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Beginning January 9, Pine Rest will display a selection of Stacy A. Niedzwiecki’s digital art pieces. The exhibit will be located in the Postma Center Leep Art Gallery at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, 300 68th Street, Grand Rapids.

The upcoming new year spurs a host of resolutions, many of which revolve around improved eating habits and reaching a healthier weight. Chefs and dietitians at Saint Mary’s Health Care are providing resources to help West Michigan succeed with its goals.

Paul Hoffman, Joe Sturgill, and Bob Buchanan will rock the stage at Watermark 920 (920 Washington Ave, Muskegon, Michigan) on December 21, at 6 p.m., via the Inside The Mitten concert series.

PeaceLab Yoga is offering its monthly Yoga 101 Workshop Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Grandville. The workshop is a two-hour introductory class structured to help students new to yoga start at the beginning in a warm, welcoming environment. Yoga and its benefits will be discussed and essential poses will be broken down and explored. Basic anatomy, physiology, and philosophy will be explained and discussed. After the workshop, students will receive two weeks of unlimited yoga in order to experience all that PeaceLab has to offer, and to find the classes that best suit students' needs and schedule. Cost is $39. Click here to register online.   

The Waterfront Film Festival is officially going on the road. It was decided that the nationally recognized, fifteenth annual nonprofit event will take place in South Haven, Michigan, June 13-16, 2013.  South Haven is just fifteen minutes south of Saugatuck, along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Taking the festival to a different town every year or two will benefit more people in West Michigan, and will keep the nonprofit organization functioning. WFF was at a point of either terminating or coming up with a solution. Opening it up to encompass more West Michigan communities and making it a regional event has already proven to be the way to go.
The proactive South Haven proposal put forth by the city includes a pledge of $50,000 in sponsorship and fundraising efforts, PR professionals with strong ties to the Chicago market, committed local business organizations and volunteer groups, shuttle service, office space, and many in-kind donations, including some lodging for guests. There is also a movie theater in town and a 540-seat luxury auditorium theater, which will help cut down on the rising costs of creating the makeshift theaters the festival dealt with in the past.
Grand Haven and Saint Joseph both submitted enthusiastic and strong proposals, with Saint Joseph making a fundraising pledge of $75,000 each year to host WFF in 2015-16. Organizers will begin working with these cities to plan future events. All three cities understood that WFF could no longer continue in Saugatuck without a resolution to the current issues the volunteer event has faced there.
WFF appreciates Saugatuck, and is continuing talks with city leaders about resolving the current financial and logistical issues so that WFF could potentially return there in the future.
See you in South Haven, June 13-16, 2013!

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