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SUN, FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT SUMMER READING LANSING'S LIBRARY OF THINGS

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FOR YOUR RIGHT...TO PARTY...

If you’re like me, you remember this song from 1986. The Beastie Boys gave my generation an anthem to strive for something good and just. That was when I realized I had a few rights. (Thanks Beastie Boys!) During government class, the review of the Declaration of Independence let me know I could pursue happiness. And, if I needed to, I could fight the system to get it. I was your typical child of the “excess” generation that focused on music, fun, crazy neon clothes and of course – entertainment. Just like many of my compatriots, I grew up. I put away the scrunchies and banana clips and tamed my hair (as much as I could anyway), and then I began “adulting.” Although I have worked hard and raised a family, I didn’t ever quite give up my love of the ‘80s. I listen to the music on my iPod, in the car on XM Radio and WFMK, but I also follow the best cover band around – Starfarm. Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a groupie, but I do get email and social updates on where they are

going to be, and I try to work it out in my calendar. I guess you can decide my level of groupie-ness.

coffee along Michigan Avenue. My husband and I treat the downtown as our functional backyard.

Starfarm is made up of a group of performers who by day work typical jobs and by night entertain the masses throughout the state. (They sound like superheroes, right?) I have to give this group credit. I can’t imagine working full time all week and spending evening weekend nights performing. Sounds exhausting. This month’s cover girl is Starfarm frontperson Whitney Spotts. She has an amazing voice and is a voice for the underserved or under-represented masses. Read her story and see for yourself.

Whatever type of entertainment you seek, there is something for everyone in our region. I’m particularly excited about the new options that are coming to our area. In Lansing, there is discussion regarding an amphitheater or HUB (Happening Under the Bridge facility) and a new River Trail transformation for people to hang out and enjoy the water asset we have.

For a few years now, I’ve been immersed in the empty-nester phase of my life and moving downtown continues to be an amazing journey. I love the energy of downtown life, but mostly it’s exciting to be close to entertainment on a daily basis. I get to walk across the street to Cooley Law School Stadium for games, music and fun. I walk, run and ride my bike on the River Trail, and I meet people for happy hour, dinner or

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MIKLAVCIC WINS ANNUAL HERO AWARD FROM E-PIFANY NOW Pam Miklavcic, executive director of the Davies Project in Lansing, was honored at the annual ePIFanyNow awards. Miklavcic received the Chris Rosati Hero Award for her work with the Davies Project in Lansing, which is community-based, nonmedical support for local families facing serious, long-term health challenges with a child. “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by ePIFanyNow, the premier agency known for paying it forward through kindness to others,” Miklavcic said. ■

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ALL ABOUT CATS AND CONNECTIONS BY CAITIE EDDY It’s a phenomena that made its way to our Capital City. Justine Bell is the founder of a new cafe in Lansing, The Trendy Tabby Cat Cafe. The cafe is about connection, whether it is with people or animals. “The idea is to make this as much of a community space as possible, for both the cats and the people,” Bell said. “The cafe is creating a home environment for the cats, so people can see what they’ll be like in their safe place.” It all started in college, when Bell worked for an animal shelter in Richmond, Indiana, as part of the kennel staff. She worked her way up the ranks there before coming to Michigan, where she started writing grants for the Capital Area Humane Society. “I had to leave when I had a child,” Bell explained. “But my heart was still with the humane society.” Later, Bell decided she wanted to do something for the animals again. But she didn’t want to start a shelter. “Having run rescue organizations, I knew that is not what I wanted to do. It was too hard,” she said

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So, something “rescue adjacent” was more in her sights. Something she would enjoy and the people visiting the cafe would, enjoy too. It would be a more relaxed setting for both the cats and the people. When asked how she manages everything in her life, Bell replied with one word, “Teamwork.” “When I pitched the idea at the Hatching Pitch Competition in April 2018, I had the marketing plan and business plan, but no team.”

According to Bell, as people get older, they start to realize that if they’re going to put the time and effort into something, they need to realize and do it the right way. Bell decided networking was the way to go. She met four other women who had the same vision she did and brought their own skills and ideas to the table. “We have Sam Kobe as the marketing manager, Tenna Rairigh as supplemental CEO – she takes care of all the legal, executive level needs – and Kirbay Pruess, who helps us with and lets us know about anything that happens in Old Town,” Bell said. “I am honored to be one-fifth of the girl power behind The Trendy Tabby Cat Cafe," Kobe explained. "The dynamic of our group is so powerful and has allowed me the opportunity to access some incredible resources within our community. Through our partnership with Capital Area Humane Society, we can help save lives and provide an interactive experience for potential adopters and animal lovers alike. This partnership benefits the human and animal community by providing great products to our customers and forever homes

for homeless cats. The support we have already received is indescribable and irreplaceable. Turns out, a little girl power can go a long way,” This project is a great representation to girls all over for a team of women putting their minds to an outcome and turning it into something remarkable. ■ Caitie Eddy is a freelance writer based in East Lansing, Michigan. She is an alum from Lansing Community College and is planning to continue her studies in art history and writing.


