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    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
  • downtown kalamazoo aerial The Place to Be Downtown Kalamazoo attracting residents, business
  • road-salt-ruining-urban-lakes-kalamazoo-encore Salty Lakes Is road salt ruining Kalamazoo's urban lakes?
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    Jack, one of two of her donkeys, adoringly receives a kiss from author Bonnie Jo Campbell.

    Bonnie Jo Campbell The successful novelist who ‘failed to give up writing’
  • Paul-Sizer-comics-Encore-cover

    Comics and graphic design artist Paul Sizer created this special art for the September issue of Encore

    Get Serious Kalamazoo has a thriving comics scene
  • Darin-Bain-Kalamazoo-Coffee-Co.-Black Owl Cafe

    Bain in an upstairs room of his Black Owl Cafe; a room he is hoping to open to the public soon.

    Creativity Unbound Is there anything Black Owl Café’s Darren Bain hasn’t done?

From left: Bob Fredericks, Ashley Stommen and J. Nate Tilka all host open-mic comedy shows in Kalamazoo.

Funny Friends UniteComedians come together to build thriving Kalamazoo comedy scene

Talia Coleman works with her 2-year-old son Kar’Mon on recognizing numbers, including the spelling of the words.

Parents As TeachersProgram helps parents foster children's early development

What's Happening in SW Michigan

Up Front

WMU lab studies how humans and robots communicate

Good Works

Workplace fosters relationships for youth and adults


Eichorn Family Farm brings duck eggs to markets


Kalamazoo bands forge new frontiers to promote music


Belly dance duo teaches, performs for and inspires others

Back Story

Co-founder & General Manager West Michigan Beer Tours