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Meijer Gardens to reopen Monday

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park will reopen its doors Monday with a ribbon-cutting celebration at the main entry garden.

Versiti to host donor watch party for Virtual Arts Festival

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the virtual Festival of the Arts on Friday.

Gun Lake Casino to reopen June 8

Gun Lake Casino will resume operations in a phased reopening starting at 8 a.m. June 8.

Organizers cancel 2020 Meijer Gardens summer concert series

The 2020 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens series, scheduled for June 4-Sept. 17, was canceled.

Celebration Woodland shuts doors

Studio C announced it has made the decision to permanently close Celebration Cinema Woodland.

Arts organizations announce Virtual Arts Festival

The Festival of the Arts and 20 other cultural organizations that make up the Grand Rapids Arts Working Group will be working together to host a Virtual Arts Festival.

Calvin University constructing design hub

Calvin University announced it is renovating the Spoelhof Center into a state-of-the-art design hub that will bring students together from a variety of majors.

Screen printer launches fundraiser for local businesses

A local social enterprise launched a project selling custom T-shirts and tote bags to support neighborhood businesses.

Kendall College announces virtual commencement ceremony, online student exhibitions

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University will be celebrating its senior class throughout the week.

Venues facing uncertain future

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) They were the first to close and they might be the last to open as states try to restart their economies.

Meijer Gardens celebrates 25 years

It’s been a quarter-century since Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park welcomed its first visitors on April 20, 1995.

Public museum launches COVID-19 story documentation project

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is creating a time capsule of COVID-19 and looking for submissions.

Photo entrepreneur looks to the future with loan

Isabel Lopez-Slattery started her photography business during college when she was having a difficult time finding work due to her then-undocumented status.

Founders Brewing campaign supports arts community

Founders Brewing Co. pledged to use its social media platforms to help promote artists affected by COVID-19.The brewery recently launched #CraftedinMI, an online campaign...

John Ball Zoo postpones opening day

John Ball Zoo will remain closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.In following the government guidelines, the zoo will not open April 3, as originally scheduled,...

Striking the right chord for idle musicians

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The lives of singers, songwriters, music producers, instrumentalists and music booking agents in Grand Rapids abruptly changed when...

Officials cancel 2020 Festival of the Arts

A 50-year tradition will be coming to a halt this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.Festival of the Arts was canceled for 2020....

Museum elects new board

The Grand Rapids Art Museum elected new members to its board of trustees. Kurt Hassberger was elected to serve as the new president, and Erin Gravelyn was...

Brazilian jiujitsu academy opening downtown

A mixed martial arts school is opening this week.Daniel Gracie Grand Rapids recently leased a 3,750-square-foot space at 131 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids,...

Casino’s partnership adds sports betting, online gaming

Gun Lake Casino has more competitive game options for their guests.The casino launched its Gun Lake Casino Sportsbook and online gaming site last week,...

LaughFest postpones final three days

UPDATE (4:30 p.m. March 13, 2020): Fortune Feimster's show was rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 22 at Fountain Street Church. For those interested in purchasing tickets for the...

Arts center temporarily closes

Health concerns are forcing the closure of a contemporary arts center in downtown Grand Rapids.The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, which is owned Kendall...

John Ball Zoo increases accessibility

More families will be able to visit the zoo this season.John Ball Zoo altered its JUMP program to offer free admissions to anyone who...

Concert venue nominated for Arena of the Year award

A local venue is receiving national recognition.Van Andel Arena was nominated for Arena of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.The arena is...

Manufacturer partnering on furniture for gamers

A local furniture maker is partnering with a maker of computer and video game accessories to create a line of furniture for gamers.Zeeland-based Herman...