Belinda Bauman

Stemming the tide of violence against women

One thumbprint by one woman — Esperance, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — helped start a movement that has reached from the top of Kilimanjaro to the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, from dusty African villages to glamorous cocktail parties in the United States.
Tara Jones

Save your pennies with Tara Jones

When she brought her baby daughter home from the hospital in 2009, Tara Jones was a college student strapped with thousands of dollars of debt and could barely make ends meet for herself.
Philomena Mantella

Q&A: Philomena Mantella

Grand Valley State University is gaining a fresh perspective with new President Philomena V. Mantella.
break room woman with sledgehammer and goggles

Noteworthy

If you’re feeling upset or stressed, many people would suggest a quiet walk or a few deep breaths.
RV at lake RVshare

RV rentals heat up in Grand Rapids

RV rentals are up in Grand Rapids, according to a rental site.
Pauls' Moms' Cookies baking team in kitchen

Meet up for A Place for Her

Women will be gathering next week to support some of the most vulnerable in Grand Rapids.
DogSpot dog and walker

Retailers add dog ‘sanctuaries’ for shoppers

Several West Michigan retailers are adding a safe space for dogs while their owners shop.
La Grande Vitesse at Calder Plaza

The Calder is getting a makeover

One of Grand Rapids’ most photographed landmarks is undergoing a makeover.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park wedding ceremony. Courtesy Adam Bird_The People Picture Company

Meijer Gardens expands wedding venues

More than 700,000 people visit Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s 158-acre park each year to attend concerts, view its indoor and outdoor gardens, sculpture galleries, permanent sculpture collection and use the learning center, café and meeting rooms, among other features.
Peter Secchia statue reveal Millennium Park Secchia with cane wide

Park Unveils Statue of Philanthropist

The DeVos family and Kent County have unveiled a statue honoring the local philanthropist who was a driving force behind creating West Michigan’s largest urban park.
Craig's Cruisers Soaring Eagle zip line seats

Zip Line Across a ‘Fun Center’

A “fun center” in the area continues to expand its offerings, and the latest takes guests soaring across the park.
dog at Downtown Market Yappy Hour

Bring Your Dog to Yappy Hour

The dog days of summer are here, and it’s time for puppy-filled lunch breaks.
Ladies Literary Club building downtown Grand Rapids

Historic Downtown Building Becoming Event Space

A historic building downtown is being transformed into an event space.
Rainbow Road street mural Grand Rapids Pride Month

Artist Reveals ‘Rainbow Road’ Street Mural Downtown

A rainbow of colors now covers a street in downtown Grand Rapids.
Macatawa Golf Club clubhouse

Golf Club Re-opens

A West Michigan golf club is back in play.
downtown Holland

West Michigan City is One of Best ‘Beach Towns’ in US

A city in the region is considered one of the nation’s best lakefront "beach towns."
Club Pilates class

Pilates Studio Stretches into Grand Rapids

There’s a new Pilates studio at a major shopping center in town.
The Fields glamping room tent South Haven

Go ‘Luxury’ Glamping on a 30-acre Property

A new site for "luxury" glamping is about to open in West Michigan.
Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games archery

Summer Games Racing to Opening Ceremony

The Summer Games across West Michigan are back.
2018 Meijer LPGA Classic champion So Yeon Ryu

LPGA Tournament Teeing Off

A major golf tournament is set to start this week.

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