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BEACON RememberWhen CLUB The Beacon Club, a private club that originally began as a bottle club, served the Kalamazoo area with casual fine dining for seventy-two years. Located at 5830 Portage Road overlooking the approach to one of the runways at the Kalamazoo Airport. Their reputation for personalized service and excellent food and cocktails, made the Beacon Club a popular place for engagements, weddings, milestone birthdays and anniversaries. I celebrated a few birthdays at the club over the years. They made birthdays special with a personalized printed greeting waiting at your table and a delicious dessert. We loved the complementary bar cheese and cracker basket (the breadsticks were my favorite). The grand opening of the Beacon Club was kicked off with a gala on New Year’s Eve in 1947. The Club seated 60 members in what was an original Greek revival home built in 1850. The home, a registered historical landmark, has stood the test

of time - outdating the Civil War, both World Wars, and the Great Depression. Previous homeowners include a farmer from New York and a candidate for Governor of the State of Michigan before the conversion to a private dining club. Private clubs, like the Beacon Club, sprang up in the Kalamazoo area serving as bottle clubs. Until 1947, Kalamazoo restaurants were unable to sell liquor by the glass. However that same year, the State legislature passed a law to become known as the “Bottle Law� that allowed private clubs to serve mixes and ice to members who brought their own liquor to the club. Approximately 10 such clubs sprang up in the Kalamazoo area. The Beacon Club received its Bottle license from the Michigan Securities and Exchange Commission on December 14, 1947. During the 1970’s and 1980’s the club was expanded to accommodate over 300 members. There were 7 separate unique dining areas, including the Main room, Fountain room

and the Thurman room, to name a few. Attire at the Beacon Club was business casual. Nice denim was acceptable in the Tiffany Lounge, the Library, the North Room and in the Captain’s Room. The core of the Beacon Club was its membership – their pledge was to deliver excellent food and drinks in a comfortable setting. Members could also host meetings and private parties with no additional room fee. Club members could enjoy a variety of privileges including reciprocity with over 70 private clubs across the country. Unfortunately, the Beacon Club closed on June 27, 2019. The decision to close was made by the club’s board of directors, citing dwindling membership and the lack of support

for private clubs overall, according to an article posted online by MLive on June 24, 2019. The property is now for sale. Jackie Merriam

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Extend the beauty of your garden with vivid autumn-blooming perennials. When you think of fall-blooming plants, don’t stop at mums – there are many perennials that can add color to your yard at this time of year.

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While there are different autumnblooming perennials for different growing zones and climate conditions, some of the most popular and widespread options include…

Autumn Sedums

Bold-foliaged sedums provide texture as well as color in a sunny place. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is the most well known. It has coppery-pink flower heads. A great choice to add to your garden would be Dazzleberry – this sedum’s bright red-purple blooms look stunning when planted with Blue Fescue, Artemesia Silver Mound and other silver-foliaged plants. For

While riding my bike on vacation this summer in Petoskey, I noticed a street named Kalamazoo Avenue. This reminded me of home and made me wonder how many other towns have a street named Kalamazoo. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the answer to that question, but I did find four other cities named Ka-

a totally different color combination, plant Lime Zinger Sedum or the new Steel the Show Sedum. As an added bonus, all the sedums are attractive to butterflies. Caryopteris This low maintenance, airy shrub with purple-blue flowers held over blue-green leaves; foliage has fuzzy, silver undersides and is fragrant when crushed; a true butterfly magnet for the garden. You’ll enjoy the dainty cymes of blue flowers along the branches from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting.

Autumn Asters

Asters are another fall bloomer that butterflies love. These perennials like sun and moist, well-drained soil. There are many colorful aster varieties in shades of pink, purple, blue and white. Some favorites include tallgrowing asters, Vibrant Dome with bright pink flowers, blue-flowered

lamazoo in the United States, they include: Kalamazoo, Arkansas. About 20 miles West of Knoxville on the Arkansas River is the small community of Kalamazoo, Arkansas. Kalamazoo, Florida. Kalamazoo, Florida is not actually a city, but a private property named after Michiganders who had moved there. Kalamazoo, Nebraska. Kalamazoo, West Virginia. “Kalamazoo” was originally a Native American name although its exact origin hasn›t been pinpointed. Some say it means «the mirage of reflecting river,» while others say it means bubbling or boiling water. Many have been intrigued by the name Kalamazoo, including poets, authors and songwriters who have penned Kalamazoo into their works. The most notable of which may be Glenn Miller’s I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo. In the early 1900s, three ships were also christened Kalama-

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aster ‘Professor Kippenburg’ and low-growing aster ‘Purple Dome’ with its deep purple blooms.

