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Foster mom gives back to the downtown food pantry Westminster

Submitted 07-26-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

For Dionne Ashley Ford, the food pantry at Westminster Presbyterian Church has made a huge difference for her family. Over the years she has adopted and raised 46 children of her own and fostered so many others. Now, shes giving back by volunteering.

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When 'them' becomes 'us': Standing with the Muslim community of Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Standing Together Partnership initiative created four new congregational partnerships. In these partnerships, each mosque was paired up with at least two Christian churches and a Jewish Synagogue.

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Salsa Celebración heats up Downtown Market with salsa sampling, activities for kids

Submitted 07-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is hosting a brand new event on July 29, 2017. Salsas will be available for sampling from 10 Grand Rapids area restaurants. Those in attendance will be able to vote for “Best Salsa in GR."

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Michigan treasure: Fish of a thousand casts

Submitted 07-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

Muskies, or muskellunge, is a sharp-toothed, aggressive fish that can grow to more than 50 inches long, and it is often considered the ultimate challenge in freshwater fishing have made a dramatic comeback in Michigan.

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On being a first generation college student

Submitted 07-25-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Diving into the college world without the resources and advice of family who attended can be tricky to navigate but with some advice and storytelling we can help bridge the gap for incoming first-generation students. We will be covering this topic during the month of August.

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Creatives collaborate to build community, new Heartside mural

Submitted 07-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

Designed by young artists from the Cook Arts Center on Grandville Avenue in collaboration with staff from Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) and the Avenue for the Arts program of Dwelling Place, the mural will be painted during First Fridays on August 4, 2017.

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Grand Rapids: Water, water everywhere

Submitted 07-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

More and more folks are discovering that Grand Rapids is also a great destination for water enthusiasts.

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In Season: July 22, 2017

Submitted 07-21-2017 under NONPROFITS

A list of locally grown fruits and vegetables along with locally produced products available at your local farmers markets.

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Covenant Village of the Great Lakes hosts Shelley Irwin on Aug. 17

Submitted 07-20-2017 under NONPROFITS

Learn the art of aging gracefully when Shelley Irwin, host and producer of the WGVU Morning Show, presents an inspiring talk at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at 1 p.m.

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Catalyst Radio "Michigan Blood"

Submitted 07-20-2017 under NEWS

Michigan Blood speaks with Catalyst Radio

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