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ArtPrize Artist Registration Now Open

Artist registration opened at noon today for ArtPrize 2016. Registration for the eighth annual event runs until 5PM on June 2.

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That One Time an Elephant Threw Out the First Pitch at a West Michigan Whitecaps Game [VIDEO]

Want to be a successful minor league baseball team? You'd better be ready to combine one part Babe Ruth and one part PT Barnum. The Grand Rapids based West Michigan Whitecaps do that better than just about any team - like the one time when an elephant threw out the first pitch.

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The Ultimate Michigan Summer Baseball Road Trip: 7 Games, 7 Stadiums, 7 Days

It wouldn't be a Michigan summer without baseball and road trips. Combine the two and you'll have a memorable summer vacation.

Enjoy a week of great baseball this summer while exploring seven stadiums and some great Michigan cities!

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GVSU Study Says Over 80 Percent of Grand Rapids Residents Would Give City Grade of ‘A’ or ‘B’

A new study released today by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University shows more than 80 percent of Grand Rapids area residents would give the city an overall grade of "A" or "B" as a place to live, but ratings varied widely based on home location, race, education and poverty level.

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The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in West Michigan

As we approach Valentine's Day many of us are looking for the perfect place to book a romantic dinner for our significant other.

Last week, OpenTable revealed the '100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America' and two Michigan restaurants made the list...

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Christmas Tree Disposal in Grand Rapids, Drop-Off for Free or Pay for Pickup

The City of Grand Rapids is offering residents two options for disposing of their live Christmas trees; free drop-off and a fee-based curbside pickup.

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Giving Tuesday Events in West Michigan

The craziness of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season is being offset today by Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to take a break from shopping and help local organizations to raise money. Many groups in West Michigan are holding special Giving Tuesday events today.

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Grand Rapids is Michigan’s Happiest City According to Science!

The people over at HomeSnacks took a look at all the towns and cities in Michigan to see where the happiest people in the state live. They saw a poll saying that only a third of Americans are happy, and decided to find all the happy people.

Grand Rapids, unsurprisingly, came in first place, having the happiest people!

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ArtPrize Seven Winners Announced

The winners of ArtPrize Seven were announced tonight at The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Two $200,000 Grand Prizes were awarded.

The Public Vote winner was Loveless PhotoFiber's "Northwood Awaking." The Jury Award winner is Kate Gilmore's "Higher Ground."

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Inside The B.O.B. and Women’s City Club at ArtPrize Seven [Photos]

With 1,550 entries at over 160 venues, it's nearly impossible to see everything at ArtPrize Seven.

As we enter the final weekend there are two venues which offer a chance to see a lot of art with a total of 127 entries between them: The B.O.B. and Women's City Club.

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ArtPrize Artist Paints Death Row Inmates’ Final Meals [Photos]

Julie Green's "The Last Supper" is at Kendall College of Art and Design/Fed Galleries @ KCAD for ArtPrize Seven.

The entry shows plates with paintings of death row inmates' last meal requests.

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ArtPrize Public Vote Finalists [Photos]

ArtPrize announced the Public Vote Finalists for ArtPrize Seven on Sunday afternoon at Rosa Parks Circle.

See photos of all of the Public Vote finalists.

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