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Volume 181


Ode to Daddy-O ......................................................................................................................8 GRap Dating: Meet Some of Our Most Eligible Bachelors ....................22 Marco Riolo: Creative Engineer ....................................................................................10 Hugo Claudin and Powerful Women .........................................................................26 The Magic Men of Market Street ..................................................................................48 A Chat with Carter Oosterhouse: Local Guy, HGTV Celeb and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man on TV” .................................................49 Ice: The Diamonds of Cuisine. Interview with Randy Finch, Ice Guru ......................................................................50


The Return of the Man Cave ............................................................................................6 Fashion Skyfall: Where you find fashionable men ............................................24 Fashion: Brights, Stripes and Blue Suede Shoes ..............................................36


Eat Fresh, Eat Local .................................................................................................................12 In Season: Fresh Strawberries Strawberry Ricotta Stuffed Whole Grain French Toast .......................16 Smokin’ Hot Grilling Spicy Gouda Stuffed Hamburger with Caramelized Onion ...........20 Grilled Sweet Corn with Peppered Butter .....................................................20 Grilled Peaches with Gingered Mascarpone Cream ..........................20 Beer-ific ................................................................................................................................................47


Why High Blood Pressure Could Hurt Your Sex Life .......................................40 Men’s Health for Women ......................................................................................................40


Men’s Beauty: Simply Handsome ...................................................................................32


33 Fun Things to Do This Summer ..................................................................................18 Canoeing through the River of Relationships .....................................................28 #The New GR ................................................................................................................................30 The Impressionist: Art Collecting ....................................................................................34 Legally Speaking: Don’t Be Like Rihanna! What to Do When Domestic Violence Hits Home .......................................38 Movies: Leading Men .............................................................................................................42 June Events .......................................................................................................................................44

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ongratulations, boys, guess what’s back in style and hotter than ever? Trending in the marketplace is “The Man Cave” and it has returned from the dark ages bigger, better and sexier than ever before. According to a recent homeowner poll, the man cave is a highly desirable home feature. Not only that, but this room is adding value to the house. Toss that one out to the wife. It offers a place of refuge and relaxation for the man of the house and becomes a gathering spot for the boy’s night. What used to be a cheesy wall-to-wall carpeted basement corner with sports posters and beer signs has now transformed into spaces with state-of-the-art media centers, impressive bars and built out in the highest quality materials and fixtures. So what are the hot trends in man cave design? Open up a cold beer, settle in to your favorite chair and read on...

Media Blitz

By far, the most important feature in this testosterone-filled space is the flat screen television. It’s the number one item requested. The bigger, the better. Besides visual entertainment, this room is fitted out with a surround sound stereo system, a computer station and video games. With new technology these features are sutured together to create an impressive media experience, all controlled from the comforts of a mobile touch pad while kicking back in your lounge chair.

Speaking of Sitting

The second most sought after piece of the man cave is comfortable seating. Since relaxation is the goal, this is where you get to have that overstuffed recliner or oversized sectional that wasn’t approved for the upstairs family room. Since this also becomes a place to gather, consider enough seating for the guys to come over and enjoy movie night or the Sunday game.



The newest request in the construction of this space is soundproofing. This provides peace for the rest of home when listening to music, turning up the television, getting a little rowdy over a highly competitive game or practicing those drums you’ve been meaning to pick up again.

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Game Time

Some things will never change. Gaming is in the male blood and often becomes the center of attention in the man’s space. Traditional pool tables, poker tables and dart boards still carry weight in today’s trends. There is something about good music, a glass of Jameson on the rocks and a pool stick in your hand that just can’t compete with a video game. Rack em’ up!

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What used to be a cement slab floor and piles of unused sports equipment in a traditional garage, has now transformed into an organized, sleek space that even the woman in your life can appreciate. Attractive industrial floor coverings, built-in metal wall systems for storage and work benches, and integrated kitchens and wet bars make the man cave garage a place not only to get greasy and admire the car or motorcycle collection, but fully enjoy all the amenities usually seen in other indoor spaces.

Coveted Collections

Seems every man has a collection of something and no where to put it. The shot glasses from around the world. Animal mounts from hunting excursions. Vintage movie posters. Sports memorabilia. I’m guessing the woman of the house probably gave the stink eye on displaying these items in prominent areas of the home. Here is your chance to designate wall space, shelving and built-in display cases for the things only you can appreciate.

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by Cara Essick Ont

June is here and that means the end of another school year, the start of long summer days, warm sunshine, Michigan beaches, ice cream and dear ole’ dad! June is the home of many wonderful events including the day that we salute all of the amazing daddies in our lives; Father’s Day! As I sit in front of my computer, I am stumped. STUMPED! I can’t figure out how to express what I want to say about my husband and what a great dad he is. I have nearly 15 years of memories running through my mind at this very moment. Now, trying to condense that into a nice 1,000-word tribute for him has caused a mental block. So, instead of telling you a bunch of funny stories about my husband as a parent with young daughters, I decided it would be best to express myself through a little poem. Don’t laugh! I am not a “poet” as you will shortly find out, but I do think it’s half sweet and dorky when people write poems for other people. And, since I am a self-confessed dork…on this Father’s Day, I present to you fine people (and my husband) my first attempt at a poem.

You were a pretty darn good husband, so I was excited to see how you would handle life with babies, as this was key!

Life would change from days golfing, lounging and lots of sleep to constant diapers changes and snuggles but knowing these are the days to keep.

Pregnancy was ugly and I was bloated like a whale but you told me I looked beautiful every day without fail.

If you thought one baby was a lot of work, I’ve got news for you… who would have thought a year later there would be two!

Amongst the vomiting and cankles you made me feel like stunning, and even seeing my stretch-marked filled body, you never went running.

Seeing you as a dad is pretty darn cool and you don’t care that sometimes you look like a total fool.

Appointment after appointment you were there for each one and decorating our baby’s room was exciting and total fun.

And, what a shocking sight it is to see, watching you playing dress up with all those Barbie’s.

Although we didn’t find out if we were having a boy or girl, I knew that our baby, much like you, would have a head full of curls.

I love the traditions and memories that you’ve laid, like daughter/daddy date-nights, oh the good times you’ve made!

Remember the time we were eating dinner discussing baby names? I told you the ones that I loved and you told me they were all lame!

You have taught them to travel the world and play in the sand, while giving them the experiences from New York to Disney Land.

You told me if we had a girl Consuela her name should be then I looked at you and screamed “Are you ‘blanking’ kidding me?”

I love our awesome life and I just can’t thank you enough because I know that sometimes living with three girls can be a tad rough.

(And, then remember how I lost it and broke down crying… and for those of you reading this…it really happened and I am not lying!)

You know how much I love and adore my own dad but seeing you with our girls, I have to admit, you are just as rad.

I remember the night that I went into labor we had just gotten home from dinner at the neighbors.

So, thank you my sweet husband for all that you do from working endless hours to cleaning up dog poo.

Who would have thought that it would have happened that night, because I was three weeks early and feeling alright!

And, thank you for never complaining or being rude, thank you SO MUCH for making the world’s best Mexican food.

Arriving at the hospital as just simply us “two”, now anxious for what the day would bring, exciting and new.

I don’t say it enough but I think it all of the time I thank God each and every day that you are mine.

Being in labor is hard and NO WOMAN can do it very gracefully but you said that I handled it like a lady and did it very tastefully.

But, more importantly than that and for what it’s worth I truly think Brooklyn and Olivia are the luckiest girls on this earth.

Nine months of waiting and the experience was so cool but in just a few moments we would finally know, pink or blue. As the doctor told you to help deliver our baby, I couldn’t tell if you wanted to throw up or run away, maybe. With tears in your eyes you proudly shouted “It’s A GIRL!” And, I knew from that moment this little lady would rock your world.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cara Essick Ontiveros is a busy modern-day mom. Cara is a business owner, culinary arts student, and mom to two very active girls. She is a theater lover, dog lover, shopaholic and vino drinker.

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As an entrepreneur, Marco launched Marco Riolo LLC Creative Engineering to provide services in graphic design, innovations, and resources to make any vision a reality. “If they can think it, I can make it happen,” exclaims Marco. He has been busy working with individual people, businesses, and start-up companies locally, nationally, and globally. Marco has even worked with Ice Guru Randy Finch. “Marco was always a breath of fresh air. Regardless how stressful the situation was he always uplifted the spirits of all of us working with him,” shares Finch. Along with his mission to do his part to make the world a more creative place, Marco also wants to make the world a healthier place. His creative ingenuity only matches his physical prowess. An entrepreneur since the age of 20, Marco found his calling with Reliv International. Reliv is a food science company whose mission is to nourish the world in body, mind and spirit by improving health through its products, offering business opportunities, and helping to feed those in need through the Reliv Kalogris Foundation. This opportunity has afforded him the opportunity to travel, to meet new people, to earn a living, to inspire others to live a healthy life, and to lead a healthy life himself.

Designer. Entrepreneur. Athlete. Creator. Innovator. Acrobat. Believer. Teacher. Coach. Inspiration.


When it comes to Marco Riolo there is certainly more than meets the eye; however what does in fact meet the eye is rather exceptional. He is a man of faith, a person of passion, a source of inspiration, and an eager friend. If you have the privilege to meet Marco, you will begin to understand how truly extraordinary this man is. It also makes sense that this West Michigan native was born on Valentine’s Day. Everything he does, everything he says, everything he exudes is love. Love for God, love for people, love for life. In fact, one of his goals in life is to be an example of love in everything he does. And, he does a lot.


In addition to Reliv, Marco also launched RioloFit as his way to share the fun of being fit with everyone. Find RioloFit on Facebook and let Marco’s fitness adventures inspire your own wellness journey. Marco’s physical adventures know no bounds. This former Grand Rapids rugby player will show you how to utilize the urban gym (getting fit using the world around you), follow the excitement of his involvement in the local Bangarang Circus, and so much more. “Marco has been my ‘acro balance’ partner for almost four years. His strength and steadfastness goes beyond his physical frame and well into our friendship. He is my ‘mountain’ because, first, I can climb to the top to have a look around and second, because he is immovable in trust and loyalty. He has been the best sport and such an inspiration to me,” expresses Rachel Finan from Bangarang Circus and Super Happy Funtime Burlesque. Marco truly does lift the spirits of everyone who encounters him. Given the opportunity he never hesitates to lend a hand, offer a listening ear, give a hug, and just be a friend. “Marco is truly an exceptional human being. He always has a kind heart and offers his help to anyone in need. Marco has a diverse group of friends from 10 years old to 80 years old. I believe anyone that has Marco in their life is truly blessed,” sincerely conveys Pete Palazzolo, president of Palazzolo’s Artisan Gelato and Sorbetto. An extraordinary human being in every conceivable sense of the word, Marco admits to having no regrets, but only lessons to learn. He will never turn down an opportunity to help, to inspire, to love,

to grow. His father, Rich Riolo, encouraged him with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt: “far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Marco Riolo is the ultimate man. He, himself, defines being a man as “being a pillar of strength, and an example for the world to look up to; someone who possesses wisdom of mind. A man is a warrior of light with a caring heart who has God as his best weapon.” Agreed, and Marco you are the very definition of manhood. Keep up with Marco through his website (marcoriolo. com), find him on Facebook (facebook. com/marcoriolo), follow him on twitter (@ marcoriolo), LinkedIn, and instagram (@marcoriolo), explore the world of RioloFit (, see him in action with the Bangarang Circus (www., check out his creativity ( or stop him in person and say “hello!” If you don’t already, get to know Marco. You will be a better person for it. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LeAnn Secord is a fundraising professional, devoted dog mom, comic book enthusiast, and aspiring guitar goddess.

