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In the Kitchen with Kal at the Home & Garden Show

In the Kitchen with Kal at the Home & Garden Show

Hi Everyone:

I’m inviting everyone to come and see me at the Home & Garden Show on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

I will be on the Cooking Stage at 1pm and will be making some dishes that may be helpful for you in preparing for Easter, Mother’s Day or Graduation parties. The dishes I have chosen to prepare are easy, somewhat healthy and eye appealing. I will be using ingredients that some of you grow in your own gardens.

Please join me and feel free to ask questions. I will have a couple recipes that I will be handing out also.

Michigan Black AIDS Awareness Campaign Begins

Michigan Black AIDS Awareness Campaign Begins

Story contributed by the Kent County Health Department
by: Lisa LaPlante

HIV rates in Michigan are nine times higher for African Americans compared to whites, and the rate of new diagnoses is climbing among the 13-24 year old African American population. The Kent County Health Department is planning several events for the Ninth Annual Michigan Black AIDS Awareness Campaign for the month of February.  Numerous testing opportunities will underscore the need to “Know Your Status.”

 

  • February 6th: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. - Heartside Ministry, 54 S. Division, Grand Rapids
  • February 7th: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Loving Touch Couple's Massage - February 14th

Loving Touch Couple's Massage - February 14th

Back by popular demand, bodyworks at Dominican Center at Marywood  is offering its annual Valentine's Day Loving Touch Couple's Massage on February 14th. Are you a caregiver, have a loved one with chronic pain or are you an athlete? Would you like to experience the sacredness of touch that opens one to a deeper sense of life and mystery? Bring a friend, co-worker, family member or spouse to learn as a pair!

Learn basic massage techniques. Learn some simple points for headaches, back pain – as well as tapping and kneading and pressure techniques for relaxation. Massage can also enhance communication and deepen connections. Some techniques will be done in a chair and some will be on the floor so bring a camping mat or thick blanket or sleeping bag, one bed pillow, and a towel.

From the Heart Yoga Center launches documentary film series

From the Heart Yoga Center launches documentary film series

by Rob Cole

Community Fundraising Film Fest opens with award-winning story of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman

East Hills' From the Heart Yoga Center premieres a film series this Wednesday, January 18, at 7:15 p.m., offering a variety of documentaries to raise awareness of, and support for, causes related to the films' subjects. 

Co-owners Behnje Masson and Rick Powell say they see their business not simply as a yoga studio, but a center of community meant to draw together people with a shared passion for personal and collective betterment. To serve that ethos, each film in the new series will be paired with a charity receiving proceeds from the Center's public screenings. 

Getting Fitter, Smarter

Getting Fitter, Smarter

J. Bennet Rylah 

I never expected to enjoy "working out." Gym class was a time for me to hide, run away from projectile objects and get made fun of.  
 
But somehow, as a young adult, the idea to join a gym seemed like fun. "You have to make yourself do this by spending money," I told myself. So I bought a gym bag, gym clothing and a pair of running shoes. Feeling shy, I declined a full tour of the downtown David D. Hunting YMCA and just said, "Sign me up."
 
For the first few weeks, I wandered around aimlessly. Plodding along on an elliptical seemed like a really safe thing to try. Way safer than the pool (I can't swim), and much less intimidating than the free weights. Eventually, I saw a sign that suggested someone who felt lost should ask for an orientation.
 

Love Collins: Raising Dollars, Pushing the Envelope

Love Collins: Raising Dollars, Pushing the Envelope

By Rachel Melville

Meet Love Collins, III. Appointed as the VP of Development in June of this year at the Van Andel Institute, he has a lot resting on his shoulders. But be assured that his more than 20 years of experience in the areas of capital campaigns, planned giving, annual fund management and donor cultivation for companies and organizations including BellSouth Corporation and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta have prepared him for the job.

“It was all preparation for what I am doing now,” says Collins when asked about his impressive resume.

School Zone Publishing Helps Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

School Zone Publishing Helps Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

WEST MICHIGAN — School Zone Publishing is investing in the education of hospitalized children by bringing educational resources to patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 

Sarah Smith, a teacher and educational liaison for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, works with young patients to keep them up-to-speed on their schoolwork. School Zone recently donated hundreds of workbooks, flash cards and readers to help out. 

“We are grateful School Zone is providing us educational resources as we care for our patients and their families during their hospitalization. The initial donation has already been put to good use,” Smith said. 

Jonathan Hoffman, president and CEO of School Zone Publishing, said it’s vital for his company to help patients at the nearby children’s hospital.