Baxter Community Center hosts holiday basket drive, seeks donations

Baxter Community Center is looking for donations and sponsors to support its holiday basket drive and general services.

Amazon provides free online computer science courses

Amazon is altering the way it is providing a technological program to students and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘My Dearest Friends’

DisArt teams with artist to share important stories.

Festival charts course for the future

Monica Pritchard said she didn’t enter ArtPrize in 2021 expecting to win. But her project — a repurposed phone booth full of memories — filled the Blue Bridge and took her all the way to the grand prize.

Mel Trotter to host free Christmas luncheon

Mel Trotter Ministries will host a free Christmas meal for community members who might be experiencing hunger and homelessness this holiday season.

On key

For 39 years, John Pesano has performed as part of the Schubert Male Chorus.

Coat drive serves youth in need

The Grand Rapids Mayor’s Youth Council partnered with the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) to collect new coats to help young adults in underserved communities stay warm.
Grand Rapids City Commissioners will vote on the Bike Action Plan in September.

Grand Rapids Leaders Consider Plan to Make City More Bike-able

Safety is a key concern for Grand Rapids residents who are interested in trading in their car – at least some of the time – for a bicycle.

Hope College students take on Downtown Holland as a DEI project

Students from the Hope College Center for Leadership are partnering with a pair of experts to help Downtown Holland with its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Mounds of Evidence

The ancient burial mounds in the Grand Rapids area offer a poignant glimpse into the Indigenous Peoples who once flourished in the region.

Gov. Whitmer issues executive order on child care services

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently issued an executive order to expand child care services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
social distancing

Research finds men less likely to follow social distancing rules

Social distancing has become the new normal, but not all are following the guidelines.

Michigan Prepares to Vote on Recreational Marijuana Next Month

It’s not hard to find Tami VandenBerg’s house. Set in a cozy part of Eastown, her front yard is the only one on her street littered with yard signs. “Black Lives Matter,” and “Science is Real,” reads one; another backs a Democrat for state attorney general.

Boxed Water gives back to planet, plants 1 millionth tree

In partnership with a conservation organization, a locally based packaged water brand has planted its 1 millionth tree.

West Michigan participates in nationwide beagle rescue mission

The local Humane Society is pitching in to help with the rescue of 4,000 mistreated beagles from Virginia. 

Looking forward

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss reflects on local economy, social issues and the future.

Giving baby turtles a head start

John Ball Zoo, ever on the forefront of species maintenance and preservation, is making strides to protect the population of eastern box turtles.
Arbor Circle launching Host Home Program to help homeless teens find stability.

Arbor Circle Tackles Youth Homelessness with Host Home Program

“Housing is a basic right that everyone deserves,” Andrea Martin, housing coordinator at Arbor Circle, said. Yet, according to Arbor Circle’s website, there are over 3,300 youths who experience homelessness every day in West Michigan. “We want to get the word out so people understand that youth homelessness does exist in their communities even if they don’t always see it,” Martin said.

Nonprofit nears $500K goal for veterans-focused coffee shop

A veterans-focused nonprofit is nearing its financial goal to open a downtown Grand Rapids coffee shop in 2022.

Meijer temporarily adjusts store hours

Meijer Inc. is adjusting its store hours for the foreseeable future to allow more time for team members to deep clean and restock its stores.