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Just like car insurance, you can get great deals on your credit cards when you’re a responsible consumer. If you have very good credit, you’ll be able to take advantage of a lot more perks, but it can be challenging to figure out which credit cards will be the best fit with your spending habits and lifestyle. However, with a little research, you can maximize your credit card rewards.

What Have You Done For Me Lately? If your credit score is good, you should call your credit card issuers once a year to ask what advantages you’re eligible for based on your history with them. Often, they can waive fees, increase your credit limit or provide you access to exclusive experiences. Rewards, Rewards and More Rewards Many credit card rewards programs work on a point system, in which you earn a certain number of points for each dollar spent. When you accumulate a certain number of points, you can redeem them for gift cards or items from the credit card company’s rewards catalog. Reward options are seemingly endless. The trick is to find the card that best fits your spending patterns. Here are three primary types of reward credit card features:

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credit cards may offer flexible rewards you can often use without restrictions and blackout dates of branded cards.

This card typically awards bonus points for the categories you spend the most on, and you will earn rewards that add value to your lifestyle. Your everyday spending credit card should also have built-in purchase protections in case the items you purchase become lost, damaged or simply go on sale right after your purchase.

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In most cases, you will not want this card to only award you one mile or point per dollar. You often can find a better earnings ratio that gives more points for your dollar.

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2. Perks for things you love the most This type of rewards card provides perks and special access to things that mean the most to you. These could be in-store discounts or special benefits at your favorite retailer, or behind-the-scenes access to special events. As with all credit cards in your wallet, if there is an annual fee, be sure you are getting your money’s worth each year.

Having credit cards based on your lifestyle and budget can help you save money if used wisely. The trick is to stay on top of your spending and make the most out of the credit card perks without breaking your budget. ■

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If you’re having a weekend party, do you really want to buy a badminton kit or a bocce ball kit just for the weekend?” One of the most popular items from the collection of the Library of Things is a mobile hotspot, which can be used virtually anywhere to get a wireless signal and connect to a Wi-Fi-enabled device. The Library of Things has 108 mobile hotspot units available, and Duimstra said it’s difficult to keep them on the shelves.

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“Some of it comes down to an affordability issue, and some of it is because we have patrons in the more rural areas we serve who don’t have a commercial (internet) provider available to them. They live in an area where there aren’t enough people for it,” he said.

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Think of it as Greater Lansing’s garage. Where are those badminton and cornhole sets? In the garage. Has anyone seen the laser line level and the metal detector? Check the garage.

of items based on the needs and wants of residents in the 23 municipalities CADL serves through its 13 Ingham County branches, explained CADL Executive Director Scott Duimstra.

I really need the button maker and weaving loom … like, right now – it’s a loom emergency! Have you looked in the garage?

“We’re not the originators of this. There are libraries across Michigan that have been doing this before us, like the Ann Arbor District Library,” Duimstra said. “What we did was take a look at the interests of people in the community to develop a collection, and the collection we have developed is pretty diverse.”

Whatever you need at any given moment, odds are you’ll find it in that all-purpose repository of “stuff” known as the garage. That’s the basic premise behind the Capital Area District Libraries program called the Library of Things. Do you need it? There’s a good chance the Library of Things can provide it to you.

The overarching concept is to further fulfill CADL’s mission of promoting lifelong learning; however, people who use the Library of Things have gravitated into two primary camps. There are those who need an item for a limited use and those who use items as a way to test-drive a new skill or activity.

Capital Area District Libraries created its Library of Things in 2016, allowing adult library cardholders to check out items from the collection the same way they would check out a book or DVD. From home improvement and arts and crafts selections to games, musical instruments and things for kids, the Library of Things is an ever-evolving and growing collection

“A lot of the items we have available are kind of try it before you buy it. If you or your child is interested in learning a musical instrument, you can try one out to see if they like it,” Duimstra said, noting that the Library of Things includes everything from guitars and banjos to ukuleles and keyboards. “Then there are things like the sports games in the summer.

