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LIFE

The Piano ..................................................................................................................................... 10 10 Things to Do in August ........................................................................................ 12 C. Marcus Stone: Of a Different Breed...................................................... 24 Beyond Boundaries ......................................................................................................... 28

STYLE

Home Art Display Essentials ......................................................................................... 6 Is She a Hipster? ................................................................................................................... 18 Shop Smart, Shop Local ..................................................................................20, 61 Beauty Through the Ages.......................................................................................... 40 DIY: How to Create a Gallery Wall................................................................ 68

FOOD & DRINK

Summer Sangria ......................................................................................................................... 8 The Perfect Pair ..................................................................................................................... 48 Painting Palates .................................................................................................................... 60 Curry Up ......................................................................................................................................... 32 Canine Cuisine....................................................................................................................... 38 Eat Fresh, Eat Local .......................................................................................................... 42 The Perfect Pair ..................................................................................................................... 48 Painting Palates .................................................................................................................... 60 Watermelon: The Refreshing, Versatile Fruit ............................................ 64 Talking Tea .................................................................................................................................. 69

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Spice Up Your Fitness ..................................................................................................... 36 Happy Feet, Healthy Feet ......................................................................................... 37

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Hot Plants ..................................................................................................................................... 14 Once Bitten, Twice Shy ................................................................................................ 22 Reader’s Lounge.................................................................................................................. 26 ArtPrize Volunteers: Giving Time, Offering Friendship ............................................................................................................................ 30 The Benefits of Art Therapy ...................................................................................... 34 Quilty Pleasures ..................................................................................................................... 54 The Impressionist: Rethinking Jazz ........................................................................ 56 The Spectrum of Sexual Art ...................................................................................... 62 Summer Movies....................................................................................................................... 70

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Voluntary RE:action The Volunteer

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elcome to our volunteer column sponsored by Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Discover which volunteer position best describes you. Pick a cause and react voluntarily!

n The Enabler

ACT (Artists Creating Together) is an organization that brings students with disabilities together through artists and art projects. ACT is looking for volunteers to paint faces during an Early Childhood night, help with social events, or help with administrative needs. Opportunities: Face painter, event helper, administrative assistant Sign Up: www.artistscreatingtogether.org

n The Walking Wonder Woman

Volunteer for Walk to End Alzheimer’s put on by the Alzheimer’s Association on September 13, 2014 at Millennium Park. There are many ways to help out! Opportunities: Registration, water station, greeter, start line, set up/tear down Sign Up: www.act.alz.org

n The Miracle Musician

Mercy Health is always taking volunteer musicians to play instruments in the lobby of the Lacks Cancer Center/Hauenstein Center. Opportunities: Volunteer musician Sign Up: www.mercyhealthsaintmarys.com/volunteer-saint-marys

n The Lab Assistant

The Women’s Resource Center is looking for a lab assistant to provide basic computer tutoring, help participants navigate job-seeking websites, and provide basic support to women using the computer lab for job searches and skill building. Opportunities: Lab assistant Sign Up: www.grwrc.org/Supporters/Volunteers/VolunteerOpportunities

Giving kids a great feeling by showing them he cares gives Kelly Klap a great feeling, too. A volunteer for three years at the Boys and Girls Club, Kelly’s inspiration comes from his desire to work with kids. He originally sought a job in the field, but decided the next best thing would be to offer his time and passion as a volunteer. He is usually there once a week for a few hours and occasionally helps with special events. “There are a lot of great people (staff members) who put much more time in with the kids than I do. I only do it once a week, while they do it all day every day. They deserve the spotlight here, not me!” he exclaims.

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n The Jazz Hands

Interested in getting the inside view at a free, family friendly, live Jazz Festival? The Grand Jazz Fest is looking for volunteers to help at the festival on August 16 and 17 at Rosa Parks Circle downtown Grand Rapids. Opportunities: Event volunteer Sign Up: www.grandjazzfest.org/volunteers

n The MomSquad

Join the MomSquad at MomsBloom. Volunteers offer families with a newborn an extra pair of hands, a listening ear, and encouragement that many new parents need. Opportunities: Helper, listener Sign Up: E-mail Angie at angie@momsbloom.org or call her at (616)516-9553

n The Movie Magic Maker

Volunteer with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. as they present the second annual Movies in the Park series at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. They need assistance with event set-up, pre-movie programming, and post-move take-down. Opportunities: Event helper Sign Up: www.friendsofgrandrapidsparks.org/movies-park

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n of all things art. A precursor to For WLM, August marks the celebratio nize the growing, eclectic ArtPrize and a collaborating effort to recog be your guide to inspiration, will n editio this ds, atmosphere in Grand Rapi creativity and artful entertainment.

undings. We are engulfed in beauty, Look around you and observe your surro ts. I recently discovered a tree on in both the natural and developmental aspec a glass mosaic embellished in a had the Riverside Park disc golf course that ciate art and culture as much as it crack; our city has found a way to appre community continue to inspire. appreciates it’s success. The people of our e season to putting on the largest whol a Take ArtPrize volunteers, who devote tine Marcus Stone (24) and Ann art competition in the world (30). Chris artists that contribute their Loveless (54) are two of hundreds of local ibutors to our community are contr individualized work to the event. Some piano music that can be ing sooth the plays hardly noticed; Francis Ellis Center (10) and Spectrum Health heard three floors high at Lacks Cancer to explore their creativity and hosts an art therapy program for patients people that fit to create this and s piece many expressions (34). There are city’s beautiful puzzle.

g home to a growing fantastic Food as an art is often overlooked. Bein is at its peak. Learn about the culinary school, Grand Rapids’ edible art creations (60), and get out there ary masters who develop and create the culin ct Pairing event that is Perfe ’s Week urant and taste it all during Resta creative dish with an exposed secret approaching (48). Then, make your own family recipe from Chef Jen Foley (32) t, but art floods into our homes and We’re known for our ArtPrize public even Arts’ First Friday Gallery Hop to establishments, too. Attend Avenue for the tials you need for a classy home essen the t abou see local displays. Then, read gallery (68). art display (6) or ideas for a homier, DIY

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DIY: HOW TO CREATE A

Gallery Wall writing and photography by Liz Galvan

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ometimes we have wall spaces in our homes that are big, empty, and are in need of some décor. Often, we get stuck on ideas for a large-scale area. A very creative way to fill these spaces is to create a gallery wall. Good examples of these areas that need a creative touch are corners in large rooms. In our home we had a large empty corner that sat empty, needing love for years, until one day I decided to create a large corner gallery wall that helped breathe life into the space. You can create a DIY gallery wall in your home in three simple steps:

1. Collect items to create gallery wall. I like to collect things over time. Items such as frames, letters and meaningful artifacts make for a gallery wall that means something special. Don’t limit yourself to only picture frames, give the gallery wall a creative edge. Again, try to give this part time so your wall is authentic and doesn’t seem thrown together.

2. Create a layout. Decide the layout of the gallery wall that you want. In my case I created a corner gallery wall layout on the floor exactly how I wanted it hung on the wall. I

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rearranged the items on the floor until I had the exact display I wanted to transfer. This helps with not having to re-hang things while they are on the wall.

3. Measure, tape and hang. Use a tape measure, tape, and a level to finalize how you will be hanging your items on the wall. Measure the wall length and height that you want to use. Then, Use painting tape to layout the picture frames.

use painting tape to layout how the frames would be on the wall. We simply referenced the frame for the length and width that the painters tape had to be and put the tape on the wall where we wanted the frame. This gave us a visual to see if the frame would fit and look good in the space. After we were satisfied with the way the “tape frames” looked, we used the 3M command strips to hang the frames within the “tape frame” and removed the painters tape off the wall. Now step back and look at your beautiful gallery. Don’t hesitate to create your own gallery wall in your home and get creative with your walls. A gallery wall is a great way to show off the creativity of your home decor.

Liz Marie Galvan is a Grand Rapids native with a knack for interior design. She is passionate about DIY, her husband, and sharing her passion. Follow her blog at www.lizmarieblog.com

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Sangria by Roz Mayberry

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othing beats the dog days of summer like a fruity, bracing chilled pitcher of sangria. If you don’t want to make it yourself, there are plenty of bottled versions in your favorite wine department. Just pour it over ice and doll it up with a garnish of cut fruit for a refreshing summer quaff. This bottled stuff is not inauthentic at all. These days, you’ll find similar light-bodied, sodapoppish takes on the traditional sangria all over Spain.

The name sangria comes from the Spanish word for blood and refers to its deep red color. This wine “punch” is not new. It goes back to the days of the Romans who understood that wine sanitized bad water, and that fruiting or spicing could hide the unpleasant flavors of mediocre wine. The winter version, mulled wine, is very similar except served warm instead of iced. If you want to go traditional and stir up the more intense, old-world Spanish stuff and recreate a sultry

evening in a Barcelona bodega, try our recipe. After all, armchair traveling is what the wine adventure is all about. It’s made with the dry Tempranillo based red blend of the Rioja region of Spain.

Sangria Ingredients 1 750ml bottle of Spanish Red Wine from Rioja 1 lemon, sliced 1 orange, sliced Depending on what fruit is available, ripe and tasty add 1/2 cup dark sweet cherries, pitted and cut in half or 1 cup ripe white or yellow peach peeled and cut into thin slices 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup Triple Sec or other orange flavored liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier) Mix ingredients in a large pitcher and let chill over night, covered, in the refrigerator. Before serving, fill tumblers with ice, stir fruit and wine and pour over ice until two-thirds full. Top off glass with soda or tonic water.

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Typically sipped with food, sangria goes with the nutty, fruity flavor of Manchego cheese made from sheep’s milk. Serve on crackers with a dab of pear jam or fruit paste, toasted spiced almonds and marinated olives.

Toasted Spiced Almonds 2 cups whole almonds (in brown skins) 1/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil (Spanish, if you can find it) 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground cumin Stir all ingredients together. Spread on a cooking sheet lined with foil or parchments and toast in the oven at 350 F for 12-15 minutes, being careful not to burn. Cool for an hour.

Spanish Marinated Olives 1 cup black olive with pits (kalamata is a good choice) 2 tablespoons flavorful extra virgin olive oil (Spanish, if you can find it) 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika 2 teaspoons orange zest Stir all ingredients together until olives are wellcoated with the marinade. Put into a covered jar. Allow to sit at least overnight, but preferably for 2-3 days. Refrigerate until an hour before serving. Olives will keep several weeks in the fridge.

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n old church hymn resonated through the air. The air felt heavy; at that same moment, families and patients were fighting together, trying their hardest to escape gloom and defeat. The melody, though, of Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal somehow made walking through the vaulted lobby easier. The room was lighter. It replaced trudge with waltz. Each press of ivory diffused much of the despondent spirit, ensuring that by the conclusion of her one-hour performance, hope was restored. “That’s how I open every time here,” Francis Ellis said, speaking of Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal. “Because I think it’s appropriate. To pray and say, ‘have mercy on us’ to God.” Francis Ellis

Francis is one of the musical volunteers at Lacks Cancer Center who gives her time to the patients, families and caregivers by simply lifting the spirits of the building. The melody of the glassy, ebony Yamaha can be heard all the way to the third floor. She recalls having the desire to play in the lobby and telephoning Lacks to see if there were any opportunities. She began playing “a number of years ago”; she is unsure of the first year, but it has been long enough to lose track. The cancer center opened its doors to patients in 2005, so Francis is likely to reach her 10th anniversary in the near future. She is humble about her altruistic nature, and soft spoken about the experiences that have led her here. She briefly exclaimed under a chuckling breath that she comes to Lacks because “I wanted to do something. And I love St. Mary’s, anyway.” Having survived both breast cancer and malignant melanoma of the eye, Francis has personal ties with St. Mary’s. Her mother was a beautiful musician and served as her family’s inspiration. Each of the four children in her family dallied with piano, but she was the only one to continue. Her knack for the instrument was discovered at a young age; her kindergarten teacher would play songs in the classroom, and Francis simply approached the piano and remarked, “Hey, I can do that!” At four years old, she was able to replicate music by solely listening to the notes, playing what her teacher had just played. “I just heard it,” she explained. Even now, she plays from her memory. She has no sheets of music resting on the piano at Lacks, only lyrics to inspire her.

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Francis used to play professionally after completing her degree in performing arts at the University of Michigan. Now, at the age of 81, she simply plays for others. “I don’t play much anymore, mainly here,” she said, despite having a grand Steinway at home. She comes to Lacks to warm the room and make the experience more pleasant for people. Maybe it’s the soft rose lipstick that frames her smile, or her allegrezza performance. It could be her obvious natural connection with music, or the passion that seeps through her movements. Whatever it is, people smile. She and her music remove the walls or barriers that may be in front of others, and naturally makes them feel better. Her hands express comfort, youth and energy. She is as the Italians say, both soft and strong, or pianoforte. Sometimes it’s the little things that help others persevere. Watching the clavier be played on that piano is therapeutic, and tugs at strings beyond the piano frame to instill internal rest, peace and appreciation. Reflect on the number of kind, impacting musicians who have touched the keys of that Yamaha piano, and in turn, have touched the lives of cancer patients and families. People like Francis bring life to the ivories; they make the instrument more than simply a piano. Visit www.mercyhealthsaintmarys.com to learn more about musician and other volunteer opportunities.

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Things To Do in

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August by Peaches McCahill

Do one more thing than you think you can every day!

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Pay Fairly. Tipping is allowed in almost all instances. The bagger at the grocery store that carries out my weeks’ worth of groceries in the pouring rain is my target for the month, along with countless other serviceorientated folks who would delight in your expression of fair play pay.

Make your bed. It is a good start to completing a small task each day. The satisfaction that comes from stringing small successes together is amazing.

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Plan a Michigan wine tour. Girl’s road trip! Our state boasts some amazing and fabulous wineries; Black Star Farms, Château Chantal, 12 Corners Vineyards, tasting rooms in Grand Haven, South Haven and Benton Harbor and 2 Lads Winery are just a few of the over 100 wineries nestled in more than 15,000 acres of beautiful vineyards throughout our state. Day trip it or pack a bag for a sleep-over.

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“What you do everyday matters more than what you do every once in a while…” – Unknown

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Learn how to fish. Rod and reel, or better yet, embrace the art of fly fishing. Check out Flygirls of Michigan. Bait your own hook and reel-in and release or stringer your own catch.

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Visit the farmer’s market. August marks the blooming of harvest season. Bag up some ripe peaches, juicy berries, sweet melons of all colors and flavors, fresh tomatoes and bushels more! Eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies every day.

Take yourself out to the ballgame. America’s pastime and summer are the perfect pair. There are beautiful and impressive ballparks in Michigan including Comerica, Fifth Third, and Jackson Field, all which have terrific teams! Many memory-making opportunities happen in a baseball stadium.

Breathe. That’s right, just breathe.

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Experiment with coconut oil. It is the ultimate super ingredient. Use it for everything including natural antibacterial skin creams, basic lotion or to reduce the itch of mosquito bites. You can stir it in as a coffee creamer or measure it in while cooking or baking as a dairy replacement to butter. Endless possibilities!

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Peaches McCahill is founder and president of The McCahill Group, a leading provider of health, wellness, beauty and talent solutions. She is passionate about the power of positivity in life, and aims to inspire people with simple suggestions.

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Hot Plants by Rick Vuyst

ot pants were all the rage just in time for my high school years in the ’70s. Daisy Duke’s cut offs inspired by the Dukes of Hazard, Catherine Bach, or Wonder Woman in her hot pants outfit were looks we could never imagine going out of style. Some people consider the ’70s the decade that taste forgot, and looking back at some of my pictures, I would have to agree.

a water-soluble fertilizer will give them new life. Whether petunias, impatiens, zinnias or the many other flowering annuals we planted back in May, they often need a pruning and a kick in the plants by August. They’ll get back into gear and produce a new flush of growth and color well into October. Mums and asters become available starting in August to supplement your rejuvenated annuals for continuous color.