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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 Phone: (616) 827-3902 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 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 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.

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In Season: Fresh Strawberries


Meals just taste better when you make them with fresh ingredients and now is a great time to take advantage of recipes that make the most of fresh, seasonal flavors, and ingredients that come from close to home. In-season fruits and vegetables tend to be better quality, have better flavor, and are less expensive. Whether you grow them yourself or get them at a farmers market or grocery store, take advantage of vitamin-rich produce at its peak. Use them in recipes or serve as part of a fruit and cheese plate.


Turn fresh produce into a beautiful centerpiece. Fill a bowl with colorful whole fruits and fresh flowers; or add small fruits to a bowl of water with floating candles. Plan a variety of easy-to-make brunch dishes to satisfy guests. Quiches with fresh vegetables, make-ahead savory casseroles, and fresh fruit medleys or leafy green salads all make great brunch choices. Try this delightful brunch recipe for Strawberry Ricotta Stuffed Whole Grain French Toast pairs ripe, juicy strawberries with whole grain bread and a decadent creamy filling.

“I love berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, anything with an ‘errie’ in it!” - Jordin Sparks 16

Strawberry Ricotta Stuffed Whole Grain French Toast 4 servings 1/2 2 4 1/2 1/2 8 2

courtesy Roman Meal bread

cup low-fat ricotta cheese teaspoons granulated sugar large eggs, beaten cup milk teaspoon vanilla extract, divided slices of your favorite local whole grain bread cups fresh, sliced strawberries, divided Nonstick cooking spray Powdered sugar Maple syrup (optional)

Combine ricotta cheese, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl; mix well. Combine eggs, milk and remaining vanilla in shallow bowl; mix well. Spread ricotta-sugar mixture evenly over 4 bread slices. Top each slice with 1/4 cup sliced strawberries and remaining bread slices to form 4 sandwiches. Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Carefully dip sandwiches in egg mixture, coating both sides. Cook on each side for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with remaining strawberries. Serve with maple syrup, if desired. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 388; Total Fat 13g; Cholesterol 240mg; Sodium, 407mg; Total carbs 54.1g; Dietary fiber 3.7g; Protein 14.9g; Whole grains 21g

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EAT FRESH, EAT LOCAL Old World Olive Press 102 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 551-2648 Old World Olive Press offers over 50 flavors of high quality, first pressed olive oils and balsamic vinegar. They’ve grown to three locations where you can stop in and sample selections from jalapeno to dark chocolate. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Pietro’s Italian Restaurant 2780 Birchcrest SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 452-3228 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 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 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 Slow Food West Michigan dvocates 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. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– TCBY 2675 East Paris Avenue SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (616) 949-4418 TCBY offers three types of yogurt: low-fat, non-fat, and non-fat/no sugar added, as well as a non-dairy sorbet option. Unlimited toppings for ninetynine cents with a purchase for a cup of yogurt. Cones, cups, shivers, shakes, malts, smoothies, cakes, and pies are available at TCBY, which offers frozen yogurt and West Michigan-made handscooped yogurt. Catering is available. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Trillium Haven 1429 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 301-0998

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venture that started in the summer of 2005. It has grown to be wonderful venue for all kinds of arts, from acrylic paintings to fiber arts to bath and body items, and everything in between. All items are handmade by local Michigan artists. We offer goods that are unique and eclectic, sophisticated and rustic. But most of all, it is a place that is welcoming, and a great way to spend your Sunday afternoons. So come down and enjoy the Magic of the Market. If you are a local artist or crafter wanting to participate in the FSAMarket, contact us: E-mail: Website:

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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 Twisted Rooster’s specially created menu is centered entirely around locally-sourced, 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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r e m m u This S 33 Fun Things To Do by Jennifer Wilson



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:


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Relive your 80’s again with a performance of Xanadu – Saugatuck Center for the Arts (June 21-July 14) Start training for a run with RunGR Summer Kick Off (June 4) Did someone say wine? Visit the Waterfront Wine Festival - Harbor Springs (June 29)


Festival of the Arts – Downtown Grand Rapids (June 7-9)


Waterfront Film Festival – South Haven (June 13-16)


Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race – Summer Edition (June 29)


Wednesday Nights Blues on the Mall is a free blues/rock concert at Rosa Parks Circle (June 8 – Aug. 3)

8. Plan a picnic and enjoy the cool breeze and stellar musical acts at Frederik Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series (June 3 – Sept. 5)

Discover one of the weekly concerts at Party in the Park – Muskegon Hackley Park (June 7 – Aug 16)


Founders Fest – Grand Rapids (June 22)


Double over with laughter with Daniel Tosh (June 7)

12. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – Legally


Lake Express Ferry to Wisconsin – Daily roundtrip service, crossing between Milwaukee and Muskegon in just 2-1/2 hours


Find your favorite cone, sundae or shake at Jersey Junction Ice Cream – East Grand Rapids


Buy locally grown food at the Downtown Grand Rapids Market or Fulton Street Farmers Market and create a feast for the palette


Tuesday Night Swing Dancing – Rosa Parks Circle

Blonde (June 1 – 15)


Electric Forest Festival – Double JJ Resort (June 27-30)


Feel nostalgic at the Getty Drive-In Movies which is open 7-days a week – Muskegon


Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium – Downtown Grand Rapids (June 29)


Take me out to the ball game with the West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball Games


Reed’s Lake Art Festival - East Grand Rapids (June 15)


Disc golf at the free course located in Riverside Park – Grand Rapids


The Market by Avenue for the Arts – Heartside District Grand Rapids (June 8)


Catch some rays with a day trip to Saugatuck’s Oval beach


Take off to the National Cherry Festival – Traverse City (June 29 – July 6)


Bike ride the White Pine Trail


Embark on a shopping excursion in Uptown Grand Rapids for their “” extravaganza (June 20)

19. Find good eats and great music at the Local First Street Party in front of Bistro Bella Vita – Grand Rapids (June 1)


I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Check out Mythbusters: Behind The Myths Tour - Cobb Great Hall, Lansing (June 22)


Want to add a little excitement to your summer nights? Visit 50 Shades! The Musical - Pasant Theatre, Lansing (June 22 & 23)

31. Add to your vino acumen with Wine School at Mangiamo’s


Enjoy a beer and join the trivia league with GRSports and Social Club


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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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Choose a Brighter Future for Your Child nEW ViSion. nEW CHoiCES. WE ArE


5 in Top 5: Five GRPS schools are in Michigan’s top 5% for academic performance. City High-Middle School (7-12th grade) is THE top performing school in West Michigan and the ONLY school to offer the coveted international Baccalaureate program. Others include Coit Creative Arts Academy (K-5th grade), 6th grade schools Blandford School, Zoo School, and the Center for Economicology @ City.

“CooLEST SCHooLS in AMERiCA”: Parent and Child Magazine recently recognized Zoo School, Blandford School, and the Center for Economicology in their rankings of the “Coolest Schools in America” for unique curriculum and programming.

LEADinG MonTESSoRi THEME SCHooLS: Grand Rapids Montessori, the nation’s first and region’s only public Montessori theme school, serves students from preschool to 12th grade. GRPS is expanding north park Montessori to serve grades PK-8 starting with a new 7th grade in 2013-2014.

CEnTERS oF innoVATion: GRPS is home to five ‘Centers of Innovation’ with college prep themes and strong public-private partnerships with local job providers, universities, foundations and more.

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innovation, talent, resources, and partnerships of four Centers of Innovation combined on one campus near the heart of downtown and the Medical Mile. The Academy for Design and Construction; GRApCEp/Engineering and Biomedical School; School of Business, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship; and the School of Health Sciences will co-locate for maximum educational outcomes.

- Grand Rapids University prep Academy (6th-12th grade): Small class sizes (18:1), rigorous college prep curriculum, and a brand-new state-of-theart building.


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Grilled Peaches

with Gingered Mascarpone Cream Serves: 4 4 ½ 8 ¼ 1 2 ¼ 2

by Chef Jen Foley

fresh peaches, halved and pitted stick butter, melted oz mascarpone cheese, softened cup heavy cream tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated tsp ground cinnamon tsp grated nutmeg tbsp powdered sugar Toasted, sliced almonds for topping

1. Using a hand mixer, whip the mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and powdered sugar together until creamy and well combined. 2. Preheat a grill to medium high. Brush each peach half with melted butter. 3. Grill the peaches flesh side down for a minute or two, until golden brown but not overly soft. While grilling, brush the skin side with butter. 4. Flip the peaches and grill the other side for about a minute. 5. Serve the peaches topped with a dollop of the mascarpone cream and a handful of almonds.

Spicy Gouda Stuffed Burger

with Caramelized Onion Serves: 4


1½ lbs 80% ground chuck, at room temperature ½ cup white onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste ½ tsp black pepper, plus more to taste 4 1 oz. cubes Gouda cheese Oil for the grill 4 Brioche Buns, sliced and buttered 1. *Start the Caramelized Onions first* 2. While the onions are cooking- In a bowl, gently combine the beef, onion, garlic, thyme, Worcestershire, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. 3. Form 4 balls of the beef mixture, using your thumb to form an indentation in the center of each. Stuff a cube of cheese into each indentation, forming the meat around it. 4. Next, flatten each burger into a 1 inch patty with the cheese in the center. Season the outside of the patties with salt and black pepper. 5. On a hot, oiled grill, cook the patties for 3 minutes on the first side and 4 minutes on the second, flipping them only once. 6. Next, grill the buns until golden brown-about a minute. 7. Top each bun with a burger and some of the caramelized onion and serve.



whole white onion, thinly sliced tbsp olive oil tbsp butter Salt to taste

1. In a medium skillet, melt the butter and the olive oil together over medium heat. 2. Next, add the onion to the skillet. Lightly salt the onions to help draw out the moisture while they cook. 3. Toss the onion with the oil gently, cover the pan, and cook them over medium low heat for about 40 minutes. 4. Make sure they don’t burn on the bottom, but they should become golden brown and sweet.

Grilled Sweet Corn

with Peppered Butter Serves: 4 ½ 1 1 ¼ ¼ 4

stick unsalted butter, softened clove garlic, minced Juice of 1 lime tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping tsp ground cumin tsp ground cayenne pepper Salt to taste ears corn, husks and silk removed Queso Blanco, for topping

1. Preheat a grill to medium high. Combine the butter, garlic, lime, cilantro, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt in a bowl. 2. Grill the corn, turning, until slightly charred, about 10 to 15 minutes. 3. To serve, top the grilled corn with the butter mixture, reserved cilantro, and queso.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Foley is owner of La Bonne Vie Personal Chef Service. You can find her in the kitchen offering an affordable, 5-star restaurant experience in the comfort of your own home.

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NALS of West Michigan (National Association of Legal Secretaries) Purpose: Enhancing the knowledge of its members through continuing legal education, certifications, resource materials, and networking opportunities at all levels in the organization.

National Association of Social Workers, NASW Michigan Chapter or Contact: 517-487-0675 or Purpose: To enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), GR Chapter Purpose: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

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The Urban League Purpose: To enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights.

