The Rapidian

Grand Rapid's South West Neighborhood

Great Decisions series tackles North Korea, COVID, the melting Arctic, and African independence

Submitted 02-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

Eight straight weeks of global awareness begins on February 8 as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan again presents "Great Decisions"

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Community updates: Thursday, Jan. 28

Submitted 01-28-2021 under NEWS

UICA reopening July 15 in new downtown location; city commissioners approve ground-floor housing in business districts; large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic opens at DeVos Place; and more.

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Community updates: Thursday, Jan. 21

Submitted 01-21-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Public Schools resumes in-person learning; Grand Rapids Public Museum opening Windows GR exhibit, highlighting local artists of color; and ArtPrize opening artist registration for 2021 event.

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Community updates: Friday, Jan. 15

Submitted 01-15-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Public Library celebrating 150th anniversary; free public Wi-Fi comes to 10 Grand Rapids parks; MDHHS extends statewide emergency order, relaxes some restrictions; and more.

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Our Community's Children director retires, looks back on public service

Submitted 01-14-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Lynn Heemstra led Our Community’s Children since its inception in 1998. The office supports local young people through programs and community collaborations that better prepare them for college, work, and life.

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Community updates: Friday, Jan. 8

Submitted 01-08-2021 under NEWS

Community leaders address storming of U.S. Capitol; Kent County Health Department asks for patience with COVID-19 vaccine rollout; ArtPrize returning in 2021; and more.

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Grand Rapids Community Media Center ringing in 2021 with WYCE countdown, Wealthy Theatre virtual marathon

Submitted 12-26-2020 under NEWS

WYCE counts down its 2,020 most played songs of 2020, with number one hitting at midnight on New Year’s Day. Closer to, Wealthy Theatre, GRTV, and The Rapidian join forces for a virtual and televised marathon of New Year’s Eve concerts held at Wealthy Theatre from previous years.

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Food Pantry and Grocery Store Partner to Provide Christmas Meals

Submitted 12-21-2020 under NONPROFITS

Prompted by a visit to Family Network the day before Thanksgiving, SpartanNash employee creates a new giving program for holiday meals.

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Community updates: Thursday, Dec. 17

Submitted 12-17-2020 under NEWS

COVID-19 vaccinations begin in West Michigan; Mel Trotter Ministries, partners prepare winter emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness; and Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink opening on Friday.

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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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