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10 Things For October ................................................................................................ 10 Living a Life Fulfilled .......................................................................................................... 12 Healing Spaces .................................................................................................................... 14 Hope Away From Home ............................................................................................... 22 Fall Into the Dating Scene ....................................................................................... 36 Determined to Make a Splash............................................................................. 38 Judy Collins: A Maid of Constant Triumph................................................ 62 From Treats to Treatment ............................................................................................. 78


DIY Fall Decor............................................................................................................................. 6 Enhance Your Home ........................................................................................................ 18 Leather Up.................................................................................................................................. 20 Winborne Studios ............................................................................................................... 24 From Local to Leland ..................................................................................................... 30 Furnishing for Fall ................................................................................................................... 34


Flatter Your Figure ............................................................................................................... 16 Breast Cancer: From the Moment of Discovery................................ 48 Knowledge is Power .............................................................................................. 50 Early Detection ............................................................................................................ 51 Halloween Makeup .......................................................................................................... 76


Three Easy, Seasonal Dishes .................................................................................. 32 Eat Fresh, Eat Local .......................................................................................................... 42 A Taste of the Town .......................................................................................................... 47 Peanut Butter Across America............................................................................... 72


Voluntary RE:action ............................................................................................................... 4 Your Little Red Box................................................................................................................. 8 There’s No Place Like Loam .................................................................................... 26 Take A Bike ................................................................................................................................. 40 October Events .................................................................................................................... 55 Hallowtide History ................................................................................................................ 56 The Impressionist.................................................................................................................... 66 Reader’s Lounge.................................................................................................................. 74


Voluntary RE:action The Volunteer


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 Helper

Ascentcare will be providing a curated ArtPrize experience with mobility in mind. They’re looking for volunteers to work in the AccessArt Lounge by serving snacks, plugging in wheelchairs, and helping guests vote until Oct 12. Opportunities: Lounge Helper Sign Up: Call (616) 773-1773

n The Sitter

Do you like kids? Do you have two hours a week to spare? Do you happen to know a little Spanish? You would be the perfect volunteer for Roosevelt Park Ministries. Opportunities: Child Care Worker for English Language Classes Sign Up: Contact Vicki Vermeer at or (616) 475-5881

When Kim Kordecki attended the inaugural ArtPrize, she could feel the energy, and see the joy it inspired; she knew it would be a great event for years to come. She likes meeting new people and promoting local organizations. ArtPrize is a natural fit for her. A fifth year volunteer, Kim gives three to four days of her time every week during its duration. She loves working in the HUB, which will be the Volunteer Lounge this year. “ArtPrize has been one of the best volunteer programs I’ve ever experienced,” said Kim. “The ArtPrize team truly cares about its volunteers and camaraderie between everyone is overwhelming.”

n The Stride Maker

Volunteer for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, put on by the American Cancer Society on October 25, 2014 at Rosa Parks Circle. There are many ways to help out! Opportunities: Registration, Water Station, Information Sign Up:

n The Caregiver

Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children and teens, is seeking caring adults to volunteer as facilitators of children’s support groups. There is no previous experience required. Opportunities: Support Group Facilitator Sign Up: or call Kristyn Sterk at (616) 301-1605

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:

n The Abler

ACT (Artists Creating Together) is an organization that brings students with disabilities together with 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:


community champion. Grand Rapids Community Foundation is pleased to honor Paul T. Doyle with our Chaille Award for Community Philanthropy. Paul is all about community and making Grand Rapids a more diverse, inclusive and welcoming place. We’re grateful for his service to our Community Foundation as a Trustee, committee member, campaign leader and donor.

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DIY: Fall Decor by Liz Galvan


n October, the weather is cooler, the days are getting shorter and everything gets cozier, including your home. Fall is one of my favorite seasons to decorate for because of the warm colors, cozy textures and rustic touches. Sometimes pairing your fall décor with your normal décor can be difficult. Here are some simple tips to help you adorn your home for the autumn season.

really set the mood for fall and can be added on top of your existing décor or replace your accessories for the season if you have a neutral base.

Incorporate the outdoors

It’s time for all of your pumpkins, cornucopias, corn husks, seeds and scarecrows. Whether they are real or faux, pumpkins and gourds are great to use everywhere

Use cozy textures

in clusters, painted or carved. Try placing them on the porch, in entryways, on the dining table or in the kitchen. Outdoor-inspired harvest items are the easiest way to bring the autumn season into your home décor.

Add warm colors

Incorporate red, orange and yellow with pillows, blankets and other accessories. These warm colors will


Cozy textures are a great way to bring in the feeling of comfort and warmth for autumn. Textures such as warm wood and natural elements add interest and are a great base to a pretty autumn vignette. Large knit blankets, pillows, napkins, table runners and other linens are a very simple way to add that cozy feel to your home.

Add flowers

Bringing in mums or fall-themed arrangements will help bring in the warm colors. A bold floral arrangement in red, orange and yellow makes for a great focal point in your fall décor.

Add sticks, wood and candles

For a rustic look, natural elements are great accents. Putting sticks, seeds or corn kernels in vases is an affordable way to decorate. Burning seasonal candles will set an autumn mood in your home, and adding candles in vases with seed fillers make for a great centerpiece or backdrop. With these tips, your home will be looking like autumn in no time. Now, go grab a pumpkin latte, wrap up in a cozy sweater, light your fall candles and make your home look like the beautiful autumnal season that’s upon us.

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.

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n the past, women would temporarily halt a leaking sink with a bucket and wait for the man of the house to fix it. Now, with DIY inspiration on blogs and websites, more women are choosing to take repairing and building into their own hands. With just a handful of necessities, duties, projects and fix-its have become more womanly than ever. Fall marks the beginning of the holidays, and with festivities comes home renovation and tasteful décor. Exchanging traditional photos and paintings for holiday items and fixing up the house in preparation for guests are two activities guaranteed to make their way into a fall schedule. To make these tasks easier, ensure your little red toolbox is stacked with the following items for a seamless transition to celebration.

Tape Measure.

Duct Tape.

As innate perfectionists, when don’t women need a measuring tool? It will keep you from having to redo a project over and over again.

Duct tape is included in almost any survival kit for its versatility (it’s even carried on every NASA mission!). Try using as a temporary fix to buy you some time, a fiberglass repair, or as a wart remover. Being heat resistant, this tape can be used any time, any season.

Use for measuring dimensions and hanging items.


Use for cleaning, lubricating, polishing and protecting. There are literally thousands of uses for WD-40. From removing rust, crayon, wax, lipstick, gum and stains to reducing squeaking and improving function, this is a must have for any woman.

Utility Knife. Screwdrivers.

Use for cutting boxes and cardboard (and anything your scissors can’t handle).

Use for screwing in nails during assembly, and hanging pictures or items.

Find a knife with a sharp, reliable blade that is retractable to keep it safe.

Stock up on a nice screwdriver set that includes a standard flat-blade head and a cross-shaped head. Search for a nice set that will allow you to exchange sizes and heads with one handle.


Cordless Power Drill.

Use for any DIY projects and repairs. Find a drill that is light, easy to operate, and can do everything you need it to do: create holes, double as a screw head and recharge when you’re not using it.


Use for temporary repairs and creative projects.


Use for hanging wall items straight and building projects with straight angles. There are several level options: you can purchase an iPhone application, use the traditional liquid level, or go for the high-tech laser option. With any of these options, your art and shelves should be a perfect horizontal.

Use for plumbing jobs and around the house fix-its.


Purchase a few different pliers that vary in size and function: look for a needle nose, small tongue and groove, and a large tongue and groove to ensure everything from bicycle bolts to broken spigots can be fixed.

Look for a handle that is coated in plastic for easier function. Hammers are great for their intended use, but can also be used to pry items such as furniture or wood.

Use for pounding, prying and as an arm extension.

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10 Things for October 3



Set realistic deadlines. Try not to over-schedule you. Putting too much on your plate can create unnecessary stress.

Savor the beauty of the season. Take a walk outside, schedule a color tour, breath the crisp fall air, create a healthy snack – something backed with nutrients to share at a tailgate or kid’s sporting events – set the trend!


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Embrace the many benefits of the pumpkin. High in Vitamin A and beta carotene, potassium, pie, muffins, and seeds, may even assist in lowering cholesterol and an excellent source for facials.

Become aware of your body language. Do you cross your arms over your chest when you don’t agree?

Celebrate Halloween. When else is it acceptable to be something you are not – or perhaps something that you are!


5 Plant some bulbs. Prepare now for the beauty of spring.

Update for fall fashion. Look for prints, asymmetrical hemlines, black and white still rules and layer, layer, layer.

Support pink power. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Self breast examinations are a must!

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Start your Christmas shopping.

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion”

Move your exercise inside. Try something new. A TRX class, POUND, or a new circuit.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Peaches McCahill is founder and president of The McCahill Group, a leading provider of health, wellness, beauty and talent solutions, and owner of the new M Power Studio. She has a passion to inspire others with simplistic lifestyle suggestions.

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Living a

Life Fulfilled by Toresa Blakely


here are times when we find our lives stagnant and filled with uncertainty about the future. Many of us have a desire to do something greater with ourselves but are not quite sure about where to start, let alone know how to get ourselves in a place of “living a fulfilled life.”

Live Your Best Life Through the implementation of these keys, you can progress to an understanding and a new sense of awareness as to who you are and what your life is meant to be. As you embrace a newfound self, you will begin to realize how you can be fulfilled once you begin applying these keys. When this happens, In Adam Braun’s book, The Promise of A Pencil: How you can you live a full life by making a difference An Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, and changing the world for the better. he states, “Set out to live a fulfilling life by embracing your passion: to change the world for the better.” With that being said, I’d like to share some thoughts from a coaching program I facilitate entitled, “The 5 Keys To Living A Fulfilled Life.”

Discover and Live Your Life In order to “change the world for the better,” it will be imperative to discover your specific purpose or passion. There is a timely reason for your creation and you must find out what it is. Once you discover your purpose, you will be moved to live it out loud on a daily basis. Define Your Life’s Mission Statement Your mission statement is the reason behind all of your actions that do your part to change the world. It should also help you understand why you connect with certain people, places and things. Stop Living In The Past In order to begin the healing process, you must first forgive your past mistakes. Start moving past all of the things you’ve done or have allowed to happen, which can cause you to remain static. Think about all of the people who have hurt you in some way and choose to forgive. Stop living in your past and learn how to embrace your present day. You cannot grow if you keep looking back to your past. Learn Your Life Lessons When taking note of your experiences, ask yourself, “What are the life lessons I am supposed to learn?” As you begin to discover what those lessons are, start writing them down in a personal journal so that you can always go back to reflect on them. Once you acknowledge those lessons, begin to apply them to your life and become a better person because of them!

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active. It is as if when you’re looking at a beautiful scene, your own brain gives you a morphine high!” If you do not conveniently have a beautiful view out your window or nearby, purchasing artwork that features nature scenes may have a similar effect. If you have the space for a small garden, indoors or outdoors, spending time tending plants will also help you clear your mind and boost your mood.

Look at your everyday art. Artwork you view can affect your mood and mental state. Studies have shown that pattern-less abstract art can help energize you, while art with more symmetry and patterns provides a calming effect. In fact, one specific pattern has been proven to promote peace of mind: the fractal pattern. Picture a tree; viewing the pattern the branches make has been proven to aid relaxation.

Healing Spaces by Emily Morris


hile working a full-time job, many of us need time to wind down at the end of the day. Fueling the body with healthy foods and scheduling time to exercise obviously boosts mood and overall wellbeing, but what about the spaces in which we spend our free time? Is spending time in a space with certain characteristics able to benefit one’s health? Esther M. Sternberg, M.D., explores this topic in her book, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being.

Covering everything from calming vistas to music’s effect on mood, Sternberg cites numerous studies throughout his book. Many were completed by the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, which originated in 2003 and is focused on researching the ways the environment affects our physical and mental states. From Sternberg’s summary of their findings thus far, we can derive a few suggestions on how to create a space in your home that promotes physical, mental and emotional healing.


Incorporate nature as often as possible. Sternberg’s book includes several studies that all found that hospital patients with a view of a natural, outdoor setting were released two to three days sooner than those without one. Looking out on a natural scene helps one heal faster, and Sternberg explains the science behind it in her book. When describing the eye, particularly “the region where signals from the retina are first received to where they are finally constructed into a scene,” Sternberg explains how these views act as a natural mood-booster. “The nerve cells along this pathway express an increasing density of receptors for endorphins—the brain’s own morphine-like molecules. Professor Irving Biederman at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles has found that when people view scenes that are universally preferred—a beautiful vista, a sunset, a grove of trees— the nerve cells in that opiate-rich pathway become

“Such branching, self-similar patterns that occur repeatedly at increasingly smaller scales are found throughout nature, not only in trees but also in waves, snowflakes, seashells and flowers. They are called fractals,” Sternberg explains. Incorporating fractals into your home, whether it be through creative organization or artwork, may end up bringing you a sense of peace when you need to wind down and reboot. Other examples of fractals she lists are the cells in the human body, the human brain, mountain ranges, coastlines and Gothic architecture. Purchasing art with a fractal pattern may be beneficial if you are trying to create a space that aids mental or physical healing.

Let the light in. Another study done in a hospital proved that patients whose windows let more sun in healed faster than patients with less access to natural light. Sternberg explains the science behind the way sunlight promotes physical healing, acts as a mood-booster and helps regulate our stress hormones. The first benefit of

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sunlight comes from Vitamin D, which strengthens our immune systems by stimulating the macrophages. Macrophages are cells that clean up and begin healing inflamed wounds. Lack of sunlight, on the other hand, can lead to depression. People who experience long periods of darkness or artificial light sometimes live with Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a seasonal depression. Lack of sunlight causes your stress hormones to drop, and when this happens, you may not have enough energy to complete tasks or be able to stay alert. Doctors have treated this depression with sunlight exposure. They have also treated bipolar depression this way, leading us to the conclusion that exposure to sunlight can boost one’s mental, emotional and physical health. Ideally, you may want to choose an apartment or home with a lot of windows, but obviously that may not be doable. If you do not have a sunroom or well-lit room in your house, try setting up a quiet outdoor area, or make it a point to go on a walk each day. Avoid over-sunning yourself, of course, but enjoy the natural mood boost provided by the sun when you can.