Fall Bloomers for Shade Gardens

Even shade gardeners can enjoy late blooming perennials. Tall growing Japanese Anemones are a stately addition to the perennial garden. Bloom colors range from pure white to various shades of pink, and flowers can be single, semi-double or double blooms. Anemones grow well in light to moderate shade and spread quickly to form large clumps, filling in space vacated by spent summer plants. Some varieties you’ll want to get include Pamina, Pink Saucer and September Charm. Turtlehead (Chelone) is another fast spreader for shade. Rose pink flowers cover the tops of the plant from early September to October. For a deeply

zoo. Historically, the city has been referred to by many names. It’s been called “The Paper City,” for its many paper and cardboard mills; “The Celery City,” after the crop once grown in the muck fields north, south, and east of town; and “The Mall City,” after construction of the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States in 1959. The fertile soil on which Kalamazoo is built has led the area to most recently be called the “Bedding Plant Capital of the World,” as the county is home to the largest bedding plant cooperative in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of plants, many varieties of which are displayed throughout the county’s parks and boulevards, are sold each year to home gardeners and landscapers nationwide. Kalamazoo was once the manufacturing home for Checker cabs, Gibson guitars, Kalamazoo stoves, Shakespeare fishing rods and reels,

shaded location, try Toad Lily (Tricyrtis), which has clusters of beautiful cream flowers, spotted with maroon along its upright stems. For light shade, plant Red Cardinal Flower (Lobelia siphilitica), whose intense red spikes can be admired from midAugust until frost. No matter what type of garden you have, the end of summer does not need to mean the end of colorful blooms. Instead, just opt for amazing fall bloomers and enjoy brilliant color even longer! Terrie Schwartz Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center

and the Roamer automobile, which contributed to the popularity of the Kalamazoo name across the country. In short: Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo and I’m glad to be a gal in Kalamazoo! Jackie Merriam

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I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the fun that they have to offer. My daughter was in search of the perfect spot to celebrate my grandson’s 6th birthday (a natural climber and daredevil) and she definitely found it at Allegan Event Center! The 16 different climbing walls (each with a unique theme), a Sky Tykes® ropes course (designed specifically for children under 48” tall and positioned at a more comfortable height of just 3’ off the ground),

and the zip rail provided non-stop excitement for the kids. The staff had a knack with kids and was very friendly and helpful. Activities are plentiful for big kids and adults as well, with endless challenges on the ropes courses, zip rails, a QUICKjump free fall simulation and vertical drop slide inside the center, along with two outdoor seasonal 600’ zip lines spanning over the Kalamazoo River on Allegan’s downtown board-

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Adopting a kitten is a joyful event in the life of any pew owner but it also brings some challenges. Even the most experienced cat person can find that the journey from new kitten to well-mannered adult cat brings challenges. Fortunately your new baby is smart, clean, trainable, and eager to please. Here are a few behavioral issues and some tips for dealing with them as your kitten adapts to his or her new home. Litter box training: Any kitten of adoptable age will be litter-box trained before being adopted but adapting to a new environment can still be daunting to this little one, occasionally resulting in accidents. While introducing your new kitty to your home, you should ensure that (s) he is never far from a litter box while learning about his or her new home. It is best to keep the new kitten in a single room or playpen with a litter box close by to avoid confusion for the first few days. The litter box must be kept very clean and any outsidethe-box incidents need to be cleaned up and de-scented right away to avoid reinforcing any wrong behaviors. Remember that your new baby is still learning, so reinforce good behavior with positive reinforcement. Claws/scratching issues: most cat

owners have concerns and opinions about a cat’s natural clawing and scratching behavior. Training your cat to never scratch is about as feasible as training yourself to never yawn or sneeze! A more sensible solution is to train your new kitten to scratch in appropriate places. This can be accomplished through a combination of positive reinforcement and avoidance. First, purchase at least on scratching post and introduce your kitten by gently rubbing his or her paws on the post to add their own

scent. Make any undesirable scratching location (furniture or carpet, etc.) unattractive by covering it or using a repellent scent. Praise your kitten for correct scratching behavior and gently discourage scratching inappropriately. Nail caps or nail trimming will make claws less sharp and can help the training process. Do not yell at, physically punish, or declaw your kitten because these are all likely to result in unexpected problems. Nutrition: Your new kitten will grow quickly and burn lots of calories dur-

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Let’s talk about vintage fur, particularly vintage fur coats and some of the history behind it all. As the temperatures drop and we get ready for our next Michigan winter, it’s fun to look at different options for staying warm. Whether you decide to wear faux fur or genuine fur, or no fur at all, there are some fantastic vintage options for you! Let’s take a look at the history of fur coats and what it me means for today. People first began wearing fur about 170,000 years ago. It was originally worn for warmth and protection, with the fur on the inside of the coat, but became a symbol of wealth and social status as early as the 11th century. Furs were worn by European royalty and by the 1300s laws were created that regulated which social classes were allowed to wear furs. Luxury furs were in demand and by the 1870s both men and women were wearing them. Their popularity increased as Hollywood began showing up on the big screen and the red carpet wearing their furs. The fur market peaked in Europe

