The Bob Ross Bracket Challenge

The Bob Ross Bracket Challenge is live! This is the lead up to the Community Arts Celebration next Wednesday. The winner of the Bob Ross Bracket Challenge will be announced LIVE on The Morning Show next Wednesday. Please share on and vote for your favorite!  (I need your vote)

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One side of the bracket is the WGVU FM On Air Team with a few special guests voted in by popular demand including WGVU General Manager Michael Walenta, on the other side of the bracket we have key community leaders including Grand Valley State University President Tom Haas!

Vote now and share away, please use the following #’s and we will help spread the word! Use ‪#‎PBSNerd‬ and ‪#‎iamWGVU‬. Here is the link to vote:

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Thank you all for your support!


How We Grow…(via The Rapidian)

Local organizations Equity Drinks, BL2END, OutPro and The Salon are seeking the wisdom and experiences of local residents in their upcoming forum “How We Grow”

Racial justice advocates and neighborhood leaders are hosting an event that is meant to spark a hard conversation about whether economic growth in Grand Rapids benefits everyone. The event, titled How We Grow, is being hosted by Equity Drinks, BL2END, OutPro and The Salon and will be held August 20 at 5 p.m. at the Wealthy Theatre.

With the growth in Grand Rapids, many see only certain segments of the population being considered in the growth and benefiting from this resurgence. For many in the community this event will offer an opportunity to look back at the growth of Grand Rapids over the past few years, to see what has worked well while at the same time offering the ability to look into the future at how the community continues to grow in a way that works for all in the city.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour, and the paneled discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids, MI). Find more information and rsvp on the Facebook event.

See the full story in the Rapidian online at the link below



Grand Opening Celebration Day Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 4, 2015

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

GR Trivia – New Questions and Prizes Every Hour

Prize schedule:

11:00 hour: 1 Family Four Pack to John Ball Zoo, 1 Culture Pass Card

12:00 hour: 1 CityFlats Overnight stay, 1 Culture Pass Card

1:00 hour: 1 Pair of Tickets to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 1 Culture Pass Card

2:00 hour: 1 Family Four Pack to John Ball Zoo

3:00 hour: 1 Pair of Tickets to Grand Rapids Art Museum, 1 Culture Pass Card

4:00 hour: 1 Pair of Tickets to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

5:00 hour: 1 Beer City Package (21 and over)

6:00 hour: 4 pack tickets to St. Cecilia’s concert “Passionate Expressions,”1 Culture Pass Card

7:00 hour: $25 Gift Certificate to Applebee’s, 1 Beer City Package (21 and over)

8:00 hour: 1 Courtyard (downtown) Overnight Stay, 1 Pair of Tickets to Grand Rapids Art Museum

GR Riddle Scavenger Hunt – New Clues Released Throughout the Day

Grand Prize Package Drawing at 5:00 pm from all correct answers, need not be present to win

Prize Package includes:

1 CityFlats Overnight stay

1 GR Griffins Hockey Package

1 Family Four Pack to Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops Concert

Free Bites

11:30 am: CityS?n Lounge provides free samples from their delicious menu, while supplies last

Performances and demonstrations

1:00 pm:  Pacific Island Dancers

2:00 pm: Jewelry Making Demonstration by New Era Jewelry

4:00 pm: Walking Tour/Monroe Center History with TourGR

7:00 pm: Spoken Word Artists/Poetry Reading



Spring Debut Hours (Beginning March 31)

Tues/Weds: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Thurs/Fri/Sat: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Sun: 12noon – 5:00pm

Mon: Closed (except Spring Break open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Michigan Battle of the Buildings

Made possible by strong community partners like Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, the Michigan USGBC Battle of the Buildings Program is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all Michigan area commercial & industrial buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators.  There is no cost to enter the competition.

Register at the link below….


NEDx, New Entrepreneurial Design, represents the everyday man. NED uses the resources around him to find new solutions to old problems instead of wasting them. NED is innovative and gets the job done.The event will provide information about the growing class inequality in America, and how businesses need to evolve to combat the changing market. A workshop will be led by Dr. Simone Ahuja who will guide the group to a better understanding of how to innovate efficiently and to capitalize on what resources are available – no matter how limited.
 Following the workshop will be a reception where the group will have an opportunity to network with each other and help form a connected community of entrepreneurs within the Grand Rapids area.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The Cheney Place, 1600 Monroe Avenue, NW

Grand Rapids, MI

The Agenda

Register 2:15-3:00 
Welcome 3:00-3:05 
Seth Speaking 3:05-3:30
Simone’s workshop 3:30-5:00
Panel Discussion 5:00-5:30
Wrap 5:30-6:00
Reception 6:00-7:00

During the event, two speakers will discuss the current decline of the middle class and how business models continue to cater to this changing socioeconomic class. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Simone Ahuja of Blood Orange, a business focused on implementing Jugaad/frugal Innovation with starting markets. Simone’s experiences in the global marketplace can teach, inspire, and inform local business models and marketplace decisions.

Seth Starner, President of New North Center for Design and Business, will open the conference, defining the challenge ahead.

Following these speakers, Dr. Ahuja will lead a dynamic skills based 1 ½ hour workshop for audience members to apply the Jugaad Innovation measures presented in local businesses and marketplace models. Book signing and social hour will cap the event.

Go to to find out more information!

You can directly RSVP at or there is a link on the website as well!

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GR Forward Thinking Speaker Series

Jen Keesmaat, Chief of Planning for Toronto. “Bold Vision in Planning”

Grand Rapids Forward: Downtown & River Action Plan 

Join the GR Forward planning process for our speaker series. Ms. Keesmaat is a partner at Dialog, and a founder of the Office for Urbanism, a planning and design firm that describes its work as specializing in “the integration of planning, design and consensus building processes.” An award-winning planner, she is a frequent public commentator on urban issues and is a columnist for the CBC Radio’s Toronto drive-home show. She has done work on master planning initiatives in Toronto, Vancouver, Mississauga, Vaughan, Regina, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Moncton, London and Halifax.

Date: November 20, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design
17 Fountain Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cost: Free