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33 fun Things To Do This Summer .................................................................................14 To Work or Not to Work ...........................................................................................................19 Seek and You Shall find .........................................................................................................26 Movies: Drive-in Nostalgia ....................................................................................................28 Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club: friends, fitness and frivolity ..................................................................................................38 July events .................................................................................................................................................39
Design an Outdoor Living Room.......................................................................................6 A Swimsuit That Suits You.........................................................................................................12 The 211 for Your Beach Bag............................................................................................30 Consignment & Resale Shops...........................................................................................35
A Midsummer’s Daydream: Natural Tips for Mid-Summer Beauty Care ................................................................................................34
On The Grill Asian Pork and Pineapple Kabobs ..........................................................................4 Secrets to Slow-cooked Pork Perfection ..................................................................8 eat fresh, eat Local ......................................................................................................................22 Creamy, Dreamy, Retro Cocktails ..................................................................................24 “Beer”ific......................................................................................................................................................24 Simple Summer entertaining: Tabletops and Picnic Baskets ...................................................................................................................36
fitness: Can Music Make You Move? .......................................................................10 Shingles: The Other Chickenpox.....................................................................................18 Small Changes, Big impact; Self Care to Cultivate a Happy Home.......................................................................................................46
Reader’s Lounge..............................................................................................................................16 Sure-Grow Guidance for first-Time Gardeners ...............................................20 Legally Speaking: Avoding internet Scams........................................................32 Transform Garage Sale Castoffs into fun finds.............................................45
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Place pork in self-sealing plastic bag and add 1/2 cup teriyaki marinade. Seal bag and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours. Prepare medium-hot fire in charcoal or preheat gas grill to medium high. Remove pork from marinade. Thread pork, pineapple, red peppers and green onions onto skewers. Grill kabobs directly oven fire, turning to brown evenly, for about 10 to 12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F., brushing kabobs with reserved marinade. Let rest 3 minutes before serving. Serve kabobs with peanut sauce on a bed of steamed rice, if desired. Serving Suggestions Look for Thai peanut sauce in the Asian aisle or a speciality store. Serve with steamed Jasmine rice and Gingered Snow Peas.
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An Outdoor Living Room by Ashley Cole
hese precious months of summer entice us to spend as much time as possible outdoors. It is no surprise that more and more homeowners are moving their living room outside. So why not do it in style? Forget the days of plastic folding chairs and tiki torches. The hottest trend is to transform your backyard or patio into a true extension of your home with chic furniture and design elements. With a certain coziness in mind, it’s about pulling together a cohesive collection of furniture and accessories to mimic what would be designed for an interior living room. Lucky for us, many well known furniture and home accessory manufacturers have jumped on board and created outdoor collections made to withstand the elements. Be inspired and get outside!
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Every room begins with the floor. The use of an outdoor rug helps to define the space as a room and not just a collection of patio furniture. Center an allweather rug where you will be grouping your pieces. The world of outdoor rugs has expanded greatly in the past few years. You’ll be amazed by the quality and selection of colors and patterns available. Some rugs are so attractive and durable, they are used for indoor dining rooms and entryways. Choose one that coordinates with the furnishings. It will create a perfect backdrop and establish the base of which the “room” is built on.
Think about how you would set furniture in an indoor setting. Most likely a combination of a sofa, coffee table and a few chairs will provide the seating needed for a comfortable conversation area. Arrange the pieces facing one another around a table or outdoor ottomans. Made from a wide variety of synthetic fibers and
permanent structures such as pergolas are a The trick to feeling cozy More worthy investment if this is a place that gets a lot of Not only is it functional, but adds aesthetic value in an outdoor space is to use. to the exterior of your home. add the element of walls without actually building Light It Up Chances are you’ll be using this lovely space after them out of drywall. the sun sets, so lighting is important to bring your
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festivities into the evening hours. Solar-powered accent lights are easy to find at a local home supply store and simple to install along the edges of your “room”. Lanterns can be hung from large tree branches or a sturdy awning. Wall mounted lights provide the best light for reading. Install sconces to the side walls of your home or garage to integrate fixtures into your new outdoor living space. When in doubt, classic strung lights turn blah into magic.
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The trick to feeling cozy in an outdoor space is to add the element of walls without actually building them out of drywall. A natural “real” wall may be the side of your house or garage. Plant a vertical garden or hang a wall-mounted fountain or sculpture as a focal point. By placing objects such as large planters in the “corners” of your outdoor living room, a sense of privacy and definition is created. If the luxury of a built-in fireplace is an option, it becomes center stage and stands as an end wall in which to center your outdoor living room around.
The ideal ceiling, of course, is provided by mother nature. If your seating area can be placed under a tree, all the better. However, if that is not a possibility, a large umbrella or addition of a sail shade will create the same effect and provide protection for sunny days.
Add side tables for places to set beverages, a good book or laptop. Accent pillows in outdoor-friendly fabric add a punch of color and comfort. Extra large pillows can be placed on the ground for additional seating. When using the space, vases of flowers placed on the coffee table, candles and music set the mood.
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he perfect rack of pork ribs isn’t exclusive to hot grates over an open flame. You can also whip them up in your oven or utilize a trusty slow cooker. The path to perfect ribs is simplified with some easy slow-cooking techniques. If you opt for the oven: •
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In medium bowl, combine hoisin sauce, pineapple juice, ginger and sesame oil. Arrange ribs in a slow cooker and pour half of the sauce mixture over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until ribs are very tender. Set remaining sauce aside in refrigerator.
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YOU Move? by Kimberly Olson
hile flipping through the latest Oxygen magazine, I noticed that they often ask top fitness competitors what’s on their playlist during interviews. I usually just find an upbeat channel on Pandora and run with it, but this definitely intrigued me. Was there more to it? Could music impact the way we moved during our workouts, increasing intensity and endurance? I went to an expert in the field, Costas Karageorghis, PhD, who has been studying how music affects us for over 20 years. The results of his research may surprise you. The first question I wanted to explore was whether or not music could impact the intensity or endurance of our workouts. I’ve heard some say that it is distracting and causes you to not really focus on your actual workout. Dr. Karageorghis says that music is actually a great tool for beginner to intermediate exercisers. For those in this stage, making it to the gym or going out for a morning run is still perceived as work. Therefore, adding something positive such as your favorite rock songs to your workout may be just the ticket to keep you motivated and looking forward to your next sweat session. For those that are seasoned athletes or have always been active, the same benefits may not occur. Usually those in this group are working above 70-80% of their aerobic capacity, and are so into it that the added music does very little for them.
Now we need to look at whether or not music can really increase intensity. From what I can tell, it has a lot to do with the pace of the music. For example, obviously I’m not going to rock out to Guns N’ Roses while doing Yoga, but I may amp up the volume while doing sprints or high intensity interval training (HIIT). What I would recommend is using an app to check the beats per minute (BPM) for your favorite songs
and then create a couple of playlists based on that. As a cycling instructor, this was super important for my students. We could warm up to 60-80 BPM and top out at 140 BPM no problem. Obviously we couldn’t break out of the gate at 140 BMP and the same thing goes for your exercise pace in regards to music.
there’s just something about music and your soul that can really get you moving. I would match your warm ups and cool downs to 60-80 BPM, or any style of exercise that is slower in pace. When training for my first marathon, I would listen to a language learning program to develop my Spanish speaking skills. The speed was perfect for my long runs and I felt I really benefited from the education as well. Throughout the workout, you can gradually increase to 120-140 BMP. This is extremely helpful when doing sprints (running or cycling) or really working it with the iron. Whenever I hear the song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, I seriously feel like I can do anything during my workout. There’s just something about music and your soul that can really get you moving. To get started, I would recommend jotting down songs that come on the radio that really pick up your mood. I personally also like to group my playlists by genre, such as rock, hip hop, country (yes, there ARE good
country songs to work out to!), and even jazz or blues. It really depends on your preference and how you are impacted by the music. Before your next workout, sit down and create an awesome playlist that gets you pumped. If done correctly, just the thought of the songs will start to get your workout juices flowing. Here are a few to get you started: Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N’ Roses Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani Like a G6 - Far East Movement Lose Control - Missy Elliott People Are People - Depeche Mode Runnin’ Down a Dream - Tom Petty Control - Janet Jackson How Bizarre (Mix) - OMC Blue Monday - New Order Maneater - Nelly Furtado Let’s Get It Started - The Black Eyed Peas Speed of Sound - Coldplay Mr. Brightside - The Killers Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake Technologic (Radio Edit) - Daft Punk SOS - Rihanna Another One Bites the Dust - Queen B.O.B. - OutKast The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim Here It Goes Again - Ok Go ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nutrition and fitness expert Kimberly Olson, CNC, CPT is the creator of FitKim, a nutrition and fitness blog that teaches people how easy it is to be healthy. www.fitkim.com
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Swimsuit season… either you love it or you hate it. There is no in between.
f course we all love summer. As Michiganders we have so much to look forward to; mornings spent at the Farmer’s Market, outdoor concerts, Sunday barbeques with friends and family, and long summer days spent lounging at the lake. But, when summer rolls around, your New Year’s resolutions are put to the test. Did you do enough squats? How about those crunches? Did you meet your fitness goals? How will you look in your swimsuit? The bigger question is, “How will you FEEL in your swimsuit?” The most important key in finding the right swimsuit is finding a suit you feel confident in. Choosing a swimsuit that flatters your body type can make a dramatic difference. You can draw attention to your favorite assets while minimizing the parts you are less willing to flaunt. Most women fit into one of
the following body type categories; the pear shape, the apple shape, the hourglass, and the straight or athletic body type. Here are a few tips for finding the perfect swim suit that will flatter your figure.
If you have a pear shaped body you are smaller through the chest and waist and have fuller hips, butt, and thighs. You can balance your look by choosing a bikini with an embellished top: ruffles, fringe, or a busy print will draw attention to your chest. A dark solid on the bottom will minimize your hips. You could also choose to go with a tankini paired with a miniskirt. The tank lengthens your upper body while
If your shoulders, chest, and waist are wider than your hips and butt then you probably fit into this category. Look for swimsuits that are supportive and slimming. Swim suits with shirring down the sides and at the waist create division between the waist and hips, shrinking the look of your mid-section. You could also choose a one piece with plunging neck line and high cut thigh. This suit will bring the attention to your chest and your legs, taking it away from your waist. If you are looking for a two piece swimsuit consider a bikini with a dark colored halter top and a printed bottom. The halter top provides a lot of support and the dark color will flatter your shape. You want your swimsuit to slim your top half while emphasizing your hips and lean legs.