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Duimstra said CADL uses community partnerships to keep the Library of Things growing. A collaboration with Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium not only provided the Library of Things with several donated telescopes, but the staff at Abrams beefed up the devices to better withstand the wear and tear that comes from multiple users. Similarly, the Capital Area Transportation Authority has teamed with the Library of Things by providing 30-day bus passes to the collection. “The 30 days doesn’t start until the first time you use the pass,” Duimstra said. “The stories we’ve heard from that, in particular, have been truly amazing. We’ve heard from people who had no transportation and used the pass to get to medical appointments.” Amazement has been the general reaction from the community to the Library of Things, he said, adding that the program is part of the expanding definition of what a public library is and who it should serve. “We have people who come to us who want to consume content, and we have people come to us who want to learn a skill or activity,” Duimstra said. “It doesn’t have to be either/or, but the Library of Things is appealing to what we call a nontraditional user, as well. We think it’s the creativity in learning that people find so appealing.” Items from the Library of Things can be checked out of a CADL branch for two-week intervals. The collection is stored at the main CADL branch in downtown Lansing, so several additional days’ notice is needed to deliver items from the Library of Things to outlying branches. Instructions on how to set up and use items from the Library of Things can be found on the CADL website. For more information on the Library of Things at Capital Area District Libraries, visit cadl.org. ■ Christopher Nagy is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and has more than 20 years of experience in journalism. He rarely misses a Motor City Comic Con or Michigan Renaissance Festival.


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Fairs were first established in the late 1700s in the US for local communities to come together and show off their skills in raising animals, woodworking, home arts and more. In some ways, this has not changed. As society becomes more urban, the fair is an exceptional educational event for the non-rural citizenry. One major change in the emphasis of fairs, and particularly Ingham County is youth development and education. FFA and 4-H programs are supported by providing a venue for showcasing their achievements. Youth are given the opportunity to sell animals often way above market to go into college funds. Recently at fairs, youth with still life projects are granted an opportunity to auction their goods, such as woodworking, sewing and many others. This is a good way to enable young people to put dollars away into college funds. In order to support such a worthwhile endeavor, it takes the whole community to support the physical plant. Many costs are involved to put on a fair, from buying entertainment, liability insurance, keeping the lights on, paying workers and a myriad of other expenses that the public would never see.

Fair patrons not only want to see these achievements but want to be entertained. For this purpose, there are grandstand events, a midway and special free entertainment throughout the week of the fair. Each day highlights a specific segment of interest to the population. Ingham County provides a kids’ day sponsored by Meijer and is a major event. There is also a lady’s day, senior day and veteran’s day. In short, Ingham County is attempting to have something for everyone! Men are not left out – the grandstand shows center around motorsports – faster, louder and more powerful! In the spirit of the 1700s, Ingham County wants the community reunion to continue and to entice others to join the family! Sponsorship is the key to keeping this event at a cost that families can afford. ■

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This could be the last summer I have both my kids living under the same roof with me. Not only are they getting older, but my son is thinking about going to school out of state next fall. It's got me feeling sentimental about the summer vacations and getaways we used to take. It’s amazing how fast they grew and changed, and all of a sudden sand pails and seashells just didn’t cut it anymore. Maybe I’m wrong and my kids like them just fine, but I suspect their interests are different now. And strange how we moved through time in opposite directions. When they were captivated by caterpillars on the sidewalk, I could easily have ridden any roller coaster put in front of me, gotten right off when it was over and hopped back in line to ride again. Now, not so much; not so much at all.

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The last time my kids and I went to Michigan’s Adventure was the time I learned that I had changed, and amusement park rides now terrified me or made me sick as a dog. My children, on the other hand, were eager for more. It was on that trip that I heard myself say for the very first time, “You guys go on ahead. I’m going to rest here for a while.ˮ Later, when we were waiting for our turn on the water slide, which also scared me to death, a park employee asked what my favorite ride in the park was. I shocked myself by truthfully replying that it was the Lazy River. Back in the day, it would have been something much more daring, but now, the Lazy River was daring enough.


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Thank goodness there are other ways to entertain kids in the summer no matter their ages. I don't think anyone outgrows a good water balloon fight, s’mores, hotdogs or bonfires. The nice thing is that summer lends itself to pretty much any budget, and a trip to a dollar store for Hula-Hoops and bubble wands can pave the way for awesome memories up the road. I still remember the fireflies that blinked on and off before my dazzled eyes when my parents took us kids camping one summer long ago. So, if you’re like me, and the rambunctiousness of summer seems a little harder to warm up to, remember: There’s always a Lazy River to step into – even if it’s in your own tub. ■ Teece Aronin is a writer and career coach. She works with individuals from all walks of life, including persons with disabilities and career-changers. Contact her at teecearonin8 @gmail.com, and read her blog, Chipped Demitasse, at chippeddemitasse.blogspot.com.

