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Feature Story Grand Rapids Community College opened its Lakeshore Campus a little more than a year ago. Now, about 1,000 students are enrolled in classes there.

GRCC partners with Haworth, others for flexible new campus

GRCC's new 52,000-square-foot campus at the Shops at Westshore is lit by vast windows and skylights that create a welcoming atmosphere with places to that can adapt to allow students to sit, have conversations, collaborate with others, or just have some quiet time.

Feature Story Marisela Sierra won the 2022 Start Garden 100 pitch competition with her Navarro’s Mexican Takeout.

Start Garden win lifts third-generation restaurateur’s dreams to next level

After winning the 2022 Start Garden 100 pitch competition, third-generation Muskegon Heights restaurateur Marisela Sierra is ready to get Navarro’s Mexican Takeout’s stone-ground tamales into the freezers of local retailers.

Feature Story You don't have to go half-way around the world to get a different perspective. The Momentum Center and Muskegon Community College have created a cultural exchange with their Cultural Immersion Experiences.

Two Lakeshore communities team up to explore racial, ethnic, cultural divides

Cultural Immersion Experiences Across the Bridge brings together residents from Grand Haven and Muskegon to learn about each other’s communities.

Feature Story Zeeland’s oldest and most beloved festival is back. Pumpkinfest is a 30-year tradition celebrating community, family fun, and fall activities.

October Along the Lakeshore: Goose Festival, the Pumpkin Train, and plenty of haunting

October brings many spooktacular events — including a haunted mansion, a Halloween-themed fundraiser, and a cemetery tour — and so much more along the Lakeshore.   

Feature Story Future residents of the Vista Green neighborhood.

Lakeshore Habitat to host Community Block Party to celebrate 42 home builds

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity is inviting the community to a block party at its Vista Green Development on the south side of Holland, where 42 homes will be built for affordable homeownership in partnership with Jubilee Ministries. 

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Utilizing tech, talent and connections during Tech Week GR and beyond

Tech Week GR underlines Grand Rapids’ claim to the Silicon Valley of the Midwest. The Right Place and other strategic partners have created a foundation for helping technology companies thrive in Grand Rapids, driven by the live event.

Feature Story At this Next 40 event, Host Jon Cauchi moderated the panel with board members Elliot Keyes and Marcus Fairfield and staff members Patrick Parkes and Mary Sibley.

Growing the next generation of disability advocates

How is the next generation of disability advocates getting involved? Associate boards. These informal groups provide a fun way for young professionals to learn about board governance while organizing events that bring people together to better understand disability issues.

Feature Story Graphic illustrates the evolution from a "handicap" sign to an "accessibility" sign.

New accessibility icon better reflects the lifestyles of people with disabilities

Thanks to a new state law, current blue signs portraying wheelchair users as passive and inactive will be replaced with a new accessibility icon that better reflects the lifestyles of people with disabilities.  

Feature Story Windmill Island Gardens is extending its 2021 season.

Windmill Island Gardens celebrates another record year

The Holland attraction will continue to draw crowds during the cold months. Windmill Island Gardens will host Holland’s Fall Fest on Oct. 7-8 and the Magic at the Mill winter exhibit on Friday and Saturday evenings Dec. 2-17.

Feature Story Members of Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca, of Holland, Michigan, perform during the International Festival of Holland at the Holland Civic Center. (J.R. Valderas)

International Festival of Holland celebrates community’s diversity

The free, family-friendly festival on Oct. 1 features musicians from around the globe, a children’s fiesta and a World Arena soccer event for middle school athletes.   

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