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Eastown family forges new path during the pandemic

Submitted 04-02-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

The uncertainty created by COVID has given us all an opportunity to think outside the box. Seizing the day during these topsy-turvy times has become job one for the VanderWoudes of Eastown.

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Ericka 'Kyd Kane' Thompson becomes Grand Rapids' new poet laureate

Submitted 12-15-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

As poet laureate, Kyd Kane will act as an ambassador of poetry for the city, creating programs that encourage the writing and reading of poetry among residents. She was named in the role this fall by the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Tom Finds Hope at Guiding Light

Submitted 11-05-2020 under NONPROFITS

One of the most important commodities afforded to Guiding Light's clients is hope -- hope that they can and will find a way out of the darkness and into the light again.

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Award-winning writers Krista Tippett, host of ON BEING podcast, and novelist Min Jin Lee in Grand Rapids this Spring for the 30th Anniversary Festival of Faith & Writing

Submitted 02-25-2020 under NONPROFITS

The Festival of Faith & Writing’s 30th anniversary celebration, April 16-18, 2020 in Grand Rapids, will include Krista Tippett interviewing Min Jin Lee for a live taping of Tippett’s On Being podcast.

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Veterans Upward Bound, a designated support system

Submitted 10-31-2019 under NONPROFITS

Featured veteran, Gabrielle Harrison, shares how Veterans Upward Bound has been a support system for her.

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Introducing the 2019 AIA Grand Rapids Honor Awards Program

Submitted 09-30-2019 under NONPROFITS

Join us as we celebrate the AIA Grand Rapids architects and their firms at our annual Honor Awards Celebration. With our mission of supporting and advancing our profession, this event serves to bring together all who are part of the West Michigan architecture and construction community.

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Backyard ministry on Southeast Side becomes nonprofit Community Kids

Submitted 06-13-2019 under NONPROFITS

What started as a backyard basketball Bible club is now a nonprofit that regularly serves 200 kids through adventure trips, mentoring and summer camp.

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AIA Grand Rapids Presents: An Evening with Joe Valerio FAIA, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates Keynote Lecture

Submitted 05-10-2019 under NONPROFITS

Please join us for an opportunity to hear from a recognized, national expert in the architectural profession. As a founding principal of VDTA, Joe’s architectural expertise positions him as a leader and innovator in the design world.

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Local 10-year-old transforms flowers into meals for families in need

Submitted 03-01-2019 under NONPROFITS

One 10-year-old’s donation shows even the smallest seed of generosity can bloom into something special – like hundreds of meals for hungry neighbors in Feeding America West Michigan’s service area.

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Blue Bridge Games brings tabletop gaming to Uptown neighborhood

Submitted 02-12-2019 under LOCAL LIFE

Ken and Margaret Kleist opened Blue Bridge Games in early February. Located on Fulton street in the Uptown neighborhood, the store welcomes players of all ages and skill levels to experience the joy of tabletop gaming.

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