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The banking industry can be a daunting and maledominated profession, but Tri-Star Trust Bank is working toward equality. We asked a group of these women some questions about their experience in banking and some of their advice toward young women looking to get into the profession. Jane Hagen, Dawn Kenroy and JoAnn Schofield all hold positions at Tri-Star Bank and shared their experience and insight about their careers and the industry. What about banking enticed you to enter this field for a career? “I had been a paralegal at a law firm for approximately 15 years in the estates and trust administration department. Three years ago I felt the need to challenge myself more, which is when I decided to make a career change by working toward becoming a trust officer, which is what I am currently achieving at Tri-Star Trust Bank. This change has allowed me to remain in the estates and trust administration area but also become involved in the banking side of administration, as well, which is exciting.” -JoAnn Schofield, BA, AAS, paralegal, relationship assistant

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What advice would you give to encourage young women to work in the banking industry? “It is a great, stable career where you can have worklife balance while raising a family. It can be very rewarding as there are many different aspects of banking to consider, from trust/investments, mortgage lending, commercial lending, retail banking, etc. It’s all about serving the public and making a difference.” -Jane Hagen AIF, C(k)P, QPFC, senior vice president and director of retirement plans

How have other women influenced you in your decision to enter the banking industry? “It was probably the level of passion I saw from other women I knew in this industry, who also seemed to have a positive impact on the lives of the clients they worked with, that influenced me the most in my decision. As well as having the ability to be in a leadership role as a woman.” -Dawn Kenroy, vice president and relationship and trust officer

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LOVE LANGUAGE T H E G I F T T H AT K E E P S O N G I V I N G BY KERRY HART Gifts are visual symbols of love, and for some their worth will have little to do with the monetary value. If receiving gifts is the primary love language, the relationship will be judged on whether or not gifts have been received and the thoughtfulness behind each gift. The cost of the gift will most likely matter very little unless it is repeatedly out of line with what the giver can afford. Keep in mind that gifts may be purchased, found or made. Regardless of how the gift originates, the thought behind the gift is what will matter to the partner whose love language is receiving gifts. It is important to keep in mind that the receiving gifts love language is not simply about receiving. This mentality is what tends to give this love language a bad reputation, as it may appear materialistic. Keep in mind that this love language also applies to giving gifts. A person who enjoys receiving gifts will also enjoy the

purchasing and anticipating of giving a gift to someone else. They will take the time to examine what will make the receiver’s heart soar and will find joy in knowing their appreciation. In order to best prepare for this expression of love, you will need to be prepared and observant over time. Begin by making a list of gifts for which your partner has expressed excitement over the years. This will give you an idea of the types of gifts your partner enjoys receiving. Over time keep an ear out for items your partner may drop hints about so you can keep a running list. When it comes time for gift-giving you will have a ready-made list of items ready to go. Holidays and birthdays will become easier, but do not shy away from giving a gift just because. Often enough, you will find those gifts will have the most appreciation and the best return. If you are not the type of person who values gifts, but your partner is, get ready to be flexible in order to make your partner happy. Love languages are often

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inherited and learned from a family of origin values. This becomes something that is engrained in your partner over time and is not the type of thing that will change simply because you present what you believe to be a good argument. As you accept your partner for who they are for the betterment of your relationship, be sure to accept their love language, as well. Instead of stressing over spending money or what it means to give and receive gifts, think of this as an investment in your relationship. Meeting your partner’s emotional needs by fulfilling their love language will allow your relationship to thrive. ■ Kerry Hart is a couple and family therapist with a private practice in East Lansing. The only thing she loves more than saving relationships is writing about them. See more of her musings at kerryhartcounseling.com.


BUSINESS PROFILE BIZ PROFILE BY KYLE DOWLING

With all these products, Van Atta has taken to putting together gift baskets for people to give the gift of Michigan to others.

MichiganPride IN MICHIGAN PRODUCTS

FROM SOUVENIRS TO BEERS, THE OLD TOWN GENERAL STORE HAS IT ALL If you’ve ever walked around Old Town, you’ve probably seen the Old Town General Store, with its amazing storefront and beautiful courtyard. “Originally, I was a half an owner of a garden center and flower shop in Haslett,” Old Town General Store owner Rhea Van Atta explained. “I was looking for a different challenge, and I always wanted to have a store in Old Town. Old Town is dear to my heart because I grew up in this area.” The Old Town General Store opened six years ago and started as a food store that featured locally sourced products. “We started out like a local food store or a minigrocery store featuring local farms and shelf-stable items like jellies and jams,” Van Atta said. “We also stocked some natural body products and laundry detergent, so the store became like one of those old general stores, thus Old Town General Store.” While the store started out just stocking Michigan food, Van Atta has continued the trend of pushing Michigan-made products.