If your chest and hips are proportionate and your waist is quite a bit smaller you have an hourglass body type. The perfect swimsuit for this body type should highlight your body’s natural curves and accentuate your waist. A bikini with a matching print on both the top and bottom is a perfect choice because attention will be drawn to your waist. You want to stay away from bikini bottoms that have very thin or very thick sides. If you wear a bikini bottom with thin strings that tie at the side your hips might appear wider and throw off your hourglass shape. On the other hand, if you wear hipsters or boyshorts with wide sides, your hips will appear less curvy and less feminine. You can also choose to wear a one piece in a variety of prints and styles. Women with hourglass figures have lots of choices. Remember, less is not always more.
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If you are not very curvy and have a narrow chest and hips you fall into this category. You want to create the illusion of curves. A halter top or triangle top swimsuit is perfect for this body type. Pick a bikini top with ruffles or fringe. You want to stay away from bandeau tops. They will minimize your curves. Women with an athletic frame can wear low-rise boyshorts or hipsters. These options actually create a curvier look for women with an athletic or straight frame. You might also consider a monokini with sexy side cutouts. This will give you the illusion of having a more feminine figure. You can find the perfect swimsuit to fit your body. No matter what you wear to the beach this summer, make sure you feel confident. After all, nothing is sexier than confidence! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Azizah Hines is a Sales Specialist for Teva Women’s Health. When she is not working she is cheering her daughters on at their various activities. You might find her at a fashion show on a Friday night and an Astronomy viewing on a Saturday night… mixing it up keeps her life interesting.
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9. Get your music and art fix at GRAM on the Green / Friday Nights at the GRAM
he dog days of summer may have you wondering what you could be doing besides cooling off in an air-conditioned room. Are the kids saying, “I’m bored!” yet? Our magazine staffers worked together to bring you the best list of fun and entertaining things to do to keep your spirit alive and your toes dipping in the water (or shall we say, local watering holes). Try out some of these lively experiences we’ve listed in no particular order:
Coast West Music Festival – Muskegon (July 1-6)
Take a dip in one of the incredible City of Grand Rapids Community Pools at Briggs, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Richmond Park (July 2 – Aug. 17)
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Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops – Cannonsburg (July 11 – Aug. 2)
The Market by Avenue for the Arts – Heartside District Grand Rapids (July 13) Muskegon Bike Time - Motorcycle Festival (July 18-21)
Discover the Venetian Festival and their marina parade - Saugatuck (July 26-28) Movies on the Beach – Pere Marquette Park (July – Aug)
8. Summer Day Camps at Kendall College (July – Aug)
Pull out those hiking boots and traverse the terrain to the Mission Point Lighthouse
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Forget your worries and float down the Thornapple River in a tube or canoe
Rent a paddle boat at Millennium Park
Take a picnic to the Gerald R. Ford Airport viewing area
Get a chocolate peanut butter shake at the Grand Coney
Indulge in the outdoors at Blandford Nature Center or Calvin College Nature Preserve
Ride the Grand Haven Trolley
Tour the Masonic Temple on Fulton Street – Downtown Grand Rapids
Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, apples or cherries at a number of local growers and have fruit all year-long by canning them
Check out beeroclockgr.com, grab some friends and go out for a happy hour
12. Monday evening Jazz at John Ball Zoo with the West Michigan Jazz Society
Get sweaty this summer with some Funky Buddha hot yoga
Pick a pub crawl and party like it’s 1999 (again)
Take a golf lesson at one of the hundreds of public golf courses in West Michigan
Try fresh smoked whitefish in Historic Fishtown of Leland
Late night bike ride around Reed’s Lake; the view from the north side of the lake during sunset is unbelievable
Grab a 3am cup of coffee at the Bitter End
Tuesday night Meanwhile Movies at Wealthy Theatre
Catch a Grand Raggidy Roller Girls meet
21. Pay your respects to Gerald and Betty Ford at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Stargaze at the Veen Observatory in Lowell
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Wilson is editor-in-chief at Women’s Lifestyle Magazine as well as CEO at Grand Development Associates. She is an advocate of all things Grand Rapids and thrives on assisting nonprofit organizations to be their best.
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Beginning with Sarah Lyttelton and her appointment with the Queen, Serving Victoria follows a string of servants of top authority, adding them by ones and twos as the royal family itself grows. Following the more intricate of details of royal life, we see an intimate side of royalty through the concerns and tribulations of its servants. Snippets of letters and conversation serve as arch remarks and read like unclassified documents. Menus attest the constant level of decorum and illustrate the tenor of the political atmosphere. The whole makes for a treat of insider information.
No Way Back
by Andrew Gross One of the best frantic mysteries of the year, No Way Back unravels the life a woman who committed the mistake of self-defense and the sinister cover-up she stumbles upon in doing so. Completely engrossing and utterly real, Gross presents a series of events in which the main characters must figure it out as they go along trusting unusual companions. Small details and fast action make this a must-read. Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.
by Hilary T. Smith When Kiri spends her summer vacation alone while her parents are on their dream anniversary trip, she plans to spend her time practicing the piano and maybe falling in love with her best friend, Lukas. What she does instead is
answer a phone call from someone inquiring about her dead sister. The phone call leads her to visiting her sister’s secret flat in the city and collecting the remnants of her sister’s life she didn’t know existed and discovering that her sister was murdered. Smith is fantastically engaging and her prose quick; capturing the voice of that summer between what a life was and what it could be.
The Carrion Birds
by Urban Waite I’m going to go ahead and say it because everybody who reads it will; this book is very satisfying in the same ways a Cormac McCarthy book is satisfying the desert Southwest setting, the hard lives of people facing difficult decisions, the presence of violence as both curse and redemption. Waite’s big question seems to be “How far can you go down the wrong path before life won’t let you back on the right one?” Hired killer Ray Lamar has a plan to become an ex-hired killer; he’s lost too much and handed out too much loss to others. He has family to reconnect with and a home town that’s a long-lost part of him. Of course, he also has enemies. A gritty, cinematic novel and a great read for fans of youknow-who.
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Rose - proficient, steady and oldfashioned - is silent witness to the horrible facts of criminals’ confessions, but maintains her place outside of the depravity. Yet, when a woman who epitomizes the new age of the female sex starts to work in her office, she permeates Rose’s imagination pulling her into an underbelly she has this far only recorded. Rindell exquisitely unfolds Rose’s new identity with mastery, having a keen sense of lurking, untapped resources. Part Fitzgerald and part Gillman, The Other Typist wheedles a prim stenographer into an almost psychopathic virtuoso.
Do you remember that one class in high school or college where you were blown away by the sheer applicability of what you were learning? It’s as though someone was letting you in on a secret; teaching practical advice. The lesson indelibly became the framework for how you started to see the world. Dobell has the same influence; unexpected for its simplicity and undeniable in its repercussion. Wisdom comes with age, unless you come across a book like this first. You will never look at a foible the same way again.
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
Nate Silver is the guy who writes the Five Thirty Eight blog for the New York Times. He’s the wunderkind number-cruncher who bested every major polling organization in the country during last year’s election, ending up all over TV because his final prediction of the margin and details of President Obama’s victory was nearly exactly correct. As he and his faithful blog readers know, numbers are non-partisan. No spin, no agenda - just data. Last month, Five Thirty Eight turned its mathematical attention to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament and I started reading again, reminded of Mr. Silver’s insight and wit. The Signal and the Noise is his way of letting us see behind the curtain. His field is technically called “applied statistics” but in everyday language he’s a master of the still-new science of prediction. His many examples, in numerous fields, show us not only how our emotions, hopes, expectations and even luck get in the way of making solid estimates and predictions of future happenings; but how we can sift through those unhelpful layers and get right to the truly important data. The book also points out the kinds of things we can’t predict, despite our insistence that we can. Education with wit, surprises, and a little subversion - one of my favorite kinds of book.
Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • July 2013
SHINGLES: The Other Chickenpox
early everyone knows someone who has had shingles. Just the word “shingles” is enough to put fear in the minds of many. An ounce of prevention may be better than a pound of cure.
WHAT IS IT?
Shingles is a viral infection (Varcella-Zoster Virus). It causes a very painful rash that can occur anywhere on the body but most commonly on the torso. It usually occurs on one side of the body and appears as a single or multiple stripes of blisters. The varcella virus is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Most older adults had chickenpox as a child. After the signs of chickenpox resolve the virus can lie inactive for many years in the dorsal root ganglion of the spine. Eventually it may reactivate, travel the nerve pathways to the skin causing shingles. Why it reactivates is unclear. Age alone is a risk factor. As we age our immune system weakens. Immune system can also be weakened by HIV, chemo for cancer, and some medications. Varcella-zoster is part of a group of viruses called “herpes.” It is also called “herpes zoster.” It is important to understand that the chickenpox and shingles viruses are NOT the same as the virus that causes cold sores and genital herpes; that is sexually transmitted. Shingles is not life-threatening but can be very painful, and if not treated early can cause long term disabling nerve pain. Early treatment can reduce the length and severity of the outbreak and reduce the chances of post herpetic neuralgia (nerve pain). Vaccines can greatly reduce the risk of developing shingles.
Stripe(s) of linear blisters that follow the nerve root usually on one side of the trunk. Outbreaks can also occur on the face, scalp or near the eye. Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. Itching, burning, and tingling are also common. Some people develop general viral symptoms such as fatigue, headache, and low grade fever. The rash develops into fluid filled blisters that break open and crust over.
IS IT CONTAGIOUS?
The open lesions or any drainage is contagious. If someone contracts the virus they will break out in chickenpox not shingles. Until the outbreak totally scabs over you should avoid contact with newborns, pregnant women and anyone who has a lowered immune system (people with HIV, undergoing chemo for cancers, and some medications).
it has been mistaken for kidney stones, heart or lung conditions. Ophthalmic Shingles. Vision loss or permanent blindness can result if shingles occurs in or around the eye. Immediate medical care is of utmost importance if any rashes, blisters or pain occur around the eye. Encephalitis (inflammation around the brain), facial paralysis, hearing or balance problems can occur. Systemic Shingles. Rare, generalized shingles rash/blisters can be very serious and needs immediate medical attention.