The looks of the ’70s may be gone, but hot “plants” never go out of style. Both annuals and perennials offer an opportunity to be colorful as things get steamy. August is a great time to rejuvenate our flowering landscape annuals and zip up your plants! Pruning back tired or leggy annuals and then feeding with

It’s the hot weather favorite perennials that get me excited in August. On steamy days these put on a show as both tough and beautiful plants. Be a smarty “plants” and pick from my list because every diverse landscape should have a few of these in the sun. Check it out and plant one on me!

hot Weather Favorites Hot plants that never go out of style:

Achillea, agastache (hyssop), baptisia, buddleia, carex, chives, coreopsis, crocosmia, echinacea, helianthus, heliopsis, hemerocallis (daylily), hibiscus, hydrangea (panicle), lavender, nepeta, oregano, ornamental grasses, perovskia, roses (shrub landscape own-root roses), succulents (sedum, sempervivum), thyme. If you have some “thyme” on your hands, get out there and put some hot “plants” on your landscape. You’ll be short on boredom and long on landscape color.

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Artists Creating Together by Lucia Rios

reating art is not limited to professionals. Being involved with various artistic media is a healthy form of expression for all people. Finding your niche, space and creative people to support you on your journey is key to creating and being involved with art. Grand Rapids is fortunate to have a community rich in creativity, and with the help of a unique non-profit, students with disabilities are given opportunities to produce and express themselves through art. Singing, drumming, acting, dancing and gardening are just some of the workshops Artists Creating Together (ACT) has brought to students. For those interested in an edgier dance or art scene, hip-hop, and urban art have also been studied.

“People with disabilities are a huge part of our community,” said Angela Steele, executive director of ACT. “My experience with anyone that has a slight difference about them [is usually they have] something exceptional up their sleeve.” ACT’s mission since their development 28 years ago is to empower people with disabilities from West and Northern Michigan with interactive experiences, both artistic and cultural. They do this by providing opportunities for personal growth and learning with professional artists and art projects. These classes and projects happen in schools and in the community. Much of ACT’s programs are geared toward K-12 in a classroom setting and customized for the needs of the students involved. Many times ACT works with schools where arts education is limited for students with disabilities. For those leaving the school setting, ACT offers classes to adults with disabilities. In addition, they hold programs at two local hospitals and a residential facility. Steele said they have participants from kindergarten through 60 years old. In the last year, ACT served over 8,500 individuals with disabilities. Taking an active role in what people with disabilities have to contribute is part of the message they want to share, said Steele. Incorporating what people with disabilities create shows they have valuable art to contribute to the community, she added. “We are trying to create an inclusion opportunity for people with disabilities. Our role is to bring in some sort of art activity easily accessible for all, or performances of our student artists or an exhibit,” said Steele. Community outreach is also a big part of the non-profits emphasis. ACT hosts community programs, such as fun family events, exhibits and celebrations. They have two exhibits a year called ACTart that features visual art from participants under 17 years old, and a juried exhibit with art created by adult participants. Steele said she knew the arts were important for people with disabilities, but it wasn’t until she was in the day-to-day of it that she realized how much of a voice art can be for individuals.

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Angela Steele, executive director of ACT “The impact that it can have on someone’s life is really astounding,” she said. “The way that art impacts their well-being, health, life and communication is very apparent through programs.” For more information about ACT, to donate or volunteer, visit www.artistscreatingtogether.org

Lucia works full-time at a non-profit and is a freelance writer. She was born with a physical disability, but doesn’t let it stop her from engaging in life. She writes about her life with a disability at www.ablebodies. typepad.com.

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HerStyle

Is she a

hiPsTEr or just different like everybody else? This article is already passé. by Victoria Upton

APPArEL:

She wears drab clothing that is quirky and extremely tight or extremely loose fitting. She shops for items at consignment shops or Goodwill stores that are made with fringe, knit, lace, leather or corduroy.

FEET:

She wears Toms, loafers, Doc Martens, military boots, z-coils, knee length socks and colorful tights.

ToPs:

She feels most comfortable in hoodies, ponchos, vests, button-up shirts and vintage tees.

ACCEssoriEs: She forgoes sparkly bangles for Ray-bans, twine bracelets, fedoras, flannel hats, fur vests, messenger bags, long boards, a vintage camera AND an iPhone for documenting everything, books and magazines. She would likely stand in line for over an hour for henna.

hAir:

If she’s not wearing a fedora, knit hat, bandana or lumberjack cap, her hair is ironically messy and her side-swept bangs look like she cut them herself. Otherwise, she doesn’t care much about her hair (anywhere).

nAiLs:

She wears nothing or very dark polish.

MAKEUP:

She wears red lipstick and enough eyeliner to add an air of mystery. She might not wear anything at all.

sUsTEnAnCE:

She lives on cold brew coffee, organic juice, local produce, pickles, gourmet donuts, food truck offerings, cauliflower, foraged foods, bacon, graham crackers, and craft beer or PBR.

sCEnT:

She enjoys the smell of cigarette smoke and Old Spice.

EMPLoYMEnT:

She’s likely a graphic designer, writer, software developer, barista, artist or chef.

TrAVEL:

She prefers to walk, use public transportation or fixies.

MUsiC:

Most people have never heard of her favorite bands, so why bother to mention them?

DisCUssion:

She enjoys rousing conversations about progressive politics, Vampire Weekend, Andy Warhol, Nietzsche quotes, On the Road, photography, or The Big Lebowski. You would never call yourself a hipster. You’re an individual with a unique personal style, a strong creative streak and an edgy personality. I mean, “she would never . . .”

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Once Bitten, Twice Shy? by Elizabeth Lueder and Raquel Salas

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wise man once said, “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” There have certainly been times when I would have agreed with such a sentiment. However, as much as we may love our furry friends, sometimes they cause major problems. According to the Center for Disease Control, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and 1 in 5 require medical attention. The losses from injuries associated with dog bites exceed $1 billion per year. What happens if your dog bites someone? I have often heard people recite the rule commonly thought of as the “one bite rule,” meaning that an owner isn’t liable the first time his or her dog bites. However, in Michigan, the one bite rule does not apply. According to Michigan law, a pet owner is strictly liable for his dog’s unprovoked attack if it results in damage done to another while that person is on public property or lawfully on private property, regardless of the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s tendencies. The only exception is when the injured person is on the owner’s property for the purpose of committing an unlawful act. If your pet does injure someone, you’ll be required to compensate the victim for any damages suffered as a result of the attack. You will be responsible for the victim’s medical bills and lost wages. If your animal tore the victim’s clothing, you will have to pay for that as well. Additionally, you may have to compensate the person for the pain and suffering they endured, which

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“According to the Center for Disease Control, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year...” includes both physical and mental injuries. If you are found to have been grossly negligent, or if you somehow intentionally caused the attack, you will also be liable for punitive damages. Homeowners insurance and renters insurance often cover liability for dog bites. Those who are insured under such policies usually have coverage. However, there are policies that exclude dog bites or do not provide adequate limits. Check your insurance policies and make sure that you are covered. If your homeowners or renters policies do not cover or do not adequately cover dog bites, you can purchase an

additional policy. An umbrella policy or a specific canine liability policy should do the trick. Additionally, many insurance companies put provisions in their policies that exclude certain breeds of dogs that are considered inherently dangerous, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers. The American Kennel Club, along with many owners and animal rights organizations, strongly oppose specific breed exclusions as discriminatory, but such provisions have so far been upheld when challenged in court. If you have an affinity for these breeds, check your insurance policy to ensure that they are not excluded. Owning a pet can be an unbelievably rewarding experience, but it also comes with the responsibility to feed it, maintain it and keep it under control. Go ahead and snuggle your pup, but make sure that you are being a responsible owner and that you have insurance coverage in case of a mishap.

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C. Marcus Stone:

Of a Different Breed

by Richelle Kimble • photograph by Two Eagles Marcus

whimsical and miniature, encompassing a top hat, party hat or other toys, “just for fun.” “It’s not Audubon, I don’t paint them in a conventional way,” she said. “Sometimes I think about what animals are thinking, because they have to have parties too.” By painting with quirk, Christine hopes to evoke happiness, humor and a smile to her audience. It’s playful, and a smile cracked is the most rewarding feedback. Even as a contributor for Anheuser’s brand, Christine considers her biggest success to be her recent dog paintings, not because of their popularity or striking identity, but because she is most connected and enthusiastic about those. “You keep going on and on and on, you’re on some sort of highway,” she said. “And it continues to make me happy, as well as others. I find that people seem to like the paintings that I paint for myself because it’s not asked of me; it’s not somebody’s commission. There’s no dictation, there’s no limit, there’s nothing to ‘match.’”

ON CHALLENGES

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ou’ll likely notice an antique gambling wheel on the fireplace accompanied by a horse figurine, piles of books for inspiration, and notebooks that cage her ideas. One of her bathroom tubs lodges various picture frames, which spill into her hallway, bedroom and dining room. Some frames are filled with her own art, some are empty. The simplicity of her plywood living space and white walls reflect her ease and creativity. It is an artist’s oasis, a chaotic masterpiece that houses her inspiration and treasures. Behind her Pottery Barn basic couch, there are three hollow doors she will use as her canvas for ArtPrize.

This will be the Grand Rapids native’s first ArtPrize entry, but Christine Marcus Stone isn’t a dilettante; over her 30 years of painting professionally, she has painted over 4,000 pieces. She’s not keeping count, though.

HER PONY YEARS

Christine knew art was in her future at a young age. She was confident enough to transfer from the comfort of her hometown in East Grand Rapids to Interlochen Art Academy in Traverse City for her senior year of high school. She simply “wasn’t a fan” of public schooling and was eager to begin her next chapter. By the summer of 1970, though, she sat in the grass of her graduated high school with tears running down her cheeks, wishing she could have more time at the Academy before she was tossed into adulthood. It was the depth of the art that grew her youthful desires. At the academy, there were four hours of art classes per day. “It was amazing,” she said. “That’s where I learned to work. I wasn’t the A student, but what they did there, and what they planted in me was a real drive to compete with myself and better myself.” She lived on with her high school painting major and weaving minor, and after a year of taking time to explore her options, began college at the oldest art school in the nation: Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. After one year, she began a family and put aside her passion for painting.

EQUINE ART

Christine was in love with two things: her son and horses. As a stay-at-home mother in the Sooner state, she would wander to horse shows at the Tulsa fairgrounds,

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root herself in the aisles, quietly observe the horses that surrounded her, and draw ears, eyes, noses and hoofs. After seeing an article in Equine Images, she called Helen Hayse, a horse artist based in Lexington, and passionately pursued her for advice. Until she passed away in ‘96, Hayse mentored Christine by hosting her, critiquing her art, and teaching her the art of drawing realistic equine art.

“I just get bombarded with ideas and things I want to do. I have notebooks after notebooks after notebooks of notes.” “She was really frank with her comments,” Christine said, admiring her time with Hayse. “I wanted to hear the real stuff, because I wanted to get better.”

ON SUCCESS

Christine’s fancy with animals as a child vividly transferred to her adulthood. She remarked that she “never grew out of that little girl fantasy” of having a Shetland pony. Springing to oppositional extremes, her later-life ownership of a big, black Clydesdale named Joey (that she paid for with equine paintings) and a two-seater cart sparked her commissioned career with Anheuser Busch. “He was a retired show-boy that became my model for many things,” she said, speaking of the playing cards, pillows, posters, popcorn tin and poster images that Joey inspired art for. This section of her career was dissimilar to the rest; because of the surfeit art that paralleled commercial work, some of her work is lost. “Sometimes I walk through stores and see things I’ve done from the past, as far back as the 70s!” she chuckled. Over the years, horses eventually turned into other animals, and her realistic paintings became more

With such a large collection of pieces and a lax approach, you’d think she was liberal in sharing her work. In reality, she’s cautious and self-critical, perhaps more than she should be. She prefers to begin four or five paintings at a time to keep her career variable; when she realizes that a piece has been overworked or unacceptable, she sands her rejected creation off of the Masonite slab and begins again. “I just think, ‘shew, I’m glad no one saw that!” she said. What makes a piece overworked, or fit for rejection? “It’s overworked when it looses energy,” Christine said. “It looks tedious. You just look at it, and you can feel it.” Specifically, she said the most challenging work is horses in moonlight. With the light shining down on the horse’s bone structure, detail becomes overly critical. This challenge, she said, has helped her become a better painter of all subjects. To keep her brush fresh, she keeps stacks of notebooks filled with ideas that cross her mind. The self-acclaimed pencil pusher neglects inspiration from the Internet or other painters, and instead jots her thoughts; some of them are brilliant, some of them are quickly disregarded. Before beginning a new painting, she flips through the notebook, usually back to front, that is filled with sketches and notions from day thoughts and night dreams. “They’re really trashing drawings. Primitive, I should say. It’s just to keep my ideas fresh and in one spot,” she explained.

ON GENDER

It’s not that different from the stallion world, she said. However, Christine’s work is signed without her first name. Some women in art purposefully leave out their feminine title to avoid being identified as a craft or hobby artist. The creative past hasn’t always taken women in art seriously, but according to Christine, art has become more professional for all genders. For her, her signature feels strong, and she appreciates that people will judge her art by the art itself, and not by the name or gender. “I just want to be a painter, who happens to be a woman. I want the art to stand for itself, and then people can look behind that,” she said. Look for Christine and the C. Marcus Stone signature on the three-piece entry at the Local Epicurean during ArtPrize. She will be the one of a different breed, looking as whimsical and content as the pups in her painting. Visit www.cmarcusstone.com to see more of her art.

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Reader’s Lounge NEw rEads • NEw CULTUrE This month brings creativity, inspiration and adventure. There’s no rule saying you can’t get a history lesson, unique fashion insight, and ignition to try something new from your reading queue. Go ahead, let diction fuel your individuality!

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Füehrer had begun cataloging the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of art and culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this captivating account follows six men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis. To continue to explore the story, check out the recent film that was released in February 2014.

The Art of the Handbag by Clare Anthony

Add some pizazz to your style this month by exploring trendy, topnotch designer handbags. Beginning after the French Revolution and with the rise of the reticule, a woman’s small purse decorated with embroidery or beading has been an integral and often beautiful part of everyday life. Most women would agree that one bag for every occasion isn’t really enough. The Art of the Handbag celebrates today’s most spectacular handbags by 25 of the world’s best designers.

The Beauty of Zentangle by Suzanne McNeill and Cindy Shepard

Zentangle is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon, attracting individuals from all walks of life. This book celebrates this new art form by presenting some of its most inspiring examples in a stunning new gallery format book. Representing the state-of-the-art in tangling today, it offers a comprehensive survey of the contemporary Zentangle movement and includes breathtaking works from talented artists and Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs) from around the world.

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Long revered as the birthplace of many of our nation’s best-known authors, Michigan has also served as inspiration to countless others. In this entertaining and well-researched book, co-authors and brothers Dave and Jack Dempsey explore the secrets, legends and myths surrounding some of Michigan’s literary luminaries. Which Michigan poet inspired a state law requiring teachers to assign at least one of his compositions to all students? Which young author emerged from the University of Michigan with a bestselling novel derided by some critics as “vulgar”? From what Michigan city did Arthur Miller, Robert Frost and Jane Kenyon draw vital inspiration? The answers to these questions and more are revealed in this rich literary history highlighting the diversity of those whose impact has been indelibly and distinctly influenced by Michigan. Dave Dempsey is a longtime conservation advocate and the author or co-author of eight books, including Great Lakes Sturgeon, Great Lakes for Sale: From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps and Superior Shores: A Novel of Conservation. He was named Michigan Author of the Year in 2009, and has degrees from Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. Jack Dempsey is a lawyer, history advocate, Civil War enthusiast and author. His latest work, Capitol Park: Historic Heart of Detroit was published in March 2014. He is the president of the Michigan Historical Commission, the past chairman of the Michigan History Foundation, and past chairman of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.

