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Grand Rapids Flaunts Variety With Super Happy Funtime Burlesque

Submitted 09-18-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

Is Grand Rapids prepared to strip down to the bare essentials? Ready or not, the Grand Rapids art scene has grown to include revealing the unclothed human body paired with provocative social and political commentary. Residents of West Michigan...

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100,000 Paper Airplanes

Submitted 09-16-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

By now you may or may not have heard of Rob Bliss, but he has left his mark in Grand Rapids.  When he posted his event for a pillow fight in Rosa Park Circle on Face book last year, he was hoping for a hundred people, more than 1000 showed up....

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Fulton Street Artisan's Market

Submitted 09-16-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

Every Sunday from 11am to 3pm The Fulton Street Farmer's Market, located on Fulton at the corner of Fuller, is taken over by talented artisans. They sell paintings, photos, jewelry, pottery, furniture and so much more. Everything is local and...

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A visit with Easter Seals

Submitted 09-15-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

On my way to Easter Seals to conduct the interview for this article, I had some time to kill so I swung by Barnes and Noble. There, I ran into my little buddy Andrew. Andrew, who is 5 and has Downs Syndrome, is also a client of Easter Seals and...

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OctoberWest celebrates Westside Sat., Oct. 10

Submitted 09-15-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

The 3rd annual OctoberWest – the festival highlighting Grand Rapids’ Westside – is planned for Saturday, Oct. 10, and this year’s event is shaping up with a slate of fun fall activities even bigger than in previous years. OctoberWest is in the...

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Wealthy: A sideways glance

Submitted 09-14-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

A late summer stroll down Wealthy Street: Wealthy Bakery The Winchester Wealthy at Charles La Esperanza ABC Nails Armenta Studio Beauty House Wealthy Market Wing Heaven The Meanwhile The Electric Cheetah Furniture Store Brick Road Pizza Co. The...

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ArtPrize in Pre-production Around Grand Rapids: A photo essay

Submitted 09-14-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

ArtPrize, the biggest art venue to hit Grand Rapids, is just around the corner. Hundreds of artists from all around the world are traveling to Michigan for two weeks for a chance to win $250,000. Only a week away, many artists are scrambling to put...

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Everyday Profiles: John R. Ziemann, Community Education Organizer to Photographer

Submitted 09-14-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

John Ziemann was living in Tucson, AZ in 1995 when he was presented with a dilemma. Work was no longer enjoyable and he was facing a downsizing from a career he loved and that had defined much of his adult life. It was then a friend mentioned that...

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Cultivating Community and Vegetables

Submitted 09-14-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

In four Grand Rapids neighborhoods (Baxter, Garfield Park, Eastown, SECA) there are residents looking at the partnership between household vegetable gardens and the urban community.  An organization facilitating this unique pairing is Our...

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