GVL / Courtesy - Experience Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Pride Fest to celebrate LGBTQ community

To commemorate June being LGBT Pride Month, the annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival will be held to honor and celebrate the greater LGBTQ community. There will be no fee to enter the festival Saturday, June 17, in downtown Grand Rapids. The event, which will go from noon to midnight, will feature a selection of vendors and booths, as well as music and live drag performances.

GVL - Courtesy of Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan
Stomp out Stigma walk

'Stomp Out Stigma' 5K walk advocates mental health awareness

To aid in raising mental health awareness and advocacy, the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan will be hosting its 2017 "Stomp Out Stigma" 5K walk Saturday, May 20, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grand Valley State University's L. William Seidman Center, located in downtown Grand Rapids across from GVSU's Pew Campus.

GVL - Courtesy of Shea Sarns

Laker Marching Band drumline auditions to kick off this month

The Grand Valley State University Laker Marching Band (LMB) is one of the largest and most visible NCAA Division II marching bands in the country and has provided music and entertainment for football fans since 1977.  This year's auditions for the LMB drumline will begin Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continue Sunday, May 21, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 1515 of the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus.

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Brooke Axtell, official headshot

'Consent and healthy relationships'

Grand Valley State University is partnering with the Center for Women in Transition (CWT) to welcome Brooke Axtell to campus to talk about consent and healthy relationships. This event will take place Friday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room Friday. Attendance is free, and all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to come.