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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Curator Spotlight: Forms of Production, Courtney Jones

Submitted 03-16-2015 under NONPROFITS

For Art.Downtown., Courtney Jones will be curating “Forms of Production” at the DeVos Place, themed around concepts of work and the value of production.

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Story Matters: LaughFest volunteer Sarah Veselenak encourages us all to "find our funny"

Submitted 03-16-2015 under NONPROFITS

Sarah Veselenak sees LaughFest as a big awareness-builder for Gilda's Club, and the grief support that they provide- whether cancer related or not.

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