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City-sponsored events return to Grand Rapids

A vibrant city life promises a return to Grand Rapids in 2021 with April 13’s city commission decision to authorize dozens of special events between April and December.

Grand Rapids Ballet announces marketing director

Former Grand Rapids Ballet student Jessica Meldrum was named as the organization’s marketing director.

Gun Lake Casino announces $300M hotel expansion project

Gun Lake Tribe and Gun Lake Casino revealed its $300 million expansion project plan to turn the casino’s property into a hotel resort.

Tulip Time announces virtual run details

The Tulip Time Festival will be hosting the 2021 Virtual Tulip Time Run from May 1-10.

Michigan city considering 2-day music fest with marijuana

NILES ‚ÄĒ A city in southwestern Michigan is considering a buzz-and-beats summer festival.

Getty Drive-In beginning 77th season

Muskegon-based Getty Drive-In will be opening for its 77th season on Friday.

Partners launch ‚ÄėGrand Rapids X GRAM‚Äô video series

A new talent attraction video series will show off Grand Rapids as a place that has it all.

Animation creative producing ‚ÄėNonprofitopoly‚Äô board game

The owner of a local animation studio is putting a utilitarian twist on Monopoly.

Tulip Time Festival unveils new, returning events

The annual Tulip Time Festival, scheduled for May 1-9 in Holland, will return this year with new and recurring events that are in compliance with the updated Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 guidelines.

GRCC, Ferris University partner to offer bachelor’s degree in music and entertainment

Beginning in the fall, students enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College can pursue a bachelor’s degree in music and entertainment business, courtesy of a new partnership with Ferris State University.

Muskegon County casino plan heads to Lansing

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is one step closer to building a casino in Muskegon County.

John Ball Zoo welcomes new chief development officer

John Ball Zoo announced that Kelli Smith was hired to serve on its executive team as chief development officer.

Sensory Showtimes returns to Celebration Cinema

Celebration Cinema is relaunching its Sensory Showtimes program, which is designed for individuals and families with special needs, including autism.

Museums focus on inclusive programming

West Michigan museums are giving the public a chance to look at the past through art exhibitions, educational programs and activities.

Ambrose at WMCAT acquires I Am West Side T-shirt brand

The custom screen-printing social enterprise of the West Michigan Arts + Technology Center acquired a T-shirt brand that supports afterschool education from the former Westside Collaborative.

John Ball Zoo opening in late March

The public will be able to view different reptiles, primates and amphibians at John Ball Zoo starting March 27.

LaughFest kicks off 11th year

Gilda’s LaughFest begins at 6 p.m. Thursday with headliner Justin Willman and continues through Sunday.

Grand Rapids Public Museum announces new chair of foundation board of trustees

The Grand Rapids Public Museum named Varnum attorney Linsey Gleason the chair of the Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation board of trustees.

Bank of America offers customers free admission to Grand Rapids museums

Bank of America, Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank credit and debit cardholders can receive free admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Art Museum this weekend, courtesy of the Bank of America Museums on Us program.

Holland Museum to offer insight into discriminatory housing practices

Discriminatory housing practices will be discussed in the next installment of Holland Museum’s Cultural Lens series.

Grand Action 2.0 reveals plan for riverfront development

Grand Action 2.0 revealed a conceptual plan for riverfront development along a currently underutilized stretch of Market Avenue south of Fulton Street.

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.