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B E Y O N D

Boundaries by Hannah Brinks • photos above by Two Eagles Marcus

Name: Sandy Pickett age: 74 Dream VacatioN: Hawaii, but she admits that “Every trip that I’m on is the dream trip.” Noteworthy aDVeNtures: River tours in Norway through the fjords, the Rhine River in Germany, visiting Ireland, Italy, Paris, Israel, Palestine, Caribbean, Russia, Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Australia. She even went bungee jumping in New Zealand. “I had never thought about bungee jumping,” she explained. “But I said, ‘that sounds like fun.’ I was 69 and I didn’t owe anybody anything, so I did it.” hobbies: crocheting, tatting, knitting, going to the theatre and plucking the harp. how she Describes herseLF: “I’m just me.”

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efining adventure in someone requires the examination of character. Undertaking adventure cannot be pinned down to any specific event, it requires more than isolated actions. It represents a habit, the formation of a lifestyle that forces you to live through everyday experiences, to face fears founded in the mistakes of the past and the mystery of the future.

Sandy Pickett is a 74-year-old role model of a lifestyle brimming with adventure. She represents everything that twentysomethings wish for as they peer into what lies ahead. Despite the fact that a globe would be required to compile a list of the places she has travelled to, she’s very humble about her life and experiences. “I haven’t had to search for any. The opportunities find me,” she explained. Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • August 2014


From river tours in Norway to bungee jumping in New Zealand, Sandy’s explorations are the optimal blend of research and spur-of-the-moment inspiration. She can find adventure anywhere; in the newspaper, on television or on a bulletin board at church.

hopes that peace between the younger generations will lead to peace between countries in the future. --For those who are not expert travelers, Sandy offers several simple pieces of advice. The first of which is to pack very little. Much of what we find stuffed into our luggage we will never have any use for. Sandy certainly understands this, and on her trip to Africa, 35 pounds of her 50-pound allowance was books and crayons for the children in an orphanage she would be visiting.

ADV ENT URE

Sandy’s youth was peppered with adventures. She and her family made the most of their two-week vacations. Along with her husband, Jim, and their three children, she toured the United States and camped in the back of their van, cooking their own food and experiencing the country together. The death of her husband in 2006 cast a shadow over her adventurous spirit. Activities she had enjoyed such as playing with her homemade harp became difficult to manage. “When my husband was dying, he enjoyed hearing me,” she explained. “When he died, it took a while to get back.”

Loss and grief doesn’t disappear over time, but it can be soothed. Although Sandy admitted she hasn’t played her harp recently, she began fresh after her husband’s passing. She also continued to travel solo after the death of her most faithful travel companions: her husband and mother. “It was hard going the first time by yourself,” Sandy said. “But people, no matter how much money they make, when you’re traveling they all become just people. They don’t care what you’ve got and haven’t got, what you’ve done or haven’t done. You’re just out to enjoy yourself.” ---

Just a few months ago Sandy returned from Africa, a trip that combined selflessness and pleasure. After zip lining across Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls (the largest curtain of falling water in the world and also one of the seven natural wonders of the world), she continued to explore and visited an animal preserve where saw elephants, giraffes, tigers, impala herds, hippos, crocodiles and baboons.

Despite the adrenaline of the zip line and the savanna rife with animals, Sandy found her visit to Africa University to be the most enriching experience. After a donation for the university’s new wing, Sandy was invited to come and visit. Though it wasn’t quite finished when they got there, she was still able to see the plaque dedicated to her husband: James Pickett. Sandy explained that Africa University is open to everyone, but many of the students are required to room with students from other countries in the

Part of packing light included buying very little in the countries she was visiting. Rather than buying souvenirs, Sandy simply tries to experience each moment and take mental pictures. She tries to remember that “everything is just stuff.” She admitted that her iPhone makes it easier to take pictures, but she still tries to look at the world around her through her own eyes, rather than through a camera lens. The truth about adventure is that it’s not just about the thrill, it’s about doing something new. It’s about learning that life is made up of the smaller moments that define us.

Sandy begins her zipline across Victoria Falls. Her guide helps her suit up prior to her big jump.

Sandy’s life emulates excitement in a multitude of ways, not always through travel. Her bravery extends to her everyday life as well. From ordering a build-your-own harp kit, serving as a resident council member at Clark’s Franklin campus where she lives and signing up for a six-week computer course, Sandy is always willing to try new things. While she loves exploring places beyond West Michigan, she has an adoration for Grand Rapids that is unrivaled. She stays as involved as she possibly can, from seeing new shows to taking her friend to the grocery store. “There are lots of things going on. Theatre, concerts, Civic Theatre, Broadway Theatre, oldies, the Symphony and the Big Band. My favorite is the theatre.” A common human reaction to fear is to close our eyes, let the experience wash over us, and resume life when it becomes less frightening. This is not the case with Sandy. She is not without fear, but ensures that the fear never prevents her from living passionately and beyond her usual boundaries. “Go to enjoy, have fun. Enjoy every moment,” Sandy encouraged. “You can’t expect people to be like you. You can’t expect the places you are to be like home.”

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artPrize volunteers:

Giving time, offering friendship

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est Michigan is well known for its culture of giving, not only with donations of money, but also significant donations of time. Volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of skills and interests, and with the desire to help make their community a better place. One of the biggest volunteer opportunities of the year is right around the corner, with over a thousand positions to fill. On August 21, ArtPrize hosts its Volunteer Kick-off Party at the Ledyard Building. The website (www.artprize.org) has all the details about signing up, group opportunities, social meetups and more, so if you are interested in joining this virtual army of do-gooders, do check it out. According to Brooke Hotchkiss and Ashlee Lambert, volunteer coordinators at ArtPrize, the people filling the roles represent a broad spectrum of people. Age range is across the board with 20 percent who are 18-24 years old, 35 percent are 25-44, 37 percent are 45-64, and 8 percent are 65 plus. Women make up about 60 percent of the volunteer base, and about half are from the city of Grand Rapids, with the other half from the surrounding suburbs. A handful arrives from out of state, planning their vacation time or a visit to relatives to coincide with ArtPrize. “One of my favorite aspects of the job is getting to know so many people in the community, of such diverse ages and backgrounds,” says Hotchkiss. “I enjoy meeting new volunteers each year, and welcoming back many returning ones.” There are several areas for volunteers to participate, including wayfinding, leadership, hub hospitality, events, artist hosting, and the group volunteer program. “It’s a challenge organizing so many people,” says Lambert. “But the payoff is great when you are reminded of how many in the community give back. We’ll see volunteers at the door early, waiting to help out. They’re pumped and ready to go.” One returning volunteer is Mary Panek, who together with her husband Rich, host artists in their home. With their two kids off to college, they decided to make use of the extra room in their empty nest. Located north of the city in a wooded landscape, the house offered separate living spaces within the house proper as well an apartment area over the garage.

Brooke Hotchkiss and Ashlee Lambert, volunteer coordinators at ArtPrize. Photo by Two Eagles Marcus.

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They began hosting in 2011, with three individuals from across the United States.

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U.S. traditions. ArtPrize happens in the fall, around Halloween, so of course there were Jack o’ Lanterns to be made.“Kumi had never carved a pumpkin before, so we got some pumpkins and she and Rich carved them up,” says Panek. While warm bonds were formed with all of the artists, one in particular became a lifelong friend. “Nathan Craven was in Michigan for three weeks and had been on the road for a few weeks before that,” says Panek. “His wife was nearing the end of pregnancy number three and Nathan was anxious to get back to Roswell.” Sensing he missed his family tremendously, the couple invited Craven to join in their family activities on the weekends.

Mary Panek with ArtPrize artist, Nathan Craven

“It was an interesting mix of personalities,” says Panek. “Everyone worked on different shifts; whatever best suited their artistic effort. In 2012, the Paneks welcomed five individuals into their home. Three were ArtPrize artists, one brought their partner and another brought their son. One of the artists was Kumi Yamashita, originally from Japan. “I loved being introduced to the Japanese culture,” says Panek. “She shared many stories of growing up in Japan.” In turn, the Paneks introduced Yamashita to

“He … attended Mass with us, had Sunday dinner at Rich’s mom’s, went mountain biking with Rich and our nephew … we borrowed a ‘tall’ bike from a neighbor,” Panek added, noting Craven stands much taller than both she and her husband. By the time Craven left for New Mexico, they had grown very close and considered him one of their own. They kept in touch over the last couple of years, and when the Panek’s sold their house recently and began building their new one, they contacted the artist. Craven works in ceramics, forming large architectural, extruded screens. “We’re now commissioning a work of art for our new home from Nathan,” says Panek. Indeed, a home designed with enough extra room to accommodate visiting artists for years to come.

First time pumpkin carver Kumi Yamashita

Kerri VanderHoff is a co-creator of the award winning collaborative CulturePassGR.com program and works at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, focusing on a new project called the GRAM GoSite.

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Curry Up

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or those of us racking our brains for a fun, unique idea for a get together, whether with friends, family, a Friday night, or for a holiday, a curry party is the perfect plan.

We begin with the most important part: a vat of our fabulous chicken curry. I’ve provided a version of my family recipe, so the credit must go to the Hawley family in Denver, Colorado. While the flavor of the curry recipe alone is an important factor, the real fun of this dish is in the toppings. Request that all of your guests bring a few different curry toppings. You may even choose to request or ask them to bring specific ingredients without actually telling anyone what is on the menu. Remember, creativity is key! Suggest everything from dried fruit, nuts, and herbs to more eccentric ideas, like gummy bears or potato chips. This is not meant to be a serious dinner party, so have fun with it. Take it from me, the bizarre ingredients that you discover you actually kind of love will blow you away. Start with a plate of rice smothered in curry, and then begin on the buffet of different toppings. Extra points for the plate filled the highest!

Cousin Rebecca’s Favorite Chicken Curry makes 6-8 servings 3 1/4 10 2 1 2 2 1 1 1

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tablespoons ghee or oil teaspoon fenugreek seeds fresh curry leaves large onions, finely chopped apple, peeled and cubed in 1/2 inch pieces teaspoons finely chopped garlic teaspoons freshly grated ginger teaspoon ground turmeric teaspoon chili powder tablespoon ground coriander

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teaspoon ground cumin teaspoon ground fennel teaspoons paprika teaspoons salt tablespoons white vinegar pounds chicken pieces, bone-in tomatoes, peeled and chopped cardamom pods, lightly crushed with the side of your knife stick of cinnamon stem of fresh lemon grass or 2 strips of lemon rind cup fresh basil, chopped, fresh basil cup coconut milk Wondra flour for thickening, if necessary cup water or chicken broth, if necessary cups cooked rice

Fry the fenugreek and curry leaves in ghee or oil. Add the onions and apples and cook until caramelized. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, chili powder, coriander, cumin, fennel, paprika, salt, and vinegar and stir. Then add the chicken and stir. Add the tomatoes, cardamom, cinnamon, lemon, and basil. If you feel you need added liquid to keep the ingredients from burning, add the water or chicken broth. Cover and very softly simmer on the stovetop for about 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Add the coconut milk and heat thoroughly. If you feel the sauce is too thin, sprinkle in a bit of flour and allow it to thicken for a couple of minutes. Serve over cooked rice (try a sticky rice, like Calrose) and top with assorted condiments.

Fresh cilantro Fresh scallions Chopped peanuts Cucumber Lime wedges Fresh or dried bananas, mango, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, mandarin oranges, etc. Raisins Wasabi peas Hard-boiled egg Chopped onion Chopped peppers Chopped tomato Sprouts Different types of chutney, jarred or homemade Fresh or toasted coconut Potato chips Gummy bears Candied ginger Chocolate-peanut butter candies Naan Bread … and anything else you can think of. The possibilities are endless!

Jen Foley is a professional chef and a new mom based in Grand Rapids. You can find her online at www. chefjenfoley.com.

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“A lot of them say it gives them a way to communicate that they did not have before,” Couture said.

The Health Benefits of

Art therApy by Emily Morris • photography by Two Eagles Marcus

One can imagine the impact this would have on a family member of a resident with a traumatic brain injury, for example. Thanks to this program, and sometimes in conjunction with other types of therapy, these patients are able to communicate with their families again. Even if they cannot verbalize their thoughts well, their loved ones are able to enjoy art or music alongside them. This often represents a huge breakthrough for the patients and their families, providing them with reassurance and relief that their loved one is healing. “It’s very uplifting. I think [it provides] two big things: it gives them hope and a purpose,” Couture said. At the exhibits, the patients’ families and friends can celebrate their loved one’s progress and even purchase their art. Couture mentioned the impact this has on the residents themselves. RaNae Couture

“They feel like they can help others, besides just healing themselves,” Couture said.

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ven in the midst of gorgeous weather, our busy lives find ways to cause us stress. Between shuttling children to and from activities, preparing partnership proposals and somehow squeezing in grocery shopping (to name a few), we all struggle to find time to relax. More than that, we find it impossible to make time to try new activities or work on hobbies that have been proven to boost our mood as well as fight depression and anxiety. Fortunately, there may be a way to combine these two important habits in a way that provides more benefits than simply stress relief.

In 2007, Spectrum Health Hospital created a comprehensive art therapy program based on the model

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that RaNae Couture, a nurse and long-time artist, came across at a hospital in Lake Katrine, New York. The Northeast Center for Special Care in Lake Katrine has been running a successful art therapy program for thirty years. Couture was impressed with their progress and inspired to ask her supervisor, Carol Greenburg, if she could build a similar rehabilitation program in Grand Rapids. The project has since grown rapidly; they now have two studios with exhibition areas and multiple art shows every year. Couture meets with each of the 15 residents once a week in order to paint, mold clay or work with other art supplies. She gives them complete freedom to make their own artistic choices, and gets to know them intimately through the process.

The new music therapy program has a similar effect, providing the residents involved with an outlet for self-expression, as well as an antidote to anxiety or depression. Erin Wegener, the music therapist in charge of this project, began working at Spectrum as an intern and stumbled upon the unique opportunity of working on the program from its inception, thanks to a small grant and a dedicated Western Michigan University professor. She has since earned her master’s in Music Therapy, completed multiple research projects in the field and modeled much of the Spectrum program after the American Music Therapy Association’s tactics. “It can be really joyful when someone is able to sing something when they weren’t speaking [before]. Maybe someone started turning their head toward music when they hadn’t shown any other responses,” Wegener said. She works mainly with residents who have experienced severe brain injuries. Like Couture, she meets with the residents once a week, often combining music therapy

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Women Caring for Women

Diane C. Bigham, D.O. Howard Moyer is one artist that participates in the art therapy program at Spectrum Health.

with vocational therapy or other strategies. Of course, the obstacles are challenging and prevalent. “On a personal level, [one of my biggest challenges is] just kind of dealing with and grieving that these patients have experienced a lot of loss. These patients have a lot of challenges,” Wegener said. This is why Wegener has worked so hard to find new ways to reach the residents. Just recently, she became one of four people in the U.S. trained to use The Music Therapy Assessment Tool, a program developed in London. “[The program] looks at things like, can someone visually [identify] a musical instrument? Do they turn their head to music? Can they vocalize [lyrics]?” Wegener explained. She will sometimes help patients learn to walk again by having them walk to the beat of a piece of music. Wegener mentioned that she recently had a breakthrough with a stroke patient by playing a popular country song. While the patient could not speak well before, she was able to sing along to the song with some practice and help from a speech therapist. Wegener’s work is invaluable to these patients and their families. Sharing music or art allows them to regain some of their freedom, improve their cognitive and physical functioning and greatly lifts their spirits. This past year, Diane Helle, a violinist at the Grand Rapids Symphony, contacted Wegener in order to develop a partnership with the music therapy program. She spoke very highly of the impact these expert musicians have on the residents at Spectrum. “I’m present within the groups [of] patients, and the symphony members are playing while the [patients] work [on their own music]. The [symphony members] use the music to interact with the group,” Wegener said. Wegener sometimes models motions for the residents to practice to the beat of the songs. Just as the art program exhibits their work for the community, the music program puts on concerts multiple times during the year. Our support means more to these patients than we can imagine; and further, volunteers often gain just as much or more from the experience of working with the residents as the residents do. There are opportunities to work with them in the studio as well as to enjoy their work at exhibits, all of which can be found on the Spectrum Health website. In our daily lives, our stress burdens us psychologically and sometimes even magnifies our illnesses. Many women and men struggle with seasonal depression or anxiety. From Spectrum Health Hospital’s implementation of these art and music therapy programs, we can see the comprehensive benefits of the creative Emily is a Michiganprocess. By writing song based writer, poet, and lyrics, dancing to a new social media consultant. rhythm or filling a blank She also works as canvas with color, one the Communications can truly find a sense of Director of the nonpeace, hope and purpose profit project El Sueño that may be missing from (“The Dream”). daily life.

