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Just five weeks ago, Local First set out to rally West Michigan around the local food system. The goal was to get one thousand people to take The 10x10 Pledge–a pledge to shift $10 of your weekly food budget to local sources for ten weeks. The one thousandth pledge was taken over the weekend. With one thousand people from the community participating, a collective $100,000 will be shifted into the West Michigan food economy.

Grand Rapids OB/GYN is pleased to announced it is moving to Cascade beginning October 1. The new office is located at 5060 Cascade Rd SE, Ste C, Grand Rapids, MI. They will continue to offer the most advanced OB/GYN services available. In addition to traditional OB/GYN care, the office is able to perform many services within the office setting including endometrial ablation, tubal sterilization using the Essure method, hysteroscopy, and InterStim for bladder dysfunction.

Spotlight616, LLC will host Style Battle 2012 This Is Art, a unique and electrifying fashion competition among local retailers and fashion professionals, on September 27 at the Goei Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

Local retailers and designers, alongside a team of fashion professionals, will spontaneously put together four completed looks live in front of an audience in a timed three-hour competition. Each team includes one photographer, one makeup artist, one hairdresser, four models, and a retail stylist or designer. The culmination of the evening will be a runway show of each teams’ efforts along with a slide show of images that are created throughout the night. A $1,000 prize will be awarded by popular vote and a panel of professional judges, including Brian Weaver, creative director at Kenneth Cole Productions NY, will provide the top cash prize of $2,000.

ArtPrize’s Fashion Force Challenge, a designer-driven competition, took place at Monte’s Lounge in July of this year. The winner of that event, Liesl Geneva, owner of Apparel Artistry, will represent ArtPrize’s showcase team as the official Fashion Ambassador at Style Battle. Her designs will be exhibited not only at Style Battle but will also be available as a limited edition line of merchandise for 2012 in the ArtPrize HUB Store.

Ten percent of all ticket sales will go to Artists Creating Together (ACT), an organization that works to empower and increase learning skills in students with disabilities by bringing them together with artists to work on projects ranging from visual arts to theater and dance. ACT will be hosting a community painting party during the event, the results of which will be auctioned off live from the runway.

Siegel Jewelers will be on hand to give away gift cards and the chance to win a half carat diamond.

Guest styling stations will be available for attendees for makeup applications and hair styling. All tips benefit to ACT.

VIP Level Two attendees will be able to relax and watch the creative process unfold from upscale lounges provided by Haworth and Interphase Interiors.

General Admission and VIP tickets are available by clicking here. VIP tickets can be purchased in advance only. Valet parking is included in all ticket purchases.

Doctor William G. Dodds, founder of the Fertility Center, has announced a special free seminar taking place Thursday, September 20, on the subject of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a common reproductive endocrine disorder that affects roughly 5 percent of women.

There will be three ways to vote for your favorite business during downtown Holland’s Live Mannequin Night event Friday, September 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. During this highly anticipated annual event, generously sponsored by West Michigan Community Bank, volunteers from the community and staff from participating businesses will pose perfectly still as they depict this year’s theme–board games.
Visitors are invited to stroll throughout downtown Holland to see how each participating business interprets popular board games in imaginative ways. Each attendee will also have a chance to vote for their favorite live mannequin display to determine what business wins first, second, and third place in the People Choice competition.
Thanks to downtown Holland’s own software developers Collective Idea, for the first time ever votes will accepted online at www.livemannequinnight.com and via text message by texting 616-788-2200. Online voting can be done via a computer or smartphone, with votes being accepted until 9:30 p.m. Two voting stations will also be set up downtown in front of Fifth Third Bank and GDK Park (rain locations are Claremont Court and Butch’s) for those wishing to vote via paper ballot.
For more information, check out the downtown Holland website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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