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Photo Gallery: Lunar New Year Grand Rapids style

Submitted 02-22-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The Chinese Association of West Michigan opened  their Lunar New Year celebration to the public for the first time on Febrary 16, 2018. West Michgan residents gathered at DeVos Place Convention Center for a festive night of fun filled events....

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Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition celebrates 50th year

Submitted 02-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Christine Krieger first took on the oversight of the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition in 1997, but she’ll be the first to tell you that its legacy far exceeds her tenure there. This will be her fourteenth year helming the competition – she...

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Better Body Image Conference aims to start conversation about positive body image in Grand Rapids

Submitted 02-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The Better Body Image Conference aims to shape and redefine the concept of self and foster a positive body image by incorporating diverse definitions of beauty, cultivating positive speech around the body, and fostering self-compassion. The...

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Neighbors reflect on history of mining, dumps on Westside

Submitted 02-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Living on the westside of Grand Rapids has always had its own unique pride and challenges. There was a time before gentrification when many residents felt the westside was not important to the city. There was a time when the city used it as a dump...

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Grand Rapids welcomes the Lunar New Year with fun, festivities

Submitted 02-05-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

If you thought a glittery ball drop and a countdown to midnight complete with bubbly and kisses was an exciting way to ring in the New Year, prepare yourself for something even more exhilarating. Firecrackers, festive food, cultural performances,...

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New coffee shop opens on Grand Rapids' Westside

Submitted 01-30-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

With a name fitting the location, The Corridor Coffee Shop opened Monday January 22, 2018 on Grand Rapids' westside. It's located at 637 Stocking Avenue NW in the area known as the Westside Corridor. With the resurgence of the Westside over...

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Get into the Christmas spirit with GRTV's Santa Show

Submitted 12-08-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

In early December each year, the GRTV studio transforms into a winter wonderland as kids and adults alike throughout Grand Rapids wait impatiently for the arrival of their favorite jolly Christmas icon – Santa Claus! The Santa Show is a long-...

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This season of giving: Is the act of freely giving respectful to the poor?

Submitted 11-30-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Imagine if you are unable to provide for your family and just received a large amount of donated items? How would you feel? "Blessed" maybe a common answer a lot of us would provide - why shouldn't we? But in reality, a large number of...

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Flannel-fledged heroes: Local bar helps revive festival from hiatus to support local radio

Submitted 11-27-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

After stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving and scoring some major deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you may find yourself wanting a break: some sort of escape from the commotion that the beginning of the holiday season brings with itself every...

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