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GRap Dating Meet Some of Our Most Eligible Bachelors

by Jennifer Wilson

Pat Miles

Age: 45 Occupation: United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan


here’s a thrill to going on a date; a few butterflies in the stomach, getting to know someone new, and pondering that first kiss. It’s just not always easy dating in the Calder City. I know, because I’m one of those “single ladies” Beyonce’s infamous video was referencing. What’s the challenge? We live in a big, little city. In most instances, this is an enormous asset (and one I’m very proud of). In dating? Not so much. You see, GRap has a thriving culture where there is a plethora of entertainment options every day of the week, much like larger cosmopolitan areas. However, our modest geographic size results in an evening out knowing you will, indeed, happen upon your family, friends, or acquaintances -- not to mention an occasional, old boyfriend. Your personal life is not as clandestine as you might wish.

Alex Gezon

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Dan Harland

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The big/little status also presents another obstacle. Where the heck are all of the available men in this town? Living in a metropolis where it was traditional for you to attend college, walk down the matrimonial aisle and bless your parents with grandchildren succinctly in that order has left few people living la vida loca. Here’s something to ponder. According to the most recent U.S. Census data, there are 3,696 single male households in Grand Rapids. AWE-some! Until you realize that there are 12,541 single female households in the same area. Oh boy (or should I say ‘girl’). Well, a resolution is waiting for you. I’ve been able to uncover some of the city’s finest, unattached gentlemen. Yes, they are interested in dating. And, they have some advice to offer too. The best recommendation: Don’t be shy. Instead, be curious. Share a smile, give a little wink, hold eye contact just a tad longer or maybe even start up a conversation. This doesn’t dampen chivalry. It provides an opportunity for gallantry. And, isn’t that what we all want… a chance at love? So, it is with great pleasure that I share with you a few of Grand Rapids’ Most Eligible Bachelors.

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FASHION SKYFALL AK Rikks: Where you find fashionable men by Elizabeth Finch photography by Daniel E. Johnson morning,“A man wants to hear from his companion that he’s sexy or his outfit looks good. It puts you in a better mood to leave the house feeling attractive,” shares Murray.

Jim Murray

Do clothes make the man? Sova responds with a resounding, “Hell yes!” If clothing makes the man then the right clothing on the right man makes them feel more confident. Confidence is sexy. The men at AK Rikks help establish this. The clothing is like their armor making them feel more secure.

Friendliness exudes from each of the staff members. Murray’s staff has a very diverse sense of self; each one of the men is stylish and smoking hot in their own right. Sova is confident and happy. “Matt is just happy to be who he is,” explains Murray. When I asked Sova what his favorite part of working at AK Rikks is he instantly replied with, “The people I get to work with.” Sadly, after chatting for just a bit a client arrived and stole Sova away. It was like taking the air out the room. He just has so much personality that you don’t want to let him go!


here in Grand Rapids can I find very handsome men? AK Rikks of course. I truly enjoy walking through the front doors of this clothing store (6303 28th Street SE). High fashion and couture envelopes as soon as you take your first step into the well-manicured retailer. The staff is always friendly and inviting. The large ceilings, mirrored dressing areas, and glass doors remind me of a Beverly Hills mansion from the 1950’s with a modern touch. But what is most wonderful about the place is the men. Where else can you find fabulously dressed men helping others define themselves through clothing?

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jim Murray and Matt Sova to discuss exactly what makes a man sexy. Murray manages the store and Sova is one of the many fantastic and, yes, adorable employees. I asked Murray what do men want to look like? “Men come in here and they want to look like


‘Skyfall.’ Can you make me look like James Bond?” Murray says that’s not always possible.“ Everyone has a different body type, so what looks good on one person is not going to suit the rest.” Skyfall on one man might be sky FAIL on another.

Skyfall on one man might be SkyFAIL on another. While talking to Jim and Matt, they both agree that they begin with a person’s body type to help men find clothing. However, the goal to making a man sexy is creating confidence in him and confidence comes from a well fitting garment and a well-placed compliment at AK Rikks. After getting dressed in the

So what do they do at AK Rikks? Murray says, “We create compliments.” The clothes really do make the man in so many ways. It’s becoming even harder to establish a sense of individuality with the advent of social media. Murray explained to me that he sees so much of the Matt Sova same clothing repeated on different people. “It’s like I see the same kid, with the same haircut, everywhere I go.” How do you combat that? You try new things and you talk to Matt. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Finch resides in Grand Rapids, MI and has a B.A. in Anthropology as well as an MBA in International Globalization. She’s an avid traveler, blogger and married to renowned ice sculptor, Randy Finch.

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Hugo believes that it was really his mother that influenced his becoming an artist. “My mom would draw a design and pattern for a dress, and I would go with her to the pattern store where I would run through all of these rolls of crazy fabrics - pinks, yellows, gold and crazy greens. I was in my own little world,” Claudin confesses. “I never really thought about it when I was a kid. It was just a part of my everyday life. She made these designs, she made the pattern, and she cut the fabric into these pieces. And then the person would come over and get fitted. A couple of weeks later this idea that was in her head, would walk by my house. This turned me on to another world of possibilities. It was a product. Dresses were her thing; making a woman look good and fitting to her body. It was this really functional thing; it had a purpose. It was magical to see this garment flowing in the wind that my mom made in my house from inception to product. This was my introduction to design, color and function.” Currently at Mexicains Sans Frontieres, Claudin has on display what appears to be an army of women on large canvasses. This series is entitled “Women on the Verge of Kicking Your Ass.” He explains that it is a tribute in a sense to a relationship he was involved in five years ago. An abusive relationship wherein he was the one being tossed around. “It’s like a love letter, it’s a goodbye letter,” offers the artist. “It’s been a really fun thing for me to do because I feel like I’ve healed from it.”


Hugo Claudin and I sipped Spanish tempranillo wine as we talked art in a local Monday night jazz joint. The horns, percussion and piano formed a tangled music, full of spontaneity and anticipation. As he spoke of his art, it was reminiscent of the music that played in the backdrop.

“There’s this excitement of not knowing what’s around the corner. Like this could work, this could be a huge disaster, or it could be a huge stroke of genius. As someone once said, ‘good jazz is almost always on the teetering edge of falling apart.’”

Claudin is a community organizer by day, artist and musician by night. He’s written four short plays as well as taken part in local film productions. He recently landed a role in Joel Potrykus’ film “Buzzard.” His space is Mexicains Sans Frontieres, and it’s where Claudin curates a myriad of shows. As in jazz, spontaneity is essential in creating art. “Duende” is the magic that happens with improvisation. It’s like a little ghost that sneaks into a creative process and ignites it. “It’s inside you, it’s inside me. It’s all that playfulness and curiousness. When someone can figure out how to get there, they’ve unlocked the secret to all of this,” shares the very handsome man. Hugo’s creativity stems back to his childhood, when his father bought him a set of puppets with a small stage for performance. He would produce “fractured fairytales” such as Little Red Riding Hood with slight variations


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where you one would want to side more with the wolf than the grandma or the girl. At just eight or nine years of age, Hugo delighted in directing puppet performances where he would instruct his family members in what he wanted them to do. “You have to say this” or “Dad, play this music while this is happening.” Thirty-five years passed before Claudin started playwriting again. Claudin’s “Poodles” is about two American couples that decide to vacation in Mexico at the same time. It’s like a nightmare – sickness prevails, not to mention the room service is terrible. “El Bicicleto” tells the tale of a young teen growing up in a traditional Mexican home, albeit a wrestling family. The play’s title bears reference to a slandering term for a bisexual person. In “The Atomic Bongos” a physicist possesses a bohemian side, which as you would guess plays the bongos. Some of the characters in Hugo’s paintings have actually been brought to life as they’ve been written in to his plays. “I asked Consuelo, my studio assistant, to pose for some photographs, and this person that she became in modeling became a subject in a play, where she runs away,” he shares. “She’s a teenager thinking about going to college but she actually enrolls in the revolution online. 20 Poems of Love and an AK47.”

“I wanted to focus on the fact that women are powerful, whether they realize it or not,” informs Claudin. “They hold a lot of sway in men’s opinions. Women that demand respect usually get it, and they’re assertive.” For his series “Women on the Verge of Kicking Your Ass,” Hugo begins by telling the model about the abusive relationship he was in, and he captures her reaction to his story. Claudin remembers, “Sometimes it’s playful, sometimes it’s frightening. Then there’s the fact that they’re wearing this scary mask. Most of the models have no idea what a “luchador” is. Yet, because their face is covered it allows them some sort of freedom; no one knows this is me in these high heeled boots.” “Even kids will see the images and will enact the poses. The girls in the paintings are jumping through the air and doing aerial kicks. Do I feel like an irresponsible person for showing this?” Claudin asserts, “NO. I would want my daughter to be a kick-ass lady. Little girls are imitating these poses which show a strong woman.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ruthy Paulson Gómez thinks, dreams, and loves in two languages: English and Spanish. She has modeled professionally in Milan and now works in the nonprofit sector in West Michigan. Ruthie is a Standard Poodle enthusiast and grows mammoth sunflowers every summer.

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Hugo and Claudin Powerful Women

Caludin wanted to empower the women that are in these paintings. They illustrate a push-pull relationship. In the midst of his art, he has given talks to women about how they should react to violent situations. He’s held meetings, informed them of Silent Observer, and even talked to people on the street about women’s shelters and sexually transmitted diseases.

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s p i h s n o i t a Rel by Gary Watson


s a therapist, engaged couples occasionally ask me to provide pre-marital counseling to make sure they are prepared to live together in wedded bliss. It usually calls to mind many bits of advice I’ve heard about choosing a mate. James Herriot advised to look at how a woman treats her father to determine how she will treat her future husband, but I think Pat McManus had a better idea. “There are people who can’t get within fifteen feet of a canoe without turning psychotic,” he said. I think canoes are probably responsible for more breakups than infidelity and finances combined. So my first thought about premarital counseling is always to arrange a canoe trip. Nothing tests a relationship quite so well as a trip down the river in a canoe. As the therapist I sit in the middle of the canoe, counseling as the couple navigates the river. Mishaps are certain to arise such as forgetting the drinks, tipping the canoe, and maybe even a substantial canoe leak. The first-time canoeist imagines a day trip in a canoe as a leisurely jaunt down a serene waterway, casually dipping a paddle into the water. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In reality, the trip usually starts with the man directing the woman to the front of the canoe as he explains that he knows everything about canoeing, even though he’s never actually been in one. The first twenty minutes go okay since both parties are too caught up in the freshness of the experience to notice neither of them actually knows how to steer. At the first major bend in the river, or perhaps it’s just a log in the path, they either run aground or onto the log. This is usually greeted with nervous laughter and a vague realization of things to come by the woman, and mild swearing on the part of the man who realizes he should have


taken those paddling tips at the canoe livery after all. It also precipitates a heated discussion of how the other person was not paddling properly. At the second or third major bend in the river, the canoe goes aground again or the occupants get impaled upon a low hanging limb, which sets off alarm bells

“Nothing tests a relationship quite so well as a trip down the river in a canoe.” for the woman who had no intention of getting wet anywhere past her ankles on this trip. Upon seeing her fear regarding the near capsizing, the man often decides that grabbing the sides of the canoe and pretending to tip the canoe over will end the suspense about when they will get completely drenched, thereby lightening the mood a bit. This almost always results in screams of terror on the woman’s part, not to mention finger shaped indentations on the sides of the canoe nearest her.