“Weʼve always had the beer and wine, but we try to carry primarily Michigan-made products, but when we first started the business there were more national brands mixed in,” Van Atta explained. “But we tried to find national brands that were organic and sustainably produced. Slowly we replaced the national brands with Michigan products of similar value.” Aside from food, Van Atta has worked to provide more souvenirs and Michigan-branded merchandise. She stocks things like coasters, keychains and shirts. “I never knew that there could be so many options for coasters,” Van Atta said. “And then there are tea towels, aprons, tote bags, magnets and hats. There are tons of different kinds of T-shirts, so we canʼt carry everything, but we try to have something for everyone’s price point, from a guitar pick for 99 cents that has Michigan on it up to a beautiful Lansing skyline cutting board. It’s just a cool thing about these products, that each one has a story and you know where they came from. And oftentimes we get to even know the people who make them. So that makes it even better.”

“The Michigan-made baskets get bought up a lot for corporate business gifts, and around Christmas they are very popular,” Van Atta explained. “But these are great gifts for anybody and can be for any time of year. It’s been great to be able to grow that part of the business. You know, itʼs fun.” While they can put beers and wines in the baskets, they can’t ship or deliver alcohol. But customers can come to the store and pick from the store’s wide variety of Michigan wine, beer and cider. Van Atta, along with her green thumb, has also built a gorgeous courtyard behind her store. “The courtyard is basically the same size as the interior of my store, and it’s completely enclosed,” Van Atta said. “We had a stage built in the back of it, and we landscaped it beautifully. We turned it into like a seasonal music venue and allowed some nonprofit groups or some other businesses to use it for meetings.” So, if you’re looking for Michigan products or are just in the neighborhood of Old Town, come see the Old Town General Store. ■ Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at MSU. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.

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Starfarm’s Spotts Keeps Mid-Michigan Moving BY ALICIA FRANK

Music, like other fine arts, plays a crucial role in many lives around the world: A collection of sounds and sometimes words that feeds the soul and fuels the fire within. It’s something that has helped shape cultures stretching to the furthest civilizations. Most of all, it helps shape people. For Whitney Spotts, music lover and lead vocalist of the band Starfarm, the obsession for music started early with the influence of her parents, who were constantly playing music. It wasn’t long before Spotts discovered her passion for singing. Classically trained throughout high school, college and graduate school, Spotts has a versatile repertoire of favorite genres – as long as she could dance to it.

Spotts was used to singing mostly in a choir with other people by her side, so when the time came for her to sing as a soloist, her fear of the stage would get in the way. Spotts explained that when she first started vocal lessons, she would stand behind a door for the first six months. Her love of music pushed her to conquer her fears. By working karaoke nights at a local Irish pub and watching seemingly countless people get up on stage, have a blast and sing their hearts out, Spotts pushed herself to get on stage and overcome her fear. Today she performs for countless people around the state every weekend with her bandmates in Starfarm.

The band and Spotts aim to have fun on stage and take pride in knowing their performances can give joy to someone. She joined the band Starfarm about 11 years ago and thoroughly enjoys rocking her neon colors with her tutus – not to mention the rad ’80s music and Adidas track suits the band rocks, as well. “We used to play a wide range of music, but we started to narrow it down, and people love ’80s music,” Spotts said with a laugh. “We’re a party band that helps bridge the age gap.”

“I got in trouble in first grade for singing operatically in our bathroom because it had really good acoustics,” Spotts said. “I think I was in kindergarten when my mom told them that she should get me in choir, and I was a dancer. It’s just always been music; I don’t know what it is. It brings me joy more than anything else in the world.”

Spotts had always dreamed of being a singer in a band, but that didn’t seem possible to her at the time because every female singer was a pop star. It wasn’t until the feminist punk riot grrrl movement in the 1990s when Spotts realized girls can be in bands, too. It’s something that helped push her over the edge to follow her dreams. “Also, getting to know the punk scene in London really helped push me. It sounds silly but the thing about punk is it’s DIY,” Spotts explained. “You’re doing it yourself and no one cares if you’re talented; it’s the act of doing it that’s important. That helped strip me of some of my insecurities and my really bad stage fright I had to kick.” JULY 2019

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The Lansing native studied at Michigan State University for her undergraduate degree. She also spent two years in London at graduate school, where she studied 20th century English literature and its intellectual context before joining her first band. Spotts credited her time in London as the best thing she has ever experienced.


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Although performing is a full-time job, Spotts and her bandmates all work 9-to-5 jobs. They are their own roadies, meaning they set up, perform and tear down. Everything that goes into a performance is done by the band. They also bring their own sound engineer to every gig. “It’s a lot of work, but the music makes it all worth it,” Spotts said. Spotts has enjoyed every performance she has been involved in; however, she noted that opening for En Vogue was one of her most memorable and awesome shows so far. She also enjoys the summertime because that means outdoor and allages shows as well as festival season. Spotts said Lansing is where she found her niche. Between its fantastic artistic community and music scene, Spotts is proud to call Lansing home. Starfarm is scheduled to rock out at the East Lansing Summer Concert Series on July 12, the Nuthouse’s Nutty Fest on July 27 and Grand Ledge’s Music in the Park on Aug. 8. After all, it wouldn’t be summer in Lansing without a Starfarm show. ■ Alicia Frank is a journalism graduate of the University of Akron and is now residing in Mason. When not playing with her yorkie poo, she enjoys her coral reef tank and all things fitness related.

