Tag Archives: West Michigan

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Run 100 Miles? How One West Michigan Woman Goes the “Ultra” Distance

Many people new to running start with a 5K race goal, a manageable yet challenging 3.1 miles. East Grand Rapids resident Carolynn Nauta set her sights on finishing a half-marathon, or 13.1 miles. It didn’t go exactly as planned. “Everything…



Prevent Pollution, Water Your Garden for Less with a Rain Barrel

If you want to see full blooms in your flower or vegetable garden this summer, consistent watering will likely be necessary. Harnessing rain water for use in your home garden is relatively easy and it can help ease downstream water…



Running & Michigan: A Perfect Pairing for Traverse City Blogger  

It’s not entirely surprising that the idea for a running blog came together on a run. What has been surprising for Heather Johnson Durocher, the mastermind and runner behind Michigan Runner Girl, an online community for endurance athletes and Michigan…

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Hike it Baby: Group Encourages Nature-Loving Kids, Like-Minded Community

On a recent sunny spring morning, Amanda Dabideen took her almost two-year-old son Brandon for a walk at Schrier Park in Portage. The stroll was the pair’s first encounter with the Kalamazoo branch of Hike it Baby, an organization dedicated…


New Rules, Grants, and Preview Week for 2016 ArtPrize

When ArtPrize returns to downtown Grand Rapids this fall, past grand prize winners such as Ann Loveless and Anila Quayyum Agha won’t be eligible to take part, at least not as competitors. The decision to make previous public vote or…

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GR Organizer Wants Women to Ride, Hike, and Get Outside

Johannah Jelks doesn’t describe herself as a cyclist. Even though she founded She Rides Her Own Way as a campaign to encourage biking, her passion for the pastime started very organically, which led her to believe it might be something…


5 Michigan Ski Locations to Hit the Slopes at this Winter

What is a Michigan winter without celebrating the cold, icy, snowy weather? Here are five Michigan downhill ski locations to hit the slopes at and enjoy the snow before the weather takes a turn for the warmth of spring: Indianhead Mountain…



Humor Your Kids at LaughFest: 8 Events Perfect for Toddlers, Kids, Tweens and Teens

A lot of stand-up acts are known for their mature humor, but LaughFest organizers have made sure that everyone, regardless of age, can find a reason to laugh. If you’ve got kids, there’s no excuse for missing out on the…


GR Schools to Offer Sports to K-8 Students at No Cost

Kids attending Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) will be able to participate in sports programs regardless of their ability to pay thanks to a new fundraising initiative. Through a partnership with the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation (SAF), the district…