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Grand Raggidy Roller Derby season kicks off with double header against Guelph's Royal City Roller Derby this Saturday, March 23

Submitted 03-21-2019 under LOCAL LIFE

The 2019 Grand Raggidy Roller Derby opener kicks off this Saturday, March 23, as they enter their fifteenth season hosting Royal City Roller Derby of Guelph, Ontario. Held at Griff’s Georgetown, the doubleheader features your Grand Raggidy All...

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Blue Bridge Games brings tabletop gaming to Uptown neighborhood

Submitted 02-12-2019 under LOCAL LIFE

Tabletop games are having a moment. The board game industry surges with record sales as players from around the world use tabletop games as a fun and interactive alternative to digital entertainment.   Tapping into this growing interest are...

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Katie Kalisz: A Quiet Woman's Clarity

Submitted 01-29-2019 under LOCAL LIFE

Katie Kalisz’s Quiet Woman is a powerful collection of life’s most precious and vulnerable moments, reminding us of the ever-present potential of our inner lives and the discovery in our fugitive thoughts: our fears, our contemplation of...

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Homelessness in Grand Rapids: How can we help?

Submitted 12-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The rising population in Grand Rapids has had a direct impact on housing costs and access. For hundreds of people in the area, rising home prices are a problem, pushing low-income individuals out of prior homes and locations and sometimes, onto the...

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GVSU student shares story of mental health to raise awareness

Submitted 12-19-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

What happens when a lifetime’s worth of tragedy is forced into that of a 22-year-old?  I interviewed a Grand Valley State University student who wishes to remain anonymous and to only be referred to with the pronouns she/her. To...

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Driverless cars are coming to downtown Grand Rapids in March 2019

Submitted 12-11-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Driverless vehicles are coming to Grand Rapids in March 2019. How will it affect our city? There are many different positions on this topic and a lot of different variables to consider.   What are driverless vehicles? These are transportation...

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Attention all Potterheads, Yule Ball is back

Submitted 12-04-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Have you ever dreamed of competing in the Triwizard Tournament? Battling dragons, merpeople of the Black Sea, or venturing through the maze? While that’s all stuck at Hogwarts, the Yule Ball is once again coming to Grand Rapids. 20 Monroe Live...

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Profile of drag culture and where it can be found in Grand Rapids area

Submitted 11-07-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

What do you think of when you think of drag culture? Wild outfits? Extreme makeup? Maybe even the show “Drag Race?” Drag culture is something that most people have heard of, but that a lot of people don’t know much about. What...

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Schuler Books celebrates teen readers with YA book talk

Submitted 11-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Every second Saturday of the month, a group gathers around a cluster of tables in the Community Area of Schuler Books & Music to talk about their favorite Young Adult books. The YA Talk is hosted by Meghan Vanderlee, a bookseller at Schuler...

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Grand Rapids brothers create local social app to strengthen community

Submitted 11-02-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The founders of Grand Rapids social app Yote seek to not only bring more technology companies to GR following their new artificial intelligence, but they also have another vision in mind. They see loneliness as a widespread force of unhappiness that...

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