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and North America in the 1920s and ‘30s. Keep in mind, animal rights awareness was very different then and people were used to wearing fur for warmth, with not many other options available like today. By the 1920s, the Jazz Age embraced fur and people wore it on coats in the form of fur collars, cuffs and hems. Popular furs included mink, possum, raccoon, seal, fox and beaver for the upper classes. Less expensive furs like rabbit were dyed to look like expensive fox and seal furs. This is when faux furs became an option for those who could not afford real. Raccoon was one of the less expensive furs and became a huge hit with college aged men and women. This trend allegedly began as a result of a popular interest in Davy Crockett by an elite group of students and was spread by big band jazz musicians. These coats were full length and to own one meant you came from money. These were

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There was a brief resurgence of the full length raccoon coats in the 1950s, when people started wearing the tossed off originals from the ‘20s. But designers such as Christian Dior and Coco Chanel were popularizing fur coats in a whole different way. They began to show a shorter fur jacket that could be worn as part of a woman’s everyday wardrobe, often with a matching hat and purse. By the 1960s, fur colors changed from dark to various lighter shades of mink, blonde mink and silver fox and red fox. Today, there are controversial viewpoints about fur, and each person needs to do what they believe is right. There are a number of faux fur options available, if you love the look but don’t want to wear fur. Whichever you choose, wear it well and keep it vintage! Wishing you all warm and happy days ahead. Jayne Gulliver Owner of J-Bird Vintage 511 W. Vine, Kalamazoo

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“Bree moves to the Florida Keys after a devastating breakup. When a hurricane threatens to wipe out the town, she refuses to evacuate and scrambles to protect the pets her neighbors were forced to leave behind. I don’t know if Little Bridge Island is a real place or not but it officially has a place in my heart. For contemporary romance fans like Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.”

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A Scary Situation Jane: According to the Oxford Dictionary the word October is derived from octo, which means eight in Latin. It dates back to the ancient Roman calendar, which had ten months and was replaced by the Julian calendar in 45 BCE. January and February were inserted without due deliberation as to how alarming October would look calling itself eight, but actually coming tenth. Whoever was in charge did not think this through. Spooky October. Why, in over 2000 years, hasn’t something been done about this scary situation? Ellen: Halloween is one of my favorite

days of the year, I love the parties, the mood, the general sense of eeriness that envelops late fall; give me a mask and a bowl of candy, I’m ready! For most of my twenties I lived in Japan where the celebration of Halloween, though acknowledged as a foreign concept, is not a big deal. I set out to change this by throwing little celebrations in my English classes for my students, helping them create costumes, bob for apples, and playing Monster Mash in the background. I also read them scary stories, making sure to use creepy voices and big hand gestures to bridge any language barriers. The events were well received--the fun of being a little scared is universal-

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Sweetest Day A Holiday With Midwestern Roots October is a month synonymous with new routines and traditions. Days at the lake are traded for welcomed evenings at the football field. Summer cocktails give way to cozy pumpkin spiced lattes. Even our pets begin donning extra layers of bandanas and sweaters. We’re often so busy prepping for the familiar the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays that we overlook a golden opportunity to add a new tradition of extending kindness during the month.

On the third Saturday of October lies a uniquely Midwestern holiday called Sweetest Day. Most people think of Sweetest Day as the laid-back cousin of Valentine’s Day, but the holiday is rooted in focusing less on significant others and more on friends and strangers.

Originating in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921, philanthropist and candy company employee Herbert Birch Kingston wanted to bring happiness to newsboys, orphans, shut-ins, and the poor. With help from family and friends, he distributed candy and small gifts to the underprivileged. Word of his efforts soon spread and actresses Ann Pennington and Theda Bara pitched in sending over 10,000 boxes of candy to hospitals and to young newspaper boys for their service to the public. By 1922 it had become an official holiday. Originally called “The Sweetest Day of the Year”, Sweetest Day is primarily celebrated in the Great Lakes region but has spread to include parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Over the years the holiday has evolved into a way to also express romantic love and appreciation for friends. There are countless ways to extend kindness to others on October 19th (the date this year’s holiday falls on).

You can surprise someone with a thoughtful hand-written note, or a few candies or baked goods. Consider extending a hand and doing a good deed for someone who may be unable to execute a task. Simply making someone feel remembered is at the heart of Sweetest Day.

Plainwell Flowers offers a truly unique way to get involved each year by hosting their Kindness Campaign. Anyone from the community can purchase carnations for $1 each that will be gifted to local nursing home residents. The business makes it easy to participate by allowing people to get involved via their website at PlainwellFlowers.com, at their store, or over the phone. Plainwell Flowers’ employees, their families, and members of local organizations hand-deliver the carnations to add a personal-

ized touch to the surprise. Nearly everyone is guilty of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. Consider starting a new, yearly tradition of slowing down to spend time focusing on friends, neighbors, and those in your community. Spread some kindness, y’all! * Meg Gernaat, a Kalamazoo native and avid gardener, is the Brand Manager and Jack-of-allTrades at Plainwell Flowers. Meg Gernaat, a Kalamazoo native and avid gardener, is the Brand Manager and Jack-of-allTrades at Plainwell Flowers. *Meg Gernaat is the owner of Kith + Company Creative, is the Brand Manager at Plainwell Flowers, and hopes you’ll use #CelebrateSweetestDay on social media to share how you’re extending kindness this month.

