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Grand Rapids Public Library shifts to curbside pickup

The Grand Rapids Public Library temporarily ended in-person library services Monday and began its to-go curbside service.

Gilmore Collection lists 20 Monroe Live, B.O.B. for sale

As the hospitality and entertainment industries struggle to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, two downtown venues have gone up for sale.

Grand Rapids Public Library appoints Ericka Thompson as poet laureate of Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library named Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson as poet laureate of the greater Grand Rapids area for a three-year term.

Arts organizations receive state funding

Arts and history organizations and educational institutions in West Michigan were among 470 applicants to receive $9,168,440 in grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA.)

Art installations come to downtown

Downtown will have additional lights and sounds this winter after Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) approved $150,000 to place three art installations throughout the city in January and February.  

40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumnus builds equity in education

WMCAT’s Daniel Williams makes his mark guiding students in middle and high school.

GRPL to launch mobile library

The Grand Rapids Public Library will launch a mobile library Saturday to benefit those who cannot visit the library’s eight locations.

Sky Zone reopens Friday

Sky Zone announced it will reopen its doors to the Grand Rapids community at 1 p.m. Friday in compliance with local and national government guidelines.

Celebration Cinema to reopen theaters Friday

Celebration Cinema theaters will reopen Friday after six months of closure.

Limited-edition beer celebrates Frauenthal Theater’s 90th anniversary

In celebration of the Frauenthal Theater's 90th anniversary, the Frauenthal Center teamed up with Pigeon Hill Brewing Company to create a special batch of German weiss beer, the Frau Brau.

Grand Rapids Public Library set to reopen next month

The Grand Rapids Public Library will reopen all of its locations starting Oct. 12.

Documentary featuring Spectrum Health cardiologist highlights 5G visionaries

An interventional cardiologist at Spectrum Health is profiled in a documentary about 5G uses.

Mel Trotter Ministries to premiere ‘One Life at a Time’ movie next month

The mission of Mel Trotter Ministries to fight homelessness will be played out on the big screen when the film “One Life at a Time” premieres Oct. 10, World Homelessness Day, at Celebration Cinema’s Studio Park.

Brewer’s Guild announces AlePrize to highlight local artists

Following the cancellation of ArtPrize because of COVID-19, the Beer City Brewers Guild convened to devise a creative workaround that celebrates local art and beer.

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.