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Feeding America West Michigan celebrates fourth record year

Submitted 01-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

The organization provided 28.9 million pounds of food, making 2016 its fourth-consecutive year of growth.


Catalyst Radio: "Fake News in the Headlines"

Submitted 01-13-2017 under NEWS

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Len O'Kelly and Eric Harvey, Assistant Professors of Communications at Grand Valley State University, on the topic of "fake news."


Series confronts equity issues in West Michigan businesses

Submitted 01-13-2017 under OPINION

Four-part series offers 14 suggestions for increasing equity in Grand Rapids.


Locals can join national minute of silence at Apartment Lounge

Submitted 01-12-2017 under NEWS

On January 21 at 1:00 p.m., women across the nation will be observing a minute of silence in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. Locals can participate and view a live stream together at the Apartment Lounge from noon to 3:00.


Heart of West Michigan United Way offers free tax preparation assistance

Submitted 01-11-2017 under NONPROFITS

Households with income of $55,000 can receive free tax preparation assistance. Learn how you can access this service through Heart of West Michigan United Way on this week’s episode of NPO Showcase.


Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger makes momentous debut in St. Cecilia Music Center

Submitted 01-11-2017 under OPINION

Marcelo Lehninger, Grand Rapids Symphony's new music director, conducts his debut appearance in historic 19th century St. Cecilia Music Center with Gilmore Young Artist Daniel Hsu


Media literacy plays critical role in 2017

Submitted 01-10-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

I am a firm believer in the power of stories and media to shape ideas and shift culture. Media literacy is more than a tool for understanding, then, it is a civic duty. Media literacy skills might help us better understand and engage with the community issues and world around us.


Equity issues: Entrepreneur Adriane Johnson speaks out

Submitted 01-10-2017 under OPINION

At a roundtable discussion, small business owners raised their concerns about equity issues in West Michigan. As we head into 2017, how is systemic bias perpetuated, even as our awareness of barriers grows? This is the last in a series of four articles.


A Conversation with a diplomat: highlights of her global career

Submitted 01-09-2017 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan presents a 3 part lecture series on Central Europe featuring diplomats who have served in the region. Here, former Croatian diplomat Dr. Jelena Polić highlights her career and the importance of keeping an eye on Central Europe.


Catalyst Radio: ServeGR, connecting volunteers to meaningful service

Submitted 01-06-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Heather Colletto, the coordinator of ServeGR, a new online tool that connects volunteers to meaningful service opportunities in Grand Rapids.