• Encore-Magazine-Fetzer-Institute-building-December-2016

    The Fetzer Institute’s building glows on an autumn night. Photo by Brian Powers

    An Illuminating Mission The Fetzer Institute is working toward a more loving world
  • Encore-Magazine-Right-Retreat-GilChrist-Stone-Chapel-November-2016

    The Stone Chapel at GilChrist offers a cozy meditation space. Photo by Brian Powers

    The Right Retreat You don’t have to go far to get away from it all
  • 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
Encore-Magazine-History-of-House-December-2016
The History of a HouseA little sleuthing can help uncover a home’s past
Encore-Magazine-History-of-House-Research-Lynn-Houghton-December-2016

Lynn Houghton, WMU regional history collections curator, with many of the historic maps and books one can access for information on a house.

Does Your House Have a Past?Resources for researching the history of your house

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Up Front

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Good Works

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Savor

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Enterprise

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Arts

Couple turns old building into creative incubator

Back Story

Reading Together coordinator and selection librarian, Kalamazoo Public Library