The next thirty minutes involve futile apologies on the man’s part, and stony silence and a thousand yard stare on the women’s part; but sometimes this is replaced by wild swinging of the paddle as she attempts to use his adam’s apple for a pinata. Now if you imagine other events such as low hanging limbs, mosquitoes, forgotten beverages, and sunburn, you can imagine how the rest of the trip goes. Most couples are considering break up, or homicide, within three hours of a canoe trip. Now the point here is that one part of being in a healthy relationship is knowing how to handle adversity as a couple. When the paddling gets tough, you can argue and blame your partner, or you can realize you’re still in the canoe together and can get through it together. There will be things you can’t control or predict, and once in a while, you’re going to get soaked. You can get mad at these things and take it out on your partner or make the best of the situation. If you work together and realize your partner is doing the best they can under the circumstances and that they didn’t plan for unfortunate events, you’ll get through it with much less drama; and when the dust settles, your partner will admire you and appreciate how you handled the situation instead of thinking they made a mistake by picking you for a partner. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gary Watson is a Solution Focused counselor at Turning Point Therapy, LLC. For more information about his counseling practice, please visit

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25 Ottawa, once occupied as “25Kitchen & Bar,” will re-emerge on the downtown restaurant scene this month as McKay’s Downtown. Celebrity Chef Michael McKay co-owns the restaurant which will feature

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nowing how men think… they like to keep things simple. Nothing keeps maintaining one’s looks more simple than natural home remedies. And gentlemen, it’s not just for the ladies. Over the past several years, there has been a lifestyle shift for both women and men to a more natural and homeopathic lifestyle due to the concern of harmful side effects caused by various synthetic chemicals used in daily products. Yes, there are thousands of natural and organic beauty products on the market for men, but many men, including my husband, are using or looking for simple and healthy remedies that can be found right in the kitchen. About five years ago, my husband began seeing a homeopathic therapist for some reoccurring ailments he was experiencing and was given natural remedies to try that are known to help with his specific symptoms. And they worked

wondrously. Since then, he has been living, for the most part, naturally. My husband is a young looking, handsome fellow and is frequently asked, “What college are you attending?” He just turned 35. When his true age is revealed, their jaws usually drop and ask, “What’s your secret?” The secret is, of course, exercise, a balanced natural diet and using organic and natural foods as beauty remedies; or as my husband might put it, ’handsomeness’ remedies.

There’s no need to get lost in the beauty aisles of the drugstores trying to figure out which products are truly natural, organic and devoid of inorganic and petroleum-based ingredients. One natural ingredient means there are no unnatural and unrecognizable ingredients that can potentially lead to severe health complications. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the following are examples of synthetic chemicals used in every day beauty products that have been found to have harmful side effects through extensive tests, including by the EPA. Retinyl Palmitate, which is used in many personal care products including sunscreen, moisturizer, and anti-aging products, is found to be carcinogenic, linked to reproductive and developmental toxicity, cardiovascular disease, and can cause tumor formation. Also, Bronopol which is found in moisturizer, body wash, and anti-aging products can cause irritation of the lungs and skin, and toxicity of the liver, immune and gastrointestinal systems. Instead of trying to figure out what all of these unrecognizable ingredients are and fearing what sideeffects they may induce, all that is needed is to locate the few natural and organic items listed below in the grocery aisles of your supermarket or kitchen cabinet and get started. So here are some natural home remedies that my husband has been using to keep his hair and skin looking young and fresh, and of course ‘manly.’

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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Organic Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil Organic Raw Unrefined Sugar Organic Beer

What To Do

Hair and Scalp • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) :: Fill a small sterilized


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What They Do Natural Product Applied Topically Vs ‘Handsomeness’ Benefit

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar “With The Mother”

Exfoliates Skin


Delays Wrinkles, Sagging Skin, Age Spots


Treats Skin Conditions (E.g. Dandruff, Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis)

Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil









Soothes Irritated Skin (E.g. Razor Burn, Sun Burn)



Reduces Red Skin Marks



Conditions Skin




Clarifies Scalp and Hair








Conditions Hair

Organic Beer


Repairs Damaged Hair

Organic Raw Unrefined Sugar


bottle with 1 part ACV and 1 part H2O. In the shower after shampooing, pour ACV mixture onto scalp until covered. Massage scalp and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with water. No conditioner needed. Leaves hair feeling smooth, soft and shiny. Don’t worry, the initial salad-like smell disappears shortly after rinsing with water. Use 2-3 times weekly. Coconut Oil :: Massage a dime-sized amount on your finger-tips and massage the oil on your scalp and through your hair from root to tips. Leave on hair for 30 minutes before washing with a natural shampoo. Leaves hair feeling smooth, soft and shiny. Apply up to 2-3 times weekly. Beer :: Crack open a bottle of organic beer and try to restrain yourself from taking a swig. Let it sit on the counter until it’s at room temperature and flat. In the shower after shampooing, pour flat beer over your scalp, massage from roots to ends and let sit in hair for 5 minutes. Rinse with water. Repeat 2 times weekly.

Skin • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Use the same ACV and H2O mixture above. (Mixture can be diluted with more water if ACV irritates your skin.) Massage a quarter-sized amount on face and neck. Leave on skin for 2 minutes. Rinse with water and cleanse skin as normal. Repeat 2-3 times weekly. The mixture can also be applied to the entire body in the shower before or after washing to exfoliate and soothe your skin. • Coconut Oil: Massage a dime-sized amount on your finger-tips and rub on face and neck after washing. A table-spoon size of coconut oil can be massaged over entire body to condition skin. Repeat daily morning and evening on clean skin. • Raw Sugar & Coconut Oil Scrub :: Mix 1 cup of raw sugar with 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil and place into a glass jar with lid. Mix well and let solidify. Gently massage a small amount on face, hands and feet. Rinse and wash with natural soap. Leaves skin feeling soft and silky. Repeat 1-2 times per week. Mixture lasts up to about 6 months in sealed jar. • Beer: While your bathtub is filling up with warm water, pour a bottle of organic beer into the water to create a frothy beer bubble bath. Soak for 20 minutes and towel dry off. Repeat 1-2 times weekly. It leaves your skin soft and smooth and smelling of baked bread. The information provided throughout this article is intended for information and educational purposes only. The suggestions made in this article are meant solely for the purpose of orienting and supporting readers seeking natural cures. None of the information in this article is a substitute for a diagnosis and treatment by a health professional. Results of the natural treatments may vary from person to person. Adverse reactions to the mentioned remedies are not the responsibility of the writer and/or publisher of this article.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Designer and owner of LKN Studio, Laura Naughton is also a model and connoisseur of natural regimens for everyday health and beauty. You may see Laura around town at museums, design events, fashion shows, homeopathic seminars, yoga, and dancing.

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The Impressionist: Impressions on Art and Culture

Art collecting by Kerri VanderHoff


t’s interesting how some people, no matter how brief the encounter, leave such a lasting impression.

Some time ago, a friend and I were taking a road trip to Mexico. She had a cousin, Michael, living in San Diego and wanted to stop for a visit along the way. Michael graciously offered to put us up for the night. When we arrived at his modest apartment, he gave us the usual home tour – yet in the most unusual way.

As we walked into the living room, he gestured to a painting above the couch. His face lit up as he told the story of meeting this artist during one of his emergency calls as a paramedic. Michael helped the family through a very difficult situation; the father, a very talented painter, was extremely grateful and gifted the work of art to Michael. We moved toward the dining area and he drew our attention to a whimsical chandelier. A find, he said, as he was having lunch with his mom at a fun little café off the beaten path. As he struck up a conversation with the café owner about the eclectic décor, he learned that much of the art was on consignment by local artists. Home he went with good memories of family, new friends, and a work of art that makes him smile every single day. I found myself smiling too, as we went from room to room, each one with a wonderful story of this man’s life told through unique works of art. I was so drawn into the world he was illustrating that it wasn’t until later that I realized - never once during the tour did he feel

the need to state the obvious “this is the bathroom” or “here is the spare bedroom.” I loved it! Yes, why choose to be dull when you actually have options? And there was not a hint of pretension in his stories, or with his connection to the art, just pure joy and significant meaning.

I have not seen or talked to Michael since that tour more than a decade ago, but the impression he left on me has forever changed the way I think about collecting art for one’s home. Enter into the home of Missy Bush and Scott Dittenber of Belding and you will find a story of passionate gift giving. Birthdays in this household have always been taken seriously, but one day Scott overheard a conversation that took it to a new level. Missy had recently lost her father and found herself drawn to a work of art created by local artist Dianne Carroll Burdick. The work was featured in a collaborative book, with poetry by Linda Nemec Foster. A haiku titled The Road to the Father’s House accompanied it. Scott heard them talk about the personal meaning in the work. “Later I talked to Dianne and arranged to buy the original work of art. The look on Missy’s face when she opened the gift was all I needed. It wasn’t long before I began the search for the next original work,” says Scott, which turned out to be Kalamazoo artist Lad Hanka. Scott says he was nervous at first because he isn’t an experienced art buyer, but each time the artists put him right at ease.

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Art to me has always been like a great friend. It keeps me company, inspires me and creates joy in my life. This is why I collect art . . . - Eddie T.L. Tadlock

Eddie T.L. Tadlock, of Grand Rapids, has his own reasons for collecting art. He explains, “Seeking out and buying art when I travel is along the same lines as trying local cuisine and listening to local music - it gives me a better feel for the place and a more meaningful connection to the people who live there. And with art, you can take a piece of it home.”

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He continues, “Art to me has always been like a great friend. It keeps me company, inspires me and creates joy in my life. This is why I collect art. A walk through the rooms in my home is like a walk through great memories of unique and interesting places throughout the world. And it’s not just traveling, finding great local art helps connect with our own communities too.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerri VanderHoff is a co-creator of the award winning collaborative program celebrating the arts & culture of West Michigan. She works at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, focusing on a new collaborative project called the GRAM GoSite.

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Neutral colors are out and brights are in! Neon, fluorescent, and vibrant colors create a fresh summery feel. An easy update to your dad’s wardrobe would be to pair a vibrant oxford with a grey or navy jacket. Perhaps your husband is a bit more casual; add a neon t-shirt or hoodie to his clothing choices. Adding fluorescent accessories is an easy way to update your main squeezes look…bright green shoe laces, a yellow iPhone case, or an orange belt are all easy, yet trendy add-ons.

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More and more men are catching on to the idea that shoes can be functional and fun. Popular shoe trends provide style twists on old classics. What was old is now new when combining classic shoe designs with pops of color. Vintage details are now paired with distressed finishes. Shoes with perforations, wide straps, and tabs with fringe trim are all trending. Popular shoes from the summer 2013 line include shoes that are smooth, glossy, made of reptile leather, velour, or suede. Pairing loafers or suede shoes with a suit is an easy way to bring last year’s look into the now. Whether you are buying the special “Dad” in your life a shirt, tie, or a pair of shoes, make sure you are giving him something fun and fresh…push the envelope a little. You won’t regret it.

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still remember February 2009 when photos of Rihanna’s battered face surfaced on the internet after her then-boyfriend Chris Brown brutally assaulted her. I felt sorry for Rihanna. Then I saw her November 2009 Good Morning America interview with Diane Sawyer when she told Sawyer that it takes “eight or nine” incidents of domestic violence before the victim leaves an abusive relationship. At that time, I felt even more sorry for Rihanna. It was obvious that Rihanna had been Chris’ victim many times prior to that incident.

Then, a couple of months ago I read the news that Rihanna and Chris Brown were back together. They even recorded a new song together, “Nobody’s Business.” I wasn’t surprised. There is always a level of dependency in victims of domestic violence. I realized the Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown story is about to be repeated, all in the name of love. But, is that really love? Not at all. No woman should love a man so much that she is willing to justify or accept being assaulted by that man. That’s not love. When a man hits you, it’s not love, its battery. Domestic violence is a crime. Sadly, many women do not realize that they are victims of domestic violence until it is too late. According to the Michigan Incident Crime Reporting (MICR) statistics for 2009 (the most recent year for which we have complete data), there were 103,331 offenses of domestic violence reported to law enforcement. One hundred twenty five of these incidents resulted in a victim fatality. The largest demographic group for these incidents is women between the ages of 20-29. The most common relationships of the victims to their attacker are: child of, dating, spouse, and ex-spouse.

