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World Refugee Day bio: That Wah

Submitted 05-17-2012 under NONPROFITS

In honor of the upcoming World Refugee Day event on June 23rd, Bethany Christian Services refugee resettlement program (PARA) is posting weekly biographies of families and individuals that are being helped in the adjustment to their new lives in Grand Rapids.


Six months of Awesome

Submitted 05-02-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The Awesome Foundation continues to reach out to Grand Rapids, seeking to add value to the community.


Founders Brewing Company champions the bolder beverage

Submitted 04-27-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Founders co-owner Dave Engbers tells the story of Founders growth-and the struggles to keeping going before they discovered the key to their current success


Poet Li-Young Lee speaks at Calvin College

Submitted 04-25-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

On Saturday, April 20, poet Li-Young Lee spoke at Calvin College during the Festival of Faith and Writing.


Poet laureate David Cope initiates first poetry conference in city

Submitted 04-02-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

David Cope, local poet laureate and program director of the inaugural Grand Rapids Poets' Conference, talks to us about the conference-as well as his own influences and inspirations.


Catalyst Radio: Meet citizen journalism reporter Rob Cole

Submitted 01-27-2012 under NEWS

Rob Cole uses his reporting for The Rapidian to become better acquainted with his new home town and to absorb the culture of Grand Rapids.


Determination and plenty of imagination lead to Diamond Street

Submitted 01-16-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Heather McGartland, owner of salon and retail store Imagination Creations, shares the story of how her trials, errors and deep passion for her work brought her right where she wants to be.


Catalyst Radio: Austin Bunn on his documentary play, and on writing

Submitted 01-13-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids writer Austin Bunn talks about the making of his documentary play, "Rust," and his personal discoveries during the process.


Habitat recipient "pays it forward"

Submitted 12-22-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Local high school senior helps build a Habitat for Humanity house as a way to give back after receiving the same gift 7 years ago.


Terry Johnston: Life through pink-rimmed glasses

Submitted 10-12-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Though ArtPrize is over, the art and one's understanding of it remains. Grand Rapids based photographer, Terry Johnston, provides tips and criteria to assist a judgement and appreciation for the remainder of the art.