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The People Who Make It Happen . . . Publisher/Owner Victoria Upton victoria @ Editor in Chief Angela Klinske angela@ Creative Inspiration Edward Hibberd Johnson Conqueror of Clutter Alexandra Fix

December 2009 Holiday & Gift Ideas Galore

Beauty Guru Marianne Bockheim Lifestyle Writer Janice Lynne Lundy Fashionista Sara Cosgrove Savvy Shopper Kelli Kolakowski Photographer Ruth Parbel

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Gifts Galore! Gift ideas for everyone on your list ....................10, 23, 24, 28, 30

Broaden Your Horizons What We Really Want ..............................................................4 Christmas Eye Candy ..............................................................6 Conquer Your Clutter: Gifts that Go Away ..........................14 Reader’s Lounge ......................................................................38

Looking & Feeling Good Pretty Presents ..........................................................................12 Your Holiday Look ....................................................................26 Perfectly Personal ....................................................................36

Your Health Healthy Ideas Protect Your Pet ..................................................................30 Taking the Chill Off Arthritis Pain ........................................30 You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid ............................................30

Recipes Top Five Holiday Recipes Pecan Cookie Balls ..............................................................20 Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch ..............................................20 Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Cream Frosting..................21 Perfect Gravy ......................................................................22 Ginger Bread Bars with Cream Cheese Icing ..................22

LifeStyles Mary Wisniewski ............................................................18

Out and About Savvy Shopper: Local First! ..........................................25 Events Calendar .......................................................... 32 Faces & Places ..............................................................37

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The next time you are at a party, or strolling the mall, or sitting in an audience, select one person to focus on and say to your self, “This person wants to be happy, just like me.” Then notice how this act makes you feel.

Janice Lynne Lundy

am a child of the 1960s. It was a time of great flowering, of tearing down barriers and raising up the disenfranchised. I witnessed Movements of many kinds and each one rocked my world in a different way: Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, Anti-War, and more. I took classes in high school and college under the umbrella of “Humanities,” which opened my eyes to multi-culturalism and pluralism. The thrust became how to ensure that each person could live according to his or her beliefs and traditions, with respect and dignity.


To be happy To have shelter; a nice place to live To have food on the table To do meaningful work To be paid fairly for our work To be healthy To have good health care To have a comfortable life To have transportation To have opportunities To be loved

I am grateful to have grown up in these momentous times because they forged my life path, the one I still find myself walking today – to live with a clear, open mind and a wise, compassionate heart – and to invite others to do the same. But something has changed within me. I do continue to celebrate our cultural, political and religious differences, but I sense there is something more. Something that invites me to open a new door of awareness, one that celebrates the sameness of people.

The list could go on. Yet, when you consider the first wish on the list - personal happiness - this desire seems to be predominant and universal. We all want to be happy. Just plain happy. If you are happy, what else do you need, really?

When it comes right down to it, despite our differences, we are all very much the same. We all want the same things. I don’t mean things in the material sense, but in the spiritual sense of ideals, hopes and dreams. Isn’t it true that each of us desires these “things”?


And if it is true, if deep down inside we all want the same thing, why do we treat each other with indifference, rudeness or arrogance? In truth, you are just like me and I am just like you. The problem is (as I see it) that our minds may know this logically, but our hearts do not believe it. This holiday season, in the spirit of hospitality and openheartedness, I’d like to invite you to expand your awareness and embrace our sameness, our oneness. Here is the perfect exercise for doing just that:

Allow your focus to travel around the room and pick another person. Really look at him or her and say this again, or, perhaps, mix it up a bit. “This person wants to be understood, just like me.” And around the room you go. “This person doesn’t want to feel stressed, just like me.” “This person wants to pay her bills, just like me.” “This person wants to be loved, just like me.” Do this long enough and often enough, and be prepared for your world to change, to be rocked, just like the sixties did for so many of us. Before you know it, your heart will feel softer, more open and pliable. You will find yourself looking at people differently, feeling less judgmental or critical, no matter what they do, because they are, indeed, just like you – searching for happiness in their own unique way. You may feel more kind and generous. In time, compassion will take a foothold in your heart, making manifest the promise of the ‘60s: the sun will shine in and all you will feel is love … (The exercise "Just Like Me" is adapted from the work of Pema Chodon, author of “Practicing Peace in Time of War”.)

Janice Lynne Lundy is an inspirational speaker and retreat leader, spiritual director and the author of “Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You are Meant to Be,” available in bookstores nationwide or at Visit to learn more about Jan, her writing and her events.

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Eye Candy Give your home the magical glow of the season, without the stress. By Angela Klinske

Decorating for the holiday season can be as simple as lighting a few candles or stringing the lights fantastic. This year, bring the holidays home without breaking the bank or your back.

The Presents Pour a hot beverage, and gather gift-wrapping “tools” – wrapping paper, ribbon and bows, tape, scissors, marking pen and tags. Keep a trash bag handy to discard packaging, wrappers and price tags as you go. Create a unified look under the tree with just one or two paper designs, or brown bag it and wrap gifts with brown kraft paper and red ribbon. Top the gift with a cookie cutter, a candy cane, or a black and white photo.

The Table More ornaments than tree space? No problem. Place a collection in a bowl and use as a tabletop centerpiece. Tie red ribbons around stems of glasses and place curled Christmas ribbon pieces on the table.

The Tree While colored lights add whimsical charm to your greens, white lights can unify the look of your tree adorned with mismatched or multi-colored bulbs.

The Music Log on to and listen to continuous Christmas music or add to your personal music collection with Neil Diamond’s new Christmas album, “A Cherry Cherry Christmas,” (Columbia Records).

The Cookies Bake a batch of sugar cookies (pre-made cookie dough works, too) and sprinkle with red and green sugar. Or buy an assortment of Archway® Christmas cookies and serve on a festive red plate.


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Conquer Your Clutter

By Alexandra Fix

Bath & Body Scented candles, bath products, fragrances, gift soaps, chocolates or flowers with an invitation to enjoy a calm moment of respite this holiday season is always a welcomed treat that’s sure to add warmth to a cold winter season.

Pantry Provisions Prepared foods and ingredients are perfect examples of gifts that get used up. I saw a clever gift idea at the farmer’s market this past summer: Salsa in a basket. The small basket contained the recipe and the tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro needed to make a batch of salsa. Some other ideas might be two ribeye steaks and a bottle of merlot; dried beans, lentils and soup seasonings layered in a glass jar (just add soup bone and water); or spaghetti, marinara sauce, dried mushrooms and a loaf of fresh bread.

Charitable gifts Make a contribution in the recipient’s name to the community – local or global. Choose a charity aligned with the recipient’s values. Remaining nonpolitical and nondenominational is usually best in this type of gift giving. A few charities to explore include . . . delivers lightweight HydrAid BioSand Water Filters to developing countries to provide safe water and combat water-borne illnesses.

14 began with a donkey-drawn bookmobile bringing a lending library to children in the Ethiopian countryside who might otherwise never have access to reading. works in 100 countries around the world and has a catalog of gifts symbolic of their work. You might, for instance, choose a camel, a cow or a can of worms to purchase in a friend’s name.

Neat Necessities Cover a bulletin board with gift certificates or gift cards to the neighborhood grocery store, restaurant, hair salon and movie theater. The certificates get used and the bulletin board becomes a great organizational tool. Another lovely gift would be a small makeup bag with gift cards tucked inside for a manicure, pedicure, massage and hair treatment. College students may appreciate a mesh laundry bag filled with detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets and a roll of quarters.

In seeking simplicity and balance, strive to give gifts that don’t add to the clutter of another’s life. Consider simple gifts that get used up, gifts that will not accumulate and gifts of service. In their easy practicality, many of these ideas serve as great last-minute gifts also.

Revive the Amish friendship bread starter tradition. Bake a loaf of this delicious sweet bread (recipe at, and pass on the bread starter and recipe to several friends who can do the same. Pass on a book, audio-book or DVD that you’ve enjoyed with a note inside about what that story meant to you and why you think it might be of interest to the recipient.

Present-ing the Past Give the gift of memories to your parents, siblings, children or friends. Pull together some childhood photos, school day pictures or restored photos of ancestors. Write down reflections on your years as a child, as a parent, as a sibling or as a friend. Write a letter (not an email . . . an actual letter) to someone you care about and let them know what they mean to you. Personalize a calendar with family photos, children’s drawings or pictures of good times with close friends.

Pass it On

Gifts of Service

Maybe you can find a pretty vintage plate at a resale shop and bake some goodies for someone. Along with warm cookies on the plate, include a note suggesting the plate be passed on to someone else who might need some fresh-baked kindness one day.

You could offer to paint your parent’s living room or help them clean out their basement. You might offer to babysit friends’ children for a few days so they can have a getaway weekend. The gift of your time may well be the best of all holiday gifts.

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Gifts Galore! Wall Pocket Vase Add a flower to this wall pocket for a beautiful and thoughtful holiday hostess gift. Available in two sizes and many different color combinations. $8.50 - $18. Rainbow Resources, 1509 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids

Be-jeweled Dort Designs, local custom jewelry studio, creates one-of-a-kind jewelry any woman would love. Unique artisan jewelry makes a great gift! $100 set – also sold separately. Muse, 924 Cherry St SE., Grand Rapids

Festive Treats Choose from a large selection of gift baskets, tins, trays and jars. This basket contains coffees, assorted nuts, candy, chocolates and trail mix. $50. Ferris Coffee & Nut, 227 Winter NW, Grand Rapids

Angel Snowman New for Christmas 2009, this snowman is the latest addition to Betsy’s handcrafted collection. $45. 14 designs to choose from. Betsy Ratzsch Pottery, 584 Ada Drive, Ada


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By Sara Cosgrove Photography by Ruth Parbel


ary Wisniewski, 57, used to describe herself as more of an academic than an artist. While pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant, she spent a great deal of time pouring over books – time she now spends pouring wax. Her business, Orchard Harvest Candles (, started five years ago as a dream to spend more time with family. When Wisniewski was working fulltime as a physician’s assistant, her younger sister began suffering significant memory loss. Wanting to create a job that offered more flexibility and artistic freedom, she embraced the idea of forming her own candle line and credits her sister as the inspiration behind it.


“She’s given me a gift I never would’ve explored – to invest in myself. There are so many facets to our being than just what we do on an everyday plane. We get so involved in our everyday lives and we don’t think about exploring other things about ourselves.”

candles, but I have to make this plunge into business from medicine. How am I going to do it? How do I find a fragrance company? What jar styles do I like?”

Since Wisniewski had no prior candle making experience, she did what any academic would do – research. Knowing she wanted to use all-natural waxes, including soy, palm and vegetable waxes, she visited a pioneer soy wax manufacturer in Iowa. She returned to Michigan with the knowledge needed to make her own high-quality, eco-friendly candles. But there was still so much to learn.

Wisniewski dove into networking outlets like GROW and the Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center at GVSU. She became a member of the National Candle Association and the International Guild of Candle Artisans. She discovered that in addition to natural waxes, she wanted cotton wicks, contemporary jars, and a premium line of fragrances and essential oils. Wisniewski delights in offering 75 fragrances, many of which are customized by her customers.

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December 2009


Top Five Holiday Recipes

McCormick – the nation’s favorite spice maker - has identified the five most cherished holiday recipes: Pecan Cookie Balls , Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch, Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Icing, Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Cream Frosting, and Perfect Turkey Gravy. These represent America’s love of classic holiday dishes that have a modern flavor twist. Impress your guests and delight your family with these favorites.

Pecan Cookie Balls Makes 4 dozen or 24 (2 cookie) servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes per batch INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 cups flour 2 cups finely chopped pecans

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch Makes 8 servings

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground, divided 1-1/2 teaspoons ginger, ground, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 cup dried cranberries 6 tablespoons butter, cut up, divided 1/2 cup flour 1 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix 1/4 cup of the brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon each of the cinnamon and ginger, and salt in large bowl. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat well. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cranberries. Dot with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, mix flour, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon each cinnamon and ginger in medium bowl. Cut in remaining 4 tablespoons butter with a fork until coarse crumbs form. Stir in pecans. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and stir gently. Sprinkle evenly with pecan topping. 3. Bake, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes longer or until sweet potatoes are tender and topping is lightly browned.

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt; beat until well blended. Stir in flour and pecans. 2. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. 3. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheets. Immediately roll hot cookies in remaining 2 cups sugar. Place sugared cookies on wire racks to cool. When cool, roll again in sugar.


December 2009

Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Cream Frosting Makes 16 servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2-1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 4 eggs 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup milk 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food color 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

color and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 2 tablespoons sour cream 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. 2. Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. 4. For the Frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fill and frost cooled cake with frosting. Test Kitchen Tip: Substitute a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan for the 9-inch cake pans. Bake about 50 minutes. Or, substitute a greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan; bake about 40 minutes.

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Ginger Bread Bars with Cream Cheese Icing Makes 27 (1 bar) servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes INGREDIENTS 1-1/4 cups flour 1 tablespoon ginger, ground 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided 1 egg 1/3 cup molasses 3 tablespoons water 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with no stick cooking spray. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. 2. Beat butter and 3/4 cup of the sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well blended. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well mixed. Stir in molasses and water just until blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan.

Using packaged turkey gravy mix is a time-saver and takes the guesswork out of making smooth and delicious gravy. Try one of the variations (listed on the right) to complement your menu.

Perfect Gravy & Variations Makes 15 (1/4-cup) servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 packages McCormick Turkey Gravy Mix 1/4 cup flour 3 cups water 1 cup turkey pan drippings or turkey broth 1 cup chopped cooked turkey giblets (optional) DIRECTIONS 1. Mix Gravy Mix and flour in large saucepan. Gradually stir in water and turkey drippings with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in chopped turkey giblets, if desired. 2. Stirring frequently, cook on mediumhigh heat until gravy comes to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. (Gravy will continue to thicken upon standing.)


Flavor Variations: Herbed Perfect Turkey Gravy: Prepare as directed. Stir 1/2 teaspoon Rubbed Sage or 1/4 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning into Gravy Mix. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Hearty Sage Turkey Gravy: Prepare as directed, decreasing water to 2 cups. Stir 1/2 teaspoon Rubbed Sage into Gravy Mix. Makes 12 (1/4-cup) servings. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Hearty Herbed Turkey Gravy: Prepare as directed, decreasing water to 2 cups. Stir 1/4 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning into Gravy Mix. Makes 12 (1/4-cup) servings. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Apple-Sage Turkey Gravy: Prepare as directed, decreasing water to 1 cup and adding 1 cup apple juice. Stir 1 teaspoon Rubbed Sage into Gravy Mix. Makes 12 (1/4-cup) servings. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Garlic and White Wine Turkey Gravy: Prepare as directed, decreasing water to 2 cups and adding 1/4 cup white wine. Stir 1/4 teaspoon each California Style Garlic Powder with Parsley and Thyme Leaves into Gravy Mix. Makes 12 (1/4-cup) servings. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mushroom-Onion Turkey Gravy: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large saucepan on medium heat. Add 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms and 1/4 cup chopped onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Mix 2 packages Turkey Gravy Mix, 1 1/2 cups cold water and 1 cup turkey drippings. Add to saucepan; mix well. Continue with Step 2 as directed above. Makes 8 (1/4-cup) servings. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cinnamon-Chipotle Turkey Gravy: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large saucepan on medium heat. Add 1/4 cup chopped red onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Mix 2 packages Turkey Gravy Mix, 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon each Ground Cinnamon and Gourmet Collection™ Chipotle Chile Pepper, 2 cups cold water and 1 cup turkey drippings. Add to saucepan; mix well. Continue with Step 2 as directed above. Makes 12 (1/4-cup) servings.

3. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in remaining 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup of the icing; refrigerate remaining icing. Spoon dollops (about 1 teaspoon each) of the reserved icing over batter in pan. With knife or spatula, swirl icing through batter to marbleize. 4. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Lift out of pan using foil. Cool completely on wire rack. Invert and peel off foil. Spread refrigerated icing over top. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

December 2009

Gift giving made easy! The 25th is just around the corner plenty of time for a well-thought out gift. Yoga, massage, cleaning – just a few ideas to add a special touch this season . . .

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Carlson Laser Aesthetics 1525 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 616-363-3640 Three Christmas gifts for $89 each . . . Latisse, Laser Hair Removal, and Microdermabrasion. Give the gift of rejuvenation! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Centre for Plastic Surgery 426 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids

Repair, rejuvenate, and protect your skin at Jupiter Medical Aesthetics. You can look and feel your best with their comprehensive services from facials to fillers. Free skin consultations. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Armenta Studio 955 Wealthy St SE 616-550-8244

Give the gift of rejuvenation with a gift certificate for BOTOX®, Latisse lash lengthener, dermal fillers, microdermabrasion or skin care treatments. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Expressions of Grace Yoga & Books 5270 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids 616-361-8580

Receive the benefits of yoga practice and stress relief without physical effort. Discover why Yoga Thai Massage is the best holiday gift you can give yourself or a loved one. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Indigo MedSpa 4081 Cascade Rd. Suite A, Grand Rapids 616-336-7662

Give the gift of health with a gift certificate from Expressions of Grace Yoga . . . a peaceful oasis in a busy world with yoga classes, supplies, wearables, jewelry, books, aromatherapy & more.

Indigo MedSpa offers microdermabrasion, facials, BOTOX®, Latisse™, laser hair removal and more. Perfect for the person seeking that healthy, youthful glow in the midst of a long Michigan winter.

Wow Smile USA Design 1 Salons 616-363-9019 Who doesn't want a whiter smile? Give the gift that keeps on giving. FDA approved, safe/painless, 2-6 shades whiter in just 20 minutes! Located in all Design 1 locations . . . Wow Smile USA. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Renouveau Skin Care 4070 Lake Dr. Grand Rapids 616-464-4420 Enjoy a complimentary BioMedic Micropeel with the purchase of $100 in Gift Certificates! Renouveau Skin Care offers services such as advanced facials, hair and spider vein removal, electrolysis and more. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Gentle Touch 3427 Salerno Dr. NE, Grand Rapids 616-447-9393 Give the gift of healthy skin with gift certificates for hair removal, permanent makeup and facial peels, skin care products and Blinc Mascara – tube your lashes; don’t paint them. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kwik N’ Kleen 1077 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids 616-742-KWIK Imagine giving the gift of free time. A $50 gift certificate gives 2 hours of “kleening” in preparation for any holiday gathering or even for help with after-holiday decoration removal.

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Gifts Galore! Have a Blue Christmas This gorgeous 12” hand-blown glass vase created locally at Burning Tree Studio features subtle swirling highlights to create a truly stunning effect. $97. Many colors and shapes to choose from. Shade Shop, 422 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids

Therm-ic Boot Heater Give the gift of warmth. Any skier or snowboarder will love these Therm-ic Boot heaters. Rechargeable supermax battery provides warmth for up to 20 hours! Three heat levels and impulse control stimulate the blood flow. Global charger can be used worldwide. $219.99 installed. Norm’s Ski Shop, 7380 Youngman Rd, Greenville

Seasonal Sweetness Mix one pound (or more!) of custom-blended coffee with several fresh and delectable specialty baked goods to create the perfect gift – or maybe you’ll just want to keep it for yourself! Gift boxes from $15. Vanilla's Coffee Tea Café, 3150 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids

Crabtree & Evelyn Gift Set Pamper that special someone with uniquely designed bath & body sets or create your own individual gift. LaSource gift set shown comes in a reusable travel bag and includes hand therapy, body lotion & body wash. $33. Baskets in the Belfry, 46 E. Bridge, Rockford

Pur Cashmere Treat yourself or someone special to cashmere. Highquality, animal-friendly cashmere scarves you can feel good about giving and wearing. Many styles and colors available. $91. Spaces Unlimited, 1100 East Paris SE, Grand Rapids


December 2009

Local First coupon book offers savings and incentives to shop local

The 2010 Local First Coupon Book is available anywhere you see the Local First sticker on the door, including the following locations:

By Kelli Kolakowski

“Just a 10 percent community shift toward local spending will create 1,600 new full-time jobs and $50 million in new wages,” cites the Local First 2010 Coupon Book. The organization of the same name has put together a collection of 245 coupons good through Oct. 2010 to help patrons support local businesses. Bar Divani is offering $10 off its Wednesday Wine Social; The Gilmore Collection offers $200 in savings at its area restaurants (The B.O.B., Mangiamo!, and Flat River Grill to name a few). Enjoy $75 off a $500 purchase from Eden Environments; and a free hand-tied bouquet ($14.95 value) form Modern Floral. Several area businesses offer two-for-one deals. The coupon book gives people the opportunity to try something new and for local business to welcome new customers, says Adam Clarke, Local First member coordinator.

Something Special Awaits . . .

Last year, Local First sold 2,000 books, according to Clarke. This year, the nonprofit organization hopes to surpass 3,000 books sold by also offering it as a school fundraiser. This year, three schools are participating. A few more offers – 15% off Kwik N’ Kleen services; one month’s free rent plus no application fee with a 13-month lease from Wyndham Hill Apartment Homes; $20 off a computer service of $90 or more from Nerd Swarm; $250 off mortgage closing costs from Founders Bank & Trust; and a free copier with $200 order from Saveoninc. There are also deals available from local salons, movie theaters and professional services.




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Local First is a nonprofit organization that began in 2003. Currently, there are 560 member businesses. For more information and to see a member directory, visit

Shop Hop 2010 Mark your calendars for December 3 from 2 to 9 p.m. as businesses on Wealthy Street, Fulton, and in the East Hills and Eastown neighborhoods gear up for Shop Hop 2010. Take an old-fashioned trolley from shop to shop and listen as carolers sing your favorite holiday songs. Don’t forget to bring your coupon book, as many of the Shop Hop businesses have discounts available in the book.

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Your Holiday Look

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With the season of soirees upon us, get the look that stands out among the crowd of little black dresses. With a few simple steps, it's easy to have the appearance of professionally done makeup without emptying your wallet. Be your own makeup artist by trying these three looks from the pros.

smokey eyes

Step 2. Apply a dark and intense shade along the lashline, blending up and “smoking� outward to the socket line.

International makeup artist, Jemma Kidd recommends a dramatic smoky eye to pump-up the glam.

Step 3. Smudge eyeliner across upper and lower lashline; use black for ultra intensity. Step 4. Finish off with dark black mascara, and for a full look, go for false eyelashes. For an ultra-modern take, add a touch of glitter to lower lids and lashes.

Step 1. Sweep a light highlighter shade over the whole lid to the browbone.

natural perfection Petra Strand, makeup artist and creator of Pixi, firmly believes that makeup should make a woman look like herself, only more gorgeous. Step 1. Prime the skin with a foundation; skin will look youthful, glowing and hydrated. Step 2. Switch to a base that is sheer and use a concealer for those areas that need a little extra help. Your complexion will look naturally flawless. Step 3. Use a cheek gel instead of regular blush to give an instant "lift" with a transparent touch of color on the apples of the cheeks. Step 4. Switch from full coverage lipsticks to a tint of color that has both the moisture and treatment of a balm for a perfect pout.

sophisticated glamour For classic holiday glam, celebrity makeup artist Napoleon Perdis recommends being bold and brilliant. Step 1. Prime your skin for a flawless canvas for makeup application and follow with your perfect foundation match for full coverage and matte skin. Step 2. Make a lip statement. Red lips are the most glamorous trend of the season. Pick your favorite red and make sure to always apply lip liner to prevent bleeding. To give the illusion of fuller lips, dab some gloss only on the center of the pout, over lipstick. Step 3. To perfectly complement your bold lips, keep the eyes neutral. Use a neutral and easy palette of taupe eye shadows for a seductive eye. Step 4. Complete the look with black mascara. Always remember that three coats is the magic number, and a look is never complete without show-stopping lashes.


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December 2009



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Gifts Galore! Black Diamond Earrings Black Diamonds’ unparalleled beauty offers tangible proof of nature’s bounty. So affordable anyone can look like a celebrity. $149 - 1/2 carat pair. Bauble Patch Jewelers, 5410 Alpine NW, Grand Rapids

Jewels on the Skin Batucada is a unique and innovative line of jewelry from France. With organic shapes, vibrant colors and natural feeling "eco-plastic" material, it has a lace-like appearance when worn. Batucada jewelry hugs your skin, shaping and moving with you. Necklaces $34.95, Bracelets $19.95. Design Quest, 4181 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids

Shape Up This bra camisole and boy short set is made of a lightweight fabric with Lycra. The bra provides body sculpting with medium control, shaping the tummy, midriff, back and waistline. Adjustable straps make it comfortable, and contoured soft-cups provide support without underwire. The boy shorts shape the tummy and butt. Available in taupe, black or leopard print. $114 to $120. Also available separately. MeMe's Foundations, 7199 Thornapple River Drive, Ada

Shimmering Silhouettes Hand made by Michigan artist Jan Blough, these beautiful beveled glass decorations add extra sparkle to the holiday. $17.50 to $39.50. Nest, 145 Diamond, SE, Grand Rapids


December 2009

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Protect Your Pet This holiday season, Dr.Bernadine Cruz and offer these tips when traveling with the family pet: • Pets should always wear identification when traveling indicating their permanent home and where they are visiting. Owners should also have a copy of their pet's medical records, vaccine history, and a picture of the pet in case they are separated. • If you are traveling by car with your pet, plan ahead to insure that you

can find hotels that accept pets. AAA can usually direct you to these establishments. Be sure to bring your pet's usual diet and water. You don't want "traveler's diarrhea" to put a damper on your road trip. • If traveling by air, try to get a direct flight. Losing your luggage is one thing, but it could be a disaster if you lose your pet. Check the expected temperature of your destination airport. If you need to have your pet travel in the cargo hold, bitterly cold temperatures may not be tolerated by your pet. We have all seen luggage carts stranded on the tarmac or left on a plane for hours while it is delayed. Your pet could become fatally hypothermic.

Taking the Chill Off Arthritis Pain You're not just imagining it; you really can feel winter's chill in your bones, especially if you're among the 45 million Americans who have arthritis. Coping with this often debilitating disease can be even more challenging when the weather turns cold, making joints feel even more stiff and painful.

• If you are staying at a pet-friendly hotel and need to leave your pet unattended in your hotel room, place a "do not disturb" sign on the door. Be sure your pet is a good neighbor and doesn’t bark or meow excessively. Bring along an extra sheet for your pet to lounge on.

Stay warm and dry

Get help

Dampness and cold exacerbate arthritis pain. Dress warmly and avoid dampness. Equip your home with a dehumidifier to take excess moisture out of the air.

See your doctor regularly throughout the winter and consider using aids designed to help ease arthritis pain in the colder months. For example, IMAK's Arthritis Gloves ( provide mild compression and warmth to help relieve the increased joint pain and swelling associated with winter. Designed by an orthopedic surgeon, the gloves can be worn indoors during daily activities and outdoors under your regular gloves. Made of cotton Lycra, the gloves have open fingertips that allow freedom to touch, feel and grip.

When walking outside, wear warm, waterproof footgear and gloves. Layer your clothes for warmth and breathability, and choose fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin.

Stay active Winter's chill shouldn't drive you indoors until the spring thaw. Just the opposite, says the Web site Walking outside in the winter offers many health benefits to arthritis sufferers, including burning calories and fostering a positive mood, the site says. Plus, inactivity is often associated with an increase in pain. So how can you stay active and manage your arthritis this winter? Here are a few tips:

"Use it or lose it" definitely applies to arthritis sufferers. Exercise can help keep joints moving, strengthen muscles connected to joints, preserve bone health, and improve your overall health and fitness, according to If you are less active during winter, arthritis can cause even the smallest movement to be painful. Maintain your prescribed exercise regimen, under your doctor's guidance, as much as possible during winter months. The movement will help fight off the stiffness that cold weather brings to your joints.

Eat healthy Our bodies instinctively crave warmth-generating and fat-building fare to help us stay warmer in cold weather. Controlling excess weight, which puts undue strain on already sore joints, is a key element of managing your arthritis. Also, talk to your doctor or a qualified nutritionist about what nutritional supplements might be helpful in minimizing your pain.

You’ll shoot your eye out, kid. Who can forget the classic film’s “A Christmas Story” Ralphie who, despite threats and warnings from his mom, teacher, and even Santa, just had to have that Daisy® 1938 Red Ryder BB gun? Perhaps there’s a hopeful kid on your Christmas list who wants something you see as a hazard. Prevent Blindess America® offers these tips for selecting a safe toy: ● BB guns should not even be considered toys. ● Inspect toys for solidness. Your child’s toys should be durable with no sharp edges or points. The toys should also withstand impact. ● Look for the letters “ASTM.” This means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. ● Read directions carefully and follow suggested age levels. –WL–


December 2009

Searching for health care that suits your needs? Next month we’ll introduce you to some of our area’s finest health care professionals as they share how they can enhance or improve your life.

Women’s LifeStyle Magazine presents:

Faces of Health Care 2010 Don’t miss it!

Medical professionals - call today for more information on how to be included:

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Don’t miss the biggest women’s weekend in west Michigan!

March 12 - 14, 2010 DeVos Place Grand Rapids, MI

Now 2 halls, wider aisles and additional booths

Celebrating 12 Great Years! December 2009

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Dec. 4 The annual Coopersville Santa Claus Parade begins at 7 pm. Professional and amateur floats, decorated vehicles and fire trucks compete for prizes as they travel along Main Street. 997-5164 or

Special Events Through Jan. 10 “Christmas and Holiday Traditions around the World” is presented by Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. More than 300,000 lights, more than 40 international trees and displays, strolling carolers and horse-drawn carriage rides. 1-888-957-1580 or

Dec. 4 Master Arts Theatre and the City of Hudsonville present “A Christmas TreeO,” a celebration of the season through mime, dance and drama. 7:30 pm at the Hudsonville Cultural Center. 5578 School Ave. Adults $10; students $5. Tickets available at Hudsonville City Hall and the Gary Byker Memorial Library. 455-1001 or

Through Jan. 3 “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion” at the Public Museum includes a revolving crane, an armored car, a robot, a bicycle, a printing press and a machine gun. 272 Pearl St. NW. For hours and ticket prices, call 456- 3977 or see

Dec. 4 “Get Your Joy On” is the tree-lighting ceremony at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Music and refreshments courtesy of downtown merchants. 5:30 pm. Rosa Parks Circle skating opens for the season at 6 pm.

Through Dec. 19 The Fulton Street Farmers Market offers produce, baked goods and crafts. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. Located between Fulton and Fountain streets. 454-4118 or

Dec. 4 The Sinterklaas Eve Parade in downtown Holland celebrates St. Nicholas, arriving on a white horse and surrounded by his mischievous Zwarte Piet helpers. 394-0000 or


December 4-6 “Agent of Change” is a contemporary Christmas comedy musical presented by Hark Up, a non-profit organization. There are more than 250 in the cast. 7:30 on Dec. 4-5 and 3 pm Dec. 6. At the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship, 2300 Plymouth Road. Tickets available through or 1-800585-3737 or 745-6119. Dec. 5 The Rockford Santa Parade begins at 11 am at the Rotary Pavilion on Squires Street. Dec. 5 “Cool-Yule” in downtown Grand Haven includes a day of chestnuts roasting outside, carriage rides on Washington Street and the Jingle Bell Parade at 6 pm. 844-1188 or Dec. 5 Christmas festivities in Lowell include Santa’s arrival, an ice sculpture contest, Rudolph’s craft workshop for kids ages 2-6, and a pancake supper. 897-9161 or Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 The Santa Train comes to the Coopersville & Marne Railway. Adults

$14.50, Senior $13.50, Kids (2-12) $11.50, Under 2 free. 289 Danforth, Coopersville. 997-7000 or Dec. 5, 8, 15, 18 The Women’s City Club sponsors its annual Bob Cratchit dinners. Social Hour is 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm at 254 E. Fulton St. Local high school choirs perform, and a traditional 6-course holiday dinner will be served. $37. Prepaid reservations are required. Call 459-3321. Dec. 6 Gerald R. Ford Museum’s Holiday Open House features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music and activities for children. Free Admission. 1-5 pm. or (616) 254-0400 Dec. 6 The “Blue Christmas Service” is a time for healing and recovery for those who need help getting through the holidays. Prayer, meditation, music and scripture, followed by light refreshments. 6 pm. First United Methodist Church, 227 East Fulton St. Dec. 10 “Saving One Life” is a benefit evening for The Network. Wine, cheese, cabaret entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Grand Rapids Women’s City Club. 6-9 pm. $100. 458-3511 Dec. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 The Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents its annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” The dancers are accom-

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panied by the Grand Rapids Symphony. $17-$53. At DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm Dec. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19. 2 pm on Dec. 12 and 19. 1 and 5:30 pm on Dec. 13 and 20. Tickets available at Dec. 12 Guests to the Public Museum can manipulate the four arms of a surgical robot based on a design by Leonardo da Vinci. The robot is used by Saint Mary’s Health Care and Intuitive Surgical. 9 am3 pm. Several Saint Mary’s Health Care surgeons will be on hand to answer questions. 456.3977 or visit Dec. 17 WYCE and the Gilmore Collection present the 10th annual WYCE Bubble Bash, a holiday celebration of a dozen wines from around the world. The event is a fundraiser for WYCE. $25. Food provided. 6 pm at The B.O.B. Age 21 and up. 459-4788 Dec. 18-20 Brookside CRC presents its 14th Annual Living Nativity, telling the Christmas story with live actors and animals. Performances at 7, 7:30, and 8pm each evening. Signing for the hearing impaired Dec. 19. Free. Brookside Christian Reformed Church, 3600 Kalamazoo SE. 452-3191 or Dec. 27 “Night at Your Museum” is presented by the Public Museum. Following a dinner buffet, guests become part of the drama

that unfolds as characters from the exhibits come to life. $20. 6-9 pm. 272 Pearl St. NW. 456- 3977 or Dec. 31 New Year’s on the Grand is from 5:30 pm-12:30 am at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. Live music followed by the countdown to midnight, with an illuminated ball descending above the stage. Free.

Dec. 5 The Calvin College music department presents the Wind Ensemble Christmas Pops at 3 pm at East Grand Rapids High School. Call the Calvin box office at 526-6282 for ticket information.

Sponsored by Musical Arts for Justice in the Community, a ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where the concert will take place. Suggested donation $10. 7 pm. 250 Commerce Street SW. 632-2413

Dec. 5 The Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus presents its winter concert. Free. 7:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1100 Lake Drive SE.

Dec. 12 Grand Rapids’ own Ralston Bowles performs in a presentation of the Grand River Folk Arts Society. 8 pm. Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy SE. $12. Seniors, $10. Students, two for $10 with IDs. $9, members. $3 for children 2-12. See

Dec. 31 The Coptic Center hosts the annual “World Day of Prayer” Service, in which people around the world all pray at the same time. Locally the service is at 6:30 am. Love Offering. The Coptic Center, 0381 Lake Michigan Dr NW. 531-1339

Dec. 6 The Girls Choral Academy presents a free holiday concert featuring performances from five choirs, with the singers ranging in age from 4 to 18. Free. 3 pm at the Basilica of St. Adalbart, 701 Fourth St NW. 361-6111

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Dec. 6 Calvin’s Campus Choir and Women’s Chorale presents “Lessons and Carols” at 3 and 6 pm at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Free. 526-6411

Dec. 2 The Calvin Oratorio Society presents Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 pm in the DeVos Performance Hall. Call the Calvin box office at 526-6282 for ticket information. Dec. 3 Kool & The Gang performs at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hills Ave SE. Dec. 3, 5, 10 Singers at One Trick Pony include Jill Jack Dec. 3, Lonesome Jane Dec. 5, and Spencer Mulder Dec. 10. 136 East Fulton St. 235-7669 or

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Dec. 9 Health Intervention Services presents world-renowned tenor Carlos Seise in a benefit concert. 7 pm at the Basilica of St. Adalbert, 704 4th St NW. Tickets are $40, and $25 for students and those 60 and older. For tickets call 405-1932 or 475-1326. See Dec. 11 The Grand Rapids Women's Chorus performs as a fundraiser for The Grand Rapids Coalition to End Homelessness.

Dec. 13 Tuba Christmas, sponsored by the GRCC Music Department, is an opportunity for all tuba, sousaphone, baritone horn and euphonium in the area to perform. The 36th annual concert starts at 2 pm. Free. Rehearsal starts at 11 am; players can just show up and pay a $5 fee. At the St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom NE. Dec. 16-17 One Trick Pony presents the Lazy Blue Tuna’s Christmas Show. 136 East Fulton St. 235-7669 or Dec. 19 Blue Water Ramblers Christmas Concert is a presentation of the Grand River Folk Arts Society. 8 pm. Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy SE. $12. Seniors, $10. Students, two for $10 with IDs. $9, members. $3 for children 2-12.


Dec. 31 “Behind the Mask,” performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony, is presented by the Grand Rapids Rotary Charities Foundation. Songs from “Hair,” “West Side Story” and “Chicago,” and also songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 7:30 pm at DeVos Performance Hall. $18 to $90. Tickets available at DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, 1-800-9822787 or

Theater & Film Through Dec. 12 Master Arts Theatre presents “Little Princess,” one of Shirley Temple's most famous roles. Show times are 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 pm Saturdays. $15; senior citizens and students $12. 4551001 for reservations or December 2-20 “Cinderella” is presented at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. 30 N Division St. 222-6650 or Dec. 3-5 & 10-12 Actors’ Theatre presents “Frozen,” about a mother whose 10-year-old is missing. 8 pm. $10-$22, with student discounts available. Call the Spectrum Theater Box Office (Monday-Friday noon to 5 pm) at 234-3946. Dec. 9-12 The GRCC Players present “Some Girls” by Neil LaBute. 8 pm. Spectrum Theater Lab Space, Rm 201. $10-$22, with student discounts available. Call the Spectrum Theater Box Office (MondayFriday noon to 5 pm) at 234-3946.

Art Through Jan. 3 “Tissot’s London 1871-1882: The Art and Culture of City Life” is presented by the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Painting and prints of 19th-century French artist James Tissot. 101 Monroe Center. Through Jan. 3 “American Impressionism: Paintings from The Phillips Collection” is presented by the Grand Rapids Art Museum. From the collection of Duncan Phillips. 101 Monroe Center. 831-1000 or

sculptures to candles to artwork. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 am-5:30 pm and Sat. 11 am-3 pm. 146 Monroe Center Suite 146. 742-2000 or Through December Ldecore’s Artist of the Month is photographer Kristina Jeluso. Open house is 6-9 pm Dec. 11. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Free. 428 North Park NE. 363-4060 Dec. 4-5 The Heartside Gallery and Studio presents its annual Holiday Sale, with works by more than 30 artists who live in the Heartside district. Paintings, drawings, ornaments, cards, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and woodworking. 5-9 pm on Dec. 4 and 10 am-4 pm Dec. 5. 48 S. Division Ave. 235-7211, ext. 103, or

Just for Kids Dec. 31 The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum presents “New Year's Early Eve,” a celebration from 6-8 pm for children. Music, face painting, balloon drop and snacks. $10; children under 2 are free. 235-4726 ext. 102, or Saturdays Literary Life Bookstore & More presents First Saturday for Kids. First Saturday of the month. 11 am. 758 Wealthy St. SE. 458-8418

Group Meetings & Support Groups Dec. 7 Grand Rapids Mothers And More presents photography tips from 7-9 pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1448 Grace Drive. Free. All moms invited. Dec. 17 Grand Rapids Mothers And More presents a get-together to wrap presents and exchange cookies. 7-9 pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1448 Grace Drive. Free. All moms invited. 389-5376 or Ongoing Al-Anon/Alateen is for teens and adults who are dealing with problem drinkers. For meeting schedule, call 774-1079 or see

Through Jan. 3 “Henry Moore: Master Printmaker” is presented by Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 888-957-1580 or

Second & Fourth Mondays Citizens for Parental Rights is a divorce support group. 7 pm. WKTV, 5261 Clyde Park, SW, Wyoming.

Through Jan. 3 “Lynn Chadwick: In Contact” is presented by Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Forty-three sculptures and five lithographs from the British sculptor. 888-957-1580 or

Tuesdays The YWCA provides a support group for women 18 and older who are survivors of domestic abuse. 5:30-7 pm. 4th floor group room 3 at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE. Free childcare available. 451-2744

Through December Collins Fine Art Gallery features a month of Christmas ornaments, from


Third Wednesdays Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan meets to discuss current issues and endorse progressive candidates. 5 pm at the Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton St. Thursdays The YWCA provides a support group for women 18 and older who are survivors of sexual assault/abuse. 5:30-7 pm. 4th floor group room 3 at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE. Free childcare available. 459-7062, ext 106 Third Thursdays The Epilepsy Council of West Michigan meets in the community room at Saint Mary's Hospital's Hauenstein Center at 7 pm.

Expand Your Horizons Dec. 9 The GRCC Diversity Lecture Series presents civil rights activist Morris Dees, an attorney and author whose presentation is titled "With Justice for All." 7 pm at Fountain Street Church. Dec. 10 The local association for legal professionals sponsors “Legal Lunch ‘N Learn,” 12:05-12:55 pm at the University Club, 10th floor, Fifth Third Center, 111 Lyon St. NW. Kristine Mullendore, J.D., former Kent County Prosecutor and currently Professor at GVSU's School of Criminal Justice/ Legal Studies, presents a discussion of women in the law. 752.2213 or Dec. 11 Fire of Transformation Practice, for experienced Anusara yoga practitioners, is offered by Expressions of Grace Yoga. 6:30-8:30 pm. $18. 5270 Northland Dr. NE. 361-8580 Dec. 28-Jan. 1 Expressions of Grace Yoga offers free yoga classes. Recommended for those who have completed at least a Level One yoga class. 7-8:30 pm Dec. 28-29. 11:15-12:45 Dec. 30. 9-10:30 am Dec. 31. 10:30 am-12:30 pm Jan. 1. 5270 Northland Dr. NE. 361-8580

The Public Museum needs volunteer interpreters, guides, office workers and special event assistants. Call 456-3588 Volunteer reading tutors are needed by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Refugee Services. The tutors will help refugees and immigrants learn English. Classes are held throughout metro Grand Rapids Monday through Friday during the morning and afternoon, and two evenings a week. Contact Lynda Bar at 356-1934. Volunteers who can teach refugees and immigrants how to sew are needed by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. Some sewing machines are available. Sellable products will be made while the participants also learn English. Contact Lynda Bar at 356-1934. MomsBloom seeks volunteers to visit families with a newborn. Volunteers assist with babies and offer emotional and physical support to new mothers. Training provided. Contact Angie Walters at or 447-9788 or American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids seeks volunteers to donate blood. Volunteers also needed to help run blood drives, assist in set-up/takedown, and serve as registration greeters and refreshment providers. 456-8661 Faith Hospice seeks volunteers for respite care, visiting, massage therapy, beauty services, etc. 356-4859 for details on how to sign up Faith in Action Program of Guardian Angel Homes is looking for people to provide friendship/mentoring to adults with developmental disabilities. 4587000, ext. 14 Inner City Christian Federation’s Home Ownership Program is in need of volunteers for their childcare room during class times. Interested volunteers should be 15 years or older. 831-1205 ext. 116 Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming seeks volunteers to greet and escort, prepare treatment areas, assist patients, staff the gift shop, circulate the magazine cart, deliver mail and supplies, and provide clerical help. 252-7009 The WORD Project ESL, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids, is looking for tutors to work in the ESL program as one-on-one tutors. 454-4874

Volunteers & Fundraisers Dec. 2, 7 Volunteer tutors for reading and English are sought by The Literacy Center of West Michigan. Two tutor orientations have been set: 6:30-7:30 pm. Dec. 2 at Schuler Books & Music, 3165 Alpine Ave NW; and 6:30-7:30 pm Dec. 7 at Cascade Library, 2870 Jacksmith Ave SE.

Spectrum Health seeks volunteers to work with florists, patient escort and the emergency department. 391-1804 Send your events for the Women’s LifeStyle Calendar via e-mail to by the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication.

Second Tuesdays The National Organization for Women (NOW) Grand Rapids Chapter meets at 7 pm at 629 Michigan St NE. 855-1526

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The Nutcracker Dec. 11-20 Peter Martin Wege Theatre $30 adults; $25 seniors; $ 20 for 12 and under Ticketmaster ticket centers

The most beloved ballet of all time returns to Grand Rapids with the 38th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Grand Rapids Ballet. The ballet includes more than 100 children, most of them from the immediate area. Some of the adults in the cast have been performing “The Nutcracker” locally for as long as 25 years. More than a dozen professional dancers from the ballet company take many of the lead roles. The dancers are accompanied by the Grand Rapids Symphony. About 900 people will attend each of the nine performances.

The story focuses on Clara, a young girl who on Christmas eve is given a life-size Nutcracker doll by her godfather. But her brother breaks the doll, and while her godfather fixes it, she won’t let it out of her sight and falls asleep with it under the Christmas tree. She then dreams of a fantasy land in which a Nutcracker Prince is waging a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. Clara kills the Mouse King with her slipper, and the Nutcracker Prince then takes her on a wondrous journey through the land of snow and the land of sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. Of course in the end she awakens by the Christmas tree, with her Nutcracker doll. Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky wrote the score in 1892, but died well before it became a hit, when the choreography was redone in the United States in the 1940s. The choreography in Grand Rapids is different each year.

Bubble Bash Dec. 17 The B.O.B. $25 at or at the door

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World Through Jan. 10 Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park $12 for 14-64. $9 for students and seniors. $5 children 5-13. $4 for children 3-4

Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s 15th annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” annual event attracts thousands of visitors, with at least 30 decorated Christmas trees, 300,000 indoor Christmas lights, outdoor lights and thousands of poinsettias. Visitors can also take horse-drawn carriage rides, and view the Railway Garden, an intricate train display that traverses an indoor garden. Carolers stroll through the grounds.

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There are 10 displays of holiday traditions from other countries. Each year there is at least one new country, and this year it’s Vietnam. The display centers on the celebration of the lunar new year, which is when spring begins. There is an ancestral altar and scrolls inscribed with poetry.

A dozen sparkling wines from around the world will be available for tasting. The event is at the “Crush” lounge at The B.O.B., which will provide a spread of pizzas, fruits, chocolates and hors d'oeuvres.

Other displays that return include a traditional French manger scene with santons (“little saints”), bamboo and paper lanterns from the the Philippines called “parols,” and a display of a three-day Muslim holiday that celebrates the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting.

The event is co-sponsored by the Gilmore Collection, with significant support from Shannan Denison, an Ameriprise financial advisor.

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7 GIFT IDEAS By Sara Cosgrove

hether you’re shopping for your daughter, your coworker or your best friend, chances are, you want your gift to represent your knowledge of and appreciation for the recipient. So, what makes a great personal gift?


The goal is to pick something she’ll love, but wouldn’t think to buy for herself. A pair of boots or a handbag in a fashion color, perhaps. A fashion fix-it device she won’t be able to do without. A pair of boyshorts in a fabulous pattern. A necklace that promotes a worthy cause. There are no rules when it comes to choosing the perfect gift, just a little forethought and an eye for a gift she’ll treasure all year.


1. Alex and Ani for Tonic Mother Earth Necklace in Russian Silver and Russian Gold, $48 The ideal accessory for the philanthropic fashionista, this eco-friendly necklace is not only made of recycled materials, but a portion of the cost benefits two non-profits. 10% of each sale is donated to World Hunger Year, and another 10% goes to The Tonic Foundation, the charitable arm of Tonic. Celebrity fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Cox and Miley Cyrus. Retail information available at 2. Honeydew Intimates Candy Cane Mesh boyshort in Black, $14 This pair of low rise cheeky fit boyshorts, with a candy cane print and satin bow, makes an excellent stocking stuffer. Or, try wrapping it in

a gift box, adorned with ribbon curlicues and candy canes. Also available in Aqua. 3. Honeydew Intimates Fine Mesh Rumba boyshort in Sangria, $18 She’ll love the flirty tiered ruffles and vibrant rainbow colors. Other colors include Blue Bird, Light Blue, Steel, Red, Pink, White and Black. Available at boutiques and department stores. 4. IsABelt Wide in Clear Frosted, $19.95 This wafer thin belt is 1” wide – durable, flexible and hardly visible – a handy alternative to bulkier belts. The IsABelt looks particularly flattering with form-fitting tops, or tunics paired with denim. Small, Medium, Large and Plus-Size. Also available in Black. Available at boutiques

5. Dooney & Bourke Tartan Carla Bag in Red, $135 This will be her go-to handbag this season. Pair it with a peacoat to complete the look. It has a zip closure, red lining and a cell phone pocket. 17” L x 9” W x 10” H. Also available in Navy. Available at department stores. 6. Miz Mooz Seline boots, $159.95 By now, she might be tiring of her heavy snow boots. These slouch ankle boots have a leather upper, side-zip and a 3.5” heel. Available at boutiques. 7. Chanel Sunglasses $163 She’ll cherish these oversized vintagestyle shades with denim temples all year ‘round. Available at eyewear shops and retailers.

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Health The medical staff at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital welcomes new physicians Leslie Jurecko, MD, Surender Rajasekaran, MD, Sharon Smith, MD, and Olufemi Soyode, MD. Dr. Jurecko is a hospitalist who provides care for hospitalized patients who do not have a primary care physician or whose primary care physician prefers the hospitalist team to care for their patients while in the hospital. Dr. Rajasekaran is a critical care specialist who provides care to infants, children and adolescents with traumatic injuries or life-threatening illnesses or following major surgery in the region's largest pediatric critical care unit. Dr. Smith is a hematologist/oncologist who provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary specialty care, treating infants, children, teens and young adults with hematology, coagulation and oncology disorders. Dr. Soyode is a neurologist who provides medical care for children with brain and nervous system disorders. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– April Snow Craft, LPN, CPT has opened WaDa Go Fitness & Health personal training studio in Ada. The studio offers one-on-one instruction for men and women of all fitness levels, small group exercise classes, yoga, massage therapy, infrared sauna, detox, and biofeedback LSA Pro for determining nutraceutical needs or deficiencies. Located at 6365 Knapp NE. Open House December 7, 12-8 pm. Call 318-3918 for more information.

On Board Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, a free cancer support community of adults, children, families and friends, is pleased to announce new board members and officers as well as two new staff members to the community relations/marketing and development team. New board officers, elected to a one-year term, are John Jackoboice, chair; Holly Jacoby, vice-chair; Chris Rosmarin, treasurer; and Julie Regan, secretary. New board members, elected to a three-year term, are Bill Alt, Cle Jackson and Celeste McIntyre. Wendy Wigger joins Gilda's Club Grand Rapids in the new position of director of community relations and program development. Lindsey Rodarmer joins the team as marketing and public relations manager. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Local First Board has added two new members to its ranks: Chris Lampen-Crowell and James Berg. Local First recently founded The Local First Educational Foundation Board to further the group's educational impact. The Local First Educational Foundation will raise funds to support ongoing economic research and job creation efforts. Named to the Foundation Board are Dan Hurwitz, Linda Martin, Mike Corby, Raquel Salas, Jeff Koeze, Guy Bazzani and Steven de Polo.

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Reader’s Lounge: Holiday Book Gift Ideas By Alexandra Fix sights set on marriage to Joseph, a loving family life and a continued bond to God in her Jewish faith.

associated with its production from its sales. He had 6 weeks to write, publish and market it by Christmas. As we now know, his quest was a grand success. Over the following years, that novel brought new life to a holiday season that did not have the luster it has today. A Christmas Carol did its part to reinvent forgotten holiday customs, restore its spirit of goodwill and enhance celebrations among family and friends. Few today are unaware of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchett and Tiny Tim and, now, many more will know the story behind it all.

dinary wood carving of Amish children in the snow, by an artist named Jonah, which truly soothes her soul. Capturing the image of the Amish is generally taboo, so she must try to convince her community’s bishop of the value of this healing work. As Jonah and Beth continue their correspondence over this issue, they each begin to find solace for the pain in their lives and answers to their questions.

Book of Peoples of the World: A Guide to Cultures National Geographic Books, 2008, $40.00 Girl Mary By Petru Popescu Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, 2009, $15.00 Petru Popescu weaves a bold, but lovely, imagined tale of Mary of Nazareth—the Mary who would one day become the mother of Jesus. As the story opens, Mary is a young girl on the edge of womanhood. Set against a backdrop of well-researched Jewish and Roman life, this is a love story of Mary and Joseph and of Mary and her God. This Mary is both innocently simple and passionately complex. She has a keen interest in her worth as a woman and has her

The Man Who Invented Christmas, How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits By Les Standiford Crown Publishers, 2008, $19.95 In October 1843, Charles Dickens was at a low point in his life. His marriage was troubled, he was in debt and his book sales were declining. His idea for the novel, A Christmas Carol, was rejected by his publisher. He pushed onward and basically agreed to what is known today as vanity publishing. He would deduct all costs

The Sound of Sleigh Bells By Cindy Woodsmall Waterbrook Press, 2009, $14.99 At 26, Beth Hertzler has become an important link in her Amish community’s wellbeing. She serves as the marketer between the Amish handcrafters and the Englischer stores which sell those items. The peace and simplicity of Beth’s life has been complicated by the death of her fiancé, Henry, and by a secret she carries from that night. The burden of this knowledge fills her with guilt and sadness. In her dealings with the crafters, she comes upon an extraor-

Dividing the globe into geographical regions, this comprehensive work features more than 200 ethnic cultures that make up our world. From the Mixtec of Mexico to the Apache of the United States, from the Nenets of Russia to the Kazakhs of Kazakhstan, from the Bambara of Mali to the Qashqai of Iran, this book examines the beliefs, customs, traditions and challenges of each people. There are fascinating essays on topics like the fading away of languages, the creation of living space and the effects of emigration. It’s filled with informative maps and the signature photography that has always characterized National Geographic publications.

Especially to share with children Learning in Action: Human Body By Anna Claybourne Silver Dolphin, 2009, $24.95

Yiddish for Babies Written and Illustrated by Janet Perr Simon and Schuster, 2009, $12.95

and The Wonders Inside: The Human Body By Jan Stradling Silver Dolphin, 2009, $19.95

Got a budding young future doctor on your gift list? These two books are so intriguing. Both are intended for children 7 and above and enable young readers to see and understand the workings inside the human body. The Learning in Action series includes interactive features like a simulated heart beat, an EKG monitor reading and a newborn’s cry. The Wonders Inside series includes full-page transparent acetate pages to go deeper into the layers of the body’s systems.


What a funny, cute book. If you don’t know it already, you’ll now understand the meaning of delightful Yiddish words like shayna maidel, shmutz, tuchus and ferklempt. Sweet and entertaining, you can give this little book to anyone, baby or grandma, Jewish or not, as a read aloud or a read alone. With playfulness, each entry gives the Yiddish word with its pronunciation and meaning illustrated in action by charmingly expressive babies and children, as in: “Oy gevalt, baby spilled her milk” or “Stop kvetching. Dinner will be ready soon.”

Alexandra Fix is the author of ten non-fiction children’s book, including the series Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Heinemann Library). She is a former children’s librarian, registered nurse, freelance writer and avid reader. Enjoying college one class at a time while her children were growing up, fed her love of literature and creative writing. She and her husband have five grown children and multiple grandchildren living all over the country.

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ■ AWE - Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs ■ Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women - GROW


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■ The Gilmore Collection ■ Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery - GRPD ■ Graydon's Crossing ■ The Green Well ■ Indulgence ■ Pietro's Italian Restaurant & Backdoor Pizzeria ■ The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar ■ Vanillas Coffee Tea Café

FINANCIAL & LEGAL ■ Doug Zandstra, CPA ■ Equipment Financial Services, Inc ■ Founders Bank & Trust ■ Northpointe Bank ■ Option 1 Credit Union ■ Pinnacle Insurance Partners, LLC ■ United Bank of Michigan

GROCERY & FRESH FOOD ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Cascade Winery Dancing Goat Creamery Eggland’s Best Eggs Forest Hills Foods Making Thyme Kitchen Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery ■ Wealthy Street Bakery

HOME PRODUCTS & SERVICES ■ Godwin Hardware & Plumbing ■ Kwik ‘N’ Kleen ■ RepcoLite Paints, Inc

Opening the Windows to Your World ■ The Shade Shop ■ Standale Interiors

MARKETING & CONSULTING ■ Advertising in Motion, LLC ■ Clark Communications ■ – Search Engine Marketing ■ Women’s LifeStyle Magazine, Inc

MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY ■ 1-2-1 Personal Computer Training & Consulting, LLC ■ Compucraft, Inc ■ Women’s LifeStyle Magazine, Inc

MEDICAL, HEALTH, BEAUTY & WELLNESS ■ Applewood Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry ■ Beacon Hill at Eastgate ■ ChiroFit Wellness Center – Gaslight Village ■ Discover Chiropractic Center, PC ■ Grand Rapids Eye Institute ■ Gordon Water Systems ■ The Hairport ■ Holistic Care Approach ■ Home Care Service Staffing ■ Hospice of Michigan – Grand Rapids ■ Oasis Hot Tub Gardens ■ Partners In Dental Care ■ PT 360 Physical Therapy ■ Wright Chiropractic ■ Yoga Studio


■ Bev Boerman - Five Star Real Estate ■ Jeanine C. Herlacker – Midwest Properties of Michigan ■ Ultimate Staging & Décor, LLC ■ The Zuidema Team at Five Star Real Estate

SHOPPING & RETAIL ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

A.K. Rikks / A.K.A. Ada Bike Shop Art of the Table Ball Park Floral & Gifts Burgett Floral, Inc Clothing Matters Collins Fine Art, LLC Creative Learning – Toys, Tools, & Experiences Creekside Garden & Gift Center David & Bathsheba Day Furs Ferris Coffee & Nut Retail Shoppe Frames Unlimited Freeze Frame Publishing Gazelle Sports Global Gifts – Your Fair Trade Store Heather Lane Pottery LaFontsee Galleries Underground Studio Modern Day Floral Muse Boutique Orchard Harvest Candles, LLC Southland Auto Wash Wealthy at Charles YT Galleria Yours Truly, LLC

HOSPITALITY ■ Lasting Impressions Bed & Breakfast

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Women's Lifestyle Magazine, December 2009, Holiday & Gift Ideas Galore!  
Women's Lifestyle Magazine, December 2009, Holiday & Gift Ideas Galore!