There is no cure. Prompt treatment with antivirals such as Acyclovir (Zovirax), Valacyclovir (Valtrex), or Famciclovir (Famvir) can shorten the duration or the outbreak and reduce the incidence of complications. Shingles can cause severe nerve pain. Medications to help block some of the pain impulses from going to the brain such as Gabapentin (Neurontin) or amitriptyline are used. Numbing agents are used topically Strong pain medications are sometimes needed.
Chickenpox vaccine is recommended for adults that have not had chickenpox as children. The vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get chickenpox or shingles, but seems to shorten the course and reduce the chances for post herpetic neuralgia. Varicella-Zoster Vaccine (Zostavax) has been released and the FDA has approved its use in adults 50 and older. Again, it doesn’t guarantee you won’t get shingles, but will shorten the course and severity and reduce the risk of post herpetic neuralgia. Prevention seems to be the best strategy. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jane Thiel is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Grand Rapids Women’s Health. For 35 years, Jane has enjoyed working with women of all ages; although she is specifically sought out for her experience in menopausal issues.
Post Herpetic Neuralgia; in other words when the virus reactivates it damages nerve fibers. Those damaged nerve fibers can send confused and exaggerated pain messages from the skin to the brain that can last weeks, months or even years. The pain can be so severe that
Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • July 2013
Kelly S. Hassberger, N.D.
or Not to Work by Kim Monaghan
he choice of whether or not to work is challenging and one not everyone is able to afford. For women, this decision not only pivots around financial and career factors, but also bears the emotional burden of guilt about leaving family behind. Though it’s important to carefully weigh your options, the ultimate objective is finding happiness in whatever decision you make.
Be confident in your decision
Whether you choose to work or not, be confident in your decision. Indecisiveness can lead others to unintentionally take advantage of your uncertainty, cause you to second guess your goals and may ultimately impact your productivity and health. Instead, stand firm and focus on working toward the comfort level that will ultimately arrive. When it does, it will bring a balancing of schedules and overall satisfaction within the family dynamic. In their book Womenomics Write Your Own Rules for Success (HarperBusiness 2009), authors Claire Shipman and Katty Kay provide wonderful tips and pearls of wisdom for broaching the dual role of mother and breadwinner.
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A recent client of mine decided that it was more important to her to develop a “home career” - committing to care for family members, volunteering and attending to projects of import - rather than pursuing work outside. What began as an exciting journey soon left her struggling with the pressure of committing to everything and everyone. Fresh into her new “career,” she’s already been asked to do anything from coaching a sports league to waiting for the neighbor’s plumber to arrive. It wasn’t long before her insecurities crept in. When it did, we strategized a plan for re-shoring her confidence and focusing on what’s important; her happiness in her initial decision. Insecurities about choosing to work or not to work will diminish when you plan for these “peer pressure” encounters in advance along with your confident replies. By doing so, you can quickly move beyond any emotional stumbling blocks and focus on the fact that you’ve happily made this decision. Mentally reaffirming all that you’ve accomplished on and off the job will also help you renew confidence in your abilities and your decision.
Own Your Mistakes
We all make them, but life is easier when we own them. This rings true for the decision to work or not to work. Sometimes the choice that’s made soon turns out not to be the best one. Know that it’s okay to change your mind. People respect that more than the pursuit of something inauthentic. It’s how you handle them that counts. If you own up to the wrong decision and leave work (or home) on a good note, then everyone will be better off in the long run. This may include helping to find someone to replace you or provide the needed care at home in your absence. It also includes completing any unfinished projects and tasks and always giving others enough time to adjust to your change of heart. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kim Monaghan is a professional certified coach, resume writer and personal branding strategist who believes life should be simple, careers engaging and opportunities endless. www.KBMCoaching.com
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Sure-Grow Guidance for First-Time Gardeners
ach year, thousands of first-timers will join the millions of seasoned gardeners who already know the satisfaction of picking a perfect tomato at its peak, serving up salads from greens just grown right outside the back door, or harvesting home-grown peppers and specialty herbs never even seen at the grocery store. Most of us want that home-grown, healthy goodness that veggie and herb gardens provide, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out just where to start. Diligent effort and smart investment can result in less-than-expected results, but starting your own produce plot and reaping its rewards is not out of your reach. Even a small garden can fill your table with fresh, nutritious food, and help save money too. In addition to the satisfaction you’ll get from growing your own food, gardening delivers a host of other health benefits, from low-impact exercise to boosting vitamin D levels with the hours you’ll spend in the sunshine. Whether you start with a few containers on your patio, create a raised bed in a side yard or go big and plant a grand victory garden, gardening can be easy if you start with these six simple steps.
Step 1 - Pick Transplants
While every plant starts from a seed, transplants make establishing your garden easier, and help ensure better success. Transplants can trim six to eight weeks off growing time, and allow you to skip over the hard part of the growing process when plants are most vulnerable - so they’re more likely to survive and thrive.
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Transplants offer a wide variety of veggies and herbs, available in biodegradable pots, making the selection process easy. Plant what you eat and try some easy-togrow favorites, like these:
Summer squash - Squash are easy-grow too, and very productive. Try zucchini “Black Beauty” or new-for-2013 Golden Scallop Patty Pan Squash. Many gardeners call this the flying saucer squash because of its unique shape. The flavor is delicate and mild, similar to zucchini.
Easy herbs - The volatile oils that make herbs valuable in cooking also naturally repel many insects and garden pests. Try basils, parsley, rosemary and something new, like grapefruit mint, which tastes as refreshing as it sounds.
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.”
Bell peppers - You’ll find the Bell peppers grown in your own backyard may taste sweeter than those you purchased at the grocery store during the winter months. Harvest them green or red, when vitamin levels are higher.
Eggplant - Eggplant thrives in hot weather. Try easy grow “Black Beauty” or something different like the white-skinned “Cloud Nine.” Lettuce - Go for “leaf” lettuces like “Buttercrunch,” “Red Sails,” or Romaine. They’ll tolerate more heat than head lettuces and if you keep picking the leaves you’ll get multiple harvests.
Step 2 - Location, location, location
Be sure the spot you choose for your plants gets six to eight hours of sun.You don’t need a lot of space to begin a vegetable garden. If you choose to grow in containers, you don’t even need a yard - a deck, patio or balcony will provide plenty of space. The amount of space you require will depend on what you’re planting and how many plants you intend to cultivate. Sun-deprived plants won’t bear as much fruit and are more vulnerable to insects and stress.
Step 3 - Suitable soil
Success starts with the soil. Most vegetables do well in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter like compost or peat moss. Adding organic material loosens stiff soil, helps retain moisture and nourishes important soil organisms.
Step 4 - Feed your food
All edible plants remove some nutrients from the soil and can quickly exhaust soil without the help of a fertilizer. Since one of the reasons for growing your own vegetables is to control exactly what your family consumes, be sure to use all-natural, safe products. Research shows plants are healthier and more vigorous using organically based foods, rather than chemical based options.
Step 5 - Water well
Most vegetables aren’t drought tolerant, so you’ll need to water them regularly. The closer your garden is to a water source, the easier it will be to keep plants hydrated. One inch of water weekly is adequate for most vegetables.
Step 6 - Pest patrol
Let natural predators fight your battles, hand-pick pests or dislodge them with a jet of water. If you spray, do it late in the day when beneficial insects are less active. You can find plenty of resources to help guide you through the planting process, from websites to your local community college’s agricultural extension. Read up, watch videos, take a class and get your hands dirty.
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Come see what the buzz is about. Anna’s House was recently voted Best Breakfast Joint in the State of Michigan by Mlive. Their most popular house specialties include Breakfast Lasagna and Twilight French Toast. The menu is forever changing, unique and amazing! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Big O Smokehouse 9740 Cherry Valley Rd (M37) Caledonia, MI 49316 (616) 891-5555 www.bigosmokehouse.com Big O Smokehouse is a locally owned and operated company committed to putting out top quality foods. They specialize in smoked products, and also offer top quality buffalo, venison, and sea food. The wide variety of smoked products are great for party appetizers or if you just want a healthy protein filled snack. Visit them in Caledonia or find their smoked fish at your local stores. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Carrettino Italian Market & Wine 4301 Kalamazoo SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 (616) 827-3902 www.carrettinomarket.com Featuring Sicilian and regional Italian groceries, many products are available exclusively at Carrettino. Be sure to visist the deli where Greg, Mike and Gina Russo create lots of wonderful Italian foods, including Italian sausage, meatballs, sauces, pasta salads, cannoli, and more. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D&W Fresh Market Cascade, Caledonia, Gaslight Village, Knapp’s Crossing, Breton Village www.dwfm.spartanstores.com Learn about the incredible healing power of plant-based foods and how it can change your life with Cooking Simple: Living Well with Master Raw Food Chef
and WOTV 4 Women’s Healthy Eats Expert, Margaux Drake. Each D&W Fresh Market is a premiere grocery store for premium meats and cheeses, a great wine seleciton and fresh produce, providing value for all of your fresh foods and grocery needs. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Fred’s Italian Restaurant Pizzeria & Grill 3619 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 361-8994 www.fredspizza.com Great food, great prices, great fun! A family tradition since 1963, Fred’s offers legendary pizza and delicious entrees, salads and desserts with a generous selection of wines, liquors, and beers. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Grand Rapids Cheesecake 2255 Alpine Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544 (616) 477-9045 www.grcheesecake.com Perfect for your next party, wedding, or simply as a dessert, a cheesecake from Grand Rapids Cheesecake Company is sure to get rave reviews. Quality is the key in each step of our cheesecakes. Every cheesecake is made locally by hand using only the finest natural ingredients and then baked to perfection. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Hudsonville Ice Cream www.hudsonvilleicecream.com/ At Hudsonville Ice Cream, we think ice cream should be enjoyed all year Around. Since 1926, our family-owned company has been making great ice cream. Ice Cream is the ONLY thing we make, so we‚ are focused on making the best we can. Hudsonville Ice Cream has a TASTE FOR ALL SEASONS. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kingma’s Market and Butcher Shoppe 2225 Plainfield NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (616) 447-2090 www.kingmasmarket.com continued on page 25
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Grand Rapids is a hotbed for breweries and women are asking for craft beer by name. We invite you to visit these establishments for a date night, girls’ night out or whatever tickles your fancy.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
1 Ionia SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 458-7000 www.grbrewingcompany.com GRBC is proud to be the Midwest’s first USDA-certified organic brewery. Chef Adam Watts has created a menu that is sourced mostly from West Michigan’s bountiful agribusiness, and features both housemade and Sobie sausages.