Choose your soundtrack carefully. Especially if you are trying to create a healing environment, silence or the sounds of nature can promote a peaceful state of mind. Sternberg notes that silence can help us clear our heads of negativity and unnecessary loops of thought. She describes past studies of people who went camping for a couple of days without any access to technology. Their IQ was an average of two points higher after their technology abstention. If you decide to listen to music while you relax, choose the songs carefully. While listening to music, our brains use the hippocampus to identify patterns we have heard before. The hippocampus stores memories, causing us to experience the emotions we felt when we initially heard a piece of music any time we hear it again. This can be used for good and bad purposes. If you want to create a calm, healing space in which you can easily focus, realize your goals and grow in positive ways, it may be helpful to avoid music that reminds you of a sad or angry experience. Working with classical music in the background can boost one’s productivity, but so can any song that elicits a positive emotional response from you personally. There is no need to listen to someone else’s idea of what will inspire you. If there are songs that remind you of fun experiences, try using these to boost your mood.

Choose your color scheme wisely as well. Simply put, warm colors like red, orange and yellow provide natural energy. These may be appropriate for decorating a conference room or workspace, while blues and greens would work best for a bedroom or cozy living room at home. Green was the first color we as humans could see, while also being the most prominent color in our original environment. It is therefore the most neutral of the colors when it comes to causing our energy levels to rise or fall. Blue, however, encourages calmness and resting. Whether you want to create an energizing home office or a restful reading nook, you can use Sternberg’s research to create the perfect atmosphere and in turn, boost your mood and overall health.

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Emily is a Michiganbased writer, poet, and social media consultant. She also works as the Communications Director of the nonprofit project El Sueño (“The Dream”).



Your Figure by Kimberly Olson


hoosing the right outfit is important to get the most out of your workout experience. Forget about the baggy shirts and sloppy sweat pants, you have a whole lot more options for trendy and functional workout clothing.

To start, if you’re working out in a gym, familiarize yourself with the dress code and from there, you can choose the type of workout clothes that suit your activities and personal style. Make sure that you find clothing that is comfortable and allows for increased mobility. And of course, your gym outfit can still be fashionable and feminine, as can your outdoor running gear. Wearing the right workout clothes can flatter your figure and will not only make you look good, but feel good as well. It’s a sure-fire way to get an extra boost of confidence and motivation to reach your fitness goals. Here are a few tips on dressing appropriately and comfortably for the gym: Undergarments Look for comfortable sports bras and athletic underwear. A well-fitted sports bra provides support and restricts the movement of the breasts that can otherwise cause pain during a workout. Try a few styles and sizes, bend over, move in different directions, and jump up and down to see if it stays in place and is comfortable to wear. Generally, compression sports bras are ideal for small-breasted women and low impact activities, while encapsulated sports bras are best for large-breasted women and high impact activities. Good options for both sports bras and athletic underwear are those made of light, stretchy and breathable materials that wick away sweat. Workout tops and bottoms Whether you are slim or still trying to lose weight, wearing oversized clothes is not recommended.


Though it may be good for hiding love handles, baggy shirts can hinder your workout as they can get caught on equipment. Tank tops, slim-fitting shirts and shorts are ideal for fitness activities. These allow you to have a better view of your posture and form, as well as how your body flows while you exercise. Instead of cotton or wool that holds moisture longer, choose technologically-advanced fabrics such as Dri-FIT, Capilene and Coolmax that pull away sweat to keep you cool and dry. Light and stretchy fabric

Wearing the right

workout clothes can flatter your figure and will not

only make you look good, but feel good as well.

can also help you move freely and more comfortably. Depending on your activities, you can wear shorts, capris, slim-fitting yoga pants, cropped leggings or stretch pants. Select quality bottoms made of performance materials that support better mobility, and are light and comfy. Matching your clothes is not necessary, but you can opt to have a matching outfit if it fits your style, as long as it won’t get in the way of your activities. Test out a few different styles and see which suits you best.

Footwear Running shoes are obviously good for running and cross-trainers are ideal for aerobic exercises and other fitness activities. The right athletic shoes support your posture, help prevent injuries and promote stability and motion control. It is also ideal to find shoes that are light and comfortable while keeping your feet cool. Aside from shoes, it’s important to pick the appropriate socks made of acrylic and acrylic blends to wick away sweat, and avoid blisters and foot problems. Hair and make-up To have a polished and functional look, pull up your hair in a ponytail or headband. This will prevent sweat from coming into contact with your face and causing breakouts. It is better not to wear any make-up to avoid clogging your pores, but if you want, you can use light foundation and water-proof mascara. Although it’s nice to have a variety of workout clothes to choose from, you don’t have to purchase your workout wear all at once, especially when you’re planning to lose weight. Reward yourself with a new outfit whenever you hit your goal. In that way, you can keep track of your progress and stay motivated while you’re on your way to getting fit and fabulous!

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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Enhance Your Home’s Personality courtesy of Family Features


our home can say a lot about you. A state-of-the-art kitchen outfitted with a double oven likely means you enjoy cooking and entertaining friends and family. Likewise, a backyard complete with play sets, a treehouse or a basketball hoop is a sure sign your house is also a hangout for the neighborhood kids. “My house is more than just a haven for my family. It’s a real life scrapbook, art gallery and personal sanctuary,” said Michelle Hinkley, mom to three young boys and the lady behind the home and lifestyle blog “As much as I want it to be functional, I enjoy spending a little extra time finding ways to keep our home uniquely us.”

The Delta Trinsic kitchen faucet, for example, features a magnetic pull-down wand that locks the spray head in place when it’s not in use and optional Touch2O Technology, which allows users to turn water on or off with a simple tap. Like any good accessory, choose a finish that complements your personality and room, from the warm and inviting tones of bronze to always in-style chrome.

Install new hardware.

If you’re thinking about ways to add some personality to your space, consider these five simple (and walletfriendly) improvements.

Small details can make a big impact. Customize furniture, closets or built-ins with stylish drawer pulls. Styles range from the whimsical, hand-painted options available at craft fairs to more substantive handles and pulls available at your local hardware store. Take your time selecting pieces you love for a look that’s both unique and functional.

Paint your front door.

Start a collection.

First impressions start at the front door. Consider your home’s exterior and outdoor surroundings as you’re selecting a new hue, but when narrowing down your paint palette, also focus on the tints that best reflect your family’s vibe. A bright green door is both welcoming and fun, while a shiny black finish adds glamour. Even a crisp, white hue can be anything but boring, offering a clean backdrop for potted plants and accessories that change with each season.

Replace a fixture.

If cooking is integral to your personality, consider updating one of your kitchen’s most frequently used appliances: the faucet. Today’s kitchen faucets come


equipped with a variety of features and make for a relatively simple DIY project.

Showcase your personality by decorating your space with small items or collectibles. A collection of sea glass bottles or vases, for instance, could pay tribute to a favorite vacation spot, while ceramic animals in bright colors show off your quirky and creative side. To create a cohesive focal point, focus on collecting items similar in colors, materials or textures.

Build or craft something.

If you’re really daring, try creating some inexpensive home decor for your space. Sites like Pinterest are great resources for compiling inspiration; many blogs also offer step-by-step guides for a variety of projects for the home. Whether you’re creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art or building a coffee table from scratch, your next project could be a fun opportunity to help truly customize your home.

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utsiders see it as a place to stay, and others call it Hope Lodge. Guests define it as a home away from home.

It sits on the west side of Jefferson Street in the Heartside district of Grand Rapids, just minutes from some of our state’s best medical facilities. Four floors provide comfortable rooms, community kitchens and areas for prayer and entertainment. Everything, from hand-made chess and checker tables to the books on the shelf in the library, is donated. The facility is approximately 90 percent donor driven; employed workers include one building director and a handful of part-time coordinators. Everyone else, including the meal makers, landscapers, hospitality workers and movie-night planners are all volunteers. The friendly, familiar people are part of what makes it a “home.” Here, relationships build on one of the strongest foundations life can provide: hope and pure generosity.

“It’s like a family, both the staff and the patients,” said Jim and Patti Scatena, who have been weekly guests of the Lodge for four years. “It just makes one less worry in our life go away. It lets us concentrate on fighting our battle.” Kyle Cutler, senior representative of community engagement for the American Cancer Society (ACS), said that although people often come overwhelmed, guests quickly feel comfortable. One of the strongest principles Hope Lodge possesses is the freedom to do whatever is therapeutic, even if that means making pancakes at 3 a.m. Cutler recalled one guest who couldn’t sit still during a blizzard and started shoveling snow on the sidewalks. It’s this sense of comfort that Hope Lodge aims to create for their visitors. Jim and Patti received this sense of comfort long ago and continue to make Hope Lodge their home away from their Ludington residence. The free lodging with proximity to treatment centers makes their frequent visits to Grand Rapids much easier. The married couple of 43 years survived Jim’s head and neck cancer in 2012, and continue to fight Patti’s lung cancer that was diagnosed as stage four in 2011. During the six weeks that both of them were receiving treatment, their bond with Hope Lodge became


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Jim and Patti Scatena, two of thousands of guests the Hope Lodge hosts yearly. The Scatena’s have been coming to the lodge for four years.

limitless. The network that was innately present provided the support, laughter and encouragement to fight stronger. Their favorite part of the lodge is the strong fellowship and gratitude that resonate through the building. “We hope that some day when we’re done with treatments, we can serve the lodge in that capacity,” said Jim. Giving back is a reoccurring trend for guests. Cutler describes the donation and volunteer organization to be an organic chain reaction. Guests who have stayed share their story and encourage people to give to the lodge, who in turn share their passion for volunteering or fundraising. It’s a web of bounteous individuals that continues to grow and keep the lodge functioning at it’s finest. Another way that guests give to the mission is through encouragement and storytelling with others. Jim and Patti, for example, are grateful for the lodge as part of their support system and hope to pay it forward as much as they can.

“Whoever we meet, we give them positive reasons of going forward,” said Patti. “You can’t change what you have, but you certainly can make it better.” The founder of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge is Margo Freudenberg, a Holocaust survivor and ACS volunteer. She simply wanted to provide a network for people and their caregivers facing cancer and a place to stay when their best treatment options were in another city. There are now 31 of these homes around the U.S. that host more than 55,000 guests who in total save tens of millions of dollars in lodging costs each year. Hope Lodge in Grand Rapids hosted its first guest in 2008. The ground breaking ceremony was unique and showed the mission of a new lodge.

“To signify what the building was about, people stuck their shovel into a mound of pillows,” said Cutler. In addition to providing lodging accommodations, the Hope Lodge has a daily “Road to Recovery” program that provides transportation to and from Grand Rapids for those living elsewhere. The ACS and Hope Lodge’s main form of fundraising, aside from donations and volunteers, is Relay for Life. Among the flourishing efforts is Jim and Patti’s contribution through the company FloraCraft, where Jim is president and CEO. They said that all of the employees realize how important Hope Lodge is for them, and as a result, work closely with the Relay for Life local branch. It began when Patti saw a decorated styrofoam head at an art gallery in Florida. She noted the practicality of having a place to store wigs, so she and Jim proposed the idea of decorating and selling the heads. They contacted artists and schools to contribute. With the help of the Decorated FloraCraft FloraCraft employees, heads will be auctioned Jim and Patti raised this year to raise money $104,000 from the city of Ludington ($16,000 for ACS. raised solely from FloraCraft!). This year, Jim and Patti are holding an auction for the heads, and in the future, hope to work with the American Cancer Society to reach a national promotion. “One of these days, one of those dollars is going to make the difference. You have to throw enough at it until you get to that one,” said Jim. Visit to participate in Relay for Life efforts and to learn more about Hope Lodge. Share this information to those who can benefit from support during their battle of cancer.

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ow do you bring your personality to your environment? With the colorful palette of this day and age, home shops, consignment boutiques and hardware stores offer a rainbow of décor that complement personality and can move right into your home with you. However, before the vibrant paints, flamboyant furniture and unique home accents became popular, there was 2005, with mass-produced, cabinet knob clones. Then again, there was also Tammy Newhof.

“A home is a place where you can make everything your own,” says Newhof, owner of Windborne Studios and designer of stunning knobs and cabinet pulls made from fused glass. The muse for these artistic knobs was the simple task of redoing her kitchen. Newhof and her husband, Paul, split the project, assigning him to refinish the cabinets and her to do their knobs and pulls. Using the skills and awakened passion from a fused glass class she’d taken years before and prior projects from wind chimes to cuff links, Newhof designed and manufactured cabinet knobs and pulls for their kitchen. The result is 18 collections of beautifully handcrafted pulls, saturated with colorful and elegant blends that add a different look rather than standard brass. “All you have to do to change something, to make it dramatic, is add a little pop of color,” said Newhof, whose first collection featured 27 different designs because she couldn’t make up her mind on a single design. Her Pearl Collection features a variety of colors, glimmering and breathtaking with a smooth slate that grooves with design. The Jewel Collection brings texture to the touch, topping each knob with a gentle mound of shimmering glass pieces. Each knob in Newhof’s Confetti Collection is its own masterpiece with multiple colors and strokes in the design. Scrolling through the products at, there’s a collection for all tastes and habitats. Newhof’s newest collection, Classico, features her signature fused-glass framed by sleek metal, joining textures and increasing durability to this cabinet jewelry. Organic pull and knob shapes are also making their way into the options while Newhof continues to create a new color palette for her product. If you’d like to get a feel for her products, the website lists dealers that carry her products locally, along with 22 states across the country. Whether it’s a home, business or other dwelling begging for some personal zest, there’s a perfect pairing in Newhof’s collections. If you have a vision of your own, but lack Newhof’s artistic, glass-fusing abilities, she loves to do custom orders. One of her most recent projects involves using a laser to etch Israel’s flag on the knobs to benefit a cause overseas. From Sweden to our neighborhood, you can find that personal flare that’s missing from your home. This season, explore Windborne Studio’s creative collections and welcome your personality into your home. Happy designing, Grand Rapids.


