to help him take eight months to write his memoir, "Thank You, Kung Fu." The Kickstarter campaign ends on July 26, with a goal of raising $40,000.


Inspirational author to speak on humor, healing and wholeness

Submitted 07-08-2015 under NONPROFITS

Thelma Wells will share her remarkable story of rising above adversity through faith and prayer. In her tell-it-like-it-is style, she will inspire you, make you laugh, and leave you feeling loved.


Grand Rapids Public Library hosts exhibit featuring history of local cartoonists

Submitted 07-07-2015 under NEWS

Cartoonists of Grand Rapids will be on display at Grand Rapids Public Library from July 1 until August 15; the exhibit features biographies and artwork from local cartoonists throughout history as well as a comic workshop and family comic night.


Creative space Wisemaker celebrates collaboration of art, environment

Submitted 07-02-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

"I want to take my mission here at Wisemaker to promote creativity and environmental sustainability out into the community and let other people really dig into that concept," says owner Kelly Allen.


Grand Rapids festivities to promote community, entertainment for national holiday

Submitted 06-30-2015 under NEWS

The United States turns 239 this Saturday and each community in the Grand Rapids area has its own way to celebrate. The Rapidian breaks down what activities are happening throughout the day and the prime locations for watching the fireworks at night.