Emotional or Psychological Abuse: threatening harm to you, your family, or your pets; ridiculing your beliefs, race, heritage, class, religion or sexual orientation; trying to convince you that you are to blame for the abuse. Economic Abuse: denying access to bank accounts, credit cards, or vehicles; preventing you from getting a job or going to school. So what can you do if you find yourself a victim of abuse? First, call the police. If you feel you are in danger from your abuser at any time, call 911. If you are in danger, the police can protect you and help you and children (if you have them) to safety. They can arrest your abuser if they have enough proof of the abuse or if a personal protection order (PPO) has been violated. If you have been hit, take pictures of any marks you may have. Tell the police where you have been hit. Tell them how many times it happened. Show them any marks on your body. If your abuser has broken any property, show the police. Police reports can be used in court if your abuser is charged with a crime and may help you in getting a PPO.

The largest demographic group for these incidents is women between the ages of 20-29.

It is important to identify domestic violence before it is too late. So what is domestic violence? Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors in which one person uses physical, financial, sexual, and emotional abuse to control another person. It can happen to people who are married or not married, heterosexual, gay or lesbian, living together, separated or dating. The following are some common tactics used by abusers, but this is certainly not a complete list: Physical Abuse: pushing; shoving; kicking; slapping; biting; hitting; locking you out of your home; denying access to medical care when sick or pregnant; using a weapon; not allowing you to leave; throwing objects at you.

Second, consider getting a PPO. A PPO is an order issued by a court of law and can protect you from being hit, threatened, harassed, or stalked by another person. It may also stop someone from coming into your home or bothering you at work. Anyone who has been physically, emotionally or sexually abused or threatened by someone they have been married to, lived with, have a child with, or dated may be entitled to a PPO. Additionally, anyone who has been stalked is entitled to a PPO. When you go to the courthouse, bring a letter telling the court what has been going on. Bring any police reports, medical records, photographs or witnesses and any information about the abuser current address, date of birth, age, physical description.

Sexual Abuse: forcing you to have sex or watch sexual acts; forcing you to dress more sexually than you wish.

Finally, find a safe place. We know that it isn’t fair. You shouldn’t have to leave your home because of this abuse, but sometimes it is the only way to stay safe.


WHERE TO CALL Domestic violence should not happen to anybody. But it does. And only the victim can stop it and break the cycle. If it happens to you, remember there is help. You are not alone. If you or someone you know is being abused, please consider contacting one of the agencies listed below to discuss ways to keep you or your loved one safe. Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Comprehensive Service Providers Referral List at Also, check the Michigan’s Resource Directory for resources by county: You may also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). You can call toll free, 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the U.S. Trained counselors provide confidential crisis intervention, support, information and referrals to local programs such as shelters, legal and social assistance programs to victims of domestic violence, their families and friends. Help is available in English, Spanish and 139 more languages. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Raquel Salas and Elizabeth Lueder are attorneys with Avanti Law Firm. Visit to learn more about the work they do.

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any people know that high blood pressure contributes to cardiovascular problems and can increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke. But it also can impact your sex life.

About 78 million Americans have high blood pressure (hypertension), which is sometimes called the “silent killer.” High blood pressure overworks your body’s heart and other organs and can damage the lining of blood vessels, causing atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.


istorically, married men have enjoyed a longer life expectancy than single men, for a variety of reasons that have been debated. Although this gap is narrowing, one of the traditional explanations is that married men have someone to attend to their health needs and make sure that they receive appropriate medical care.

Most women will attest that their man tends to ignore health needs and preventative visits with physicians. Beyond that, most men are less inclined to watch their diet and weight if not reminded and would tend to more destructive habits if not in a mutually caring relationship. With that in mind, how can you best ensure that your partner will remain “Smokin’ Hot” and receive the medical care that he requires? The operative description would be to “partner” with your man. You should both eat a healthy calorie conscious diet and exercise regularly. Maintaining an ideal weight helps prevent diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, the precursors to the number one killer, heart disease. These chronic illnesses should be screened for at regular intervals with tests that include; fasting glucose levels, blood pressure checks, and lipid profile levels. Although you are probably getting routine care that includes cancer screening, your man is probably avoiding these visits. Men can benefit from annual screening protocols as do women. Screening for oral, skin and testicular cancer is necessary for younger men. Men in their 40s benefit from the addition of digital rectal exams and testing for occult blood in stool. Recommendations for men beyond age 50 include the addition of screening for colon cancer with a colonoscopy and prostate specific antigen screening. Men may specifically want to avoid the rectal exam but should take into consideration what your annual exams have been like for years. Another area of health screening involves mental or psychological health. Men are prone to anxiety and more specifically depression, just as are women. Getting your man to open up to his physician and receive the counseling or medical intervention needed can make a vast improvement in his well being and general health. An emerging area of men’s health is the idea of a male menopause and the arena of erectile dysfunction. Sexual function affects both partners and, even here, men may be reticent to seek care. Reassurance, understanding and encouragement may help your man seek the evaluation and recommendation of his physician. Whatever the area of health, be it screening for chronic disease, cancer screening, mental health or sexual health, you can partner with your man to keep him “Smokin’ Hot.” ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Adam Blickley is an OBGYN at Grand Rapids Women’s Health, with special interests in ultrasound imaging and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.


It also affects blood flow, and blockages can prevent adequate flow to the pelvis and affect the sex lives of both men and women, said Dr. Gina Lundberg, an American Heart Association volunteer and a preventive cardiologist and clinical director for Emory Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center in Atlanta. “In a man, it’s a little more obvious,” Dr. Lundberg said, explaining that high blood pressure can lead to erectile dysfunction. Effective blood flow through the arteries and veins is needed for an erection. Even in his mid-30s, a man can have high blood pressure that causes problems with sex,” she says. Sometimes erectile dysfunction “can be the only indicator of underlying heart disease risk.” She explains that all of these patients should be evaluated for risk factors.

Women Feel Effects, Too

Women with high blood pressure may have lower libido and less interest in sex, according to Dr. Lundberg. “What woman wants to have sex if she feels tired and wiped out all the time?” she offers. Primary care physicians, gynecologists and endocrinologists treat high blood pressure. Your primary care physician may refer you to a cardiologist based on risk factors and symptoms.

Stress And Medicine Also Factors

Stress and anxiety can be connected to high blood pressure and to sexual dysfunction, Dr. Lundberg added. In such situations, men may be less likely to perform sexually or they may experience less sexual satisfaction. Women may be less likely to desire sex during stressful times. Like high blood pressure, medication to treat it can affect sexual performance. For example, erectile dysfunction is sometimes a side effect of medications like beta-blockers and occasionally ACE inhibitors.

What To Do About It

It’s generally safe to have sex if you have high blood pressure, Dr. Lundberg said. To prevent or control high blood pressure: •Eat nutritious foods •Shake the salt habit •Get regular exercise •Maintain a healthy weight •Manage stress •Avoid tobacco smoke •Limit alcohol consumption Dr. Lundberg warns that you shouldn’t avoid treating your high blood pressure for fear that medication will negatively affect your sex life, and don’t quit taking your prescribed medicine. Working with your doctor to find the right medication for you may help with both conditions. Her main message . . . High blood pressure can be dangerous — even deadly — and may need treatment. See your healthcare provider to get the help you need. Information provided from the American Heart Association. To learn more, visit

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ave you ever gone to a movie, simply based on who was in it? The stars of the film are usually the first thing that grabs your attention in a trailer, and we have all probably saw a movie or two based on star power alone. Sometimes just having your favorite leading man on the big screen is all you need to get you to the theatre. Through the years, many things change in Hollywood, but a great leading man can last for generations. I wanted to find out who catches the eye of the women of Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, and I got a great and very wide range of answers!

When looking at the Golden Age of Hollywood, Laura Naughton Czumaj-Bront (Beauty Columnist) mentioned Cary Grant and Gary Cooper as her favorites, while photographer Gina Grover went up a few years, but kept it classic with Sean Connery and Kurt Russell. Assignment writer Lucia Rios talked about James Dean, Paul Newman, and Marlon Brando as some of her top picks. Editor in Chief Jennifer Phillips Wilson picked hers based on the company they kept on screen. Rex Harrison, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, and George Peppard all shared the screen with Audrey Hepburn, and that works for her. She also admitted to a small crush on Jude Law – even if he didn’t have the opportunity to work on screen with Ms Audrey Hebpurn.

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So what is it that creates a great leading man? What draws you to one actor over another? Leading men are generally known for being not only great actors, but also can master the dance floor, sing a few tunes, and can make an audience swoon with or without their shirt on. Magazine Publisher Victoria Upton picked some of the greats of the big screen in recent times that have mastered those skills including George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman, Antonio Banderas, and Harrison Ford. Who are your picks?

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It has been over a decade since we laughed with Sulley and Mike Wazowski on the big screen, but the artists at Pixar are back to bring us a new tale on the monsters we love with Monsters University. We are taken back to when these two met in school, and before they were best of friends. John Goodman, Billy Crystal, and Steve Buscemi all return to lend their voices to their timeless characters, while Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes, and Dave Foley join the cast. It has been particularly fun to watch the marketing for this movie evolve. They launched a whole website just for the school which added a new level of excitement for the film. In addition to the admissions section where they cover requirements and financial aid, they also have a full event calendar including screenings of “Screaming in the Rain.” Their academic section covers all of the different schools and faculty, and a campus life tab gives you a tour of their clubs, Greek life, and


athletics programs. My favorite part though has to be the store section where you can buy Monsters University Alumni license plate frames, tumblers, and even hoodies with four arms. One of my favorite things about the movies is the shared experience in a theatre of watching a film together – and movies aimed for a child audience are the best. I have not seen this movie yet, but plan on being there on Saturday morning with an auditorium filled with young ones to experience the laughs (and maybe screams) with the entire audience. Monsters University hits the big screen in both 2D and 3D formats on June 21, and will be one of those films that will span generations. There will be plenty of fun and colorful monsters for the kids, and lots of adult humor layered in. I have always been a big advocate for what Pixar has produced, and have a feeling that this will not disappoint the Pixar fan in all of us.

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Through September 1

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.

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GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2012: Encore! This “encore” presentation features works of art that were selected by GRAM curators, from venues throughout ArtPrize 2012 footprint, for their resonances and references to the Museum Collection, to upcoming exhibitions, and to the Muesum’s unique architectural setting. www.

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Discover Meijer Garden’s special, yearlong exhibition showcasing revolutionary sculptor, Bernar Venet. Demonstration his iconic work in steel, five of Venet’s largescale sculptures will be displayed outdoors on the front lawn.

Design Quest exhibits one-off functional art pieces made from reclaimed, salvaged materials. Lamps, tables, and other items on display illustrating ReTech’s philosophy “to reinvent using the discarded remnants of our past.” Free. 10am – 8pm. Legally Blonde: Never judge a woman by her hair color – OMG You Guys! Hot off Broadway is Elle Woods’ journey from the Mall to Harvard Law proving that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Civic Theatre. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Grand Rapids Public Museum. On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank after 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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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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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.