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There’s no place like

“loam” by Rick Vuyst


believe our personal outdoor spaces are an extension of our homes. Our outdoor living space affects our quality of life, our mood and our health; our landscapes are close to home. They can be a little slice of heaven, or earth, contingent on the condition of your green space. Much like spring, fall has such an “earthy” feel and there’s no place like “loam.” It’s a great time to dig your hands in the dirt. With the color of turning leaves and the crisp, cool, air the aroma seems almost “scent”-uous and natural. The aromas and colors of fall are distinctive and memory making.

Not only do we benefit from the cooler temperatures and appealing seasonal atmosphere, our plants do too! Fall is a great time of year for plant establishment in your landscape for three simple reasons: the quality of the soil, the precipitation and the anticipated season of rest. The soil is nice, warm and ready for planting after the summer season, and without an emphasis on top


growth, the plant can focus on establishment, setting its roots and providing a good foundation for next year. Secondly, fall provides plenty of natural rainfall. Finally, winter follows fall, a resting period for the newly established plants. Conversely plants put into the ground during the spring are subject to the stress of the summer season, namely drought and heat. Mums and asters are perennial favorites. Mum ma mia, they put on a show! Pansies are now a fall favorite for a couple of reasons. Fall pansies are frost-tolerant and provide excellent late season color. Seasonally planted pansies such as “sub-zero” or “wave” pansies provide fall color and survive under the snow to bloom again in the cool temperatures of spring. Secondly, pansies today come in a kaleidoscope of colors as plant breeders have developed a wonderful variety of both “faced” and solid color flowers, including fall colors like orange and black.

Remember those colorful leaves falling off the trees are beautiful to look at, but they also serve a purpose. The leaves are great organic material for the forest floor as well as your garden or landscape. Leaves can be chopped up with a mower to speed decomposition and used as a rich natural amendment to the soils in your landscape and garden. Like I said, in fall, there’s no place like “loam.”

Rick Vuyst is CEO of Flowerland, host of the Flowerland Show on NewsRadio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM as well as Mr. Green Thumb on WZZM TV 13.

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After printing some of the patterns from her paintings on fabric, she decided to break out her sewing machine to make a few Christmas presents for friends and family. The outcome of this experiment became the inspiration for her business, Leland gal. Maggie Mielczarek, owner of Leland Gal.

Leland gal wasn’t entirely by accident, however. Her mother, Nell Revel-Smith, is an artist whose landscape and floral paintings were discovered by a poster print company when Maggie was just a child. Revel-Smith had a gallery on Main Street in Leland for 14 years. “Art was always around and encouraged,” she said. After studying marketing at Michigan State she switched her major to art education; she was positive that she could use her marketing experience to help teach students to be creative. Maggie introduced her fabric and products under the name Leland gal in the summer of 2012 through home showings and the Leland Artists’ Market at the Old Art Building. That fall, she put her name on a waiting list to be interviewed for a retail “shanty” in historic Fishtown in Leland, where she could open a seasonal retail space. “Fishtown is a dreamy spot for retail space, seasonal rent and high traffic,” Maggie explained. “I never thought I would attain the space as they rarely open, and I had some pretty stiff competition to get the space. It was mean to be!”


er life seemed to be aiming in a different direction. Although she had a passion for art and painting, she was in education and loved teaching. When the opportunity to tie nature, family and her passions approached her, Maggie Mielczarek was ready to take the plunge. Now, her product line, Leland gal, is a resource for vibrant fabrics and textile products that reflect the nostalgic, relaxing images of a Northern Michigan summer – sailboats bobbing in sleepy harbors, old barns amidst vast golden fields, birch trees and sunsets. It’s the images of a Grand Rapidian’s passion for the upstate painted on everyday décor. It started in 2010 when Maggie says she felt “called back to her roots in Michigan,” where she landed a teaching job in Grand Rapids. “I have spent the summers of my entire life in Leland, and my parents live here and put up with us for the summer,” she explained. Since her business is seasonal, she lives the rest of the year in Grand Rapids. After teaching art education in Chicago for ten years, the new gig had her teaching graphic design, an art form she had yet to undertake. For Maggie, what may have been a major setback became an opportunity for growth. “I taught myself how to do graphic design so I could teach my students,” she said. “And I immediately began to fall for this new medium.” Using images from her paintings on her computer, she learned different programs and experimented with color and repeating patterns. “I spent almost every lunch hour playing with the cropped images from my paintings, adding in unexpected colors,” she said. The images in those paintings are inspired by her life spent in Leelanau County; sailboats, indigenous fish, birch trees and golf greens, to name a few.


Anticipating at least a five-year waiting period, Maggie received a call five months later that a shanty was opening up. She interviewed for the shanty around Christmas, and after the New Year, the Fishtown Preservation Society welcomed her aboard. Fishtown is a collection of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, overhanging docks, fish tugs and charter boats along the Leland River. Once the heart of a commercial fishing village, the structures and docks are real places where people can walk through, see and feel a connection to Lake Michigan’s fishing heritage. For the past half-century it has been enjoyed and appreciated by thousands of visitors and regional residents who find the shanties, fish tugs and docks that makeup the property a living legacy of our maritime culture.

regulation.” The village was preparing for sale until Carlson’s Fishery, a fifth-generation family of fishermen, bought it and later sold part of it to the Fishtown Preservation Society. “The community rallied in support of us, and we received donations from 46 states,” said Holmes. The community has also embraced Maggie and Leland gal. “Maggie is just magical,” said Holmes. “She combines the spirit of Fishtown and Leland with an artists’ sensibility, reading the landscape around her.” That first year proved to be a success and provided Maggie the opportunity to quit her teaching job and pursue her business full time. Leland gal now produces and sells high-quality fabrics depicting images from Maggie’s original artwork. “All of my fabric prints in North Carolina,” she said. “My products are all sewn by one amazing seamstress, Laura Taylor in Grand Rapids, or Traverse Bay Manufacturing in Elk Rapids.” In her store, Maggie sells her fabric, pillows, bags and purses, tablet covers, robes, baby clothes and blankets, and she continues to add items when inspiration calls. In regard to her future goals, Maggie has no hesitation. “I hope to grow the business so that I can continue working for myself creatively and be a mom.” What does that mean for her as an art educator? Well, she hopes to one day create a line that will fund art education programs. A lofty goal, but at the rate she’s going, anything is possible. In the short term, she hopes to introduce an ocean line in 2015. If you ask her about long-term goals, she will tell you she hopes to become a household name in the design world, and continue creating fabric that mimics nature and waterside living. Leland gal offers the opportunity to savor this laidback lifestyle in a tangible, visual way all year round. If your travels take you to the Leelanau Peninsula, be sure to visit historic Fishtown and Maggie’s new shanty where Leland gal products will be sold through October. Otherwise, her wares can be found online even during the relentlessly cold winter months at

At the beginning of the century, Fishtown’s fate was uncertain. According to Amanda Holmes, the executive director of the Fishtown Preservation Society, “Commercial fishing was a declining industry in the state because of

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In 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, use hot oil to cook onion and garlic until just softened, stirring frequently. Stir in cumin; cook 1 minute. Add canned broth, water, carrots, butternut squash and salt. Over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes until squash and carrots are tender. Add garbanzo beans and escarole. Continue to simmer about 5 minutes until vegetables are tender.

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2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 (16-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1-1/2 cup of fresh baby spinach 4 hamburger buns Sliced tomato Sliced red onion Tzatziki sauce In 12-inch skillet over medium heat, use 1 tablespoon hot olive oil to cook red onion and garlic about 5 minutes until tender-crisp. Remove vegetables to bowl of food processor. To food processor, add one-fourth of garbanzo beans, lemon juice and salt; pulse with spinach until smooth paste. Add remaining garbanzo beans, bread crumbs and spinach; pulse until coarsely chopped.

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Furnishing FOR Fall by Bri Kilroy • featuring Bonnie Schut


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s it cools down outside, warm up by bringing this season’s color palette into your home. October marks the 20th Anniversary of Kitchen Design Studio, a local company that has been providing unique and personalized design along with professional guidance since 1994. To celebrate, I asked for owner Bonnie Schut’s help in defining trending décor and room reviving tips. Whether you’re starting the season with a fresh coat of paint or some simple accents, begin with the following trends inspired by a local home designer.


1. Modern and Traditional

Step away from the symmetry of the past and experiment by mixing your traditional pieces with modern ones. Bonnie noted that clean, modern lines will beautifully offset the finer detail of traditional accents. Take the hues from a large, elegant rug and work them into some abstract wall art. Pair some sleek furniture with a wooden coffee table. Be aware of the scale of your individual pieces to avoid chaos.

2. Shades of Grey

Grey is the new black, beige, and neutral this season, covering walls, furniture, headboards, cabinets and just about anything large enough to dominate space. With grey’s multiple shades (there’s more than 50) don’t worry about the color’s previous reputation giving your room a cold, dreary look.


3. Wood-Grain Texture

Autumn is one of nature’s most beautiful styles and, this season, “nature” is moving into the home with wood-grain texture and patterns. Kitchen Design Studio features a new display of modern looking cabinetry made from a European Rough-Sawn Oak, glowing with a warm hue. An organic shaped, wooden tabletop can work very well with a modern vase or accent.

4. Rich in Color

Saturate your dwelling with pops of rich-colored accessories like pillows or a vase you found at a local antique shop. Replacing last year’s colors are rich jewel tones and earthy colors like eggplant purple, emerald green, turquoise, olive, peacock blue, indigo, sangria red, navy and mustard yellow. Adding warm red tones throughout your decoration will gently shift the setting from summer to autumn.

5. Something Old to New

Try repurposing old furniture, frames or a vase to add new life to an old accessory. Handmade accents are a big trend this season. Frame an old mirror with rays of twigs cut 5-8 inches. Recover pillows with a fresh new fabric in one of those jewel tones mentioned earlier, or re-stain an end table to complement your warm color palette.

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Create gorgeous displays of fall fruits and vegetables. There are almost as many shades of apples as there are of leaves along with pears, pumpkins and gourds. You can keep a collection of apples and pears in a wicker basket on your kitchen counter, doubling as a decoration and an on-the-go snack. You can also purchase faux fruit and vegetables at hobby stores for a display that won’t rot before Thanksgiving. Use these tips to bring in the fall aura and get your home trendy for the cozy nights indoor. Visit Kitchen Design Studio or the website at for information and inspiration.


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Falling into the Dating Scene by Megan Stubbs


ummer has come to a close, and it’s time to start bundling up, but that doesn’t mean that your dating life has to be sequestered to the indoors. Fall is one of the most beautiful times in Michigan. Mother Nature sets the perfect backdrop for your romantic endeavors. The leaves are starting to change color, the air is crisper, cooler, and there are so many amazing things to do on a date.

be closer to each other. Hold hands, feign terror and bury your face in the safety of your partner. This activity can also help strengthen your attraction to each other, and it’s all because of the misattribution of arousal. Research done by Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron concluded that “scary” situations could increase your attractiveness to a partner. So capitalize on the increased heart rate and breathing!

Visit an Orchard Take advantage of our amazing family-owned orchards and pick and eat your fill of everything apple. Make a day of it. Take a hayride, sample some cider, buy some apples or a pie and revel in Michigan’s bounty. If you’re partner is still hesitant, remind them that there will be donuts; that should convince them. Visit a Pumpkin Patch Embrace your inner child and take your partner on a hunt to find the perfect pumpkin to carve. This is a great time to assess your partner’s pumpkin picking ability and to snap some selfies of the two of you being cute together (#PumpkinPatch). If you happen to see pumpkin pie for sale, I highly suggest you snag one. (Research shows that the smell of pumpkin pie can increase sexual desire in men.) Do Something Spooky Visit a haunted house or corn maze. There is nothing like doing something scary and having an excuse to


Wine Tasting Up North We are very fortunate to have some amazing wineries and with over 100 to choose from, you should have no trouble making an entire weekend of this. Visit multiple locations and sample locally prepared food paired with the perfect wine. The scenic drive to

Northern Michigan is another bonus on this weekend adventure. The fall color tour should keep you in awe while you travel to your destination. Go to a Local Fair or Festival Do everything! Play the games in the midway. Impress your partner with you dart and balloon popping ability or show them that you’ve still got it and knock over those cans. Sure you don’t need that gigantic stuffed gorilla, but you know the awe that your partner will have for you once you win it for them will be worth it. Eat funnel cake, share some cotton candy, and dye your tongues with a snocone. Just relax and be carefree. Channel your inner teen and sit extra close to your partner on a Ferris wheel ride! Attend a Football Game Relive the glory days under the Friday night lights. Support your local high school’s team and take in the excitement. Many people have fond memories of attending football games in their youth. If it was Friday, you were at the game. You get to sit close to your partner and talking isn’t frowned on like it is in a movie theater. If conversation lags, ask questions about the game. Your partner should be more than happy to explain the calls and happenings. Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean that your relationship needs to. You just have to get a little creative with what the weather gives you. Enjoy all of the activities the fall season has to offer you!