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PARENTING Behavior = Need

Behavior. What can I say about preschoolers and their unpredictable behaviors? A wise teacher told me, “Young children tell us what they’re feeling with their behaviors.” Isn´t that true from the beginning of life? Babies sense distress – hunger, pain, wet, cold – they cry. Their behavior (crying) tells parents, “Hey, something is wrong! Fix it!” Little ones are just the same, but now they have a vocabulary. So why don’t they just tell you something is wrong? Because. They can’t. They still don’t have the neuro development to figure out what is troubling them and verbalize it to you. But if you learn to ‘read’ their behavior they are ‘telling you’ loud and clear. For example, Corey age 4, asks you for a candy in the grocery store checkout. (The back story: it is 5pm, Corey has shopped for 45 minutes pretty calmly, and he’s hungry.) You say, “Not today.” He pleads, “Please, please, please Mommy, I really want it.” You say, “No means no.” He starts crying, melts into a puddle by the cart. Behavior. Now what? You tell him to stop, you [try to] pick him up off the floor, he is melted and not able to stand up. Your voice gets a bit sterner, “Stand up, please.” “Whaaaaaa, I want it.” Mean while your ice cream is melting, and the grocery line is waiting. I found this quote: Beneath every behavior is a feeling. And beneath each feeling is a need. And when we

meet that need rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause not the symptom. Think about it…it makes real sense. Need creates an emotion that drives a behavior to meet that need, in some abstract way. Let’s check back in with Corey: He was hungry, overstimulated (perhaps), bored (perhaps), was tempted by candy, and in need. What was his need? Of course, he needed food (perhaps not candy, but hey.) but what if his real need was for mom or dad to acknowledge him: stop the cart, kneel-down, and see what he needs. “You want candy, I bet you are tired and hungry, and candy looks good…but now is not a good candy time. Now is a good banana time.” Or, “You want candy, but now is not candy time. Now is snack time, after supper is candy time. Pick one to have after supper and let’s have a snack.” You acknowledged his request, managed his hunger, and met his overall need. What happened to the behavior? Nine times out of 10, it is managed. Too often as parents we are on a mission: get [whatever] done and move to the next thing. The fall-out of busy-ness is this dreaded behavior. If we can see our way to spend a few precious moments to look beneath the behavior, find the feeling, and name it. Then trace it back to the underlying need and meet the need. It sounds so simple. Yet, time after time parents try to change behavior

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Rural Life at Its Best! 9th Annual ARTS and EATS fall tour (WEST MICHIGAN) –Do you enjoy arts, food, drinks, farms, fall and fun? Explore dozens of West Michigan artist studios, galleries, farms & eateries in 2019 and beyond. A list of participants and the tour map are online at www.ARTSandEATS.org More than 69 new and returning West Michigan destinations are participating in the 9th annual ARTS and EATS free, self-guided, back-roads tour. The popular annual fall tour will take place on Saturday October 19 and Sunday, October 20, throughout rural portions of Allegan,

Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties. The tour, run by the Thornapple Arts Council in Hastings, is made possible with the support of Premier Sponsor: Allegan County Community Foundation and Champion Sponsor: Flexfab, LLC, among others. Sites are generally open Sat& Sun from 10am to 5pm. Art enthusiasts can visit 36 art studios/galleries and 3 central venues -Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta, Plainwell City Hall, and Richland Area Community Center- to view works and demonstrations by local painters, potters,

weavers, photographers, sculptors and other artisans. There are 16 farms and market sites that avail us of the food that we grow, the fibers we wear, or feature heritage animals. Savor amazing seasonal creative culinary fare at 14 participating eats and drink places. Food and drink places are open during their normal business hours; so many will kick-off the tour the day/ night before on Friday, October 18. ARTS and EATS invite locals and tourists to: explore and appreciate rural artists as cultural entrepreneurs; agricultural venues and restaurants; and our beautiful scenic autumn landscape.

Our intent is also to heighten awareness of the economic, environmental, and health benefits of buying and consuming locally grown foods. We strongly encourage people to explore the 2019 fall tour, but also visit the ARTS and EATS participants yearround, so hold onto or pass along your map/guide brochure. Check out your old favorites for what is new, and explore new sites to make new favorites.