111 Courtland St NE Rockford, MI 49341 (616) 863-3111 www.grilloneeleven.com Grill 111 and Marinades take pride in handcrafted Michigan beers, and supporting the local community. They love beer so much they decided to start brewing their very own, GO Brew. Depending on your mood, you could head towards gourmet wood-fired pizzas at Marinades or enter Grill 111, an American Grill
with a twist. Everyday they offer Happy Hour, $2.00 off draft beer and appetizers, $2.50 house wine and house liquors. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Jaden James Brewery 4665 Broadmoor Grand Rapids, Mi 49512 616-656-4665
Jaden James Brewery (located in Cascade Winery) specializes in small batch craft beers. Sold by the glass in the tap room or by the growler to go. Year-round selection of Cream Ale, IPA, Black IPA, Porter is augmented by seasonal brews such as Summer Wheat, Oktoberfest, Rich Russian Imperial and more. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
1429 Lake Dr., S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616)301-0998 www.trilliumhavenrestaurant.com
Trillium Haven Restaurant features nine different varieties of Michigan craft beer specializing in small production batches from across the state. They also feature several Michigan craft beers by the bottle both in 12 ounce and large 22 ounce formats and an all natural, gluten free and vegan Komucha beer by the bottle. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
1600 East Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 301-8171 www.twisted-rooster.com Twisted Rooster’s local menu options include Michigan-made beer, wine and liquor. Try out the all-new Twisted Beer Flights! Enjoy the newest selection of Michigan brews – Four, 5oz. beers for only $5.95, or join us all day Sunday & Monday, for $3.50 beer flights.
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Pietro’s Italian Restaurant 2780 Birchcrest SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 452-3228 www.rcfc.com/Pietros Pietro’s is the highest acclaimed Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria this side of the state. They are pleased to bring to you a wide array of cuisine such as their signature Fettuccine Michael, a local staple for over 30 years, alongside an extensive wine list. Be sure to ask about Pietro’s family style dining and house wine programs! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rockwell’s/REPUBLIC 45 S. Division Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 551-3563 www.rockwellsrepublic.com
Kingma’s features a huge selection of Michigan produced specialty groceries along with a full-service butcher shop, cheeses, and a large selection of fine wines and beers, many locally made. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– La Bonne Vie Personal Chef and Catering Service 616-822-8838 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chefjenfoley.com La Bonne Vie is a professional personal chef and catering service operated by chef and owner, Jen Foley. Specializing in event catering, in-home family meals,
dinner parties, and culinary instruction, guaranteeing a stress free dining experience every time. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Marco New American Bistro 884 Forest Hill Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 616-342-9100 www.marcobistro.com Simple, fresh rustic cuisine prepared with gourmet flair. Owner/Chef Mark prepares everything in-house, using Michigan foods when available. Impressive wines and delectable desserts. Minutes from downtown.
Rockwell Republic takes great pride in their commitment to the use of only the freshest ingredients available. They serve delicious American and Asian food made from scratch using fresh, locally farmed cuisine, incredible sushi and martinis galore. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Cheese Lady 315 Fuller Avenue, NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 242-9880 www.thecheeselady.net Specializing in cheeses from Michigan and around the world, gourmet and specialty groceries, soups
and a nice selection of wines. Gift baskets, party trays, catering, and private parties available. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Slow Food West Michigan (718) 260-8000 www.slowfoodwestmichigan.com Slow Food West Michigan advocates for a good, clean, diverse, sustainable, accessible, and fair food system. They educate the communities by collaborating with food growers, distributors, artisans, and other nonprofits. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Trillium Haven 1429 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 301-0998 www.trilliumhavenrestaurant.com A true farm-to-table restaurant focusing on local, sustainable, ethically raised proteins & produce. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch 7 days a week. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Twisted Rooster 1600 East Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 301-8171 www.twisted-rooster.com Twisted Rooster’s specially created menu is centered entirely around locallysourced, Michigan-made products. Their culinary team is focused on creating a unique dining experience, complete with impeccable food and drinks in an energetic, family-friendly atmosphere.
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hen was the last time you saw a movie under the stars? In the 1950’s, Drive-In Theatres were everywhere, but over the past few decades, their numbers dwindled as the megaplex concept grew in popularity. At one point there were over 4,000 Drive-Ins in the late 50’s – and now that number has dropped to under 400, with only eight still operating during the summer months in Michigan. A Drive-In is designed as a destination featuring playgrounds, batting cages, putt putt courses, arcades, and expanded snack bars or diners to provide entertainment while you wait for the sun to go down. Once dusk arrives, most Drive-Ins will give you not one, but two features on a giant outdoor screen with a double feature. Many locations still feature the nostalgic car window speakers, but also feature the movie soundtrack playing on FM radio stations for crisp, clear sound. There has been a lot of talk about Drive-In theatres facing another possible wave of extinction as digital cinema has expanded to the point where film companies are moving away from 35mm film altogether. With the expense of a digital upgrade, many Drive-In theatres are having difficulties making the shift, but luckily many Michigan locations have already upgraded to digital, or are in discussions to do so very soon.
Beltline Drive-In, circa 1959 A trip to the Drive-In theatre should be on everyone’s summer to-do list. Whether you are going to relive the nostalgia of some summer memories from your past, or wanting to check out what all of the fun is about for the first time, this is the perfect time for a drive. Find a location near you: 5-Mile Drive-In 28190 State Rte 152 #M Dowagiac, MI 49047 One Screen Drive-In – Opened in 1961 Capri Drive-In 119 W. Chicago Rd. Coldwater, MI 49036 Website: Capridrivein.com Two Screen Drive-In – Opened in 1964 Cherry Bowl Drive-In 9812 Honor Hwy. Honor, MI 49640 Website: Cherrybowldrivein.com One Screen Drive-In – Opened in 1953 Ford Drive-In 10400 Ford Rd. Dearborn, MI 48126 Website: Forddrivein.com Five Screen Drive-In – Opened in 1950
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You’re going to the beach! Whether you sand lounge with your beau, your girlfriends or just spend a relaxing afternoon by yourself, don’t forget these sun-seeking essentials in your beach bag.
1. Itsy Bitsy Bikini
Be sure to pull out that ONE swimsuit that has you feeling like a sun goddess and won’t leave the evidence of “sick day” at the beach with unsightly tan lines. This summer, blazing hot crimson is all the rage.
2. Sandals Du Jour
Flip-flops are the bread and butter of summer foot wear. Want to make more of fashion statement with your sandals? Try an espadrille. Just be sure to schedule a pedi first and polish those toes with a super sexy bright red hue to coordinate with your bikini.
3. Sexy Specs
Cue Audrey Hepburn, the woman who knew how to wear a pair of sunglasses. You can ignite the same sophistication and glamor with a pair of black, oversized shades. Be sure your glasses block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays.
4. Sunscreen Safeguard
UV rays can prematurely age skin, so choose a waterresistant sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Even if you don’t jump in the water to cool down, you are bound to perspire while you bask in the sunshine.
5. Classic Beach Ball
Laying on the beach is restful, but a little exertion on your part is good too. An inflatable beach ball is retrochic and very portable as well. Who knows… this just may be all you need to strike up a conversation with those handsome guys splashing in the surf.
6. Sarong-ing It
Need to quickly throw something over your bathing suit without having to change into a full-on outfit?
Well, the sarong is the answer you are looking for. It’s convenient, travels well, and is fashionable too.
7. Coif Protector
too much of the sun. A brightly colored umbrella will give your skin a break and make your dermatologist happy.
It’s easy to just grab that convenient baseball cap in a rush to get out the door and into the sun. Instead, find a hat that will protect your face and your locks while you snooze in a chaise lounge by the pool. A floppy and wide brim topper is durable and flexible enough to stuff in your tote, and still give you the shade your face will love you for later.
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8. Flavorful Hydration
The Sounds of Sunshine – Michael Franti & Spearhead California Gurls – Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg All Summer Long – Kid Rock Funky Tonight – John Butler Trio All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun – Sheryl Crow City Beneath the Sea – Harry Connick Jr. Dancing In The Streets – Martha and the Vandellas Bright Lights Big City – Umphrey’s McGee One Love – Bob Marley Least Complicated – Indigo Girls Drunk On You – Luke Bryan Summertime – Billie Holiday
The sun and heat most certainly will dehydrate you. Bring plenty of drinking water along for the excursion. One needs at least 6 glasses of water a day. Flavor it up and add slices of lime or cucumber to sip in style.
9. Reading Opus
Don’t leave home without your Women’s LifeStyle Magazine… or, that used book you just couldn’t put down when treasure-troving at the local thrift store, for that matter. What better way to spend the afternoon than getting lost in a good read?
Don’t forget your android or iPhone even though you are getting away for the day. It’s handy for a time check, photos and video, as well as offers you tunes to relax, jam or rock out to. Connect with apps like iHeartRadio, Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes.
10. Beach Blanket
Even if you’re just heading to the neighbor’s pool to sit in a chaise envisioning that you’re sunbathing in Playa del Carmen, you still need a beach blanket. Lay it over the lounger and protect your bikini as well as your skin from any dirt, germs or chemicals silently joining you. A simple twin-size sheet will fit neatly into your tote.
11. Pretty Parasol
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AVOIDING Internet Scams Legally Speaking:
adly, we often have clients come to us only after falling prey to one of the many internet scams out there. They are hurt, embarrassed and have lost money, privacy, or trust, or sometimes all three. They say that women are the more emotional, empathetic of the sexes, which is probably why most of these scams target the so called fairer sex. Unfortunately, once the damage is done, there is very little recourse to be had. Hunting down these perpetrators is not easy and legal remedies are unlikely. That said, it is definitely best to spot these scammers ahead of time and avoid falling victim to these cons in the first place. Here’s how you can spot a few popular ones going around.
Disaster Relief Scams
It seems doubly nefarious to take advantage of such tragic events, but after tragedies such as 9-11, Katrina, and Sandy, scam artists have a field day preying on others’ goodwill. They often set up fake charity websites and steal the money donated to the victims of disasters. Additionally, if your request for a donation came via email, there is a chance of it being a phishing attempt. Don’t ever volunteer your bank account or credit information, unless it is a recognized charitable organization, and even then, you may want to confirm the website’s legitimacy with the organization directly.