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ith a determined mind and an early competitive drive, Hillary Glover started swimming when she was five years old. If you asked her at age, she would confidently say that swimming was her life. This passion remained through adolescence and young adulthood, and led her to compete at Calvin Christian High School. “It was my stress reliever, my way to keep in physical shape, and if you talked to me about it, I didn’t know how to stop,” said Glover. “Swimming defined me as a person.” After leading the team as a captain to three state finalist seasons, Glover planned to finish her high school career


strong. However, a standard pre-season school physical altered her plan dramatically. Glover said that the nurse, while listening to her heart, said quietly, “I think I hear something.” She made her breath in and out again and said, “I think you have a heart murmur.” Glover, who didn’t know what a heart murmur was, and became worried that she would need a medical note for clearance to swim that fall. When she visited the doctors office, he confirmed the faint noise the school nurse had heard. They decided to more forward with an EKG and Echo-cardiogram in order to have baseline tests in her file. Glover described the experience at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital,

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saying how the nurse proceeded lightheartedly, showing her and her mother the images. Then suddenly, the nurse’s attitude changed slightly, and her and her mother grew concerned. That evening, the hospital called, asking Glover to bring both parents with her to an appointment the next day. They also advised her to refrain from any strenuous in the meantime. After a final exam, Glover was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a condition that occurs when heart muscle cells enlarge and cause the walls of the ventricles (usually the left ventricle) to thicken. It is a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people, including young athletes. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart unexpectedly stops beating due to an irregular heart rhythm. Without treatment, death occurs within minutes. Glover’s was forced to stop swimming, and she followed her team from the sidelines for her senior year. “There were so many unanswered questions on things like what I could or couldn’t do,” said Glover. “The new struggle is constantly wondering how much activity is too much.” Now at Calvin College, Glover has been given medical permission to join the swim and dive team in the limited capacity of diving only. Transitioning from swimming to diving is a huge change, one that involved learning several new skills. Despite losing her childhood dream of swimming, Glover said she is ecstatic that she found a sport to re-direct her competitive passion for athletics. “It feels good to be involved and have the opportunity to continue in athletics,” she said. “I am putting in a lot of work and it feels great to have this

opportunity with my heart condition.” Tom Bouma, the athletic director at Calvin Christian High School, notes that Glover is the perfect example of why cardiac health is critical for students and student athletes. During the 2014-2015 school year, new legislation will go into effect to ensure all schools develop and implement a cardiac emergency response plan, a component that includes cardiac emergency response drills and training to identify and respond to cardiac emergencies.

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Sudden cardiac death in students is something the state of Michigan is focusing on, given some of the recent high-profile deaths of student athletes. Many schools have beefed up their athlete screening guides, complete with medical history questions and four physical exam elements including listening to the heart and checking blood pressure. Glover’s positive personality and drive to help others led her to be a spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. She shares her story to bring awareness to cardiac health and inspire others with heart conditions to keep moving forward. To support Glover’s mission, join her and other community members on Saturday, October 11 at the Grand Rapids Heart Walk in helping save lives and expanding opportunities. Visit for more information on the American Heart Association.

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raffic jams, finding parking, gas prices and navigating a vehicle through crowded streets can cause more anxiety than enjoyment, especially during a Grand Rapids event as big as ArtPrize. Johannah Jelks’ elixir: choose a bicycle as your method of transportation.

Johannah Jelks Jelks is the Creator and Marketing Manager of “She Rides Her Own Way,” a campaign that started in May 2014 designed to build self-esteem and bring health awareness to women. “I really wanted to encourage women and healthy living,” says Jelks with an outgoing energy. She credits her excitement to her passion and the peace of mind biking gives her. Since Grand Rapids installed its first half-mile bike lane four years ago, we’ve seen more cyclists around the Downtown Grand Rapids Business District. With over 34 miles of bike lanes added throughout the city, bike trail expansions and bike racks lining the streets, Grand Rapids has earned its spot in the top 50 bikefriendly cities.


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In addition, knowing the bicycle rules of the road can ease some of the trepidation that comes with commuting by bike. Rule of Wheel: follow the same rules as motor vehicles. That means stopping at stoplights and signs, yielding to pedestrians and other bicyclists, using proper hand signals when turning, and staying off the sidewalk. When riding in a street without a marked bike lane, keep as far to the right as possible. If an impatient motorist honks at you for being in the way, don’t sweat it. The car horn is designed to ensure safe vehicle operation, not to scold bikers out of frustration. We can’t do much about honking, but unless you are creating a dangerous situation, you’re not breaking any laws. Keep right and think of the honking as background music of the city.

Part of Jelks’ mission is to make sure bicycle resources are accessible to women wherever they may be in life. Jelks explains that there are different types of bikes for different types of riders and “putting your personality into your bike” makes the experience more enjoyable. Jelks finds her most personality-nurturing helmets at Nutcase Helmets, an online boutique that offers quality helmets coated with fresh designs so you can express yourself while protecting your head. Peace of mind, energy, and exceptional leg toning— what’s keeping you from swapping the car keys for a helmet? If you answered, “helmet hair,” Jelks has some tips for that. When it comes to protecting your head from helmet hair: •

Make sure your hair is pulled back (it keeps it from getting tangled and keeps the back of your neck cool)

Have your hair styled in a way that is secure and safe

Create a deep side part and gather hair at the bottom for a hairstyle that won’t be disrupted by your helmet

Fill your scalp with twisty braids, looking pretty while staying secure

Work dry shampoo into your roots to soak up excess oil or sweat while you ride

A scarf or a head wrap effortlessly disguises helmet hair

There are several resources (see list below) that offer cycle-style beyond headgear from cool bikes to chic accessories, and don’t forget our local bike shops. The Spoke Folks is a non-profit bike co-op that offers refurbished bikes, replacement parts, tools, education and a knowledgeable staff that are happy to help you find the right ride for your lifestyle. Freewheeler, Central District Cyclery and the Ada Bike Shop provide everything from products to services so that you can put the same care into your bike as you do yourself. This fall season, experience downtown from a bike seat and join the growing, diverse community that is propelled by its own power. As for the money you save on gas, how about some new jeans to go with those toned legs? Keep cycling, Grand Rapids, and watch out for car doors. Bodacious Bike Sites: • • • • • •

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cheeses, a great wine selection and fresh produce, providing value for all of your fresh foods and grocery needs. Carrying over 250 products grown and produced in Michigan throughout the season. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Hudsonville Ice Cream Since 1926, the family-owned company has been making great ice cream. Look for limited edition flavors identified by their red lid. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kingma’s Market and Butcher Shoppe 2225 Plainfield NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (616) 447-2090 Kingma’s features a huge selection of Michigan produced specialty groceries along with a full-service butcher shop, cheeses and a large selection of fine wines and beers, many locally made. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– La Bonne Vie Personal Chef and Catering Service 616-822-8838 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.

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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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Pietro’s Italian Restaurant 2780 Birchcrest SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 452-3228 Pietro’s is the highest acclaimed Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria on this side of

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Slow Food West Michigan advocates for a good, clean, diverse, sustainable, accessible and fair food system. They educate the communities by collaborating with food growers, distributors, artisans and other community organizations. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Terra gr 1429 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 301-0998 Inspired, handcrafted foods that nurture both body and community. Terra follows the seasons for only the freshest, health-filled ingredients from the region’s most dedicated growers. Open seven days a week. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Local Epicurean 111 S. Division Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 206-5175 The Local Epicurean features more than 125 organic, handmade pastas including vegan and gluten-free. Gift baskets are a specialty and often include hardto-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 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 Twisted Rooster’s specially created menu is centered entirely around locally-sourced, Michiganmade products. Their culinary team is focused on creating a unique dining experience, complete with impeccable food and drinks in an energetic, familyfriendly atmosphere.

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Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • October 2014

A TASTE of the Town

by Jen Foley • photography by Two Eagles Marcus


f there is one thing that Grand Rapidians can agree on, it is that we live in an amazing city. Watching and being a part of the growth of this town is absolutely pride inducing. One way to guarantee the continuance of that growth is to support the local companies that have contributed to it. Get your food and resources where your heart is – right here in Grand Rapids. When I am hoping to enjoy a delicious meal at home, but don’t necessarily have the time or energy to cook, there are a few go-to stops that make my life easier. Try this idea for a fun cocktail hour or a gathering at home. Remember, this recipe is just a suggestion; the real purpose is to have an excuse to visit these and any other fabulous shops in and around our hometown.

Chicken Salad Delights makes 4-6 servings

1 loaf cranberry walnut bread from Wealthy Street Bakery, sliced 1 pound chicken salad from Kingma’s Market 8 ounces d’affinois cheese from The Cheese Lady Fresh mixed greens from Fulton Street Farmers Market Wine Pairing of choice. Try a light, refreshing Vouvray from D&W

Toast the cranberry walnut bread and top each slice with a scoop of chicken salad, a slice or two of cheese, and a bunch of greens. Serve with wine and enjoy! To support more local fare, become a Local First 10x10 pledger and join the movement of keeping spending dollars in our community. In addition, attend the Local First Fork Fest this month to learn more about local restaurants and businesses.

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

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The Moment of Discovery


iz Powell was not a victim of cancer. From the moment of discovery to the present, this 50 year-old mother of two remained an exceptional optimist, an inspiration to those who are presented with similar experiences and circumstances. In an effort to be proactive about her health, Liz began having yearly mammograms at 40, an age recommended for patients with no history of the disease. Liz also took her monthly self-breast exams very seriously. In February 2013, her diligence in this practice allowed her to discover a lump. “At first you don’t think that’s what it is,” Liz explained. “You go about finishing your shower routine and later you go back and think, ‘Wow, I really think that’s a lump.’” After calling her husband, Liz was able to set up an appointment with her doctor that day –one of her earliest steps in the right direction. After the doctor felt the lump, the progression was quick. She visited the Lacks Cancer Center for an ultrasound and eventually a biopsy. “You know, you never think it’s going to be cancer,” Liz admits. “You just go about life and wait.” The day the nurse called with the news that Liz had stage-two breast cancer, she was home with her youngest daughter. “When you hear the news, your body goes numb; you don’t know what to say,” Liz said. “The nurse basically instructs you on what to do.” After following the directions and receiving the information from the nurse, Liz went about the task of breaking the news to her loved ones. It’s a tough moment for her to relive. “There sits my daughter across from me, 17 years old, and I had to tell her,” Liz described. “Then I called my husband. He came home and he made the phone call to our other daughter. It’s hard, but you’ve gotta just face it head on.” Liz began treatment at St. Mary’s, an experience she described a “phenomenal.” They set up a team of doctors and nurses, ensuring that she knew everyone before she even started treatment. She underwent surgery to remove the lump, spent April to August in chemotherapy and seven and a half weeks in radiation ending last October as a prevention mechanism. Though she was considered cancer-free, her tumor revealed that she was particularly susceptible to the cancer returning making these steps necessary. However, treatment is not purely physical. There are aspects of cancer that reach beyond simply the frailty of the human body to the emotional, spiritual and relational aspects of the human existence. With a support system consisting of friends, family and faith, Liz made the decision that she was going to be a cancer survivor. “We are a family with very strong faith,” Liz said. “I knew I was going to be able to fight it with my faith and family and friends. My attitude meant that I knew I was going to beat it. There was never that aloneness.” This month marks one year since Liz’s last treatment, though she still visits various doctors and specialists


“Early detection saves lives. I am proof of that.” every three months to monitor her progress. As her girls go off to college in the fall, she is excited to participate in the many events that support women the way she was supported, including the American Cancer Society’s various programming.

Q&As What kind of plan of action helped you get through this experience? Well, you go through every emotion possible. You are scared, anxious, and angry; you don’t know how to take it. I know that my faith got me through this. I didn’t have to fear and I was very hopeful. Our plan of action was to move forward, to fight it and to do it together as a family. How did your family contribute to the success of your battle with cancer? My husband stood by my side at every doctor’s appointment. We brought our girls up to speed so they knew what was going on. My mom took me to every chemo appointment and sat with me so that my husband could go to work… everyone really rallied around me. Any advice for those struggling, or for those with loved ones who are fighting this disease? Attitude is such a big key. I know that I had a lot of

“If I can just be an inspiration to one other person fighting cancer I would be grateful,” Liz said. “I knew that was God’s will for me. He spared me so that I could be out there fighting and helping others. I always knew I had someone with me.” friends say, “You make cancer look really easy.” Other than my bald head, most people wouldn’t have known I have cancer; I didn’t stop life. We just continued on as is, I didn’t want to be a victim of cancer; I wanted to be a mom, a wife, a friend a daughter. That’s how I was going to approach it and it worked. How did you become involved with the American Cancer Society? I learned about the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk while sitting in my doctor’s office waiting for my next set of appointments. After learning some more about MSABC, I sent emails to my family and friends asking if they’d like to participate with me. Without one second of hesitation, everyone agreed and jumped in whole-heartedly. I did my first American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on May 4, 2013, and I will continue to walk because I dream of a world where no one will ever have to have their body go numb with fear after hearing those words. And because people need to be educated. Early detection saves lives. I am proof of that.

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Knowledge is

Power Lifestyle: What you’re doing and how it’s related to breast cancer

Physical Activity

Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a 10-20 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who are inactive, with stronger evidence for postmenopausal than premenopausal women.


Studies have confirmed that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women by 7–12 percent for each 10g (roughly one drink) of alcohol consumed per day.

High breast tissue density is a strong, independent risk factor for the development of breast cancer. Tobacco

There is limited evidence that tobacco smoking causes breast cancer in women. However, tobacco is a major catalyst for other types of cancer.

Oral Contraceptives

Recent use of oral contraceptives may increase the risk of breast cancer by 10-30 percent (most studies were based on high-dose estrogen forms). Women who have stopped using oral contraceptives for 10 years or more have the same risk as women who never used the pill.

Occupational Exposures

Very few occupations have been linked to breast cancer. Night shift work may be associated with increased risk, however, due to the circadian rhythm disruption caused by exposure to light at night. Women who are employed in commercial sterilization facilities with exposure to high levels of ethylene oxide may have a heightened risk, as well.

Plastic Surgery

There is no evidence that plastic surgery of any kind is related to breast cancer. Women with implants, however, may be at increased risk of a rare type of lymphoma.



Women who were younger at the time of their first full-pregnancy (under 30 years) and those who have had a greater number of pregnancies have a lower risk of developing cancer in long term consideration. However, the risk slightly increases for older women who had their first birth. Breastfeeding after pregnancy slightly reduces the risk by up to 4.3 percent for every active 12 months.

OThEr riSk FACTOrS •

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among US women, accounting for 29 percent of newly diagnosed cancers.

Incidence rates are higher in non-Hispanic white women than any other race/ethnicity, followed by African American women.

High breast tissue density is a strong, independent risk factor for the development of breast cancer.

Postmenopausal women with high levels of endogenous hormones have about twice the risk of developing breast cancer than those with the lowest levels.

The risk of postmenopausal breast cancer is about 1.5 – 2 times higher in overweight women due to high estrogen levels (fat tissue is the largest source of estrogen in postmenopausal women).

Incidence and death rates generally increase with age (see table above).

