• Encore-Magazine-KVCC-Food-Innovation-students-October-2016

    KVCC student Tristin Janson, left, and production manager Ben Bylsma, far right, work a row of plants as Rachel Bair and instructor Lee Arbogast (center left and right, respectively) observe.

    From Seed to Saute KVCC students learn food innovation from the ground up
  • Encore-Magazine-Mitchell-Blueberries-hands-September-2016 Their Blood Runs Blue Four generations cultivate success of Mitchell’s Blueberries
  • Encore-Magazine-Fresh-Food-Fairy-August-2016 The Fresh Food Fairy She spins magic with a healthy food message
  • Encore-Magazine-Quilts-as-Art-Skarritt-quilt-July-2016

    “One Hundred and Ten Degrees: The 2015 Temperature Quilt,” created by Jacqueline Skarritt, won an award in the 2016 West Michigan Area Show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

    Stitched Masterpieces Local quilters' creations are works of art
  • Encore-Magazine-Kalamazoo-Blues-June-2016

    Among the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association members that make the annual blues festival happen are, from left: Ralph Yingling, Colleen Barker, Mike Barker, Doug Beckman, Dennis Massingill and Dave Hunt.

    Kalamazoo's Got the Blues Love for blues music fuels annual festival
  • Encore-Magazine-Going-Native-Jen-Howell-Pierce-Cedar-Creek-May-2016

    Jennifer Howell, stewardship director for Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, looks at blooming black-eyed Susans among the 80 acres of native prairie habitat at the Institute.

    Growing Native Improving the environment one yard at a time
  •  Encore-Magazine-Tim-Hiller-Dustin-Noble-training-April-2016

    Tim Hiller works with Dustin Noble on his throwing technique in a session at Next Level Performance.

    The Next Level Training athletes in performance and leadership
  • Encore-Magazine-Game-Makers-S2-Games-April-2016

    Employees at S2, often convene in the company’s Creative Collaboration Room to work on games or play games. From right, Michael Kirzinger, CEO Marc DeForest, Jason Gripp and Stephen Baker talk about the company’s latest game in development.

    Game Makers Rival video game companies coexist peacefully in Kalamazoo
  • Makerspace-All-Hands-Active-Doug-Coombe-Encore-Feb.2016

    With equipment and expertise to share, the All Hands Active makerspace in Ann Arbor serves tinkerers of all ages.

    Making a Makerspace Creating a space for innovation and invention in Kalamazoo
  • Features-Matt-Giraud-Encore-Magazine-January-2016

    Matt Giraud relaxes with fiancée Aleena Hamilton at their Kalamazoo-area home.

    Matt Giraud On going from American Idol to American dad

A mother moves her finger along with the words, a literacy development skill, as she reads to her daughter in the preschool classroom at a weekly Lift Up Through Literacy event at Skyridge Church.

Family Time for LiteracyParents, kids learn tools to improve reading, writing and even math

Volunteer Marilyn Schutter was instrumental in starting WMCC’s volunteer corps.

Volunteer ComfortCancer center patients get hugs, support from those who’ve been there

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