Online Dating Scams
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work—you will be contacted online by someone who appears to be interested in you. For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth, and you may even be sent flowers or other gifts. But ultimately, your lothario asks you for money. He may also send you checks to cash, since he’s out of the county, or he may ask you to forward him a package.
In another extortion scam, victims met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a different social networking site, where the talk often turns intimate. The victims are later sent a link to a website where those conversations were posted, along with photos, their phone numbers, and other damaging claims. Victims are forced to pay in order to have that information removed.
Don’t Call 112
We’re not sure where this one came from (or who it benefits), but there have been a host of emails and Facebook posts floating around warning women about various predatory conduct and counseling them to call 112 in case of an emergency. Don’t be fooled! 112 is an emergency number in some countries, but not in the United States. Some states will forward 112 calls to 9-1-1, but not all areas or dispatchers do this. Stick with 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.
Phishing Emails and Phony Web Pages
email scam today. “Phishing” is where digital thieves lure you into divulging your password info through convincing emails and web pages. These emails generally resemble legitimate credit companies, like Citibank, eBay or PayPal. Commonly, the guise is an urgent need to “confirm your identity.” The message generally requires you to click on a link, but the link will redirect you to a fake website. Then you innocently enter your ID and password. The information is intercepted by the scammers, who may later access your account. If you are ever in doubt, call the financial institution at issue and verify that the email is legit. In the meantime, if an email seems suspicious to you, do not trust it.
Even the savviest of us can get tripped up with some of the frauds out there, especially when they appeal to our heart, our fears, or our emotions. Don’t be the next victim. Think before you click, and if you are ever asked to send money—no matter the ruse—beware. There may be a legitimate reason for you to pull out your wallet, but we’ve never heard of one. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Raquel Salas and Elizabeth Lueder are attorneys with Avanti Law Firm. Visit www.avantilaw.com to learn more about the work they do.
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Daydream: Natural Tips for Mid-Summer Beauty Care photography and articly by Laura Naughton
t’s the middle of summer and you’ve already been soaking in those glorious rays on the lake. Here are a few natural beauty tips to keep your sun-kissed self healthy and beautiful for the rest of the summer.
Before The Beach
Fair-Skinned Maiden - For those fair-skinned beauties like me who only end up looking like a lobster when exposed to the sun for long periods, a healthy alternative to sun tanning is using an organic sunless bronzer to give you the sun-kissed glow of your dreams. Check out Mina Organics 3-in-1 Sunless Bronzer and Moisturizer. It contains Macadamia nut oils and is sulfate-free and paraben-free.
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Simple Summer Entertaining:
by Kelly LeCoy
Sample Picnic Menu:
by Chef Tina Marie
he tastes and smells of summer keep me dreaming all winter long for the days I can go barefoot again; fresh produce from the farmer’s market, watermelon by the slice, skewers on the grill, and the chill of an ice cream cone on a hot day.
Whether you are heading to the beach or down the street to a neighborhood park, a simple picnic adds something special to the day. And as much as we love summer days, there is something about a cool evening breeze, crickets in the background and laughter across the table that makes summer evenings unforgettable. A successful picnics and dinner parties don’t require anything extravagant. All you need is a comfortable setting, good company and simply delicious food. In an effort to make hosting a dinner party and picnic packing even easier, I sat down with a few experts on food and table settings, Chef Tina Marie Greene (owner of Kissing Rock Kitchens) and Amy Ruis (owner of Art of the Table) to get their best tips and secrets on summer menus and table settings.
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Peachy-Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Muffuletta Apple Lentil Salad Stuffed Cucumbers and Shrimp Citron Shortbread Cucumber Mint Water
Drink Pairing by Amy Ruis, Art of the Table •
Packing Your Picnic
“The bag is important! I always forget something,” says Amy, “Pick a picnic basket that suits your needs and put everything you need for a picnic in it. So when you pick it up, all of the essentials are already in it.” Amy recommends using an insulated bag, but you can also use a traditional picnic basket. Some baskets even come stocked with silverware, salt and pepper and glasses. “Don’t forget something to sit on,” she adds.
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“What I would take on a picnic is one of two things (or maybe both!), a bubbly and a nice red. Big Little Wine Company’s “Tire Swing” has crispy, appley deliciousness and it is made up in Leelanau County, MI. The Rio Madre is 100% Graciano from Rioja, Spain and is a current fave. It is big bold fruit, but soft enough without too much tannin. Spicy, blue fruits abound!”
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Setting Your Table
“The colors for the season are blues, especially turquoise and navy,” Amy shares, “The nautical look is coming back. I’m still seeing a lot of bright colors too, oranges and muted greens. These go really well with turquoise.”
by Chef Tina Marie
Miso Glazed Salmon
Table decor doesn’t need to be extravagant; you can create a variety of settings with the basics. Gather a few tablecloths, napkins, summer dishes, and candles or lanterns for centerpieces. Amy recommends having a variety of basic tablecloths that you can change out based on your table decor. “I don’t like hugely busy tables. Having a basic tablecloth lets you do a lot with it. It’s fun to have different colors of napkins that go with a candle or lantern,” explains Amy. “Take a red lantern and put an orange candle [in it]. That kind of thing can quickly transform your table.”
Marinated in a mixture of yellow miso, sake and brown sugar, it finishes with a crispy caramelization on top and a mouth-watering sweet and salty taste. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 Tbsp red miso or 3 Tbsp white miso 2 Tbsp sake 2 Tbsp brown sugar (less or more to taste) 2 teaspoons soy sauce 4 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets (replace with tofu for a vegan option)
While Amy prefers having a separate set of dishes for outside (hers are red and orange), you can easily use your regular dishes. Collect summer salad plates, or salad plates of a different color and use your regular dishes and silverware. The pop of color will totally transform your table. “I like having lots of light on the table, it makes a cool centerpiece, Amy shares. “When you are talking until ten or eleven at night, it adds a great atmosphere.” She recommends using candles or lanterns to add light to your table are, and using torches or stringing lights to light up the surrounding area. Amy’s best advice is to go simple, and not to be too fussy. What is the most important isn’t the decor, the drinks or even the menu you spent hours planning and making. It is the community at the table, the conversation, the laughter, and the memories you are creating.
Sample Dinner Menu: by Chef Tina Marie • • • • • •
White Bean and Garlic Pate with Pita Chips Watermelon, Feta and Basil Salad Quinoa and Farro Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Miso Glazed Salmon Basil Custard with Apricot Mince Chamomile Ginger Tea Breeze
Drink Pairing by Amy Ruis, Art of the Table • Tariquet Chenin Chardonnay
“Any Chenin Blac or lighter bodied Chardonnay would be delicious. The crisp minerality of Chenin Blanc harmonizes well with the full body of Chardonnay in this refreshingly smooth white wine from the Basque region in the southwest of France. Overall bright and lightly citrusy, expect flavors of green apple, juicy pear, ripe melon, and honey alongside a crisp acidity, making it a delightful pairing for seafood or salad. Plus, this wine is vegan – it’s not processed with any animal products!”
Method Mix the miso, sake, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl. Adjust proportions to taste. Pour half of the mixture into a container large enough to fit the salmon fillets, then pour the rest over the top of the fish. Make sure the fish is coated with the miso sauce. Cover the container and marinate for at least 30 minutes, and up to overnight. Line a broiling pan with aluminum foil. Brush a little vegetable oil over the foil and lay the salmon fillets, skin side down, on top. Make sure there is an even, thin coating of marinade on top of the fish. Place the fillets no closer than about 6 inches from the broiler element in your oven. Broil for 6-10 minutes, depending on how thick the fillets are and how hot your broiler is. Keep an eye on the salmon. The marinade has sugar in it that can easily cause the glaze to burn. If it starts charring and the cooking isn’t yet finished, place the fish on a lower rack in the oven.
So toss a salad, put your tablecloth and candles on the table, call a few friends and enjoy the best of what summer has to offer!
by Chef Tina Marie
Peachy Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette This fresh salad has a wonderful combination of flavors and is so refreshing on hot, summer days.
For the Vinaigrette 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup good-quality sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 small shallot, roughly chopped Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
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For the Salad 1 1/2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, roughly chopped 4 to 5 ripe peaches, sliced into wedges 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, for garnish Combine the basil, olive oil, vinegar, honey, Dijon and shallots in a blender until the dressing emulsifies and the basil is pureed. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the tomatoes and peaches in a container large enough to toss them with the vinaigrette after you arrive at your picnic paradise spot. Top with the feta cheese.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kelly LeCoy is a Grand Rapids native, an entrepreneur and graduate of Calvin College. She owns Uptown Kitchen, a shared-use kitchen and event space in Eastown and is passionate about food and small business.
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So, what exactly is Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club, you ask, besides a bit of a mouthful? It is Grand Rapids’ coolest, funnest (we’ll pretend that’s a word) way to play sports, hang out at bars and meet new people from all over the city. I talked with founder Chris Wessely and Anna Roden of GRSSC. After bombarding me with big red bouncy balls (just kidding; but I wouldn’t put it past them!), they told me about what one can expect from a GRSSC league. “We stick to the non-traditional sports like kickball, wiffle ball, and dodge ball. We have a new trivia league starting in June,” shares Anna. “All of our sports leagues are co-ed adults with games once a week.” GRSSC partners up with a different bar, usually one close to the playing field, where leaguers can run to after the game for a drink and social time. In the GRSSC leagues, you’ll find a wide variety of people you’re bound to connect with; people married with kids, single, young professionals, people just trying to get through the rat race, new to Grand Rapids, been here for a lifetime, you name it, you’ll find it. “We try to level the corporate hierarchy. Everyone has the same game shirts. Everyone is just who they are. The focus is on the game and the people. We think it’s a great, organic way of starting friendships.” To start having the time of your life, pick a league and register online at grssc.com/ leagues. Here you will pay the registration fee, start a player profile, and browse other GRSSC profiles to find the team you best fit with. Whether you were the allstar of your high school team or you’ve never kicked a ball in your life, you will find friends, fitness, and frivolity in any league you choose at Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club. To learn more about GRSSC, visit their website at www.grssc.com or find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/grssc.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aemelia Tripp is the marketing coordinator at Women’s Lifestyle Magazine. She is a graduate of Calvin College with a degree in Strategic Communications. Aemelia enjoys bike rides and singing jazz songs.
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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Grand Rapids Public Museum. On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank aftar colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 lives. In Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, more than 150 legendary artifacts conserved from the Ship’s debris field are showcased offering a poignant look at this iconic Ship and its passengers. www.grmuseum.org.
