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Inspired by 826 National, a creative writing program started by internationally acclaimed author Dave Eggers, the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) is the only organization in West Michigan that provides students with enriched writing instruction.
When the owner of this new farmhouse bought the property, she was no stranger to it. Originally owned in the 50s and 60s by her grandfather, the 52 acres of this combined horse and agriculture farm held memories of her childhood. When her grandfather passed away, the land went to her father, who later sold it. Wishing to own the land once again, the homeowner purchased 27 of the 52 original acres and set the stage for what was to become the backdrop for this 5,300-square-foot, five-bedroom, eight-bathroom dream family home.
A lesser-known fact is that one in five Michigan children are affected by hunger -- a startling statistic, and one that the Grand Rapids-based Kids Food Basket organization is actively trying to combat. While Grand Rapids is commonly thought to be an affluent community, there is also a prevalence of extreme poverty.
Across West Michigan, every single day of the week, at all sorts of establishments, trivia buffs can compete to be the master of the most useless knowledge! While silliness abounds, trivia nights are now more sophisticated than ever, with national establishments running local shows.
In 2009, Ben Gott found himself noticing plastic everywhere – from the cafes he visited with friends to the consulting jobs he held. One such job included a water bottling plant where pallets of empty plastic bottles awaited shipment. So much plastic everywhere! Gott knew that 68 percent of all plastic is not recycled, and he also knew that an alternative was needed.
Three prominent West Michigan business owners recently contributed their expertise to a residential building project that not only exposed their strength as collaborators but their brilliance at their respective crafts.
Santa Claus Girls has evolved and grown into an organization whose ambitious mission is to see that every child in Kent County is provided with a gift on Christmas morning.
Uncle Goose was created from his father’s vision many years before Bultman took over the business. As a matter of fact, his father’s original set of alphabet blocks still ranks consistently in the top two or three best sellers, year after year.
West Michigan has an event for every lover of performance art, whether music festivals, nationally known shows, or more intimate performances.