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Local nonprofit helps small businesses thrive at Indie Flea Market

Submitted 03-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Each month Grand Rapids artists, designers, and entrepreneurs gather in the lobby of the Wealthy Theatre to celebrate local business and creatives at the Indie Flea Market. The market, which takes place the first Saturday of each month, is put on by...

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Butterflies are blooming this spring at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Submitted 03-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The butterflies are blooming this spring at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. With over 50 species of butterflies from Asia, Africa and Central and South America hundreds of butterflies can be seen daily taking flight around the...

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Photo slideshow: St. Patrick's Day Parade in Grand Rapids

Submitted 03-19-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Sunny skies and temperatures in the 50’s greeted the thousands of people that tuned out on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in downtown Grand Rapids to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. A late morning parade down Monroe Street that ended up at Veterans Park...

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The furry inside - A look at the Humane Society of West Michigan

Submitted 03-14-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Wet noses, tails wagging, and purrs galore! One step into the Humane Society of West Michigan and you are fully enthralled into the joy of meeting many furry friends. You can meet and greet, while learning about each animal along the way. It’s...

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Vault of Midnight puts local creators on the shelves

Submitted 03-13-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The store’s name conjures images of superhero comics and vintage detective serials, but Vault of Midnight is not a typical comic book store. “There's historically been a mainstream stigma against comic books and the shops that sell...

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Spring is in the air at the Home and Garden Show

Submitted 03-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The first weekend in March came in like a lamb as thousands of people descended upon Devos Place in Grand Rapids for the 39th annual Home and Garden Show. Kicking off the unofficial end of winter, vendors and local businesses were set up to showcase...

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Jewish Theatre's production of Torch Song Trilogy full of laughter and heartfelt emotion

Submitted 03-05-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Torch Song Trilogy, written by Harvey Fierstein and directed by Shelly Urbane, is a Tony Award-winning collection of three plays rendered in three acts. JTGR presents the last act in this play titled "Widows and Children First!...

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Cameron Esposito joins LaughFest 2018 to talk about the importance of honest conversation and laughter

Submitted 03-02-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Cameron Esposito is a stand up comedian known for her strong political stances including the rights for LGBTQ+ individuals, for working alongside her wife, Rhea Butcher, and bringing unique views that stretch and expand minds all across the nation...

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Alternative to alcohol: Michigan's first Kava Bar in Grand Rapids

Submitted 02-27-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

On Cherry Street, Grand Rapids, the local bar known as Kava Kasa is listed on Google as a tea room. However, this is not a tea bar nor a place for alcohol. This bar only serves kava: the drink that doesn’t feel or taste like anything else....

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Meet scientists, learn about the marvels of the brain at Brain Awareness Week Neuroscience Fair

Submitted 02-26-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum for Michigan State University’s Brain Awareness Week Neuroscience Fair. Meet scientists and learn about the marvels of the brain – from how it looks and feels and works – to how to keep it...

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