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Oblique Angle: Inspired by Detroit’s spirit of technological innovation, Heather McGill’s current series of highly patterned wall sculptures and drawings applies the materials of industry to modern art. www.artmuseumgr.org.
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Chroma: featuring artwork that focuses on color, or the lack of color, as the central element of expression. Physical specifications of color are generally associated with objects, materials or light sources, but we never really perceive what color is physically. www.uica.org.
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The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter: She created brightly-patterned quilts that reflected her life in that rural community as well as her experiences as an African-American woman. Hunter turned the “fabric” of everyday life into eye-catching quilts with an abstract, asymmetrical and often modern aesthetic. www.artmuseumgr.org. Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan at Meijer Gardens. As a sculptor, painter, photographer, performance and installation artist, his impact in broadening the global dimensions of contemporary art has been immense. www.meijergardens.org.
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GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up. Smart librarians have picked ten books that will take you to unexpected places and have planned unique events that will have you exploring our exceptional community. Discover the ten interesting books that were selected. For a complete list of books and events, visit www. grpl.org/grreads or stop by any GRPL library.
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Five Centuries of Masterpieces. The Jansma Print Collection at the Grand Rapids Art Museum: Five Centuries of Masterpieces celebrates the donation of The Flight into Egypt by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, 1727–1804). www.grartmuseumgr.org.
Through September 25, 2013 Ride in vintage train cars which were built from 19191932. Ninety minute journey through family-owned farms and fields. The friendly Conductor will talk about local and railroad history. At the half-way point in Marne, passengers may detrain to watch as the 1950’s era diesel locomotive switches tracks. All cars have a restroom. Some cars have air-conditioning. All cars are heated, in season. Charters, Hobo Lunch Charters, Caboose Parties and Locomotive Cab Rides are available.
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Swing Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle Grand Rapids Original Swing Society is the largest dance group in West Michigan who dance because it’s fun. All skill levels welcome! We do swing, ballroom, and line dancing. Some nights will have different themes from Prom night, to classic car night, to Christmas in July. http://www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com
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Metro Health Hospital Farmer Market The weekly open-air market will host a diverse array of vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, plants, flowers and other locally grown and produced foods, as well as handcrafted artisan items such as jewelry, soap and candles.
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Discover Meijer Garden’s special, year-long exhibition showcasing revolutionary sculptor, Bernar Venet. Demonstration his iconic work in steel, five of Venet’s large-scale sculptures will be displayed outdoors on the front lawn. www.meijergardens.org.
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Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Storms and Stories. Visitors to the Grand Rapids Public Museum can delve into the secrets of the “inland seas” at the Great Lakes Shipwrecks. www.grmuseum.org.
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Growing Up Grand! Follow Gerald Ford from his birth in Nebraska, to his growing up in Grand Rapids, to his graduation from the University of Michigan. A first-of-its-kind look at the making of our 38th president. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov.
West Michigan Jazz Societ- Jazz at the Zoo Monday 6:30-8:30PM. The Ides of Marsh: West Michigan Jazz Society’s Jazz Musician of the Year 2013, Randy Marsh, presents Arno Marsh’s 85th Birthday - Tribute to a Jazz Legend’. This quartet will feature Arno Marsh on saxophone, son Randy on drums, Paul Keller on string bass, Robin Connell on keys and Dr. Paul Brewer on trombone. http://www.wmichjazz.org Kendall College of Art & Design MFA Juried Print, Drawing & Painting Exhibition. The juried exhibition of Master of Fine Arts students from Kendall College of Art and Design is currently visible in the Skywalk of DeVos Place Convention Center. Visitors will be afforded the opportunity to see this important exhibition of emerging artists. This exhibition will certainly add a new art destination for the cultural calendar in the region.
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Fulton Street Farmer’s Market come to this open air, seasonal farmers market. There will be fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, baked goods, crafts more. Some vendors start leaving as early as 2:00 PM so get there early for best selection! Market season runs from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday before Christmas. http://fultonstreetmarket.org/
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Summer Concert Series HITS OF THE 80s: July 15, & August 12
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Tuesday Evening Music Club Concert Series at the Gardens Kelsey Rottiers: Indi-folk singer-songstress, with pop simplicity. Lucas Wilson: Vocally gritty, renovated classic rock, with shades of soul. http://www. meijergardens.org/ Wyoming Concert In The Park Series presents: Jimmy Stagger and Stolen Horses. Enjoy a great variety of musical acts, and as always, there is no admission charge. Tonight will be Jimmy Stagger a blues, rock and americana musician and Stolen Horses - a country/rock band will perform. Join our Launch Party for Steve Hamilton’s new Alex McKnight Mystery, Let It Burn! We’ll be serving up delicious cake at Schulers Books (28th St.) to celebrate and Steve will give a talk and sign books at 7pm. www.schulerbooks.com The 2013 Tuesday Evening Music Club allows visitors of all ages to enjoy the talent of local musicians, beautiful summer weather and the ambiance of Meijer Gardens’ sculpture and gardens. The entire facility will be open to visitors until 9 PM on concert nights. Guests can bring picnic food or enjoy the Taste of the Gardens Café and amphitheater concessions. Concerts are free with paid admission to Meijer Gardens and all Tuesday Evening Music Club concerts begin at 7 pm. This Tuesday Features Kelsey Rottiers: Indi-folk singer-songstress, with pop simplicity. As well as, Lucas Wilson: Vocally gritty, renovated classic rock, with shades of soul.
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ing, Umphrey’s McGee was formed while at the University of Notre Dame and built their reputation based on marathon concerts that mix original, technically demanding tunes with complex epics and playful covers (ranging from Toto to Metallica). Their newest studio album, Death By Stereo, is the follow up to 2009s Mantis. Umphrey’s McGee built its fanbase through endless touring of 100+ shows a year, which incorporate a sophisticated mix of cutting-edge technology, including a stellar light show. www.meijergardens.org Gun Lake Live 2013 at Bay Pointe Inn. Our Outdoor Concert Series continues with local favorite Tony Fields, Doug Decker, & Jeff Starr! Come out Wednesday nights from 6-10pm, rain or shine, and enjoy live music, food, cocktails, and dancing at Bay Pointe Inn’s Lakefront Event Pavilion. We feature different bands weekly, Memorial Day-Labor Day! Free and open to the public. www.baypointeinn.com
126 Army Band Salutes July 4th in Lowell. Dubbed “Flags On The Fourth!”, Lowell is honored to be the Michigan community chosen to host our state’s official military band this 4th of July. The Michigan National Guard 126 Army Band, based in Wyoming, takes the stage at the historic Lowell Showboat from 7-9pm for the 4th Of July musical celebration.The concert will conclude in time for a fireworks display. www.discoverlowell.org March your feet, clap your hands and show your patriotic spirit -- help us celebrate America’s birthday the Children’s Garden way at Meijer Gardens! www. meijergardens.org
Lakeshore Art Festival is a blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and a Michigan food market.
Montgomery Gentry is an American country music duo composed of vocalists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry. The duo is known for its Southern rock influences, and has produced more than twenty chart singles including the number one hits “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man” and “Roll with Me.” www.meijergardens.org Gallery Talk with Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Fri, July 5, 7:00pm – 7:30pm Friday Night Conversations are unique collaborations with artists and organizations in the community. Programs have included performances, gallery talks, activities, presentations, and more. www.artmuseumgr.org
July 5 through September 7
Friday Nights at GRAM features galleries open late, live piano music, and a cash bar. FREE for members and $5 for non-members, this price includes admission to exhibitions and Friday Night Conversationscollaborations with other artists and art organizations in the community that often take the form of gallery talks, presentations, demonstrations, and more. www.artmuseumgr.org/programevents/fridaynights/
July 5 through September 15
Mathias J. Alten, American Impressionist. Grand Valley State University invites you to view an exciting paintings from George and Barbara Gordon for the second floor gallery expansion made possible through their generous support. This outstanding, growing collection, now spanning two floors, includes oil paintings, watercolors, and archival materials from the Grand Valley State University permanent collection. The gallery is open every Friday and Saturday from except during holidays. www.gvsu.edu/artgallery
“Slightly Obsessive” Art Opening in Douglas, features exceptional artworks by artists that are totally immersed in their craft. From thousands of circles of paint on top of each other, to hundreds of
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David Byrne was a founding member and principal songwriter of the American New Wave band Talking Heads, best known for their Top 10 hit, “Burning Down the House.” Since then, Byrne has released his own solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, and nonfiction. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Touring with him is Annie Erin Clark, better known as St. Vincent, an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Together, St. Vincent and David Byrne released a collaborative album titled, Love This Giant. Gate opens at 6 pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets for members are $63 and public is $65. www.meijergardens.org Mix the outrageous fun of disco balls, silk shorts, leg warmers and roller-skating with a high-energy musical score and you get the 2008 smash hit musical XANADU! Nominated for four Tony Awards and winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, XANADU is hilarity on wheels that inspires all of us to follow our wildest dreams. www.sc4a.org
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Learn how to ballroom dance at Social Dance Studio. Children will learn good posture, good manners, and understanding of body mechanics that will be very helpful for them as they grow up. Adults will have a skill that can be used to socialize, stay healthy, and gain more confidance. www.socialdancestudio.com Fred Knapp Quintet. Special guest, tenor saxophonist Mike Frost, a Chicago jazz veteran, joins drummer Fred Knapp with Dave Proulx on piano and vocals and Dave Rosin on bass. Expect fresh arrangements of songbook standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and more. www.wmichjazz.org
Meanwhile Film Series at Wealthy Theatre presents “Fight Club starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. If you are a member of the Community Media Center, you can order drinks at our bar and enjoy a local Michigan beer, a glass of wine, or a mixed drink. Starts at 8pm, doors open at 7:15. Tickets are $6 in advance and $5 for members. www.grcmc.org This Tuesday Evening Music Club at Meijer Gardens features Cabildo: Afro-Cuban music, with dashes of salsa, Latin Jazz, batchata and meringue. As well as, Serita the Black Rose:A blend of funk, neo-soul, and rock, helmed by a powerful singer-songstress.
