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November 2009

E s s e n t i a l

Free! Gifts Galore!

Extra Special Dishes

Thanksgiving Table Backcountry Chic Live Longer

Sharing Traditions

A Season of Giving

Comprehensive Ear, Nose and Throat, P.C. is a growing, full-service medical and surgical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. We are committed to providing you with the finest medical and surgical service in an atmosphere of respect and personal commitment rather than simply treating you like a diagnosis. Patients of all ages are welcome. Areas of Specialization Include: Pediatric and Adult Ear Care, Tonsillectomy, Advanced Sinus Surgery, Snoring Issues, Deviated Nasal Septum, Sleep Apnea, Thyroid Surgery,Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment Locations: Grand Rapids (Cascade) Hudsonville Caledonia Accepting New Patients Please call

(616) 942-0380 Dr. Andrew Behler


to schedule an appointment.

November 2009

The People Who Make It Happen . . .

November 2009

Publisher/Owner Victoria Upton victoria @ Editor in Chief Angela Klinske angela@ Creative Inspiration Marcus L. Urann Conqueror of Clutter Alexandra Fix Beauty Guru Marianne Bockheim Lifestyle Writer Janice Lynne Lundy Fashionista Sara Cosgrove Savvy Shopper Kelli Kolakowski Contributing Writers: Chick Moorman Thomas Hailer

Advertising Sales Manager Roxanne O’Neil

Decorate, Congregate,

Celebrate! Broaden Your Horizons Kindness Matters ................................................................................4 Live & Learn How to Avoid Fake Check Scams................................................16 How to Recycle Your Cell Phone ................................................16 Backcountry Chic ..........................................................................16 Teach Your Child the Charity Habit................................................25 Conquer Your Clutter: A Clutter-Free Wish List..............................26 Reader’s Lounge ..............................................................................38 It’s a Family Tradition ........................................................................37

Interior Ideas The Thanksgiving Table ......................................................................6

Mary Harger

CONTACT US: PHONE: (616) 458-2121

Looking & Feeling Good Beauty Fixes ......................................................................................10 You Can Leave Your Hat On ..........................................................14

E-MAIL: MAIL: 820 Monroe, NW, Suite 320 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 FAX: (616) 458-2399 INTERNET:

Coming in December

Holiday & Gift Ideas


Your Health Healthy Ideas Want to Live Longer? ....................................................................36 Teach Kids to Express Emotions ....................................................36 Everyday Wisdom for Diabetes ....................................................36

Recipes Rich & Creamy Holiday Helpers Eggnog-Spiced French Toast ........................................................20 Loaded Potato Potluck Favorite ..................................................20 Turkey & Cranberry Encore Salad ................................................21 Mexi-Meatball Kabobs ..................................................................21

Herstory Reverend Charlotte Ellis ..................................................................24

Out and About Faces & Places..................................................................................23 Savvy Shopper ..................................................................................29 Events Calendar .............................................................................. 30

Gifts Galore! Gift ideas for everyone on your list ........................8, 12, 18, 22, 28

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Janice Lynne Lundy

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.

Notice the “I” Beginning first thing in the morning, notice what words you speak. How often do your sentences begin with the word “I”? Try and catch yourself doing this. Then, try to stop yourself from speaking about you. When we use “I” so often, that’s a tip-off that we are thinking much about ourselves and, likely, not about others. Set an intention to speak about yourself less often. Minimize the “I” in your vocabulary.

Take a Good Look

“Kindness is the common language we speak as human beings. A smile, a generous gesture, an act of caring transcends all our differences. Kindness is the key to a life well-lived.”

Eye contact seems to have become a scarce commodity these days. I recall when I visited New York City a well-meaning friend offered a piece of advice about staying safe. “Don’t’ look at anyone,” she said. “You’ll be fine.” Well, I took her advice and avoided all eye contact, looking down at the sidewalk most of the time. I felt as if I was insulating myself from the world, literally cutting myself off from my fellow human beings. I believed the most important thing in that moment was to keep myself safe, that other people did not matter. They became invisible to me. I hated the whole experience and couldn’t wait to get back to safe little Grand Rapids where people looked at one another and smiled. Or did they? I began to take notice … I invite you to slow down, take a good look, and truly see the other. Make eye contact, smile or acknowledge his or her presence with a genuine “Hello.” An act as simple as this can put us back in touch with the unique presence and well-being of another.


2008 Gallup poll revealed our choice of the world leader we admired the most: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. I was not surprised by the result, but the creators of the poll were. Apparently, this was the very first time that our top choice was someone who was perceived as both a political leader and a religious leader. This made me wonder, what is the common thread woven through each of these roles this esteemed man plays? The answer came quickly: Kindness. In fact, the Dalai Lama himself has said repeatedly,“My religion is kindness.” He has also been quick to add that he believes kindness along with its cohort, compassion, is at the root of all the world’s spiritual traditions. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a particularly religious person, kindness likely forms the bedrock of your core values and how you relate to others. Kindness cuts across all boundaries and borders; permeates all walls and wounds. Kindness connects us, no matter what we believe, where we live, or how we earn a living. Kindness is the common language we speak as human beings. A smile, a generous gesture, an act of caring transcends all our differences. Kindness is the key to a life well-lived. Kindness matters.


Do you consider yourself to be a kind person? Do you generally respond well to the people you meet on a day-to-day basis? Are you open and receptive, hospitable, especially when others do not seem so kind themselves? These are important questions to ask of ourselves now, especially with the state of the world as it is – as communities and families are struggling to maintain equanimity. It’s easy to lose focus and move away from kindness. We become self-absorbed, stressed, overwhelmed, worried or fearful. Our first thought in any number of situations may be, “What about me?” In truth, taking the focus off ourselves and placing it on the well-being of others can shift our preoccupation – and our own pain. Thinking of another first and how we might enhance his or her day can brighten our own. This is what I understand the Dalai Lama vows to do on a moment-to-moment basis. His focus is not upon how he can make himself feel better, but how his presence or words might uplift another. Kindness can be the cure for what ails us. So how can we be more kind? What can we do to keep our hearts open to one another? Consider these heart-opening suggestions:

Random Acts of Kindness Once we begin to slow down and really see people, we may feel compelled to offer a kindness of some kind, especially if they themselves seem disconnected from others. By reconnecting through a kind act, we may facilitate an opening of their eyes, their heart, by utilizing our own. Simple gestures speak boldly of kindness. A door held open, a hearty thank you in return when one is opened for you. Offering up the closer parking space. Providing the small change someone doesn’t have to pay their grocery bill. The list is endless. Be creative and create a kindness list of your own. Ask yourself, what very simple thing could I do right now to show kindness to this person? Then, do it. I try to keep myself attuned to daily acts of kindness by rereading these powerful words by Mother Teresa: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of (God’s) kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” Kindness does matter. Indeed, in the grand scheme of life, it may be the only thing that does . . .

November 2009

Editor‘s Letter Have cosmetic surgery during November and December and receive an additional discount off our already rolled back fees.

It’s the holiday season and the staff at Women’s LifeStyle is ready to celebrate. Are you? Get ready with some tasty comfort food (pages 20 and 21), a festive table (page 6) and good times with family and friends.

Call us for further details

(616) 454-1256

Need some creative gift ideas? Take a look at our “Gifts Galore” – fabulous finds and ideas for everyone on your list, provided by local merchants. Looking for something holiday-ish to do? Craft shows, holiday concerts and stage performances abound, starting on page 30.

Dr. Scott Brundage, MD Dr. Douglas Leppink, MD Dr. Benjamin Rechner, MD

This is also a perfect time of year to lend a hand to others. Charitable giving is slightly down from previous years (nationally, it’s dropped two percent between 2007 and 2008, according to Now may be a great time to involve the entire family and donate time, energy and goods to a great cause. For inspiration, read about Reverend Charlotte Ellison, executive director at Heartside Ministry, on page 24. We’re interested in hearing from you, too. Please be sure to join us on Facebook (look for us using key words “Women’s LifeStyle Magazine Grand Rapids”) and let us know how you’re celebrating the holiday season. Thank you for choosing Women’s LifeStyle for a little holiday inspiration!

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November 2009

By Kathy Hyink, LMSW, ACSW “Why do I feel this way? Why can’t I get it together?” If you find yourself asking “why” questions and wondering “What’s wrong with me?”, you are like many of my clients who are glad to finally get relief from these frustrating questions. Asking “why” questions consumes much energy and leads to dead-ends. While they signal a strong desire to change things, they also let you know you are stuck, that you are anxious, worried, and immobilized. I can help you get unstuck quickly and thoroughly. Even traumatic experiences are finally resolved, once and for all. We focus on results, not on figuring out why you feel bad. In a few meetings you feel calm and confident.You have a fresh perspective to deal with your challenges in more effective ways.You move forward to accomplish what needs to be done.You concentrate better, are clear-headed and purposeful, and are happier as you are mobilized to live your

life more productively. It is especially important to be mentally and emotionally strong given today’s pressing demands. Too good to be true? No. It is true. I see people every day getting empowered to be their best and to take on their challenges with renewed energy. My program is straightforward and practical. It is simple to do and is respectful of your individual needs and privacy.Your results are lasting.You are emotionally free from built-up stress.You gain peace of mind. Call me today. Let’s take care of you. My phone is (616) 365-6555.

