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I had the pleasure of being able to visit the new fashion is art exhibition Diana, at the Grand Rapids Art Museum this Monday with the rest of the local press corp. We were guided through the exhibition by Arts International president John Norman, who was full of facts and information about her family history, life as a princess, and her inert fashion sense and personal effortless style. 

As you walk in you are greeted by the royal crown which stands by itself, intended to imbue a sense of awe and forces one to dwell on the importance of her position. So many people not only in the United Kingdom but all across the globe saw her not only as an icon of goodwill and old-world charm, but as a muse to the fashion community.

One of the things about her personal style that stood out to me most was that she was at the forefront of the menswear trend during the late 80's and early 90's (which we are seeing such a resurgence of over the last couple years).

"Stars & Stripes" event tonight at Wealthy Theatre

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Community Media Center (CMC) is pleased to announce an event at Wealthy Theatre to honor our nations Veterans, on Nov. 11. Our "Stars & Stripes" event will start with a brief set of comments by Grand Rapids resident, Rapidian writer and U.S. Veteran Michael Tuffelmire.

Michael's comments will be followed a brief keynote speech by veteran Timothy Caldwell, and the presentation of several multimedia profiles of Grand Rapids veterans, on the big screen.

Timothy will introduce Justin Pelham, a disabled veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart for serious wounds he received while serving in Iraq. Justin works with The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Segs4Vets. He has even gone to Washington to talk about being wounded.

Panthers to battle Cougars this Saturday

From: http://www.cppschools.com/

The CPHS Panthers Varsity Football team will be playing in the MHSAA Division IV, Region 1 Championship playoff game this Saturday, November 13, at 2:00 PM against the Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars.  The game will be played at Grand Rapids Christian High School located at 2300 Plymouth Ave. SE.

Presale tickets are now available from the CPHS athletic office for $5.00 each.  No passes are accepted at this event.  The athletic office is open from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily.

Volunteers Chill Out With Home Repair Services

58 volunteers from seven groups gathered at Home Repair Services on the morning of Saturday, November 6 to make a difference for area seniors.  "Chill Out With HRS" was an effort to prepare the homes of 30 seniors for the onset of winter weather.  Volunteers placed plastic over windows, replaced furnace filters and smoke detector batteries, installed carbon monoxide detectors and even replaced some light bulbs.

"Tonight we set our clocks back one hour.  Think of that as an extra hour to pay you back for giving up part of your Saturday to help other people," quipped Dave Jacobs, executive director of Home Repair Services.  "Today you'll help a few seniors save some money on their heat bills and be more comfortable this winter."

One of three teams from the Heart of West Michigan United Way NextGen group made their way to Eastern and Kalamazoo Avenues to complete work at two homes.  Grand Valley State University students

Two great acts to perform at Wealthy Street Theatre this weekend

Grand Rapids, MI - This weekend Wealthy Street Theatre presents two great musical acts to entertain people of all generations.

On Saturday The Candy Band will be performing what's described as, "high-energy, punk style kids' music." You'll hear original tunes as well as nursery rhymes, movie themes, and music from Green Day and the Clash. The show starts at 11:00 am and will last about one hour.

Sunday you can hear the local jazz band Hey Marco! playing the hits of their favorite band Steely Dan. They'll be playing all of the classic hits as well as tunes from their most recent albums. This show starts at 8:00 and is expected to last two hours.

Please visit http://www.grcmc.org/theatre/ for additional event information.

Neighborhood Business Alliance Awards tonight at Wealthy Theatre

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Thursday, November 4th, 5:00 pm

The Neighborhood Business Awards celebrates the individuality of our neighborhood commercial corridors and the great businesses located within them. For twenty years Grand Rapids has celebrated our local businesses and recognized excellence in numerous categories. This year the event will be bigger and better as we have new and expanded categories to honor creative and innovative developments, new vendors at a “Taste of Our Neighborhoods” reception and reusable shopping bags to be distributed to all guests showcasing sponsors and neighborhood businesses.

Free and open to the public.

For more event information contact Neighborhood Ventures at 616-301-3929.

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