Grand Rapids – Mich OPC http://michopc.com/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 11:16:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://michopc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-1-150x150.png Grand Rapids – Mich OPC http://michopc.com/ 32 32 steel sculpture by a Spanish artist installed in Grand Rapids | Michigan News https://michopc.com/steel-sculpture-by-a-spanish-artist-installed-in-grand-rapids-michigan-news/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 06:01:00 +0000 https://michopc.com/steel-sculpture-by-a-spanish-artist-installed-in-grand-rapids-michigan-news/ By ROSE WHITE, The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A 16-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa has been installed in downtown Grand Rapids. Commissioned by the DeVos family, the sculpture titled “The Four Elements” is located at the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Lyon Street NW, reports The […]]]>

By ROSE WHITE, The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A 16-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa has been installed in downtown Grand Rapids.

Commissioned by the DeVos family, the sculpture titled “The Four Elements” is located at the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Lyon Street NW, reports The Grand Rapids Press.

“We were inspired by the long history in Grand Rapids of so many others bringing important and unique art to be an integral part of downtown and, in many ways, the first step in our community,” said Pamella DeVos in a press release. .

Alice Walker, vice president of public relations firm Truscott Rossman, previously told MLive that the DeVos family paid for the sculpture. The cost of the project was not disclosed.

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“The addition of this Plensa piece aims to portray a welcoming message of unity and diversity and is a wonderful addition to our city’s heritage and public collection,” said DeVos.

The 5,400-pound sculpture uses letters and symbols from elements for air, water, fire and earth to form a human figure. It is believed to mean “the many different characteristics that bring people together to form one human race,” according to a press release.

Plensa has created publicly displayed projects in cities such as Chicago, San Diego, Seattle, Miami, Montreal, London, Dubai, Bangkok, Shanghai and Tokyo.

“Grand Rapids’ reputation as an arts destination has grown for decades,” said Doug Small, president and CEO of Experience Grand Rapids, in a statement. “As community leaders help bring the work of renowned international artists to our doorstep, it not only improves the ‘quality of place’ for area residents, but also increases the attractiveness of visitors from all over. the country and the whole world. “

This is Plensa’s third piece in the Grand Rapids area, joining two others located in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss called the sculpture “another point of pride” for the city.

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Rockford IceHogs | IceHogs ends the road trip tonight in Grand Rapids https://michopc.com/rockford-icehogs-icehogs-ends-the-road-trip-tonight-in-grand-rapids/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 14:02:27 +0000 https://michopc.com/rockford-icehogs-icehogs-ends-the-road-trip-tonight-in-grand-rapids/ Rockford, Illinois – The Rockford IceHogs end a three-game road trip tonight with a rematch against the Grand Rapids Griffins at 6:00 a.m. CT at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. Tonight is the fourth of eight meetings between the two clubs. Download the lists and game notes for tonight! Tune in LIVE on […]]]>

Rockford, Illinois – The Rockford IceHogs end a three-game road trip tonight with a rematch against the Grand Rapids Griffins at 6:00 a.m. CT at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. Tonight is the fourth of eight meetings between the two clubs.

Download the lists and game notes for tonight!

Tune in LIVE on the IceHogs broadcast network presented by BMO Harris Bank
Watch and listen to tonight’s game and all of this season’s games on the IceHogs broadcast network presented by BMO Harris Bank! Tune in to 23.3 Circle TV and listen from your favorite device, at home or on the go at IceHogs.com and the IceHogs app! Fans can also tune into all of the local Mid-West Family stations, including 104.9 The X, B103, 95.3 The Bull and Rockford Greatest Hits 100.5 and featured on Rock River Current, Stateline’s primary source for local events, news and culture.