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Fitness:

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tarting a journey towards fitness and staying on track isn’t as daunting as you think. It certainly requires hard work, and you are bound to encounter challenges along the way, but that’s what makes everything worth it.

Exercise may seem to be a boring and tedious routine at times, but we all know that it is vital for good health and overall wellness and whether you like it or not, you have to be physically active to achieve that. The good news is you don’t have to stick with boring and tiresome exercise programs because there are several ways to spice up fitness.

Set goals.

The first thing you have to consider is having fitness goals. What would you like to achieve and how do you intend to do it? Having a clear perspective and a fitness plan will give you enough motivation to lead you toward your goal. You can try as many activities as you want as long as you focus on what you aim to achieve. You’ll know when to change your regimen if you are not getting results. Changing an exercise program or activity once in a while is actually a good way to ensure that you get the most out of it.

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If you prefer to just be with a partner, you can try different activities together. Your partner will help boost your motivation and push you to do better and vice versa.

Try something new.

Constantly search for new activities you can try. Some of the popular fitness trends today are kangaroo jumps, dance cardio, fusion classes, boot camp, high intensity interval training, CrossFit, yoga and Pilates. Give these activities a shot and explore more options. Whatever workout you choose, always remember that the key to fitness is consistency and variety!

Take fitness to the next level.

Step out of your comfort zone. Try combining different workouts and do more movements that alternate the use of different body parts. Start challenging yourself to do more and become better. For instance, if you enjoy running, join races or compete with others to stretch your limits. You can also participate in skill-based games that will let you improve your strength and endurance.

Have fun.

Exercise is meant to be invigorating and fun. Avoid being overly serious and try to explore other venues for exercise aside from the gym. Choose engaging activities that you will surely enjoy. Outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, sailing, hiking and swimming are good options. If you are not into outdoor activities, you may want to do other types of workout at home like kickboxing, dance, P90X, Insanity and many more you can follow through videos available in stores and online.

Move to the beat.

Upbeat music enhances mood and gives an extra kick of energy to keep you moving. Whether you’re doing aerobics or other workouts, it’s good to keep the music playing. Dancing at home or participating in a dance class is also a great way to burn calories. One of the exciting dance workouts you can try is Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance that is gaining popularity. You can also do jazz, hip hop dance and more.

Socialize while you get fit.

Joining a class or finding a fitness buddy increases your accountability and makes any activity more enjoyable. Workout classes will let you learn proper movements and form as taught by the instructors. You’ll also have a chance to socialize and challenge yourself to keep up with the group.

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Nutrition and fitness expert Kimberly Olson, PhD, CNC is the creator of FitKim, a nutrition and fitness blog that teaches people how easy it is to be healthy.

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eeping up with the lively aura of summertime means being active. Walking around downtown, visiting amusement parks, and joining your children in a few games of softball in the lawn all require you to be on your feet. It’s easy to take our feet for granted, but consider this: there are 26 bones and 33 joints in the human foot, and those small bones must take us where we need to go every day. By the time Americans reach the age of 50, they’ve logged 75,000 miles on their feet (that’s three times around the planet!). Instead of neglecting your feet during the most active time of the year, consider these helpful hints and tips on how to keep your feet healthy so you can keep going and going.

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“Flip-flops should not be used on a daily basis as they offer very little support and leave the feet unprotected,” said Dr. Silvia Arroyo, a podiatric surgeon at the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center in Southern California. “Being a flat-soled shoe, they offer no support to the natural arch of the foot and can result in not only foot pain, but knee, back and hip pain as well.”

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Canine

Cuisine by Angie Hultgren

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aking your own pet food is on the rise. This new trend brings up a variety of questions, so let’s take a look at some of the common concerns in canine cuisine.

Human food is not always best. There are key foods that can be toxic to your pet when ingested. As referenced by the ASPCA, items like bread dough, avocado, salt, grapes and raisins are all foods that can become toxic to your pet. More common items are chocolate and onions. If ingested, contact your local veterinarian. Toxicity and the weight of your pet go hand in hand. You want to be certain the level of ingestion does not require immediate medical intervention. What you think is minimal could be a large amount for them.

A well-balanced diet, just like for humans, is necessary for your pets. However, dogs have nutritional requirements that differ from the eating habits of humans (no dog needs a Big Mac, ever). What their diet does need is protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fat. Their requirement for calories is much less than what humans intake on a daily basis. Remember when feeding to make sure you’re not overfeeding. If your pet gains weight, it is time to lessen their intake. I was speaking to another dog owner, Amanda Neuendfeldt, a stay-at-home mother of children and animals, about how she prepares her food. Her rescue dog, Max, is fed a wholesome homemade diet. This is no easy task for their household, but they make it work and provide the best diet that garners the results they want. Max began with digestive issues, and in addition to that his eyes began to become goopy and a raw spot developed on the roof of his mouth. Neuendfeldt turned a reputable guide to making natural food. Max was only a couple of years old when they transitioned to homemade food. After several tries, and perfecting the recipe, Max’s symptoms began to improve and his new diet was established. The first step would be trying something small and transitioning into all homemade food. Try this recipe for Doggie Oats, courtesy of Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health by Richard H. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn: 8 cups raw rolled oats 2 pounds of ground or chopped turkey 1/2 cup healthy powder (see Complete Guide for recipe) 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup cooked vegetables 3 tablespoons of bonemeal 10,000 IU of vitamin A 400 IU of vitamin E 1 teaspoon soy sauce 2 gloves garlic 15 milligrams of Iron

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Bring one gallon of water to a boil. Add the oats, cover and turn off the heat, letting the oats cook for around 15 minutes. Don’t stir while cooking the oats or they will become mushy. Combine the remaining ingredients and voilà, dinner for your pet is served. If you are not comfortable with making your own pet food, there are still many healthy, well-balanced options to give your pets. You can also rely on local resources such as “Healthy Paws Homemade Pet Food.” If you are ever concerned about your pet’s health, it is always best to consult your veterinarian. It is also wise to have your pet examined and have the proper blood work done before considering the DIY dog food adventure. You want to make sure your pet is not deficient in certain areas. If you are leaving the natural food making to the professionals and are a worrywart like me, you can

subscribe to a recall notification list at www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall-alerts. This list is up to date with both food and treat recalls. By making your canine’s cuisine, you can always be certain you are feeding your dog what is best for them.

Angie Hultgren spends her days as a marketing strategist with the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery. She loves being a cool wife, toddler chaser, amateur writer and professional pet lover.

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the Ages by Ashley Petroskey

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alking through a high-school lunchroom may be the best way to discover that individuality is the key to today’s style and beauty definitions. There are the boutiquedressed girls, the jocks in athletic gear, the punk and Gothic-rock clad students, those who embody conventional preppy style of an early 20th century ivy-league campus, and so on. These girls will grow up to be uniquely shaped, of all sizes and differently dressed. Seeing this variety at such a young age is a sure sign that today’s ideal of style and beauty is both ambiguous and shaped by our history. It also brings to mind our ideals of beauty and how that concept has changed through the ages.

As women have evolved, so has our definition of how we describe the external “ideal.” Let’s take a trip back in time to see how it has changed. During the Renaissance, the ideal woman was more voluptuous than many other times in history. At that time, these full-figured ladies embodied the definition of sexy. In regard to makeup, pale ivory skin and blood red lips were considered the go-to beauty look. It’s the Renaissance era that may have invented the popular vampirechic look we see today. Unlike Renaissance women, Victorian women were very body conscious. Sexy meant having the smallest waistline possible. Curvaceously

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exaggerated corsets were popular during the Victorian period in order to achieve the fashionable, tiny hourglass silhouette. It is rumored that some women even broke ribs striving to hit the inconceivable 12-inch waistline. For makeup guidelines, modesty was the operative word for women; high-class women wore little makeup because the bold colors were considered trashy and reserved for prostitutes and women of low class. Flash forward to the 1950’s woman. Think Betty Draper of Mad Men. The desired shape in the midcentury was a thicker hourglass figure popularized by movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. Women were told that their primary goal was to “catch a man” and have a family; the idea was to dress to allure. A woman of this time was never supposed to leave the house looking sloppy, even to run to the grocery store. Hair was usually kept just below the shoulders, and was worn in soft, curly or wavy styles. Women began to focus more on having flawless skin than anything else. The goal was a peaches and cream complexion.

Victorian

As a result of the women’s liberation movement during the 1960’s, how we define beauty now is different than the ideal listed above. Modern fashion is a time of expression and choice and today’s women have more options than ever before. We’re seeing a re-emergence of almost every major fashion trend of decades past, from shoulder pads and menswear-inspired attire to floral and wild prints.

1960’s

When considering hair and makeup, there is not one big trend that women aspire. The definition of beauty doesn’t seem to be concrete and individuality is applauded. With the array of new technological options, there are various options to fit every person’s own ideal beauty. This is evident in the huge surge in plastic surgeries that have taken place in the last decade. Hair extensions are also a big trend, allowing women to have virtually any hairstyle they desire, any day of the week. Looking back on beauty through the ages proves that the ideal has changed. It is remarkable to think we are in a time where beauty is no longer reserved to one standard. Our society allows women to define it the way they desire. Find your inspiration and define your beauty; it’s an adventure every woman should embody.

Passionate about anything beauty and all things style, Ashley worked as a makeup artist in NYC and GR and is also a sales consultant and marketing professional at WLM. Ashley loves helping small businesses grow and making women feel beautiful.

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Not a traditional thrift store. We buy estates and sell the contents in our store. Therefore we have a large variety of items. Something for everyone, from household to antiques. For more information on what we do stop by our website at yessthriftgr.com. Also follow us on facebook for photos and updates.

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450 East Division HOURS: Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-4 (616) 863-8491 Two floors of fresh fashion for your home & body at “get it now” prices. Formal wear, plus, petite and designer departments. Nominated 2010 Rockford Retail Store of the Year. www.shopgildthelily.com

LBD Exchange

11 North Main Street HOURS: Mon-Thurs 10-7, Fri-Sat 10-6 (616) 863-3600 LBD Exchange is a designer consignment boutique specializing in brand name ladies apparel, footwear and accessories. www.LBDExchange.com

Lowell Flat River Cottage

317 East Main Street HOURS: Mon 11-5, Tues-Sat 10-6 (616) 897-8601 The Flat River Cottage has anclectic mix of vintage and antique treasures, beautiful one-of-a-kind custom painted furniture and accessories, and pieces to make a house a home. www.flatrivercottage.com

Holland Holland Furniture

753 Lincoln Avenue HOURS: M 10-7, TWRF 10-6, Sat 10-4 New furniture, home accessories and upscale resale items. Our inventory of quality, reasonably priced consignment furniture changes weekly, so be sure to check often to see what’s new. www.hollandfurnitureonline.com

(Your estate Sale Showcase) 3516 Plainfield Avenue NE HOURS: Tues-Sat 10-6, Sun CLOSED (616) 214-7329 Come explore antiques, furniture, collectibles, housewares, books, home decor and tools. www.yessthriftgr.com

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GR Southeast Hello Again

5767 28th Street SE HOURS: Tues-Sat 10-6 (616) 608-6265 Hello Again brings you a little New York, LA, and European fashion to Grand Rapids without paying full retail. We look forward to having you walk through the door and finding something you can’t live without. www.helloagainstore.com

Rock Paper Scissors

145 Diamond SE HOURS: Mon-Sat 10-7 (616) 805-6848 Top-notch, fun, unique and quality clothing brought to you at a great price. At RPS, you’ll have the thrill of the hunt and the bragging rights of finding something amazing for way less than retail. www.rpsgr.com

Comstock Park Open Doors Thrift and Consignment Shoppe

6661 Alpine Avenue, NW HOURS: Mon-Sat 10-7 (616) 784-1650 Furniture, home decor, household treasures. We buy used furniture. Complimentary coffee bar, senior and group discounts.

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EAT FRESH, EAT LOCAL Anna’s House 3874 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 361-8500 www.annashousegr.com Come see what the buzz is about. Anna’s House was recently voted Best Breakfast Joint in the state of Michigan by MLive. Their most popular house specialties include Breakfast Lasagna and Twilight French Toast. The menu is forever changing, unique and amazing! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bar Divani 15 Ionia Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 774-9463 www.bar-divani.com Serving fresh, sustainable and, whenever possible, local products. Featuring Live Music Tuesdays, Wine Social Wednesdays and Ladies’ Night on Thursday with half-off martinis and a birthday club. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Big O Smokehouse 9740 Cherry Valley Rd (M37)
 Caledonia, MI 49316 (616) 891-5555 www.bigosmokehouse.com

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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 offer top quality buffalo, venison, and seafood. 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. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CityVu Bistro 61 E 7th Street Holland, MI 49423 (616) 796-2114 www.cityflatshotel.com CityVū Bistro is a distinctive rooftop dining experience in downtown Holland. Fryers and frozen foods are out; fresh gourmet flatbreads and an array of seasonal entrees are in. The contemporary yet casual atmosphere, full bar, and unique menus make it the ideal spot for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CitySen Lounge 83 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 608-1720 www.Cityflatshotel.com

CitySēn Lounge located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids is a hip bar with a big city feel, offering exciting options for lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends. The focus is on fresh ingredients and a full bar with local brews, wine and creative cocktails. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D&W Fresh Market Cascade, Caledonia, Gaslight Village, Knapp’s Crossing, Breton Village www.dwfm.spartanstores.com Each D&W Fresh Market is a premiere grocery store for premium meats and cheeses, a great wine selection and fresh produce, providing value for all of your fresh foods and grocery needs. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Fred’s Italian Restaurant Pizzeria & Grill 3619 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 361-8994 www.fredspizza.com Great food, great prices, great fun! A family tradition since 1963, Fred’s offers legendary pizza and delicious entrees, salads and desserts with a

generous selection of wines, liquors and beers. Hudsonville Ice Cream www.hudsonvilleicecream.com Since 1926, the family-owned company has been making great ice cream. Ice cream is the only thing they make, so they are focused on creating the best. Hudsonville Ice Cream has delightful flavors for all seasons. Look for limited edition flavors identified by their red lid. Try their limited edition flavor, Tiger Traxx, to watch during the big game while it’s available. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kingma’s Market and Butcher Shoppe 2225 Plainfield NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (616) 447-2090 www.kingmasmarket.com Kingma’s features a huge selection of Michigan produced specialty groceries along with a full-service butcher shop, cheeses and a large selection of fine wines and beers, many locally made.

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Satisfy Your Cravings . . .