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BY DR. SUSAN MAPLES There are about 57 oral-facial muscles that don’t get a proper workout at the gym. Over-functioning or under-functioning mouth muscles are the root cause of many disorders such as breathing, swallowing, speech and TMJ function. Muscle dysfunction also can lead to poor posture, neck tension, crowded teeth and cosmetic facial abnormalities. Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) can help! It benefits people between 2 years old and 100 — the younger the better — who have established habits of open-mouth breathing, forward tongue posture, difficulty swallowing certain textures of foods, messy eating, TMJ problems, speech abnormalities, thumb/ finger-sucking, or pacifier habits. One-on-one therapy with a certified orofacial myologist (also called a Myofunctional therapist) can teach you how to repattern harmful oral-facial

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Tongue-tied? If your tongue is even slightly tethered to the floor of the mouth, the 16 tongue muscles are unable to develop properly and position the tongue in its rightful resting place, up in the roof of the mouth. This generally leads to a narrow, high-vaulted palate, crowded teeth, a deviated nasal septum and narrow nose. The goal here is not only to surgically release the restriction but to also restore full and proper tongue function.

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Cathy Blatnik grew up in Maryland, but has lived in Michigan for almost 17 years with her family, which includes her husband, adult stepson, adult daughter and a son in high school. She has been baking and cooking for as long as she can remember in Cathy’s “Kitchen.”

Are you feeling patriotic? Get out your red, white and blue food coloring and have some fun with this recipe for Tie-Dye Fudge.

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2 ½ cups white sugar ½ cup unsalted butter 5 ounces evaporated milk 13-ounce jar marshmallow crème 8 ounces white chocolate chips Gel food coloring (red and blue)

1. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. 2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, butter and evaporated milk. 3. Bring to a boil and constantly stir with a large spoon for five minutes. 4. Remove from heat and add the marshmallow crème and white chocolate chips and stir until smooth. 5. Divide the mixture evenly into three bowls (be careful because the mixture is hot). 6. Add two drops of the red food coloring to one of the bowls and stir with a small spoon until the color is mixed in (if you want a darker red, add a few more drops). 7. To another bowl, add two drops of the blue food coloring and stir with a small spoon until the color is mixed in (if you want a darker blue, add a few more drops). 8. Leave the last bowl white. 9. Pour the red fudge into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a small knife. Add the white fudge next and then add the blue last. 10. Using the small knife, drag through the fudge mixture, combining until you get the desired marble effect. 11. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for a minimum of six hours. 12. When ready to serve, bring to room temperature or eat chilled. This will keep at room temperature for up to two weeks and up to three if stored in the fridge. Just remember to keep tightly covered or in an airtight container or else it will dry out. ■

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DIY Flower crowns are a fun way to add to your look or accessorize for a special occasion. They can be fun for both kids and adults. I love to wear mine to the Michigan Renaissance Festival, when I’m dressed up in costume.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED ● Fresh or fake flowers ● Thick brown floral wire (stem wire) ● Thin green floral wire ● Floral tape (*optional) ● Scissors or wire cutters

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Create a circle base from the stem wire that will fit on the head the crown will be going on. My stem wire came in single shorter pieces. If this is the case, take two pieces and twist them together to make a circle large enough to fit on a head. Cut off any extra stem wire that isn’t needed.

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If using fake flowers, remove them from the stems. Remove the leaves, as well. If using real flowers, you will want to leave some stem so you can work with it and wrap it around your main circle.

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Using the thin green floral wire, wrap the flower onto the circle base. I do this by wrapping the floral wire around the base of the flower and leaving wire on both sides I can use to wrap onto my circle base. If using real flowers use the wire to wrap the stem to the circle base. Make sure when attaching flowers that they are facing out.

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Summer READING After the winter we’ve had, I’m sure we all want summer to last as long as possible. If you are looking for reading ideas during those vacation flights or at the pool, here are the ones on my list for this summer:

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Philanthropist Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, shares the lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. For the past 20 years, she has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. I am looking forward to diving into each of these interesting books. Happy reading and have a great summer, everyone! ■ Susan Combs, MBA and professional credentialed coach, helps clients enhance their leadership skills. She manages corporate mentor programs, the ATHENA WIN Executive Connections groups and Leadership Lansing. She is a licensee of the Fit Leader Program. Visit SusanCombsCoaching.com.