Pigs continue the hot streak in Grand Rapids
The IceHogs extended their season-high four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) and earned their third straight win with a 4-1 win at Grand Rapids last night and improved to 1-2-0-0 in their one-on-one streak against the Griffins. Since the start of November, the IceHogs have amassed points in eight of their last 11 games (6-3-1-1). Recap and Highlights

Delia delights
Goalkeeper Collin Délia had a season-high 40 saves last night, including 16 saves in the third period for his second win of the season. All-time, he’s improved to 8-7-1 in 16 appearances against the Griffins. The 40 saves are tied for third by an IceHogs goaltender this season with Arvid Soderblom’s 40 stops on October 16 in Chicago (5-3 win). Soderblom holds the top two spots with 45 saves on October 30 in Texas (4-3 win) and 47 saves on October 22 at Iowa (3-6 loss).

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In his second game with the IceHogs since being affected by the Chicago Blackhawks, forward Philippe
Kurachev scored his first two goals of the season last night against the Griffins. He is the fourth IceHogs skater to score multiple goals in a game this season behind Evan barratt last Wednesday in Milwaukee, that of Lukas Reichel hat trick on November 7 against Manitoba and Alex Nylander’s two counts in Chicago on October 16.

Come home on a positive note
The IceHogs end their three game road trip tonight with a rematch against the Griffins. After this set, the IceHogs will only have three more stretches on the schedule where they will play three or more games in a row away from BMO Harris Bank Center. They will take part in another three-game road trip Feb. 12-19 against Chicago, Milwaukee and Grand Rapids, a five-game series March 3-15 against Manitoba, Milwaukee and Cleveland and a trip west for four games. April 1-5 against Tucson and Henderson.

The Rockford IceHogs wrap up their three-game road trip tomorrow, Saturday 4th December against the Griffins at 6 p.m. CT at the Van Andel Arena.

The IceHogs return home to BMO Harris Bank Center on Wednesday December 8 against the Iowa Wild at 7 p.m. for a Winning day of the week! If the IceHogs win, YOU WIN! If the IceHogs are victorious, all fans in attendance will receive a FREE ticket to the next weekday IceHogs game (Tuesday, December 21)! To buy tickets

Watch and hear the action on the IceHogs Broadcast Network presented by BMO Harris Bank! Connect from your favorite device, at home or on the go to IceHogs.com and the IceHogs app! Fans can also watch all of the IceHogs’ home games and select road games this season on 23.3 Circle TV and every match AHLTV
and listen to all local Mid-West Family stations including 104.9 The X, B103, 95.3 The Bull and Rockford Greatest Hits 100.5 and broadcast on Rock River Current.

The IceHogs return home to BMO Harris Bank Center on Wednesday December 8 against the Iowa Wild at 7 p.m. for a Winning day of the week! If the IceHogs win, YOU WIN! If the IceHogs are victorious, all fans in attendance will receive a FREE ticket to the next weekday IceHogs game (Tuesday, December 21)! To buy tickets

Watch and hear the action on the IceHogs Broadcast Network presented by BMO Harris Bank! Connect from your favorite device, at home or on the go to IceHogs.com and the IceHogs app! Fans can also watch all of the IceHogs’ home games and select road games this season on 23.3 Circle TV and every match AHLTV
and listen to all local Mid-West Family stations including 104.9 The X, B103, 95.3 The Bull and Rockford Greatest Hits 100.5 and broadcast on Rock River Current.

2021-22 Regular Season Records:
Rockford: 8-7-1-1, 18 points (4th, central division)
Grand Rapids: 7-8-2-1, 17 points (5th, central division)

2021-22 face-to-face schedule:

October 15 at Grand Rapids, loss 1-6

November 6 in Rockford, 1-2 Summary of losses and highlights

December 3 at Grand Rapids, 4-1 Wins Recap & Highlights

December 4 at Grand Rapids, 6 p.m.

February 19 at Grand Rapids, 6 p.m.

February 20 at Rockford, 4 p.m.

March 19 at Rockford, 6 p.m.

April 20 at Rockford, 4 p.m.

