Fifth annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative to plant 500 trees

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative marks its fifth anniversary this year, and to celebrate it will plant 500 trees in the neighborhood around Garfield Park, located off Burton Street SE.

Downtown hotel opens at Studio Park

The long-awaited Canopy by Hilton hotel at Studio Park is ready to welcome guests to downtown Grand Rapids.

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.

On two wheels

Your guide to a bike-friendly weekend in Grand Rapids.

DIY? Or DIY Don’t!

Determining whether to take on a fixer-upper.

Postcard campaign aims to boost Grand Rapids tourism

Grand Rapids residents can send free, personalized postcards in the mail through Experience Grand Rapids’ website until Oct. 31.

Local nonprofit calls all trail explorers for hiking challenge

The West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition is inviting residents to sign up for a trail hiking challenge with rewards and prizes attached.

Time to downsize?

Empty nesters are ready to seize their retirement years.

Buyer letters and discrimination

Why you shouldn't write a personal letter to sellers

Making the move

When is it time to ditch your starter home?

Michigan ranks fourth most affordable state to live, study says

In a recent study by ReFiGuide.org examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the housing market, Michigan was ranked the fourth most affordable state to buy a home in this year.

Advice for first-time homebuyers

If you are in the market for your first home, these tips will help.

Seller’s market continues

The pandemic and recession are not likely to put a damper on home prices.

Robinette’s maze honors former owners

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery will reveal the design of its 2020 maze that honors late owners Jim and Bethel Robinette when it opens on Sept. 1.

Redeveloped Ideal Park features universally accessible playground, improved parking

The city of Wyoming announced the grand reopening of Ideal Park.

Blandford Nature Center founder Mary Jane Dockeray dies at 93

Blandford Nature Center founder and longtime environmental educator Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray died Tuesday. She was 93.

Neighborhood spotlight

We take a look at five Grand Rapids-area neighborhoods you should be enjoying right now.

GRCC partners with farm organization to provide produce to students

Plainsong Farm, a nonprofit organization in Rockford, is the latest to partner with Grand Rapids Community College’s Office of Student Life to provide produce to students who need food during this pandemic.

Students face an uncertain semester

Freshmen have spent the summer trying to plan for their first year of college with COVID-19 looming.

Southeast grocery store one step closer to reality

The founder of an equity- and sustainability-focused grocery store on the southeast side of Grand Rapids signed a lease on a building and launched a crowdfunding campaign.

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