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    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
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    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’
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    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?
  • Steven Van Antwerpen and his 2-year-old son, Derk, check out vintage toys and tools at the Allegan Antiques Market.

    Antiquing We Will Go Treasure hunting at the Allegan Antiques Market
  • Renee Newman and Derek Theil

    Renee Newman and Derek Theil in the doorway of “Felix,” the 1964 Airstream trailer they lovingly restored.

    Camping, Old Style Vintage Trailers are becoming trendy, but it takes a special breed to love them
  • Bob Kettemen of Taco Bob’s in downtown Kalamazoo shows his appreciation for Kevin Seckler, the KDPS officer who patrols downtown.

    Getting to Know You KDPS' Canvassing Program has officers getting to know those they serve
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Jim Houston was pivotal in the creation of Community Promise Credit Union which serves low-income customers in the Edison neighborhood.

Second ActsAfter lives of working, these folks ‘aren’t done yet’
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From left: German visitors Helmut and Barbara Woebbeking and Ursula and Walter Rakebrand-Giere with Kalamazoo hosts Melanie Perry, Jim Cousins and Dave and Lyn Hargreave.

A Force For FriendshipClub hosts strangers from afar and turns them into friends

What's Happening in SW Michigan

Up Front

Group seeks to bring back WMU's Africana Studies program

Good Works

Busy lives fuel Genesis Fitness & Wellness’ success

Savor

Fresh foods and goods available in the off-season

Arts

Book captures ‘endangered landscapes’ drawn by California artist

Back Story

Executive Director, Can-Do Kitchen