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Rowing club aims to sustain community fitness through programs for juniors, adults

Submitted 08-25-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The Grand Rapids Rowing Association’s assortment of courses gives people of all skill levels a means to improve physical and mental strength through rowing.

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GRJazzFest returns to downtown Grand Rapids

Submitted 08-13-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

GRandJazzFest is returning to Rosa Parks Circle on August 15 and 16 for West Michigan's only free weekend-long jazz festival.

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Colorful, subtle, quirky: Arthur's Plaid Pants illustrator shares story of turning art into business

Submitted 08-13-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Jen Husted-Goss, owner and illustrator of Arthur's Plaid Pants, gets inspiration for her work from the '80s and pop culture, and stays local by working with Michigan made paper and a Grand Rapids printing company.

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Collaboration at its freshest

Submitted 08-07-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

No fronts, no frills. Join CVLT Pizza, Bartertown Diner and Green Wagon Farm for a collaborative on-farm feast Friday, August 14.

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Civic Theatre's summer program showcases young talent

Submitted 08-04-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre program helps its students grow and discover new passions.

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Our Kitchen Table works to empower and support Southeast residents

Submitted 07-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Our Kitchen Table is a nonprofit organization working to educate and empower people of color and income challenged communities on food justice and how to create change in the food systems in their neighborhoods.

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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.

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Cautionary signs foster well-being, unique identity of East Hills

Submitted 07-28-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

In an effort to improve the safety and recognition of his community, Eric Tank started making hand-crafted “Slow Down” signs for his neighbors. To date he's made 19 signs, and the movement has since spread to other communities in Grand Rapids.

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WMEAC co-founder inducted into Hall of Fame

Submitted 07-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Will Wolfe, co-founder of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, has been inducted into the Legacy Circle of the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.

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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.

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