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Well-loved musical Annie returns to Civic Theatre

by Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (GR Civic Theatre)

Submitted 11-21-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

After 40 years on the Broadway stage, the sun continues to shine for one of the most endearing stage characters of all time, Annie. What makes this spunky little girl’s story resonate with so many generations?  The original Annie first...

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Letter-writing effort to support local incarcerated woman, educate community

by Briana Urena-Ravelo (Briana)

Submitted 11-02-2017 under OPINION

On Sunday, November 5, 2017 and Monday, November 6, 2017 from 4 p.m.- 10 p.m., people will gather at Lantern Coffee Shop and Bar to write letters for Desirae Glatfelter. Glatfelter is a 29-year-old Black woman survivor of domestic violence. She is...

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Art happens here 365 days a year

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 10-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

This time of year in Grand Rapids, it’s pretty much impossible to walk three feet without coming face to face with some kind of art. What many people who flock to this city this time of year for ArtPrize may not realize is that art lives and...

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City Connection: Mayor Bliss, Managing Director of Public Services discuss Our City Academy


Submitted 09-11-2017 under NEWS

Join us today, Monday, September 11 at 5 p.m. on LiveWire, Comcast Cable 24, for tonight's episode of the City Connection. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will be interviewing the city’s Managing Director of Public Services, Tom Almonte around the topic of Our...

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Protesters disrupt planned Labor Day walk

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 09-05-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

After a one-year hiatus, the Grand Rapids Labor Day Bridge Walk was back in full stride on Monday, September 4, 2017. As hundreds of participants lined up to start the five-mile walk, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was disrupted from addressing...

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City introduces newly hired consultants from 21st Century Policing Solutions

by Russell Olmsted (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 08-21-2017 under NEWS

“We know the truth may hurt, but selective ignorance is fatal.” This a phrase Ronald Davis admits he’s fond of saying. And during the City’s press conference this past Thursday, August 17, 2017, to introduce Mr. Davis and the...

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Stay motivated to create this summer with Workshop Wednesdays

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 07-18-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

If you are an artist or a writer, you’ve probably heard this one piece of advice from a mentor at some point in your life: find a community. What people don’t always tell you is how to find that community. It can be a daunting process to...

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Movies in the Park celebrates its fifth season in Ah-Nab-Awen-Park

by Megan Sarnacki (Megan Sarnacki)

Submitted 06-30-2017 under NEWS

DGRI is a community-powered organization in charge of city building and place-management in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Over the years, DGRI has made it their goal to continuously enhance the experience of these events. This season, DGRI has...

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Nonprofit volunteer fair scheduled for May 31

by Covenant Village of the Great Lakes (Covenant Villag...)

Submitted 05-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids community is invited to learn about non-profit volunteer opportunities for all ages on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 2-5 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, located at 2510 Lake Michigan Drive, N.W.,...

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In Grand Rapids, equity work is co-opted for influence

by Breannah Alexander (balexander)

Submitted 04-07-2017 under OPINION

In the age of co-opted movements for the sake of advertisements gone terribly wrong (hey Pepsi, what's good?), the best way to look at a community’s commitment to equity is to look at the way it treats its organizers. My time in Grand...

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