Ford museum to host virtual Sept. 11 tribute

The West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute committee will once again hold its annual event honoring those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

GR|MAG Writers Share What They Are Looking Forward to in 2018

Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions? GR|MAG asked its contributors to share something they are looking forward to trying or checking out in Grand Rapids in 2018. Feel free to steal their ideas or share your own in the comments.
Author Mary McKSchmidt walks along the beach near their home in Holland, Michigan.

Navigating Uncharted Waters

In Mary McKSchmidt’s latest book, “Uncharted Waters: Romance, Adventure, and Advocacy on the Great Lakes,” she’s sailing with her husband on Lake Michigan, taking a view of its eastern edge, when she’s overcome by a nearly spiritual wonder. She’s scanning the shoreline for the spot she stood as a girl — recalling a vibrant springtime that left her in love with the water she sailed.
Vander Mill hosts Paint Like a Girl to raise money for Girls on the Run.

Paint Like a Girl on Tuesday Night

Gather your friends for an evening of painting to help support Girls on the Run.

Local retailers implement procedures to keep customers safe

The CDC set guidelines for stores and customers to follow, and local retailers have been doing their part in adhering to those suggestions, and implementing their own, as the state reopens.

Survey: Nearly half of Michigan employees think disclosing vaccine status should be mandatory

Background check and screening solution company conducted a survey of 3,000 employees and found almost half (42%) of Michigan employees think it should be a mandatory requirement to disclose one’s vaccine status to an employer. This compares to a national average of 57%.

New paddle club to host water races supporting charities

The newly formed nonprofit Muskegon Lakeshore Paddle Club will host community paddle events on June 12 and Aug. 28 on Mona Lake at Ross Park, 82 Randall Road in Norton Shores.
Mel Trotter Ministries, at the corner of Williams Street and Commerce Avenue. (GR|Mag photo/Sam Easter)

Mel Trotter expands services amid the cold

Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) is seeing an increased need to support the cold, hungry and homeless, as West Michigan experiences ongoing winter conditions.
Studio Park piazza downtown Grand Rapids

Presenting Studio Park

The $160 million project includes multiple restaurants, yoga studio.

25 things every Grand Rapidian should do

These unique activities are what make Grand Rapids special.

Tasteful retail

When the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s gift shop closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, a hole was left in downtown.
Adulation The Future of Science sculpture by Jay Hall Carpenter

MSU unveils sculpture downtown

A new sculpture downtown depicts the three Grand Rapids women who helped develop the whooping cough vaccine.

Plainsong Farm partners with Community Food Club

Through a partnership with a Rockford farm, patrons of a nonprofit grocery store in Grand Rapids will have expanded access to organic produce.

Whole Foods to celebrate grand opening

A supermarket chain soon will open its doors in Kentwood.

Salvation Army to ring first bells for holiday campaign

A local nonprofit is beginning its annual campaign to help families during the holiday season.

Cities prepare to corner marijuana market

While some municipalities have opted out, others are ready for the promised gold rush.

Experience Grand Rapids markets Kent County with new videos

Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR), the destination marketing organization for Kent County, released its first two videos to support its new “Dream Grand and Go” campaign.
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.

Buddy’s Pizza relaunches dog treat sales for Michigan Humane

Buddy’s Pizza will resume selling dog treats at its restaurants, with proceeds going to support an animal welfare nonprofit.

Celebrate Mother’s Day 2021 with these family activities and gift ideas

The greater Grand Rapids area has numerous opportunities to spend quality time with Mom to show how much you appreciate her.




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