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Looking for Normal: a powerful, yet often funny play about an individual’s journey to personal truth, the cost of that journey on those he loves, and the hope that transformation brings. Actor’s Theatre. Local First Street Party: Kick your summer off right with the best outdoor music, food, & beverage festival of the year. And it’s FREE! In front of Bistro Bella Vita on Grandville Avenue. 3pm – midnight. www. Third Annual Grand River GreenUp: West Michigan’s largest Earth Day event. Harbor Island Fairground. 9am – noon. (616) 451-3051. Saturday All Day With The Arts: Drop-in Family Activities. 10am – 3pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. www.artmuseumgr. org. Bill Maher: For the last 18 years, comedian, political commentator and satirist, Bill Maher, has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American TV. DeVos Performance Hall. 8pm. $35.50, $49.50, $75.50 & $99.50. www. WLAV’s 40th anniversary with FUN FLICK FLASHBACKS. Each week you vote on your favorite movies from the past 4 de-

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Grand Valley State University’s Enrichment Dinner. Awards will be presented to Michael J. and Susan Jandernoa, and John C. “J.C.” Huizenga; the Arend D. Lubbers Award will be presented to former faculty member Johnine Callahan. DeVos Place 6pm.

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West Michigan Tabletop Gamers: Join this group for a wonderful opportunity to play your favorite games or learn new games with the pros. All skill levels welcome. 6:30 pm. Schuler Books & Music – 28th Street.

Free Monday night jazz concert at John Ball Zoo sponsored by the West Michigan Jazz Society. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. www.

Every Wednesday starting at 6:30pm, join Rimple Nayyar at Bar Divani for the wine social where they feature at least 6 wines for you to taste, experience, and discuss. SAUVIGNON BLANCS. $20. www.

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June 6 – 8

Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series: B.B. King. 7pm.

Showing at Wealthy Theatre’s Meanwhile Movie: Blood Simple. Doors 7:15 pm. Movie starts 8 pm. $5 member, $6 nonmember. 8 pm. Tuesday Night Swing Dancing 7pm – 10pm. Rosa Parks Circle. Free workshop regarding estate planning, long-term care, medicaid and veterans benefits by the Law Offices of Shawn Weera. Call (616) 940-3370 for details.

Fashion and Tea: Tour the Streets of Old Grand Rapids and learn about fashion from the Civil War Era, Victorian Era and Edwardian Era. 1pm - 2:30pm. Grand Rapids Public Museum. $15 for non-members and $13 for members. Living on the Edge: Superstition. For the past ten seasons, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids has issued a call for ten-minute play submissions in the fall, of which five are selected for full public performance in the following summer. The theme selected for our tenth annual Living on the Edge

series is “Superstition.”

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June 6 – 22

Wait Until Dark: a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between a convict and a blind woman. When darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends. Circle Theatre. www.circletheatre. org.

June 8

June 6

Saturday All Day With The Arts: Drop-in Family Activities. 10am – 3pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum.

The Porter Hills’ 12th Annual Fundraising Gala: Journey to the Magical Land of Oz. Frederik Meijer Gardens. 6pm. $150. 616949-4975 ext. 20434.

June 7 – 9

Festival of the Arts: a community celebration in downtown Grand Rapids, featuring arts, entertainment, food and fun activities for the entire family. All Festival performances, exhibits and activities are free. Six indoor or outdoor stages with music of all types, plus dance, theatre, and more.

June 7

Friday Night at GRAM: Unwind with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. 5pm – 9pm. Daniel Tosh: “Tosh.0” currently airs on Tuesday nights at 10:00 PM on Comedy Central and consists of 30 episodes throughout 2013. DeVos Performance Hall. 7pm and 9:30pm. $59.50 & $75. www.

June 8 – 9

B93 Birthday Bash: Michigan’s largest free 2-day country music festival with headliners such as Hunter Hayes, Gary Allen,

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June 9

Grand Rapids Triathlon: a chance for athletes of all skill levels to compete on a scenic riverside course, perfect for the novice through the seasoned triathlete. www.

June 10

Free Monday night jazz concert at John Ball Zoo sponsored by the West Michigan

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WLAV’s 40th anniversary with FUN FLICK FLASHBACKS. Each week you vote on your favorite movies from the past 4 decades and it shows at 11pm on Saturday at Celebration Cinema North for $3.97. Cash bar available too.


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Jazz Society. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. www. Mel Trotter Ministries Golf Marathon of Hope: The event will feature Jim Bultema, PGA professional and general manager of Railside, who will golf 36 hours over two days. Local and national celebrities will join Jim during this fundraising blitz. $150. Railside Golf Club. golf-marathon.

June 11 – 16

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Billy Elliott: The Musical. Tickets start at $34.50. DeVos Performance Hall.

June 11

Showing at Wealthy Theatre’s Meanwhile Movie: Raising Arizona. Doors 7:15 pm. Movie starts 8 pm. $5 member, $6 nonmember. 8 pm. Tuesday Night Swing Dancing 7pm – 10pm. Rosa Parks Circle. Free workshop regarding estate planning, long-term care, medicaid and veterans benefits by the Law Offices of Shawn Weera. Call (616) 940-3370 for details.

June 12

Cocktails, History, and Practical Mixology for the Home Tippler: Bitters, Herbals, and Home Liqueur Making. What are bitters? Why are they important in cocktail culture? And why are they so dang bitter?!? Join The Starving Artist at SpeakEZ Lounge for a class and demonstration in understanding, buying, making, and using herbal liqueurs, from the classic to the modern, and discover how to take your cocktail parties to the next level. 7pm – 8pm. www. Join Hello West Michigan and HR Collaborative for a night of networking and entertainment as we screen the new movie The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers, one drink ticket, and a small soda and popcorn for the show. Celebration Cinema North. 5pm – 8pm. www. The-Internship-Movie-and-Mixer.aspx. BISSELL Blocktail Party: Join the BISSELL Pet Foundation for a casual evening where you and your dog can mingle, enjoy scrumptious “yappetizers,” and participate in our one-of-a-kind silent auction. Mangiamo’s lawn. 6pm. events/439268356162419/. Easter Seals Walk With Me: an evening of fun and fitness as we walk to put hope within reach of people with disabilities. John Ball Park Zoo. 5pm. (616) 942-2081. The 2013 97LAV Budweiser Blues on the Mall is a free outdoor concert at Rosa Parks Circle downtown Grand Rapids every Wednesday’s 6:30pm-9pm with live blues bands & vendors featuring a variety of local food, services and goods. Every Wednesday starting at 6:30pm, join Rimple Nayyar at Bar Divani for the wine social where they feature at least 6 wines for you to taste, experience, and discuss. ABC - ANYTHING BUT CHARDONNAY. $20.

June 13 – 16

Waterfront Film Festival: a “middle coast” venue for independent filmmakers eager to show their work to sophisticated audiences. South Haven. 40th Annual Start of Summer Celebration in Downtown Rockford: Weekend event featuring carnival rides, food, games,

contests, crafts, demonstrations, music, beer tent, fireworks on Saturday night, and much more. www.therockfordnetwork. com/start-of-summer.php. Free workshop regarding estate planning, long-term care, medicaid and veterans benefits by the Law Offices of Shawn Weera. Call (616) 940-3370 for details.

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June 13 – 22

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents Oy! A collection of 12 (but for you, 13) comedies, each illustrating the meaning of a Yiddish word.

June 13

“The 9th Annual Latin Extravaganza,” a celebration to benefit the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Enjoy cocktails, a sit down dinner with great food, live music and dancing. DeVos Place. 6:30 pm. $100. Creativity Uncorked: Improv Chop Shop. Grab a glass of wine and experience a lively and unforgettable night at the museum. Sign up today by contacting Liz Wilson-Fischer at Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series: Gov’t Mule. 7pm. A Night with the Opera: Once a year, Opera Grand Rapids throws an amazing over-the-top party. 
The Company’s main fundraising event of the year, A Night with the Opera, playfully combines live musical performances from opera and pop culture with interactive entertainment, culinary delights, and plenty of chances to rub elbows and mingle. $125. Betty Van Andel Opera Center.

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Sounds of Soul: “The Curator” Spins Motown. Join us at Harmony Brewing Company in Eastown where Steven Edelman, aka The Curator, will be spinning from his vast collection of vintage Motown and soul albums. Part of Harmony’s Vinyl Thursdays, this listening party will feature the sounds of Michigan’s very own Bettye LaVette and her peers in the format best suited for soul—the vinyl LP. 8pm – midnight. Celadon Summer Concert Series: Fauxgrass wsg. Wazobia. 6pm. Free. Celadon Amphitheater.

June 14

Friday Night at GRAM: Unwind with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. 5pm – 9pm. Rooftop Cocktail: Art.Cocktails.Fasion. It’s a showdown between the city’s best bartenders among a wandering crowd of models. This event will capture the city’s local fashion scene and serve up the best cocktails you’ve ever had.7pm. UICA rooftop. events/253817384761558/.

June 15

Saturday All Day With The Arts: Drop-in Family Activities. 10am – 3pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 48th Annual Reed’s Lake Art Festival. 9am – 5pm. WLAV’s 40th anniversary with FUN FLICK FLASHBACKS. Each week you vote on your favorite movies from the past 4 decades and it shows at 11pm on Saturday at Celebration Cinema North for $3.97. Cash bar available too.

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Grand Rapids Record & CD Show: Music lovers unite! Buy LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, videos, phono needles, books, paper goods and music memorabilia at this annual event. Buying, selling and trading available. It is not just for collectors—there are great deals for all music lovers. Show your GRPL library card for $1admission.Grand Rapids Riverfront Hotel. 11am – 5pm.

June 16

Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series: Sheryl Crow. 7pm.

June 17

WWE RAW LIVE: Monday Night RAW returns to Grand Rapids for the 1st time in over 5 YEARS! Van Andel Arena. $97.50, $52.50, $37.50, $27.50 & $17.50. Economic Club Annual Dinner featuring keynote speaker Hillary Rodham Clinton. DeVos Place. 7pm. Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series: Peter Frampton. 7pm. Free Monday night jazz concert at John Ball Zoo sponsored by the West Michigan Jazz Society. 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

June 18

Showing at Wealthy Theatre’s Meanwhile Movie: Miller’s Crossing. Doors 7:15 pm. Movie starts 8 pm. $5 member, $6 nonmember. 8 pm. Tuesday Night Swing Dancing 7pm – 10pm. Rosa Parks Circle.

Bugs, Beetles, & Bookworms: Join the Science Alliance for this fast-paced insect safari that makes learning about entomology fun! Scientist Bill Bosworth will help you have a blast learning about wings and stings and crawly things. Grand Rapids Public Library. 10:30am – 11:30am. Free workshop regarding estate planning, long-term care, medicaid and veterans benefits by the Law Offices of Shawn Weera. Call (616) 940-3370 for details. Become Your Own Boss: Attend this event with Ed Paulson, a college professor with over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business to learn his tips for startup success and get answers to your specific questions. Take control of your job future today. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7pm – 8:30pm.

June 19

Cocktails, History, and Practical Mixology for the Home Tippler: Gin Style, Use, and Practice. “I hate gin!” “It tastes like pine trees!” “I’d rather drink cleaning products!” Join The Starving Artist at SpeakEZ Lounge and discover the true value of gin as a cocktail ingredient and as a modern artisanal movement. Not all gin tastes like juniper! Explore the different styles and varieties, and learn to make a classic gin cocktail unlike anything you’re accustomed to. 7pm – 8pm. The 2013 97LAV Budweiser Blues on the Mall is a free outdoor concert at Rosa Parks Circle downtown Grand Rapids every Wednesday’s 6:30pm-9pm with live blues bands & vendors featuring a variety of local food, services and goods.