July 9- 14
Rivertown Bike Week will be held to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the United Special Sportsmen Alliance. Consisting of displays by hundreds of vendors such as national motorcycle manufacturers, local motorcycle dealers and national motorcycle parts manufacturers, Rivertown Bike Week will also have ride-in motorcycle shows, stunt team shows, music, and food vendors. www.rivertownbikeweek.com
July 9- August 15
A group of current students and alumni of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, have been invited to exhibit in LowellArts!Sci-Fi/Fantasy Invitational Art Exhibition this summer. Curated by David Gianfredi, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Medical Illustration Program at Kendall College, the art promises to stretch the boundaries of the imagination. http:www.lowellartsmi.org Join Chris McKellar of Love’s Ice Cream to learn the process of making ice cream at home in a way that is easy to follow and fun. With a few simple tools, you will be able to transform milk, cream, sugar, and a flavor of your choice into luscious ice cream. Get tips on buying local and organic ingredients. Registration is required at www.grpl.org/register.
Gril Power Camp answers the question: What makes Girls Super? What does Girl Power mean? How are those powers different from male super heroes? The camp will start with viewing WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Super Heroines, and discussing current strong media role models, what defines strength, how it can be measured, observed, and shared. www.grcmc.org Learn the LA Style Salsa Dance by taking a class at Social Dance Studio. The dance is fun, sexy and full of flavor. The linear style is perfect for crowded clubs and offers the follower many opportunities to show off her rhythm and style. We offer many classes from Beginning to Advanced in LA Style Salsa. www. socialdancestudio.com
2013 Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series:Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys (Rockabilly) Music will fill historic downtown Lowell, located along the Flat River. Admission and parking is free. The concert venue is wheelchair accessible and handicap/senior parking is available. Bleacher seating is available along with room for your own comfy folding chair. Join us this summer for a sizzlin time on the river!
A Grand Rapids Symphony presents Picnic Pops: Classical Fireworks a patriotic take on a perennial
favorite, celebrating President Gerald R. Ford’s Centennial! Thursday, July 11, 2013, 8pm Friday, July 12, 2013, 8pm. The best fireworks show of summer is paired with Sousa Marches, Armed Forces Salute, a musical tribute to President Ford, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and more. Gates open at 5:30pm for picnicking, kids activities and pre-concert entertainment. Bring your own picnic and beverages or purchase concessions at Cannonsburg. Alcoholic beverages permitted. Tickets start at $15, less for kids and seniors. $3 more day of show.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged. Three guys, 37 plays, and one dead playwright. All in under 2 hours. Join Heritage Theatre Group at the GRCC Spectrum Theater for a madcap adventure penned by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, and brought to life by director Walt Riegler and our standout cast of Alex Kempsell, Matthew McKay, and Adam Hyde. Tickets available online, by phone, or at the door.
July 11-July 27
The marvelous wonderettes: caps & gowns the sequel to the smash Off-Broadway hit musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes. This critically acclaimed hit takes us back to 1958, where it’s time for The Marvelous Wonderettes to graduate. Join Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy as they sing about their final year in high school, celebrate with their fellow classmates and teachers, and prepare for their next step toward a bright future. Act Two zooms ahead to 1968, where the girls perform as bride and bridesmaids to celebrate Missy’s marriage to Mr. Lee! Featuring all-time favorite songs like “Rock Around the Clock,” “At the Hop,” “Dancing in the Street,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” and 25 more hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns will have your audience cheering for more! www.circletheatre.org
July 11 through September 10
Contra Swing Dance with a Live Band Old-time fiddle and banjo dance with all new callers, and the live music of Gooder’N Grits! Great for people of all ages and skill levels. www.jamnbean.com
Wine-A-Palooza 2013 It’s time to get your wine on! We’re featuring international wines again this year! We’ve brought together a selection of 48 different wines from around the world and music by Scott Bell. Food stations will be available for you to sample food prepared by West Michigan Caterer. Cash bar will be available through the entire event, for those who want to attend and have a great time, but aren’t necessarily wine drinkers. Like the wine you’ve tasted? You’ll be able to buy it before you go! Wine School at Mangiamo every Thursday Night, 6-9pm. Summer long wine tastings on the lawn featuring dozens of selections each week $15 per person
Discover an amazing variety of daylily flowers at the Daylily show—see flowers that vary in size from less than one inch across to almost 10 inches and discover spider, ruffled, and “eyed” forms. View creative flower arrangements and vote for your favorite daylily with double blooms. Receive tips and advice from Daylily Society members while younger visitors enjoy a fun “Build a Daylily” art project. www.meijergardens.org Heritage Hill Garden Tour + Plant and Arts & Crafts Sale. Private gardens in the historic district of Heritage Hill will be on display to the public, showcasing a variety of planting environments. Your ticket includes a self guided map to the gardens. The gardeners will be in their gardens to greet you and answer questions. New this year is the Plant and Arts & Crafts Sale, featuring plant divisions from neighbors’ gardens and items produced by talented artists and craftspeople in the neighborhood. www.heritagehillweb.org The Market Presented by Avenue for the Arts showcases local artists and businesses, this street market style event features the work of local artists and arti
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July 13-July 14
Bee” amazed this weekend as you get a closer look at the fascinating world of honeybees. Discover different aspects of bees and beekeeping by viewing an observation hive, exploring a beekeeper’s unusual equipment and making a beeswax candle. Learn about the versatility of honey by tasting several different types and watching a cooking demonstration. Learn how to communicate like a bee by participating in a “bee dance.” www.meijergardens.org
Michael Franti & Spearhead blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock. They’re best known for hits like, “Say Hey (I Love You),” “Hey Hey Hey,” and “Sound of Sunshine.”Their latest album, The Sound of Sunshine was released in September 2010. The album became Michael Franti & Spearhead’s highest charting album on the Billboard 200 to date, peaking at #17. www.meijergardens.org There is a style of swing dance that you can dance to all kinds of upbeat music. Learn a few steps by taking advantage of the many different swing classes available this evening. www.socialdancestudio.com
This Tuesday Evening Music Club at Meijer Gardens features Andro: Celtic-based world-beat, played by a seasoned quartet on a wide range of instruments. As well as, Kent County String Band: a five-piece ensemble specializing in pre-WWII standards, jazz, bluegrass, and Americana. Show begins at 7pm. www.meijergardens.org Meanwhile Film Series presents “Boogie Nights” starring Mark Wahlberg and Burt Reynolds. If you are a member of the Community Media Center, you can order drinks at our bar and enjoy a local Michigan beer, a glass of wine, or a mixed drink. www.grcmc.org
Jump start your day! Coffee with Creators is an early morning, but casual coffee meetup for anyone that’s interested in technology, design and business-at all levels. www.workthefactory.com Discover Meijer Garden’s special, year-long exhibition showcasing revolutionary sculptor, Bernar Venet. Demonstrating his iconic work in steel, five of Venet’s large-scale sculptures will be displayed outdoors on the front lawn. The length and inclusion of this additional sculpture exhibition is unique to Meijer Gardens and will remain on display until October 2013. www.meijergardens.org
Muskegon Bike Time - Motorcycle Festival “America’s Fastest Growing Bike Event” is gearing up for it’s annual celebration of everything motorcycles. Over 35,000 bikes and 90,000 people visit the lakeshore community of Muskegon, MichiganThursday through Sunday… July 18, 19, 20. 21 and 22. www.muskegonbiketime.com Learn about business sustainability with Local First, area business leaders and author Norman Christopher as he discusses his book “Sustainability Demystified”. Norman and a panel of area business leaders will discuss the importance of sustainability. Join us at Schuler Books (28th St.) all day for this event. www.schulerbooks.com
This year City Lights Music Festival will continue to not only blow you away, but give you an experience to look forward to throughout the year. A Cooperation of Local and National Talent together fueling this Era of Electronic Dance Music. www.citylightsmusicfestival.com
Enjoy live music and fantastic food all day at the Taste of Grand Rapids Celebration of Diversity in Food & Music.This free event is hosted by WOOD Radio. Over 20 Grand Rapids restaurants will be serving up delicious samples of their unique cuisine for a small fee. Non-stop entertainment throughout the event. Children’s play area. Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned BBQ competition will be going on in conjunction with the event with over 40 BBQ teams competing for cash prizes. More info to come at woodradio.com. www.woodradio.com
The Sunset Series: 57 Brew Pub & Bistro 5K is the third leg off the sunset series. Cross country running is always challenging, so don’t expect a super fast race, plus this is 4 miles. But hey, this is summer so enjoy the beauty of the orchirds! The race will be followed by food, beverage and music by The Northern Skies. www.stridersrun.com/sunset-series A Night with the Stars: Tito El Bambino, Alexis & Fido, RKM & Ken-Y. Three groups of stars combine for one great night as the Puerto Rican reggaeton duos of Alexis Y Fido and RKM Y Ken-Y take the stage before fellow Puerto Rican heartthrob Tito El Bambino. 7:00 PM Tcickets are $127.50, $77.50 & $52.50. www.vanandelarena.com
The Ionia Free Fair events include the Circus, highflying trapeze acts, barns full of 4-H animals, Ionia Idol vocal competition, the Globe of Death and more. Ticketed events include a Monster Truck Throwdown, a demolition derby and Grand National tractor pulls. www.ioniafreefair.com Sparta Town & Country Days, this year’s theme is “Carnival Lights & Country Nights!” Food, games, concerts, parades, car shows, airport fly-ins, pancake breakfasts, tractor and truck pulls, and- yes!- the National Lawn Mower Riding contest. www.spartafair.com
The 38th annual International Herpesvirus Workshop (IHW 2013) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will continue the long history of IHW as the preeminent international conference addressing the full breadth and depth of herpesvirus research from around the world. The plenary lectures, concurrent sessions, workshops and poster sessions will share new discoveries, new models, and new opportunities in every aspect of herpesvirus biology. The meeting and lodging costs have been kept low to make this meeting affordable for students and postdocs, as well as for principal investigators. www.devosplace.org Paul Keller at Sundown Quartet String bassist, bandleader, and WMJS Jazz Musician of the Year 2001 Paul Keller returns to Grand Rapids for a homecoming concert that will feature his AT SUNDOWN Quartet. Joining Paul will be vocalist/ clarinetist Sarah D’Angelo, pianist Duncan McMillan, drummer Stephen Boegehold, and Detroit saxophonist Steve Wood. www.wmichjazz.org
