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Wyoming Seniors on the Go

Wyoming Seniors on the Go

Today begins the first of many walks sponsored through the Wyoming Senior Center in Wyoming, MI. The walk today is being held in Pinery Park and a schedule for all future walks is available at the Senior Center.

Walking is one of the best ways of getting exercise and meeting new people. The walks are geared at a leisurely pace and are low–impact. What a great way to get out and about to enjoy Mother Nature and enjoy the company of others.

All walks take place every Wednesday morning at 9:00am beginning April 18th and running until September 26th. Meet at the Wyoming Senior Center or the designated place on the schedule each week.

Vertigo Music to host live music festivities on Record Store Day

Vertigo Music to host live music festivities on Record Store Day

by Adam Kolkman in OPINION

Vertigo Music's Herm Baker on the upcoming Record Store Day event and the continued relevance of local record stores in our digital culture.

With the advent of the MP3 and digital distribution, CD sales have plummeted and local stores have folded at an alarming rate. However, many local stores are now bouncing back after embracing the new demand for vinyl. Apart from brining customers into local stores, Record Store Day serves to highlight the growing rediscovery of vinyl records in contemporary culture.

GRFD announces Daniel Overbeek is 2012 Firefighter of the Year

GRFD announces Daniel Overbeek is 2012 Firefighter of the Year

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is pleased to announce that Firefighter Daniel Overbeek has been selected as the 2012 Grand Rapids Firefighter of the Year.  The selection was made by the American Legion – Furniture City Post #258

Firefighter Overbeek was selected for this honor for the positive example he displays to young firefighters through his dedication to his duties. His caring attitude and dedication to the department is reflected in his daily performance. He received the Medal of Valor in 2003, credited with saving a woman from the Grand River. This is the fourth time Dan has been nominated for the award. Dan was also involved and received recognition for rescuing a trapped firefighter that same year. Overbeek was appointed as a Firefighter for the City of Grand Rapids in 1988. He currently works out of the Plainfield Fire Station on the city’s northeast quadrant.

My Town Salute: Buchanan Elementary School

Students from Buchanan Elementary School wave hello to WZZM 13 viewers in this My Town Salute.

Conceptual Design and Practical Production with Studio Wise

Conceptual Design and Practical Production with Studio Wise

Stephanie Doublestein

If you’ve ever squeezed into a booth at Brewery Vivant or thrummed your fingers on the bar while waiting for an espresso at MadCap Coffee, you’ve touched the work of Studio Wise, a local design production company putting their mark on West Michigan one project at a time.
 

Azizi Jasper: Poetry and Politics

Azizi Jasper: Poetry and Politics

Joseph Charles McIntosh

There has been a continuous, if broken, poetry scene in Grand Rapids for nearly 20 years. It started notably with the beatnik/Bohemian Rainbow Collective in the late 80s and early 90s. It was revived by host Greg Bliss at the eclectic, anarchic poetry slam scene at Morningstar 75 and 76 coffeehouses (in downtown and Eastown, respectively) in the early 2000s. There has, more times than not, been a place for poets to vent in Grand Rapids.

Poet, performer and activist Azizi Jasper is the latest at the helm, hosting a poetry open mic at the Hookah Lounge for the past three and a half years. Before the Hookah Lounge, Jasper hosted an urban, Nuyorican-style open mic at Urban Beanery near the corner of Madison and Hall. This lasted two and a half years until the shop closed. And when it comes to the current scene, Japser is quite enthusiastic.

Q&A with Jenn Schaub - Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist at Dwelling Place

Q&A with Jenn Schaub - Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist at Dwelling Place

By Lindsay Patton Carson

Questions for Jenn Schaub, Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist at Dwelling Place

You're the Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist at Dwelling Place. What are some of your job requirements? 
My job there is essentially community organizing. I work with the South Division Business Corridor and we do a variety of activities on South Division to help support the economic development.

There's Dwelling Place and there's Avenue for the Arts. Are they separate? Is one part of the other? Explain how that works.