City provides update on 37 park improvement projects

The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department provided an annual update to the city commission on 37 recently completed, current and upcoming park improvement projects.

United Way of the Lakeshore to premiere Dolly Parton documentary

The United Way of the Lakeshore and The Dollywood Foundation are teaming up to present the premiere of “The Library That Dolly Built” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 on Facebook Live.

Giving Tuesday donations to The Salvation Army will be matched up to $51K

An anonymous local donor will provide matching contributions on Giving Tuesday donations to The Salvation Army of Kent County, up to $51,000.

Local artist releases Grand Rapids coloring book

A Grand Rapids-based artist released a coloring book that features more than 25 iconic locations in Beer City, USA.

The road to reclamation

New group plans Black-owned business districts.

Survey reveals more than half of Michiganders struggling with ‘quiet stress’ amid pandemic

A recent survey from American Addiction Centers found 53% of Michigan residents have struggled with “quiet stress” this year.

Volunteer group leads upgrade efforts of Rosa Parks Circle in advance of 20th anniversary

A volunteer-led group is finalizing plans to begin a $2 million restoration project of the Ecliptic at Rosa Parks Circle.

Plasma: The cutting edge of COVID-19 research

Spectrum Health joined the effort to find a treatment when COVID-19 first came to Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Public Museum staff recognized for flood assistance

Six Grand Rapids Public Museum staff members were honored with the Clean Up Warriors Award by the Michigan Museums Association.

NIA Centre opens downtown community engagement center

A nonprofit organization working to place an African American cultural center in Grand Rapids opened a community engagement center in the heart of downtown.

Kids’ Food Basket plans Giving Tuesday campaign

A childhood hunger relief nonprofit will participate in Giving Tuesday next week by sharing 2020 impact stories on social media, kicking off a monthlong donor matching campaign.

Where are the Black people?

Group works to elevate the history of Black residents and clear path for future prosperity.

Dégagé Ministries seeks donations for annual Christmas store

A local nonprofit is planning to open its annual Christmas store to support the Grand Rapids homeless community.

Study expects 46% fewer travelers this Thanksgiving

Fewer people will be traveling this Thanksgiving, according to a study by GasBuddy.

Making a difference

The people and organizations stepping up during a challenging year.

Holland Museum’s Cultural Lens series promotes diversity, inclusion

The Holland Museum will be including three diversity and inclusion programs in its Cultural Lens series starting this week.

Grand Rapids Public Library appoints Ericka Thompson as poet laureate of Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library named Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson as poet laureate of the greater Grand Rapids area for a three-year term.

Survey: 1 in 3 Michigan families planning takeout for Thanksgiving

A survey from MySubscriptionAddiction.com found that one-third of Michigan families plan to skip traditional family gatherings and instead order takeout or meal kits for their Thanksgiving meal this year.

Nonprofit i understand to honor survivors of suicide loss

Ada-based nonprofit i understand on Saturday will honor International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day by holding a toy drive and delivering several charitable donations to organizations around Grand Rapids.

Guiding Light seeks cold-weather donations for those without shelter

Those looking to make a difference this holiday season can donate cold-weather necessities to a local nonprofit that serves individuals experiencing homelessness.

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