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June 20

Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series: Wynton Marsalis. EAT.SHOP.ROCK.: A summer night filled with music in Uptown. Features free entertainment in each of the four business districts all night, with headline acts during the designated times. Walk around, grab some food, head to your favorite shop - experience all that Uptown has to offer! 5pm – midnight. events/489246177808922/?ref=22.

June 21 – July 14

Xanadu: Mix the outrageous fun of disco balls, silk shorts, leg warmers and rollerskating with a high-energy musical score and you get the 2008 smash hit musical XANADU at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. $29 - $42.

June 21

Friday Night at GRAM: Unwind with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. 5pm – 9pm. Open Play Scrabble: All ages and all skill levels welcome. 10am. Schuler Books & Music – 28th Street. The Rides: Twighlight & Midnight. a noncompetitive family cycling event (7 miles) at twilight (8 p.m.) followed by a non-competitive cycling ride (approximately 14 miles) at midnight (12 a.m.). Rides start and finish

at the Grand Rapids Public Museum with various activities and an after party. www. Bachata & Salsa Dance Festival Featuring Toby Love. Attendees can plan to dance the night away right on the arena floor. Van Andel Arena. $35 General Admission Seats (must be 18 years old to enter). Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series: Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys. 7pm.

June 22 – 23

Spring Rose Show: See a variety of roses—hybrid teas, miniatures, floribundas and old-fashioned types—all locally grown and carefully prepped for this judged show. Meijer Gardens. Free. 11am – 5pm.

June 22

Saturday All Day With The Arts: Drop-in Family Activities. 10am – 3pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Monroe Center Chalk Flood: Closing off the last block of Monroe Center (between Ionia and Division) to flood the street with chalk art! All chalk will be provided so grab your friends, family and kids to share in the ultimate sidewalk chalk experience. 11am – 4pm. events/139424712908892/?ref=2. WLAV’s 40th anniversary with FUN FLICK FLASHBACKS. Each week you vote on your favorite movies from the past 4 decades and it shows at 11pm on Saturday at Celebration Cinema North for $3.97. Cash bar available too. page.php?pt=Fun+Flick+Flashback%21&id =1333&is_corp.

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Founders Fest 2013: a street-side celebration of beer and music. It runs from 3-11pm and takes place on Grandville Avenue and Bartlett Street, with the brewery as the cornerstone. $20 advance tickets/$25 general admission. GR Reads: The Movies – IMAX Space Station. Some 220 miles above Earth lies the International Space Station, a one-ofa-kind space laboratory that 16 nations came together to build. Get a behind-thescenes look at the making of this extraordinary structure in the spectacular IMAX film. The first 50 attendees who show their GRPL library card will get in free. Celebration Cinema North. 9:45 am – 10:30 am. Think Pink Golf Tournament: 4-woman golf scramble to benefit the national mammography program at Betty Ford Breast Care Services Spectrum Health. $59 per person. (616) 784-1355.

June 24 - 26

Captain Smith Visits The Titanic Exhibit: Lowell Lytle joined RMS Titanic, Inc. in 1998 to fill the role of Captain EJ Smith, the infamous Captain of the Titanic. Often found in full regalia in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Lowell’s striking resemblance and ability to transform into Captain Smith continues to mesmerize millions around the world.

June 24

Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series: Pink Martini. 7pm. Free Monday night jazz concert at John Ball Zoo sponsored by the West Michigan Jazz Society. 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

June 25

Showing at Wealthy Theatre’s Meanwhile Movie: Barton Fink. Doors 7:15 pm. Movie starts 8 pm. $5 member, $6 non-member. 8 pm. Tuesday Night Swing Dancing 7pm – 10pm. Rosa Parks Circle. www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety. com.

June 26

Cocktails, History, and Practical Mixology for the Home Tippler: Whiskeys and their Possibilities. Bourbon, scotch, Tennessee, rye, corn, white, Canadian, Irish . . .how can you keep them all straight? Join The Starving Artist at SpeakEZ Lounge for a class and lecture on understanding and using whiskey in cocktails from the classic to the modern. Explore what each whiskey can do in a cocktail and exactly how to make your ingredients shine. The 2013 97LAV Budweiser Blues on the Mall is a free outdoor concert at Rosa Parks Circle downtown Grand Rapids every Wednesday’s 6:30pm-9pm with live blues bands & vendors featuring a variety of local food, services and goods. Every Wednesday starting at 6:30pm, join Rimple Nayyar at Bar Divani for the wine social where they feature at least 6 wines for you to taste, experience, and discuss. BBQ WINES. $20.

June 27

Find the Stars, Constellations, and Planets: No Batteries Required. GVSU Professor Douglas Furton will lead this workshop focused on how to use a planisphere to predict the positions of the sun, stars, and planets any time of the day. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7pm – 8:30pm.

Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series: Brandi Carlile. 7pm.

June 27 - 30

Electric Forest: Witness the extravagant light display, stumble into surprise performances and parties in the depths of the woods, and gather with friends to enjoy the party. Make sure to check out the Forest Stage with live music and performances day and night, as well as unannounced surprise sets!


June 28 - 30

Standard Flower Show: Join Kent Garden Club members as they celebrate the club’s 100th Anniversary at this biennial show that spotlights members’ floral design talents and gardening skills. Meijer Gardens. Fee included with admission.


Friday Night at GRAM: Unwind with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. 5pm – 9pm.


Newt Uncensored: Speaker of the House. Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. A Presidential candidate. And one of the world’s most sought after public speakers. And now, for one night only, see Newt like you’ve never seen him before. 7:30pm. $45, $55, $75 & $200. DeVos Performance Hall. 52nd Annual Grand Haven Art Festival & Family Fun Day: Washington Avenue will be lined with more than 100 top artisans and distinct crafters. A green market finishes the show out with gorgeous orchids, live plants, and gourmet dips.

June 29

Saturday All Day With The Arts: Drop-in Family Activities. 10am – 3pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Huntington Reeds Lake Run: Join us for the 35th anniversary Huntington Reeds Lake Run. You can run or walk a 5K, run a 10K and even run or walk a 5K with your dog. 8am. East Grand Rapids High School. Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race (Summer Edition): Taking place in beautiful Rockford, includes a short run, bike and paddle. WLAV’s 40th anniversary with FUN FLICK FLASHBACKS. Each week you vote on your favorite movies from the past 4 decades and it shows at 11pm on Saturday at Celebration Cinema North for $3.97. Cash bar available too. common/page.php?pt=Fun+Flick+Flashba ck%21&id=1333&is_corp. Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium: a day of cycling when the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium teams up with the MSU Gran Fondo in downtown Grand Rapids. The day begins at 9:30am with 8 races including men’s pro, women’s pro and a kids ride.

June 30

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Damien and Michelle “Working at Studs is something I do for fun. It is a great job where I get to entertain other people, have full reign to be creative, work in a great atmosphere, and make great extra money. It is a lot of hard work though. Women come to see what they don’t have at home. We are selling a fantasy. The other performers and I go to the gym 4-5 times per week, eat a high protein diet, search for costumes, work on choreography, and a lot more, but it is all worth it,” describes Roberts. Studs has six regular male performers and three alternates and is always looking for new talent. “Not only do you have to look the part, but you need to have the right personality, and be willing to put in the time and effort. You have to be the entire package or women will just stay at home with their husbands,” Blair laughs honestly.

Damien Roberts

Ladies, start your engines! 234 Market Street Southwest has grown into the local capital of adult entertainment in Grand Rapids. There is something for every erotic adult appetite. Housed within this hotspot of healthy hedonism are three destinations that guarantee a memorable evening of entertainment. First off, Lady Godiva’s Showgirls highlights exotic entertainment by women performers. Second, Erica’s Erotic Accessories offers anything you need for your bachelor/bachelorette party, as well as items to spice things up in the bedroom. And, most importantly there’s Studs.

professional standards and a classy atmosphere to ensure everyone has fun. Don’t get us wrong, we know how to show the audience a great time!” Damien Roberts is Grand Rapids’ own Magic Mike. He actually performed with the real Suncoast Calendar Men group that the movie was based on. Performing is something that seemingly comes natural to him. By day, Roberts is a local professional businessman, who has a college degree, speaks three languages, has performed opera at DeVos Performance Hall, plays the guitar, and is an accomplished comedian.

Studs offers performers and performances to please every woman’s taste. The performers represent a variety of ages and body types to entice even the most discerning female fantasy. The creativity in the performances brings that to a whole other level. The men entertain with choreographed group numbers as well as dual and solo acts; anything from Mission Impossible-themed routines to nerd-based numbers to Phantom of the Opera and everything in between. You will witness professional costuming, exceptional choreography, and men that are well-trained in the art of showing women a night they will never forget. Be sure to check out Damien Roberts and the other performers on stage at Studs (you can also find Damien on YouTube rocking the comedy scene by searching “Damien Roberts”). Damien Roberts

Studs has offered fantasy-worthy, male entertainers since the fall of 2011. “Studs was opened to draw in the female audience by giving them a place to come and have a good time, let loose in an environment that is more relaxed and far less judgmental; to offer a greater sense of equality in the entertainment we provide,” shares Michelle Blair, manager of Studs. “And the women come in groups. Often we find it becomes a family affair; birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and even divorce parties!” Magic Mike (a la Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Alex Pettyfer just to name a few) glamorized the world of male exotic dancing. “Portions of the movie were very accurate. From the costuming to the grooming to the showmanship, Magic Mike was pretty spot-on. However, the prolific sex and drug use is certainly not the norm,” enlightens Studs’ head male dancer, Damien Roberts. “At Studs there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drug use; even alcohol has to be consumed responsibly. We strive to keep

Studs is open Friday and Saturday nights from 8 pm until 2 am (with performances typically beginning at 9:00pm). Cover charge at Studs is $6 (look for discount cover deals at area expos, especially the bridal shows). Enjoy incredible drink specials as well. After working up an appetite at Studs, wander over to Lady Godiva’s starting at 2 am for its incredible breakfast buffet! Need more information or want to know when you favorite entertainer is performing? Call (616) 458-0234. Damien Roberts on stage at Studs

By day, Roberts is a local professional businessman, who has a college degree, speaks three languages, has performed opera at DeVos Performance Hall, plays the guitar, and is an accomplished comedian. 48

“The best way to know what we are all about,” entices Blair, “is to get the girls together, swing into Erica’s to get decked out, and get down to Studs for a good time!”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LeAnn Secord is a fundraising professional, comic book enthusiast, and aspiring guitar goddess.

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A Chat with

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Local guy, HGTV Celeb and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man on TV” by Caroline Higgins


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The beauty and charm of our resort towns will create a lasting impression – one certain to bring a warm smile every time it’s recalled.

arter Oosterhouse: handyman, philanthropist, TV show host and voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man on TV” has recently added another title to his tool belt. The West-Michigan native is the now the face of Lake Michigan Credit Union and their $25,000 home-makeover giveaway. When asked about his experiences on both ends of the economic spectrum, Ooosterhouse admitted that “putting value on a dollar is embedded into my everyday life” and referenced his humble beginnings as the son of a Fremont farmer. He’s the founder of Carter’s Kids, a non-profit organization that is currently building a new playground every month in an effort to encourage physical activity and fight childhood obesity, and the host of the Carter Oosterhouse TV show Million Dollar Rooms, which Carter called a “crazy, bananas, over-the-top show.”


