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A New Farmers Market

A New Farmers Market

J. Bennett Rylah

The Fulton Street Farmers Market was one of the first markets established in Grand Rapids in the early 1900s, but the only one that would sell directly to consumers versus to wholesalers. While new technology was enabling food to travel longer distances, food prices were increasing. A group of housewives decided to utilize the farmland that surrounded them to establish the market. It was a grassroots effort made possible with community volunteers. And as the Market celebrates its 90th birthday this year, it's still a community project. On Saturday, May 5, the Market will experience a rebirth as its renovation is revealed to the public at 7:45 a.m., right before opening to shoppers for the year.

"I used to avoid coming here on Saturdays," admits Christine Helms-Maletic, Fulton Street Farmers Market's Project Development Manager. "It was always so crowded."

Inaugural Class of Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inducted

Inaugural Class of Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inducted

The Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society (MERES) welcomed the inaugural class of inductees into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Wednesday evening. Five individuals as well as an outstanding environmental education program, one environmental project and a nonprofit organization were honored for their commitments to environmental stewardship and significant contributions to Michigan’s quality of life

“There are many who work tirelessly to protect the environment throughout Michigan,” said Ronald Brown, chair of the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.  “Their dedication has improved the quality of life in our state and the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society believes that the time has come to recognize these people, projects and organizations.” 

Ubanized. A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit May 31 at Wealthy Theatre

Ubanized. A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit May 31 at Wealthy Theatre

Thursday, May 31, 6:30pm

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Admission is free!

Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

6:30-9:00 - intro, film & brief discussion

Showing sponsored by Lott3 Metz Architecture, Nederveld Inc., The Rapid, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and Wondergem

Visit http://www.friendsofgrparks.org for additional information.

Grand Rapids goes green with the help of Tree Huggers

Grand Rapids goes green with the help of Tree Huggers

by Scott Kaplan in LOCAL LIFE in collaboration with West Michigan Environmental Action Council's Environmental Bureau

Angela Topp knows that “going green” can seem like a daunting task without the right help. She recalls her own experience a few years ago, trying to buy supplies to start vermicomposting. She had to order her supplies – including her worms – online, and was frustrated that she didn’t have a place to go or anyone to talk to when she had questions.

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters

On Sunday, April 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Volunteer Missionary Movement is sponsoring a fundraising event featuring bestselling author Edwina Gateley. Her latest book, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters – Standing on Their Shoulders, will be the topic of discussion and she will provide us with some exquisite examples of feminine wisdom and courage.

We will hear about the women on whose shoulders we all stand.  They include saints, mystics, and martyrs; reformers, writers and environmentalists. Edwina will introduce us to women such as Hildegard of Bingen, Emily Dickinson, Rachel Carson, Pema Chodron, Dorothy Stang, Aung San Suu Kyi and Wangari Muta Maathai.

Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society to honor first-ever class at induction ceremon

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society (MERES) announced the inaugural class of inductees into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.  Five individuals as well as an outstanding environmental education program, one environmental project and a nonprofit organization will be honored for their commitments to environmental stewardship and significant contributions to Michigan’s quality of life
 
Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Class of 2012
 
Individual contributions to Michigan’s environment

  • Peter Wege, Grand Rapids
  • Robert “Bud” Slingerland, North Branch
  • Tom Bailey, Harbor Springs
  • Theresa Bernhadt, Muskegon
  • Gloria Miller, DeWitt

Outstanding environmental education program

  • Tuscola Intermediate School District, Caro

Project that has made a significant impact on a community’s environment

Fine Arts Photography and Glass Sculpture

Fine Arts Photography and Glass Sculpture

Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery is displaying the artistic works of West Michigan artists Randall Nyhof and Jim VanBeek through April 29, 2012. Most items are available for purchase.

The Gallery is open to the public daily: