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June 09 Contents

Hot Topics

Creative Inspiration Gina Neely Health Writer Robyn Hubbard, MD Conqueror of Clutter Alexandra Fix Beauty Guru Marianne Bockheim Lifestyle Writer Janice Lynne Lundy Fashionista Sara Cosgrove Contributing Writers Kelli Kolakowski Tracy Forner

Home & Garden Home Grown Grows in Popularity ..........................................................10 Spice Up Your Landscape with a Salsa Garden ..................................10 10 Easy Crops............................................................................................10 Ignite Your Garden with Sparkling Blooms ............................................11 Grill it! Trends in Outdoor Cooking ........................................................34

Broaden Your Horizons Being Present for Our Children ................................................................4 Conquer Your Clutter: Safety at Home ................................................30 Reader’s Lounge ......................................................................................36 Be Out There: The Great American Campout ....................................42

SALES Sales Manager Roxanne O’Neil Sales Representatives: Mary Harger, Debbie Wentworth

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Looking & Feeling Good Marianne’s Hot Picks for Dad ................................................................12 Beauty Treatments ..................................................................................16 Sizzling Summer Styles ..............................................................................22

Your Health Healthy Ideas Strawberry Super Fruit ............................................................................32 Hot Fun (and Safety) in the Summertime............................................32 The Pen is Mightier Than the Fork ........................................................32

Recipes Smoke & Fire Smoke & Fire Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Onion Slaw ........................6 Dad’s Grilled Pork Chops with Savory Steak Butter ............................6 Cool & Refreshing Refreshing Peach Watermelon Salsa ..................................................20 Cool Strawberry Cucumber Salsa........................................................20 Cinnamon Tortilla Chips ........................................................................20 On the Grill Fire-Cracker Pork Ribs ............................................................................24 Memphis Dry Ribs ..................................................................................24 BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Girls’ Dry Rub and Mop Sauce ................................................25

Out & About Shop Smart, Shop Local..................................9, 14, 17, 18, 23, 28, 29, 44 Eat Fresh, Eat Local................................................................18, 19, 20, 21 Faces and Places.................................................................................... 26 Father vs. Dad ..........................................................................................31 Events Calendar ...................................................................................... 36 Savvy Shopper ..........................................................................................45

LifeStyles Kimberly Aya of Fun Cakes ......................................................................8

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Being Present for Our Children . . . a wonderful gift. by Janice Lynne Lundy


y parents were good listeners. If any of us four kids ever had a problem, we knew that we could go to mom or dad and they would listen – really listen. Not react. Not yell or scream. Not respond with finger-pointing or “I told you so.” They would sit quietly, receive whatever we had to say, and respond calmly, thoughtfully.

This is how I knew I was unconditionally loved. This is also how I have tried to parent my own children over the years, though, admittedly, I didn’t quite hold to their stellar standard. But I tried, still do, and know that, even in mid-life, I can still grow as a parent. I keep honing my parenting skills. Books can help. When I was training to become a spiritual director, I discovered one such book. Its subject matter was how to “be present” with people, especially during times of duress: The Art of Being a Healing Presence: A Guide for Those in Caring Relationships by James Miller. I read it because I thought it would be helpful in my “work” of companioning others through difficult times through spiritual direction. What I didn’t realize was that the principles and techniques within would also enhance my parenting. For example, Miller defines what he means by “being a healing presence” – the condition of being consciously and compassionately in the present moment with another . . . believing in and affirming their potential for wholeness, wherever they are in life.” Upon reading this, I realized that this was precisely what my parents did for me. They were completely present. If I had a need to talk, the television was turned off, the newspaper set aside; I knew beyond a doubt that I had my parents’ undivided attention.

Give Them All You’ve Got The first step in demonstrating to our children that we love them unconditionally is to be there when they need us; fully attentive, current activities halted, the potential for distraction eliminated. Giving our children our full and present attention is a tremendous gift. It says to them, “I am yours, no matter how long this takes.”

Zip the Lip A second act of unconditional love is being able to fully listen to another without a personal agenda. We all have a penchant for advice-giving. And, as you may well know from your own parenting experience, giving advice doesn’t always go well. It can raise another’s hackles in a nanosecond because it sends an unconscious message that says, “I know what’s best for you.” Putting aside our own agenda (keeping our mouth closed might be a more practical way to put it) enables the speaker to hear themselves speak; to gain clarity and insight on their own as their words emerge. I don’t recall my parents ever giving me a lot of advice. If anything, I recall them gently asking me, “What do YOU think is right?” or “What do YOU think might be a good next step?” They’d patiently wait for my answer and, if one was not forthcoming, like a seasoned coach, they might lay out some options, faithfully holding space for me to find my own way.

Permission to Ponder A third indicator of their love and support was suggesting that I take all the time I needed to make a decision. They gave me permission to think about things, not jump into something quickly just to “get it handled.” My dad, especially, was a muller, and I seem to have inherited those genes. I usually take my time to figure something out, weigh the options, and “sit with it.” And, most importantly, to listen to my heart.

Acts of Faith The fourth indicator that I was unconditionally loved was that my parents honored my choices. They had faith that I had common sense; that my conscience would prevail. They trusted that I needed to make my own mistakes and that I would learn from them.


Mistakes Are for Learning My parents allowed me to fall down and pick myself back up again. And as I did, they were at my side, metaphorically dusting off my dirt-caked knees or helping me put bandages on bloody scrapes. They never judged or berated me for the choices I made. They lovingly welcomed me back into their embrace and we moved on. They encouraged me to grow from my mistakes. When it comes right down to it, all our children want from us is to love them, to be there for them, to never give up, even when the terrain gets rough. No one ever said parenting would be a walk in the park. Well-equipped with a reservoir of unconditional love, the journey can be made more enjoyable. Our ability to be a healing presence to those we love may be all that is required.

(The Art of Being a Healing Presence: A Guide for Those in Caring Relationships by James E. Miller with Susan C. Cutshall is available from Willowgreen Publishing at

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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From the Editor:

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Last year, Local First, a member-driven and nonprofit organization that promotes local business, commissioned a study by Civic Economics. The findings are enlightening: 73 percent of revenue from local business goes back to the local economy. So if you, for example, spend part of your paycheck shopping at the local farmers market, most of your investment is going to help support those farmers and, in turn, their vendors.

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But perhaps the most surprising find in the study is this: “If we as a community could shift ten percent of our spending to local business, it would create 1,600 full-time jobs or $50 million in new wages,” cited Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First. As you shop for food, gifts and entertainment this summer, consider spending some of your hard-earned dollars supporting local business. West Michigan has so much to offer in specialty boutiques, art galleries, farmers markets, festivals and even industry. And much of what our community has to offer can be found in the pages of this publication. Women’s LifeStyle Magazine is proud to support local business. Won’t you join us? Let’s put our money where our community is by shopping local, celebrating at local festivities and enjoying area cultural venues and talent.

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Dad's Grilled Pork Chops with Savory Steak Butter Serves 6 6 pork rib chops, about 1-inch thick Freshly ground black pepper 1 stick butter, softened 2 tablespoons steak sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1 teaspoon liquid smoke seasoning 1 crushed garlic clove 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce Season chops with pepper to taste. Grill over medium-hot coals until just done, about 12-15 minutes. Serve with Savory Steak Butter. Savory Steak Butter In a small bowl, beat together butter, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, liquid smoke, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Cover and refrigerate. Serving Suggestions Simple grilled chops topped with a savory flavored butter is a powerful flavor punch. Serve with grilled potato wedges, sliced tomatoes vinaigrette, garlic bread, and chocolate sundaes.

Smoke And Fire Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Onion Slaw Serves 6

For Slaw, combine coleslaw mix, onion and bell peppers in large bowl. Combine dressing, cilantro and lime juice in a small bowl; toss dressing mixture with coleslaw mixture just until all ingredients are well coated. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Sweet Onion Slaw: 4 cups locally packaged coleslaw mix with carrots 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1/2 cup Ranch salad dressing 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon lime juice

For pork, prepare grill with medium-hot fire. Combine barbecue sauce with chipotle chiles. Brush tenderloin with garlic-flavored oil. Grill 8 minutes per side, or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part reads 150 degrees F. Brush tenderloin generously with barbecue sauce mixture and grill a couple more minutes, about one minute per side. Let tenderloin stand 5 minutes before slicing.

Pork Tenderloin: 1/2 cup hickory-flavored barbecue sauce 2 chipotle chiles packed in adobo sauce, minced* 2 pork tenderloins, about 2 pounds total 2 tablespoons garlic-flavored oil

To serve, place slaw in center of platter. Surround with sliced tenderloin. Remaining sauce can be served at the table.


*Wear rubber gloves when handling hot chiles

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Select Michigan Grown, It’s Thousands of Miles Fresher Food travels an average 1,500 miles from farm to table and accounts for fifty percent of the trucks on our interstate system. Buying Michigan locally grown food is a fresher choice. Michigan fresh asparagus is in season now through the end of June.

Select Michigan Asparagus. It’s good for you, our growers and our local economy.

LIFE Styles

Local women who inspire us.


ometimes we have a dream and work with all our might to make it come true. Other times, serendipity steps in and our wildest dreams take us places we never imagined.

That’s what’s happening to Kimberly Aya, a cake decorator whose wedding cake creations have taken the world by storm, landing her on the front page news, on the network morning shows and even in Hollywood. What makes her cakes different from the traditional wedding cake is that her cakes aren’t edible. They’re towers of Styrofoam, stacked high with sugar and fondant, a little secret between her and the bride. It’s a concept that saves the bride money (sheet cakes are served at the reception) and helps Aya focus on what she loves: Decorating.


Kimberly Aya

By Angela Klinske Photo by Ruth Parbel

Owner, FunCakes

It hasn’t even been one year since her Internet cake rental business launched, and already she’s talking franchise. Franchising opportunities are available, with applications coming in from around the country every day. She says she hopes someone will open a franchise here in west Michigan. Aya has a patent-pending on her shippable cakes, as well as the edible portion of the cake (tucked neatly behind the cake and under fresh fondant), where the bride and groom can partake in the cake cutting ceremony. Cakes range from $150 - $250 (plus shipping), and can be custom designed. “It’s been an amazing journey,” said Aya. “I couldn’t have imagined this in my wildest dreams.” Her cakes first got recognition in The Grand Rapids Press last year and media outlets

around the country took notice. She appeared on Live With Regis and Kelly and The Today Show, among others. This month, her cakes make their movie debut in “The Hangover,” starring The Office star, Ed Helms. This isn’t Aya’s first crack at owning her own business, by the way. In the late ‘90s, she and her husband developed and marketed a child’s specialty paint product – a product that won Toy of the Year for three consecutive years, but after 9/11, it didn’t sell, despite their dogged efforts. The cake idea, however, seems to have a life of its own. “I’ve learned not to push… just sit back and go for the ride. If it’s meant to happen, it’ll happen.”

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Spice Up Your Landscape with a Salsa Garden 1. Determine the location and size of your garden. Select an area that receives at least six hours of full sunlight every day and is close to a water source. 2. Take a soil sample and send it to be analyzed with the help of your County Extension Agent. 3. The shape of your garden may be a 4’x4’ square or whatever fits into your landscape scheme.

Home Grown Grows in Popularity Food gardening will jump 19 percent this year over last year, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA). You'll get a half-pound of edibles from every square foot of ground devoted to backyard crops, NGA experts say. Even a modest garden (15 by 15 feet) can produce more than 100 pounds of garden-fresh tomatoes, salad greens, vegetables and herbs. Enjoying the outdoors and bragging rights come with the harvest. Planting a vegetable plot and keeping it productive isn't that hard if you start small, keep the basics in mind and plant reliable varieties. Take it step by step: Lead with Location: A sunny, well-drained spot close to a water spigot is ideal. Leafy greens tolerate some shade, but other crops want eight hours of sun daily. Prepare Soil: Adding organic material is the key to an easy-care garden. It loosens stiff soil, helps retain moisture and nourishes important soil organisms. Good “ingredients” include manure, humus and chopped-up leaves. Spread a 4-inch layer of amendments on your plot and till into the top 9 to 12 inches. Fertilize Faithfully: All edible plants remove some nutrients from the soil, and can quickly exhaust the soil without the help of a fertilizer. Always follow the rates given on the label when deciding how much to use.

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4. Amend the soil according to soil test results. Using a tiller, work in a 3-inch layer of organic matter (peat moss, manure, rotted compost, etc.) to improve the soil structure. 5. Select plants from a list of recommended varieties for your location. Determine the best time to plant to avoid frost or freeze damage. Ideas for plants for your salsa garden include: • Tomatoes (Celebrity, Better Boy, Roma) • Tomatillos (Husk Tomatoes) • Sweet Bell Peppers, Banana Peppers • Hot Peppers (Jalapeno, Habanero, Hungarian Wax) • Onion, Garlic 6. Water, weed, fertilize and harvest on a weekly basis throughout the growing season. 7. Enjoy your abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs.


Easy Crops Try your hand at creating your own backyard grocery garden, here are 10 easy crops to plant: Basil: Perfect with tomatoes. Choose sweet basil or the compact “Spicy Globe.”

Water Wisely: One inch of water weekly is adequate for most vegetables. Soaker hoses or drip systems deliver water efficiently and keep foliage dry, fending off leaf diseases.

Beans: Bush beans like “Bush Blue Lake” are easier to pick, but tall “pole” beans have higher yields.

Patrol for Pests: Monitor insect damage but try to keep your crops pesticide-free. Hand-pick pests or dislodge them with a jet of water, then let natural predators do the rest. If you must spray, do it late in the day when beneficial insects are less active.

Bell peppers: Harvest green or red, when vitamin levels are higher. Try “Bonnie Bell” or the new, hot bell pepper “Mexibell.”

Pick the Right Plants: Flower gardeners gravitate to the newest, showiest varieties, but smart food gardeners appreciate the triedand-true. Bonnie Plants, available coast to coast, are time-tested varieties selected to suit regional conditions. For best results you'll need to choose veggie and herb varieties suitable to your geographical location. Because Bonnie's varieties are distributed regionally, you will automatically have suitable varieties available to you at your favorite local retail location. Bonnie Plants come in eco-friendly biodegradable pots that not only keep tons of plastic pots from ending up in landfills, but also reduce transplant shock. Just tear off the bottom, set the pot in the ground and water.


Chard: This leafy green tolerates cool temperatures well. Varieties like “Bright Lights” have brilliantly colored stems. Cucumber: Plant after the weather warms. Choose the mild Japanese cucumber or the old favorite “Burpless Bush Hybrid.” Eggplant: A much-loved favorite, eggplant thrives in hot weather. Try “Black Beauty” or the white-skinned “Cloud Nine.” Lettuce: Go for easy “leaf” lettuces like “Buttercrunch,” “Red Sails,” or Romaine.

Parsley: Pick curly types or flat Italian parsley. This herb is rich in vitamins and a breath-sweetener, too. Summer squash: Squash are very productive plants and easy to grow. Try zucchini “Black Beauty” or yellow crook-necked squash. Tomatoes: These crimson favorites are the most popular backyard vegetable. Choose disease-resistant “Better Boy,” “Bonnie Original” or the extra-easy cherry tomato “Sweet 100.”

June 2009

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Ignite Your Summer Landscape with Sparkling Reds and Oranges When it's time to plant out tomatoes, it's also the right time to plant summer bulbs. Once the weather and soil have warmed up locally, tender plants will be raring to grow. All tender bulbs are warm-weather lovers, including dahlias, begonias, cannas, gloriosa lilies, caladium, tuberose, tigridia, pineapple lilies, elephant ears, callas, nerines, oxalis and others. No nippy nights or frosty morns for these tender bulbs which tend to languish or die where cold air and cold soil inhibits growth. When soil has warmed to 60° F (15.5° C) or more, it’s primetime for bulb growing outdoors. Gardeners can plant bare bulbs outdoors or buy them already pre-grown as bedding plants from garden retailers. Early birds who started up summer bulbs indoors in pots can put them in the garden now, too. For more information on summer bulbs, see or visit your local garden center.

From front to back clockwise: Asiatic lily ‘Orange Pixie’, red dahlias, orange crocosmia, red dahlia, ‘Bridgeview Aloha’ dahlia (orange/yellow)

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Marianne Bockheim has been waving her magical mascara wand for more than eight years. Her makeup mission includes journalism, freelance makeup artistry and providing marketing services to beauty and fashion businesses. Marianne is a Fashion Group International director and a fashion teacher at her local community college.

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husband, grandfather, friend . . . he’ll feel extra special with a personal gift of skincare, fragrance or bodycare. Here are some of my hot picks for the men in your life.

Mark Birley Mark Birley Eau de Toilette is my favorite men’s fragrance. It’s soft yet masculine, elegant yet wild. This scent has the ability to interpret a man’s uncompromised sophistication and discerning lifestyle. Key notes include sandalwood, patchouli, musk, lemon and bergamot. Choose from 3.4 oz ($110), 2.5 oz traveller’s spray ($82), shower wash ($40), 4.2oz after shave balm ($49) or bar soap. ($25).

Jack Black A little spa in a jar, The Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak provides the perfect marriage of smooth skin and soothed muscles. He’ll love the eucalyptus, rosemary and Epsom salts as they work together to increase circulation and soothe aching muscles, and you’ll love the glycerin and shea butter that will reveal his smooth, soft skin! Fragrancefree and dermatologist tested. $35.

The Body Shop The White Musk For Men Duo from The Body Shop offers a taste of luxury. This fragrant gift set expresses the pure sensuality of the modern man. He’ll enjoy a 2.5 oz body wash and a 3.3 oz eau de toilette. $32.

Every Man Jack Every Man Jack’s Signature Shave Kit includes everything he needs for a smooth shave and healthy skin. Kit includes Pre-Shave Face Wash, Hydrating Formula Shave Cream, and Post Shave Face Lotion. All products are suitable for all skin types and won’t clog pores and or cause irritation. Simple yet effective. What guy doesn’t appreciate that? $ 9.99.

Guinot Give the basics of skincare, the European way. These are great for the discriminating man. Nettoyant Visage (facial cleansing foam) deep cleans yet is gentle enough for all skin types and can be used before shaving. Follow up with Baume Hdyra Apaisant (after shave balm) to instantly calm irritated skin and to smooth and protect. He’ll love the lightweight gel cream texture of the After Shave Balm. $30 (cleanser) and $38 (after shave balm). Available in spas nationwide – for locations, visit


Suki He’ll love this Head-To-Toe Essentials travel kit by Suki. The kit contains Suki’s bestsellers, all in perfect travel sizes, including a .5 oz version of Velvet Moisturizing Cream, a one-ounce bottle of Suki’s award-winning Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, and their new Daily Shampoo and Daily Conditioner, all gentle yet effective and housed in a 100-percent organic cotton travel case. $35.

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Bridge St. Electric 812 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids ● Lamp fixtures and repair, antique lamp restoration ● 1000s of lamp shades in stock. No-charge custom fitting with your lamp base. ● Now open Thursday evening until 7 pm

Petite Redu 446 Century Ave. SW, Grand Rapids ● Spring Open House June 10 - 13 ● Custom refinishing and painting specialists ● Unique home accents

Accent Table $99 This half-round console table fits compactly wherever you need it. Choose from many styles and sizes.

Accent Chair $425

Design Quest

Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind, charming 1940’s-era accent chair painted a “yummy” milk chocolate with coordinating teal and brown upholstery.

4181 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids ● Contemporary and Scandinavian furniture ● Home accessories in a variety of modern designs ● Fascinating toys and gifts Hästens is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its iconic blue and white check fabric. For the first time in the U.S., the luxury bedding company is putting some of its all-natural, made-by-hand in Sweden beds on sale. The Excel and Continental are marked down up to 26 percent. Learn more about the benefits of an all-natural bed at Design Quest.

Right at Home 30 N. Main, Rockford ● Robin Bruce sofas and chairs ● Garden furniture and delights ● Pinecone Hill bedding

Eanagee Cocoa Leaf Lamp $360.95 This eco-friendly, fair trade lamp is made with real cocoa leaves and offers beautiful lighting for any room. Hand made with organic dyes. Available in brown, white or green; comes in two sizes, 6’ (shown above) or 4’.


June 2009

H E A LT H ~ S T R E N G T H ~ B A L A N C E ~ S E R E N I T Y

is please to announce the addition of

Jessica Cook Jessica is a Medical Esthetician with years of experience in this area.


Two Classes per week for the price of One! Sign up for one class per week for the session beginning June 30 and get a second class per week for free! Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Skin care treatments with Jessica include LaRoche-Posay Micropeel treatments, LHA peels, microdermabrasions, laser hair removal, IPL and more. Skin care consultations and Jane Iredale mineral make-up consultations are free of charge.

CPS Micropeel Special Your first micropeel in our skin care clinic is free with a $25 purchase. Call for details.

426 Michigan, NE â&#x20AC;¢ Grand Rapids, MI (616) 454-1256 â&#x20AC;¢ Experience â&#x20AC;¢ Excellence â&#x20AC;¢ Integrity




June 2009


Solutions for Summertime Beauty Perhaps there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues, but you can fix those pesky beauty flaws for a more beautiful you. by Lynne PreFontaine Lynne PreFontaine is a registered nurse with a broad range of medical expertise. As the manager of Indigo MedSpa, she believes in pursuing a holistic approach to beauty and wellness.

THE PROBLEM: EXCESS FAT No one wants to walk around in skimpy summer clothes if they don’t feel confident about their shape. Lipodissolve Lipo-therapy and Ionithermie can help you lose inches quickly without hours at the gym or painful surgery. Lipo-therapy treatments actually dissolve fat cells, removing them permanently. As an added bonus lipo-therapy treatments keep working long after your last treatment to slim and shape your body.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Lipodissolve Lipo-therapy uses conventional medicines naturally found in the body, which cause fat to breakdown and be used as energy. This solution is injected into the fat layer of the skin using micro-injections, causing clients to lose inches from those problem areas. Unlike Liposuction, these treatments require little recovery time and are minimally uncomfortable.


AREAS TREATED: Ionithermie is used to treat the area between the abdomen and knees.

AREAS TREATED: Hips, Abs, Flanks

TIME FACTOR: Each Ionithermie treatment takes about an hour.

TIME FACTOR: Each Lipo-therapy treatment takes about an hour.

THE PROBLEM: UNWANTED HAIR Are you sick of waxing, shaving and literally “pulling your hair out” to remove that unwanted hair on your legs, underarms, bikini line, chin or other areas? If you’re ready to say goodbye to those time-consuming and painful methods of staying smooth, we’d like to introduce you to laser hair removal. Those who have had laser hair removal are thrilled with the results. Smooth skin at last! THE SOLUTION: A laser hair removal package AREAS TREATED: Virtually anywhere that hair grows. TIME FACTOR: The amount of time each treatment takes depends on the size of the area treated (a chin treatment takes less time than leg treatment, for example). FREQUENCY OF TREATMENT: Clients typically receive 5 laser hair removal treatments, one treatment every 6 weeks. WHAT TO EXPECT: To begin, a gel is applied, which allows the laser to glide smoothly over the skin. Then a hand-held laser glides over the area section by section. The laser works by emitting a light that will only be absorbed by the melanin in hair. The heat from the laser light will disable developed hair follicles. Not all hair follicles are in the same stage of development at any one time, so follow up visits will be needed for best results.

THE PROBLEM: SPIDER VEINS Summer is the time to bare your legs, but some women actually dread the warmer months because it means exposing their spider veins. It is estimated that more than 75 percent of women over the age of 18 have spider veins. As we age, our skin gets thinner and more transparent, and spider veins become more visible. Spider veins can get worse if your job involves a lot of sitting or standing, if you recently had a baby, or as a result of weight gain. Laser treatments can get rid of spider veins and get your legs shorts-ready now.


FREQUENCY OF TREATMENTS: Treatments can be administered every 2 weeks. Five treatments are recommended for best results.


FREQUENCY OF TREATMENTS: Treatments can be administered every 48 hours. Depending on what your goals are with Ionithermie, 6 or more treatments may be recommended for optimal results. WHAT TO EXPECT: Developed by the French 25 years ago, Ionithermie is used to detoxify and slim your body – with results seen after the first treatment. Ionithermie uses natural products and electrical impulses to remove toxins, leaving the body and skin feeling renewed and healthy. Clients have dropped 8 inches after one treatment.

To watch a video showing a lipo-therapy treatment, visit THE PROBLEM: WRINKLES, FINE LINES, DEEP GROOVES Summer is the time to make memories, but those wrinkles and lines might be making you a bit camera-shy. Don’t let a few wrinkles stand in the way of your summer, try these quick and affordable treatments to improve the way you feel about yourself. THE SOLUTION: BOTOX

around the eyes, around the mouth and other areas. Over time, clients will require less frequent treatments because the inactivity of the muscles actually cause the muscles in the face, that create wrinkles, to atrophy (shrink). THE SOLUTION: DERMAL FILLERS AREAS TREATED: around the mouth, between the brows, the lips (for plumping).

AREAS TREATED: Between the brows, forehead, crow’s feet, around the mouth TIME FACTOR: 15 minutes. You can receive a BOTOX treatment during your lunch hour! FREQUENCY OF TREATMENT: Treatments recommended every 4 months to maintain results. WHAT TO EXPECT: BOTOX Cosmetic is an FDAapproved treatment for lines and wrinkles between the brows. BOTOX also effectively treats fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead,

TIME FACTOR: 15-30 minutes. Results can last up to one year. FREQUENCY OF TREATMENT: Treatments needed every six months to a year to maintain results. WHAT TO EXPECT: Dermal fillers are quick, injectable treatments for those lines around our nose and mouth, and the loss of plumpness in lips and face which can give away our age. The impact of a wrinkle filling product can be dramatic and immediate. Dermal fillers are used to replace the naturally produced collagen and hyaluronic acid that, over time, can disappear and cause skin to appear aged.

THE SOLUTION: Laser skin treatments TIME FACTOR: Each treatment takes about 30 minutes, depending on the number of veins needing treatment FREQUENCY OF TREATMENT: The number of treatments needed varies depending on the number of veins and the severity. Some veins can disappear after one treatment, and others may

require two or more treatments. Treatments can typically be performed every three weeks. WHAT TO EXPECT: Embarrassing spider veins can be eliminated through vein treatments. Treatment involves using a specialized laser which coagulates blood vessels, allowing them to be reabsorbed by the body. Coagulation is a harmless treatment and can dramatically reduce or eliminate spider veins in many areas of the body.

June 2009

Muse Boutique 924 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids ● Girlfriends’ private shopping events ● Huge denim selection for all body types ● Latest fashions and exclusive brands

Michael Stars Grecian Tile Handbag $70 Michael Stars has done it again with chic, affordable accessories including bags, hats, scarves and even flip-flops. Available exclusively at Muse.

Bauble Patch Jewelers 5410 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park ● Custom design specialists ● All repairs performed on the premises ● All qualifying sales help support “Feeding America” West Michigan Food Bank


Aqua Bowl $39

1428 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids ● Simple, clean-lined modern furniture & accessories ● Interior design services available ● Fresh, fun & affordable

Made from 100% recycled glass, this soothing aqua bowl makes a strong design statement.

Spice Pearl Ring $599 This luscious “Spice Pearl” is the finest quality with a rich, bright luster and set in 14K white gold. It’s custom made and is a gorgeous alternative to the traditional white pearl.

LaFontsee Galleries/ Underground Studio 820 Monore NW, Grand Rapids ● Hip and friendly urban craft boutique ● Unique gifts, personal accessories and home decor ● Posters, framing, original art, mirrors

BauXo Cheer Leather Necklace $42 Enjoy the luxuries of bold yet lightweight jewelry in wood or leather. A perfect addition to any summer outfit. Many versatile pieces work well dressed up or down. Collection prices from $24 to $42.

June 2009


Special Advertising Section

Farmers Markets Downtown Sparta Farmers Market 75 N. Union, Sparta July - October, Wed 5 pm to 8 pm Local farmers and vendors featuring fresh, seasonally grown fruits, flowers and vegetables. Baked items and cheeses and handmade soaps. Free concerts & entertainment on Farmers Market night during the summer! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Fulton Street Farmers Market 1147 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids (616) 454-4118 May - Christmas. Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat Open at 8 am Connecting local farmers and artisans with the Grand Rapids community for over 80 years. Open rain or shine. Project Fresh Participant. Art market on Sundays.

Michigan Made Products Al Dente Pasta Company 9815 Main St., Whitmore Lake (734) 449-8522 Monique and Dennis Deschaine have been producing a variety of fine, artisanal pastas since 1981. Known for a 3-minute cooking time and fresh, home-made texture, Al Dente Pastas are available in stores all around the country. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Black Star Farms 10844 Revold Rd East, Suttons Bay (231) 944-1270 Black Star Farms is a popular Northern Michigan agricultural destination offering wine, cheese, specialty farm goods, and more. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Elena’s (see ad on page 20) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Grand River Grocery 496 Ada Dr., SE, Ada (616) 676-9292 Mon - Sat 6 am – 8 pm, Sun 8 am – 4 pm Grand River Grocery is a cool little specialty market with a BIG focus on local and Michigan-made products including Michigan wines and craft brews.


Michigan Sugar (see ad on page 21) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Midge's Muffins Grand Rapids (616) 710-1607 Midge's Muffins is known for its gluten-free muffins. Made without egg or milk products, they are incredibly moist and tasty. Look for Midge’s Muffins in the freezer section of many grocery and specialty stores. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Old Europe Cheese (see ad on page 21) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery 3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids (616) 361-7180. Call for current hours Since 1911. Farm market, wine tasting, bakery, lunches, cider mill, apples, cherries, peaches, fresh donuts, gift shop, Michigan-made products, gift baskets shipped nationwide, local award-winning artwork. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rothbury Farms Grand Rapids (616) 574-5757 Rothbury Farms is a family owned and operated business, which has been a manufacturer of bakery products in west Michigan since 1923. Look for their croutons and salad toppers at your local grocery store.

Farms Blueberry Heritage Farms (see ad on page 20) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DogWood Farm Dancing Goat Creamery 10385 Wilson Ave SW, Byron Center Visits by appointment only (616) 878-7961 DogWood Farm is a small goat and herb farm housing Dancing Goat Creamery. They currently milk 34 goats, and cheese is made fresh daily. Products available at farm markets, retail stores & restaurants.

June 2009

Farms (continued)


Mud Lake Farm, LLC 3411 Ottogan St Hudsonville (616) 890-7867 Mud Lake Farm specializes in growing a variety of hydroponic lettuces, herbs, and microgreens without pesticides for families and restaurants in West Michigan. Unique program available year round. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm 9351 East Eureka Rd, Eau Claire (269) 782-7101 June through October Wed-Mon 10 am - 6 pm Tree-Mendus Fruit is a family owned and operated farm with u-pick and picked fruit in season. Offering Sweet and tart cherries, apricots, plums, pears, peaches, nectarines, and over 250 varieties of apples.

Coco Charlotte Bakery 2481 32nd St. SE, Grand Rapids (616) 957-3706 Wed 9 am - 4 pm, Fri 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 9 am – 2 pm Coco Charlotte is proud to be west Michigan’s premier gluten-free bakery. Offerings include muffins, scones, cookies, seasonal fruit pies, breads & beautiful speciality cakes. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rennhack Orchards Market 3731 W. Polk Rd., Hart (231) 873-7523 Fresh asparagus until mid-June, fresh strawberries, our own apples stored for you! Pure maple syrup, raw local honey, Michigan jams, preserves, salsas, toppings, chutneys & more. Close to bike trailhead!

Restaurants Bar Divani 15 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids (616) 774-WINE(9463) Bar Divani is Grand Rapids’ premier wine bar/restaurant offering a casual, artsy atmosphere and a creative chef who supports local farmers by purchasing in-season produce. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bistro Bella Vita 44 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids (616) 222-4600 Bisto Bella Vita goes above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with top-notch service. The creative Mediterranean cuisine is housemade with fresh, natural, local ingredients and paired perfectly with beverage to ensure your complete satisfaction. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cherie Inn 969 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids (616) 458-0588 This restaurant, in the heart of the Uptown shopping district, has been serving delicious breakfasts since 1924. The delightful menu offers fresh, high quality ingredients. The Cherie Inn is a favorite breakfast and lunch spot for locals and visitors. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The B.O.B. 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids (616) 356-2000 The B.O.B. is west Michigan's popular place for dining and entertainment. Ambitious, expansive and versatile, The B.O.B. offers a uniquely personal experience for every guest who walks through the door. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Green Well 924 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids (616) 808-3566 The Green Well Gastro Pub welcomes you with honest fare and local flair. The creative menu’s global, eclectic flavors are prepared with ingredients from local farmers and served by welcoming staff in a neighborhood setting.

Beef, Lamb, Poultry, Pork & Eggs Creswick Farms 6500 Rollenhagen Rd., Ravenna (616) 837-9226 (call or visit the Web site for hours) Grassfed beef & lamb, heritage pork, pastured chicken & turkey, brown eggs, smoked meats. Dedicated to raising healthy, lovingly cared for animals to provide nutritious and delicious food for healthconscious individuals. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Lubbers Family Farm 862 Luce SW, Grand Rapids (616) 453-4257 Lubbers Family Farm raises grass-fed meats, operates a cow-share program for unprocessed milk and offers numerous workshops. Visit their Web site for their annual newsletter and to get info on the farm or homesteading workshops. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Michigan Turkey (see ad on page 21) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Shagbark Farms PO Box 123, Alto (616) 293-2675 Raising Angus beef & fat lambs the old-fashioned way: Grain fed, no growth hormones or antibiotics. Remember what the good doctor says: “It’s not what you eat, it’s what you don’t eat that makes you fat.” –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S&S Lamb 4020 W. Blue Road, McBain (231) 826-4400 At the Fulton Street Farmers Market May - Dec. 8 am to 2 pm or year round at All natural, farm fresh lamb, goat and eggs. Chemical- and hormonefree. All cuts of lamb and goat available. 100% wool products.

June 2009

Eat Fresh, Eat Local! Support your Michigan growers.

Providing Michigangrown blueberries, apples and asparagus 19

Cool and Refreshing

courtesy of McCormick

Peach and Watermelon Salsa and Cool Strawberry Cucumber Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips 6 servings

Refreshing Peach Watermelon Salsa: For a change of pace, try this fresh fruit salsa duo with lightly sweetened tortilla chips at your next cookout.

1 cup chopped peeled peaches 1 cup chopped seeded watermelon 3 tablespoons orange juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 1 tablespoon diced red onion 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® thyme leaves Mix all ingredients in medium bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate 30 minutes to blend flavors.

Cool Strawberry Cucumber Salsa: 1 cup chopped strawberries 1/2 cup chopped kiwi 1/2 cup chopped seeded cucumber 1 tablespoon honey 2 teaspoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Cinnamon flavors both the salsa and the quick-baked tortilla chips.

Mix all ingredients in medium bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate 30 minutes to blend flavors.

Cinnamon Tortilla Chips: 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon 6 flour tortillas (6-inch) Mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Spray tortillas lightly with no stick cooking spray. Cut each into 8 wedges. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake in preheated 375°F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely on wire rack. Serve with salsa.

Blueberry Heritage Farms Proud to offer organic blueberries and cranberries from our third generation farm and store.

FRUIT AVAILABLE IN SEASON Sweet & Tart Cherries • Apricots Peaches • Pears • Plums • Nectarines Over 200 Varieties of Apples

Don’t miss the International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest the first Saturday of July!

0-13871 Blair Street • Holland (616) 399-1677


Open: June - October Wed thru Mon • 10AM - 6PM 9351 E. Eureka Road Eau Clare, MI 49111 (269) 782-7101 • 877-863-3276

June 2009

ELENA’S® Auburn Hills, Michigan sauces • oils • pasta • soup

Reny Picot artisanal cheeses are handcrafted by the cheesemakers at Old Europe Cheese in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Camembert • Gouda • Brie Fontina • Edam • Manchego

Available at your local grocery store or specialty market. Visit for recipes.

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Tues. - Fri. 7 am to 2 pm, Sat. - Sun 8 am to 3 pm Closed Mondays... Gone to Market!

Locally Grown Turkey Now available in local deli cases. Byron Center Meats Gristmill Heffron Farms Meijer TruValue in Allendale GFS Marketplace

A Grand Rapids Tradition Since 1924 Michael Kulczyk, Proprietor

under Brickman’s and Gordon Signature labels

969 Cherry Street • 458-0588 June 2009


Summer is here – time for the annual ritual of shopping for beach-ready wear. But before you spend endless hours in a fitting room with unflattering lighting, here are a few ideas to make this ritual a bit more fun:

By Sara Cosgrove

Ruffles add a flirty touch to any article of clothing, from tops to skirts to swimwear. For sunglasses, classic black and tortoise shell are always en vogue, but white is daring. White makes a statement, as do animal prints. And what better time to be a fashion plate than summer . . . with freshly polished toes peeking out from open-toe heels or sandals.

Miraclesuit Knockouts Camilla Bandeau Swimsuit, $140 This one-piece conceals the tummy area with feminine details, like a shirred front and cascading fabric. It also has hidden underwire support and detachable straps.

Miraclesuit Braidy Bunch Mulloy Swimsuit, $142 This slimming tank swimsuit has white braided trim along the neckline, with soft bra cups, high-cut legs and a scoop back.

Croft & Barrow Crochet Cover-up Dress in Black Tie, $28 This casually stylish cover-up is the ultimate beach accessory. Also offered in New White. Comes in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large.

Naughty Monkey “Lace Up Wild” heels in Chocolate, $79.99 These open-toe heels are perfect for summer and will beautifully complement a sundress and your favorite straw tote or hat. The lace-up front, patent accents and a 2-1/2 inch leopard heel make these wildly unique. They are also available in Orange and Black, sizes 6 to 10.

Spitfire Debonair Sunglasses in White/Red, $35 These vintage-looking sunglasses are oh so chic, with a modest price. They have distortion-free lenses and 400 UVA and UVB protection. Also available in Black/Red and Rainbow/Black.


June 2009

Dollars spent locally versus at national chains increase your communities wealth three times more than if spent elsewhere. By spending locally, you are investing in community jobs, local taxes, neighborhood improvement and community development.

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Centerpointe Mall

Centerpointe Mall

(28th and East Beltline - next to Old Navy - outside entrance)

(28th and East Beltline - next to Old Navy - outside entrance)

Phone: 949-2000

Phone: 949-2000

Open: Mon - Sat 10 to 9 • Sun 12 to 6

Open: Mon - Sat 10 to 9 • Sun 12 to 6

Great Games • Dazzlin’ Dress-up • Awesome Art Supplies • Sensational Science Kits Personalized Paraphernalia • Thomas, Playmobil & Lots More

Tues to Fri 10-6• Sat 10-5

You deserve the

perfect fit! Specializing in bras and body shapers that fit you and your budget. • Hard to find sizes • Styles for regular, full and plus sized women • We have Spanx

Private fittings available

616) 676-3300

Me Me’s Foundations

7201 Thornapple Drive • Ada • 49301

Furniture, accessories and so much more!

1428 Plainfield Ave NE • 616.459.4167 Mon & Fri 10-8 Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 10-5 l

Reuse • Recycle • Redesign Update your jewelry with a new custom design.

Custom Design Specialists • 5410 Alpine NW • Comstock Park (616) 785-1100 • T-F 10-5:30 • Sat 10-3

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June 2009

Velvet Hudson Jeans Joe’s Jeans Ella Moss Citizens of Humanity Plenty by Tracy Reese

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courtesy National Pork Board

Fire-Cracker Pork Ribs Serves 4 4 pounds pork spareribs (St. Louis-style ribs) Rub: 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon chili powder 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a covered charcoal grill, prepare a medium-hot fire. Bank coals on both sides of grill. Place drip pan in center. Place ribs, bone side down, in center of grill over drip pan. Cover and grill over indirect medium heat for 1 hour, adding more briquettes, if necessary, to maintain an even grill temperature.

3/4 cup buffalo-style wing sauce

Generously brush ribs with wing sauce. Continue to grill, covered, for 30 minutes more or until meat is very tender, generously brushing with sauce again after 15 minutes. Transfer ribs to cutting board. Loosely cover with foil; let rest for 10-15 minutes. To serve, brush ribs with sauce and cut into servingsize portions.

Pat ribs dry with paper towels. Mix together paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano and pepper in small bowl. Rub mixture evenly over both sides of ribs. Wrap ribs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 hours, if desired.

Serving Suggestions Cool down these zesty, spicy-hot ribs with a dipping sauce of blue cheese salad dressing and serve with crisp celery sticks and baby carrots.

Memphis Dry Ribs Serves 4 4 pounds pork loin back ribs or meaty spareribs 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon onion powder 3/4 teaspoon celery salt 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3 cups wood chips (use hickory or oak chips for the best flavor)


Cut ribs into 4 portions. Place ribs in shallow dish. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, celery salt, cumin and black pepper; rub evenly over meaty side of ribs. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain before using. In charcoal grill with a cover, place preheated coals around a drip pan for medium indirect heat. Add 1/2-inch hot water to drip pan. Sprinkle half of the drained wood chips over the coals. Place ribs, bone side down, on grill rack over drip pan.

Cover and grill for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until ribs are tender. Add more preheated coals (use a hibachi or a metal chimney starter to preheat coals) and wood chips; turn ribs halfway through grilling. * Note: For gas grills, preheat and then turn off any burners directly below where the food will go. The heat circulates inside the grill, so turning the food is not necessary. Serving Suggestions Complete the meal with fresh corn on the cob, coleslaw and hot cornbread with honeyed butter.

June 2009

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dry Rub and Mop Sauce Serves 6 to 8 3 racks pork baby back ribs (about 1-1/2 pounds each) 3 cups hickory or apple wood chips Vegetable oil for brushing 1/4 cup kosher salt 2 tablespoons coarsely ground pepper 1 tablespoon ground coriander 3 tablespoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons paprika 2 tablespoons dried thyme 2 tablespoons chili powder 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

Brush grill grate with vegetable oil. Arrange ribs, meaty-side down, on the side of the grill without hot coals. Cover the grill and smoke-cook the ribs for 45 minutes. Turn ribs and add remaining wood chips. Cover and grill for another 45 minutes. While ribs are grill-smoking, make Hickory Barbecue Mop Sauce. Combine store-bought hickory barbecue sauce, liquid smoke, maple syrup and molasses in a bowl. Stir well to combine.

When the ribs have cooked for a total of 1-1/2 hours, brush the ribs generously with the mop sauce. Using long-handled tongs, slide the ribs onto the grate directly over the hot coals. Grill, uncovered, 5 minutes. Turn the ribs over, baste again, and grill another 5 minutes. Cut between the bones, slicing the racks into individual ribs. Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions Ribs have double the flavor with a dry rub and then a great doctored sauce. Serve with fresh sliced tomatoes, grilled potatoes and sliced icy cold watermelon.

Hickory Barbecue Mop Sauce 2 cups store-bought hickory barbecue sauce 1 tablespoon liquid smoke 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons dark molasses To make Spicy Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dry Rub, in medium bowl combine all ingredients for the rub and stir well to blend. Place ribs flat in a non-reactive roasting pan. Using 3/4 cup of the rub, sprinkle over both sides of each rack and rub in lightly. Set aside. Soak wood chips in cold water to cover for at least 30 minutes. Set up grill for indirect cooking. Prepare a medium fire in a charcoal grill or preheat one side of a gas or electric grill on medium. Drain chips and sprinkle half over the coals or place half in the grillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smoker box. Place a disposable foil pan under the grate to catch drippings.


June 2009







L’decore, a local artist gallery, has opened at 428 North Park NE in Grand Rapids. Opened by Lyneé Karomol because of her “love for art… and also to help the local artists in Michigan to show and sell their unique and beautiful work,” the gallery offers petrified wood, sculpted furniture, gourd art, copper sculpture, stained glass, fused glass, clay, oil paintings, photography, folk, choraic glass jewelry, wire and woodburning art. A Grand Opening takes place June 19, 6-9 pm, with music, drinks and appetizers. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon. – Fri. (Wed. until 8 p.m.), and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. For more information, call 365-0726. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Attorney Marilyn Lankfer of Varnum, Riddering Schmidt and Howlett was recently presented with the Philanthropic Leadership Award from Grand Rapids Community Foundation. This annual award recognizes professional advisors (attorneys, CPAs and financial planners) for their work with the Community Foundation.

Susan Terrell, MD Susan Terrell, MD, has joined Advantage Health Physician Network (AHPN) as an internal medicine provider at the AHPN East Beltline Office Location. Terrell specializes in internal medicine and has special clinical interests in women’s health, health maintenance and palliative care. She received her doctorate of medicine from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed her residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center. Dr. Terrell is now accepting new patients at the AHPN East Beltline office located at 1471 East Beltline NE, Suite 201.

Lankfer was recognized for her service on the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, including two terms as board chair, as well as her membership on the Resource (grantmaking), Investment Review and Capital Campaign committees. Lankfer’s efforts and relationships with donors helped make the $1.4 million capital campaign a success. She received a Philanthropic check for $250 which she may give to the nonprofit of her choice. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bradley P. Bengtson, M. D. of Grand Rapids was awarded the prestigious Tiffany Award by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for his research on the use of high-resolution ultrasound to screen gel breast implants. The award, presented at the annual scientific meeting of ASAPS, is presented to a single recipient and is the Society’s highest honor for research. Dr. Bengtson’s study, “The Use of High Resolution Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Implant Shell Failure: In Vitro and Early Clinical Findings” was chosen by leaders of the aesthetic surgery profession for its significant value to the science and practice of aesthetic surgery.

Lyneé Karomol of L’decore Shaggy Pines Dog Park in Cascade Township has been named one of “America’s Best Dog Parks of 2009” in the June issue of Dog Fancy magazine. Shaggy Pines was chosen for “Best Community Outreach.” The magazine noted that all the parks on the list shared “a passionate group of dog lovers committed to giving dogs – and each other – the best possible place to spend time among friends.” Editors were impressed with the variety of outreach programs at Shaggy Pines including special play days for area foster dogs, raising money for local animal charities, and sending care packages to K9 units in Afghanistan and Iraq. Shaggy Pines Dog Park is a fenced, 20-acre private park located in Cascade Township. In 2006, PETA named Shaggy Pines one of the top three dog parks in North America. Dogs and their owners can play and explore wooded trails, a pond, wide-open green spaces and hills. A clubhouse offers self-serve dog washes, gift shop, coffee bar and lounge. For more information call 676-9464 or visit

Mary Ellen McNaughton, "Bird in Hand II" New sculptures by Mary Ellen McNaughton have been added to the Re:Fresh exhibit featuring an impressive selection of the season’s hottest new works at Lafontsee Gallery, 820 Monroe NW., Grand Rapids. McNaughton’s colorful and whimsical sculptures incorporate low-fired glazes and invite the viewer to explore shared ideas of earth and home. Re:Fresh is showing through June 24, 2009.


Shaggy Pines Dog Park named one of America’s Best Dog Parks of 2009 June 2009

Dance your weight off this summer! Have fun while you tone, firm and get healthy. Summer sessions are now forming for adult salsa, hip hop, ballet and belly dancing. No partner is needed for these great dance classes.

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Conquer Your Clutter

Too Much Stuff

Can Be Dangerous Clutter is not just a nuisance. It can actually be a danger. Too much stuff stashed in the wrong places can create a safety hazard in your home. By Alexandra Fix easily becomes a catchall space, with boxes stashed too close to the heat source. Fehsenfeld says that there should be at least three feet of clearance space between the water heater, furnace and anything that burns, such as wood, paper or paint. Because of the danger of fire spreading up to the next level, storage areas in businesses must maintain a clear space of 18 inches between top shelf storage and the ceiling, even though they have fire extinguishing sprinklers. While it’s not a requirement for homes, Fehsenfeld recommends 24 inches of clearance space in homes without ceiling sprinklers.

Stored Flammables

I remember my moment of truth. During my busiest years with five young children, my counters were often piled high with paperwork, bills, school notes, catalogs and such. Too tired to finish putting away groceries one day, I set a package of cookies on top of the toaster on the counter by the stairs. I would see it and remember it on my next trip down to the basement freezer. Before I found that time, I found a moment to take a quick shower. As I stepped out of the bathroom, I was assaulted by a wave of acrid smoke. Running into the kitchen, I quickly took in my dangerous clutter mistake. A pile of papers on the ledge had slid over and fallen against the lever on the plugged-in toaster. The sugary frosting center of the cookies was slowly melting, dripping into the toaster slots and burning as it hit the heating coils. Lesson learned.

Paint cans pose another hazardous clutter concern. It’s important to limit the amount of solvents and paints stored in a home. Latex paint is not a problem, but oil-based and enamel paints are. These products can give off dangerous, flammable vapors if the cans leak from improper closure or rusty deterioration. If nothing else, there is the danger that, if a house fire starts, these products would add more fuel to the flames. Gas cans should never be stored in the house. Storage of gas cans, in the garage or shed in reasonable numbers, is OK. Never leave oily rags or rags used with solvents in the house or garage. After use, always let them dry outside in the yard or driveway – but out of children’s or pet’s reach – and away from any structure, because of the danger of spontaneous combustion.

Electrical Hazards Do you own too many things to plug in and too few wall plugs? This can be another household danger. Extension cords are meant to be only temporary wiring. Fehsenfeld warns that nothing should be plugged into an extension cord long-term. They are too often an overloaded fire risk. If more plugs are needed than you have wall outlets, use surge protector strips.

Path of Escape Firefighters often find themselves crawling around rooms in the dark, trying to find adults or children still trapped inside a burning home. Unfortunately, kids often hide when a fire happens and it’s not unusual for firefighters to search bedroom floors, under beds, in closets and in playrooms. It’s wise to see that there’s a clear path in a cluttered room for safe escape or rescue.

Decomposing Yard Waste Sometimes, when the yard work isn’t quite done, it’s common to leave a barrel of grass clippings. Biological activity can cause the organic material to heat up. Check it out sometime. Reach down several inches into the barrel after a few days and feel the heat. Although rare, this could lead to spontaneous combustion if the moisture content is low and temperature is high. Fortunately, fires caused by this are usually small and confined. Fehsenfeld says that it’s alright to keep a barrel with grass clippings outside of the garage, but ideally about 15 feet from any building.

Cleaning Product Hazard In our efforts to clean up our clutter messes, it’s important to watch the labels on cleaning products. Mixing some household cleaning products can cause serious injuries. Mixing bleach and ammonia or bleach and acids is dangerous – even deadly. Not all products clearly state that they contain bleach. Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in chlorine bleach and is found in various disinfectants. Ammonia is found in some glass and window cleaners, interior and exterior paints and in urine, as in cat litter boxes and diaper pails. Products that may contain acids include vinegar, glass and window cleaners, dishwasher detergents and rinses, toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners, brick and concrete cleaners and lime, calcium and rust removal products. When bleach is mixed with ammonia, toxic gases called chloramines are produced. When bleach is mixed with acids, chlorine gas is given off. Chlorine gas and water combine to make hydrochloric and hypochlorous acids. Any of these toxic reactions in a closed space can create a health crisis.

Safe Clearances

If you leave the house, coffeemakers, toasters and indoor holiday lights should be unplugged or turned off. Never leave the dishwasher, washer or dryer running when you leave the premises. Each time you use the dryer, check the lint trap, and at least once a year, vacuum the back hose for excess lint.

Fire Inspector Sergeant Don Fehsenfeld shared some thoughts about clutter-related home situations that create fire hazards. Much of his day-to-day work involves enforcing fire safety codes for businesses. While homes are not held to that same inspection standard, it’s not a bad guide to consider. One room with problem potential is the furnace room. This

If you leave the house, coffeemakers, toasters and indoor holiday lights should be unplugged or turned off. Never leave the dishwasher, washer or dryer running when you leave the premises. Each time you use the dryer, check the lint trap, and at least once a year, vacuum the back hose for excess lint.


June 2009

Father vs. Dad

By Tracy Forner

eorge Washington, the “dad” of our country, doesn’t quite carry the historical weight as “father.” Outside of this application, I don‘t much care for the use of the word, father. There’s a distant, patriarchal formalness to it that I don’t think appropriately reflects what a dad is or does. Besides, the phrase “fathered a child” is rarely used in a positive light.


While trying to construct this argument, I did what any dad (or father) might do: I asked my ten-year-old daughter, who has an uncanny ability to see issues with sophisticated clarity paired with simplistic beauty. When I posed the question, she gave that pursed-lipped, skyward-eyed look she gets when she’s coming up with an invention that will revolutionize our lives. (She’s conjured up inventions like the Barkomatic 9000 dog collar, or the Drum-Air 9000 musical instrument; they all end in 9000, as she thinks it gives them that cutting-edge appeal, like so many television weather forecasting systems.) The inventions are usually implausible, but the thought and effort are heartfelt and with good intention, much like the answer she gave me. “Daddy, a father will take you to the beach and watch while you swim. A dad,” she emphasized strongly, “will take you to the beach too, but he gets in and swims with you.” From the mouths of babes . . . or at least in this case, my babe. I thought her example was not only spot on, but it contained an underlying philosophy that was easy enough for even me to grasp. A father gets involved with his child, a dad gets immersed when he can. Some examples: ● A father cheers (positively!) on the sidelines of Saturday soccer games, but a dad will take some time to kick the ball around the yard after school to work on those dribbling skills. ● A father will laud his daughter’s sketch of her Drum-Air 9000 musical instrument, but a dad will help her scrounge up the pieces and build a prototype for demonstration purposes. ● A father will let his child hold the tools while he fixes something in the garage, but a dad will show his child how the tools work, even if it means the project takes a little longer. ● And, of course, a father goes to the beach, but a dad gets in the water no matter how cold it is. And yes, a dad goes in past that critical point near the waist. The point is that while it’s great to always try and be at the moment, we should all strive to be in the moment as much as possible. Involved and immersed (above the waist, if necessary). After all, the feeling will eventually come back to our extremities, but the feeling your child has about being with dad – that will stay with her forever. Happy Dad’s Day. Tracy Forner is the morning news anchor for FOX 17 WXMI. More importantly, he is the dad of three children, Ailish, Duncan, and Beckett, and the unworthy husband of Elizabeth.

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The Pen is Mightier than the Fork "If you bite it, you write it!" – in the breakthrough eating, die and exercise journal, WRITETOLOSE, that helps people lose weight and keep it off once and for all by writing it down. If you're like most people, you've tried everything to lose weight, but the battle rages on. There's a good reason for this: most of us consume our extra calories while distracted by any myriad of things, which means we have no idea how much we actually eat. That extra bite of meatloaf, the kids' pizza crusts, those lone M&M's really add up. "Study after study has proven that individuals who write down everything they eat lose twice as much weight as those who don't," said author and weight management specialist Laurie Schiff, who created the WRITETOLOSE journals for herself and her clients when nothing else worked.

Strawberry – “Super Fruit” For millions of Americans now in hot pursuit of super foods that improve health and longevity, the latest research results on strawberries is good news. A new study published in the scientific journal, Metabolism, found that antioxidants in strawberries help lower "bad" cholesterol. The study, conducted by David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, backs existing evidence that touts strawberries as one of the world's most nutrient-rich foods. It showed that the antioxidant power in strawberries can improve and maintain the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets. High cholesterol is known to contribute to heart disease – the leading cause of death for women and men. Antioxidants are the body's internal heroes that go to battle with harmful "free radicals" known to contribute to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. According to a US Department of Agriculture study, strawberries rank third when compared to the top fresh fruits and vegetables. Need more reasons to eat strawberries this summer? They contain a powerful mix of antioxidants which are critical to warding off chronic diseases and promoting optimum health, they’re low in sugar – one serving, about eight strawberries (or one cup), has only 50 calories. Just one serving also packs a punch with Vitamin C – more than one orange!

Hot Fun (and Safety) in the Summertime

You can also create your own noisemakers by using bicycle horns, whistles, bells, cymbals or pots and pans. An alternative to sparklers include glo-sticks, glo-ropes and glo-jewelry.

With the advent of summer comes fun with cooking outdoors and fireworks, but be safe!

Barbecue Grills: In 2005, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 8,300 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues, including 3,400 structure fires and 4,900 outside fires. These 8,300 fires caused nearly 10 deaths, 110 reported injuries and $137 million in direct property damage (source: If you do grill, practice these safety tips, courtesy of the Home Safety Council. ● Designate the grilling area a “No Play Zone.” ● Before using, position your grill at least 10 feet away from other objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes. ● Always stay by the grill while cooking. ● Only use starter fluid made for barbecue grills when starting a fire in a charcoal grill. ● Before using a gas grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to be sure it is working properly and not leaking. ● Never use a match to check for leaks. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed. ● Never bring a barbecue grill indoors, or into any unventilated space. This is both a fire and a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.

Fireworks: Last year, approximately 6,400 Americans spent part of their Fourth of July holiday in the emergency room, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Despite warnings to consumers on the dangers of fireworks, the number of injuries every year has remained relatively steady. But, the long-term effects of these injuries can be severe. In fact, the American Society of Ocular Trauma states that an average of 400 Americans permanently lose vision in one or both eyes due to fireworks injuries annually. Sadly, 36 percent of those victims are children ages 15 and younger. For children under the age of five, a third of the total injuries were from sparklers. (Sparklers can burn up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit). Prevent Blindness America offers some alternatives to consumer fireworks such as letting kids decorate t-shirts or hats with paint and glow-in-thedark decals.


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What’s Hot on the Barbecue This Summer Next Generation Grills, Smokers, Accessories and Outdoor Products Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Assocation Grills, smokers and outdoor living products are expected to be in high demand this season, as families choose to eat more meals at home.

The Multi-Tasker Look for grills ranging from two to 12 burners that allow for cooking different types of food at different temperatures at the same time. Many of today's grills come complete with everything from built-in infrared rotisseries to wok stations and side burners that enable consumers to prepare full meals at the grill from meats to pies and side dishes, too. Many come equipped with storage drawers, built-in thermometers, removable ash catchers and lights for nighttime cooking.

Affordable Infrared Hotter, faster and the future of grilling, infrared burners are perfect for searing because they generate heat at a much higher and more persistent level than standard grills. Additionally, increased consumer demand for this high-temperature technology has made the infrared feature more affordable and can now be found in a variety of gas grills.

The Outdoor Oasis Outdoor kitchens are transforming backyards into modern utopias. With all the comforts of a traditional kitchen, outdoor kitchens offer the same in-home amenities, such as sinks, blenders, cocktail bars, spacious cooking and prep areas, dishwashers and refrigerators, that make cooking outdoors a new and enjoyable experience. Most outdoor kitchen designs are flexible and modular, allowing homeowners the opportunity to customize their version of the great outdoors just steps from their back door.

The Evo Flattop Grill puts a professional 360 degree round professional kitchen right on your deck or patio. It’s certain to become the center of activity and focus because of its uniqueness and unmatched cooking method. Grilling is one of the simplest and oldest cooking methods. Despite being simple in premise, grilling is actually a culinary art form in itself. Entire cuisines are built around the humble backyard grill, and every grillmaster has his or her opinion on what’s the best way to grill. There are certain techniques and tips that the pros use, and cooking appliance leader Evo shares them with you. • Feeling hot, hot, hot: The secret to great-tasting food is an even cooking temperature that is high enough to sear food. This locks in and enhances the natural flavors. The outer caramelized "crust" on the food keeps in the juices and adds plenty of flavor. A flattop grill is very effective at achieving this type of seared cooking over a traditional grated barbecue grill, which could have an uneven temperature. Plus, if you desire other cooking methods for food, such as boiling, braising, poaching, steaming or frying, simply placing a pan or pot on the flattop grill makes


those options possible. With cooking temperatures that range from 225F to 700F, the Evo Professional Outdoor Cart is a good appliance to consider. • Experiment with food and flavor: The best barbecue chefs got to the top by thinking outside of the box and dreaming up beyond-the-ordinary foods to cook on the grill. With a flat-top grill, you have the added benefit that food, no matter how small or delicate, will not fall through below the open grates. So try your hand at grilled ham steaks, pizzas, shrimp – or even breakfast – right on the grill. You can even create your own Mongolian barbecue with prep and fixings right on the patio. The possibilities are endless. For more information on the Evo Companion Outdoor Wheeled Cart flattop grill, or convenient tabletop version in the Evo Companion grill, visit

Accessories Galore This year's must-have tools include handy baskets to cook minihamburgers or "sliders," potato grilling racks and non-stick grill toppers to steam or roast poultry, veggies and more. Also hot this year are accessories that help produce extra flavor, like smoker boxes for intense smoke flavor or grill plates that infuse convection oven taste into the food. To minimize clean-up time and maximize time spent with family and friends, cleaning tools come equipped with new advancements such as heavy-duty steam cleaning brushes for faster cleaning.

Portable Party Easy, practical and durable, portable grills and smokers are key to getting the grill party started no matter the location. Whether at the beach, campsite or parking lot of a sporting event, today's portable grills and smokers are not only lightweight, but come equipped with new features and technologies, like infrared grilling, to make on-the-go outdoor cooking a category of its own. To add to the experience, portable heaters and lighting are ideal for heating and brightening up the tailgate party.

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June 13-14 The 30th Annual Homecoming of the Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow takes place in Riverside Park. The gathering celebrates the unity of the three tribes of Michigan – the Ottawa, Chippewa and the Potawatomi. Dancing, music, craft vendors and food booths. The grand entries of the tribes are 1 pm and 6 pm Saturday and noon Sunday. Alcohol-free. 458-8759

June 13-14 The Grand Haven Art Festival features fine art, drawings, pottery, jewelry, photography and stained glass. Up to 200 booths. Live music, food concessions. 616-842-4910 or

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June 20 A Caribbean Carnival takes over downtown Saugatuck. Noon-11 pm. in the Culver Corridor. 269-857-170 or

June 25-July 5 The Muskegon Summer Celebration features national, regional and local recording artists, fireworks, a family midway, juried art fair, craft market, community picnic and beach party. 231-722-6520 or

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FESTIVALS! June 5-7 Festival of the Arts takes over Grand Rapids, with music, dance, theater, artwork, food booths and many hands-on kids’ activities, from facepainting to hat-making. Six indoor and outdoor stages. Throughout downtown, based at Calder Plaza and the surrounding parking lots. Friday noon10 pm, Saturday 10 am-10 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm.

June 6 The Festival of Cars in downtown South Haven features about 250 cars.


9 am-3 pm. Advanced reservations are required to participate with your car.

June 11-14 The 11th Annual Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck has been named as a top 10 film festival in the U.S. 269-857-1701 or

June 12-14 The Start of Summer Celebration in Rockford features carnival rides, food and craft booths, a children’s tent, a big parade on Saturday and a fireworks display Saturday night at dusk. 866-2000 or

The Spring Lake Heritage Festival includes a flea market, dog walk, family fun night, ice cream social, senior day, farmers market, BBQ wing cook-off, music, a car show, a 5K run, a golf scramble, pancake breakfast and fireworks. 1-800-303-4088 or

The annual Sand Sculpture Contest is held at the Grand Haven City Beach. Groups, families and individuals are judged and awarded prizes after the two-hour time limit to sculpt. Registration is from 9-9:45 am and sculpting from 10 am-noon. $5 per individual; $10 for a group of five or fewer. T-shirt included.

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June 27

Harborfest 2009 includes concerts, dragon boat races, lighthouse tours, a craft fair, kids activities, and a Mardi Gras party. The free event is in and around downtown South Haven.

The first annual Renaissance Faire will feature a parade, fortune-telling, Maypole dancing, sword fighting, knighting, scarf dancing, belly dancing, Celtic dancing and pony rides. 10 am-6 pm at the South Haven Family Campground in South Haven. 269-637-6153 or

June 20 The Annual Classic Wooden Boat Show is at the Michigan Maritime Museum in

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Art Through January 3, 2010 The Public Museum presents “Newcomers: The People of This Place,” with more than 600 artifacts and images, dating from the first French fur traders to the latest influx of refugees escaping wars. Adults $8, Seniors $7 and Children $3. 456-3977 or

Through Aug.30 The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.” Eero Saarinen designed landmark buildings, including St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. Hours: TuesdayThursday, 10 am-5 pm, Friday 10 am-9 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm. Adults $8; seniors 62 and over and college students with ID, $7; youth 6-17, $5; under 6, free. 101 Monroe Center. 831-1000 or

Through August 30 Grand Rapids Art Museum presents “Calder in the Collection: 40th Celebration of La Grande Vitesse.” Presented are works by Alexander Calder, including prints, gouache paintings, mobiles and stabiles. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am-5 pm, Friday 10 am-9 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm. Adults $8; seniors 62 and over and college students with ID, $7; youth 6-17, $5; under 6, free. 101 Monroe Center. 831-1000 or

Through July Photographs of the Holy Land by Dee Versluis are featured at the Westminster Art Gallery. 47 Jefferson Ave. SE. Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm and Sunday from 8 am-1 pm. 243-1037

Through June MercuryHead Gallery presents Armand at 89: New Works by Merizon. 962 East Fulton St. 538-0485 or

Festival of the Arts June 5-7 Calder Plaza and surrounding venues Free Literally hundreds of thousands of fairgoers descend upon downtown Grand Rapids the first weekend of every June for the highly regarded Festival of the Arts. The event focuses totally on west Michigan, with six stages that feature the best of regional music, dance and theater. There also is a film competition, a regional art competition, a youth arts exhibit and Art on the Spot, where local artists create art while you wait. The festival includes 25-30 food booths with a wide diversity — Bosnian, Chinese, Dutch, East Indian, Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Mexican, Polish, Vietnamese, and, of course, American.

Through June 29 “Art of the Animal Kingdom” is an exhibit of four artists at the Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven. Mike Van Houzen, Larry Dech, Marlan Cotner and Catherine McClung exhibit their artwork depicting birds and other animals in several different media and styles. The opening reception is June 5. 201 Washington St., Grand Haven. 616846-5460

Through June 24 New sculptures by Mary Ellen McNaughton have been added to the Re:Fresh exhibit featuring an impressive selection of the season’s hottest new works. Lafontsee Gallery, 820 Monroe NW.

Through June 9 Works by Michael Breakiron are displayed at the First United Methodist Church. Breakiron is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design with a master of fine arts. Gallery hours are 9 am-4 pm Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am-8 pm Tuesdays, and 8-10 am Sundays. 227 East Fulton St.

June 5-Sept. 7 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents “Alexander Calder 1969: The Fortieth Anniversary of La Grande Vitesse,” the iconic downtown sculpture. Central to the exhibition at Meijer Gardens will be Calder’s rarely seen eight-foot scale model of La Grande Vitesse, on exclusive loan from The Calder Foundation. 1000 E. Beltline Ave, NE. 957-1580, Adults 14–64: $12; seniors 65 & older and students with ID: $9; children 5–13: $6; children 3–4: $4; children 2 & younger: Free.

June 10 through July 17 The First United Methodist Church Gallery presents the work of Bert Boerema. Gallery hours are 9 am-4 pm. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am-8 pm Tuesdays and 8-10 am Sundays. 227 East Fulton St.

Festival is especially renowned for its hands-on kids activities: Drawing on sidewalks with chalk, creating art out of wood and glue, painting and hatmaking in a “parent-free zone,” and a KidzArt Zone which has a different activity each day. Kids also can listen to master storytellers and get their faces painted. There are interactive activities for adults, too: Dancing, drumming, playing music, painting, Karate, Tai Chi and Chi Kung. At the opening ceremonies at noon Friday on the Calder Stage, the students of William C. Abney Academy will perform in song and dance, with a theme demonstrating the importance of the arts, recycling and sharing. This is the 40th anniversary of Festival, coinciding with the installation of the Alexander Calder’s iconic sculpture, “La Grand Vitesse,” which towers over the festive scene.

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WLAV Blues on the Mall June 10, 17, 24, July 1 Rosa Parks Circle Free Two harmonica virtuosos with contrasting styles are among the first four concerts at the Blues on the Mall series which runs weekly on Wednesday nights through Aug. 12. Grammy-winning harmonica player Sugar Blue performs June 24; harpist Harper follows the following week, July 1. The series opens June 10 with Zito, who also was the first Blues on the Mall performer last year. Big James & the Chicago Players perform June 17. All shows are at Rosa Parks Circle and are free. The concerts begin about 6:30 p.m. The two harmonica players have contrasting backgrounds in addition to musical styles. Sugar Blue is an African-American from Harlem who

now resides in Chicago; Harper is a Caucasian from Australia who is now a Michigan resident. Ironically, Blue’s playing is much more jazz influenced, and he uses a chromatic harmonica; Harper is more of a blues traditionalist – though he also plays the didgeridoo. Both have written a lot of songs, many of which are not in the standard blues form, so expect musical surprises in addition to amazing runs on the harp. Big James & The Chicago Players also may surprise, as the band leader is a trombone player in addition to being the lead singer – an unusual combination. The band also includes a saxophone, and the brass provides an R&B & funk sound. Zito is a guitarist who grew up in St. Louis and as a teenager hung out at a record store frequented by Chuck Berry. Zito now lives in Texas. His sound runs toward blues-pop, with his guitar sometimes sounding acoustic, other times raw blues.

Local First Sixth Annual Street Party June 13, 2009 4 pm – Midnight Free Admission Local First is expecting to draw more than 12,000 people this year to its 6th Annual Local First Street Party Presented by Founder’s Brewing. This event, featuring local beer, local food and local music, takes place in front of Bistro Bella Vita, on Grandville Avenue at Weston Street in downtown Grand Rapids. The Street party features five local bands playing all night long. The line up includes: 4:00-5:00 5:30-6:30 7:00-8:00 8:30-9:45 10:15-11:45

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June 12 through August The women of Pinafore Print Collective define and defy the idea of “Feminine Products,” featuring various printmaking techniques and a collection of small prints. Show opening June 12, 6-9 pm at The Sparrows Coffee, Tea and Newsstand, 1035 Wealthy St. SE.

Fridays Every Friday night from 5-9 pm, Grand Rapids Art Museum offers a relaxing Immersion in the Arts. $5 general admission, free to members. Gourmet buffet and cash bar served 5-8 pm; Art Forum at 7 pm.

Theater & Film Through the summer Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts presents Theatre Arts Day Camps for children ages 4 through seventh grade. The camps are taught by experienced professional theatre artists, with final performances on the Meijer Majestic Stage. 222-6650 or

2 pm matinees June 6 and 20. $10. 4551001 for reservations 75 77th St SW.

June 6

June 2 WGVU presents Independent Cinema at UICA, featuring the PBS film “Ask Not.” 7 pm. Free.

June 5, 6, 19, 20 Master Arts Second Stage presents “Driving Miss Daisy.” 7:30 pm and also

The Traveling Troupe of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents “Tales of Molly Malloy.” Free and suitable for family audiences, age 6 and up. 11 am on the Meijer Majestic stage, 30 N. Division St. 222-6653 or

June 8 Students of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts in two performances: the one-act play “If You Don't Watch Out” and "Shy" from the Broadway musical “Once Upon A Mattress.” 7 pm at 30 N. Division St. Free and suitable for family audiences age 7 and up. 222-6653 or

June 19, 20 Master Arts Theatre and the City of Hudsonville present “The Jungle Book,”

based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling. 7 pm and also 3 pm on June 20. $7. Tickets available at Hudsonville City Hall, 3275 Central Blvd, or 669-0200.

June 27 “An Evening of Family One-Acts” is presented by students in the advanced level camp of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts. All plays are suitable for age 8 and up. $2. 7:30 pm. 30 N Division St. 222-6653


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Music & Dance The Derek Trucks Band

June 7 Glean Infusion plays from 4-9 pm as a special fundraiser for Kid’s Food Basket. One Trick Pony, 136 East Fulton St. 235-7669 or

June 10, 17, 24, July 1 The annual Blues on the Mall series runs weekly on Wednesday nights through Aug. 12. Free at Rosa Parks Circle. 6:30 p.m. or

June 20

The Avett Brothers

The Lazy Blue Tunas play from 8-11 pm at One Trick Pony, 136 East Fulton St. 235-7669 or

June 28

Indigo Girls

Roger MacNaughton & Friends perform tunes from their “Secret Places” CD for a live videotaping. Support Kids Food Basket by bringing a juice box or granola bar. 3 pm. at Kretschmer Recital Hall, Art and Music Center, Aquinas College. 975-9966 or

First and Third Tuesdays Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum. $4. Members and kids 12 & under free. Doors open at 5 pm. Senior Neighbors hosts a social dance class with Walter Van Dam. Singles and all ages welcome. 6:30 pm. Grandville Community Center, 3380 S. Division St., Grandville. 531-5250

The Wallflowers Through the summer Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents its Summer Concert Series, with terraced lawn seating and food and beverage concessions. The lineup includes: June 10, The Derek Trucks Band; June 18, The Avett Brothers; June 24, Indigo Girls; June 29, The Wallflowers; July 16, Neko Case; July 19, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band; July 23, Keb' Mo'; July 29, the Doobie Brothers; Aug. 3, Jeff Daniels; Aug. 13, Earl Scruggs; Aug. 19, George Thorogood & The Destroyers & Jonny Lang; Aug. 23, Bonnie Raitt & Taj Mahal. or

Thursdays The Riverfront Concert Series extends through Aug. 27 in South Haven. 7 pm. 269-637-5252 or

Thursdays Lowell Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts continue through Aug. 27. 7-9 pm. Downtown Lowell. 897-9161 or


June 4 The At-Neemrah Dance Company performs its blend of modern dance techniques with ethnic dances from around the world. 7-9 pm. $10.

The Summer Concert Series in Holland extends from June 12 through August. Free. 6:30-8:30 pm. Centennial Park. 250 Central Ave. 616-394-0000 or

Second Fridays

June 4, 11, 18 The Thursday evening Acoustic Stew series features Arganik June 4, The Weatherheads June 11, and Luke Sayers June 18. Free. 8-11 pm. at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St.

June 6 Multi-platinum recording artist Yanni brings his first U.S. tour in four years to Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets $45, $65 and $95, available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices and Ticketmaster.


Tuesdays in the Park is a free concert series of local musicians in downtown Grand Haven. June 23-Sept. 25. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and food. 7-8:30 pm. Central Park on Washington Street.

International Folk Dance sponsored by the Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society. No partner necessary. 7 pm. $5. Wealthy St. Theater, Annex 1110. 949-8374 or

Saturdays Acoustic Saturday Nights are presented by the Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society. A non-smoking, casual family environment. 8 pm. $12 general, $10 students and seniors, $9 members, $3 ages 3-12, lap-sitters free. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. or 361-9219

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Even More Special Events Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 28 Take a tour of the night sky and learn about current astronomical events at the planetarium of the Public Museum. At 1 pm on the same days, follow a police detective to investigate a heist in outer space. Music from U2, Madonna and Monty Python. 272 Pearl NW. 456-3977 or

Through June 14

June 27 The Ottawa Hills neighborhood 16th annual Garden Tour takes place 9am1pm. An information booth will be located at 937 Chippewa where visitors will receive maps to all participating gardens. Open to the public and free of charge. The Ottawa Hills Neighborhood is bordered by Franklin to the north, Hall to the south, Cadillac to the East and Giddings to the west. 318-9275

Sports, Recreation, Fun & Games

The DINOSAURS: Just Imagine! exhibit and Dinosaur Chronicles planetarium show continues at the Public Museum, held over for two weeks. Admission to the exhibit is $2 and to the planetarium show is $3 in addition to general Museum admission (Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children $3. Members are free.) 456-3977 or

June 3-5, 10-17, 25-28

Through June 6

June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27

The 50th Anniversary Spring Parade of Homes includes 42 homes in 15 communities throughout West Michigan. The homes are entered by The Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids Hours are 1-9 pm on Wednesdays & Saturdays; 6-9 pm on Fridays. Tickets are $12 for ages 13 and older; kids under age 12 get in free.

Train Excursions: Enjoy a relaxing train ride throughout the countryside on the Coopersville & Marne Railroad. 11 am and 1 pm. Adults $10.50, seniors (60+) $9.50, kids 2-12 $7.50 Kids under 2 free. 289 Danforth, Coopersville. 9977000 or

June 19-Aug. 31 The Gerald R. Ford Museum presents “A Child in the White House – Caroline Kennedy's Dolls.” More than 70 dolls and puppets from 30 countries were given to young Caroline Kennedy from 1961 to 1963. Monday thru Sunday 9 am-5 pm. Adults $7, seniors $6, military $6, college student with ID $5, youth 6-17 $3, under 6 free. 5500 44th St. SE. 2540374 or

June 20 Stroll 14 gardens that blossom in a historic urban setting at the second annual Heritage Hill Garden Tour. Gardens are open from 10 am to 5 pm. Advance tickets are $8, available from the Heritage Hill Association. 459-8950 or

The West Michigan Whitecaps’ home games this month are June 2-5, 10-17 and 25-28. Games usually start at 7 pm; fireworks often follow the games. Tickets range from $5 for lawn seating to $10 for box seats. Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE. 784-4131 or

June 14 The 14th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show takes place at the Gilmore Car Museum. The Midwest’s largest vintage motorcycle show features hundreds of motorcycles 20 years old and older (open to all makes) and a huge swap meet. Event takes place from 8 am-4 pm, rain or shine. $8. 6865 Hickory Corners Road, Hickory Corners. 269-671-5089 or

June 24 “Let's Go To Bat for Kids!” is a lighthearted charity softball game between local media celebrities and area priests. Proceeds benefit the child abuse prevention and recovery programs of Catholic Charities West Michigan. 6:30 pm at Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park. $5; children 12 and under free. Tickets at the gate or at the Muskegon or Grand Rapids offices of Catholic Charities West Michigan. or 551-5667

Children & Teens Through the summer John Ball Zoo’s Summer Discovery Program is a hands-on program for children age 3 to those entering eighth grade. Classes will frequently spend time in the park and/or zoo setting, and also do role-playing, games, stories and songs. Every class participates in a fabric-painting project. 336-4301 or

Through the summer The Public Museum presents Camp Curiosity 2009, with 18 different camp themes to choose from, including fossil hunting, Harry Potter, the life of knights, “Slimy Sciences” and model rockets. Sessions range from two half-days to four full-days. 456-3977 or

June 11, 24 Gymco presents a “Learn to Ride your Bike” clinic. 1:30-3:30 pm. Ages 4 and older. Members $20; non-members $25; second child discount $5. 2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE, Grand Rapids. 956-0586 or

June 12 Gymco “Tramp N' Tumble” teaches trampoline and tumbling skills to children kindergarten and older. 6-8 pm. Members $20; non-members $25. 2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE, Grand Rapids. 956-0586 or

June 15, 22 Calvin College’s two sessions of its Wetlands and Woodlands Camp begin June 15 and June 22. The camp is for children 4-8. 526-7601 to register.

June 17 The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is opening its newest exhibit, Aunt Daisy's Farm. Children can participate in farmthemed scavenger hunts, get their faces painted and create a farm-themed takehome activity. The museum also has times for printmaking, watercolors, puppet-making and making books. The museum has expanded hours during the summer. 235-4726 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 June 9 The American Sewing Guild presents “Clearing the Clutter,” a talk by Mary Dykstra about organizing your sewing room. The monthly program is $2 for non-members and $1 for members. Refreshments served. 6:30 pm at the Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Dr. NE. 698-9554 or 949-6669 or

June 15 The Grand Rapids chapter of the Hearing Loss Association honors Richard DeVos for a 2004 donation which started the local chapter. Also appearing will be Grand Rapids native William Barkeley – a motivational speaker who has scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro…and happens to be deaf and blind. Exhibitors also will be on hand. Free. 10 am-noon at the JW Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW.

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

First Tuesdays The Wyoming Women’s Club meets at 1 pm, October through April to promote women’s interests. Fellowship Room of Beverly Reformed Church. 2141 Porter Street SW, Wyoming. 534-5305

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

Wednesdays The Mother-to-Mother Support Group meets at baby beloved. Free. Private classes on breastfeeding also may be scheduled for $50. 555 Midtowne St NE, Suite 100. or 977-5683

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Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan meets at 5 pm at the Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton.

to help participants assess their readiness to run a business. 6-8:30 pm. $70 for the 2-part class. 25 Sheldon SE, Suite 210. 458-3404.



Fibromyalgia Support Group meets at 7 pm at Second Christian Reformed Church of Byron Center. No children under 13, please. 696-5433 or

The Coptic Center Sunday Series at 6 pm features inspirational speakers and the piano music of Karen Lauck. Love Offering. The Coptic Center, 0-381 Lake Michigan Dr NW. 531-1339 or

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Tuesdays DeGraw Ministries invites women to attend “In His Presence for Women,” a time of spiritual growth. Tuesdays, 9-11 am at 4264 Caddo S.W. Grandville

June 6 "Love Your Home Again" is a seminar presented by DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen and Matisse & Marguerite Interior Décor. Bring a photo of a room in your home that needs a design or remodeling solution. Light brunch provided. Free. 10-11:30 am at 4658 West River Dr., Comstock Park. Call 632-2284 to reserve a spot.

June 9 New Chapter Learning provides a free informational seminar on the visual thinker and on dyslexia. 6 pm at the Wyoming Public Library in the Community Room. Pre-register at 5341385.

June 12 Chef Robin Toldo presents “Get Grilling Baby!” an outdoor class to start the summer grilling season. Steaks to salad to dessert. $37. 6:30 pm at DreamMaker Showroom, 4658 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park. Sign up at or call 863-6322

Beginning June 16 Here’s an idea for family fun, no further than your backdoor: The National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Third Annual Great American Backyard Campout. NWF encourages parents and kids alike to trade their Web site for a campsite and screen time for green time. That’s right: Turn off computers, TVs, iPods, Wiis, MP3 players, cell phones and all things high tech, to experience a night with Mother Nature. Listen for nocturnal wildlife (maybe even see a few), stargaze, cook outdoors, tell stories about Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, and explore a whole other world right in your own backyard. Last year thousands of people from around the country participated in the Great American Backyard Campout. You don’t need to travel afar to experience the great outdoors and the wonders it has to offer. Just open up your backdoor! June has been officially designated Great Outdoors Month by the White House and more than half of America’s governors. What better way to celebrate. This initiative is part of the National Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” campaign that encourages young and old alike to get outside and connect with the natural world. It’s especially important for children because for the first time in our country’s history, we have an entire generation that is growing up disconnected from nature. This can lead to a weaker immune system, increased childhood obesity, greater dependency on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs, lost creativity, less self-sufficiency, and lack of interest (and knowledge) in maintaining the wildlife legacy they have inherited. To say nothing of the good old fashioned fun they are missing. NWF is providing everything you need to head out into the great outdoors in your backyard. Visit for packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, exploration activities, nature guides and more.


Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women presents “Economic Literacy,” a sevenweek course focusing on personal finance. 6-9 pm Tuesdays at 25 Sheldon SE, Suite 210. Sliding scale fee with a $10 deposit. 458-3404.

June 18 SarahCare Adult Day Center celebrates its fifth anniversary with an open house and a talk by attorney Jill SmithGoodell, who will speak about legal issues for senior citizens. The open house is 5-7 pm, after which SmithGoodell will speak. Free. Adult care provided while the caregiver attends the event at Metro Health Village, 2024 Health Drive, Suite B, Wyoming. Call 530-6700 for reservations.

June 20 “Finding My Voice, Singing My Truth: A Summer Solstice Celebration for Women” is presented at the Dominican Center at Marywood. Jan Lundy will lead storytelling, song, prayer forms, creative expression and reflection time. Bring a mat or blanket to sit on outdoors, and a journal to write in. Musical instruments are welcome. 7 pm-9:30 pm. $15. 2025 E. Fulton St. Register at 454-1241 or

June 22, 25 Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women presents “Start Smart” 1 & 2, workshops

Al-Anon/Alateen: For meeting schedule, 774-1079 or

First and third Tuesdays Victory Institute for Weight Management offers a free information seminar on comprehensive weight management. 6 pm at 2093 Health Park Drive Suite 302. Call 457-3600 to schedule.

Professional Development Wednesdays Members of Urban Institute of the Contemporary Arts Writers’ Studio provide constructive criticism and inspiration to those with a passion for writing. Free weekly session 6:30-9:30 pm.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays In Utter Words Toastmasters meets Noon-1 pm at 3600 Camelot Court, SE in the large conference room of the Disability Advocates of Kent County. 459-3502 or 633-4017

Third Wednesdays GROW “Lunch with Punch” networking and support group. Meets 12-1 pm. Bring a friend, lunch and business cards. Free. Reservations at

Volunteers & Fundraisers June 1 The First United Methodist Church holds its third blood drive of the year in Wesley Hall Call 451-2879 to sign up, or walkin's welcome. 227 East Fulton St.

June 3, 9 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 June 3 at the Yankee Clipper Library, 2025 Leonard NE; and 6:30-7:30 pm June 9 at the Gaines Township Library, 421 68th St. SE. Call 459-5151 ext. 10 to register. 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.

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â&#x2014;? Right At Home & Urban Elements 30 N. Main St., Rockford (616) 866-7716 Give your home a summer makeover with one-of-a-kind home dĂŠcor from Right At Home and Urban Elements. Shop at cozy Right at Home for traditional accessories including candles, wall art, mirrors, frames, and a selection of baby items. Searching for more contemporary pieces? Head next door to the adjoining Urban Elements, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find everything from wine decanters to lamps and jewelry, and my favorite, vibrantly hand-beaded silver spreaders that add a touch of flair to your snack tray.

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Conversation Starter Sister’s Choice By Emilie Richards Mira Books, 2008, $24.95

The Beach Club By Elin Hilderbrand St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2000, $6.99 Author Elin Hilderbrand has once again created a beach read with characters and complexities that will linger long after the sun goes down on your warm summer afternoon. Inviting descriptions of people and places bring the island of Nantucket alive. The Nantucket Beach Club and Hotel is central to the community and has been manager Mack Petersen’s summer life for many years. This is the year and the season he must make some tough decisions about his future and the directions and distances it might take him. Maribel Cox is ready for marriage and believes Mack is the one for her. The owners of the hotel are convinced that their daughter, Cecily Elliott, is the one for Mack. Vance Robbins, one of Mack’s lead employees, holds a bitter grudge against him and is determined to do something about his troubles this summer. Love O’Donnell comes on the scene from an Aspen ski lodge, looking for a man to father her baby. Co-workers and rivals, friends and lovers, parents and children are all part of the dynamics of the summer months among staff and guests. Well written, with beautiful descriptions, The Beach Club is only one of Hilderbrand’s fine summer setting novels.


Kendra and Jamie have weathered some tough years as sisters in a rocky home life. Forced early on into a role as “mother” to her younger, wayward sister, Kendra is struggling to trust Jamie once again and to enjoy a new bond of friendship. Kendra and Isaac Taylor are building their dream home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The house plans have been a gift from Jamie, an aspiring architect. But Jamie has an even greater gift that she hopes to offer to her sister. Because of an injury earlier in her life, Kendra is unable to carry a child. A single mother of two, Jamie offers to be a gestational surrogate so Kendra and Isaac’s complete dream can come true. Living in a small cabin on the property, Jamie plans to oversee the house construction, give her two young daughters some fresh mountain air and share this pregnancy experience closely with Kendra and Isaac. As time rolls along, a stormy relationship develops between Cash Rosslyn, the builder, and Jamie. Jamie grows close to Cash’s grandmother, Grace, and shares her love of the land and her fight to save her orchard from ruthless land developers. Jamie learns the joys of Grace’s quilting heritage as she stitches a baby comforter. Before the pregnancy reaches its closure, Jamie experiences a medical situation that threatens to change the whole plan. Faced with a difficult decision, she must find the strength to make a necessary choice.

Beach Trip By Cathy Holton Ballantine Books, 2009, $25 Twenty three years after they’ve each gone their own way in life, four former college roommates meet up for a summer week at a beach “cottage” on Whale Head Island, North Carolina. Their Outer Banks vacation spot is actually the magnificent summer home of one of the women of the group, Lola. Joining her are Mel, Sara and Annie. These women met at a small Southern women’s college in the early 1980s. Just as they did in their college years, each one comes to this event with her own life full of issues and satisfactions. Relationships with the men in their lives collide once again, as they did in college. Once the week gets underway, Mel proposes a game. Each secretly drops into a box a little note, listing something she would like to do if she had the nerve. By the end of their week together the little box will be opened and each will see how far she’s come. Lola is rich but lost, caught up in a life that does not bring her happiness. Mel is a successful novelist, living in Manhattan. Always the bold one of the group, she still speaks her mind freely. Sara, a child advocacy attorney, has deep concerns about her own son. Annie, pictureperfectly organized, is afraid to share her deepest desire with her husband. The week of “girl time” is filled with opportunities to talk, laugh and cry together. Cautiously each opens up to these friends for comfort, encouragement and guidance. This novel explores the many factors that weave their way into their lives as women, wives and mothers. Any time you find a well-written girls’ getaway novel, there will be conversation opportunities about the many choices women make every day.

Alexandra Fix is the author of ten non-fiction children’s book, including the series “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” (Heinemann Library). She is a registered nurse, freelance writer, former children’s librarian 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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