Kingma’s offers the finest in wines, beers, a full-service butcher shop, cheeses, great selection of produce ranging from Michigan apples to zucchini, dairy, baked goods, snacks, chocolates, nuts and candies. 800 Wines • 400 Beers • 300 Cheeses • Olive Bar • Dips Great Wall of Chocolates • Made to Order Gift Baskets

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EAT FRESH, EAT LOCAL La Bonne Vie Personal Chef and Catering Service 616-822-8838 www.chefjenfoley.com La Bonne Vie is a professional personal chef and catering service operated by chef and owner, Jen Foley. Specializing in event catering, in-home family meals, dinner parties and culinary instruction, guaranteeing a stress free dining experience every time. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Marco New American Bistro 884 Forest Hill Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (616) 342-9100 www.marcobistro.com Simple, fresh, rustic cuisine prepared with gourmet flair. Owner/Chef Mark prepares everything in-house, using Michigan foods when available. Impressive wines and delectable desserts. Minutes from downtown. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Marge’s Donut Den 1751 28th St SW Wyoming, MI 49519 (616) 532-7413 www.margesdonutden.com Marge’s Donut Den offers handmade delectable donuts, all occasion cakes, and a huge variety of delicious Danish, muffins, brownies and cookies. Marge’s – a place to meet old friends and make new ones. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pietro’s Italian Restaurant 2780 Birchcrest SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 452-3228 www.rcfc.com/Pietros Pietro’s is the highest acclaimed Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria on 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 | REPUBLIC 45 S. Division Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 551-3563 www.rockwellsrepublic.com Rockwell-Republic takes great pride in their commitment to the use of only the freshest ingredients available. They serve delicious American and Asian food made from scratch using fresh, locally farmed cuisine, incredible sushi and martinis galore. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Cheese Lady 315 Fuller Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 242-9880 www.thecheeselady.net Specializing in cheeses from Michigan and around the world, gourmet and specialty groceries, soups and a nice selection of wines. Gift baskets, party trays, catering and private parties available.

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The Local Epicurean features more than 125 organic, handmade pastas including vegan and gluten-free. Gift baskets are a specialty and often include hard-to-find Itallian cheeses,

proscuitto and house-made sauces. Classes in pasta, chocolate and infused butter making are offered five days a week. Handmade, organic chocolates can also be found here. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Timbers Inn Restaurant & Tavern 6555 Belding Rd NE Rockford, MI 49341 (616) 874-5553 www.timbersinn.net Enjoy great home cooking and friendly Michigan faces in a comfortable lodge atmosphere. With its crackling fires in fieldstone fireplaces, knotty pine walls displaying trophy moose, caribou and fish, Timbers Inn is a reminder of those enchanted days gone by. Happy Hour specials seven days a week. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Twisted Rooster 1600 East Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 301-8171 www.twisted-rooster.com Twisted Rooster’s specially created menu is centered entirely around 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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THE PERFECT PAIR

Restaurant Week 2014

by Sally Zarafonetis • photos by Two Eagles Marcus

He slowly

walked across the room toward her. Their eyes met in instant attraction. It was love at first sight. You just knew they belonged together. She was long and sleek with a ruby iridescent glow. He was large and succulent, beefy in fact. There will be a lot of this dramatic attraction between food and beverages during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. Food is like love. When you pair it well with a beverage such as wine or beer the enhanced sense of ohh la la is even more divine. In recognition of Restaurant Week 2014, themed “perfect pairings,” we wanted to help you explore how wonderful a food and beverage pairing can be. During this annual event, we celebrate local restaurants and the flourishing harvest by creating an affordable and unique opportunity for community members to dine and wine at a wide variety of restaurants in town. For a three-course dinner, guests will pay $28 per person, and at some restaurants, a $28 meal for two will be offered. The beverage pairing will be an extra charge. Think of the wine, beer, coffee and even spirits that can compliment your unique food plate. With over 60 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, the options are nearly endless, leaving room for you to create your own dining experience. We asked a handful of restaurants to give us a lesson in the “perfect pairing” of beverages with their three-course menus.

Love at First Flight On their “come hither” menu, the alluring Bar Divani is matching many luscious food and wines. Options for first course Appetizer Flight at Bar Divani: Pulled Pork Rangoons with Sesame Chili Sauce Suggested wine pairing: Noël Bougrier Vouvray

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Bruschetta with Yellow Tomatoes, Oyster Mushrooms and House Pulled Mozzarella. Suggested wine pairing: Chateau Bonnet White Bordeaux

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Oxtail Flatbread with Smoked Gouda, Roma Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs. Suggested wine pairing: Les Amadous Cotes du Ventoux Be wooed even further during their second and third courses which pair items like Duck Confit, Frisee, Cranberry Gastrique, Orange Supremes, and Pine Nuts with a Le Versant Viognier wine and Horseradish Crusted Petit Filet Mignon with Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Vert, and Port Wine Veal Glace with a Brumont Torus wine. Need I reinforce that “perfect pairing” during Restaurant Week is all about romance? Relax a little with your sweetheart and let your food selections be enhanced by the ideal drink choices.

How do you know they belong together? Glen Forgie, who is known as the esteemed Executive Chef at Reds on the River, is now also focused on wine and amazing food with his newest menu creations at Cork and Vintage. Cork, which opened this spring, is a new participant in Restaurant Week GR. Cork offers a wine list of 180 wines to choose from, so the dating game is wide open for Chef Forgie to play cupid with the wine and the food.

Second course: Peach Bourbon Glazed Trout Paired with Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Third course: Cane Berry Cheesecake, topped and swirled with berries. Paired with Sichel Sauterne.

Kissing and Telling The dating game at Reserve Wine and Food is a bit different. Peter Marantette, General Manager at Reserve, notes that the food and wine pairing is one of the most exciting processes he and Chef Matt Green encounter, but it can also be the most frustrating.

Chef Glen Forgie of Cork

Rubaeus, now in season and optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries, dances beautifully with desserts like crème brulee and cheesecake and, of course, chocolate or raspberry concoctions;

Renee Koops, the director of operations at Reserve, expressed her pride in the pairings on the menu, mentioning that the process is informative and active for the whole staff. “We have tastings with staff a couple of times per week to present the wines that we’ve paired with the wonderful food that Chef Green presents. We involve both the front of the house (servers) and back of the house (line cooks) in this tasting to both train them and to share opinions.”

No! Explore to your heart’s content and take a risk. Try Founders Centennial IPA with Two spicy Tacos Mexicanos Al Pastor from Lindo Mexico, one of their main course featured during Restaurant Week.

You just need help in finding the perfect match.

First course: Oysters on the Half Shell Paired with Benzinger Sauvignon Blanc

Porter, which woos shellfish and smoked and grilled meats, buttery cheeses such as brie and havarti and other foods that are strong and salty;

Dirty Bastard matches up well with foods like rich beef and game, stews and grilled meats. Dirty will help cool down spicy foods. Think hot spicy chicken with a Dirty Bastard as a great pairing.

Match Making Advice:

For a romantic Restaurant Week evening of “perfect pairings” at Cork, you could try the following selections among many others on their menu:

All Day IPA that walks hand in hand with pan-Asian foods and grilled poultry and can go, go, go all day long;

“The perfect match is when food and wine come together and improve each other,” he said. “There are appropriate times when the wine should outshine the food, and most certainly vice a versa. For Mathew and I, it’s about being constructive and creative. There are many times that I think I have the perfect wine picked for a new dish, and it’s not until they all come together and we taste them side by side that I realize I am completely off base.” From there, Marantette said that sometimes they end up changing the wine, and other times tweak the dish.

She also called herself a bubbles girl, saying that her favorite pairing at Reserve is the Gerard Bertrand Brut Rose from France paired with their oysters on the half shell. “The Gerard Bertrand would also be great with our first course selection during Restaurant Week of Pate Maison with Dijon mustard and pickles,” she said. There’s many more pairings to be explored at Reserve, as well, during Restaurant Week.

“When I create a dish I first try a wine and let the wine speak to me. I envision how it impacts my senses,” he said. “As thoughts bubble up I write them down on paper. That’s the creative process for me.” Chef Forgie explores the wine first and lets it tell him the answers for creating the perfect food partner. “All wines taste different. They all have unique characteristics such as cherry, plum, bacon, pepper, grapefruit and so much more,” he said.

Pale Ale that courts foods such as grilled fish with lemon as well as dry cheeses such as Romano and Parmesan;

Dave Engbers, the co-founder and co-owner of Founders Brewing Company (the official beer sponsor of Restaurant Week GR), recently offered restaurant managers and staff who are participating in the event a tasting of some of their iconic brews. “Founders beers pair well with specific foods. However, if you like a certain beer and want to drink it with everything you eat, we’re cool with that, too!” said Engbers. He believes in trying out a variety of brews for their unique characteristics, as well as, being married to your favorite beer choice. His match making advice for those in the mood for beer includes: Centennial IPA, which partners well with spicy curries and shellfish, grilled chicken, sharp and aged cheddar and pungent blues;

Are all the Good Ones Taken?

If you’re a foodie, try Gilly’s or Judson’s at the B.O.B. They will be offering the following selections and many others: First course: Beer Steamed Mussels made with fresh herbs, Mrs. Dog’s Disappearing Mustard, Delski’s Andouille Sausage with grilled Nantucket Baking Company Sourdough Toast Points paired with Black Star Farm’s Arcturos Pinot Gris Second course: Michigan Berkshire Pork Belly with tarragon blueberry jam, lakeview white cheddar grit cake paired with Simi Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Third course: Peach Cobbler (southern biscuit, grilled peaches, pecan brittle, and hand whipped cream) paired with of Black Star Farm’s Arcturos Late Harvest Riesling

Make the Sparks Fly! If you’ve been pairing your Sauvignon Blanc with everything from fish tacos to short rib puttanesca, think again. Live it up and explore August 13 - 24 to find your “perfect pairing” during Restaurant Week. Oh, if only it were this easy in the dating world…

Restaurant week is August 13-24, 2014. Visit www.RestaurantWeekGR.com for more information about restaurants, their menus and pairing suggestions. Reservations are suggested.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela photo by Jim Mimna

Through August 3

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival honoring the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Fireworks (August 2), parades, carnival rides, concerts, car show, ship tours, craft fair, picnics, vendors, Coast Guard run, picnics. www.coastguardfest.org

Through August 4

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Carol Hendershot. This course is a powerful way to take responsibility for your own health and well-being. In this eight-week class you will explore the time-honored practices of mindfulness, meditation and yoga to free yourself from the vicious cycle of negative stress patterns. Energy Touch Center. 6:30-9 pm. www.grandrapidscenterformindfulness.com

Through August 11

Monday Night Jazz at the Zoo. The West Michigan Jazz Society invites you to enjoy the great music West Michigan performers have to offer and eat food provided by a variety of vendors. John Ball Band Shell. 6:30-8:30 pm. www.wmichjazz.org

Through August 17

Embracing the area’s rural roots, the F.A.R.M. exhibition creates a contemporary context for exploring the changing role of the modern farm in America. It features traditional depictions of

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farm life, as well as more experimental works. LowellArts! Contact Janet@ lowellartsmi.org for more information or visit www.lowellartsmi.org. Michigan Artist Series: Tim Powers, Below the Surface. Powers’ exhibition displays the evolution of his working practice with different materials and his understanding of their hidden potential. The exhibition features a large-scale installation, spanning two entire walls, of over 400 of his pillow forms, along with several other experimental sculptures, including one that glows and responds to movement in the gallery. Grand Rapids Art Museum. www.artmusuem.org David Nash: From Kew Gardens to Meijer Gardens. This groundbreaking exhibition is exclusive to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and hosts Nash’s works in the sculpture galleries, conservatories and across the gardens and grounds. Frederick Meijer Gardens. www.meijergardens.org

Through August 19

The Cocktail Party: Lessons in the History and Practice of Keeping Your Guests Lit, Stylishly – Tuesdays in August. Explore different cocktail “eras,” and the trends, styles and techniques popularized there within with Torrence O’Haire. Learn everything from cocktail history to how to adapt your home bar and how to successfully throw a spectacular cocktail party, complete

with recipes, new ideas and fascinating anecdotes. 7-8:30 pm. Stella’s Lounge. www.grpl.org

Through August 20

Summer Youth Theatre: The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends. Students ages 7-18 are invited to register for a beginning theater class and production. Students will prepare a short play and will learn the basics of acting in the process. August 2 from 10 am to noon, August 11-14 and 18-20 from 6 to 7:30 pm. LowellArts! www.lowellartsmi.org

Through August 21

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts. LowellArts! and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce present Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts on Thursday nights. The free concerts are held on the Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Lowell in front of the historic Lowell Showboat. They showcase and support a diverse selection of musicians and musical styles from throughout Michigan. Styles include blues, world music, country, rock, big band and jazz. 7 pm. www. lowellartsmi.org

Through August 24

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America. When Michigan’s industry and design intertwined, Michigan became an epicenter of modern design, with visionaries statewide turning from the simple generation of products to design

that rippled throughout the country. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and Kendall College of Art and Design. www.artmuseumgr.org

Through August 25

Chair Yoga with Marti DeLong every Monday in August. Chair yoga is appropriate for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. In this workshop participants will experience a good stretch, better breathing habits, stress reduction, improved muscle tone and a sense of well-being. 10:30-11:45 am. Expressions of Grace Yoga. www. expressionsofgraceyoga.com

Through August 31

GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up. A summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover ten interesting books that the library staff has selected, or join your neighbors for fun, informative programs that are inspired by the books. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch. www.grpl.org/grreads Dream it, Build it: A LEGO Certified Professional Exhibit. 13 LEGO bricked recreations of some of the most famous architectural structures, including Burj Dubai, the Empire State Building, the Jin Mao Tower and the Gateway Arch. Grand Rapids Public Museum. www.grmuseum.org

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Celebrate! Join us for four days of quilting inspiration and artistry with more than 500 quilts and ten exhibits. Delight in this dazzling world of quilting, bursting at the seams with talent! Build your skills and feed your passion via classes, lectures, and an incredible Merchant Mall. For 30 years, we’ve celebrated quilting together. Get ready to experience AQS QuiltWeek during our anniversary celebration—get set for a week to remember! Doors open at 9:00 a.m. each day and tickets are $14 daily or $35 for all four days.

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Through October 12

At the end of YOUR ROPE?

GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore. This exhibition underscores the significance of Grand Rapids’ annual ArtPrize event by presenting selected highlights from ArtPrize on a year-round basis. www.artmuseumgr.org

Through October 15 Manage your stress and enjoy new health and well-being! 8-WEEK MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM: Free Information Sessions: Week of July 28 & August 4 Classes Begin: Monday, August 11 @ 6:30 pm Tuesday, August 12 @ 6:30 pm Wednesday, August 13 @ 9:30 am

UPCOMING EVENTS: Hardwiring Happiness: A 1-Day Workshop with Dr. Rick Hanson October 17, 9-4 pm Continuing Education Credits available for Nursing and Social Work

*** 8-Week Mindful Parenting Course: Cultivating Clarity and Compassion on the Parenting Journey Begins: Tuesday, October 21 6:30 pm

GrandRapidsCenterForMindfulness.com CALL 616-361-3660

The Grand Rapids Original Swing Society presents swing dancing at Rosa Parks Circle every Tuesday. Check out the website for a list of different themes and dances. 7pm. www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com

Through October 25

Observation night at James C. Veen Observatory. Along with the observatory telescopes, association members set up their own telescopes so that visitors can view the splendors of the night sky. Visitors can tour the facility and enjoy an audio-visual presentation about the GRAAA and the James C. Veen Observatory. Check www.graaa.org/publicnightl for times and featured objects.

Through October 31

Discover Meijer Garden’s special twoyear exhibition showcasing revolutionary sculptor Bernar Venet. Demonstrating his iconic work in steel, five of Venet’s large-scale sculptures will be displayed outdoors on the front lawn. www.meijergardens.org

August 1

Picnic Pops: the Music of the Eagles. With five number one singles, six Grammy Awards and six number one albums, the Eagles are one of the most successful groups of the ’70s. Conductor/arranger Brent Havens and his full rock band return to pay tribute to these classic rock titans with a string of their greatest hits. 7:30 pm. Cannonsburg Ski Area. www.grsymphony.org/concerts

Restorative Yoga with Jessica Roodvoets. Restorative yoga poses help us turn off the body’s fight or flight response and return to our natural state of restoration and balance. Reduce FIND OUT WHAT stress, rest deeply and ignite your inMINDFULNESS CAN DO YOU! nateFOR healing resources within. 7-8:30 pm. Expressions of Grace Yoga. www.expressionsofgraceyoga.com John Butler Trio at Meijer Gardens. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

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Bring Your Own Beamer Grand Rapids, part of a series of one-night exhibitions featuring projection-based artworks at UICA. 8 pm. www.uica.org

August 1 and 2

Blithe Spirit. The Heritage Theatre Group presents the classic comedy by Nöel Coward, in which a famous author participates in a séance as part of research for a new book and finds his new marriage haunted – quite literally – by the ghost of his late first wife. 8 pm. Spectrum Theater. www.heritagetheatregr.org Downtown Holland Gallery Walk. Eight Downtown Holland Galleries will welcome visitors with special exhibits, artist demonstrations and interactions, refreshments and inspiration. Many fea-

ture local artists whose work highlights the beauty of West Michigan. www.holland.org.