Recharge your love for fiber arts with three rewarding weeks of unique textile processes inspired by Susana Allen Hunter’s Improvisational Quilts. Guests of all skill levels are invited to experience contemporary quilting techniques for themselves! Cost: $110 non members, $90 members New for adult learners 21+ Dates: Tuesday, July 16, 23 and 30 from 1:00 4:00 pm Registration required. www.artmuseumgr.org Join us at Schuler Books (28th St.) at 7pm for a night dedicated to our local authors! Featured authors will be: Randy Johnson, Priscilla Cogan, Aric Davis and Jeanne Hess. www.schulerbooks.com This Tuesday Evening Music Club at Meijer Gardens featuresThis Tuesday features Monica da Silva: Jazzy, multi-lingual vocals over an international mix of Brazilian bossa nova and indie-pop. Asuma Johnson: Traditional blues played by a distinguished veteran. The show begins at 7pm. www.meijergardens.org
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A group of current students and alumni of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, have been invited to exhibit in LowellArts!Sci-Fi/Fantasy Invitational Art Exhibition this summer. Curated by David Gianfredi, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Medical Illustration Program at Kendall College, the art promises to stretch the boundaries of the imagination. www.lowellartsmi.org Every Wednesday at 7PM, a Traditional Irish Music Session is held at The Fenian’s Irish Pub. Irish musicians and general public welcome to an authentic Irish experience. No cover charge. www.feniansirishpub.com
GR Modern: Home Architecture 1945-1970. Architects and developers solved the post-WWII Grand Rapids housing shortage with a new vision. They reshaped and expanded the city, developing new neighborhoods and creating stunning modern designs. Join Pamela VanderPloeg architectural researcher at West Michigan Modern, for a photographic journey into the heart of Grand Rapids’ midcentury modern architecture, 1945-1970. This program will be presented at Temple Emmanuel designed by internationally renowned modern architect Eric Mendelsohn. www.grpl.org Join Make-A-Wish Michigan for Wish-A-Mile 300 Bicyle Tour. WAM takes riders through the beautiful state of Michigan for the ultimate joy of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. WAM offers a thrilling 3-day, 300-mile tour. Not a rider, no problem, sign up as a volunteer or virtual rider! The WAM 300 will finish with a partial lap on the track at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. This is truly an experience not to be missed. www.wishamile.org Chris Isaak has been nominated for two Grammy awards, released nine albums, 12 singles and acted in several films and TV shows. For over two decades, his performances have entertained tens of thousands of people. Featured in David Lynch’s film Wild at Heart, “Wicked Game,” catapulted Isaak’s fame and reached number six on the Billboard pop charts in 1991. Songs “Gone Ridin’,” and “Livin’ for Your Lover” were also featured in the movie Blue Velvet, as did “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing” in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Beyond the Sun is Isaak’s latest release through Vanguard Records. www.meijergardens.org
The John Gist Band R&B/Soul Instrumental Friday Nights at GRAM moves outdoors for the fifth season of GRAM on the Green, the Art Museum’s outdoor summer music series! Make the most of your summer evenings and join GRAM, the Downtown Alliance, and Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation for Friday Nights filled with FREE live music, dancing, games, and more. Museum admission is $5 after 5pm for non-members, free for Members. www.artmuseumgr.org You won’t believe your eyes nor ears when you take in “The Piano Cottage Rocks!” concerts this summer by the Wealthy Theatre! Grand Rapids’ sensational family-friendly rock concert features the impressive talents of The Piano Cottage music studio’s young pianists, singers and instrumentalists. Students ages 8-16 are selected through an intensive audition and rehearsal process which culminates in the 2-hour concert on July 26 and 27, featuring classic rock, pop, jazz & the blues. Starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:15 at the Peter Wedge Auditorium. www.grcmc.org
July 26 -28
Discover the Venetian Festival and their marina parade - Saugatuck. This fun-loving festival is all about having a good time, cool costumes and the spirited boat parade and competition. Location on Lake Kalamazoo.
77th Annual Byron Days Festival features 5k race & kids fun run, Friday night “Praisefest” Historic parade, FREE Union Guns country-rock concert, Fireworks display, Craft fair. Kids rides & activities And much more! www.byrondaysfestival.com
July 26-August 4
Civic Theatre presents: 12 Dancing Princesses. A New Theatrical Release written by West Michigan playwright: Max Bush. For generations, children have loved the enchanting story by the Brothers Grimm of the twelve beautiful princesses and the handsome young lad who solves the mystery of their tattered shoes. www.grct.org
Eastland Shipwreck Disaster, a lecture with Ted Wachholz, 1:30 p.m. in the Meijer Theater. Hear the compelling story of the Eastland Disaster in a 40-minute, multimedia program about the horrific indecent that occurred in Chicago Harbor. Tickets are $3 each. grmuseum.org Fulton Street ARTisan Market, every sunday from 11am-3pm. A venture that started in the summer of 2005. It has grown to be a wonderful venue for all kinds of arts. All items are hand made by local Michigan artists.
This Tuesday Evening Music Club at Meijer Gardens features Nicholas James Thomasma and The Band Wagon: Toe-tapping country-folk, with a hint of zydeco and Kari Lynch: Highly danceable, crowd pleasing country-pop. The show begins at 7pm. www.meijergardens.org
The Mark Kahny Group, WMJS’s Musician of the Year 2012 Mark Kahny will lead this “special edition” quintet in a rousing performance of eclectic jazz covers from contemporary artists such as Pat Metheny, Dr. John, Crusaders and many more. Pianist and vocalist Mark Kahny is supported by the awesome talents of this year’s Musician of the Year, Randy Marsh on drums/blues harp, Carlos Melendez on guitar, Charlie Hoats on bass, and Chris Lawrence. www.wmichjazz.org
July 29- August 1
This year’s Animation Workshop Group theme is Color/Colour. Working with other students from around the world, each group will chose a color and bring it to life. Working in teams they will create stopmotion animations focusing on our group’s choice of color. The goal is for the viewer to connect each of our animations with the color we choose to represent. www.grcmc.org
Joing the Rogue River Blues Series 2013 for a wonderful open-air concert series that features some of the best blues bands in the area. The event takes place in beautiful Garden Club Park, along the rolling waters of the Rogue River. Music fans are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic lunch, relax and enjoy the music of talented bands each Tuesday evening throughout the summer. This concert series is FREE to the public www.rockfordmichamber.com Acid Glass Etching Class will show you how to prepare the glass for etching, how to make or use prepared stencils to create your designs, and the proper technique to use Armour Etch cream to create one of a kind glass pieces. Www.inspirationsofartstudio.com
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s Birthday Block Party. Enjoy an afternoon with Carnival Games, Prizes, and Fun! www.grcity.us Learn to East Coast swing at Jam’N Bean and stay for the party with a variety of big band, retro swing, east and west coast swing, and a variety of songs to keep you moving! www.jamnbean.com
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The key to finding items at garage sales is to look at how they can be used in new and different ways. Don’t view that dusty, broken typewriter or vintage camera as mechanical pieces you have to fix, but rather as interesting design elements to be admired on bookshelves and mantels. Even old books can add a level of sophistication to your home. Grab a handful in coordinating colors to stack on a dresser or end table for instant eye appeal. Buy an old ladder and prop it against the wall to drape blankets. You can even spray paint an old coffee mug rack to create a fabulous jewelry organizer to hang all your favorite accessories. The possibilities are endless.
Turning Up Treasures
If your main reason for getting giddy over garage sales is to make a quick buck, you’re not alone. Valuable items could lurk at every turn, and they are just waiting to be snatched up by eager buyers. Before you head out to garage sales, however, do your research and read up on collectibles. Generally, pieces with high nostalgia will fetch a higher price tag. Think classic lunch boxes, comic books, sports memorabilia or board games - things you loved as a kid that never seem to go out of style. You can also enlist the help of a collectibles expert, who can tell you everything you need to know. As you head outdoors this summer on a hunt for some bargain fixer-upper or forgotten gems, keep your eyes peeled and your mind open. The perfect addition to your home is right around the corner. You just have to use your imagination and bring it back to life.
Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • July 2013
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Self Care to Cultivate a Happy Home
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tress is a reality in society today, especially for moms. We are busy running from place to place, carpooling, volunteering, working, cooking, cleaning…did I mention raising a family? With so much going on, it may seem impossible to lessen the stress and increase the happiness at home. Energy is contagious. You know the phrase, “When mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy!” It may feel like a lot of pressure, but it’s true. Feeling exhausted, stressed and resentful that we haven’t had three minutes to floss our teeth is an energy zapper for the entire household. Feeling nourished, nurtured and confident makes a huge difference. Rather than do a complete 180 and try to overhaul your entire life – we know that doesn’t work – why not try to incorporate some small changes? Small changes create big impact in our lives, and they are simple to do. Here are 3 small changes with big impact that will cultivate a happy home:
Begin with small, meaningful daily self-care activities, which can include anything like picking your favorite lotion and lubing up the legs, keeping a gratitude jar on the counter, stretching for 15 minutes on the grass, or even using your real plates instead of the robot covered kiddie ones. Practicing self-care helps you exude confidence. This is a foundational piece for cultivating happiness within
you and for your children and spouse. Take time for yourself, too, mom!
Maintenance: ongoing self-care is dependent on you, your life and your needs. Use a simple assessment method when it comes to your physical and internal self: when you notice a flaw, instead of picking it apart, embrace it. Pull it to the forefront, and ask yourself whether this is a flaw that needs fixing, can be flaunted, or the flaw has no real impact in which case you simply have to flip your focus.
Once a year do something to keep yourself feeling fresh and young! For example, if you look in the mirror and notice some gray hair, determine whether to dye or not to dye, and then move forward. If you feel tired of fighting your natural mane of curly locks with a flat iron, go ahead
and let them loose. If you are fixating on the fine lines in your face, consider the great times you’ve spent laughing and creating memories and flip your focus to those things instead.
Invest in Yourself Annually. There are lots of little things you can do on a daily basis that will lead to a big impact, but don’t forget the value of one annual self-care maintenance investment. We invest in our homes, our careers, so why not invest in ourselves? According to Marta Tracy, TV and Media Consultant and author of Starring You, “Investing in one “maintenance” activity every year is crucial. Don’t get too caught up in it. Once a year do something to keep yourself feeling fresh and young. One year I removed the varicose veins, another year I got Invisalign clear braces to straighten my teeth, and another year I went on a retreat. Trust me, I am a happier mom and woman when I make the investment in myself.” So whether it’s investing in something for your health, your body, your mind, or your spirit, it’s definitely worth it – everyone in your home will thank you for it! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Tuma-Young is an author, media guest and renowned transformation expert known for teaching people to create their own balance, “inspirista” style. www.inspiredgirl.net.
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