Written by sports agent Molly Fletcher, who was a speaker at the Lansing Regional Chamber’s Economic Club luncheon last year and has been called “the female Jerry Maguire.” The book was on the reading list of one of the women in the local ATHENA WIN Executive Connections groups. Molly Fletcher is

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Special Needs Jump at Launch TrampolineV.I.P. Time, Okemos Launch Trampoline Park will be open exclusively to guests with special needs, along with their families. The V.I.P. Time at Launch in Okemos transforms into a quieter, private time that’s open exclusively for jumpers with special needs and their families. One parent or guardian gets to jump for free with each paid V.I.P. Time admission. Siblings are welcome to join in the fun and too at the discounted admission rate. Visit launchtrampolinepark.com/lansing/programs/ for more information.

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Celebrate Independence Day with clowns, antique and specialty automobiles, musicians, dance troops, community groups, and military units. The celebration starts at 8 p.m. with a patriotic performance by the Lansing Concert Band. Immediately following the concert, the city of Lansing will light up the night sky with over 1,500 fireworks. Visit lansingmi.gov/Calendar for more information.

Free Lunch Friday is the first Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pass out your business cards, shop the sales and enjoy lunch. Please RSVP to let them know how much food to prepare. The event is on Eventbrite. Visit kelliesconsignments.com for more information.

Lansing Fourth of July Fireworks, Adado Riverfront Park

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Play in the Park, an interactive children’s entertainment series, has become a tradition in East Lansing. Children and their families can bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chair and enjoy family friendly entertainment in a beautiful park setting. Play in the Park takes place in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court, at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in July. It is a free event. The event will be canceled in the event of rain or severe weather. Visit cityofeastlansing.com for more information.

Come celebrate America’s birthday in Mason. The parade features local businesses, groups and organizations and is always a crowd-pleaser. Fireworks will follow the parade and are organized and provided by the Mason Firefighters Association. The parade steps off from Mason High School at 7:30 p.m. The best views for fireworks can be seen from the Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason Middle School, Raymer Park and Mason High School. Visit masonchamber.org for more information.

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JULY 8-13

Eaton County Fair, Charlotte

Whether you enjoy tractor and truck pulls, motocross races or demolition derbies, you can find it all at the Eaton County Fair. The fair covers six days of family fun with exciting carnival rides, live entertainment, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, horse racing, good food, and competitions and agricultural exhibits. The Eaton County Fair is a family tradition in Charlotte and should not be missed. Visit eatoncountyfair.com for more information.

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JULY 10

Lansing Brew Run, Lansing

Playmakers, Lansing Brewing Company and the Gillespie Group are teaming up to provide a monthly downtown Lansing event with the Lansing Brewing Company Brew Run & Walk series. This monthly event will start from and finish at Lansing Brewing Company. Participants will be able to win raffle prizes, earn free swag for attending and enjoy a night at one of the area’s favorite watering holes. The run will have a formal start at 6 p.m., but all participants are invited to start their run/ walk as early at 5:30 p.m. or even after 6 p.m. The course will officially close at 7 p.m. with a raffle and charity recognition. Search runsignup.com for information and sign up.

JULY 12

Arts Night Out, Lansing

Arts Night Out is an all-inclusive creative event that’s the perfect mix of people and ideas. There will be street art, pop-up theater, local music, distinctive exhibits, performances, dance and more. New Friday night events will be popping up in neighborhoods all around Lansing to give people the opportunity to really get to know their city and their neighbors. Arts Night Out is presented by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing in partnership with local commercial and business associations, Arts Night Out is a monthly event series that invites you to visit different Lansing neighborhoods to experience urban space and creativity in unexpected ways. Visit myartsnightout.com for more information.

JULY 12-13

Old Town Scrapfest, Lansing

Two teams are working to create art out of recycled materials, and this will be the event where the art will be displayed. There will be food, music, beverages and more. Visit scrapfest.com for more information.

JULY 20

Taste of Downtown, Lansing

The 10th annual Taste of Downtown takes place from 3:30-9 p.m. on the 100 block of South Washington Square in Lansing. Tickets are available at the event for $25 per adult. All adults 21 and up are required to bring a valid ID to the event, which will be checked upon entry. Children’s tickets are available at the event for $5 for children 12 and under. Children under 2 years of age receive free admission. Each adult ticket includes a keepsake Taste of Downtown wine-tasting glass, five food tickets and five wine-sampling tickets. You must be 21 years old or older to participate in the wine sampling. Each children’s ticket includes two food tickets. Additional food-sampling tickets will be available for purchase at the event for $1 each. Additional wine-sampling tickets will be available for purchase at the event for $2 each. Visit tasteofdowntown.org for more information.

JULY 27

Car Capital Auto Show, Lansing

This free car show celebrates Lansing’s automotive history and features over 200 classic cars, muscle cars and collectible vehicles. All makes and models are welcome. Food vendors, exhibitors and music provided by a DJ will be featured. The state Capitol serves as a backdrop for this spectacular day. Visit reoldsmuseum.org for more information.