Meanwhile Movie: Dirty Harry at Wealthy Theatre. 8pm. www.grcmc.org/theatre

Avenue for the Arts hosts First Fridays, a gallery and shop hop along South Division between Fulton and Cherry. Experience local art and sidewalks flooded with artist vendors, performances and entertainment. 5-9 pm. www. avenueforthearts.com/streetmarket

National Night Out 2014. www.natw.org Spanish Tapas in the Culinary Classroom. 6-9pm. Register by calling 1-888296-5850. www.dwfm.spartan-stores. com/culinary-classroom

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Quilts and their stories featuring more than 140 quilts at the Coopersville Farm Museum. www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org

August 2

Why I Write Fantasy. Lee Martinez, author of 16 books including Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest, will lead an open discussion about why he is drawn to the genre of fantasy and why it has such a great growing appeal across the board. 2-3:30 pm. Grand Rapids Public Library. www.grpl.org Slightly Obsessive II. Join LaFontsee Galleries in their new Douglas Location, for a journey into the “Slightly Obsessive.” View a collection of meticulously crafted art with countless notches, stitches, nicks, cuts, circles and lines – created by artists who are totally immersed in their craft. 5-8 pm. LaFontsee Galleries. www.lafontsee.us

August 3

F.A.R.M. Photography Walks. Discover the beauty of farms and agriculture through your camera lens with photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick. Walk through the Kent County Youth Fair and the grounds of an area farm and learn tips and tricks to improve your photography skills. 1-5 pm. LowellArts! www. lowellartsmi.org

August 4

Prenatal bellydancing classes begin at Armentality. www.armentality.com

August 4-7

Van Singel Fine Arts Center Kids Theatre Camp. Students in grades three through eight will have the opportunity to explore the many components of theatre including role playing, improvising, rehearsing, costuming and performing. 9am-1pm. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. www.vsfac.com

August 4-9

Del Shannon Days immerse the town of Coopersville with demonstrations, displays, games, car show, jam session, crafts and farm fun. www.delshannoncarshow.com

August 5

Farm on the Go. The Critter Barn of Zeeland brings a little farm to the city in a program featuring the cutest barnyard animals around for you to touch and pet. 10:30 am. KDL Grandville Branch. www.kdl.org Nuts & Bolts: Jewelry from Hardware. Create one-of-a-kind, edgy, indie jewelry. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet or earrings from unexpected materials. 3 pm. KDL Wyoming Branch. www.kdl.org

Hoop dance class at Bellydance GR. 5:30 pm. www.audacioushoops.com

August 6

Flash Fashion for Teens. KDL’s twist on “Project Runway.” Fashion you create in a flash using paper, plastic and other unconventional materials and techniques. We provide the stuff and you dish out the creativity. You’ll work with a team to create a runway look in just 30 minutes by snipping, draping, taping and even accessorizing. 1 pm. KDL Grandville Branch. www.kdl.org Listening at the Lake: Concert with Kennedy’s Kitchen and Uneven Ground. Enjoy a free Irish Folk concert with Kennedy’s Kitchen. Local Celtic band Uneven Ground will open for Kennedy’s Kitchen. 7-8:30 pm. Custer Park-North Muskegon. www.visitmuskegon.org Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Meijer Gardens. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org Grilling 101 for all ages in the Culinary Classroom. 6-9pm. Register by calling 1-888-296-5850. www.dwfm.spartanstores.com/culinary-classroom

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Hoop dance class at GR Parks and Recreation. 5:15 pm. www.audacioushoops.com

August 7

Reading the Great Lakes. Come explore the Lakes! You’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. 7-8:30 pm. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch. www.grpl.org Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe. Don’t miss this quirky crew of characters examining some various components and styles of puppetry. You’ll laugh and learn, while having a great time in this musical, interactive show for all ages. 7 pm. KDL Cascade Township Branch. www.kdl.org Living Abroad. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country and to experience its culture and customs? What are some of the challenges you can encounter? This lively panel discussion will explore living abroad with panelists who have lived in Panama, China, Egypt and Japan. 7-8:30 pm. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch. www.grpl.org

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Five for Fighting with Twilight Symphony Orchestra at Meijer Gardens. 7 pm. Sold out. GRAM on the Green: End Times Orchestra. Join GRAM, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department for Thursday nights filled with free outdoor live music, museum admission, a cash bar and more. 5-8:30 pm. GRAM. www.artmuseumgr.org Natural Thickening Agents at Bekins Cooking School in Grand Rapids. Learn how to reduce sugar when making jams and thicken fun recipes like soups, relishes and more with The Canning Diva. 6pm. canningdiva.com

August 7-23

Monty Python’s Spamalot. A musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” August 7-9, 13-16, and 20-23 at 5 pm (at 7:30 pm only on August 17) at Circle Theatre. www.circletheatre.org

August 8

Top Gun showing at Movies in the Park. Pre-show activities start at 7pm. The film begins at dusk at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. FYI: Costumes are encouraged. www.downtowngr.org/mitp

Culinary Classroom. 6-9pm. Register by calling 1-888-296-5850. www. dwfm.spartan-stores.com/culinaryclassroom.

August 11-October 1

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with April Hadley. Mindfulness is a way of relating directly the experiences of your life and re-discovering the skills to thrive during all of its challenges and joys. In this eight-week class you will explore the time-honored practices of mindfulness, meditation and yoga to free yourself from the vicious cycle of negative stress patterns. Holistic Care Approach. www.grcfm.com

Meanwhile Movie: Clueless at Wealthy Theatre. 8pm. www.grcmc.org/theatre Gluten Free Baking in the Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Register by calling 1-888-296-5850. www.dwfm.spartanstores.com/culinary-classroom

Canning FUNdamentals in the Culinary Classroom. Register by calling 1-888296-5850. www.dwfm.spartan-stores. com/culinary-classroom

GRAM on the Green: The Moxie Strings. Join GRAM, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department for Thursday nights filled with free outdoor live music, museum admission, a cash bar and more. 5-8:30 pm. GRAM. www.artmuseumgr.org

Free informational surgical weight-loss seminar with expert surgeons hosted by Mercy Health. 10 am. Register at www.smbariatricsuccess.com or call (877) 684-2781.

Listening at the Lake: Concert with Lost and Found. Enjoy a free concert with Lost and Found playing eclectic and humorous contemporary Christian music. 7-8:30 pm. Custer Park-North Muskegon. www.visitmuskegon.org Rodrigo y Gabriela at Meijer Gardens. 7 pm. Sold out.

August 14

What Can I Bring to a Picnic? Learn at the Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Register by calling 1-888-296-5850. www. dwfm.spartan-stores.com/culinaryclassroom

Third Annual Big Bang Art Fair featuring fine art, fine craft, live music, food and drink on the front lawn at Mangiamos. 10-6 pm.

Everything Tomatoes at Bekins Cooking School in Grand Rapids. ‘Tis the season for tomatoes! The Canning Diva will teach you several fun recipes using the tomato. 6pm. www.canningdiva.com

August 10

August 15

August 9 and 10

Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour at Van Andel Arena. www.vanandelarena.com

August 11

Foraging: Wild Plants for Food and Medicine. Join herbalist and forager Lisa Rose Starner to learn about local plants and “weeds” that can be used for food and herbal medicine. 6:30 pm. KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch. www.kdl.org

AUGUST 7-23

On Stage Alaska. A fun, informative presentation by a team of professionals who have lived and worked in Alaska for Holland America Line. 6:30 pm. Prince Conference Center at Calvin College. Register at www.wittetravel.com.

August 13

Seed Saving workshop at Rylee’s Ace Hardware with Sandy. Class is free but please register. (616) 451-0724

SPAMALOT

August 12

Genealogy Lock-In. Genealogy buffs have the chance to use the vast array of library resources in this fun, after hours event. Bring your genealogy questions or Ancestry and Heritage Quest problems. Volunteers will be on hand to assist. Network with other genealogists—you never know what you might find! 6-10 pm. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch. Register at www.grpl.org or call 988-5400.

August 9

MONTY PYTHON’S

Creativity Uncorked: Pop Art Painting. Grab a glass of wine and experience a lively and unforgettable night at the museum. After GRAM shuts the doors to the public, they invite you and your friends to socialize and create. 7-9:30 pm. GRAM. www.artmuseumgr.org

August 16

Access Vision Granted workshop part 2 with life coach Toresa M. Blakely. www.coachtmb.com

Exploration of Thai Cuisine in the

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Lovingly ripped off from the classic movie Monty Python & the Holy Grail! The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and received 14 Tony Award nominations!

Tickets: $27

Rush Price: $13.50 - Call for Details

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uiltWeek arrives at DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids from August 20-23. This exciting show allows experienced quilters, as well as new quilt admirers, to learn and explore the art of quilting. The host, American Quilter’s Society, boasts the largest quilting membership in the world, creating a community of those who share a passion for quilts through magazines, books, live events, contests, workshops, online resources and more.

Pleasures by Hannah Brinks photography by Steve Loveless

putting her degree to good use. If the state of the art gallery and framing shop her and her husband own in Beulah, Michigan isn’t busy enough, she is publishing a book on collage landscape art quilts (release scheduled for March 2015). Her big dream is to “design an entire line of landscape quilt products.”

Since ArtPrize put her in the spotlight, Ann has been busy with presentations as well as producing art. Ann received her degree in clothing and textile design from Michigan State University and has been

Catherine Rupp, a representative from QuiltWeek revealed that the crew is very excited to be coming back to Grand Rapids. “More than 15,000 people are expected to attend and there will be more than 450 quilts on display as well as workshops and special exhibits,” Rupp said. “It’s going to be quite an incredible event.”

The Quilt Show provides an opportunity for members of the Grand Rapids quilting community to gather and share. It is evident that Grand Rapids has embraced this particular art form. Ann Loveless’ “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore” quilt received first place in ArtPrize in 2013, cementing the beauty of quilting into the city and elevating textile art to a new level. “It was like a high five for everybody who loves textiles, and quilting in general,” said Loveless. “The win was a win for all quilters. How did I get so lucky to be the one?” Loveless used her ArtPrize winnings to purchase a new Bernina sewing machine, a set of skis, and lots of fabrics. She keeps her fabrics in a closet on skirt hangers.

Besides entering her Sunflowers quilt in the AQS show, Ann plans to attend two workshops and will help man the Studio Art Quilt Associations (SAQA) booth for a few hours to help recruit members.

Loveless is entering “Sunflowers” in the AQS show in Grand Rapids. The quilt is inspired by a photo her husband took of a huge field of sunflowers near Elk Rapids. When asked, “why sunflowers?” Loveless replied, “Sunflowers are happy. I wanted something bigger. And I love yellow.”

Internationally known instructors and authors provide classes, and contests allow you to enter your own creations for the chance to win prizes. There will also be the opportunity to experience the creativity of the other entries and exhibits. The Merchant Mall, an integral part of the experience, features hundreds of local and national vendor booths containing the latest patterns, fabrics and books while also providing the newest quilting tools and technology. Workshops include anything from appliqué to professional development to advice on stitching with style. A complete list of the Grand Rapids workshops, as well as pricing, admission and an opportunity to register are available online at the QuiltWeek website, www.quiltweek.com.

“It was like a high five for everybody who loves textiles, and quilting in general.” - Ann Loveless

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August 13-24

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. Experience 12 days of creative, local 3-course menus at over 60 restaurants matching the theme “Perfect Pairings,” in an attempt to highlight wines, beers, spirits and coffees that pair well with menu items that the restaurants will serve. 5-9 pm. www.experiencegr.com

August 16

Art on the Riverfront. Enjoy an outdoor, juried art show held along Grand Haven’s beautiful boardwalk at the municipal marina. 10 am-5 pm. www.galleryuptown.net Rain Barrel workshop with West Michigan Environmental Action Council at Rylee’s Ace on Fulton. Register at www.WMEAC.org

August 16-17

Grand JazzFest. Featuring jazz artists who are primarily Michigan-based, GR and JazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlighting up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. Noon-9:30 pm. Rosa Parks Circle. www.grandjazzfest.org

August 18

Everlasting Blooms and Herbs. You spent all summer cultivating your garden with flowers and herbs and now autumn is around the corner. Jeanne Hawkins of The Secret Ingredient will share some preservation techniques. 6:30 pm. KDL Karuse Memorial Branch. www.kdl.org Coffee For Dinner in the Culinary Classroom. 6-9pm. Register by calling 1-888-296-5850. www.dwfm.spartanstores.com/culinary-classroom

August 19

Meanwhile Movie: Fight Club at Wealthy Theatre. 8pm. www.grcmc.org/theatre Free varicose and spider veins screening at Grand Rapids Vein Clinic. 5-8 pm. RSVP by calling 454-8442.

August 20

Journey into the “Hermit Kingdom.” North Korea recently lifted the ban for American travelers, but it is still not easy to get there. Once one arrives, the restrictions placed on tourists by the Party make for exasperating, yet surprisingly rewarding experiences. Dick Gauthier will take participants north of the 38th parallel, into the “Hermit Kingdom,” presenting recent history, the current political situation and an engaging firsthand glimpse into the everyday lives of North Korean people. 7-8:30 pm. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch. www.grpl.org G. Love and Special Sauce & Keb’Mo’ Band at Meijer Gardens. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org Back to School Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners in the Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Register by calling 1-888-296-5850. www.dwfm.spartanstores.com/culinary-classroom Tomato and Vegetable Canning live demonstration with The Canning Diva

at Raylee’s Ace Hardware. 6pm. www.canningdiva.com

August 20-23

American Quilter’s Society (AQS)Quilt Week at Devos Hall in Grand Rapids featuring hundreds of quilts, a Merchant Mall, more than 140 vendors, contests, workshops, classes. www.quiltweek.com

August 21

Free informational surgical weight-loss seminar with expert surgeons hosted by Mercy Health. 6:30 pm. Register at www.smbariatricsuccess.com or call (877) 684-2781. Athena Awards Leadership Forum and Scholarship Fundraiser in support of women over 30 who are following their passions and pursuing higher education. Kent Country Club. 11:30 am - 1 pm. $40. www.grandrapids.org Life as a NYC Cab Driver: an Evening with Melissa Plaut. Join Melissa Plaut, author of Hack, as she reads from her book and talks about her journey from corporate copywriter to NYC cab driver. Plaut will share stories of her adventures both on and off the streets of New York, and her attempts to figure out her place in the world along the way. 7-8:30 pm. Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch. www.grpl.org Revolution/Evolution, an all photography based exhibit with works by Cuban artist Roberto Salas and Ann Arborbased photographer, Jack Kenny at Richard App Gallery. 6-10 pm. Call (616) 458-4226 for more info. The Moody Blues at Meijer Gardens. 7 pm. Sold out. Seafood Sensation in the Culinary Classroom. 6-9pm. Register by calling 1-888-296-5850. www.dwfm.spartanstores.com/culinary-classroom. Innovations on Neuropathic Pain Mannagement. Dr. Miller will discuss challenges and solutions of the most challenging neuropathic pain cases. Keystone Pharmacy. 5:30-7 pm. Reserve your seat by calling 558-8334. The 5th Annual Taste of East Grand Rapids presented by The Gaslight Village Business Association benefitting Susan G. Komen of West Michigan takes place 5-9 pm within the charming streets of Gaslight Village. In addition to a diverse menu from Gaslight Village area restaurants, experience family friendly activities including live music and a free Kid’s Fun Zone with giant inflatables, face painting, airbrush tattoos, a magician, balloon animals, an EGR fire truck, crafts and more. www.gogaslight.com Kevin James at Devos Performance Hall. www.devosperformancehall.com Friends of GR Parks present the greenest bash of the season, The Green Gala. Guests experience live music, locally-sourced food, signature green cocktails, and Michigan beverages while enjoying the beauty of the Grand River and Fish Ladder

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The Impressionist:

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by Kerri Van

derHoff

I have been stubborn about jazz. It wasn’t part of my childhood. When it came to music, my mom would play top 40 in the car. My dad would occasionally play an old Hank Williams Sr. 8-track but mostly he preferred birds singing. Jazz wasn’t part of my adolescence. The ‘80s brought new Brit pop, hip-hop, rap and metal to my world. Jazz wasn’t part of my young adulthood. I had grunge out of Seattle, roots rock and lots of great female singer-songwriters to add to the mix. Now somewhere in middle age and embracing classical, opera, bluegrass, and more, I still seemed to think jazz wasn’t really a part of my musical tastes. Don’t get me wrong; I could enjoy hanging out with friends at a local club, taking in a little jazz during the evening. It was enjoyable and I’m not saying I disliked it. I’m just saying I probably wouldn’t download a jazz album to my iPod. Until I decided to stop questioning the musical style, and started questioning my stubbornness instead. Over the years, I have witnessed the passion people have for jazz. What do they know that I didn’t know? What do they hear that I didn’t hear? After several helpful conversations, it started to dawn on me what I have actually been stubborn about: realizing the far-reaching influence of jazz, the broad spectrum of this truly American musical style (I did actually have it on my iPod), and how jazz has informed much of the musical genres I listed above.