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craft vendors. A quilt raffle, bake sale, and silent auction will be held to raise funds for restoration of the historic home. Food will be available for purchase. The Oshtemo Historical Society hosts the event. The historic house and barn will become the showpieces of a new Oshtemo Township park. Scheduled to open later this year, construction is underway on a parking lot, picnic shelter, walking trails and interpretive signs for the new park. The timber

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Well, here is the second part of quiz and an opportunity to redeem yourself if you didn’t score well. For those of you who aced it, see how well you can do the second time. The questions in the first half were tough; the second is too. There is only one answer to each question. So good luck. Let’s get started. 1. Extra pounds are linked to higher risk of all but one of these cancers. Which has NO link? a) Liver b) Colorectal c) Leukemia d) Pancreatic e) Uterine 2. All but one of these steps may lower the risk of kidney stones. Which one DOESN’T? a) Drink enough fluids b) Limit sugary drinks c) Eat plenty of fruit d) Limit calcium rich foods e) Lose or don’t gain excessive weight 3. Taking which of these is most likely to lower your risk of cataracts? a) A multivitamin and mineral b) Bilberry c) AREDS supplements d) Antioxidant vitamins e) Taurine 4. Eating extra protein is most likely to help with which of these? a) Feel full b) Curb muscle loss if you’re dieting c) Lose more weight if you’re dieting d) Build muscle e) Curb insulin resistance 5. Which of these is most likely to prevent wrinkles? a) Adding collagen powder to foods b) Using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid c) Taking a Vitamin A supplement d) Using a moisturizer with Vitamin C e) Using sunscreen year round

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6. Which of these has the kind of fat that is likely to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol? a) Croissant b) Yogurt covered raisins c) Ranch salad dressing d) Buttered popcorn e) Cupcakes 7. Death rates from which cancer are rising? a) Breast b) Colorectal c) Liver d) Lung e) Ovarian 8. Which DOESN’T lower your risk of food poisoning? a) Scrub melons and cucumbers before slicing b) Rinse raw poultry c) Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours d) Wash hands with soap and water e) Avoid excess salt 9. Which does NOT help you get an accurate blood pressure reading? a) Stay silent b) Keep you arm at your side bent at the elbow c) Avoid caffeine for ½ to 2 hours beforehand d) Keep your feet on the floor e) Lean back in your chair 10. Which of the fish supplies the FEWEST omega 3 fats? a) Farmed salmon b) Wild salmon c) Rainbow trout d) Catfish e) Albacore tuna

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Answers: 1. Leukemia. Some cancers that are linked to excess weight are kidney, gallbladder, and thyroid 2. Limit calcium rich foods. High doses of calcium supplements (1000 mg a day or more) may promote kidney stones but people who ate calcium rich foods had a LOWER risk of kidney stones 3. A multivitamin and mineral. There’s no good evidence that bilberry, taurine, antioxidants, or AREDS supplements work. AREDS can slow macular degeneration. 4. Curb muscle loss if you’re dieting. Getting enough protein can curb muscle loss. 5. Using sunscreen year-round. Taking Vitamin A supplements won’t help, nor will moisturizers or collagen supplements. 6. Ranch salad dressing. It looks creamy, but mostly unsaturated

oil which can lower cholesterol. 7. Liver. Researchers blame the jump largely to the obesity epidemic 8. Rinse raw poultry. It’s smart to rinse fruits and vegetables, but not raw poultry 9. Keep your arm at your side and bent at the elbow. Your arm should be supported at the heart level by the person taking your pressure or by a table. 10. Catfish. Salmon and trout are rich in omeg-3’s whether farmed or wild. How did you do? 8-10 Impressive 5-7 Pretty good 3-4 Keep at it 0-2 You’ve got some work to do Till next time, Ken Dettloff ACE Personal Trainer


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Recipes Though oddly named and thought of as anything but the fruit that it is, the eggplant makes up for it’s oddness by offering extraordinary vitality and versatility in every bite! Belonging to the same nightshade family as the tomato eggplant is also not a vegetable but rather a fruit and, its oddness doesn’t stop there. Also known as an aubergine, eggplant is not only a fruit, but it is also a berry! This is because its fruit develops from the ovary wall of the plant flower, which is the technical way all berries come to be.  Therefore, not only is the eggplant a berry, but so are tomatoes, bananas, Chile peppers and avocados, as well! Being quite the exception when we

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Exceptional Eggplant think of berries, the eggplant does pack an exceptional punch of nutrients that greatly benefit our brains. An animal study found that nasunin, an anthocyanin within eggplant’s skin, is a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cell membranes from free radical damage while assisting in the transport of nutrients into cells and the removal of waste from them as well. Even more exciting is research that shows these anthocyanins inhibiting neuro-inflammation and helping to facilitate blood flow to the brain, which can help prevent age-related mental disorders, and improve memory. Other research has shown that eggplant juice can assist in a significant decrease in weight and blood choles-

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Prep time:5 minutes; Cook time: 35 minutes; Total time: 40 minutes; Yield: 4 servings. 2 medium-size eggplants 3 tablespoons avocado oil 1 small onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 3 cups your favorite marinara/ sauce 1 teaspoon dried Oregano 1 teaspoon dried Marjoram 1 teaspoon dried Basil 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste 2 egg whites beaten with 1 tablespoon water 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Avocado oil spray 2 ounces mozzarella cheese (optional) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise then, using a sharp knife, cut meat out, leaving just enough all sides for eggplant to retain its shape. Place eggplant shells on a baking pan and set aside.

