Festival of the Arts to return in 2021

Festival of the Arts will return in 2021 with a slightly different format.

City, CAA move forward on 201 Market option

The Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously approved an option agreement with the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) for the sale of a portion of the city property at 201 Market Ave. SW.

Have a Heart GR installation spotlights nonprofits, artists

Have a Heart GR, an art installation that features large free-standing murals and sculptures, is on display as part of the World of Winter festival in downtown Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Public Library offers hotspot lending program

Grand Rapids Public Library cardholders now have access to free and unlimited internet, courtesy of a hotspot lending program funded by a grant from the Wege Foundation.

Indian Trails Golf Course opens for winter recreation

The recreational trail at Indian Trails Golf Course is now open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. for fat-tire biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, weather permitting.

Grand Rapids Public Museum receives national grant for prototype of digital experience around Grand...

The Grand Rapids Public Museum was awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the prototyping of a web-based, mobile game that explores the history of the Grand River.

Woodland Mall hosts exhibit featuring artists of color and documentary

Woodland Mall will be hosting the LOVE.ART.HISTORY. exhibit and a screening of the documentary “In Between the Trees” over Valentine’s Day weekend in the mall’s center court between Kay Jewelers and Chico’s.

Egypt Valley awards more than $600K in scholarships during past 100 years

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Egypt Valley Country Club announced it has awarded more than $613,207 in scholarships to 746 employees through the Egypt Valley Country Club Scholarship Foundation.

Local artists create Black History Month T-shirts for Meijer

Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy junior Elijah Brown and artist and West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology Teen Arts + Tech Program instructor Jasmine Bruce partnered through WMCAT to design and print nearly 4,000 Black History Month T-shirts for Meijer.

Gun Lake Casino celebrates 10th anniversary with promotions, festivities

Gun Lake Casino is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, and all month long, it will be offering promotions of more than $400,000 in giveaway prizes and festivities for casino guests.

Grand Rapids Public Library to host events for Black History Month

The Grand Rapids Public Library is celebrating Black History Month by collaborating with local organizations, community members and businesses to present free online programs for kids and adults on its official Facebook page and YouTube channel from Feb. 2-28.

Valentine’s Dash 5K to feature new route

Kentwood’s fourth annual Valentine’s Dash 5K will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 beginning and ending at East Paris Nature Park, 5995 East Paris Ave. SE.

LaughFest to return with virtual celebration

Gilda’s LaughFest is returning in 2021 after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will be celebrated a bit differently.

Gun Lake Casino provides team members with $639,000 in bonuses

In January, Gun Lake Casino gave more than $639,000 in quarterly incentives to its team members, which included salary, hourly, full-time and part-time employees.
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Windows GR art pieces to be displayed in GRPM

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has a new exhibit, Windows GR, that features three large-scale art pieces created by local artists of color.

Michigan launches online sports betting, casino games Friday

LANSING — Online sports betting and casino games will start in Michigan at noon Friday, an expansion of options for gamblers who now wager through offshore sites.

Library celebrates 150 years

The Grand Rapids Public Library is having a yearlong sesquicentennial celebration that will culminate on its birthday on Dec. 21.

MEDC approves two COVID-19 relief grant programs totaling $58.5M

The Michigan Strategic Fund of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved two grant programs to meet the urgent needs of small businesses and live event venues in Michigan that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WMCAT teen artists partner with X-Rite and Pantone on social justice apparel

Teen artists from the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology and the social enterprise print shop Ambrose teamed up with X-Rite and Pantone to create apparel that addresses social justice issues in West Michigan and beyond.

Meijer Gardens unveils new Welcome Center with soft opening

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park had a soft opening of its new 69,000-square-foot Welcome Center at 9 a.m. Monday.