JULY 27-28

Get Geek'd Entertainment Expo, Lansing

Get Geek’d Expo is Lansing’s largest geek and pop culture convention. The weekend event is held at the Lansing Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 27 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28. Enjoy over 30,000 square feet of geeky goodies including comics, toys, video games, kids’ activities and more. Meet all four of the original actors of the 1990s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” films and get your favorite “Turtles” merchandise signed by actors Brian Tochi, Leif Tilden, Josh Pias and Michelan Sisti. There also will be a special guest appearance by actress Renae Jacobs, the original April O’Neil from the 1986 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” cartoon. For more information, visit getgeekdexpo.com.■

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MY COMMUNITY LANSING 517 DAY CELEBRATION Touted as a “Party for the People of the People,” the Lansing 517 Day Celebration was filled with music, food and fun throughout Lansing on May 17-18. “I wanted to create a family friendly event that would bring us together as a community to celebrate the culture that exists here in Lansing,” said festival organizer Melik Brown. This year’s event offered events at three venues, including the Fledge, the Lansing Center and Cooley Law School Stadium with featured performances from Global Village, Root Doctor, Tell Yo Mama and more. For more information on the event, please visit 517Day.com. ■

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Kids enjoy playing with bubbles

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Root Doctor performs at the Lansing Center

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MY COMMUNITY EAST LANSING ART FESTIVAL

The 56th annual East Lansing Art Festival took place May 18-19 in downtown East Lansing. The popular event presents hundreds of artists and craftspeople while attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Festival visitors watch as students with the MSU Department of Art, Art History & Design work on the first of a four-part mural project on the Division Street Parking Garage

Artists exhibited works in genres including mixed media, digital, glass, jewelry, painting, photography and several other categories. The event also included performances by the East Lansing High School Jazz Band, Ozay Moore, Stringtown Trio, The Pistil Whips and many more. Sponsors of the event included Jackson National Life Insurance Co. and McLaren Healthcare. ■ PHOTOS PROVIDED

A shot of the crowd on Albert Avenue during the East Lansing Art Festival

May Erlewine and the Motivations entertain on the East Lansing Art Festival's Main Stage

Crazy Richard, a crowd favorite every year at the East Lansing Art Festival, shows off his juggling schools to festival visitor

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PROFESSIONAL GUIDE DESIRAE MICHALISKO

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Desirae Michalisko attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she received her Bachelor of Science in nursing. Continuing with her studies, Michalisko obtained a Master of Science in nursing and midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.

Kellie Johnson is the retail store founder and owner of Kellie’s Consignments, Moving & Estate Sales inspired by communitydriven interaction. She spends time in and out of the store building relationships and awareness about recycling through consigning and shopping resale. Kellie’s Consignments offers clothing, furniture and accessories at her retail store, and on the road, she offers estate sale services for those moving or looking to downsize. Her role at the organization includes operations, marketing, strategy, financing, cultivation of company culture, human resources, compliance with safety regulations, sales and public relations. Johnson was the 2016 recipient of the Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

She spent many years working in labor and delivery as a registered nurse before attending midwifery school. Michalisko enjoys camping, sailing and spending time outdoors with her family. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the Army Reserves.

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Darlene Puja is the proprietor and master injector of Ageless Beauty Center medical spa in Okemos. She studied physiology and psychology at Michigan State University and received her RN license from Lansing Community College. After graduation, Puja launched her career as a nurse in Michigan, where she specialized in cosmetics, eventually leading to her owning her own business and doing what she loves. As a medical professional, Puja subscribes to a conservative and educational approach to customize to her patients’ needs. She provides the most sophisticated techniques and technologies available in skin care health and beauty to deliver the most beneficial and noninvasive treatments with a thoughtful and caring demeanor.

Sally Babbitt of Babbitt Legal Group provides probate and estate planning services to help individuals and their families navigate the legal issues of death and incapacity. Babbitt serves as the treasurer for the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan, is a member of the Eaton County Bar Association and Ingham County Bar Association, and the probate and estate planning section of the State Bar of Michigan. Babbitt also serves as co-chair for the probate and estate planning section of the Ingham County Bar Association. Babbitt frequently speaks and publishes on estate and probate topics in addition to appearing on the Fox 47 (WSYM-TV) “Morning Blend” program.

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Dr. Susan Maples is a 30-year clinician who leads a total health and dental care practice in Holt, Michigan. She is one of the Top 25 Women in U.S. dentistry and also one of the Top 8 Innovators in Dentistry, according to Dental Products Report. Dr. Maples is co-author of "Blabber Mouth, 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life" and is the co-investigator for an award-winning study on the detection of diabetes in the dental office.

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