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In a skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion until almost caramelized. Add garlic and sauté until it sings about 1 minute. Add preferred marinara/sauce then season with spices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat then simmer for 5 minutes and set aside. Once slightly cooled, divide mixture equally among eggplant shells. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan. On a cutting board, slice eggplant pieces into long, square sticks. Dip each stick in egg-white wash then roll in breadcrumb/ Parmesan mixture before placing into prepared eggplant shells. Spray tops of eggplant heavily with avocado spray then bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with cheese, if using, then return to oven for 10 more minutes or until additional cheese has melted as desired and sauce inside shells is visibly bubbling.

terol levels. Laboratory analysis of the phenolic compounds reveal that eggplant contains significant amounts of chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most powerful free radical scavengers found in plants. Chlorogenic acid has shown to decrease low-density lipid (LDL) levels, and work as an antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-carcinogenic agent, which pairs well with the polyphenols in eggplant that also exhibits anti-cancer effects. Offering many anti-inflammatory compounds, eggplant can protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and in turn prevent tumor growth and the invasion and spread of cancer cells as well as promote cancer cell death. In fact, eggplant

has such a potent free radical scavenger within it that ranked among the top in produce with respect to oxygen radical absorbance capacity. Eating is the easiest – and most enjoyable - way to help your body get and stay healthy. Given all the extraordinary abilities eggplant offers, it would be silly not to add some eggplant to your day. Here now are three different ways to add the exceptional benefits of this berry to your plate – ENJOY! Laura Kurella Food Stylist/Photographer 

Easy ‘n’ Delicious Eggplant Parmesan Dip

Prep time: 30 minutes; Cook time: 1 hour, 10 minutes; Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes; Yield: 6 servings. 2 large eggplants Unrefined mineral sea salt and black pepper, to taste 1 head garlic, top and excess paper removed Olive oil, for roasting 1/2 cup prepared tomato sauce, plus more to taste One bunch fresh basil 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese Crostini, to dip Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice eggplant into 1/4” slices and sprinkle generously salt. Place slices in colander. Let rest for 10 minutes, then rinse well with clean water and pat dry. Place eggplant slices and garlic head on a parchment-lined baking

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sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 45 minutes, flipping pieces halfway through roasting process. Remove from oven and let cool. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Squeeze roasted garlic from its skin and place in a food processor. Remove skin from eggplant, if desired, then add it to the processor along with tomato sauce, and most of the basil. Process until smooth, and then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and process again. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Spread eggplant mixture evenly in prepared dish then top with remaining cheeses. Place in oven and bake until bubbly and starting to lightly-brown, about 25 minutes. Serve warm with crostini, to dip.

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Prep time:15 minutes; Cook time: 55 minutes; Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes; Yield: 8 servings. 1 quart marinara/pasta sauce 1 large eggplant 3 large eggs 3 tablespoons whole milk 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups Italian-style breadcrumbs

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1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 4 cloves garlic, minced Oil for frying, as needed, about 1/2 cup 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices 4 ounces grated Parmesan 4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded

(optional) 1 handful fresh basil Slice the eggplant into desired thickness slices. Place the flour in a small bowl and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk and set aside. In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs, oregano, thyme minced garlic. Begin by roll-

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ing eggplant slices in flour then dip into egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides then dip into bread crumb mixture, making sure to coat both sides. In a large skillet over medium heat, add about 1/3 cup of the oil. Once hot, add enough breaded eggplant slices to comfortably fit in bottom of pan without crowding. Fry on both sides until golden brown then remove from pan and let rest on a paper towel or cookie rack to drain excess oil. Cook remaining eggplant slices, adding extra oil if needed. Once all eggplant slices are fried, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a 9 by 13-inch baking dish or large cast iron skillet, spoon about 1/4 of the marinara sauce on the bottom then top with a layer of the fried eggplant slices. Top eggplant with about 1/3 of the mozzarella then sprinkle with about 1/4 of the Parmesan and fontina cheeses over it. Top with a layer of torn basil leaves then spoon some sauce over it and repeat the layering process until you run out of eggplant. Once assembled, carefully press the layers down firmly into the dish and finish by topping dish with any remaining sauce, basil and cheese. Place in the top part of the oven and cook until the cheese melts and is bubbly - about 35 to 40 minutes. For extra browning, put the dish under the broiler for a minute or two just before serving to get an extra brown cheesy top. Serve with extra fresh basil on top, if desired.