Oosterhouse is the a firm believer in positive change, and referenced a story from his childhood in which he learned how to repair the breaks on the family car at a young age, prompted by his father’s no-excuses work ethic. “It made me think thatBCV 3524 Women's Lifestyle Ad.indd there are so many things that people can do,” said Oosterhouse, “I feel passionate about people really enjoying their home and creating their space.” Oosterhouse wants to empower to do people to do just that, and this attitude is the driving force behind his book Carter’s Way: A No-Nonsense Method for Designing Your Own Super Stylish Home. Carter’s can-do attitude also applies to his view of the environment. He places a priority on building with eco-friendly materials, and sees Michigan as a wealth of natural resources, especially fresh water. “That [fresh water] is where our true value is,” he said, “We need to learn how to take care of it and do our due diligence.” Looking forward, Oosterhouse is looking forward to the opening of his very own vineyard, soon to be opening in Traverse City. This project has been in the works for over four years and the joy of its completion will be huge—especially since Oosterhouse is accustomed to a quick turnaround for projects, such as two-day home makeovers on Trading Spaces, which catapulted Oosterhouse into his TV career. He loves seeing finished products and “what you have done for yourself and the take-away for the homeowners” He hopes to bring the same satisfaction to wine-drinkers. “We’ve tasted the wine… it’s good! And that’s not just me talking.” promised Oosterhouse. Carter’s Kids playground is built on Windmill Island in Holland. The opening ceremony was held on May 11, to finish off the spring festivities of Tulip Time. “It’s a really fun treat to know you’re working with someone who has a commitment to you and to the Holland playground,” said Oosterhouse — speaking about the support LMCU has given the project. When asked what he loves most about Michigan, he called the state “true Americana,” referring to the family values and the love that people give one another. “And nothing beats Michigan in the summer,” he added–with a smile that would make even the most professional journalist swoon. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Caroline Higgins lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a recent graduate of Calvin College. She now works as a freelance writer and photographer and is a lover of stories, healthy recipes and the golden hour. You can find her eclectic musings online at

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2013 American Heart Association’s

Heart Ball

The 2013 Heart Ball is pleased to honor

Dr. Asghar Khaghani, MD, FRCS, Heart Transplant Surgical Director, Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program as the recipient of the annual Richard. M. DeVos Award. Guest Speaker, Susan Ford Bales Silent Auction & Wine Tasting at 5:30pm / Dinner at 7:00pm Red Tie and Red Dress encouraged

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Ice: The Diamonds of Cuisine.

Interview with

Randy Finch, ice GuRu. by Elisabeth Veltman photography by Steph Harding

used in the creation of Peach Melba. In fact, they originally used ice swans to display that dessert. BETH: Oh, Peach Melba! Created for the legendary opera singer, Nelly Melba, correct? RANDY: That is correct. In the early 1900’s, ice chandeliers, fountains and elaborate sculptures became more common. The quality sagged off in the U.S. for a while, and now it is coming full circle, and more elaborate sculptures are once again becoming common. BETH: Why the resurgence?


hef, artist, TV personality, and chainsaw genius, Randy Finch, along with his partner Derek Maxfield, have come to embody the words, “ice” and “art.” Their team has been featured on the Discovery Channel; are in “Ripley’s Believe it Or Not”, and were featured in a show called “Ice Brigade” on The Food Network. I had the privilege to catch Randy for a chat, and visit his very “cool” studio for a fun departure from our regularly scheduled subject matter (food allergies). BETH: Ice sculpture has rather utilitarian roots didn’t it? But, within a century it became quite an elaborate art form. When did the art of ice sculpture really begin? RANDY: The beginning is debatable. The first documented ice sculpture was the famous ice palace of 1740, commissioned by Empress Anna Ivanovna of Russia. She had commissioned this palace and staged a mock wedding there. BETH: I read about that! She forced some guy she was angry with to marry one of her servants, spend the entire night in the palace, and expected them to sleep on a bed made of pure ice. RANDY: Yes! I actually have an original article about this from 1741. It was published in a gentleman’s magazine at the time. The palace was quite elaborate, with trees, birds, and an elephant all made of ice. BETH: Wow. Tell us more about how ice sculpture has evolved since then. RANDY: Mostly, ice was used to keep food cool on the table, and it evolved into art. This was a technique


RANDY: People are looking for unique and different things today. Until recent years, it wasn’t just elaborate sculptures that took time; simple products did as well. For instance we used to hand produce little sorbet dishes made of ice, and each would cost at least $35. New technology allows us to make them more quickly and at much less cost. We were the first to use computerized equipment in the U.S. We started using it in Grand Rapids, MI, three months ahead of Las Vegas! BETH: Seriously? How did this happen? RANDY: We’ve been in the business for a long time and have many personal relationships in the ice business. We knew the guy who was making the equipment in Canada, and had first dibs. BETH: What other products come from this equipment? RANDY: We can make large bins of ice that hold ice cream for parties, dishes, drink dispensers, and parts for drink luges where the party guest can interact with the sculpture. That is our niche: Interactive ice sculpture that is both functional and beautiful. BETH: I saw a video of the ice desk that you did, and oh that grand piano that actually plays, and the pool table! What other interactive sculptures do you do? RANDY: The desk was for a Food Network executive. That was really fun. One of the most outrageous projects was a 30-foot long mousetrap game that included a double, fully functional Ferris wheel, and a cannon that lights up and fires. It is based upon the concept of Rube Goldberg, an artist that did drawings of very elaborate ways of doing the simplest things. We did the Mousetrap game for a show called “Recreation Nation” on the Discovery Channel.

BETH: I saw your mousetrap sculpture on YouTube. Truly amazing. Is this your favorite project? RANDY: The double Ferris wheel is nearest and dearest to my heart. It actually made it into Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. But other than that, the next project is always my favorite, whatever the next project might be. We recently did a 32-foot ice dessert bar and a live performance. We created an ice motorcycle with live pyrotechnics coming from the tail pipe right on stage. We are doing a lot more live performance shows as well. We love doing them. BETH: You are a chef, and artist, and you must be an engineer of sorts to do what you do. How did you go from chef to an ice sculptor wielding a chain saw? RANDY: Well, I also studied architecture, and we are known for our power tools. In fact we often choose the chainsaw or drill, even if a chisel is easier! But I did start out as a chef. I went to culinary school and worked as a private chef for Jay Van Andel for quite some time. I was the chef at Cygnus and for Peter Island Resort. My culinary training helps make for great relationships with chefs. I know how to design for any food without being taught. If the chef wants a caviar station, then I know we also need to accommodate blini, and how to design any sculpture so that it works for whatever food creation the chef can dream up. BETH: What does an ice sculptor do in the summer? RANDY: One of the biggest things we do in summer is sell our scrap ice, because it melts so much more slowly than regular cubed ice. Fishermen and tailgaters drop off their coolers on Monday, and pick them up on Friday for the weekend. As we do weddings and graduation sculptures, we throw the extra into their coolers. We are also doing sculpture for Kid Rock backstage. BETH: Tell me, ice & cold are rather counter-intuitive symbols of romance. Why do you think it has come to be so closely connected with celebrations and love? RANDY: There is a simple elegance to ice. It is artistic. Art and romance have always gone together. Ice sculpture is created for one, single event. It’s just for you. Ice swans, for instance, are typical sculptures for weddings because they mate for life. Ice is sensuous. It has clarity and a slickness. Like a diamond, the light gives the sculpture a life of its own. Like life itself, the ice sculpture transforms the entire time it exists. That’s why people love it and that’s why I love working with it. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Owner of Blue Pearl Strategies, Elisabeth is also The Tender Foodie. She started this blog and The Tender Palate, to help those food allergies and sensitivities.

Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • June 2013

“BEER”IFIC! 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.

Brewery Vivant

925 Cherry St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (616) 719-1604 Located in a renovated funeral chapel from the early 1900’s, they focus on creating their own interpretation of beers from the fantastic breweries that dot the countryside of Southern Belgium and Northern France; all with sustainable methods and an eye on our community. With a delicious brasserie style menu to match, it’s no wonder why they’ve quickly become a Michigan favorite. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Grand Rapids Brewing Company

1 Ionia SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 458-7000 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 agri-business, and features both house-made and Sobie sausages. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Grill 111

111 Courtland St NE   Rockford, MI 49341 (616) 863-3111 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. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Schmohz Brewery

2600 Patterson Ave SE   Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (616) 949-0860 Schmohz Brewery is home of Hopknocker, Treasure Chest and Bonecrusher produces Olde World ales and lagers.They’re located on the east side of Grand Rapids on Patterson Ave between 28th Street and Burton Street. Drink in the tap room or find their products as you travel the Great Beer State. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Trillium Haven

1429 Lake Dr., S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616)301-0998 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. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Twisted Rooster

1600 East Beltline Ave NE   Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 301-8171 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.

Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • June 2013


Support Locally Owned Business

Did you know 73% more money stays in our community when it is spent at a locally owned business? Food & Beverage

n Art of the Table n Byron Center Meats n Carrettino Italian Market & Wine by John Russo n Cascade Winery n Connies’ Cakes n Forest Hills Foods n Grand Central Market n Founder’s Brewing Co. n Kingma’s n Marge’s Donut Den n Martha’s Vineyard n Mary Ann’s Chocolate n Monica’s Gourmet Cookies n Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill n Smitty’s Specialty Beverage

Farms & Producers n Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery n Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill

Floral & Garden

n Ball Park Floral n Creekside Garden Center n Eastern Floral n Fruitbasket Flowerland n Romence Gardens


n Eastown Veterinary Clinic


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n Art of the Table n Bill & Pauls Sporthaus n Clothing Matters n Gazelle Sports n Global Gifts - Your Fair Trade Store n Horizen Hydrophonics n Lafontsee Galleries n Minty Keen n Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery n Second Chance Clothing n Spirit Dreams n Standale Interiors n Stone’s Throw n Wealthy at Charles n Women’s Health Boutique


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n Actor’s Theatre n Celebration Cinema n Circle Theatre n City Art Gallery n Festival of the Arts n Goei Center n Grand Rapids Civic Theatre n n John Ball Park Zoo n Lowell Arts n River City Improv n Uptown Kitchen n West Michigan Women’s Expo

Restaurants, Clubs & Catering

n Amore Trattoria Italiana n Applause Banquets & Catering n Bar Divani n The Green Well n Bisto Bella Vita n Grove n Gilmore Collection n Monte’s Lounge n One Trick Pony n O’Toole’s Public House n Pietro’s Italian Restaurant n Red’s On The River n Railside Golf Club n Rockwell | Republic n San Chez Bistro

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n Grand Rapids Community Media Center n Grand Rapids Public Library n Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women n KW Outreach n Slow Food West Michigan


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n Avantgarde Salon & Spa n Bottega Salon n Cascade Yoga n Catherine’s Health Center n Expressions of Grace Yoga

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n Arbor Mortgage n Founders Bank & Trust n Northpointe Bank n Option One Credit Union n United Bank

Home Products & Services

n AL&S Solutions n Ashley Cole Design n Bev Boerman / Five Star Real Estate n Decker & Sons n DeGraaf Interiors n Frames Unlimited n Godwin Plumbing & Hardware n Gordon Water n Halverson Building n Kissing Rock Kitchens n Nawara Bros. Appliance, TV & Bedding n Pulmonary Home Care (PHC) n Rylee’s Ace Hardware n The Shade Shop, Inc. n Tazzia Lawn Care n UBU n Verhey Carpets

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Women's Lifestyle Magazine, June 2013, The Men in Our Lives  
Women's Lifestyle Magazine, June 2013, The Men in Our Lives