Listen to the animals

Gayle Boss had been celebrating Advent with her two sons for years but had never used an Advent calendar.
Mayor Rosalyn Bliss gives the 2018 State of the City address.

An expression of gratitude

As the Michigan legislature wraps up a historically productive legislative session, City of Grand Rapids officials are reflecting on the remarkable investments and policy achievements that will benefit the City of Grand Rapids

The heart (and sole) of aging

Jennifer DiVita has been too young and “too seasoned” in her work life, but she’s just the right age for her first novel.

Unique gifts and where to get them

Looking for local gifts this holiday season? How about something unique that your loved one won't expect? We have ideas!

HUD helps with $9 Million for hazard mitigation

More than $9 Million in grant funding was awarded to the City of Grand Rapids and Kent County recently to aid in an ongoing effort to protect families from exposure to lead paint and other hazards.   

It’s show season at DeVos Performance Hall

Grab the family and head to DeVos Performance Hall where two very distinct versions of the beloved holiday classic take center stage this season.

Poel positioned for success

Grand Rapids native singer-songwriter Austin Poel has had a lot of success recently.

Have a barrel of fun at Pulaski Days

Grand Rapids has historically been known for Its ethnic groups that settled the area.

‘The Quarry’ Collaboration

The road to publication of The Quarry wasn’t free of rocks and ruts, but now local author Mike Salisbury and local illustrator Marvin Luna are entering the world of graphic novels

Baring it all in book form

Graci Harkema, international speaker and owner of DEI consulting firm Graci LLC, published Rising; From a Mud Hut to the Boardroom- and Back Again in 2022.

Symphony awarded NEA grant

The Grand Rapids Symphony has announced it is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

$3 Million awarded to Michigan nonprofits

Two Michigan nonprofits have been jointly awarded a $3 million grant from the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency. 

Fielding questions about good books

What was once a liquor store is now a thriving, independent bookstore in the heart of Ada that draws readers of all ages to its bright, open spaces and loads of glorious books.

Spotlight on Citizen Keen

Chances are, if you’ve lived in Grand Rapids for a while you’ve heard Citizen Keen play.

Annual dog swim set for city pool

The City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will host a free dog swim event at Richmond Park Pool.

Open house provides info on sponsored recruits

The Grand Rapids Police Department will host an open house for those interested in learning more about sponsored recruit positions.

Top tips for water safety

Summers in Michigan can be beautiful, fun filled, and for many families this includes lots of time in or near the water. 

A really fun guy?

The Mycophile's Garden is a Grand Rapids based mushroom farm and wild mushroom foraging service that was started by Chris Swinson, CFO. In this case, CFO stands for Chief Fungal Officer.

Finding a farmers market near you

Fulton Street Market celebrated its hundredth anniversary in 2022. Located in a purpose-built setting at 1145 Fulton St. E. in Grand Rapids, this time-honored traditional farmers market supports hundreds of businesses throughout West Michigan.

Beer City pickleball tourney returns

The Beer City Open Pickleball Championships are returning to Grand Rapids July 18 through July 23, 2023 at Belknap Park.