IceHogs v Griffins face-to-face record 2021-22
1-2-0-0

IceHogs vs. Griffins, of all time
54-45-5-4

Head coaches
Rockford: Anders Sorensen (4th season with IceHogs, 1st as interim head coach)
Grand Rapids: Ben Simon (4th season with Griffins)

NHL Affiliate
Rockford: Chicago Blackhawks
Grand Rapids: Detroit Red Wings


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Calvin University to use students as ‘peer educators’ to keep campus safe https://michopc.com/calvin-university-to-use-students-as-peer-educators-to-keep-campus-safe/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 00:36:25 +0000 https://michopc.com/calvin-university-to-use-students-as-peer-educators-to-keep-campus-safe/ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Calvin University has partnered with several local groups in a new effort to help keep students safe on campus. The school received a grant of $ 300,000 from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The goal is to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking […]]]>

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Calvin University has partnered with several local groups in a new effort to help keep students safe on campus.

The school received a grant of $ 300,000 from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

The goal is to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus. Calvin will form a Peer Education and Empowerment Team to Reduce Sexual Violence (PEERS Team).

“(The grant) allows us to do two new things; to use our students as peer educators and to equip our students to support the students involved in this process, ”said Jane Hendriksma, Title IX coordinator for Calvin.

The group will work with the Grand Rapids Police Department, YWCA and Shelter Ministries. These organizations will offer internships and training to students.

Calvin executives say the goal is to raise awareness, increase prevention and help connect survivors with supportive resources.

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The first Friday in December is December 3, 4 pm to 7 pm | Free press https://michopc.com/the-first-friday-in-december-is-december-3-4-pm-to-7-pm-free-press/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://michopc.com/the-first-friday-in-december-is-december-3-4-pm-to-7-pm-free-press/ The Grand Rapids First Friday Art Walk takes place on Friday, December 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with live music after 7 p.m. at various locations in downtown Grand Rapids. Guests are asked to maintain a distance of six feet and face coverings are highly recommended and are required in some locations. The […]]]>

The Grand Rapids First Friday Art Walk takes place on Friday, December 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with live music after 7 p.m. at various locations in downtown Grand Rapids. Guests are asked to maintain a distance of six feet and face coverings are highly recommended and are required in some locations. The first Fridays are organized by Grand Rapids Arts. For more information, visit GrandRapidsArts.org.

The following venues present artists on December 3:

SETTING: Local painter and sculptor Tom Page who creates art for public places and private collectors will present his latest works focusing on influential musicians. Come participate in a raffle for an original framed Tom Page painting by Bob Dylan – 100% of proceeds support art supplies for the art department at Grand Rapids High School.

MOVE IT REAL ESTATE GROUP: Welcome to artist Sondra Grover from Woodworks81. She creates custom woodworking, sculptures, woodcuts, acrylic and leather prints for panels, cutting boards, switch plates, utensils, chessboards and chessboards, epoxy tables, ornaments And much more !

ITASCA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (IEDC): Host an event on the first Friday with featured artist Kari Townsdin, music from McKeon Hugh Roberts, food from Tike’s Meats and goodies from Northwoods Candy Company.

WINGS N WILLOWS ART GALLERY & CUSTOM FRAMING: Hosting Bob Simonson, a well-known (retired) local shop professor who began sculpting in the 1980s. He carves characters of all kinds including Scandinavian Flat Plane style . Don’t miss his whimsical Santa Claus, his gnomes, his mushrooms and his funny faces!

LAKE LOVER VINTAGE: Lake Lover Vintage will feature art from our in-house artists including Carol Bowman Photography, Tamarick Designs, Karen Olson Pottery, Leah Fox’s Mixed Media Art, Mike Weedman’s Weed Vases, Jams, Jellies and mustards from Boondock Enterprises, handmade game boards, toad houses, aprons and bird feeders. Plus a fun display of handmade Christmas ornaments!

RAPIDS BREWING: FlowitOut Creations will present and sell their wire jewelry and more from 4pm to 7pm with live music by Marc Gartman from 7pm to 10pm.

UNWINED UP NORTH: Accommodation designer Abby Daigle of Plaid Buffalo. She will exhibit her unique chalkboards, wooden panels and interior design.

CLASSROOM STAINED GLASS: Enjoy live holiday music in the store for the First Friday in December celebrations.