Women who began menstrual cycles at an earlier age have a slightly higher risk (longer exposure to reproductive hormones).

Another more complex risk factor is genetics. In the case of breast cancer, scientists have pinpointed two genes that, when mutated, can play an important role in the development of breast cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes everyone has, and some people inherit a mutated form of BRCA1 or BRCA2 that increases their risk for breast cancer. However, according to the ACS, such inherited gene mutations account for just 5-10 percent of all cases of breast cancer in the United States. Men and women should know that any family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer may determine if they have inherited a mutation in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

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early Detection

information courtesy of American Cancer Society

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early detection saves thousands of lives each year. Breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully, which is why it is crucial to follow the correct guidelines for early detection and prevention. Performing selfexams and paying attention to any breast changes is key to an early diagnosis. Breast Awareness and Self-Exam Beginning in their 20s, women should be informed about the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam (BSE). Women should be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel and report any new changes to a health professional as soon as they are found. Finding a breast change does not necessarily mean there is a cancer. A woman can be more aware of changes by knowing how her breasts normally look and feel, by feeling her breasts for changes (breast awareness), or by choosing to use a step-by-step approach (with a BSE) and using a specific schedule to examine her breasts. In addition to regular self-exams, receiving a clinical breast exam and mammography is a part of ACS’ early detection guidelines. If you’re over 40 years old, you should be getting a mammogram and check-up yearly.

How To Give a Self-exam 1.

Lie down on your back and place your right arm behind your head. The exam is done while lying down, not standing up because when lying down, the breast tissue spreads evenly over the chest wall and is as thin as possible, making it much easier to feel all the breast tissue.


Use the finger pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to feel for lumps in the right breast. Use overlapping dime-sized circular motions of the finger pads to feel the breast tissue. Use three different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Light pressure is needed to feel the tissue closest to the skin; medium pressure to feel a little deeper; and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest to the chest and ribs. It is normal to feel a firm ridge in the lower curve of each breast, but you should tell your doctor if you feel anything else out of the ordinary. If you’re not sure how hard to press, talk with your doctor or nurse. Use each pressure level to feel the breast tissue before moving on to the next spot.


Move around the breast in an up and down pattern starting at an imaginary line drawn straight down your side from the underarm and moving across the breast to the middle of the chest bone (sternum or breastbone). Be sure to check the entire breast area going down until you feel only ribs and up to the neck or collar bone (clavicle).


While standing in front of a mirror with your hands pressing firmly down on your hips, look at your breasts for any changes of size, shape, contour or dimpling or redness of the nipple or breast skin. (The pressing down on the hips position contracts the chest wall muscles and enhances any breast changes.)


Examine each underarm while sitting up or standing and with your arm only slightly raised so you can easily feel in this area. Raising your arm straight up tightens the tissue in this area and makes it harder to examine.

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ocToBeR Events

Ongoing Now Through October 4

This year, ears join the eyes in the ArtPrize experience. St. Cecila Music Center will continue its role as the Official ArtPrize Music Hub and host two of the many music busking stations scattered throughout the city. Musicians will be performing numerous times and are eligible for the ArtPrize Grand Prize along with a cash prize for each genre. Go to for a list of busking station locations.

Through October 5

Broadway Grand Rapids presents one of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Awardwinner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/ television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph. Book your tickets and

be part of the magic! Showtimes and tickets at www.

Through October 9

Rich Hill (film). Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. For details and show times, visit

Through October 12

Art Prize 2014. The famous, international art competition will return with thousands of art pieces by artists from all over the world. Three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids will become a gallery filled with conversation, community and events. Visit for information on voting, venues, transportation and more. GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore. This exhibition underscores the significance of Grand Rapids’ annual ArtPrize event by presenting selected highlights from ArtPrize on a yearround basis.

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Grand Rapids engagement is welcomed by Amway Hotel Corporation; Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Calder Investments Advisors; Crowe Horwath LLP; and Godwin Plumbing/American Standard.


ArtPrize exhibition, Collaboration, will be showing at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, creating new connections, reactions and interactions through various works of art.

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. Free. See www.graaa. org/publicnightl for times and featured objects.

Through October 31

Through November 13

Lowell Arts! will be hosting a variety of workshops including Art in Motion, Fall Youth Theater and actor auditions. For more info, contact janet@lowellastsmi. org or visit

One-on-one computer classes. Register for a free training in computer basics by calling (616)988-5400. Held at all library locations.

Through November 21

Visit the Post Family Farm in Hudsonville for hayrides, pumpkin picking, train rides, face painting, corn mazes and more. Top it off with a homemade donut.

Discover Meijer Garden’s special two-year 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.

Through October 15

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. 7 pm. www.

Autumn’s here and so are the Chrysanthemums along with other fall foliage. Enjoy family fun indoor and outdoor activities at this event and shift your setting to the beautiful colors of fall. For more info, visit www.

Michigan Watercolor Society Travel Exhibition. A juried exhibition saturated with works from Michigan artists. 149 S. Hudson St. Lowell. Gallery hours are 10 am-6 pm from Tue-Fri and 1-4 pm on Sat.

Through October 25

Through October 29

Through October 14

A Walk Along the Shore, a peaceful exhibit with artwork by Robert de Jonge. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. Visit for more details and showtimes.

Wells Orchard wagon rides. Every Saturday in October, stop by for a ride in a custom built wagon along with cider and pumpkin picking for this year’s Jack-O-Lanterns. Arts in Motion at LowellArts! will be offering a series of Saturday classes at the LowellArts! Facility. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Observation night at James C. Veen Observatory. Along with the observatory telescopes, association members set up their own telescopes so that visitors

Pre-reading classes for toddlers. Parents are invited to bring their toddlers to these 30-minute classes, every Monday (Main Library) and Wednesday (West Leonard Branch) featuring literacy-rich activities. 11 am.

Through October 30

Pumpkins + hayrides + corn mazes = fun for all ages! Visit Bethke Farms for an authentic fall experience this season. Vist for hours and info.

Fish Lads Frydays. The Downtown Market Grand Rapids will host the weekly Friday night all-you-can-eat fish fry. Downtown Market Grand Rapids. 4-7 pm.

Through November 2

The Fruit Ridge Harvest Festival brings good, ol’ fashion fun to the 130 yearold fruit farm. Hayrides, corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, the bakery and more fall treats for the soul and taste buds. www.

Through November 3

Through January 18

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.

Through June 1

The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier. This exhibit explores the development and role of the aircraft carrier ships that launch planes over the sea. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. 9 am-5 pm.

Cooking Matters for Families is part of a six-week nutritional class, held each Monday, that teaches families how to make healthy food choices on a budget. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6 pm.

Betty Ford’s openness and candor about her breast cancer fostered public discussion. ABC News anchor Amy Robach continues the conversation by chronicling her own journey with breast cancer to honor Betty’s legacy. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit

Candid Conversations

Betty Ford Breast Care Services Wednesday, October 8, 2014 DeVos Place 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids

Featuring Keynote Amy Robach The Changing Face of Cancer Care in the 21st Century Judy Smith, MD, MS, CPE, FACS Medical Acupuncture for Symptom Management and Beyond Leonard Wright, MD

3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Health Fair

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Spirit Dreams

The 30th Annual

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$40 for 1/2 hour reading, $80 1 hour. Gift certificates available. Rev. Karen L. Hays • Psychic Reader Clairvoyant, Psychic Reader, Reiki Master Teacher. Offering intuitive readings, healing, and spiritual teachings. Experience the flow of Divine Wisdom, Love, and Light that will help to illuminate your highest path.

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Hallowtide History by Richelle Kimble


andy, costumes and parades. Ghouls, ghosts and goblins. These symbols have become iconic for the holiday that kicks off the autumnal celebrations, Halloween. Even with the renowned associations of the spooky evening, it turns out the roots of Halloween go much deeper than trick-or-treating. Halloween is often thought of as a oneday holiday; in reality, it evolved from a triduum called Hallowtide (deriving from halig, meaning saint, and tide, meaning season). In several cultures, the three days lasting from October 31 to November 2 are used to celebrate, recognize and remember the dead. The historical Roman Catholic, Mexican and Celtic cultures are three notable contributors to our westernized celebration of Halloween.

Roman catholic culture All Saints’ Day or All Hallows Day

Tracing back to the legalization of Christianity in the first century, All Saints’ Day is observed by mainly Christian denominations. The day is a solemnity celebrated on the first of November (in some denominations it begins on the first Sunday after Pentecost). In catholic theology, the day commemorates those who have reached perfect salvation and direct communication. The day after commemorates those who have not reached a beatific vision and the departed faithful (All Souls’ Day).

All Souls’ Day

This day follows All Saints’ Day and stands as a day of prayer for the dead. Beliefs and practices vary in each denomination, but generally, it is associated with visits to cemeteries and prayer. The origin of All Souls’ Day can be traced back to European folklore and folk belief. In ancient Rome, Romans would perform rites to exorcise ghosts of the dead from their homes; the restless dead were conciliated with offerings of beans; and bells were ringed as an aid to cleansing. Creating light through means of fire or lantern was common, as well, to provide guidance for the souls of the dead. The public worship, or liturgy, begins at vespers on the eve of All Saints’ day, thus making Halloween All Saints’ Eve or Hallows Eve.

mexican culture The Day of the Dead

Celebrations of the dead can be traced back thousands of years in Mexican culture. This three-day celebration is broken up into distinct components similar to the Roman triduum: All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’


Day. On All Hallows’ Eve, the angelitos, or spirits of dead children, are welcomed to visit with the presence of a children’s alter. On All Saints’ Day, the adult spirits are invited to visit, and on All Souls’ Day, families visit cemeteries to be with the departed souls, build private alters called ofrendas and decorate with photos and memorabilia. By encouraging the souls to visit, prayers are heard, and offerings are accepted. Giant skulls, sugar skulls, shrines, decorated rabbits, poems and dancing with colorful costumes and devil masks in the town center are all notable contributions to the Day of the Dead or Diade los Muertos. Many believe that possessing these items and taking part in celebration can bring good luck and peace to their home.

Gaelic culture Samhain

In ancient Gaelic culture, the celebration of a concluded harvest season and the beginning of winter (or, the darker half of the year) was called a Samhain. Being halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, the festival began at sunset of the last day in October and lasted until sunset of November 1. Celtic history denotes this time period, just as Beltane is (the festival between the spring equinox and the summer solstice), as a liminal period for the spirits, or aos sí, to enter our world. This overlap between the living and dead stirred concern that the deceased would cause havoc to crops and health, thus making propitiation an active event in Samhain. Bonfires were seen as cleansing and protective from the spirits, while costumes were thought to be a disguise from the spirits or to appease them. During guising (similar to modern day trick-or-treating), costumed individuals would travel door-to-door asking for food in exchange of a recited verse. Divination and feasting rituals were critical components of this Irish festival, as well.

The evolution

Hallows Evening eventually contracted to Hallowe’en and now Halloween. With such rich backgrounds, the now westernized holiday has taken several turns. While Halloween is still widely recognized as Hallows Eve for Christian denominations, a more secular approach has become popular. Trick-or-treating has spread beyond the U.S. and can be seen in countries across the world. Perhaps this year you can recognize festivities as an opportunity to celebrate those you have lost in honor of a renowned holiday of antiquity.

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A New Decade Ten Years and Going Strong

Forest Hills Fine Ar ts Center 2014-2015 Season

OCTOBER Events October 1

Learn how to use root vegetables to achieve maximum, delicious potential! From beets to water chestnuts, get ready to explore. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Contact 1-888-296-5850 to register.

October 1 & 2

The Zoo Theorem (film). Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. 5:30 pm.

October 2

A Taste of Monroe North. Taste the town while browsing neighborhood ArtPrize venues. Monroe Community Church. 6-8 p.m. Meijer Free Thursday Nights, providing free admission and an evening of art pieces at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm. Reading the Great Lakes. This book club explores the Great Lake Region. Lead by the Grand Rapids Public Library’s librarians, this month’s selection is “Arc of Justice” by Kevin Boyle. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Visit for a complete list of books. Duck, Duck, Goose. Take advantage of Duck and Geese season at D&W Fresh Market’s Culinary Classroom. Chef Stu teaches you how to prepare favorites like Seared Duck Breast and Gooseberry Syrup. 6-9 pm. Contact 1-888-296-5850 to register. The ArtPrize Grand Prize Jury will offer an exclusive look at their 7th season of Art21’s “Art in the 21st Century.” ArtPrize HUB. 7 pm.

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$40 • $44 • $48 • $54 A high energy comedic act blending observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up.


$32 • $34 • $40 • $50 One-of-a-kind concert experience, bringing to life favorite hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown & The Four Seasons.

October 2-4

Celebrate the 30th year of the Zeeland Pumpkinfest, full of family fun and fall activities. See downtown Zeeland dressed up in 2014’s “Pumpkinfest Pride” theme joined by parade floats. This three-day event will take place in downtown Zeeland. Visit www. for details.

October 2-30

Pre-reading classes for kids. Bring your preschoolers to these 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities. Visit for information.



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$38 • $42 • $44 • $50 After two decades with Brooks & Dunn, over 30 million records, 75 major country music awards, and 23 #1 hits, Brooks is still singing for his fans.


$32 • $34 • $40 • $44 Best-selling solo pianist of our time, Jim Brickman, on his 18th annual holiday tour, will once again wow audiences across America with On A Winter’s Night.

October 3

Opening reception for Resonance at the Gallery Uptown. Meet the artists and see “a moment in time as an experience of energy” in painted form. 5:30 pm. NEW INC- Incubating Art & Tech. Discover the trends at the intersection of art and technology and explore the uneasy relationship between technology and surveillance. ArtPrize HUB. 7 pm. Emmanuel Hospice Volunteer Training Program. Porter Hills Presbyterian Village, 3600 Fulton St. SE. 9 am-3:30 pm. Call (616) 719-0919 for more information. The Muenster Mash. Fall activities with a Halloween twist and cheese tasting, courtesy of Cabot Creamery. Michigan Farm Garden. 7-10 pm. Call (616) 9745222 for more information.