E X P L O R E Listen

BLUE LAKE PUBLIC RADIO www.bluelake.org WYCE www.wyce.org WGVU www.wgvu.org

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WEST MICHIGAN JAZZ SOCIETY www.wmichjazz.org

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ST. CECILIA MUSIC CENTER www.scmc-online.org GRAND RAPIDS JAZZ ORCHESTRA www.grjo.com

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The first person that helped with my quest for jazz enlightenment was Mark Vanden Berge, whose latest project is a symphonic tribute to Van Morrison. He suggested I watch Ken Burns’ documentary about jazz, and lent me the companion book.

“Jazz has been a prism through which so much of American history can be seen—a curious and unusually objective witness to the twentieth century,” writes Burns in the introduction, pointing out its birth in the multicultural mix of New Orleans. It is a musical style that synthesized European and African traditions for a distinctly New World sound, and continued to expand from there.

to improvise, feed off the other musicians and extend the song, creating long form music with instruments like the trumpet and sax that could cut through the noisy party crowd. “You can’t play a two-minute song in a dance hall,” he smiled. “It might take that long just for someone to get up the nerve to ask for a dance.” At this point I am having great fun discovering the many interesting layers of jazz, through the music it all tells a bigger story, and I am ready to explore more.

I talked to Eddie Tadlock, assistant manager at SMG’s DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall, and creator of the popular blog “The Kulture Vulture in Flight.” If you want to find jazz any given night of the week in Grand Rapids, there’s no better blog to follow. Eddie added that listening to live jazz means being a part of a unique moment, of experiencing pure artistic expression happening spontaneously. It can never get old, because it improvises and changes with each interpretation, no matter how well known the song might be. “There are rules, but they’re broken all the time. That’s by design,” he said. It’s also that openness of the process that makes it hard to define, as it can pull from many other genres and be inclusive of all voices. He adds, “Jazz is the musical town square.” Edward Clifford, of Clifford Music Group, offered additional insight regarding the timeline. Jazz was dance hall music for many decades. Big band, jump swing, bebop, it was all about allowing the freedom

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GRandFest 2013 at Rosa Parks Circle Luckily, Audrey Sundstrom has made it a priority to encourage exploration. She founded GRandJazzFest, a family-friendly, free event; this year held August 16-17. The festival offers a variety of styles, providing the opportunity to sample many and find the ones that connect the most. There’s also a community building aspect; the music brings people together from near and far, from all walks of life. “If you like to hear live jazz, you go where it is,” she said, including fans from out of town. “Many people plan their summers around festival schedules.”

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WHY I WRITE FANTASY: A DISCUSSION WITH A. LEE MARTINEZ Saturday, August 2, 2014, 2:00 pm Main Library – 111 Library St NE A. Lee Martinez will lead an open discussion about why he is drawn to the genre of fantasy and why it has such a great growing appeal across the board. A book signing will follow.

LIFE AS A NYC CAB DRIVER: AN EVENING WITH MELISSA PLAUT Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 pm Main Library – 111 Library St. NE Does anyone ever really know what they want to do with their life? Join Melissa Plaut—author of Hack —as she reads from her book and talks about her journey from corporate copywriter to NYC cab driver.

THE COCKTAIL PARTY: LESSONS IN THE HISTORY AND PRACTICE OF KEEPING YOUR GUESTS LIT, STYLISHLY Dates and times vary Stella’s Lounge – 53 Commerce Ave SW Join one of Grand Rapids’ foremost chef-mixologists, Torrence O’Haire, of The Starving Artist and Propaganda Doughnuts, in an educational and entertaining lecture/demonstration series this summer, and learn how to be a practical professional in the art of throwing classic cocktail parties! In this series, students will explore different cocktail “eras,” and the trends, styles, and techniques popularized there within.

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See some of the best sights in Grand rapids with runGr at the 2014 Bridge run on September 14. Starting in the heart of downtown Grand rapids, the course takes you over historic bridges and along the Grand river. need some inspiration? read Sarah-Parker-Hormuth’s story on how she become hooked on running.

Park. The fundraiser fundraiser helps advance the work of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to protect, enhance, and expand our city’s parks and public spaces. www.green-gala.com

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August 22

Movies in the Park double feature with Jurassic Park and the yet to be announced voter’s choice. Pre-show activities start at 7pm. The film begins at dusk at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. FYI: Costumes are encouraged. www.downtowngr.org/mitp

August 22 & 23

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August 23

Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser. Free family fun and activities for all ages including a benefit pancake breakfast and a 5K run. View airplanes, jets and helicopters. Free airplane rides through the Young Eagles Program for kids ages 8-17. Crafts, silent auction and more. All proceeds to Wings of Mercy that provide free flights to people in need to medical destinations. 8 am-noon. West Michigan Regional Airport in Holland. www.wingsofmercy.org

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gave birth to my first daughter Monica in 2004 at 28. I began walking as a means to lose weight and saw an ad for the Reeds Lake 5K. On race day, the EGR girls’ basketball team lined up behind me. Their coach had them walk while dribbling basketballs. I had enough of that, so I began to run to get away from the noise. I surprised myself by running quite a bit and after I finished, I was hooked! I went to be fitted for proper shoes and spotted a sign about a 5K training group for The Bridge Run. I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into. I’d never run before in my life. I can still remember how hard those training runs were. Thankfully it was a very supportive group, including our coach Margie. During our last training run, Margie told me I should run the River Bank. I thought, “Ha! No way, I can’t run that far.” But the seed was planted. In 2007 I completed my first 25k. In 2008 I heard about a training group called RunGR. The coach was awesome and I was curious about the workouts, but Shannon, my second daughter, was due, so I waited to join. Joining is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s hard when you are an adult to make friends, and with RunGR, the other members are more than just friends to me now. After being in the group for a few years, I joined the board and helped plan the Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run, which is still one of my favorite races. Working full-time, sitting on two boards, and training wears me out sometimes. I’m lucky to have the love and support from my friends, girls, and wonderful husband Dan. I invite you to join me on September 14 for the Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run by going to www.thebridgerun.com. I believe in all of you!

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The Hard (Cider) Run takes participants through Sietsema Orchards as well as other gorgeous trails. After crossing the 5K finish line, participants may enjoy Sietsema Orchard’s homemade hard ciders, music, food, and drink while taking in the sunset. 6 pm. www.sietsemaorchards.com Eat Dirt Mud Run. The funnest, muddiest 5K. Complete with challenging obstacles and fun mud pits, it’s an adventure for both athletes and families. There is also a Kid’s Mud Run for ages 6-12. 8:30-11 am. Kentwood Community Church. www.eatdirtmudrun.com Dahlia Show. Marvel at the variety of colors, shapes and sizes of dahlia flowers. Find a flower the size of a dinner plate and a pompon dahlia that forms a perfect sphere. Noon-5 pm. Frederik Meijer Gardens. Canning Peaches at Red Barn Market in Lowell. Learn how to create fun recipes using the popular peach in this fun class. 10am. www.canningdiva.com

August 26

Music on the Commons: Billy Strings and Don Julin. Outdoor concert featuring Billy Strings and Don Julin of Traverse City -Traditional Americana string band music with high energy. 6:30-8 pm. Hart Commons. www.hartmainstreet.org Self-Sufficiency Through Food Preservation at Bekins Cooking School in Grand Haven. Learn a variety of useful tools to properly preserve food by way of dehydrating, canning, freezing and more. 6pm. www.thecanningdiva.com

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To the Rescue. Join us for the return of “To the Rescue.” Drive little engine #7. Get a chance to dress up like rescue workers, help in ambulance, fly a pilot rescue helicopter but most importantly, learn how to play it safe. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. www.grcm.org

August 28

Foraging: Wild Plants for Food and Medicine. Join herbalist and forager Lisa Rose Starner to learn about local plants and “weeds” that can be used for food and herbal medicine. 6:30 pm. KDL Gaines Township Branch. www.kdl.org Lake Street Drive at Meijer Gardens. 7 pm. www.meijergardens.org

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Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire. An all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. 11 am-8 pm. Grand Rapids Public Museum. www.facebook.com/makerfairegr

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Painting

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by Hannah Brinks • photography by Two Eagles Marcus

ood is part of the bare necessities of life; part of an everyday experience that for the average person, rarely involves creativity. Because of it’s vitality to routine, it can be easy to dismiss the idea of food as an art form. However, some people understand the ways in which food can tug at our emotions, much like the most expertly crafted piece of fine art; the feel, the presentation, the flavor combinations all evoke memories. Ryan McClure, the head chef at Derby Station, enjoys food because it is an integral part to the human existence. “I actually hate the word ‘foodie’ because everyone likes food; that’s how you grow up,” McClure said. “It’s part of tradition, it’s part of culture. Food is a part of everything. All my favorite memories from growing up are food.”

McClure now designs the menu and specials at Derby Station, but his taste buds were not always highly evolved in the world of cuisine. He admits that his favorite food growing up was the charred hot dogs and scrambled eggs that his grandmother used to make. Though his palate was not refined at a young age, it is evident that he is passionate and experienced in his craft as he explains the veritable fête of culinary cuisine that represents the menu at Derby Station. Even a dish titled “peas and carrots,” can be fine dining. As someone who originally studied art in college, McClure exemplifies what a creative mind can bring to the table. “All the work and creativity you can use with food is just as much as an art major. I feel like that’s why I’ve been in this for so long. I liked it way better than I did drawing,” McClure said. His animation as he discusses the menu clearly reveals that he is a man very enthusiastic about food, as well as one that believes in its beauty and artistry. “So much time can be put into a painting or a sculpture but it can be appreciated for a long time,” McClure said. “Where with food, you can put just as much time into it and it’s only experienced for ten to fifteen minutes. So it’s a lot of time put into a very brief experience and I think you should appreciate it more because of that.”

Brevity breeds a more profound sense of appreciation, and a well-crafted dish can be as tantalizing to the senses as a master work of art simply by appealing to the tongue, rather than the eyes.

Judy Christian represents the other side of the culinary artistry: the consumer. She and her husband, who are avid local diners, belong to the collection of people who appreciate the work that creative chefs like McClure put into their dishes. “It amazes me to see what a chef can create with some ingredients.” Christian said. “A good chef has the knowledge of what seasonings work well with different proteins, vegetables and starches to create an entrée that is pleasing to your palate. This is something that I wish I could do better. It’s very fun to see what different chefs can create and I think that is one of the reasons that we enjoy going to different restaurants, so we can enjoy different ‘tastes.’”

The development of these particular skills in the art of creating with food, much like fine art, requires practice, study and an eye – or tongue – for all things gustatory. Dan Gendler is the owner of San Chez as well as the program director at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. His career as program director is integral to honing the skills that make a talented and creative chef. Often his program represents significant crossover between the world of fine art and the world of culinary art, even having classes taught by members of the fine art faculty. “It’s not just the art on the plate,” Gendler explained. “It’s the art as it’s being prepared too. You see people flipping the food and the knife cuts and the skill; it’s an artisan kind of job just like a steel smith hammering away on a piece of steel. You watch a chef cut and there’s artistry in that motion, too. The whole process has art revolving around it, right down to going shopping for the best, freshest, most beautiful ingredients.”

The whole process has art revolving around it, right down to going shopping for the best, freshest, most beautiful ingredients.”

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For the chefs at Maru Sushi and Grill, it’s just as much about the art as the culinary skill. Rick Devault, the general manager at Maru, said that they personally train each of the chefs to tailor to their tradition of an equally elegant and delicious cuisine. “We empower our staff to use their creative juices when making food,” he said. “We don’t accept anything less than beautiful.”

At Maru, it’s just as much about art as it is culinary skill.

In terms of experiencing the art of food at home, both chefs agree that the creative process of food can also be brought to your own kitchen. “Something important is to never think a recipe is so specific that you can’t change anything.” McClure said. “It’s a guideline, and you can change any recipe based on your personal preference. I think the best thing to do is to spend more time looking at ingredients you like and using really good, fresh ingredients and spending less time cooking.” The talent demonstrated by professional chefs can be daunting when you consider attempting culinary art in your home. An amateur artist examining Botticelli’s’ Primavera may experience a similar sense of discouragement. However, like fine art, practice inspires significant improvement. “I don’t think you want to be afraid to try new things,” Gendler encouraged. “The other thing that people really forget is just to look and taste. You want to make sure there’s tension throughout the dish. Mix it up, let there be a crunch, some mash. Mix up the texture, mix up the color. When you’re thinking about cooking, one of the most artistic things you can do is mixing up the color and shapes.” Whether you’re an artist with a paintbrush or with a spatula, remembering to take risks and be passionate about what you do is always the creative solution. Be a part of culinary art in Grand Rapids by taking a cooking class or visiting one of the local dining establishments throughout town. Think of your next dining experience as going to an art gallery; the slicing, grill marks, dressing, garnishes – everything on your plate is done with intent by a behind the scenes culinary master.

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ll forms of art have been targeted as controversial, from videos to paintings to quilting. Visual artists often draw inspiration from natural parts of human life, including sexuality, nudity and sometimes sexual acts. With a considerable spectrum of liberalism, from ultra conservative to over the top openness, opinions are strikingly different when it comes to perceiving sexual components in art. While some may consider certain pieces to be borderline pornographic, others, such as the painter, may have produced it with high-art aspirations. Where is the line drawn, if there is a line, between brilliant and beautiful works of art and pornography? Art is defined as “something that is created with imagination and skill that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas of feelings.” As to the art of the porn industry, sensuality, excitement and carnality are important and must be incorporated creatively into a story line. More specifically sexual art can be defined as erotica, or “works of art or literature that deal with sex and are meant to cause sexual feelings.” Great emotions that are present in works of fine art can also be gleaned from erotica. Because the purpose of art is to capture feelings encompassed in the human condition, it would be remiss to ignore human sexuality as part of that experience. Pornography captures the human body and the act of sex in a very open and direct way, displaying it through movies, pictures or magazines; a way that can be abrasive to those who prefer to keep sexuality private. With little argument, one can see that aspects of art, erotica and porn that are similar for each term, making the overlap apparent. But how does one define what each is? From her essay in The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, artist, author and sexologist Betty Dodson had a similar question when her nude drawings published in a magazine caused an uproar and a district attorney threatened her with an injunction for the depictions of “perversion.”

