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Empowering community voices through celebrated difference

Submitted 04-01-2015 under VOICES

As the Rapidian's new Community Engagement Specialist, I'd like to share my Grand Rapids roots and hopes for my work with The Rapidian.

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Community organizations work to improve bicycle accessibility for transportation

Submitted 03-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Spoke Folks, Boston Square Community Bikes and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition are all working to make biking accessible and safe in our city.

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Art.Downtown. to highlight hundreds of local artists at one night event

Submitted 03-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

This spring's Art.Downtown. will feature 400 different artists in 30 venues, displaying their work or performing everywhere from U-Haul trailers to the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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Inclusion: Why it's important for our community to move from diversity to being "upstanders"

Submitted 03-31-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Most everyone knows what it feels like to not be included: to not be chosen for the team or feeling out of place within a group. It’s hard to imagine not feeling part of a community where you live—but it happens—more often than we want to believe.

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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.

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WYCE seeks listener support with Spring Fund Drive

Submitted 03-30-2015 under NONPROFITS

As you read this article, WYCE 88.1FM is running its 2015 Spring Fund Drive. Listeners are invited to help us keep this unique organization funded. We are a radio station that is listener funded and volunteered powered, which means that community support is of utmost importance.

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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.

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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.

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DisArt leaders prepare reporters, videographers to help tell story of upcoming disability art festival

Submitted 03-25-2015 under NONPROFITS

In preparation for our coverage of the DisArt Festival, leaders from DisArt and Disability Advocates helped our Rapidian and GRTV volunteers get ready to report on disability with respect and education.

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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.

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Catalyst Radio: Catherine's Health Center awarded grant for new Heart Smart Connections program

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NEWS

CHC’s aim is to provide high quality, affordable and compassionate health care to the underserved in the community, using collaborations with health agencies, hospitals, schools, churches, homes for the elderly, service clubs and neighborhood organizations.

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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.

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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.

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Thomas Street Neighborhood Garden plans orchard with Friends of GR Parks grant

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NEWS

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks offers mini-grants to neighborhoods and individuals to increase Grand Rapids' tree canopy and engage citizens in caring for mature trees.

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Superbugs in our watershed?

Submitted 03-24-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Calvin Students Investigate Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Plaster Creek

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Frederick Bw'Ombongi

Submitted 03-20-2015 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.

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