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As the new year begins, the Press Club of Grand Rapids will acknowledge the accomplishments of Etta Smith Wilson, the first full-time paid professional woman reporter in nineteenth-century Grand Rapids. Not only a pioneer in journalism, Smith Wilson also founded many women’s press organizations in Michigan and was an active Press Club of Grand Rapids member. Cindy Laug, a local historian and administrative assistant to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, will give a lively presentation about Smith Wilson on Wednesday, January 23, at the Press Club of Grand Rapids.

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center and Sustainable Community Development Initiative are presenting the second annual Women & Environment Symposium on Friday, February 15 at the GVSU L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Beginning January 9, Pine Rest will display a selection of Stacy A. Niedzwiecki’s digital art pieces. The exhibit will be located in the Postma Center Leep Art Gallery at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, 300 68th Street, Grand Rapids.

The upcoming new year spurs a host of resolutions, many of which revolve around improved eating habits and reaching a healthier weight. Chefs and dietitians at Saint Mary’s Health Care are providing resources to help West Michigan succeed with its goals.

Paul Hoffman, Joe Sturgill, and Bob Buchanan will rock the stage at Watermark 920 (920 Washington Ave, Muskegon, Michigan) on December 21, at 6 p.m., via the Inside The Mitten concert series.

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