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She asked her then partner, Grant Taylor, “Why can’t people distinguish between art that’s erotic and art that’s pornographic?” His reply was simple and still holds ground today. “It’s all art. Beauty or pornography will always be in the eyes of the beholder.” According to LiveScience, the history of sexual depictions dates back to prehistoric times, where nudity and sexual acts were painted on rocks or carved into objects. The Paleolithic people, for example, carved “Venus figurines” into wood and stone, most likely as religious icons or fertility symbols. The Greeks and Romans created sculptures depicting fellatio and other areas of carnality, and in India the Kama Sutra was used as a relationship and sex manual (estimated composition between 400 BCE and 200 CE). These depictions, however, weren’t considered perverse. It wasn’t until the 1800s that erotic art began being produced and viewed for explicit reasons, and with the help of technology, the porn genre began to take identity. The split of pornography and erotic art was paved, opening doors for ambiguous interpretation and expanding the spectrum of sexual art.

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by Megan Stubbs

The focus of the pornography and erotic industries is the human body and its inherent sexuality. The human body and its variety of functions represent part of every life. When done with the intention of celebrating the human body, nudity combines art and erotica in a way that can be creative and inspirational. Fine artists, in any media or subject matter, are required to examine the human body as a piece of art in life drawing courses. In these classes, the male and female bodies are carefully depicted using various media. Although these classes are often far from sexual, the point of the exercise lends something to the casual art viewer, and proves that nudity, regardless of interpretation, is a part of our culture’s artistic foundation. There is a perception of pornography held by the general public, and unfortunately it’s skewed by bad examples. It is dirty, degrading, unnatural, misogynistic and harmful; the list goes on. Just like food, movies and customer service, there is good and bad. Without proper understanding of pornography as a whole, it is difficult to maintain an opinion about which varieties are acceptable and respectful. Sexuality in art does not have to be shameful or degrading when the bodies are treated as art. This varying treatment is what contributes most to the split of pornography and erotic art; pornography (deriving from Greek word pornographia, which translates to “illustration of prostitution”) is more commonly associated with cementing submissive stereotypes of women and eliciting male dominance, for obvious reasons both modern and historical. However, the idea of treating bodies as beautiful art doesn’t have to be limited to the popular fine crafts of sculpture, drawing and painting. Photography and film, more traditionally considered the media for pornography, can also demonstrate to both men and women that the acts of sexuality are not necessarily degrading or dirty, but can be both beautiful and artistic, eliciting strong emotions. For artists, the audience’s perception of their art is always unpredictable. As an audience member, having an unbiased knowledge base may help you more clearly define your comfortable spectrum when it comes to provocative art. Taking inspiration from the body and its sexuality is something that everyone should understand can be beautiful. Regardless of where you land on the spectrum, embrace the natural approach at art, and remember that the beauty of all art is indeed in the eye of the observer.

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Watermelon The refreshing, versatile fruit of summer

Watermelon Gazpacho makes 4 servings

6 cups cubed seedless watermelon 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1 tablespoon cider vinegar In blender, puree watermelon; pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

Watermelon-Lavender Sorbet (Elizabeth Somer’s recipe) makes 4 servings

What better way to get a full serving of fruit than in this delicious sorbet. The watermelon adds vitamin A, vitamin C and lots of lycopene. It also contains, as well magnesium and potassium. The lavender gives it a hint of springtime. 4 1/2 cups pureed watermelon pulp (divided) 1/2 cup sugar (or part Splenda) 1 tablespoon lavender flowers/leaves (culinary type) 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons of vodka (watermelon or citrus flavors work well - vodka helps prevent sorbet from setting up too firm) In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine 1/2 cup watermelon pulp, sugar, lavender and salt. Bring to a slow boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes. Place strainer over a large bowl and pour syrup mixture through, straining out lavender flowers. Add remaining 4 cups watermelon, lemon juice and vodka. Stir until blended. Pour into container, cover and place in freezer. When semi-solid, mash up sorbet with a fork and freeze again. When frozen, place sorbet mixture into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Scoop desired amount into a small bowl or parfait dish, garnish with a small wedge of watermelon and a lavender sprig.

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Watermelon Pina Colada 2 cups watermelon puree 1/2 cup chunked pineapple 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt 3 cups ice 2 tablespoons cream of coconut Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Blend until desired consistency and serve. Makes 4 to 5 cocktails. For an adult version, add rum!

Watermelon Raspberry Vinaigrette 1 cup cubed seeded watermelon 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar In blender or food processor, process watermelon and raspberries until liquefied. Add honey and vinegar, pulse until blended. Cover and store in refrigerator. Shake well before using.

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Watermelon Sandwich Wraps It’s amazing what a group of friends around the lunch table can come up with. The only ingredient that’s a must is a spear of watermelon. Try watermelon in lieu of tomato on these sandwiches. You can play with different types of lunch meats, cheeses, spreads or sauces, and of course veggies galore! Suggested ingredients: Wraps: Wheat, flour, spinach or sun dried tomato Spreads: Chive cream cheese, hummus, guacamole, Greek yogurt Meats: Turkey, ham, chicken breast, roast beef or pepperoni Sauces (marinades and salad dressings): BBQ ranch, pesto, Thai peanut sauce, teriyaki, ginger Cheeses: Feta, pepper jack, mozzarella Veggies and Other Toppings: Watercress, olives, scallions, cilantro, romaine, jalapeños, fresh mint, basil, shredded carrots, spinach, sprouts and cucumber slices 1 watermelon spear, about 1/2-inch thick, 1-inch wide and as long as your tortilla! Start with a spread to help stick the other fillings together. Place your toppings the center of tortilla with the watermelon spear on top. Roll tortilla over watermelon spear, tucking in all ingredients. Fasten with a toothpick if needed.

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English Tea Sandwich Wrap Flour wrap Chive cream cheese Ham Watermelon Watercress

Greek Tortilla Plain Greek yogurt Feta cheese Watermelon Black olives

Latin Watermelon Wrap Flour tortilla Ham Watermelon Cilantro Guacamole Scallions Pepper jack cheese Jalapeno

SW Chicken Wraps Corn & flour tortilla Guacamole Pepper jack cheese Spicy chicken Romaine lettuce Watermelon Bacon ranch dressing Salsa

Ginger Chicken Wrap Wheat wrap Teriyaki ginger sauce Chicken Sprouts Watermelon Sweet Chili & Ginger Bibb Lettuce

Watermelon Caprese Flour tortilla Pepperoni Watermelon Mozzarella Basil Pesto Sauce

Thai Peanut Chicken Roasted chicken Bibb lettuce Thai peanut sauce Carrots Watermelon Cilantro Golden wrap

SW Veggie Wrap Cucumber Watermelon Cilantro Swiss cheese BBQ ranch dressing Spinach tortilla Guacamole

Mid Eastern Veggie Hummus w. pine nuts Mint Thin cucumber slices Watermelon Golden wrap

Hawaiian Wrap Spinach wrap Pineapple Cream Cheese Sweet Chile w/Ginger Ham Watermelon Cilantro

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urchasing artwork for the home is often overwhelming, not to mention the process of hanging that is known for creating headaches. Many people have framed prints and original works of art that lay dormant in the attic or basement simply because they are unsure where to put them or the best way to display them. Consider the following tips to take your walls from dull to dramatic, no headaches required. Buy what you love. The key to incorporating art into your home is purchasing only what really moves you. Artwork doesn’t have to be by a famous artist, valuable or expensive. It simply has to please your eye. Don’t buy something just to fill space. Wait until that perfect piece sings to you. You can also use this as a chance to support local artists. Frame what is meaningful. It may not require purchasing new art to fill the walls. Find collected mementos in storage boxes and bring new meaning to them by having them framed. A nice matte and quality frame takes an otherwise quite regular item and gives it instant importance. It could be a child’s creation, a beautiful card or a ticket stub. What about a champagne label from an anniversary celebration or map of a favorite location? Photos, of course, fall into this category. Print favorites and frame them for everyone to enjoy.

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Hang at the right height. This truly makes or breaks not only the impact of the display itself, but also the overall effect it has on the space around it. If the artwork will most often be viewed while standing, like in an entry or hallway, the center of the print should hang approximately 60-65 inches above the floor, which is eye level of an average person. In a room where the art will generally be viewed from a seated position like a family room, office or dining room, pictures can be hung a bit lower. When placing artwork above furniture, the bottom of the frame should be positioned 6-12 inches above the top of the sofa or tabletop. Create a grouping. If the artwork is small to medium in size, pull together similar pieces in a collage. Display them together in an organized grid or in a random collage. The best way to do this is by cutting out pieces of paper that match the size and shape of each frame and practice on the floor first before transferring the paper to the wall and marking the nail holes. Think of the grouping as one large picture and center it in the space or over a piece of furniture. Build a gallery over time. Collecting art over time and allowing for expansion of memories on a photo wall speaks to the beauty of a true personal gallery. If a large wall is calling for a number of items, start by hanging your first pieces in the center and

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then radiate outward as the collection grows. This works well on tall walls around stairways or large hallway spaces. If commitment is an issue or you like to swap out pieces in the gallery seasonally, install shelving or an art ledge where art can lean and rotate over time. Play with scale. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to break the rules every once in awhile? Placing a large-scale print in a small space will really make it shine. When dealing with small items, collect a number of the same theme and hang together. The power of numbers makes up for their otherwise diminutive appearance. Breaking the scale rules can create a surprising and delightful impact. Art influences the quality of a space and our lives. Surrounding yourself with objects of beauty and meaning will transform the feeling of your environment. Take your time, find what you love and display it with confidence. Ashley Cole is a professional interior designer with a passion for all things style. Her work has been featured on HGTV as well as numerous publications. www.ashleycoledesign.com

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Tea

Talking by Melinda Maher

T

ea, the second most consumed drink in the world, is gaining favor in America. Tea bars are popping up across the United States, all with different twists to them. There are Victorian teahouses, Asian tea restaurants, as well as spice and tea shops. Starbucks has expanded to enhance their Teavana stores with café oriented tea bars. Even Oprah loves tea! Her new Chai tea is being sold in both stores. Locally, Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids is opening their Japanese Garden in 2015, complete with a Japanese teahouse.

Black Tea Subgroups: Assam, Ceylon, China Black, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Keemun, Laapsang Souchang, and Prince of Whales.

Oolong Teas

Oolong Tea subgroups: Formosa and Mainland

White Teas

White teas, the most delicate, are hand-picked a couple of days before the bud matures. The buds are steamed to remove moisture and sun-dried. The tea is best made with water that is below boiling. White tea has very little caffeine, if any, and is usually sipped plain.

The Roots

Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Herbal teas, otherwise known as tisanes, come from other plants and can have natural additives influencing their flavor. Herbal teas can be delightful, giving a citrus freshness or can be blended with vanilla, lavender or cinnamon. The majority of tea is grown in Asia and India, but tea farms are starting to crop up in the United States. We have tea farms in Michigan, Hawaii and South Carolina.

Black Tea

Produced from green tea leaves that are hand picked and then left out in the sun. When they can be rolled without splitting, the leaves are put into a mechanical tumbler and rolled, causing the leaves’ juices to react with the air and oxidize. Hot air blasts accelerate this process when the leaves are left on racks in the warm air.

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Green Tea subgroups: Gun powder, Hyson, Imperial, Sencha.

Oolong is considered to be halfway between black tea and green tea. It is semi-fermented. The leaf is wilted in direct sun, and then shaken in bamboo baskets to bruise it. This gives it the reddish color. Firing and cooling is repeated as many as twelve times for the best of the oolongs. The teas have a range of colors from golden to reddish tones.

Brewing a cup of tea is peaceful and relaxing, giving you a break in the day. It can be casual or formal, enjoyed in solitude or with friends. Tea can be an old comforting friend you know well, or tea can introduce you to new cultural flavors. Drink it hot or iced. Cook with it or pair it with food. It’s the rising go-to drink for those who simply aim to enjoy life.

There are hundreds of tea types: black, white, yellow, green, oolong, pu-erh, and tisanes. Each tea has unique characteristics. Here is a brief tea lesson to help you join the healthy, relaxing and satisfying habit of drinking tea:

not gone through a fermentation process. Green tea is not consistent in shape or size. It can be curly, flat, pointed, twisted or even pellet shaped.

White Tea subgroups: China Mutan and White and Silver Needle White.

Herbal Tisanes

Herbal tisanes are made from plants other than the Camellia Sinensis. The tisanes may come from flowers, roots or barks. A few examples are chamomile, rosehip and sassafras.

Green Tea

Green tea has the most delicate flavor of all the teas and probably the most distinctive. It is naturally low in caffeine but does contain some. It is very light in color. The fresh leaves are carefully placed on large bamboo trays and allowed to dry in the sunlight. They are rolled into small balls, placed in small roasting pots and continuously rolled as they are re-roasted for several hours. This process stops the chemical changes from occurring in the leaf by never allowing it to wither and ferment. The dry leaves remain green since they have

Tisane subgroups: Rooibos, Citrus, Chai Exploring the world of tea can be an artful adventure, as it can be a window to different cultures and traditions. Best of all, a cup of tea can add a little warmth to your life. Melinda Maher, owner of The Ambience Way, a tea specialty company offers themed tea parties, teas and tea related products, resides in Grand Rapids Michigan.

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Movies

that will raise the bar on backyard conversation by David Postma

ummer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to. This month we look at movies from the past as well as a new release to ensure you add culture to your film conversations at the fleeting backyard barbecue parties. Ocean’s Eleven (2001). A classic bank heist, dapper dons and an eclectic cast elevates Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven from another typical heist movie to the penultimate classy caper. George Clooney and Brad Pitt lend not only an aura of sophistication, but dazzling charm and good looks, that everyone can enjoy. Doll up and stay in and see how Ocean’s Eleven can help elevate your evening. Adaptation (2002). Adaptation is Charlie Kaufman’s masterpiece that follows his experience of adapting Susan Orleans’ book, The Orchard Thief, to film with his fictional half brother, Donald Kaufman. In this film, you’ll see a beautiful elegy of forestry, the identification of oneself, and a tremendous and unique screenplay creation. Nicolas Cage performed fantastically as both Charlie and Donald Kaufman and Meryl Streep was simply “Meryl Streep good” on screen. Learn more about flowers and the movie business, two topics rarely discussed together in conversation. Share high-class fare that doubles as an incredibly accessible real movie with your family and friends. Waitress (2007). You’re not going to do much better than watching Keri Russell whip up some mouth-watering desserts in the movie Waitress. You may not want to watch this if you’re diabetic! A heartwarming tale about an unhappily married waitress in the deep south, Waitress can inspire you to be creative in the kitchen and teach you about the journey of life, love and happiness. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Want to get into real comic book stuff? Marvel Studios and director James Gunn launch Guardians of the Galaxy this August. An action-packed fuel ride that doubles as a comedy, Guardians of the Galaxy is a different comic-book movie than you’ve seen before. Starring Chris Pratt (from Parks and Recreation), Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, the movie enters our galaxy and into our cinemas soon. Recommend it to your friends; if they don’t enjoy it, tell them they just don’t get it. After all, you became the movie expert this summer.

Host your own

Artchetypical

film fest

Lust for Life (1956)

The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist’s wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution. Starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie.

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

A young reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer. Starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt.

Amadeus (1984)

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. Starring F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge.

My Left Foot (1989)

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb his left foot. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan.

Crumb (1994)

An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. Starring Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb.

Basquiat (1996)

Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is “discovered” by Andy Warhol’s art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, and Basquiat pays with friendship, love and eventually, his life. Starring Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro.

Pollock (2000)

A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. Starring Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower.

Frida (2002)

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. Starring Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush.

This Is It (2009)

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of pop icon Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London just prior to his death. Documentary. Synopsis courtesy of www.imdb.com

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