Category Archives: Kim St. James’ Blog

Amway Grand Plaza Shows Love During Covid-19 Pandemic

Amway Grand Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids shows their love and support to the community by lighting up their building with a heart.  They want to let the doctors, nurses, first responders and everyone working on the front lines they support them.  MORE

GRCC Offering Food To Students

Grand Rapids Community College is offering food to students struggling during the coronavirus crisis.  Students can pickup bags of food through their drive-up service.  They will offer the pick up service once a week over the next three weeks.  The curbside pickup will be at Lyon Street at the brick-paved portion of the north end…MORE

Kids’ Food Basket Will Continue To Provide Lunch For Children During School Closure

Kids’ Food Basket, a non-profit here in West Michigan helping to feed children in need, will continue to provide lunches for kids during the school closures.  Michigan Governor Whitmer announced Thursday that she is ordering all K-12 schools to close starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5th.  Kids’ Food Basket said on their website…MORE

Online Baby Shower For Maren Morris Will Help Babies In GR

Maren Morris is due any day with her first baby, a boy.  In honor of her tour stop at Van Andel Arena this summer, they are having an online baby shower in her name to support children here in Grand Rapids.  If you donate to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Amazon Wish List as part…MORE

Art Van Furniture Closing All Their Stores

Art Van Furniture has announced they’re closing their doors.  According to WZZM 13, Art Van will start liquidating all their assets starting this Friday.  Art Van has been a staple here in Michigan for decades.  The Detroit based company owns stores in other states as well, and says they have been hit hard by a…MORE

Free Admission At Grand Rapids Public Museum

Thanks to the sponsorship from Kent County Farm Bureau, the GRPM will have free admission on Sunday, March 15th.  Spend the day exploring all three floors of the exhibits, plus get hands on with agriculture-themed activities from Kent County Farm Bureau and artifacts from the GRPM Collections.  TOYS! and Design Zone  will also be included free of charge…MORE

Largest Ice Festival In Michigan This Weekend In Grand Rapids

The annual Valent-Ice Festival kicks off Friday in Grand Rapids.  It’s part of the World of Winter Festival that began last month.  According to artist Randy Finch, there will be over 50 ice sculptures all over the city.  Look for the giant colored clown fish in front of the Holiday Inn, or a huge T-rex…MORE

Lori’s Voice Reaches Million Dollar Milestone For Special Needs Children

Lori’s Voice, a West Michigan non-profit, has reached a $1 million dollar milestone in offering grants to children with special needs.  Lori and Dave Hastings established the all-volunteer Lori’s Voice back in 2011 to help families with special needs children afford the costs of care not covered by insurance.  Their mission is to inspire children…MORE

Faster Horses Festival Lineup 2020

Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and Luke Combs will headline this years Faster Horses Festival.  The music event takes place July 17, 18 and 19th in Brooklyn, Michigan.  Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi and Tracy Lawrence will also perform over the weekend.  Find out the full list of performers and camping details at    MORE

World of Winter Begins This Weekend In GR

Who says you can’t have fun in the winter?  World of Winter starts this weekend in downtown Grand Rapids.  It’s a festival of frozen fun for everyone.  Snowshoe at the park, dance at the silent disco, check out the Prismatica light display, celebrate the Lunar New Year, play games at the Downtown Market Ice Bar…MORE