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Humane Society of West Michigan Wins Grand Rapids Gem

Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) has won the Grand Rapids Gem competition, organized by Grand Rapids-based Craft-Revival Jewelers.  As a result of earning 65 percent of the public vote on grandrapidsgem.com, HSWM earned $6,640. 

“We are truly honored and ecstatic to be the winner of this exciting competition,” said Trudy Ender, executive director of the Humane Society of West Michigan.  “We currently have 300 animals at our shelter and these funds will be used directly for their care.  As a 100-percent donor-funded organization, donations like this are vital and we couldn’t care for our animals without the community support.”

Relax - Reconnect - Recharge

Relax - Reconnect - Recharge

Come to Dominican Center for the fifth annual Sage-ing Fair: an opportunity to relax, be refreshed and experience some of the wonderful opportunities here at DCM.    

On Saturday, March 24th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we invite you to come experience some of the bodyworks modalities and programs that Dominican Center at Marywood (DCM) has to offer in the peaceful, serene atmosphere that is DCM. Events that will be offered this year - the fifth annual Sage-ing Fair - are:

Michigan Artists featured at Dominican Center

Michigan Artists featured at Dominican Center

Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery will display the works of Joanne Peltz, Lucianne Siers, OP, and Jim VanBeek through February 28, 2012. Most of the works are available for purchase.

Joanne Peltz works in multimedia. Peltz is a visionary artist whose contribution to her world has been to reflect it, to distill its essence, to visualize its season, moods people and peculiarities.  In her own way, she has expressed her vision of the world, her idea of the purpose of art and her belief of art’s value.  Her business, Joanne & Company, markets products for the art industry. She also serves as a consultant for corporate and private art investors and enjoys teaching multimedia classes in her Rockford studio.

Fashion: Not Just for Women

Fashion: Not Just for Women

Written by Missy Black

A fashionable men's club is forming in Grand Rapids, and if you follow the finger pointing, key players include Jim Murray, general manager of A.K. Rikk's and Stylist Kev Couture, along with a slew of other personalities.

"Fashion is everything to me. I love being able to make someone feel good about themselves through fashion. That's my high," Couture said.

And it's not just Couture who's feeling good as a result of fashion. Many men about town are picking up on an oft-overlooked trend.

"Men are starting to take notice. They think, I need a crisp haircut and cologne. It's all in the details — from the watches to the socks," says Ryan Slusarzyk, corporate business travel manager for Amway Hotel Corporation.

Haylea Gray of One Girl's Treasure: Reincarnating Fashion

Haylea Gray of One Girl's Treasure: Reincarnating Fashion

By Marie Lockerd

Hair Models Needed

Hair Models Needed

For those of you who really love fashion the TV show Project Runway may be something you've seen.  Different up and coming fashion designers compete to win a prize by sewing an outfit for a model and having them walk down the runway in front of the judges just like a normal fahion show.  A key element to the competition is the hair and make up that they also design for their models.  They are in charge of creating a fashion statement and the model wears it from hair to shoes as they walk down the runway.

Griffins Pick Two Winners of Annual Jersey Design Contest

Griffins Pick Two Winners of Annual Jersey Design Contest

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jason Villanti of Sayre, Pa., and Fraser Davidson of London, England, have been selected as the winners of the Grand Rapids Griffins’ third annual jersey design contest. Their creations were chosen from a record 119 entries submitted during the summer contest conducted by PuckDrawn.com.

Villanti’s design, which will be worn by the Griffins during their 15th annual New Year’s Eve game, depicts a fierce, roaring griffin in blue, gray and white, with its wings spread wide. The predominantly white jersey features blue yokes and arms, with red and gray stripes.
Davidson’s jersey is distinguished by a European look reminiscent of the continent’s sports teams. White with subtle blue and red stripes, its logo is centered around a gold griffin whose inspiration is rooted in heraldry and the depictions of creatures in traditional, national emblems.