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Downtown Market invites public to Sip & Savor

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is inviting customers to soak up the last days of summer at an outdoor, casual and socially distanced Sip & Savor event this weekend.

Dégagé Ministries moves forward with Pillowcase Project

An art exhibit originally planned for ArtPrize is moving ahead despite the competition’s cancellation.

Grand Rapids Public Museum receives $30K grant for preservation project

The Grand Rapids Public Museum was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its Magic Lantern Preservation and Access Project.

Ford airport unveils new mural

A new, 80-foot mural by Reb Roberts is on display inside the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Local volunteers roll out video campaign to fight Alzheimer’s

Grand Rapids residents Dawn Hoiem and Evan Koch are on a mission to raise Alzheimer’s and dementia awareness in Michigan, even amid COVID-19.

Movies theaters ready to raise curtain

GQT Movies made a risky decision when it decided to close on a deal to purchase the Goodrich Quality Theater chain, which had a few locations in West Michigan, out of bankruptcy auction earlier this summer.

Comedian turns over a new lathe

The pandemic shutdown has comedian Amy Gascon spreading a different kind of cheese these days.

Organizers postpone 2020 Wine, Beer & Food Festival

The 2020 Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food festival was postponed in light of COVID-19.

MEDC, partners launch crowdfunding campaign for After Dark Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is undergoing a creative, community-driven placemaking project through a new crowdfunding campaign.

Holland aquatic center breaks ground on latest renovation

Holland Community Aquatic Center and Lakewood Construction broke ground on a new expansion last week.

Frederik Meijer Gardens’ fall chrysanthemums exhibition set to return

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s annual fall horticulture exhibition, Chrysanthemums & More!, will take place Sept. 18-Nov. 1.

Gun Lake Casino appoints director of finance

Gun Lake Casino named Scott Szybilski as its new director of finance, effective immediately.

Colliers debuts podcast series

Colliers West Michigan launched a podcast on all things commercial real estate that will give listeners an inside look at the real estate market in West Michigan.

Binder Park Zoo improves accommodations for visitors with sensory needs

Binder Park Zoo partnered with KultureCity to receive certification to better accommodate visitors with sensory issues such as autism, dementia and PTSD.

Organizers cancel Pulaski Days for 2020

For the first time in 47 years, Pulaski Days was canceled because of the concerns of the spread of the new coronavirus.

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.

Outdoor pavilion opens in Ada

The Van Andel Family Pavilion, an outdoor entertainment venue in Ada Township, opened last week.

Grand Rapids Art Museum reopens to public Saturday

The Grand Rapids Art Museum will officially reopen to the public Saturday after welcoming GRAM members for soft openings last week and this week.

Nongambling tribal business generates over $288M

The economic impact of nongambling-related tribal business in Michigan has a tremendous influence on the entire state economy, according to a recent study.

Studio Park to host outdoor movies, concerts

Studio C is looking to bring back some normalcy to the entertainment scene in Grand Rapids by creating two new programs, Sunset Cinema and the Listening Lawn, set to take place outdoors on the piazza at Studio Park.

Local attorney to head Grand Rapids Symphony board

A partner at Varnum LLP was named chair of a local musical organization.

UICA moving to Kendall campus next year

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will relocate to the Woodbridge Ferris Building on the campus of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in spring 2021.

Educational platform caters to new audience

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Since March, when schools were ordered to close in Michigan, families have turned to the web for educational content for their children.

Minor league sports teams at a standstill

The futures of the West Michigan Whitecaps, Grand Rapids Drive and Grand Rapids Griffins are in limbo, courtesy of COVID-19.

Grand Rapids Pride Festival canceled for 2020

The Grand Rapids Pride Center canceled the city’s 2020 Pride Festival.