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reduce.reuse.recycle The United States wasn’t the only country doing so; roughly 70% of the world’s plastic was being shipped to China (1). Now, China has put its foot down and refuses to accept the world’s recyclables (if you would like to know

I am a strong believer in recycling, as you would know if you have read some of my previous articles. In one specific article, I discussed how the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra is actually a hierarchy, with recycling as the last resort. I still believe recycling is an important part of the larger sustainable whole. However, my faith in recycling has been shaken. NPR recently released some stories on how recycling in the United States is changing. It turns out that much of the plastic that we would throw into curbside recycling bins was ending up on cargo ships to China.

why, check out the NPR article (1)). After China refused plastics imports, many Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand took up the mantle. Unfortunately, many of those countries quickly restricted their own plastics imports as well. The plastics surplus has forced many U.S. cities to either cancel their recycling programs or throw the plastics into landfills. I encourage you to contact your city officials to determine the ultimate destination of your recyclables. You may find a landfill at the end of your plastics’ journey. One may ask why cities would continue their recycling programs if the products aren’t actually being recycled. One argument, which I heard on NPR’s Planet Money (2), is that cities are likely to find or build recycling plants in the near future. It would be much harder to re-form the recycling habits of residents than

to have them continue, even if their recyclables are ending up in landfills. For those cities that are throwing away recyclables, the situation feels like a sham, but I also understand that, in the long run, keeping recycling habits in tact may save more recyclables. Those citizens who want to know the fate of their recyclables can contact their city officials, but others may, understandably, live in ignorant bliss and maintain their habit. Yet, I remind you of the reduce, reuse, recycle hierarchy. Reduce your consumption of plastics, reuse those plastics you can, and only recycle the plastics you cannot reuse.

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• Michigan Artist Bill Clark

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masseur before landing a job in his field at the advertising agency, Johnsons & Associates, where he designed point of purchase displays among other things for Wolverine. He then went to work for Eddy Graphic Design. Bill recently retired from Borgess after working in reprocessing for 14 years, and is happy to be able to devote more time to art. He and his wife reside in the Portage area. He has enjoyed art since he was a young child, often getting into trouble for drawing instead of listening to the lectures in school. However, his teachers did notice his artistic talent and in the 6th grade, he and a few classmates, were chosen to participate in a district art class each week. He enjoyed getting out of school for a few hours, learning more about art and meeting kids from the other schools. Bill works with acrylic paint and

pencil to create his works of art. His earliest influences were the whimsical, Dr. Seuss, and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, known for creating the hot rod “Rat Fink” characters. In the early 70’s, fantasy artists, Roger Dean, Frank Frazetta and Maxfield Parrish, influenced Bill’s work. His painting of barbarians is a tribute to Frazetta, who was an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for comic books, paperback book covers, paintings, posters, LP record covers and other media. Bill highly recommends visiting the Frazetta Art Museum located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He and his wife enjoy all things from the Medieval Renaissance

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October 2019

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FREE october EVENTS Through October 6 Exhibit: The Honeybee Scriptures Artist Ladislav Hanka exhibits Etchings w/wax from bees Kalamazoo Valley Museum Through January 5, 2020 Exhibit: Mindbender Mansion Kalamazoo Valley Museum Tuesdays, October 1,8,15,22,29 Kalamazoo Farmers Market 1204 Bank St., 8am-1pm Tuesday, October 1 Senior & Caregiver Expo Kalamazoo County Expo Center 9am-3pm, 373-5147 Tuesday, October 1 Talk: Reflections on Black Refractions Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Noon Tuesdays, October 1 & 15 Craft Club @ Parchment Library 3-7:30pm, 343-7747 Tuesdays, October 1,8,15,22,29 Learn Tibetan Buddhism, 7-8:30pm People’s Church, Kalamazoo Wednesdays, October 2,9,16,23,30 Music: Potter’s Lounge Four Points Sheraton, 5:30-8:30pm Wednesdays, October 2,9,16,23,30 Community/Christian Life Group Truth Church of Allegan 6:30pm, 657-5042 Wednesdays, October 2,9,16,23,30 Music: Jazz Jams at The Union Dwtn. Kal.,7-10pm, 384-6756 Wednesday, October 2 Presentation: The Dust Bowl Richland Community Library 7-8pm Wednesdays, October 2,9.16,23,30 Local DJ’s Spinning the Best Vinyl Old Dog Tavern, 8pm, 903-6783 Wednesday, October 2 Music: Whiskey Before Breakfast O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm, 344-5666 Wednesdays, October 2,9,16,23,30 Comedy Show - Open Microphone Harvey’s, 9-11pm (ages 21+) Thursdays, October 3,10,17,24,31 Kalamazoo Farmers Market 1204 Bank St., 2-6pm Thursdays, October 3,10 Plainwell Farmers Market Sweetwater’s Donut parking lot, 554 E. Bridge St., 3:30-6:30pm Thursday, October 3 Mystery Club, 6pm Richland Community Library Thursday, October 3 Music: Who Hit John? O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm Friday, October 4 Gazelle Sports Historic Walk: Dwtn. Kalamazoo: Women in Kalamazoo Meet at Gazelle Sports, 8-9:30am

Friday, October 4 Memory Café-for individuals with memory loss & their caretakers Paw Paw Library, 10:30am-Noon

Sundays, October 6,13,20,27 Bell’s Eccentric Café - Team Trivia Doors open 5, Trivia 6-8pm, 382-2332

Wednesday, October 16 Music: Out of Favor Boys O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm, 344-5666

Friday, October 4 VITZ Hop-Up Block Party Bates Alley, 4-9pm

Sundays, October 6,13,20,27 Professional Blues Jam Old Dog Tavern, 6-9pm, 381-5677

