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Annual chef competition to honor Dr. Khan Nedd

West Michigan chefs and restaurants are coming together October 12 to benefit seniors in the community and to honor community leader and philanthropist Khan Nedd. 
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Pulaski Days celebration now underway

Grand Rapids area Polish Halls are once again opening their doors to the entire community with the annual Pulaski Days celebration, now in its 50th year.  

Aldean takes on Van Andel Arena

Country Music tour-de-force, Jason Aldean, is coming to Van Andel Arena on his Rock N' Roll Cowboy Tour this coming Saturday, Oct. 8.

Midwestern gems

For many in Michigan, the Midwest is an unattractive vacation destination.

Art show to benefit restoration of The Highlands

Blandford Nature Center and LaFontsee Galleries present Art is Second Nature, an art show and sale to benefit the ongoing efforts to restore The Highlands golf course to a natural landscape.

Moxie Strings to perform at Meijer Gardens farm

West Michigan’s own Moxie Strings will perform in the barn at Meijer Gardens on Tuesday, Oct. 4, the final act in the “Tuesdays at the Farm” local musician series. 

Eastown institution

In West Michigan, it can seem like there is a pizza place on almost every corner.
Marcus Ringnalda is working to restore the Four Star Theater.

A four-star idea

Since the mid-1990s, the Four Star Theatre largely has sat empty.

Gold prep for first season downtown

For the first time since the team was founded in 2006, the Grand Rapids Gold have moved to a new and larger space.

Zeeland celebrates 175th anniversary

About 175 years ago, 457 people from the Netherlands who were seeking religious freedom arrived in West Michigan and eventually settled in what is now known as Zeeland.

Drinks with Pat

This past week, I made it up to Traverse City for a quick two-night stay with my wife.
Vocalist Shayna Steele

Symphony, vocalists to perform Motown favorites

Experience the magic of Motown with the Grand Rapids Symphony and special guests as they perform chart-topping recognizable hits from the 1960’s.  




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Eastown institution

In West Michigan, it can seem like there is a pizza place on almost every corner.

Fresh bowl

Most meals have become dominated by a protein or lean too heavily to the vegetable.

Cheers to 25 years

Brett VanderKamp is steadfast in his push to make New Holland Brewing Company one that lasts for the ages.

Some like it hot

Nashville Hot Chicken sandwiches have become one of the flavors of the past decade, despite being a staple in the Tennessee city for decades.

Poetry in motion

A fine artist and poet, William Randolph (Randy) Brown came to Grand Rapids as a young man.

Stacks of Books

About six years ago, Amber Skiles quit her job in health care administration — and she hasn’t worked a day since. 

The B.O.B. resurrected

Many Grand Rapidians were devastated when the Big Old Building, or the B.O.B., closed last December.

Gryphon Place engages community during Suicide Prevention Month

A leading agency in suicide prevention plans to host a monthlong series of events. 

Modern Muse

Molly Kickham embraces the ever-evolving world of fashion as someone whose style inspiration cited as Jane Birkin, Sharon Tate and Zoe Kravitz (and of course, Zoe’s parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet) would — with a sense of adventure and openness toward the unknown.

Fitness franchise stretches into East Grand Rapids

A fitness franchise plans to celebrate the grand opening of its first Michigan studio.

Community college earns gold-level recognition for veteran accessibility

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) leveled up its veteran services, leading to recognition by a state agency. 

Puppy adoption highlights company’s commitment to charity

The grand opening of a tire store in Wyoming had an unexpected outcome for a puppy named Peanut who was part of the festivities.

Broadway Grand Rapids improves on accessibility

A new initiative – Broadway Arts Access – endeavors to break down barriers that prevent people from attending live theatrical events. 

Kane Brown to play Van Andel Arena

A renowned country artist is kicking off his “Drunk or Daydreaming” tour in West Michigan.

Zoo to host ‘Koalapalooza’ over Labor Day weekend

Two koalas get a three-day sendoff party as they prepare to leave West Michigan. 

Ford airport to host Runway 5K

Runners and walkers will take to an airport runway next month as part of a unique race event.