MACROSTIE ART CENTER: Introducing the annual Northern Spirit Shop Holiday Market with original handmade art and unique gifts. The “Nordic Folk Traditions” showcase exhibit will open at the Minnesota Gallery, M’lou Brubaker will be on-site with a jewelry exhibit, and wreaths from the MAC’s annual Wreath + Art Auction fundraiser will be on display. Masks required.

BENDERS SHOES: Dan Aalto, a music teacher in the Grand Rapids School District, will lead some of his older orchestral students as they perform a selection of holiday music at Benders Shoes.

• True North Salon & Spa + Wildland Tissues Visit this eclectic boutique and vendor market on the 1st floor.

• Embrace Mental Health Gwendolyn Smith will show her series of photographs of local spots, displayed on the garden level between suites 3 and 6.

• Story Art & Museum The Tin Woodman has moved to Old Central School! Stop by the Story Art & Museum in Room 109 for an open house and visit their new space. Masks required.

• Artists in the attic Go up to the 3rd floor to see the artists’ loft and meet the artists: Deb Buxengard, Mary Corwin and Lily Dittmer with paints, pastels, mosaics, etc.


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Grand Rapids radio host with Portage is first Michigan woman to be crowned Mrs. America https://michopc.com/grand-rapids-radio-host-with-portage-is-first-michigan-woman-to-be-crowned-mrs-america/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 20:50:00 +0000 https://michopc.com/grand-rapids-radio-host-with-portage-is-first-michigan-woman-to-be-crowned-mrs-america/ KENT COUNTY, MI – A morning radio host from Grand Rapids who grew up in Portage and was also born as an intersex, now wears Ms. America’s crown. Jackie Blankenship, 36, of Grandville, was crowned 45th Ms. America on November 20 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Nevada. Blankenship, who co-hosts “The […]]]>

KENT COUNTY, MI – A morning radio host from Grand Rapids who grew up in Portage and was also born as an intersex, now wears Ms. America’s crown.

Jackie Blankenship, 36, of Grandville, was crowned 45th Ms. America on November 20 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Nevada.

Blankenship, who co-hosts “The Gray & Green Show” with Rachael Gray on 105.3 HOT-FM, was not only the first woman from Michigan to be crowned Mrs. America, but also the first woman to initially run. in her own state, Tana Johnson, vice president of America Inc., told MLive.

It’s not every year that a finalist makes it onto the national stage. Blankenship, who bears her maiden name of Green on the air, still found herself there.

Blankenship has competed in Ms. Michigan’s contest once before, also finishing first finalist, in 2015. This year, she took second place honors in the 2021 State Contest in May, finishing behind Katie Maskey.

But, due to serious health issues preventing her from performing her duties as Ms. Michigan, Maskey then chose to relinquish her crown. This opened the door for Blankenship, whose platform chosen for the contest advocated for intersex youth – which led to Blankenship getting involved in contests as a teenager.

“As they say in contests, if the winner cannot perform their duties, the first finalist has to get ahead and I got the call that I was now Ms. Michigan,” Blankenship said. “I was excited, but a little overwhelmed because I didn’t really win. So for me going to the national championships was kind of like I knew I’m an underdog here since I’m the only one who hasn’t really won my state, so I’m just going to do my best.

“I left with the mentality of having fun and getting to know these judges and the other women around me and see what happens. When I got called into the top 15, I thought, day in and day out, I’m the top 15 in the country here at Mrs. America then I was called into the top six and thought the icing on the cake.

To make it into the top 15, Blankenship and the other contestants had a series of interviews with each of the judges, which accounted for 50% of her score, as well as evening dress and swimwear competitions which accounted for the 50%. remaining.

Once the field was reduced to 15, the judges had to vote again to pick six finalists.

It wasn’t until Blankenship made the next cut, placing in the top three, that she felt like she could win the competition. At that time, each finalist had to draw a question from a fish bowl and answer that question in front of the jury.

Blankenship’s question was, “If you had one wish, what would you want and why?” His response was personal: to end unnecessary surgeries on intersex youth.

Blankenship was born with a condition known as Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, which means that she had all of the external sex characteristics of a woman, but no uterus or fallopian tubes.