Kathy Hyink,LMSW ACSW is founder of Performance Enhancement Solutions, Inc., located in Belmont, a mile East of 131 off Post Drive. Call her at (616) 365-6555 and visit


Cut out leaves cut from construction paper and write down things to be thankful for. Attach a string and hang from the twigs. Fill a basket or wooden bowl with an assortment of gourds, large pine cones and multi-colored corn cobs. Press leaves between the pages of a heavy book, then set pressed leaves atop each place setting. Create unique place cards that can also serve as takehome favors for guests. They don't have to actually be cards at all. Instead, gather small pumpkins and monogram them to serve as seating guides. Push whole cloves into the pumpkins to spell out the initials of the guests. The setting will not only look festive, but smell good, too. Tie napkins with twine and attach a small, stamped card with a Thanksgiving blessing written on it.

photo courtesy National Candle Association

Eclectic Harvest

The Thanksgiving Table Table Settings with Style Add a pinch of imagination to collected treasures around your home to create a memorable Thanksgiving holiday table setting, no matter your style. Don’t fret if your tableware is mismatched; eclectic table settings are all the rage. As long as you keep to a color scheme, you can pull off just about anything. Think about visiting discount stores that sell dishes singularly and pull together a few different colors or shapes that will look cohesive together. Tie things together with the same colored napkin or another consistent element.

Traditional Harvest Pick your favorite autumn color – red, orange, yellow, gold – and make it the focal point for your holiday table. If red’s your color, set the table with red linen napkins, red vases, sprays of berry, candles and goblets. Accent with light green or off-white candles and a bouquet of autumn roses (peach, red and yellow) or a cornucopia.

Candelabras add elegance and height to your holiday setting. To change the look throughout the season, just choose different colored candles, or adorn the candelabra with beads.

Enhance every room of your home with the scents of the holiday season. Vanilla-based aromas have remained the most popular candle scent for almost a decade, according to Other favorites in this category include cinnamon, coffee, mocha, gingerbread, pumpkin, apple pie, brown sugar and hazelnut.

Use vintage linens at each place setting. Tie with satin ribbon or string beads in autumn colors around linen napkins. Opt for bright rather than muted oranges, yellows and greens in all of your table accents. Add brown or black dishes or candles to anchor all the colors together.

Use as much white china as you have, and make sure the silver is polished. Pewter accents, such as candlestick holders or a small bowl filled with acorns add a nice, traditional touch.

Country Harvest If you don’t already have a tablecloth, consider purchasing an inexpensive piece of cut burlap, leaving the fraying ends.


For an eye-catching centerpiece, purchase a large clear-glass vase and fill it with polished stones. Arrange an assortment of twigs from your backyard.

Resist the temptation to over-do your table setting. You want the food and conversation to flow, so too many hindrances can detract rather than add to the occasion. Keep scale in mind for your centerpiece and any table adornments so that guests can easily chat with one another and pass food around the table.

November 2009

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7199 Thornapple River Drive, Ada (616) 676-3300 •

3150 Plainfield NE (I-96 at Plainfield)

New Retail Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 6 • Saturday 11 to 4

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Gifts Galore!

Boutique Messenger Bag by Marie Each handbag from the new Marie Collection is carefully constructed with beautifully designed fabrics from the highest quality cotton. From wallets to laptop cases, these make wonderful gifts. $89. Other patterns and styles available. Right at Home, 30 N. Main, Rockford

Diamond Circle Ring Show her how much she means to you with this exquisite rose and white gold ring trimmed with champagne and white diamonds. Made in the U.S. Reg. $375. Sale $249. Bauble Patch Jewelers, 5410 Alpine NW, Grand Rapids

Ahava Gift Set Treat someone special to a mini Dead Sea experience! Luxury skin care products containing minerals mined directly from the Dead Sea. Made by Ahava. Individually priced items from $35 or uniquely designed to your liking. Basket pictured $189. Baskets in the Belfry, 46 E. Bridge, Rockford

Fused Glass Coasters These handmade glass coasters are works of art that make a special gift. Choose from many color combinations. Sets of four from $20 to $30. Rainbow Resources, 1509 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids


November 2009

Dennis C. Hammond, M.D. and the staff at Center for Breast and Body Contouring are pleased to introduce

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body contouring after massive weight loss and rhinoplasty. Her expertise is a great asset to our practice. Together, our knowledge and dedication to providing compassionate, supportive care ensures that you will achieve the best possible results. Dr. Timek is accepting new patients. Call us at 616.464.4420 to schedule a consultation.

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By Marianne Bockheim The beauty industry is perpetually introducing new products, but what really works? Based on clinical studies (and my own experience), these are a few personal favorites.

TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System Relastin™ Eye Silk Zinc Firming Complex Relastin is the first product of its kind clinically proven to promote elastin production. Using its patent-pending Zinc Firming complex, Relastin targets areas to decrease lines and wrinkles, laxity and puffiness, as well as diminish dark circles. $69.

Giovanni Colorflage Organic Hair Care This shampoo and conditioner is not only designed to enhance natural and/or color treated hair, but each features a unique blend of antioxidants for every shade. This system offers UV protection, defends against heat damage, shields color against wash-out and restores strength to precious locks. Leaves hair silky soft and shiny, while enhancing color. $8.99 each. Available at mass merchandisers nationwide.

Dr. Brandt Flaws No More® Lightening Serum Dr. Brandt’s new serum gives you laser results without the laser! Using his new QuSome™ technology, potent, targeted ingredients are delivered deep into the skin tissues to inhibit melanin production , even-out and fade discolorations and improve skins radiance! $90.

Revision Nectifirm® Revision Nectifirm® offers 8 active ingredients that work synergistically to firm and tighten the skin on the neck, and reduce the appearance of fatty tissue, fine lines and wrinkles.


This phenomenal consumer machine will allow you to apply your own makeup like a pro. Sounds a little tricky to use but the machine is lightweight and easy to control. The airbrush allows the user to control how little or how much coverage is desired, as well as strategic placement! $225 (contains user guides).

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Possibly the one repair product that no woman should live without! The No. 1 repair product, Advanced Night Repair has been reformulated to provide enhanced repair to cellular damage caused by the environment. Also protects cells from further damage. Add to any skincare regimen is – use every night under moisturizer for healthy, youthful skin. $74 (1.7oz). Available at Estee Lauder counters in fine department stores nationwide.

NuFace® Facial Toning System

Kronos™ Hair Care

Micro Current technology is brought home with this FDA-approved, toning system. Beat the sags and bags and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles while improving product penetration and enjoying the benefits of lymphatic drainage. Device kit comes with Derma-Gel, Optimizing Mist, instructional DVD and 30-day money back guarantee. $325. Available at medspas nationwide as well as

Hair becomes brittle and dry from over-styling, over-heating and overexposure to a damaging environment. Kronos delivers effective ingredients to hair and scalp. Patent-pending t-sfere™ technology is designed to rejuvenate, revitalize and protect hair unlike any other technology out there. $35 (shampoo), $40 (conditioner).

Planet Skincare Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer and The Instant Firming Serum This high tech skincare is now finally available in the U.S.! Planet Skincare boasts two new, highly effective products; an Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer and The Instant Firming Serum, both which contain Syn-ake(r), a synthetic snake venom which causes a botox-like effect on the skin. They also feature an ingredient called Pepha-Tight, to immediately firm and tighten fine lines and promote healthy collagen production. $115 (moisturizer), $145 (serum).

Marianne Bockheim has been waving her magical mascara wand for more than eight years. Her makeup mission includes journalism, teaching, makeup artistry and providing marketing services to beauty and fashion businesses.

November 2009

“Amaryllis . . . Beautiful things for the home, for the garden, for a lifetime. . . ”

Fine Asian Antiques Contemporary and traditional home decor Exceptional fragrances for the home Handcrafted stone architectural elements and objects d’art Unique gifts for special occasions

1011 East Fulton Street • Grand Rapids • 451-3019

November 2009


Gifts Galore!

Shaved Wood Rose Wreath This 11” wreath is handcrafted of shaved wood and is available in green or cinnamon. It's the perfect way to dress up your home for Thanksgiving. $18. Larger size available in green, $30. Nest, 145 Diamond, SE, Grand Rapids

Vintage Sideboard Imagine a colorful holiday! Add charm and color to your home with this one-of-a-kind vintage sideboard with burled wood trim and original hardware. 40”w x 18”d x 34”h $295. Petite Redu, 447 Century SW, Grand Rapids

Robin Lamp Double Your Pleasure Mix one pound of custom-blended coffee with delectable and artfully crafted Patricia's Chocolates and you’lll have a gift you might just want to keep! Gift boxes from $15. Vanillas Coffee Tea Cafe, 3150 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids


Add a warm, gold tone to your room with this charming bird lamp. It features a gold tone robin on a branch with green leaves and red berries. At 20” tall, it’s small enough to light up a spot where a large lamp just won't do. $99. Amaryllis, 1011 East Fulton, Grand Rapids

November 2009

With hundreds of items to chose from you’re sure to find that perfect gift.

(616) 977-2600

Two great stores • one beautiful location

Be sure to visit

Mon - Fri 10-5:30 • Sat 10-5 (call for extended holiday hours) 866-7716 30 North Main in Rockford (across from the Corner Bar)

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By Sara Cosgrove


woman’s headwear collection can represent a veritable time capsule of style. Cloche hats were extremely popular during the roaring ’20s, and they remain trendy and feminine, adorned with flowers, feathers, ribbons and jewels. Berets, once worn by the Basque military and later made famous by Che Guevara, are also au courant, even when paired with peacoats and military jackets. As for footwear, the prominent trend for Fall 2009 is thigh-high boots. Although they are daring and subtly sexy with flat or stacked heels (the six-inch stilettos spotted on runway models are too “Pretty Woman” for everyday wear), knee-high boots and ankle boots are more versatile, and look stunning with long pants, skirts and leggings. This season, prepare to see wearable hues such as gray, black and cream. Bright colors are also taking center stage, and rouge was the forerunner during Paris Fashion Week.

Hat Attack wool cloche hat with flower trim, shown in Burgundy, $58 This hat adds panache to any outfit, and is great for concealing bed hair. Also available in Chocolate, Black and Charcoal.

Hat Attack beret with chiffon flower, shown in Chocolate and Black, $42 This French fashion staple is in full bloom. Also available in Charcoal, Ivory and Navy.

Miz Mooz Tribeca boots in Ice, $159.95 These elegant ankle boots have functional buttons! They also have a leather upper, leather lining and man-made outsole. 3-inch leather-covered heel. Also available in Purple, Black, Brown, Green and Red.

Faryl Robin Harlow boots in Grey, $345 Stand tall in these striking boots by Faryl Robin. Both flattering and functional, they complete a formal ensemble (like a blouse and pencil skirt) or a favorite tee-shirt and jeans. Also available in Black.


November 2009

Let us help you with custom drapery and valance design. We can also coordinate bedding, pillows and lamp shades.

Annual Fall Sale

November 9-14 BONUS SALE

30% off all regularly priced in-stock items

Thursday & Friday Only 4 pm to 6 pm

50% off any one regularly priced in-stock item.

Cash & carry. All Sales final. No other discounts may be applied.

Kendall Lighting Center 810 Scribner NW (616) 459-8866 Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri. 8:30 -6, Thurs. 8:30-8, Sat. 10-2 Appointments recommended for house orders

November 2009


Live & Learn How to avoid fake check scams


ou open your mail and to your surprise there is a check for $4,000 claiming you won a sweepstakes. Boy that money would come in handy right now. But wait, there's a catch.

You've been instructed to wire a portion of the check to cover the taxes. You deposit the check and, after a couple of days, the bank gives you access to the money. A few weeks after wiring the money to supposedly cover the taxes, you learn that the check was counterfeit. Not only are you responsible for paying the money back to the bank, you may never be able to recover it from the criminal. Fake check scams are the No. 1 type of reported fraud, according to the National Consumer's League's (NCL) Fraud Center. These scams account for more than 40 percent of the complaints received by the NCL in 2008, and they seem to be increasing throughout the financial services industry. A telephone survey by the Consumer Federation of America, a nonprofit association of more than 280 pro-consumer groups, found the most common fake check scams are those involving lotteries (66 percent), grants (36 percent) and work-at-home opportunities (35 percent).

How to recycle your cell phone

Western Union and other concerned businesses have teamed with the Consumer Federation of America to help educate people about what fake check scams are and how to avoid becoming a victim. Here are seven tips for avoiding fake check scams:

courtesy ARA

1. When faced with an offer that sounds too good to be true, take a moment to ask yourself a few simple questions: • Who is this person? • Does this money really have to be sent immediately? • If you received a lottery check, did you actually sign up for the sweepstakes? 2. Never agree to pay to claim a prize. No legitimate sweepstakes or lottery would ever send you a check or money order and ask you to send payment in return. If you really won, you would pay taxes directly to the government. 3. Never agree to pay for grants from the government or foundations. They don't offer money to people unexpectedly or charge to get it. Most grants go to organizations, not individuals, and require a lengthy and extensive application process. 4. Never agree to cash checks and send the money somewhere as part of a job working from home. That is not how legitimate employers operate. 5. Never agree to wire money to anyone you have not met in person or known for a long time. 6. If it seems suspicious, get advice. Consult your state or local consumer protection agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Postal Inspection Service, or another trusted source. 7. Remember that there is no legitimate reason why anyone who wants to give you a check or money order for something would ever ask you to send money anywhere in return.

(and other electronic gadgets)


hat do you do with your old cell phone, laptop or PC monitor once you've chosen a newer, snazzier version? You can recycle them and make some money. Here’s how, courtesy of

* First, clean up the memory. It's best to take care of this yourself before you turn in the item, but your recycler should also take steps to ensure the memory is wiped clean. The Web site, which has recycled more than 7,000 electronic items in the past year, wipes all stored memory from items, then issues you a tracking number so you can follow it through the process, seeing if the item is resold for value or completely dismantled for recycling. * Recycle with a company that repays your environmental consciousness. You can use to look up the device you want to recycle and find out if there's a use for it. If so, you may be eligible for a reward in the form of a prepaid card or other compensation. In fact, the average compensation is about $24 per item. Visit to learn more.


Editor’s pick:

Backcountry Chic [DIY] Author Jennifer Worick shows crafters (and non-crafters) how to make home accents from nature’s bounty. Her book “Backcountry Betty: Crafting With Style/Nature Inspired Projects” (Skipstone, 2009) features projects that utilize nature – from a rock star pendant to a tabletop zen garden. Not one to exclude city folk, Worick includes a chapter on the urban jungle, repurposing city-found items into uniquely handmade crafts.

November 2009



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Divorce is scary. It’ s unknown. But what’s worse? The uncertainty of divorce, or the life you now lead? DAWN is a group of attorneys dedicated to helping women like you. We have defended the legal rights of women in West Michigan for 25 years, and helped them rebuild their lives. We offer: • A free initial legal consultation • Personal attention • Clear explanation of the legal process, custody issues, and potential financial outcomes • Protection from violence or abuse • Qualified counselors, financial planners, and other resources Call 616.957.DAWN today to make an appointment.

No More Free Ride Many women find that the more successful they are in their careers, the m o re their husbands take advantage of them. Has your husband started to slack off? Not hold up his end of the bargain? Letting you earn the money, keep the house, and care for the kids while he contributes less and less? If your spouse is abusing you financially, then it’s time to call DAWN. We can help you assess the options and make good decisions for your future.

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Gifts Galore! George, Gina & Lucy Handbags Give the gift of fashion from this line of handbags new to the States. George, Gina & Lucy handbags are known for their variety of colors, unique hardware and carabineerlike clasp. $184. Custom orders also available. Muse, 924 Cherry St SE., Grand Rapids

Heirloom Pillow Every true “pillow lover” will understand the need to splurge on a special handmade pillow that combines vintage appeal with new fabrics. Each pillow by Blue Cottage Design is a one-of-akind creation that preserves the fragile past for future memories. $89. Shade Shop, 422 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids

Hot Flash Sleepwear Here's a really “cool” gift! This baby-soft robe by Wildbleu Sleepwear uses patented Heat Release Technology that pulls away moisture from your body four times faster than cotton. You stay cool, dry and asleep all night long. $90. Other sleepwear also available. MeMe's Foundations, 7199 Thornapple River Drive, Ada


November 2009

see what’s new

Dazzle them this holiday season! $99 Touch Ups (eyebrows and eyeliners) Keep your permanent make-up looking great.

home, garden & gift

$50 off Permanent Make-up You’ll look great 24/7. Eyebrows, eyeliner & lips.

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To help you whip up extra special dishes during the holidays, the folks at Carnation have created some rich and creamy holiday recipes.

Loaded Potato Potluck Favorite Makes 16 servings

For the early birds in your family, try Eggnog-Spiced French Toast. The added touch of eggnog spices puts just the right holiday touch on traditional French toast. To use those leftovers, try Turkey & Cranberry Encore Salad – the combination of the uniquely creamy cranberry dressing along with fresh greens and succulent turkey make the perfect post-holiday entrée. You’ll be happy for the leftovers. Fun Mexi-Meatball Kabobs are party perfect and easy to prepare. Use skewers to make them easy to eat. Want to be a hit at the next potluck buffet? Bring along this perfect bake and take dish, Loaded Potato Potluck Favorite. It gets its creamy texture from Carnation Evaporated milk.

8 medium potatoes (about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds total), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 cup Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups (8-ounce package) shredded cheddar cheese, divided 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided Sliced green onions (optional) PLACE potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease 2 1/2- to 3-quart casserole dish. RETURN potatoes to saucepan; add evaporated milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Beat with hand-held mixer until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and half of bacon. Spoon mixture into prepared casserole dish. BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, remaining bacon and green onions. Bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Eggnog-Spiced French Toast Makes 4 servings 2 large eggs 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons rum extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 8 slices (1/2-inch-thick) firm, day-old bread, divided Nonstick cooking spray Powdered sugar Maple syrup (optional)


BEAT eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, rum extract, cinnamon and nutmeg in shallow dish until well blended. Place 4 slices bread into egg mixture turning over to evenly moisten both sides. MEANWHILE, spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Transfer prepared bread to skillet in single layer. Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove slices to serving platter. Repeat with remaining bread slices, spraying skillet with cooking spray if necessary. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately with syrup.

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Turkey & Cranberry Encore Salad Makes about 8 servings DRESSING 2/3 cup (5-fluid-ounce can) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk 1/2 cup jellied or whole-berry cranberry sauce 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing


SALAD 1 bag (10 ounces) mixed salad greens of your choice (about 10 cups) 2 cups (about 10 ounces) cooked turkey, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese 1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)

PLACE evaporated milk, cranberry sauce and Italian dressing in small jar or container; cover tightly with lid. Shake for 1 to 2 minutes. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. (Dressing can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Shake well before using.) FOR SALAD: TOSS greens, turkey, blue cheese and 3/4 cup dressing in large bowl. Sprinkle with cranberries and walnuts. Serve immediately and with additional dressing, if desired. Refrigerate any remaining dressing.

Mexi-Meatball Kabobs Makes 30 servings, 2 skewers each Nonstick cooking spray 3 pounds lean ground beef 2 cups quick oats 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk 2 large eggs 1/2 cup ketchup 2 packets (1.25 ounces each) taco seasoning mix 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 3 large bell peppers (any color), cut into 60, 1-inch pieces 60 4-inch wooden skewers Salsa and sour cream (optional)

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Foil-line 3 baking sheets and spray with nonstick cooking spray. COMBINE ground beef, oats, evaporated milk, eggs, ketchup, taco seasoning and black pepper in large bowl until just mixed. Form mixture into 120, 1-inch meatballs. Place on prepared baking sheets. BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center. Drain on paper towels, if needed. THREAD two meatballs and one piece of pepper on each skewer. Place on large serving platter. Serve with salsa and sour cream.




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Local women who inspire us.

By Sara Cosgrove

Heartside is like

a bridge between two

worlds – the world of the

people who are invisible, who are voiceless, who don’t have any power, and the world of the people who drive down Division and make sure they lock their doors.”

– Reverend Charlotte Ellison



everend Charlotte Ellison’s mission involves helping fragile populations feel safe and empowered. She has helped victims of domestic violence, and at-risk children and their mothers. For the past six years she has worked as a hospice chaplain in Battle Creek. And for the past 10 months she has served as executive director and co-pastor (along with James Schuen) of Heartside Ministry, where she extends what she calls biblical hospitality to the homeless “neighbors” who visit the ministry. “God’s love is here,” says Ellison, who turned 60 last month. “People come through our door and it’s not a conditional response that if you do this, we will give you that. It’s unconditional acceptance.” Ellison describes Heartside Ministry as an example of the top of Maslow’s pyramid of human needs. She says that the array of programming available at the ministry, which includes an art program, support groups, a creative writing group, and access to counseling, computers and educational classes, gives hope and a sense of self worth to the neighbors, who are often struggling with either mental illness or substance abuse.

“Heartside is like a bridge between two worlds – the world of the people who are invisible, who are voiceless, who don’t have any power, and the world of the people who drive down Division and make sure they lock their doors,” says Ellison. “We take it for granted, but being stable enough to have a home and a church and a job; it’s several steps away from where many of the people we serve are.” One way to bridge the gap is to experience the ministry in person, or to call Reverend Ellison with any questions. As executive director, Ellison is responsible for fundraising, and the greatest current need is for cash donations to keep the programs running, and for volunteers to share their time. The Heartside Ministry also accepts art supplies, including acrylic and water-based paints, crayons, frames, pastels, canvas and jewelrymaking supplies. After 10 months at 54 South Division, Ellison says she feels more blessed than ever. “Being in Heartside feels so much more like being in the Kingdom of God than anything I’ve experienced out in the ‘normal’ world.”

November 2009

9 Ways to Teach Your Child

The Charity Habit by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller (Reprinted with permission from the authors)

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o help your children acquire the habit of charity, consider implementing at least one of the following ideas.

Periodically go through your closets rooting out clothes you haven’t worn in awhile; clothes to be given to the Salvation Army or Goodwill for distribution to the needy. Encourage your children to do the same. Allow them to select which clothes or toys they wish to donate. The value of this activity is diminished greatly if you go through their closets for them without their presence. For maximum benefit, get your children involved in choosing the appropriate items. Take your children with you when you drop the items off at the charitable destination. Regularly engage in a service-oriented project. Rake the leaves of an elderly couple. Bake cookies for a serviceman or servicewoman. Donate to a local food pantry.


Give blood. Take your children with you so they see you as a model for giving. Talk to them about why you choose to donate blood and what you hope it will accomplish.


Set up birthday parties as a time for giving to others. At your child’s first school age birthday party, ask guests to bring a gift of a book (new or

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used) to be donated to a local charity. Talk to your children about the books they have and about children who have no books. Explain that one way to celebrate a birthday would be to give to those who have less. Involve the birthday child in the decision of whether not to give the books to a woman’s shelter, a clinic, or some other appropriate organization.


Do things for the elderly they have trouble doing for themselves. Pick up sticks in your neighbors yard after a big windstorm. Mow the grass for grandma. Wash grandpa’s car. Clean their windows in the spring. Help them plant flowers.

At regular intervals, buy dog or cat food and take it to the Humane Society. Allow your children to spend some time with the recipients of the gift.


Get on a regular service schedule at your church or synagogue. Sign up for a time to mow the grass and trim the bushes. Take your turn ushering and allow your child to assist.

Build food baskets around the holidays and give to a needy family suggested by your church or school. Involve your children is selecting canned goods, fruit and other treats to include. Decorate the gift package and deliver it together, as a family. Create a charity jar to be used by the family when allowances are distributed. Invite children to share some of their allowance with others through donating to the jar. As the jar is filled, decide as a family where to contribute the

proceeds. Read about various charities on the Internet and share this information with your children to help them make an informed decision.

By implementing some of these ideas or others like them, you will be teaching your children charity is not reserved only for emergencies. You will be helping them appreciate that reaching out to others in need is a way of life, rather than a moment in time when a catastrophic disaster occurs. Remember, while you are giving to others, you are giving your children important messages about your beliefs concerning the spirit of giving.

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of “The 10 Commitments: Parenting with Purpose," (available from Personal Power Press at toll free 877-360-1477,, and bookstores everywhere). They also publish a FREE email newsletter for parents. Subscribe to it at Visit and




















By Alexandra Fix

Just because I write about it, doesn’t mean that I’ve completely conquered my clutter. People who know me know that I love the art of trying to reach that goal. My holiday wish list inevitably holds some new gadgets, guaranteed to take me one step closer to a life uncluttered. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of this year’s faves… (hint-hint, Santa!).

Electronic Planner You may be familiar with Amy Knapp’s spiral bound, paper organizing planner and huge wall family activity calendar. This past year, Amy added an electronic planner to her product line, the In Focus Family Organizer ( This digital organizer lets you view your day’s schedule and add or delete tasks on your never-ending to-do list. Save recurring events with one click and receive reminders of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries. It’s easy to store recipes and retrieve them with a menu planner that can also generate your grocery list and a related coupon search.

Electronic Reader Whenever I travel, I pack far too many books . . . just in case. I can’t take just one book on the plane, because what if I get stranded overnight at the airport and finish my book? The new electronic reading devices could be the answer to my prayers. The size of a trade paperback, they’re lightweight and can store hundreds of books and newspapers. Access to a new book is apparently just seconds away in download time and some even allow you to read the first chapter before buying the book. The most familiar e-reader is probably Amazon’s Kindle but there are others out there and new ones in the works, such as an upcoming product by Plastic Logic ( New readers in development have larger size screens, roughly the size of a standard sheet of paper, designed to handle a page of a magazine or newspaper more easily, electronically and portably.

Labeler Labelers have come a long way since the days of the vintage Dymo label maker. The new electronic labelers easily create clear, uniform letters for marking file folders, storage boxes, cords behind the computer and even pantry shelves. If you already have a labeler . . . labels, labels and more labels are always a welcome gift.

Door Organizer

Fashionable Files Bookstores, stationery stores and department stores have displays of the cutest file folders in every pattern and color imaginable. Many come with matching ring binders, pen sets and tote bags. Every organizer’s desk could use a simple facelift like this once a year. Check out Vera Bradley’s collection at

Smartpen Livescribe’s Pulse Smartpen ( looks like a fat pen and requires a special notepad, but this is a clever new device. On the go, you can write down to-do lists, gift ideas or book titles to read someday. You can take notes during a time management seminar or record the talk. Once back at your computer, you can upload the written or spoken data to your PC.

Created by a former auto parts supplier, this system ( of aluminum frames and sheet metal bins are more durable and versatile than plastic systems. They come in assorted sizes and shapes and are available in plain and bright colors. You can plan your own configuration by purchasing the parts a la carte. These adjustable metal shelves and bins hang on the back of the door in your garage, workshop, laundry room, kitchen, bedroom or craft room. Wall mounts are also available. These can hold everything from the keys and cell phones to the chainsaw in your shed. All products are made in the USA and most of the parts are made in the manufacturer’s home state of Michigan.

How-to Books There is a never-ending supply of books about getting organized. I can never resist the newest book and love the ideas that spring from their pages. This year I’m adding these titles to my wish list: One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds (Da Capo Press, 2008, $16.95) Organize Now! A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify your Space and your life by Jennifer Ford Berry (North Light Books, 2008, $14.99) Sara Snow’s Fresh Living, The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home By Sara Snow (Bantam Books, 2009, $16.00)


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Gifts Galore!

“Aurora” Ornament Give a little bit of heaven. New for 2009, this angel ornament is an exclusive design created by Betsy Ratzsch. Collect other designs back to 1995. $15. Gifted boxed. Betsy Ratzsch Pottery, 584 Ada Drive, Ada

VIETRI Old St. Nick Large Handled Bowl Jolly Old St. Nick shows off his rugged side in this large bowl. Handmade of terra bianca (white clay) in Tuscany. The handformed handles are made to look like branches on this stunning serving accessory. Dishwasher safe. A must-have for holiday serving! $190.00. Spaces Unlimited, 1100 East Paris SE, Grand Rapids

Puzzles for All Wooden puzzles are a challenging, educational and creative activity for all ages. The wood can be left natural or painted. Cars, boats, planes and animals, $3.95 to $16.95. Dragon $13.95, assembled size 21”L x 3 “W x 12”H. Pirate ship $16.95, assembled size 15.7”L X 4.7” W X13.9” H. Design Quest, 4181 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids


November 2009

By Kelli Kolakowski

John Ball Zoo 1300 W. Fulton Street • (616) 336-4301 At the John Ball Zoo Gifts of the Wild shop, discover the untamed world of the wilderness with numerous gift ideas your kids will treasure. Pick out a stuffed animal of your child’s favorite zoo creature, or a John Ball Zoo sweatshirt to snuggle up in. Start your children a collection of Schleich collectibles. Also find puzzles, books, figurines, and other collectibles that make great holiday gift ideas. Gifts of the Wild shop (and the zoo) will be closed from early December until spring.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Gift Shop

The Grand Rapids Art Museum This month, as you venture out to Grand Rapids’ museums, the Frederik Meijer Gardens, or the zoo, stop by their gift shops, too. Filled with fabulous finds, these shops are a must-see for holiday gifts. (Memberships make much-appreciated and well-used gifts, also!)

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum 272 Pearl Street NW • (616) 456-3977

303 Pearl Street NW • (616) 254-0400 Step into the world of the 38th U.S. President at the Ford Presidential Museum. At the museum’s store, find books about Ford and other U.S. Presidents, autographed memorabilia and jewelry. Fun gift ideas include golf balls, teacups and ornaments marked with Ford’s presidential seal.

The Curiosity Shop inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum offers as much variety as the museum’s exhibits. Find toys, books and stocking stuffers that tie in with current museum exhibits, such as Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion, on display until January 3, 2010.

Now Open

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Wired Espresso Bar 1503 Plainfield Avenue NE, Grand Rapids (616) 805-5245 •

1000 East Beltline Avenue NE • 1-888-957-1580 meijer-gardens-gift-shop.php While exploring the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see what treasures you can find at the DeVos-Keeler Gift Shop. Shop for jewelry, books, décor and items for the garden, and find something special for almost everyone on your holiday shopping list. Seasonal gifts include decorative glass pumpkins made by a local glassblower, and American Spoon (of Petoskey) foods. Visit the shop Nov. 7 from 9 to 5 p.m. as it expands into the grand lobby for the Holiday Gift Show, featuring the work of many local artists. No admission is necessary to attend.

The Creston neighborhood welcomes a new neighbor, Wired Espresso Bar. Opened in October by owner and ultimate barista, Sarah Willets, the coffee at this 24/7 express is sure to keep you energized and coming back for more. Wired serves gourmet coffee and specialty drinks such as a Banana Split Mocha and Chocolate Covered Raspberry. Also served are gourmet sandwiches and the Wired exclusive,

101 Monroe Center • (616) 831-1000 Gifts at GRAM features a collection of home accessories and books, educational items for kids, and many gift ideas for the ultra-modern connoisseur. The Eames Chairs coaster set, a set of four glass coasters with images of the distinct black chairs, makes a great gift for a friend or roommate. Other accessories for the home include colored vases, corkscrews, and mugs. Books featuring the photographs or drawings of artists whose work has been in exhibitions at GRAM are available. See Andy Warhol’s portraits, Ellsworth Kelly’s plant lithograph drawings, and Richard Avedon’s photographs.

the waffle dog – a waffle wrapped around breakfast sausage and served with syrup. Stop in for morning and lunch specials, along with happy hour 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday when you can participate in $2 U-Call-Its on a coffee drink of your choice. Cinco de Mayo Mexican restaurant has opened in downtown Rockford at 123 Courtland St. The restaurant offers interior seating for over 100 people, outdoor seating overlooking the downtown district, a large bar, and high ceilings which accommodate the vast, vibrant murals by local ArtPrize artist, Rolando (Roli) Mancera. Cinco de Mayo offers take out service.

Attention local shoppers! Do you have a favorite local shop in your area you’d like to see featured in Savvy Shopper? Please email your idea to Local retailers, be sure to send us your sales announcements, grand openings and other news, too!

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Betsy Ratzsch Pottery 584 Ada Drive SE • (616) 682-0266 Hours: Mon – Wed 10-6 • Thurs 10-8 • Fri 10-6 • Sat 10-5

November 2009


Re:Fusion – The Juniper Bear and Turning Point Reunion Concert Saturday, November 28 • Wealthy Theatre • 7 pm Tickets $15 •

Special Events Through Jan. 3, 2010 “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion” at the Public Museum includes a revolving crane, an armored car, a robot, a bicycle, a printing press and a machine gun. 272 Pearl St. NW. For hours and ticket prices, call 456- 3977 or see Nov. 4 The Guiding Light Mission hosts its 8th Annual Faces of Homelessness Banquet & Auction. 6 pm at LV Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton St. $40. 451-0236 ext. 20 or Nov. 4 The YWCA presents its annual TRIBUTE! Awards Celebration, honoring seven local women. 11:30 am-1:30 pm at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Avenue NW. Make lunch reservations at 4594681 or Nov. 4, 11, 14, 18 D&W Fresh Market offers its Culinary Classroom with a variety of cooking classes. $40-$50. 3960 44th St. SW, Grandville. and click on culinary classroom. Nov. 6-8 The 25th annual fundraiser, Beneath the Wreath, is presented by the Junior League of Grand Rapids. Includes Michigan gourmet foods, hand-crafted items and boutique fare. $5. 15 and under free. 9 am-7 pm Nov. 6; 9 am-4 pm Nov. 7; and 11 am-3 pm Nov. 8. At the Cultural Center at St. Nicholas, 2250 East Paris S.E. 451-0452 or Nov. 10 “Twilight Shines at Klingman's” is a benefit for Senior Neighbors, Inc., with dinner, entertainment and honors for Peter M. Wege and U.S. military veterans. 6 pm start. $50. Veterans are admitted free but must register in advance. 459-6019 or Nov. 14 The Second Annual Fountain Street Church Women’s Conference includes more than 30 workshops exploring spirituality, creative arts, yoga, feng shui, digital photography, sexuality, health and more. 8:30 am-3 pm at 24 Fountain St. NE. $15; students $10. Lunch included. Scholarships are available. or 459-8386


Nov. 19 The Gerald R. Ford presidental museum lights up the Grand with it’s annual holiday display of trees and twinkling lights, and you’re invited to join in on the fun including a sing-along, refreshments and free admission. 7 pm to 9 pm.

(Then) Turning Point: Wilton Machen, Randy Marsh, Mike Sweeney, Bob VanStee, Tim Ferguson

Nov. 20-21 Kent Garden Club of Grand Rapids holds its annual wreath sale at Breton Village Mall from 10 am-3:30 pm. Freshcut Fraser Fir, hand-made wreaths are available in diameter of 18 and 24 inches. Order wreaths (up to 48 inches) ahead of the sale by contacting 4432077 or by Nov. 7. Nov. 23 The world-famous Rockettes dancers present “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at Van Andel Arena. $45.50 and $64.50 for adults; $35.50 and $49.50 for ages 11 and under. Tickets available at Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, 1-800-745-3000 or Dec. 1 Santa arrives in downtown Holland during the 6th Annual Parade of Lights, escorted by bands, floats and other entries.

Music & Dance Nov. 6 Folk-rock bands Poco, Pure Prairie League, and Firefall perform at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. Tickets are available at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center box office, at any Ticketmaster outlet, 1-800-7453000 or Nov. 9 88.1 fm WYCE presents a “Hat Trick Concert” with Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart at One Trick Pony. Few husbandwife musical duos provide audiences with the complete entertainment package that Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart dish out in a live performance. Armed with clever acoustic guitar interplay, autobiographical songwriting, lovely harmonies, and humorous storytelling, this couple captivates your attention from the first moment they are onstage. Based out of Tennessee, Earle and Stuart draw from blues, pop, country, rock, and more in their heartfelt music. 7:30 pm. A hat will be passed to benefit GeekAid.

(Now) Juniper Bear: Dave DeVos, Kevin O'Connell, Marc Larson, Ric Troll The original band members of Juniper Bear and Turning Point perform at the historic Wealthy Theatre. Both bands were at the forefront of the movement to merge the influences of progressive rock and funk, with developments in modern, progressive jazz. Given the musicians' experiences and growth over the intervening years, the concert will feature new interpretations of their original compositions. For more info: (616) 301-2371

Nov. 13 Los Gatos is a Latin jazz quintet performing as a fundraiser for The Grand Rapids Coalition to End Homelessness. Suggested donation $10. 7 pm at Bethlehem Church, 250 Commerce Street SW. 632-2413 Nov. 14 The Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society presents Bovee and Heil, prairie music from Minnesota. 8 pm. Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy SE. $12. Seniors, $10. Students, two for $10 with IDs. $9, members. $3 for children 2-12. Nov. 18-Jan. 3 “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” is presented by Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more than 40 international trees and displays. 957-1580 or

Nov. 19 The GRCC International Guitar Series presents classical guitarist Gariel Bianco, who has won numerous international guitar competitions. 7:30-9:30 pm in room 200 of the Music Building at GRCC. $10; students and seniors are $7. Nov. 20 Grand Rapids Ballet Company Presents: “Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre” AfricanAmerican dance, theater and music. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. 454-4771 ext. 10 or Nov. 21 The Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society presents Drew Nelson, award-winning Grand Rapids songwriter. 8 pm. Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy SE. $12. Seniors, $10. Students, two for $10 with IDs. $9, members. $3 for children 2-12.

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Kool & The Gang Nov. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 Theatre at Grand Valley State University and Heritage Theatre Group will coproduce the rock musical “RENT,” with guest director Manley Pope, who played the role of Roger in RENT's first national tour and on Broadway. 7:30 pm except for 11 pm Nov 20 and 2 pm Nov. 15. Louis Armstrong Theatre. $6 student, $12 faculty/alumni/staff; $14 general public. 331-2300.

Nov. 21 Steve Talaga & Mind’s Eye performs Jazz Vespers. Free. 6 pm at First United Methodist Church, 227 East Fulton St. Nov. 23 88.1 fm WYCE presents a “Hat Trick Concert” with Lee Harvey Osmond and Dan Navarro at One Trick Pony to benefit ACCESS of West Michigan. 7:30 pm. Nov 27 Members of Juniper Bear and Turning Point reunite and perform in concert. 7 pm. $15. Wealthy Theatre, 1170 Wealthy SE. Saturdays Acoustic Saturday Nights is presented by the GR Folk Arts Society in a casual family environment. 8 pm. $12 general, $10 students and seniors, $9 members, $3 ages 2-12, lap-sitters free. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. 361-9219 or

Dec. 3 Can’t get enough of that funky stuff? Kool & The Gang performs at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hills Ave SE.

Theater & Film Nov. 5-7, 12-14 The Calvin Theatre Company presents “The No-Frills Revue” in the Gezon Auditorium. 526-6282 Nov. 6 The Aquinas College Theatre Department presents "Rising Sun, Rising Moon" a play by professor Randy Wyatt. Aquinas Performing Arts Center, $10 general, $4 students. 456-6656 Nov. 6-7 Contents Under Pressure, the comedy improv team, performs at Master Arts Theatre. 7 pm. $5. 455-1001 or

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Nov. 19-Dec. 12 Master Arts Theatre presents “Little Princess,” one of Shirley Temple's most famous roles. 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 pm Saturdays, and a 2 pm matinee Nov. 27. $15; senior citizens and students $12. December 2-20 “Cinderella” is presented at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets $16-30.

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

Through November Collins Fine Art Gallery features artists’ interpretations of angels, from Christmas ornaments to wall art. 146 Monroe Center NW, Suite 146. 742-2000 Nov. 2-30 Alfred Cianfarani’s paintings of landscapes and wildlife are presented at the Terryberry Gallery at St. Cecelia Music Center, 24 Ransom NE. An artist’s reception is 5:30-8 pm Nov. 6. 459-2224 Nov. 2-20 The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center hosts its first-ever Grand Rapids Gallery Association Exhibit, a collection of works from 13 local galleries. From 4-8 pm Nov. 12, a Holiday Sale/Open House will feature a mini-version of each gallery’s space. Free. 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. Nov. 13 Ldecore Art Gallery presents Jewelry by Cilla, one-of-a-kind jewelry with semiprecious stones, swarovski crystals and natural materials. Free reception 6-9 pm at 428 North Park NE. 363-4060 Nov. 20-22 Tanglefoot Studio celebrates it’s 19 anniversary with ”Tanglefoot 19”, an open house and sale including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, prints, tee-shirts, bags and hats. 314 Straight St SW. Friday and Saturday 5-10 pm. Sunday 12-5 pm. Be entertained Friday evening. Bring the kids on Sunday.


Children & Teens Through Nov. 15 “To the Rescue” is a Grand Rapids Children's Museum safety exhibit with special programming to help kids discover what it's like to be a rescue worker, including dressing up as a firefighter or paramedic. Nov. 18 The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum hosts "Connor's Friends," a night for children and families with autism. 6-8 pm. Free but reservations required; 2354726, ext. 212. 22 Sheldon Avenue NE. Saturdays Literary Life Bookstore & More presents First Saturday for Kids. First Saturday of the month. 11 am. 758 Wealthy St. SE. 458-8418

Sports, Recreation, Fun & Games Nov. 6,11,13,14,20,27 The Grand Rapids Griffins are playing their 14th season, ninth as members of the American Hockey League and affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. At Van Andel Arena. Nov. 22 The Michigan State women's basketball team will square off against Western Michigan University at 4 pm at Van


Andel Arena. $21, $11 and $6. Tickets available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, 1-800-745-3000 or

Professional Development Nov. 17 Inforum presents a premier dinner event; Get on Top of Your Game . . .Take control of your career & stand out! Barbara Allushuski, President/CEO Right Management and Birgit Klohs, President of The Right Place, will speak to your career as it pertains to today's economic climate. Learn how to ensure that you are adding value to your organization today, get tips on being prepared for tomorrow and brush up on ways to reflect a more positive attitude to others. 5 pm. $70. WMU Grand Rapids Conference Center, 200 Ionia Ave. SW. Tuesdays Early Bird Toastmasters meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7:45-8:45 am at Michigan State University ExtensionKent County Office, 775 Ball NE. or North Kent Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:45 pm at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr NE & 11 Mile Rd, Rockford. 866-3509 or

The Grand Rapids Toastmasters Club meets 6:30-8:30 pm at Baker Book House, 2768 East Paris Ave SE. First Tuesday, Second Thursday Introduction to GROW (Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women), the required first step to enroll in additional classes. 6-7 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, and Noon-1 pm on the second Thursday. Free. 25 Sheldon SE, Suite 210. 458-3404 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. Second and Fourth 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 Thursdays The GVSU Toastmasters Club meets at the downtown GVSU (Pew) Campus in the University Club. 7:30 am. Public welcome. 254-0376

Second Saturdays Grand Rapids Regional Writers holds their monthly meetings at 11:30 am at Grandville’s Restaurant. Open to writers of all genres. www.grandrapidsregion

Group Meetings & Support Groups Nov. 2 Grand Rapids Mothers And More meets 7-9 pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1448 Grace Drive. 389-5376 or Ongoing Al-Anon/Alateen is for teens and adults who are dealing with problem drinkers. For meeting schedule, call 774-1079 or see Second & Fourth Mondays Citizens for Parental Rights is a divorce support group. 7 pm. WKTV, 5261 Clyde Park, SW, Wyoming. Tuesdays The YWCA provides a support group for women 18 and older who are survivors of domestic abuse. 5:30-7 pm. 4th floor group room 3 at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE. Free childcare available. 451-2744 Second Tuesdays The National Organization for Women (NOW) Grand Rapids Chapter meets at 7 pm at 629 Michigan St NE. 855-1526

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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

Nov. 10 A seven-week free tobacco cessation class begins, offered by Pine Rest Christian Mental Services. The class is 9 am-1:30 pm Tuesdays at 300 68th St. SE. Register at 975-0123 or

Third Wednesdays Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan meets to discuss current issues and endorse progressive candidates. 5 pm at the Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton St.

Nov. 11 The grandson of Nelson Mandela speaks on "Global Forgiveness and Connectedness," part of the Diversity Lecture Series at GRCC. Prince Cedza Dlamini founded the Ubuntu Institute for Young Social Entrepreneurs. Free. 7 pm at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE. or 234-3390.

Thursdays Fibromyalgia Support Group meets at 7 pm at Second Christian Reformed Church of Byron Center. No children under 13, please. 696-5433 or The YWCA provides a support group for women 18 and older who are survivors of sexual assault/abuse. 5:30-7 pm. 4th floor group room 3 at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE. Free childcare available. 459-7062, ext 106 Third Thursdays The Epilepsy Council of West Michigan meets in the community room at Saint Mary's Hospital's Hauenstein Center at 7 pm.

Expand Your Horizons Nov. 2,19 Two free medical weight loss seminars are presented by Grand Health Partners. 4-5 pm Nov. 2 or 5-6 pm Nov. 19 at 2060 East Paris SE, Kentwood. Registration required: 956-6100 or 1-888-691-0050. Nov. 3 Eden Environments Sustainable Design Center presents a free seminar, “Feng Shui Basics for Home Professionals.” 67:30 pm at 5747 28th Street, SE, Ste. 101. Nov. 5,19 The Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning hosts is Noontime Series in the Chapel. Nov. 5 Hank Meijer will speak on “The Meijer Store: From Twenty to Twenty-eighth Street.” Nov. 19 Greg Scheer will speak on “Is There Still a Place for Psalm-singing in Worship?” Free. 526-8777 Nov. 7 Expressions of Grace Yoga offers a yoga and meditation class titled “Creating Sacred Space for Your Home.” 1:30–4 pm at 5270 Northland Dr. NE. $30. 3618580 Nov. 8 A “Conversation with God” study group meets at 1 pm at Indigo's And Mystic's Book Exchange & More, 4485 Plainfield Ave, NE, Ste 204. $10. 447-8298 or Nov. 10 Eden Environments Sustainable Design Center presents a free seminar, “Feng Shui Basics & Green Seminar. “ 6-7:30 pm at 5747 28th Street, SE, Ste. 101.

Nov. 12 The association for legal professionals (NALS) of West Michigan presents “Legal Lunch ‘N Learn,” 12:05-12:55 pm at the University Club, Fifth Third Center. Julie A. Dykstra, whose practice concerns products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will speak. RSVP to 752-2213 or Nov. 17 Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women presents “1-2-1 Computer Training” with Suzanne Knight showing the features of Microsoft Outlook 2007. $35 or $25 for GROW clients. 6-9 pm at 25 Sheldon SE, Suite 210. To register, call 458-3404. Nov. 17 New Chapter Learning offers a free informational seminar on dyslexia and the visual thinker. 6 pm at the Wyoming Public Library, 3350 Michael Ave, Wyoming. Pre-register at 534-1385.

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Nov. 18 Baby Beloved offers breastfeeding instruction. $35. Pre-registration required at 977-5683. 5:30-8 pm at 555 MidTowne NE Suite 100. Nov. 20 Octagon House presents “Integrative Breathwork,” a musical journey for insight, emotional healing & creativity. 79 pm at 3180 E. Paris SE. $30. RSVP to 269-388-2988 or Nov. 20 Expressions of Grace Yoga presents a class titled “Yoga Nidra” on the ancient practice of yogic sleep. 6:30-8:30 pm at 5270 Northland Dr. NE. $20. 361-8580 Nov. 25 The Foundation for Wellness Professionals sponsors a free workshop on Arthritis Pain: Alternative Approaches to Preventing and Relieving Joint Disease. 6 pm at Schuler Books & Music on Alpine Ave. Call 447-9888 for a reservation. Nov. 28 The Coptic Center presents a Spiritual Retreat from 10 am-3 pm. Carl and Ortrun Franklin and Denise Iwaniw lead contemplative prayer, guided meditation, energy healing and teachings. $35. 0-381 Lake Michigan Dr NW. 531-1339

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D&W CULINARY CLASSROOM • Nov. 4,11,14,18 3960 44th St. SW, Grandville • $40-$50 The popular D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom series continues this month with four more classes for local cooks. All the classes cost $40-$50 and are at 3960 44th St. SW, Grandville. Here’s the lineup: Nov. 4, 6-9 pm: “Whole Hog,” with chef Jorge Sanchez. $40. Ten favorite pork recipes from around the world, including pulled pork, baby back ribs, roasted rack of pork, a whole pork loin, and spicy grilled Thai pork. Nov. 11, 6-9 pm: “Girls Night Out” with chef Terri Rees. $40. While the guys are at deer camp, the gals can learn how to make spicy chicken satay, gazpacho, Thai cilantro shrimp, crab cakes, roast a whole beef, and chocolate panna cotta or a cranberry mojito for dessert. Nov. 14, 10 am-1 pm. “Celebrating Julia Child” with chef Roz Mayberry. $50. Enjoy some of Julia’s tasty treats prepared while you watch an old video of Child, then prepare some of her French recipes, from vichyssoise to classic crèpes suzette.

BENEATH THE WREATH Nov. 6-8 Cultural Center at St. Nicholas $5; children 15 and under free At least 40 specially selected businesses will offer gourmet food, boutique clothing and handcrafted items at the 25th annual Beneath the Wreath fundraiser of the Junior League of Grand Rapids. Beneath the Wreath is the main fundraiser of the league, which supports local charities including the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, St. John’s Home, and Kids in the Kitchen. About 5,000 people attend the event each year.

Vendors go through a special jury process to be selected to participate. Besides many of the top local clothing companies, there will be jewelry, pottery, photography, scrapbooking, hand-made bags and other gift artisans. In addition to several gourmet food booths, the Junior League offers Café Noel, which features desserts and breads from the Junior League’s cookbook, Grand Temptations. Hours are 9 am-7 pm Nov. 6; 9 am-4 pm Nov. 7; and 11 am-3 pm Nov. 8. Tickets are only available at the door. No strollers, please. The Cultural Center at St. Nicholas is at 2250 East Paris S.E. More information is available at, 451-0452 or

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Nov. 18, 6-9 pm. “Italian Regional Cooking” with chef Jorge Sanchez. $40. Prepare a seven-course Italian meal, including Sicilian caponata, a coastal fresh seafood stew, saltimbocca from Rome, and Tuscan ricotta pie. The series of classes that started in September continues through December. More information is available at and click on culinary classroom.

Local gallery and ArtPrize venue celebrates 19 years . . . And you’re invited.

TANGLEFOOT 19 • 314 Straight St. SW, Grand Rapids November 20-22 • 5-10 pm, Friday and Saturday Noon-5 pm, Sunday Take a peek into the lives and work of local artists at the annual Tanglefoot Studio Sale. Grand Rapids original artists’ studio open house/sale, TANGLEFOOT 19, will be its largest ever! Celebrating its 19th anniversary, TANGLEFOOT 19 will include the following artists: Red Hydrant Studio featuring Alynn Guerra and Carlos Aceves; Nikki Wall Studio; Elaine Dalcher Studio; Tanglefoot Studio featuring, Michael Pfleghaar, Tommy Allen, Tim Gunnett, and Sandi Gunnett; Jeff Condon; Loud Art; and Alex Myrhorodsky. The sale provides the public a chance to peer into the artists’ studios and work space as well as provide an informal setting to meet with the artists. The artists will be exhibiting a diverse collection of paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, prints, t-shirts, bags, and hats. “Tanglefoot Studio was a very popular ArtPrize venue but many people still missed this unique space in our city,” says Tanglefoot Studio partner Tommy Allen. “This annual November open studio event is the last time many people will have to see this space until next year’s 20th anniversary event.” Returning to this year’s event will be the popular punch card contest that debuted last year as a way to encourage members of the public to


visit the many unique spaces within the Tanglefoot building. Attendees are encouraged to bring the 2009 show postcard with them to the event where it will function as a punch card. Guests who visit each artist’s studio will be eligible to win original artwork donated from each artist. While these cards will be available in advance at area arts centers and local businesses, a very limited supply of postcards will also be available at the door. It is recommended one seek out a card in advance. TANGLEFOOT 19 will be held Friday November 20 from 5pm-10pm, and Sunday, November 22 from Noon to 5pm. Friday night’s event is more like an art opening with lively characters, great music and a chance to grab an original piece of art. Elaine Dalcher says, “Sunday’s event is much more relaxed and is a great time to bring the kids as many of the spaces have activities for kids.” Allen adds, “Parents are free to shop while their children get to exercise their creative jones.” TANGLEFOOT 19 is located in the Tanglefoot Warehouse at 314 Straight St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (Between Wealthy and West Fulton). Parking on the South side of the building and enter at Doors K and M.

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Volunteers & Fundraisers Nov. 4, 10 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. Nov. 4 at the Literacy Center of West Michigan, 1120 Monroe NW, Suite 240; and 6:30-7:30 pm Nov. 10 at the Wyoming Library at 3350 Michael Ave. SW, Wyoming. Nov. 30 First United Methodist Church holds its 5th Blood Drive of the year in WesleyHall. Sign up at 451-2879 to sign-up or walk-in’s welcome. 3-7 pm at 227 East Fulton St. Volunteer reading tutors are needed by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Refugee Services. The tutors will help refugees and immigrants learn English. Classes are held throughout metro Grand Rapids Monday through Friday during the morning and afternoon, and two evenings a week. Contact Lynda Bar at 356-1934. Volunteers who can teach refugees and immigrants how to sew are needed by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. Some sewing machines are available. Sellable products will be made while the participants also learn English. Contact Lynda Bar at 356-1934. MomsBloom seeks volunteers to visit families with a newborn. Volunteers assist with babies and offer emotional and physical support to new mothers. Training provided. Contact Angie Walters at or 447-9788 or

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids seeks volunteers to donate blood. Volunteers also needed to help run blood drives, assist in set-up/takedown, and serve as registration greeters and refreshment providers. 456-8661 Faith Hospice seeks volunteers for respite care, visiting, massage therapy, beauty services, etc. 356-4859 for details on how to sign up Faith in Action Program of Guardian Angel Homes is looking for people to provide friendship/mentoring to adults with developmental disabilities. 458-7000, ext. 14 Inner City Christian Federation’s Home Ownership Program is in need of volunteers for their childcare room during class times. Interested volunteers should be 15 years or older. 831-1205 ext. 116

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Want to be healthy and live longer? Take cues from Japan (ARA) - Japan has the lowest obesity rate in the developed world - 3 percent versus 32 percent in the United States, according to the International Obesity Taskforce. Many believe the good overall health and long life span of the Japanese are due to their diet. Dr. Mark Drucker offers these ideas for enjoying the benefits of the Japanese diet at home:

Try cultural cuisine Sushi, a Japanese diet staple, is popular throughout the United States. Many grocery stores now carry pre-made sushi you can buy and snack on at home. Another fun way to enjoy sushi is to make it yourself. Try having a sushi rolling party with your friends as a fun way to eat healthy and learn about another culture.

Eat fresh veggies every day Eating more fresh vegetables, raw when possible, is a great way to get many of the health benefits enjoyed by the Japanese people. A general rule is to eat a wide range of color in vegetables.

Consider a detoxifying supplement Supplementing your diet with powerful green whole foods can provide a great alternative to fresh vegetables. Much like how Americans regularly take a vitamin C supplement, many Japanese take a supplement called Sun Chlorella to utilize the superfood benefits of chlorella, an ancient alga with powerful health benefits.

Based on the character Kai-lan from Nickelodeon's hit animated preschool series “Ni Hao, Kai-lan”, this interactive doll encourages children to learn about their emotions and how to express them.

Teach Kids to Express Emotions (ARA) - Most parents will agree that a child's emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical health. Kids who learn to communicate feelings have a better sense of self awareness. This benefits their relationships with parents and with their peers. How can you teach your child to manage both positive and negative moods in an emotionally intelligent manner? Here are some ideas to get your kids to express what they are feeling in a healthy way:

Talk it out The first thing every parent can try is talking to their children about what they’re feeling, especially when they’re dealing with negative feelings. Try to figure out the origin of the emotion. It helps to encourage them to use the word "I”when they explain their feelings. For example, "I feel sad when”or "I feel excited because . . . “

Utilize visuals If verbalizing emotions isn't an easy thing for your child to do, start by sitting down and coloring pictures together. Some children will open up instantly when they have a creative outlet for expression. Ask your child to explain their drawing. Don't let them do all the work, parents should draw and explain the feelings involved in their picture as well. This exercise just might be the perfect ice-breaker.

Lead by example Whether it’s a tough day at work or you're excited for an upcoming event, let your child know how you’re feeling. Talking about life and demonstrating how to properly handle both positive and negative emotions are good ways to lead by example.

Everyday Wisdom for Diabetes When a child is diagnosed with a chronic disease like diabetes, it affects the entire family in many ways – both big and small. How does a family deal with the range of emotions (such as worry, guilt or anger) that come with everyday family moments that are a normal part of a family's life, such as finding a babysitter, taking a family vacation, or going on a date? The American Diabetes Association has compiled an easy-to-use resource of everyday


wisdom to help families live happily and healthfully with these unique challenges. Everyday Wisdom ( provides helpful ideas for families of children with diabetes, complete with interactive games to help foster and build communication. This free toolkit is another helpful resource that the Association's Family Link provides to families of children with diabetes. The Association's Family Link encompasses a variety of touch points through which families of children with diabetes connect with the American Diabetes Association and its volunteers for ongoing support.

With specific booklets for children with diabetes, teens with diabetes, their parents, and their siblings, Everyday Wisdom reaches out to multiple members of a family affected by a diagnosis of diabetes. The kit also includes an interactive card game for the family, an informational DVD, juggling balls, and the Diabetes Dictionary – all in an insulated lunch bag that's ideal for school lunches. This interactive toolkit was designed for kids and young adults with diabetes and their families.

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Gather for a family baking day. Help ensure your tried-and-true family recipes continue on for generations with a family baking day. Have everyone meet in a central location and bring their favorite recipe and the ingredients to make it. Everyone will have the chance to learn about cherished recipes and leave with a goody bag of treats. Plan a family reunion. Annually, or every few years, gather relatives far and wide for an enjoyable time to reminisce, share photos, cook and eat together. Use the time to share favorite family stories and swap recipes. Make sure to take a group photo and share it with the participants and those who couldn't be there. Get tech-savvy. Get everyone involved in building and contributing to a family Web page or blog that highlights recent get-togethers, news, photos and favorite recipes. Online sites provide a great way to connect and keep long-distance relatives up-to-date and involved year round. Host international family dinners. Pick one night a week to take the family on a culinary journey to another part of the world. From France to Italy to Greece to Thailand, there are countless meal options waiting to be explored. Experience more of the culture by learning some phrases associated with the meal, play authentic music and include some decorations.

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hether you're a family of two or 10, there’s no time like the present to create lasting family traditions. Like families, traditions come in many forms and making new memories is easy and fun. Here are a variety of creative ways to get started.

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404 Inspired Seasonal Dishes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less By Mark Bittman Simon & Schuster, 2009, $26

Recently widowed, Maggie McElroy is struggling to find her focus. She knew her relationship with her husband, Matt, had its cracks, but she is shocked to discover that he may have fathered a child while in China on business. Maggie must travel to Beijing to deal with the paternity claim on his estate. A columnist for a food magazine, Maggie secures a writing assignment in China, in the hopes of keeping her mind busy while she confronts the reality of her husband’s infidelity. Maggie is to write a profile of a rising young Chinese-American-Jewish chef named Sam Liang, last of a line of renowned chefs dating back to the era of imperial China. Sam is competing for a spot on the Chinese national cooking team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and is also in the process of translating his grandfather’s 1925 treatise on true tradition in Chinese cooking. Through Sam, Maggie explores the complex, interwoven history of food, culture and politics in China. She learns the importance of relationship in all aspects of Chinese culture and comes away from her time with Sam, with China and with the young girl (her husband’s daughter) reaching a deeper understanding of truth in her life. Author Nicole Mones brings her own expertise to this novel. Mones is well-versed in the world of authentic Chinese food and culture. She lived and worked in textiles in China for 18 years and is a frequent contributor to Gourmet magazine. Chinese food in America is clearly not the same as Chinese food in China, and Mones helps readers taste the difference.


Quick and easy is the hallmark of Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express. Each recipe is written as a single paragraph. The portions and ingredients are within that narrative and it’s amazing to realize the fantastic dishes you can make following four simple sentences. I do prefer photos with my recipes but the simplicity of these recipes has won me over in spite of that missing element. Bittman taps into what ingredients are fresh and available during each of the four seasons and advocates local whenever possible – good for the body and good for the community. These 404 recipes reflect a style of cooking that centers on speed, flexibility and relaxation. If you don’t have a specific ingredient, Bittman may suggest a substitute. Measurements sometimes include wording such as, “use a handful,” “slice a cup or so” or “add as much as you like.” Some recipes are barely 10 minute put-togethers. None are elaborate, but they all sound delicious. If you like to eat but don’t like to fuss with cooking, this cookbook could be your answer. If you like to wow your friends with simple, superb taste, this might be your cookbook as well.

Lainey and Adam have dated for ages. With apartments in the same building, they have devised their own little shifting front porch plant signal, so they can snatch some moments together in the midst of their busy schedules. Living and working in Melbourne, Lainey is an in-demand event planner and Adam is a seriously overworked chef. As the novel opens, Lainey’s life is about to turn totally upside down. Her parents have just inherited a bed and breakfast in Ireland from Aunt May, from whom the family has long been estranged. The bequest comes with one hitch: Someone from the family must live there and run the B&B for one full year or the house goes to Aunt May’s cats instead. Lainey’s parents are financially and medically down and out so the family responsibility must fall on one of their three grown children. Lainey, who doesn’t cook and seldom cleans, is the family member selected. Always the faithful daughter, Lainey secures a leave from her job and heads to Ireland to take on the task. Believing it’s only fair, Lainey breaks up with Adam before leaving for the long year away. The timing couldn’t be worse: Her words reach Adam on the very day that he is planning a significant surprise for Lainey. Once she reaches Ireland, the B&B holds its own surprises as well. Rundown and devoid of clientele, Lainey has major work ahead of her. Instead of despairing, she simply tackles it like one more event to be planned. She puts some serious work into marketing the new and improved establishment and has fun in the process. Lainey continues to keep an eye on Adam from afar and deals with confusion and jealousy as she wonders about him moving on without her. Things get complicated when an old childhood crush, all grown up, re-enters her life via the B&B project. As always, there are words of true wisdom in McInerney’s fiction. Understanding relationships is her specialty and people and connections will be the heart of your book conversations.

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

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