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Shrek the Musical!

June 01, 2018
Grand Rapids’ Civic Theatre will be painting the town green with its latest on-stage spectacle that brings new life to the old adage, “Ogres are like onions.” Sound familiar? Fans of the 2001 hit comedy Shrek will surely remember this quip from its swamp-dwelling lead. As Shrek goes on to explain, ogres and onions share an important (and often overlooked) quality: layers. It’s easy to hear this and think, Gee, that’s a pretty big stretch for a kid’s story. And that’s because Shrek isn’t just a kid’s story. It’s a world story, crafted for real-world people of all places and… Read more...
For one weekend every summer, tens of thousands of people flock to Lake Michigan’s shoreline—not for a beach getaway, but for a celebration of the arts. This summer will be no different as the Lakeshore Art Festival returns to downtown Muskegon on July 6 and 7, 2018. If you’re imagining a quick stroll by pop-up tents in a park, it’s time to summon your inner artist and get a bit more creative. What began in 1961 as an art and craft show in Muskegon’s historic Hackley Park has turned into a two-day bash that transforms the city’s downtown into the… Read more...
Do you cross your legs when you sneeze? Have you ever laughed so hard, tears ran down your legs? Let’s talk about your pelvic floor. What? A pelvic floor? What is that? Do I have one? As a pelvic floor physical therapist, these are questions I experience regularly. Why is one of the most important muscle groups in our bodies getting no attention? There has been a recent push for overall wellness—including getting the right amount of daily exercise, eating clean and healthy, and avoiding toxic preservatives and chemicals—but we often forget our pelvic floor. Yes, that thing deep in… Read more...

Theater Is Powerful

April 03, 2018
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (GRCT) presents Akeelah and the Bee, the heartwarming story of a young girl’s courage in the face of overwhelming odds, April 20 – 29. GRCT chatted with Guest Director Dwandra Lampkin about taking on the project, her own acting career, and what this show represents. GRCT: You are an actress yourself. Tell us about your background in the theater world. DL: I started theater in high school and then decided to go to college and study it as well. I made the decision that this is what I wanted to do as a career. The odd… Read more...
When warm weather returns to West Michigan, there’s no better place to be than outside enjoying delicious food and drinks with good friends. On June 1, come celebrate the beauty of the season with Van Andel Institute’s (VAI) JBoard Ambassadors at the 8th annual Around the World event! Around the World is the JBoard’s signature event that brings people together for a fun evening and good cause: supporting VAI’s biomedical research and science education programs. Formed in 2009, the JBoard is a group of young professionals who are passionate advocates for the VAI’s mission. Led by co-chairs Rachel Mraz and… Read more...
Debbie Rock remembers the frustration she felt while first trying to navigate the special education system on behalf of her son, Robert. Now, she’s devoted to making sure other parents avoid similar feelings of helplessness. As a parent mentor for the Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF), she helps families whose children receive special education services learn the ins and outs of the system and directs them to state and local resources. “Ultimately, we hope that parents will become advocates for their children,” said Rock, who at any time is typically assisting as many as 40 families in Kent, Ionia, Barry,… Read more...
Choosing the right financial advisor is vitally important to your financial success. Merrill Lynch believes true financial success is achieved when you are able to make the investment-related decisions and trade-offs that will help you reach personally meaningful goals. Our dynamic team of female financial advisors works hard to understand you and your priorities—and puts your first. Meet the team and find the financial advisor right for you. April Armstrong April Armstrong, a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, started her career with Merrill Lynch in 1997. She resides in Ada with her… Read more...
When it comes to ideal spots to spend your time, you’re probably wondering, “Why would I want to hang out at a hotel?” CityFlatsHotel, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, isn’t just your everyday, hum-drum hotel. Locally owned and operated, the eco-friendly, boutique CityFlatsHotel is home to an onsite bar and lounge, a full-service salon, multiple premium event spaces and unique design features. That’s just the beginning. Check out five specific reasons why you should bring your girlfriends and significant other—and we all know your mom is just waiting by the phone to hang out with you—this month at… Read more...
Cars, cars and—you guessed it—more cars! Parked at the DeVos Place, running February 1 – 4, 2018, the Michigan International Auto Show has been the most highly attended annual event in Grand Rapids since it was first held in 1999. Here are five reasons you won’t want to miss the 20th annual show: 1. You’ll discover what drives you. With hundreds of cars on display, Michigan international Auto Show is the perfect place to find your next new car. Auto manufacturers from around the world highlight their finest traveling displays—sedans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids, performance vehicles—all in one place. Unlike some… Read more...
Did you know 7 to 10 million people around the world have Parkinson’s disease? A progressive neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s is known for its hallmark symptoms—tremor, slowed movement, rigidity and stilted gait—yet also marked by many others, such as cognitive decline and loss of sense of smell. Currently, there are no definite methods to diagnose Parkinson’s and there are limited treatment options. Scientists at Van Andel Institute (VAI) are working hard to change this reality. Through cutting-edge research and international partnerships, VAI is working to translate scientific discoveries into new therapies that impede the progress of Parkinson’s, in hopes of improving… Read more...
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