She was also born with internal testicles, which – although she didn’t realize this until her mid-twenties – were removed when she was a teenager. She thought at the time that she was undergoing another medical procedure.

This is one of the many possible genetic configurations that can lead to a person being known to be intersex.

“A lot of young intersex people like me, when they are babies or children, will have operations that are not necessary, for vanity purposes,” she said. “But later on when your hormones kick in you realize it wasn’t necessary after all and it can cause a lot of confusion for the child.”

Knowing from a young age that she was different from most other girls – she didn’t have her period and could never have children – is what pushed her to compete in her youth, she declared.

“I started competing when I was 14 because, I think at that point, it was the need to feel super feminine because of everything I was going through,” said Blankenship. “I was really confused and loved stepping into this world of glamor and feeling super girly.”

After placing in the top five in her first competition, she spoke to one of the judges, who at the time was the reigning Ms. Michigan. The previous winner presented Blankenship with a pin from her crown, she said, and filled a young Jackie with the positive advice and encouragement that has followed her to this day.

She continued to glean confidence from contests as she grew older, and now uses her platform to explain why she needed that confidence boost and bring attention to an issue that doesn’t attract attention. at all attention.

“The more I researched, the more I learned that there were thousands of infants born with my disease or any of 40 other diseases, similar but different from mine, and undergoing up to seven to 10 extreme operations. to continue to solve problems that were often created by surgery, “Blankenship said.” Fortunately, I didn’t have to deal with it.

“My surgery was fairly straightforward and the ramifications of my surgery were more mental. But most of these children have no control over their surgery, and in reality most surgeries can wait until puberty. For those whose conditions are more visible (genetically) than mine, the reality is you don’t know which hormone will be dominant until your hormones start to kick in.

When not educating people about the issues of intersex youth or talking on the air, life is about family and racing for Blankenship, a Portage Northern graduate who once raced cross country. and athletics at Ferris State University.

Blankenship and her husband, Jim Blankenship, are parents to 5-year-old daughter Greenleigh, born to sister of Jackie Blankenship, to the couple.

Blankenship will return to Las Vegas in January to compete for the title of Ms. World, something she calls “just surreal.” This time, her platform will shift to the opioid epidemic, as she will become the voice of Victoria’s Voice Foundation, the official charity of Mrs. America.

Also on MLive:

OutFront Kalamazoo Launches Fundraiser to Support LGBTQ + Programs and Services

Get your shovels ready, more snow is coming for Michigan

Kalamazoo encouraged to buy local at ‘critical’ time for small businesses


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Grand Rapids Catholic Central football wins 2021 division. 5th title https://michopc.com/grand-rapids-catholic-central-football-wins-2021-division-5th-title/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 02:48:45 +0000 https://michopc.com/grand-rapids-catholic-central-football-wins-2021-division-5th-title/ When in doubt, put the ball back in the hands of your best playmakers. That’s exactly what Grand Rapids Catholic Central did in the Division 5 football final on Saturday as the Cougars finished a season 14-0 with a hard-earned 31-7 victory over Marine City at Ford Field in Detroit. The Cougars moved away late […]]]>

When in doubt, put the ball back in the hands of your best playmakers.

That’s exactly what Grand Rapids Catholic Central did in the Division 5 football final on Saturday as the Cougars finished a season 14-0 with a hard-earned 31-7 victory over Marine City at Ford Field in Detroit.

The Cougars moved away late in a defensive battle as quarterback John Passinault connected on 59- and 17-yard touchdowns to the throw-off from Notre Dame Nolan Ziegler, who finished the game with seven catches. for 136 yards.

The backbreaker in the defensive fight came with 19 seconds left in the third and Grand Rapids CC clinging to a 10-7 advantage.