October 3-5

Fall Mindfulness Retreat: Acknowledging Suffering- Cultivating Joy with April Hadley & Carol

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$44 • $46 • $50 • $60 This tour features an eclectic collection of the group’s best-loved and most popular songs from the past seven years, married with their huge signature sound, dramatic lighting and imposing set fans love.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:30pm

$26 • $30 • $32 • $40 Recreating greatest moments from the finest shows featuring actual stars of The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS and Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Season subscriptions close on October 10 at 5 pm Season tickets can be purchased by: calling 616-493-8966 or 616-493-8965 during office hours (credit card orders only), stopping in person at the FHFAC Box Office, faxing the form in to 616-493-8969 (credit card orders only), mailing the form in to the box office. Season forms can be found at Fine Arts Center Box Office: 600 Forest Hill Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Single tickets are now on sale for Frank Caliendo and The Midtown Men. All remaining single tickets on sale Monday, October 13, 2014 at 9 am. Single tickets can be purchased in person only at the FAC Box Office, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000 or at

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20,000 Days on Earth (film). Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. For details and show times, visit

October 4

Pumpkinfest 5K Run & Kids 1/2 Mile Fun Run. Support your local Zeeland Athletic Boosters and get yourself a 2014 Pumpkinfest Run t-shirt and access to after-race refreshments. Zeeland Stadium. Kids Fun Run at 7:45 am, 5K at 8 am. Lace Up! For Kids! 5K Benefit Run at Fifth Third Ball Park. Includes a free Health & Wellness Expo benefiting the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation. 8 am. Drop-In Family Saturdays at the Grand Rapids Art Museum welcomes families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Free with general museum admission. Lush & Layered Bulbs. Learn basics of bulb planting and cooling at this informative class. Materials will be provided for you to plant a pot of hardy spring bulbs to take home. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1011:30 am.

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Fall Bonsai Show. Displayed by members of West Michigan’s “Bonsai Club,” see a variety of Bonsai trees in all their stages. 10 am-5 pm. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Rapid Delivery Improv, an adult improv troupe performs on the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre stage. Work some side-splitting into your evening with fast-paced comedy featuring short and mid-form improvs and musical improvs from audience suggestions. 7 pm. For tickets, call (616) 222-6650 or visit Pop-Rock icon, Al Stewart, brings his greatest hits and new works for a special one-night-only performance. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. 8pm. Call (269) 857-2399 for tickets or visit


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October 5

Fall Bonsai Show. Displayed by members of West Michigan’s “Bonsai Club,” see a variety of Bonsai trees in all their stages. 11 am-5 pm. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Gather at Rosa Parks Circle for the ArtPrize Final 20 Announcement where Rick DeVos will reveal the top five artist entries in each of the four public vote categories. 2 pm. Race to the cider and donuts! Run either 2.5 or 5 miles through Robinettes

beautiful orchard and surrounding trails at the Dirty Herd Fall Classic. This fun run is free, but be sure to register at Enjoy Robinettes famous fall treats afterward. 4 pm.

October 6

The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Take a day trip with on the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s bus to Oak Park, a Chicago suburb with a large concentration of Wright homes. Partake in a guided tour of the Wright home and studio and relax over a provided lunch at Winberie’s. 7 am-9 pm. Call (616) 975-3147 or visit for details. Mindful Based Stress Reduction free information session. Holistic Care Approach. 6:30 pm. Call (616) 3613660 or visit for more information. Live Jazz Mondays at Rockwell Republic with the John Shea Trio. 8 pm-11 pm.

October 6-7

Have something to say about the ArtPrize finalists? A panel of three art experts will discuss the public and juried finalists in a lively, humorous and irreverent debate. ArtPrize HUB. 7 pm.

October 7

Meijer Free Tuesdays means free general admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10 am-5 pm. Art & Gardens Book Discussion Group. This group will be discussing October’s engaging selection of “The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms” by Amy Stewart. Join the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park the first Tuesday of every month for insightful, book discussions. 1-3 pm. Contact Shelly Kilroy at skilroy@ or (616) 975-3144 for more information. Free information session for 8-weeks of mindful parenting. BRAINS Foundation. 6:30 pm. Call (616)361-3660 or visit for more information. Treat yourself to a culinary carnival, New Orleans Style! Create with a mix of West European, African, Caribbean and Native Indian influences. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Contact 1-888-296-5850 to register. Meanwhile Movie: Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Peter Wedge Auditorium at Wealthy Theatre. 8pm.

October 7-29

Pre-Reading Classes for Babies. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, introduce your baby to music, movement and language in these 30-minute classes designed for these specific developmental stages. Tuesdays at Grand Rapids Public Library.

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October 8

The Betty Ford Breast Care Services presents “Candid Conversations,” a free event honoring Betty’s legacy with open conversations and shared journeys with breast cancer. All are welcome to attend the Health Fair, taking place beforehand, 3-4:15 pm. Candid Conversations will take place 4:15-6:15 pm. DeVos Place. For more information, visit www. Mindful Based Stress Reduction free information session. Holistic Care Approach. 9:30 am. Call (616)3613660 or visit for more information. Small Business Class: MI-SBTDC Market Research Series. Learn how to research markets, customers and competition to reduce risk in your business. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Eric Church “Outsiders World Tour.” Van Andel Arena. 7 pm.

October 9

9th Annual Couture for a Cure at the Van Andel Institute. Guests are put right next to the fashion runway for an exclusive preview of designer Kevin Hall’s latest collections. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a chance auction followed by the anticipated fashion show where models will strut the runway wearing Hall’s newest trends. Proceeds benefit the Van Andel Institutes battle against rare childhood diseases by supporting groundbreaking research and new treatment developments. 6 pm. Visit for more details and tickets.

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Egg-spand your knowledge of the Incredible Artful Egg! Mustard Hollandaise with Pan Seared Salmon and Classic Gruyere Soufflé to name a couple. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Contact 1-888-296-5850 to register. Mindful Based Stress Reduction Free Information Sessions. Energy Touch Center. 6:30 pm. Call (616) 361-3660 or visit for more information. ArtPrize Winners Announcement Street Party at Rosa Parks Circle. A city-wide street party including food trucks, Founders beer and live music. The big-screen will show the live broadcast of the ArtPrize 2014 winners. The whole community is invited to the before and after party, brought to you by Wood TV8. Preshow bands start at 5 pm and the

broadcast begins at 7:45 pm. Get downtown early because, with a party this big, there’s no room for the “fashionably late.”

Live Jazz Mondays at Rockwell Republic with the John Shea Trio. 8 pm- 11 pm.

October 9-30

October 14

Let’s Play! Workshops. Learn the benefits of interactive play with your 0-5 year-old during this four-week workshop held every Thursday. Child specialists will be available to answer questions on child development. West Side Branch, 713 Bridge NW. 11 am.

October 10

Frank Caliendo will bring a highenergy comedic act blending observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories for a night of side-splitting laughter. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at through Ticketmaster or the FHFAC Box Office. Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey at the Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Vist www. for full schedule.

October 10-21

The Strange Colours of Your Body’s Tears (film). Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. For details and show times, visit

October 11

Canning Wild Game. Learn to preserve your prize with The Canning Diva in this free seminar. Noon at Rylee’s Ace Hardware, Michigan St. store. Join The American Heart Association and their efforts to treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases at the 2014 Heart Walk. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. For more information, visit Drop-In Family Saturdays at the Grand Rapids Art Museum welcomes families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Free with general museum admission. Teen Poetry Club. Write and perform your own pomes and learn the art of slam poetry. Grand Rapids Public Library. 4:30 pm.

October 12

The 2014 Grand Rapids Theatre Grand Awards. It’s the Tonys of West Michigan. Celebrate the Community and College Theatre and help raise money for the Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund. 6:30 pm.

October 13

Mindful Based Stress Reduction free information session. Holistic Care Approach. 6:30 pm. Call (616)3613660 or visit for more information.

Seeds of GROWth Conference & Luncheon. Have the opportunity to network before the conference and visit local business display tables, hear inspirational and knowledgeable speakers during the conference and enjoy a luncheon/ awards ceremony afterwards. Grow your best this fall. JW Marriott. 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Meijer Free Tuesdays means free general admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10 am-5 pm. Small Business Class: Using Facebook to Promote Your Business. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Ciao to chow! Welcome fall by exploring the Regions of Italy with Polenta, Tagliattle and Fonduta. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Contact 1-888296-5850 to register. Free Information Sessions for 8-Week Mindful Parenting. BRAINS, 3292 North Evergreen Dr. NE. 6:30 pm. Call (616) 361-3660 or visit for more information. Meanwhile Movie: Friday the 13th Part One. Peter Wedge Auditorium at Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

October 15

Tell him about “In the Man Cave” with Dr. Dave Miller, answering questions from hormone replacement to discussions on what’s new in men’s health and wellness. Refreshments will be served at this men’s only forum. Keystone Pharmacy. 5:30 pm. RSVP encouraged to (616) 558-8334. NOW-GR presents Laura Burkett with Real Food Wellness. Join Laura in this thought- provoking lecture and discussion and learn what is takes to radically embrace the body fully with insights to the powerful work of healing body image. Park Church, 10 East Park Pl. NE. 6:30 pm. For questions, email Becky at Exploring the Flavors of Fall. This time of year, there are a variety of colors and flavors to celebrate the season. The Canning Diva will teach several preserving techniques so you can enjoy the flavors of fall year ‘round. D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register. (continued)

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(October 15 continued) Mindful Based Stress Reduction free information session. Holistic Care Approach. 9:30 am. Call (616)3613660 or visit for more information. Small Business Class: MI-SBTDC Market Research Series. Learn how to research markets, customers and competition to reduce risk in your business. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

October 16

Meijer Free Thursday Nights providing free admission and an evening of art pieces at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm. Call for Actors: The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs. The LowellArts! Players will be holding auditions for the winter production of this hilarious comedy at the Englehardt Library in Lowell. 6:30-8 pm. Visit www. for details. Early Childhood Essentials Class: Mindful Eating. Learn the benefits of eating with a mindful awareness. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. Mindful Based Stress Reduction free information session. Energy Touch Center. 6:30 pm. Call (616)361-3660 or visit for more information. Avast! The Grand Rapids Public Museum will host the premier of

“Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson.” Celebrate the museum’s 160th Anniversary and meet the stars of the film, including Christopher Lloyd. Shiver me timbers! Premier starts at 5 pm. Purchase tickets at or call (616)456-3977. Food A’Faire. Benefiting the Market Education Foundation, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market invites you to an edible evening with handcrafted Michigan drinks and flavorful Downtown Market cuisine complemented by wild and whimsical entertainment. 6-9 pm. For tickets and info, visit Live at Wealthy Theatre presents Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo featuring Keith Cotton Love and Hate Tour. Peter Wedge Auditorium. 8 pm. It’s Game Night and all about hunters delight! Michigan game including sausage stuffed quail and vensison steak wrapped in bacon will keep your mouth watering for the many delicacies offered in this classroom. D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888296-5850 to register.

October 17

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength & Peace with Dr. Rick Hanson. Learn methods to reduce anxiety and stress. Watermark Country Club. 9 am-4 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am). Call (616)361-3660 or visit for more information.


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he’s a woman of strong identity, a selfdriven advocate and a world-class tourist; she’s a survivor of soul-stealing fame and a social activist. Judy Collins, the legendary folk singer with over 30 albums, is coming to Grand Rapids to perform. You may have the privilege of hearing her talented voice, but this is where you’ll hear the story behind the joyful smile of wisdom that she’ll be wearing.

She fell in love with folk music at a young age, despite beginning her musical career as a piano prodigy. Artists like Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan encouraged her to trade her piano for a guitar. She hopped aboard the folk music circuit in New York City when it was just beginning. Although she was a recipient of the genre, she was also part of its boom.

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“The music was just pouring out of the wall, and I was catching songs and also starting to write them,” she said. “It was a flood of creativity, and I was right in the middle of it!” Parallel to her musical career was a dismal journey that began with her first drink. As a teenager, she sat in her home, sipping on bourbon dispensed in a nice glass. That drink would trigger the genesis of her depression and substance abuse. It blossomed so strong in her teen years that, although she attempted suicide, she “was always too drunk to form a plan.” Her alcoholism hit a lifetime high in the mid ‘70s. She was an active alcoholic, though, one that easily misguided the public; she never missed a show, never missed a date or missed being on stage. She was high functioning and seemed to hide successfully behind the veil that alcohol draped over her. The media considered her the flower child of her kind, especially in comparison to other performers who identified with alcohol and drugs publicly. Despite the symbolic cry in her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow (1961), her success efficiently hid the fact that her depression was climbing. In 1977, her perilous lifestyle was finally unveiled by a terrible work year. Collins explained that she practically couldn’t perform with her state of alcoholism and entailed growing vocal trouble. She entered vocal surgery with hope, and the miraculous result was enough to aid her journey toward sobriety. She admitted herself to treatment, endured a brutal, withdrawing 35-day detox, and was sober in ’78. “I don’t have any longer what was hanging over me for 23 years, which was despair and alcoholism and everything that went with it,” said Collins. “People can get lucky, and I did.” The resilience that accompanied her during her road to sobriety sparked a passion that altered her lifestyle and career direction. The aggressive rehab method she partook in was blunt and without aid. Collins experienced raw withdraw aside the emotional and mental disarray of breaking a powerful habit. Nowadays, she considers those who don’t get medication “thrown in their faces” to be fortuitous, the rehab process to be more sloppy than in the past, and the overall healthcare process to be problematic.


close-knit family, as her father and other members suffered similar challenges. The recovery was a long, arduous road. Collins strengthened relationships with inspiring people who’d survived suicides such as Iris Bolton, Mariette Hartley and Joan Rivers. Collins admitted that she was “very sure [she] wasn’t going to survive the emotional chaos,” but she did, without antidepressants, medications or alcohol. “They were angles of Mercy,” she said, speaking of those who encouraged her through the heartbreaking time. “They would walk me through it. It’s amazing that they were there. They knew.” Now, Collins shares her story and speaks for several mental health organizations and suicide watch programs in order to inspire survival and be a resource

is in the perception of others. You have to look behind the cover to truly know what’s going on.” Collins says she is currently at the peak of her career. She notes her 100-plus shows a year that allow her to travel the world, her opportunity to write and share her wisdom with others, and most of all, being happy and loving what she does daily. “Many, many things that are incredibly wonderful are happening and have happened,” she said. “I make a living, I’m on top of my game, and it’s spectacular.” Collins resides in Manhattan with her husband, Louis Nelson, and their three cats Ralph, Coco Chanel and Tom Wolfe. She lives a very healthy lifestyle and is free of all substances, eats mindfully, meditates and exercises daily. She proves that 75 years young is no time to stop living.

