GRPL to sign up new cardholders

The Grand Rapids Public Library will celebrate both its 150th anniversary and National Library Card Sign Up month by signing up 1,500 new cardholders in September.

Kentwood to celebrate National Night Out with 15-plus community gatherings

The city of Kentwood will be bustling with block parties, neighborhood events and other activities Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Grand Rapids church installs solar panels, calls on other churches to do the same

A local church installed 126 solar panels on its roof as part of a shift toward renewable energy and is encouraging other churches to follow suit.

People and places: Treehouse in Ottawa County, free Wi-Fi in GR parks and more

Ottawa County plans to add a treehouse to one of its parks, free Wi-Fi is available in 10 Grand Rapids parks and Grand Valley State University aims to transform a road into a pedestrian mall.

Finalists to perform in local playwright festival

Local playwrights will see their work performed on the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre stage from Friday through Sunday as part of the theater’s Ten for All Festival.

People and places: Park wins award and indoor dog park opens

Plaster Creek Family Park won the 2020 Park Design Award from the Michigan Recreation & Park Association, and The Pack Indoor Dog Park is now open for business.

People and places: More parking and S. Nicole Esthetics

A startup aims to help local individuals and businesses make the most of expensive parking spaces, and Grand Rapids native Shanae Gooch fulfilled her dream of going to esthetician school and starting her own business.

Black History Month in style

Local sock maker iNFable is celebrating Black History Month in February with four new designs.

Local author spotlight: Emma Palova

If you are looking for a book to curl up with this month, local author Emma Palova recently released her memoir, “Greenwich Meridian.”

‘The Nutcracker’ goes virtual

The Grand Rapids Ballet’s traditional holiday performance of “The Nutcracker” will return to the stage virtually this season due to COVID-19-related safety concerns.

Women make history

The Women’s Way mural project is a public art initiative meant to activate several alleyways around Grand Rapids while also honoring the important women who made the city home.

‘Stories of Elders’

Former Grand Rapids resident Veronica Kirin’s book, “Stories of Elders,” won in the History: General category of the annual National Indie Excellence Awards.

Transforming downtown

Cranes flood the skyline as Grand Rapids undergoes more investment.

City completes upgrades to West Side park

The city of Grand Rapids has completed improvements to a park space on the city’s West Side.

Study finds Allendale is the hardest working city in Michigan

A recent study from career resource company Zippia found that Allendale is Michigan’s hardest working city.
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A podcast for Beer City, USA

The Michigan Brewers Guild launched a podcast, “Michigan’s Great Beer State Podcast” for the state’s beer enthusiasts.

Celebrating 25 years

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park opened to the public in April 1995.

Food and resources at your fingertips

The COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order resulted in many nonessential employees being terminated or put on leave, which spurred the creation of a new online resource.

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