MICK MCCABE:How a freshman QB led Belleville to the state championship; “I would say I was not nervous”



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LIST: Western Michigan vacation events in 2021 https://michopc.com/list-western-michigan-vacation-events-in-2021/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:30:00 +0000 https://michopc.com/list-western-michigan-vacation-events-in-2021/ MOSCOW (AP) – Rescuers have found a survivor at a Siberian coal mine where dozens of miners are presumed dead after a devastating methane explosion, a senior local official said on Friday. Sergei Tsivilyov, governor of the Kemerovo region where the mine is located, told the Telegram messaging app that the survivor was found in […]]]>

MOSCOW (AP) – Rescuers have found a survivor at a Siberian coal mine where dozens of miners are presumed dead after a devastating methane explosion, a senior local official said on Friday.

Sergei Tsivilyov, governor of the Kemerovo region where the mine is located, told the Telegram messaging app that the survivor was found in the Listvyazhnaya mine in southwest Siberia and “he is taken to hospital “.

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Grand Rapids New Years Ball drop is not coming back this year https://michopc.com/grand-rapids-new-years-ball-drop-is-not-coming-back-this-year/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 21:07:00 +0000 https://michopc.com/grand-rapids-new-years-ball-drop-is-not-coming-back-this-year/ GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The New Year’s ball drop won’t be coming back to Grand Rapids this year. Townsquare Media, which hosted the return of the New Years Eve drop in 2019, has confirmed to Grand Rapids officials that they will not be hosting a bullet drop this year, according to Evette Pittman, the city’s […]]]>

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The New Year’s ball drop won’t be coming back to Grand Rapids this year.

Townsquare Media, which hosted the return of the New Years Eve drop in 2019, has confirmed to Grand Rapids officials that they will not be hosting a bullet drop this year, according to Evette Pittman, the city’s special events manager. .

Pittman said no further large-scale bullet drops to usher in the New Year in Grand Rapids were planned.

Townsquare Media did not respond to calls for comment.

Townsquare Media, which owns a number of stations including 100.5 The River and 97.9 WGRD, resurrected the New Years Ball in downtown Grand Rapids in 2019. It included musical acts, food trucks, drinks, fireworks and more.

Related: New Years Eve balloon drop returns to Grand Rapids after hiatus

At the time, Townsquare Media officials said they planned to continue dropping the ball for at least five years. Like many other annual events in the pandemic’s first year, no drop has taken place in 2020.

Before the 2019 balloon drop, there hadn’t been one in Grand Rapids since New Years Eve 2015.

This was the last year Cumulus Media Grand Rapids’ HOT-FM hosted the event before deciding not to continue it due to expenses and declining attendance.

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$ 10,000 grants to support anti-violence initiatives in Grand Rapids https://michopc.com/10000-grants-to-support-anti-violence-initiatives-in-grand-rapids/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 00:07:55 +0000 https://michopc.com/10000-grants-to-support-anti-violence-initiatives-in-grand-rapids/ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A task force from Grand Rapids has selected the five programs that will receive $ 10,000 each to work to reduce violence and crime. The groups are part of more than a dozen organizations that presented their ideas to the city’s Safe Alliances for All task force during a pitch […]]]>

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A task force from Grand Rapids has selected the five programs that will receive $ 10,000 each to work to reduce violence and crime.

The groups are part of more than a dozen organizations that presented their ideas to the city’s Safe Alliances for All task force during a pitch night last week.

We Matter Now will host a two-day conference to provide youth training in conflict resolution and problem solving.

The Grand Rapids Community Transformation Center will use the money earned to sponsor a community basketball league. Young people will be able to participate in exchange for reduced absenteeism and school suspensions. They will also benefit from the support of mentors.

The Grand Rapids Neighborhood Association Collaborative will create a “Safe Streets = Safe Neighborhoods” public awareness campaign. The group says its goal will be to educate and train the community on gun safety, as well as best practices for combating violence.

Puertas Abiertas plans to use the money for a six-month program to support people between the ages of 14 and 18 who have survived domestic violence. It will offer individual therapy, group support and physical education.

Muse GR will host a community production studio that will provide people aged 15 to 24 with space for photography and videography. Muse has already received money from the SAFE task force for community music-based programs. The idea is to give young people a place off the streets where they can relate to others their age.

Freedom High Defense Solutions, a new start, also received $ 1,000 to help provide gun safety training, specifically on how to properly secure firearms.