It comes with a lot of great things and troubles, that’s how life is. You can’t have one without the other.

“I’m a twisted nerd that can’t bear the thought of anything being treated with medication, really, except a broken neck or a broken bone,” she said. “I’m lucky that nothing was given to me except a few days of valium to detox [during my recovery].” She kept these values through the daggering experience of losing her only child to depression in 1992. Her son, Clark, struggled with clinical depression and substance abuse, a situation that was close to home for Collins’


Judy Collins is performing at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre on October 17.

for others. In addition, her book Sanity and Grace covers the ins and outs of her emotional quarrels. “I find it to be so tremendously satisfying and authenticating to my life,” said Collins. “Talking about it and letting people know that they can get help.” The public perceived her career “high” to be the mid ‘70s when her music was reaching the top of the charts. Collins disagrees, highlighting her alcoholism and selfdestructing habits that came with her initial breath of fame. “I was a mess!” she said. “Everything


“By having a career that is flourishing that you’re devoted to, you never stop learning and growing and having new projects,” she said. “It’s bound to be healing. I will never retire. I will play until I fall.” Her passion of music, activism, family and others seem to shine a bit brighter in the absence of her alcohol reliance. It’s the power of sharing, learning and witnessing others in a state of joy that reveal her distinguished smile. That’s what you’ll see on October 17; a smile instilled with hope, gratitude and wisdom from a life well explored.

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Genealogy Lock-In. A free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the microfilm reader/ scanner/printer, save images, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Don’t forget to bring your genealogy questions. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6 pm.

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The Zoo Goes Boo at John Ball Zoo! Come in a costume or as yourself for Trick-or-Treating, pumpkins and more Halloween activities. See full schedule at

October 18

Cheer on the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls as they take on the Killamazoo Derby Darlins at Rivertown Sports. Doors open at 5 pm. www. Modern day piano man, Ben Folds, performs at DeVos Performance Hall. Joining the Grand Rapids Symphony to perform his newly written Piano Concerto, favorites from Ben Folds Five and other solo albums will also be enjoyed. 8 pm. Call for Actors: The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs. The LowellArts! Players will be holding auditions for the winter production of this hilarious comedy at the Englehardt Library in Lowell. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Visit for details. Drop-In Family Saturdays at the Grand Rapids Art Museum welcomes families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Free with general museum admission. Make and indulge in a Sweetest Day dinner. You and your sweetie will enjoy pan seared duck with michigan tart cherry sauce and more, ending with Chef Terri’s own fudge pots. D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

October 19

Bring the entire family for an afternoon of wag-worthy fun to raise awareness for animal adoption and celebreate the special bond between dogs and families. Free admission, family friendly priced activities, games and food. Eats will include offerings from Yesterdog, Olga’s Kitchen, Marshmallogy, Rose’s, Robinettes Apple Haus and Winery, and Sietsema’s Orchards and Cider Mill. Rain or shine, 12-3 pm at Manhattan Park in East Grand Rapids. The Great Pumpkin Run. A trail run, corn maze, apple cider, pumpkins and food. Create a new fall tradition to balance out all that Halloween candy you plan on indulging in. Klackle Orchards. 11 am. The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. Challenge yourself while


touring downtown Grand Rapids and following the course through the beautiful trails of Millennium Park. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8 am. Visit for more race times, events and details. Mum Day at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Walking tours lead by staff with informative discussions and make your own mum from tissue paper. 1-4 pm.

October 20

Mediterranean Delights. Chef August leads you in cooking some favorites of Mediterranean eating while introducing some new flavors. D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register. Cher “D2K” Tour is coming to Grand Rapids! Grab tickets now at Ticketmaster or the Van Andel Arena Box Office. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Live Jazz Mondays at Rockwell Republic with the John Shea Trio. 8 pm- 11 pm.

October 21

Free general admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10 am-5 pm. Come taste what salts, oils and herbs can bring to your dinner table. Taste a variety of each and combine them to make fantastic dishes like herb chicken baked in a salt crust, pesto fish tacos, homemade vinaigrettes and a Tuscan salt to take home. D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register. Meanwhile Movie: Halloween III. Peter Wedge Auditorium at Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

October 22

An Apple a Day including everything apples! You’ll learn how to make caramel apples, apple dumplings, apple sauce, fruit salad and more. Fiberlicious! D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register. Small Business Class: MI-SBTDC Market Research Series. Learn how to research markets, customers and competition to reduce risk in your business. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

October 22-25

Thriller! Chiller! (film). Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. For details and show times, visit

October 23

Celebrate the local harvest at the Local First Fork Fest featuring more than 40 food local food vendors including bakers, farmers, restaurants, and brewers at Romence Gardens and Greenhouses. 5-9 pm. $30.

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The Impressionist:

Working Class Grit


by Kerri VanderHoff

I went to another funeral this past week. This time, it was my late father’s sister. Only one uncle remains before a generational branch of my family tree ceases to walk this earth.

I looked around the cathedral as the young tenor sang a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace. I thought about my aunt but also my father, who passed two years prior. Every family sitting there that day was carrying similar scars; such is life when you get to a certain age.

We filed out of the pews to the sounds of The Old Rugged Cross, another familiar standard, and made our way to the luncheon area where the dear old church ladies had punch and ham sandwiches waiting for us.

I sat next to a cousin, and we talked a little about family. We don’t see each other too often these days, pretty much only weddings and funerals get us all together, but we were close back when we were kids.

We all grew up in a working class world, a world that had integrity and respect ingrained in it. My grandfather was a skilled plasterer who owned

The author’s paternal grandfather (seated center on the ground holding his hat) and his fellow plasterers, circa 1920s.

his own business. It was a respectable trade he taught to his children, including my dad, who had a natural talent for it. He in turn taught it to my older brother, who also had a knack for it. It truly is a beautiful art form, in large part a lost art, replaced by drywall in the interest of cost and efficiency. Many in my family followed the drywall trend, with the occasional decorative finishing job here and there. My dad, with five kids to raise by the time he was thirty, took the opportunity to go to work for General Motors. The company benefits were good, we all grew up healthy and have great teeth. My dad was a hard worker though, and before a full-night shift at the factory, he’d often be off on a side job, plaster tools in hand. I wonder, even as tired as he must have been juggling two jobs, did he need a relief from monotonous line work, and did that trowel feel good in his hand? I remember as a kid being mesmerized by those tools, especially the stilts. We’d sometimes put them on and try to walk around the garage. Finally, on my 20th birthday, I asked if I could accompany him to a job. I had never seen my tough and gruff dad more graceful than when I watched him plaster a beautiful design on that ceiling.

The author’s paternal grandfather, a skilled plasterer in his work clothes. Arthur M. VanderHoff (1903-1961) Grand Rapids, Michigan.


I wish I had gone on more plaster jobs with him. I wish I had asked him more about his work in this trade. I’m sure my tough old dad did not think of himself as an artist, but I know his family is where I received my creative DNA. The best combination I know is working class grit with an artist’s heart. No matter how much education I’ve since accumulated, no matter how many professional titles I acquire, it’s the grit and the heart that serves me best, I think. I look around and see this revival in artisan experiences: craft beer, specialty bakeries, pour-over coffee. Is it revival or appropriation? I wonder if there is reverence in it for the past, when a family trade and pride in craftsmanship were the norm in the blood, sweat, and tears of the working class world. I also wonder, when I look around, how many others are just one or two generations removed from this world? What is the skilled trade in their heritage before modernization and dispersal, and are they aware of it? What have we lost, for better or worse, with each passing generation, and what can we gain by recognizing and remembering it? Kerri VanderHoff is a co-creator of the award winning collaborative program and works at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, focusing on a new project called the GRAM GoSite.

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The original cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys are together again as The Midtown Men, performing at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Run a 5K in costume at the Alger Heights Halloween 5K. Partake in a costume and t-shirt design contest. Alger Middle School. 9 am.

October 24-26

Halloween Spooktacular. Witches, mummies, tricks and treats- a hauntingly good time awaits at this special Halloween ballet performed by Grand Rapids Ballet School’s Junior Company with choreography by Attila Mosolygo. Visit for tickets and show times.

October 25

Drop-In Family Saturdays at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Become a Pumpkin Carving Master at Rylee’s Ace Hardware’s Carving Workshop. With carving tips and tricks, you’ll be wowing everyone with your Jack-O-Lantern in time for Halloween. Rylee’s Ace Hardware. 10 am. Call (616)451-0724 x 24 to register. Teen Poetry Club. Write and perform your own pomes and learn the art of slam poetry. Grand Rapids Public Library. 4:30 pm. Can’t run a 5K? What if you had zombies chasing after you? Downtown Grand Rapids’ becomes a quarantine zone for the Zombie Dash, a 5K course littered with flesh-hungry zombies.


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October 26

It’s a Harry Potter Halloween for kids of all ages! Bring the treats you drooled over in the books to your table including butterbeer, treacle tart and Hagrid’s rock cakes. Guaranteed to taste better than your last batch of polyjuice potion. D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.

October 27

Live Jazz Mondays at Rockwell Republic with the John Shea Trio. 8 pm- 11 pm.

October 28

Meijer Free Tuesdays means free general admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10am-5pm. Root Vegetables and Some Pumpkin. It’s time to work pumpkin into your root vegetables library. Rutabaga potato mash, celery root salad and pumpkin stew to name a few. D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888296-5850 to register. Meanwhile Movie: The Shining. Peter Wedge Auditorium at Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. One Pot Meal. Save a trip to the grocery store and make a family meal using what’s in you pantry. You’ll learn how to make delectable dishes with the food at hand while keeping kitchen cleanup at a minimum. D&W Fresh Farmers Market. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888296-5850 to register.

October 30

14th Annual Hope on the Hill Gala - “Under the Big Top.”. Join the fun, come in cocktail attire and allow yourself to be a pampered guest as you sample fine, Grand Rapids cuisine, sip martinis mixed on bars of chiseled ice and enjoy live entertainment by the Olate Dogs. 100% of the proceeds go to disease research and science education at the Van Andel Institute. Reserve tickets at fFree admission and an evening ofart pieces at GRAM. 5-9 pm.

October 31-November 1

Opera Grand Rapids presents Carmen by Georges Bizet. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm.

October 31-November 2

Dia De Los Muertos: Honoring Day of the Dead. Alters built from members of the community honoring those who have passed will be on display to celebrate the life and memory of the dead. Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Celebrate the local harvest at the Local First Fork Fest featuring more than 40 food local food vendors including bakers, farmers, restaurants, and brewers at Romence Gardens and Greenhouses. 5-9 pm. $30.

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After School Peanut Butter Apple Pie

Contributed by winner Alisa L., Iowa makes 8 servings Prepared pie crust Chopped peanuts (optional)

Filling: 7 apples, peeled cored and sliced 2/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon lemon juice Crumble: 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup flour

To celebrate the unique flavors from coast to coast, and to find the best hometown PB recipes, Southern Peanut Growers conducted its first “PB My Way” regional recipe contest. Peanut butter lovers nationwide submitted their recipes, from spicy stuffed peppers inspired by the Southwest to decadent chocolate bars in the Northeast. These are the top regional PB-powered recipes in the “United States of Peanut Butter.”

Place crust in 9-inch pie pan and crimp edges. Use dried beans to weigh down bottom. Bake crust for 10–15 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned. Mix all filling ingredients together and put in crust. Using hands, mix crumble ingredients until in pea-sized pieces. Top apples with crumble. Don’t worry if it’s sky high, apples will cook down and pie will be perfectly proportioned. Bake at 350F for 40–50 minutes. Keep edges covered with foil until last 15 minutes. Garnish with chopped peanuts.

Peanut Butter Across America Nutty Jalapeño-Chicken Stuffed Peppers Recipe by Lori M., Texas makes 12 peppers

12 large jalapeño peppers, split open (not all the way through) and seeded 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 cup shredded cooked chicken 1 3-ounce package cooked bacon pieces 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 cup crushed cornflakes Preheat oven to 350 F. Place peppers in medium bowl and cover with boiling water 2 minutes. Drain and pat dry. In medium bowl, mix together peanut butter, chicken, bacon and cheese. Fill each jalapeño with mixture. Smear each pepper with a little mayonnaise and roll in cornflakes in shallow dish to cover. Place jalapeño on non-stick baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 15–20 minutes.


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Pennsylvania PB & C Bars

Contributed by winner Victoria Z., Pennsylvania makes 12 bars Crust: 1 cup melted butter 2 cups peanut butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 5 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup chopped peanuts Topping: 1 1/2 tubs chocolate frosting 1 cup peanut butter, melted 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped Preheat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, mix butter, peanut butter, sugars, salt, eggs and vanilla until well mixed. add flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly. Spread on a 10-by-15-by-2-inch ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12–15 minutes or until golden brown. let cool. Spread frosting over crust. Drizzle melted peanut butter over chocolate. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top of peanut butter and chocolate. let set until topping is firm. you can refrigerate cookie sheet to speed firming process, if desired. Cut into desired size bars.

