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Feature Story The Lakeshore offers myraid opportunities for outdoor yoga and pilates.

Making the most of summer with outdoor yoga and Pilates on the Lakeshore

While social activities ramping up as COVID-19 restrictions ease, there are still places to slow down and enjoy nature while getting in a great workout. If you’re ready to give yoga or Pilates a try, check out these classes that are offered in a park, on the beach, or aboard a ship.

Feature Story Cheri Honderd is the founder and executive director of Hand2Hand.

CFHZ grants to boost services for seniors, patients and youth

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area has awarded its first round of competitive grants for 2021. CFHZ disbursed $100,000 among five organizations, with the aim of enhancing their ability to meet the needs of area seniors, students, patients, and youth. 

Feature Story The newest Biggby Coffee is in the newly renovated Haworth Hotel.

Hope grad opens coffee bar in Haworth Hotel after $7.5M makeover

Hope grad Mark Dykema found the perfect location for his latest Biggby Coffee in the Haworth Hotel after a $7.5 million facelift by an international designer gave the interior a modern European look. Dykema sees the location, on the Hope College campus — a beautiful, “good vibes only” coffee shop — as a great fit. 

Feature Story The Pere Marquette Red Caboose is undergoing a restoration.

Holland Museum asks for help to complete restoration of the Pere Marquette Red Caboose

The paint has chipped and the metal has rusted on the Pere Marquette Red Caboose, last renovated in 1998. Now, the Holland Museum is asking the community for financial support to renovate the historic train car through a GoFundMe fundraiser. 

Feature Story Lakeshore Food Rescue is expected to annually provide more than 400,000 pounds of food rescued from retailers and farmers. 

$50,000 grant will help CAH expand perishable food rescue efforts

A $50,000 grant will allow Community Action House and its partner, Harvest Stand Ministries, to expand their collaboration on perishable food rescue. The program aims to increase healthy food options for 10,000 individuals facing food insecurity in the Holland/Zeeland area.

Feature Story Herrick District Library is hosting a free program about census records.

‘Hopping Through History’ makes sense of census, offers tips on genealogical research

Why is the census important? Find out by joining “Hopping Through History — Making Sense of the Census.” The virtual Herrick District Library program also will examine how participants can use census data in researching their family history.

Longform Brian Nicholson, MiCAL program director for Oakland County-based crisis services agency Common Ground, takes a call for the Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MiCAL).

New mental health crisis line to roll out across Michigan

The new service is now available in Oakland County and Michigan's Upper Peninsula – and it's just the first step of a larger plan to roll out improved mental health crisis services across the state.

Feature Story The Holland Symphony Orchestra performs its Pops at the Pier event every year in a celebration of summer fun.

HSO returns with pops tribute to Louis Armstrong

The Holland Symphony Orchestra will hold its first concert in two years with a pops tribute to Louis Armstrong. The outdoor concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29.

Feature Story Summer enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College is up 7.1% from a year ago.

State programs play a role in GRCC’s 7.1% increase in summer enrollment

Grand Rapids Community College, which recently kicked off its second summer semester, reports enrollment this season is up 7.1% over 2021 and 5.9% from before the pandemic. The increase is attributed in part to students taking advantage of state programs that help with tuition costs.

Feature Story Paige Irene Bruns has received accolades from more than a dozen film festivals for her short film, “Anchor."

West Michigan native’s short film, ‘Anchor,’ receives dozens of award nominations, wins

Thanks to her passion for storytelling, Paige Irene Bruns has received accolades from more than a dozen film festivals for her short film, “Anchor,” which she wrote and directed while in college. After graduation, she returned to West Michigan to launch her independent production company, Affinity Insight Pictures.

Feature Story Lakeshore storyteller Mike Lozon authored 12 historical books over his career.

A tribute to Mike Lozon: The Lakeshore’s storyteller

Many are mourning the passing of journalist, photographer and author Mike Lozon, one of The Lakeshore’s first contributors. Representatives of the organizations he supported are sharing what made his work so special for our community.   

Feature Story MLK Neighborhood Association

The “new” MLK Neighborhood Association – Developing neighborhood block champions

After reemerging in 2020, the Martin Luther King (MLK) Neighborhood Association has continued to strive and move forward through the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic with the goal to continue caring for one other and advocating for the community. Even through the challenges, the faithful few have come together virtually, working on their mission to continue enhancing the overall quality of life in the neighborhood and building on the rich history that has become a known part of the community for over 40 years.

Longform Eastern Market in Detroit.

How do you feed a state in crisis? Michigan Food Security Council report plans ahead

A recent report by the state's new Food Security Council examines response to food security issues during COVID-19 and how we can learn from it in the long term.

Feature Story The Beer City Open is putting West Michigan on the map for pickleball.

Beer City Open puts West Michigan on the map for pickleball

The Beer City Open, co-founded by Grand Rapids attorney and Grand Haven resident Andrea Koop, is putting West Michigan on the map for pickleball. The tournament attracts hundreds of players, both amateurs and professionals, each year. This year’s prizes top $30,000.

Feature Story Salvador Lopez

Housing and education equity advocate Salvador Lopez to fill GRCC board vacancy

Grand Rapids Community College has named Salvador Lopez, a GRCC graduate with extensive involvement in education and community support, to fill a board seat vacated by Kathy Crosby. Lopez runs the nonprofit KConnect, which focuses on ensuring all children have an equitable path to economic prosperity. 

Feature Story Community Action House Outreach Specialists Dan Buck,Torry Alfaro and Taylor Dunn.

Community Action House partners with Holland library to assist patrons in need

Community Action House — which provides area individuals and families with food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities — has stationed an outreach team at Herrick District Library. The team will be available four hours per day, five days a week to guide and connect patrons with supportive services.

Feature Story Julie Parker is president of Great Lakes Commercial Finance.

Nonprofit development lender expands regional impact

Grandville-based economic development foundation has unveiled its new name — Great Lakes Commercial Finance — as well as an updated logo and website. The company, with 40 years of service, has worked with hundreds of lenders to help thousands of Michigan small businesses secure the financing they need.

Feature Story The 2021 Promise Scholars: Ricardo Flores, Ebony Roach, Angel Ruiz, Selena Vazquez, Destinee Phasoukvong, Fredy Rincon Perez, Steve Nguyen, Jennifer Dao, Jacqueline Roman, and Alexis Fuentes.

How 2021 Promise Scholarship recipients are pursuing their dreams

The Holland/Zeeland Promise announced its 2021 cohort, which includes six West Ottawa and four Holland High graduates. The scholarships will allow the recipients to realize their dream of a college education.

Longform Sarah Milanowski, marketing and communications specialist with LifeCircles PACE, accompanies a PACE participant.

Little-known Michigan programs provide all-inclusive support for older adults to age at home

The PACE model provides comprehensive medical and social services at low or no cost to older adults who live at home.

Feature Story Children play at the existing natural playground of Little Hawks Preschool on the Outdoor Discovery Center campus.

ODC expands nature-based preschool opportunities around Holland

The Outdoor Discovery Center Education Network is expanding its nature-based preschool offerings to Holland's northside with a campus on a portion of the former Park Township Airport property.

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