Thursday, October 17 Meet the Artist: William Clark Richland Community Library 5-7pm, light refreshments served

Monday, October 7 Book Group: The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg, 6:30pm Parchment Library, 343-7747

Thursday, October 17 Music: Megan Dooley O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm, 344-5666

Tuesday, October 8 Video: Art21 Films, Noon Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Friday, October 18 Gazelle Sports Historic Walk, 8-9:30am Vine Neighborhood – meet at Gazelle

Friday, October 4 Art Hop – Dwtn. Kalamazoo & Vine Neighborhood, 5-8pm Friday, October 4 Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Art Hop View & purchase patient, staff, etc. art 1312 Oakland Dr., 5-7pm Friday, October 4 Recititaf: Art as a performance with Black Refractions artist Steffani Jemison Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 5-8pm Fridays, October 4,11,18,25 Music: Potter’s Lounge Four Points Sheraton, 7-10pm

Tuesday, October 8 4 Pillars of Planning: How to Stand Strong for a secure future, 2-4pm Parchment Library, RSVP 488-8132 Wednesday, October 9 Thriver-Health talks, 5:30-7pm Ascension Borgess Health Club

Sat., October 19 – Sat. Oct. 20 Arts & Eats at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 10am -5pm, 571-2510 Saturday, October 19 Donuts & Discussion: Is this a scam? How can I tell?, 10:30am Parchment Library, 343-7747

Friday, October 4 Late Night Food Truck Rally Water St., 9pm – midnight

Thursday, October 10 Meet the Candidates – Q&A w/Parchment City Commission Candidates, 7pm, Parchment Library, 343-7747

Saturdays October 5,12,19,26 Kalamazoo Farmers Market 7am-2pm, 337-8899

Thursday, October 10 Music: Tom Duffield O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm

Sunday, October 20 Music: Fujin Raijin: Music of Japan Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Ptg.

Saturdays, October 5,12,19 Texas Corners Farmers Market 7110 West Q Ave., 8am-Noon

Saturday, October 12 Craft Fair – 9am-3pm Kalamazoo County Expo Center

Saturdays, October 5,12,19,26 Music: BenJammin’ and Analisa Educational entertainers & Kids breakfast Old Dog Tavern, 10-11am, 381-5677

Sat., Oct. 12 – March 29, 2020 Exhibit: Filling in the Gaps: The Art of Murphy Darden Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Monday, October 21 Mystery Book Club: The Lost Man By Jane Harper, 6:30pm Parchment Library 343-7747

Saturday, October 5 Open House @ Drake Farmstead Park Tours, live music, vendors, games… 927 N. Drake Rd., Noon-4pm Saturday, October 5 Stories, activities, guests & prizes Kalamazoo Public Library - Central 2-3:30pm, 342-9837

Saturday, October 19 Geek Fest, 11am-3pm Kalamazoo County Expo Center

Tuesday, October 22 Talk: Murphy Darden, Noon Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Sat., October 12 – January 25 Willard Wigan Microsculptor Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Wednesday, October 23 Music: Bog Road O’Duffy’s Pub, 8-10pm

Saturday, October 12 Art Detectives: The Dancing Granny For ages 4-8 with an adult, 10:30amNoon, Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Thursday, October 24 Dessert with Discussion: The Heroes To Hives program, 7-9pm W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Auditorium 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., 671-2360

Saturday, October 12 Family Program: Chemistry Day Kalamazoo Valley Museum 12-4pm

Saturdays, October 5,12,19,26 Music: Potter’s Lounge Four Points by Sheraton, 7-10pm

Sunday, October 13 Record & CD Show, 11am-4pm Kalamazoo County Expo Center

Thursday, October 24 Team Trivia, Teams of 2-6 players Richland Community Library 7-8pm, Register ahead 629-9085

Sundays, October 6 & 13 Portage Farmers Market Portage City Hall, 10am-2pm

Sunday, October 13 Talk: The Rise & Fall of Allied Paper Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 1:30pm

Thursday, October 24 Music: Ken Koshio – Japanese Music Culture, Parchment Library, 7pm

Sunday, October 6 Vintage in the Zoo, 10am-5pm Kal. Farmer’s Market location

Sunday, October 13 Music: Shelagh & Robbie, 2pm Parchment Library, 343-7747

Saturday, October 26 Flea Market, 8am-3pm Kalamazoo County Expo Center

Sunday, October 6 Blessing of the Animals, 4pm Westminster Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, October 15 Talk: Black Americana: A Black Woman Speaks, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Noon

Saturday, October 26 Museum Halloween Mayhem! Kalamazoo Valley Museum 12-4pm

Sunday, October 6 WMU Symphony Orchestra with 2018 Stulberg Finalist Nathan Le, Cello, Miller Auditorium, 3pm

Wednesday, October 16 Book Discussion: Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 2pm

Tuesday, October 29 Talk: Storytales and Paper Dolls: The Art of Ulysses Marshall Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Noon

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