Carolina Dreaming Appetizer Meatballs Contributed by winner Janice E., North Carolina makes 24 meatballs 1/2 1/4 2 2 1 1/2 1/4 1 1/4 4

cup peanut butter cup fig preserves tablespoons Worcestershire sauce tablespoons fresh lemon juice tablespoon minced or grated fresh ginger teaspoon freshly ground black pepper teaspoon ground red pepper pounds ground turkey green onions, finely chopped (including green tops) 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 large egg 1 teaspoon salt Diced green onion tops or chopped parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk together peanut butter, preserves, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice until well blended. add ginger, black and red pepper, mixing well. reserve. Place approximately half peanut butter mixture into mixing bowl (save remainder for later). add turkey, green onions, parsley, egg and salt to mixing bowl and mix lightly but thoroughly. roll mixture into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on lightly greased, rimmed baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 15 minutes. remove pan from oven and brush tops of meatballs with remaining peanut butter mixture. return pan to oven and bake for about 5–8 minutes more, or until nicely browned. remove from oven. arrange on serving plate and sprinkle with diced green onion tops or parsley, if desired.

Easy PB & J Breakfast Tarts

Recipe contributed by winner Susan M., Des Moines, Washington makes 8 tarts 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 6 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon sea salt 2/3 cup shortening 6 tablespoons peanut butter plus 4 heaping teaspoons for filling (1/2 teaspoon per tart) 1/2 cup cold water 5 tablespoons jam (strawberry works well) Drizzle option 1: 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon jam 1 tablespoon milk Drizzle option 2: 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon strawberry extract, optional 1 tablespoon milk Preheat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl mix together flours, sugar and sea salt. Using pastry cutter, cut-in shortening and

peanut butter, until mixture resembles small peas. Drizzle mixture with cold water until mixture is moist and holds together. roll out on floured surface to at least 1/16th of an inch thickness. Using 3-by-5-inch index (recipe) card for template, cut into sixteen 3-by-5-inch shapes. re-rolling works fine. In middle of eight shapes, smear 1/2 heaping teaspoon peanut butter and heaping teaspoon of jam on top. Be careful not to go to edges. Using fingers, wet edges with water and place another piece of pastry on top. Press all sides well, and using fork press all edges to secure. Using fork, gently poke tops in four places so steam can escape. Place inch apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 13–14 minutes until starting to brown around edges. Cool on rack. Whisk together drizzle of choice in small bowl. Drizzle over cooled tarts.

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Reader’s Lounge

by Tracy Brogan

The leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping, making it an ideal time to take your reading close to home. Celebrate the fall festivities with a how-to read for the whole family, or try cozying up to a fire and reading a thrilling romance or self-discovery novel.

The Pumpkin Carving Book: 20 Step-by-Step Projects for Inspirational Hand-Carved Displays by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell

Unleash your autumn creativity by indulging in some Halloween fun. The Pumpkin Carving Book helps you to construct glorious glowing lanterns and illuminated decorative displays that can be fun the whole year round. There are many seasonal, festival and home celebration excuses to make wonderful carved decorations, and here are 20 projects for producing original lanterns of every shade, shape and size, from simple geometric patterns to beautiful folk-art designs. With easy step-by-step instructions, your newest décor is fun and easy to create.

The Husband’s Secret by liane Moriarty

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died. Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all. She’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar within her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. However, the letter she finds is about to change everything, and not just for her. rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia, or each other, but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by lena Dunham

Get close to yourself with this hilarious, poignant and frank collection of personal essays that was just released in September. Dunham, the creator, producer and star of Girls, gives advice through her personal stories that women of all kind can relate to. She said, “No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist or a dietitian. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”

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after he is betrayed by one of his own, British spy Julian Travers, earl of langford, refuses to retire without a fight and vows to find the traitor. When the trail leads to his childhood home however, Julian is forced to return to a place he swore he’d never see again and meet a woman who may be his quarry—in more ways than one. Though she appears as a poor young woman dependent upon charity, Grace Hannah’s private life is far more interesting. By night, she finds friendship and freedom as a member of a smuggling ring. When the handsome Julian arrives, she finds her façade slipping and finds herself compromised, as well as intrigued. as she and Julian continue the hunt, Grace finds herself falling in love with the man behind the spy. yet Julian’s past holds a dark secret, and when he must make a choice between love and espionage, that secret may tear them apart.


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without the ’80s look. Once you’ve finished the eyes, add lashes if you’d like. It isn’t necessary for this look, but always an option as you play up your character. I recommend a tinted moisturizer and a pop of warm, ruby or fuchsia color on the cheeks. Don’t be shy with the blush. all princesses have a rosy look to their cheeks, and it will help you look awake throughout the evening. a pretty pink gloss partners well.

Halloween Makeup Techniques by ashley Petroskey


rowing up, I admired October; I knew the day for costumes and imagination was approaching. I recall being the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, ecstatic about painting my entire face green and pretending to be the most evil woman I could muster up the courage to be. as I age, I still embrace this exciting, creative holiday america has commercialized. One of my proudest adult costumes was dressing up as Sarah Palin; I was able to throw on my favorite glasses, pull up my hair, add drama to the makeup, speak with an accent and slip into a sexy business dress. It was creative, it was fun and I had the opportunity to be someone entirely different for the evening. even if the true meaning of the day has been lost in translation, why not participate with a unique getup? On Halloween, both kids and adults are able to dress freely without the weight of societal expectations holding them back. The makeup and clad of the holiday is dramatic and bold. There is an art behind a tasteful, complete Halloween look. Take your time and create a plan to ensure your costume, whether frightening or charming, is beautiful. Here are a few tricks to master two popular costumes for women. Feel free to apply the makeup techniques to other costumes, as well.

The Prowling Feline

The cat costume is a classic, affordable and easy look to master. Prep the skin fully and apply a tinted


moisturizer. Make sure the color matches your skin tone – that is key to a successful makeup foundation. Next, apply a shadow primer on the lids (choose a taupe shade just lighter than your skin color). For shadow, it’s best to choose two colors. One will be the all-over lid color, and one will be the accent crease color. It’s also great to choose a third and apply just to the outer edge of the lid. This will make the look darker, so if you want to keep it natural, just use the two colors. The next step is the most important: the cat eyeliner! Start with a gel liner in black; draw a thin line across the entire lash line. after you have the entire upper lash lined, add a “wing” with your liner. It is important to follow the shape of the eye, so try to do it in one simple hand motion. Once you’ve perfected the liner, add dark, bold lashes. This look is really all about the eyes, so play it up as much as possible. Use your boldest red lipstick on the tip of your nose for the perfect red pop. Don’t forget the whiskers (try three on each cheek). lastly, add a subtle lip-gloss to finish off the look.

The Timeless Princess

This costume is another favorite. It allows women to let go of any fear of bold colors and have fun! embrace the bright blues, purples and pinks. I like to start with a shadow primer and add a shimmery base across the entire lid. This will allow you to brighten up the look and is beautiful as it catches the light. Next is to add a light peach, cream or bronze (depending on your skin tone) across the lid along with a little glitter. Bring the fun colors to the outer edge of the lid. This will give you the pop of color,

regardless of the costume you choose this year, I hope you master your look and let go of any restrictions. Dress in something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Don’t shy away from color, and embrace the features that make it unique to you. Welcome the opportunity to be someone different, just for one evening!

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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The REPLENISH Study is evaluating an investigational medication to see if it may reduce the frequency of hot flashes and sweating associated with menopause. If you are female between the ages of 40-65, have not had a hysterectomy and suffer from hot flashes, the REPLENISH Research Study may be right for you. STUDY PARTICIPANTS • Receive study medication at no cost • Receive study–related medical exams (similar to an annual gynecologist visit) at no charge

There are other requirements to be in the study that the study doctor will discuss with you to determine if you are eligible to participate. Study participation is voluntary. You will receive all investigational study medications and study-related tests and procedures at no cost.

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From Treats to

Treatment by angie Hultgren


hen dealing with a human illness, we are given the option of treatment, advancements in medicine and the possibility a light at the end of a very long tunnel. according to statistics, we have a sense of hope due to nearly 68 percent of cancer survivors in the U.S. being in remission for over five years, a percentage that is nearly 400 percent higher than it was in 1971. But what about your furry friend? What if he or she gets diagnosed with cancer? as a pet owner, cancer instills significant worry. Cancer causes struggles one can simply not comprehend; moments of despair followed by moments of dread. Dr. Christine Swanson, a veterinary oncologist at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, said, “most owners worry about their pet suffering and feel that diagnosis is a death sentence.” In contrast, canines develop cancer at a similar rate as humans. lymphosarcoma and mast cell cancer are the strains most commonly found in canines. Mast cells are what we find within connective tissue. In lymphoma, swollen lymph nodes can usually be detected in order to identify the disease early.

Those facts are interesting, but that still leaves the owner with a number of nagging questions concerning the next step in ensuring their pets health and happiness. Because we ascribe our human emotions to the dog, we anticipate their experiences will be similar to ours when it comes to cancer treatments. However, according to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, a treatment such as chemotherapy can add


to their quality of life and side effects are significantly milder in pets in comparison to humans. Dr. Swanson indicates that pet owners will often notice a change in behavior such as lack of energy or appetite, but that most cancers in dogs are not painful for them. In fact, Dr. Swanson says that with modern medicine, “many forms of cancer are treatable and even curable for dogs. For those cancers that are not curable, we can often find a treatment that will maintain an excellent quality of life while trying to extend that life as much as possible.”

“Without pain, how could we know joy?”

– John Green, The Fault in our Stars Treatments for cancer can range from medication, surgery, radiation and at certain veterinarian facilities, clinical trials. even when facing such heavy options, Stacie McKinley, a licensed veterinary technician, provides a level of compassion and grace when working with each family. “Most of the patients that I meet have a disease that will end their lives too soon,” McKinley said. “If I am able to make it a positive experience for the pet and they are calm and comfortable, that helps ease the owners fears as well.”

Our emotions often get the best of us. When this happens, we should remember that our pets live in the moment. Families should be comfortable with their decision even if treatment is not an option. Not every pet has can be treated, and not every owner has the capability to support the cost of care. With any difficult disease, there are times when your forever friend loses their quality of life. Whether during treatment or not, the decision needs to be made by the individual that best knows the pet. In these cases, Dr. Swanson has some great advice for making that heart-breaking decision. “I typically talk with families about picking four or five behaviors that are unique to their pet. When their pet is no longer doing those things, perhaps it is time to consider euthanasia.” as owners, we have the responsibility to ensure our pets live lives of respect and dignity. This idea means different things to different owners. If you find yourself down this path with your companion animal, give them lots of snuggles and a few extra treats. Both of you deserve it.

Angie Hultgren spends her days as a Marketing Strategist with the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery. She loves family, faith and her four legged friends.

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PROTECTING MORE LOCAL HOMES THAN ANY OTHER SECURITY PROVIDER. We believe that our greatest strength is our local ownership and experience. The people protecting you are members of your community, so when you call for help, you are calling on a neighbor... literally. The expert & professional EPS Home Security Team is ready to help! Visit or call 616.459.0281 and request a free home security consultation.




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Food, Beverages & Restaurants

n Amore Trattoria Italiana n Aperitivo n Applause Catering n Art of the Table n Bistro Bella Vita n Boba Bliss n Brewery Vivant n Connie’s Cakes n Crooked Goose n Erb Thai n Ferris Coffee & Nut n Field & Fire n Founder’s Brewing Company n Grand Rapids Brewing Company n Grand Rapids Cheesecake Company n Grove n Hopcat n Kingma’s Market & Butcher Shop n Malamiah Juice Bar n Marge’s Donut Den n McFadden’s n One Trick Pony n Railside Golf Club n Rockwell | Republic n Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery n Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill n Smitty’s Specialty Beverage n Stella’s Lounge n Terra GR n The B.O.B. n The Cheese Lady n The Green Well n Twisted Rooster

Shopping & Retail

n Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus n Gazelle Sports n Global Gifts - Your Fair Trade Store n Frames Unlimited n jb and me n LaFontsee Galleries n Leigh’s n Michigan Pantry n Naturalizer by Zombo n Sight Optical Boutique n Spirit Dreams n Standale Interiors n Stone’s Throw n Rooms!

Home Products & Services

n AL&S Solutions n Ashley Cole Design n Bev Boerman / Five Star Real Estate n Elders Helpers n EPS Security n Gerrit’s Appliance n Godwin Plumbing & Hardware n Gordon Water Systems n Holland Furniture n Nawara Bros. Appliance, TV & Bedding n Rylee’s Ace Hardware n SafeCall Home Medical Alarms n The Shade Shop, Inc. n Tazzia Lawn Care n Tidy Home Helpers n UBU n Verhey Carpets n Williams Kitchen & Bath

Supporting our locally owned businesses is vital in growing a strong West Michigan economy.

Business Services

n Clark Communications n Compucraft Technology Services n Comprenew n Dodson Group n Eikenhout, Inc. n Fishladder n The Image Shoppe n Kayem Dunn Consulting n Local First n Reagan Marketing n Rockford Construction n Women’s LifeStyle

Floral & Garden

n Ball Park Floral n Eastern Floral n Fruitbasket Flowerland n Romence Gardens

Travel & Lodging n Breton Travel n City Flats Hotel n Countryside Tours n Witte Travel

Community Organizations

n Aquinas College Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College n Grand Rapids Community Media Center n Grand Rapids Public Library n Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women n KW Outreach n Slow Food West Michigan n West Michigan Environmental Action Council n WYCE 88.1 fm Community Radio

Health, Beauty & Wellness n Avantgarde Salon & Spa n Design 1 Salon Spa n Expressions of Grace Yoga n Girlfriends Fit Club n Grand Rapids Natural Health n Grand Ridge Orthodontics n Harvest Health n The Hairport

Financial & Legal

n Ad Hoc Legal Services n Northpointe Bank n Option One Credit Union n United Bank

Arts & Entertainment

n Actors’ Theatre Company n ArtPrize n Celebration! Cinema n Circle Theatre n Festival of the Arts n Goei Center n Grand Rapids Art Museum n Grand Rapids Ballet n Grand Rapids Civic Theatre n Grand Rapids Public Museum n Holland Area Arts Council n John Ball Park Zoo n Lowell Arts! n River City Improv n Triumph Music Academy n UICA


n Community Auto n Pfeiffer Lincoln n Harvey Automotive, Cadillac, Lexus, Thrifty of Grand Rapids n Southland Auto Wash n Star Collision CARSTAR

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Women's Lifestyle Magazine, October 2014, Close to Home  
Women's Lifestyle Magazine, October 2014, Close to Home