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Shop Small This Holiday Season: Local Communities Count On Small Businesses For A Continuing Dynamic And Diverse Economy | Free press https://michopc.com/shop-small-this-holiday-season-local-communities-count-on-small-businesses-for-a-continuing-dynamic-and-diverse-economy-free-press/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://michopc.com/shop-small-this-holiday-season-local-communities-count-on-small-businesses-for-a-continuing-dynamic-and-diverse-economy-free-press/ Small and charming boutique-style boutiques, local breweries, cafes, restaurants, and small local service businesses give Grand Rapids, Minnesota an economic advantage for communities that only have large franchise businesses. When people own, operate and invest in small businesses, the community benefits in many ways. “Strong communities are built on local investment, equity and passion. Vibrant […]]]>

Small and charming boutique-style boutiques, local breweries, cafes, restaurants, and small local service businesses give Grand Rapids, Minnesota an economic advantage for communities that only have large franchise businesses. When people own, operate and invest in small businesses, the community benefits in many ways.

“Strong communities are built on local investment, equity and passion. Vibrant communities are where people invest and make people-based decisions with the locals in their best interests, ”said Mark Rudolph, president of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Small businesses have been hit hardest by this COVID-19 pandemic, and they need our support,” said Megan Christianson, executive director of Visit Grand Rapids. Visit Grand Rapids, the Chamber, and Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) are all members of the Grand Rapids Downtown Business Association and are committed to creating a vibrant downtown. The DBA Board of Directors is made up of professional volunteers who want to see the city center as a welcoming place where people want to do business, shop, dine and enjoy history, art and culture. culture. “We see downtown as the heartbeat of our community, we want it to be a place where people want to come to do business, shop, eat and drink and enjoy art and history,” Christianson.

Small businesses in Grand Rapids are getting creative to keep people safe shopping with them during the holiday season. Businesses use Commend Sold, online websites that offer curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping options. Restructuring of creative businesses was necessary for small businesses to stay in business during the pandemic, and has now become crucial for growth strategies. Small businesses must have pivoted in no time. “Our small businesses are ready to serve customers in any capacity they seek to shop and do business,” Christianson shares.

“When I ask my six year old daughter Goldie: What’s important about Christmas? »She always responds with« family! ”, Explained IEDC President Tamara Lowney. “In our small rural community, our small businesses are family-run. They donate to hockey teams, serve you hot chocolate on freezing days and do whatever they can to cheer us up. It’s up to us to reciprocate. Shop for your family… with your family. Buy local this holiday season! “

Communities benefit when people buy from local small businesses. According to the University of Minnesota Duluth, Center for Economic Development; if each adult made a $ 50 purchase each month at a small local store, $ 5.5 million would remain in the Grand Rapids community. If each business spent $ 500 each month with a local supplier, $ 7 million would stay in the Grand Rapids community. When we buy small and local, our local communities benefit!

This holiday season it is more important than ever that we support our small businesses and local businesses by purchasing gifts for friends and family at these local small businesses. The Grand Rapids area is fortunate to have boutique style boutiques that offer unique gift items, home decor, clothing, jewelry, footwear, home made, recycled, antiques and l ‘art. Another idea for local shopping is to buy the gift of adventure, unique experiences and travel. Buying tickets for an upcoming show, renting outdoor recreation or renting a cabin to enjoy with your family while on vacation to relax and reconnect.

“Buying gift cards and Chamber Bucks ensures that your holiday gift dollars will be spent locally at small businesses,” Rudolph shares. “We defend the interests of companies, so that they can prosper. »Visit Grand Rapids markets and promote the Grand Rapids, MN area to generate positive economic impact through travel and tourism. The mission of the Grand Rapids Downtown Business Association is to strengthen a vibrant downtown that is the heartbeat of the community by fostering a diverse mix of retail, service industry and culture. The Itasca Economic Development Corporation strives to develop the economy of Itasca County through education, research and outreach that creates business opportunities.

The three organizations work together to support a healthy, vibrant and diverse business environment that can all thrive to generate positive economic impact for the community.


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