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A silent march and keynote address at Grand Valley State University will honor Cesar Chavez on March 29. The silent march will begin at 12 p.m. in front of Zumberge Library on the Allendale Campus, and a keynote address by Miguel Martinez-Saenz, “Courage, Hope and Love: Honoring the Legacy of Cesar Chavez,” will follow from 1-2 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center. Events are free and open to the public. Martinez-Saenz is the associate provost of Undergraduate Education and Student Support Services at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He has worked extensively with students on… Read more...
Learn how to become involved in local government and be inspired to run for office at the Grand Valley State University Women Center's "Ready to Run Michigan" workshop. The event, taking place April 21 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., aims to increase the number of women running for elected public offices, especially in states–like Michigan–where the ratio of elected officials leans more heavily toward men. Ready to Run, a bipartisan program, will host keynote speaker Shirley Franklin, the first African American woman elected mayor of Atlanta. Also attending will be former Sen. Patty Birkholz, and Shannon Garrett, formerly of the White… Read more...
Blast! Build Your Business Conference and Competition for Women will take place March 15-16, 2012, at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids. This event is part of Blast! Grand Rapids, an exciting business growth initiative for women entrepreneurs in the Greater Grand Rapids region. Its goal is to help strengthen the wellness of children and families by supporting local women-owned businesses in economic growth, and job creation through a structured program providing the tools and support system needed to be sustainable assets in their communities. The initiative is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. At the… Read more...
More than $35,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year in the twelfth annual ATHENA Scholarship program. Women over the age of thirty who are working toward a college degree are eligible to apply for these scholarships to off-set the costs of tuition, books, childcare, or transportation. The application deadline is May 4. Network other scholarship fund contributors at the 2012 ATHENA Stylish Soiree Scholarship Fundraiser in April. Attendees can shop for this year's latest fashions in accessories, get makeup touch-ups, and stress relieving treatments. A fundraiser event to support the scholarship fun will take place April 11 from 5-7:30… Read more...
Today through Sunday, March 4, girlfriends will gather, shop, eat, pamper, and enjoy. The annual Girlfriends Weekend in Holland is sold out, but the waiting list is still accepting names in case of cancelations. Girlfriends in Holland this weekend will partake in three days of entertainment and activities intermixed with free time for shopping and dining. In-store activities throughout the weekend include lessons in DYI invitations, cupcakes, libations and clothing. Prizes will also be given to a select few! Jewelry making, coffee and chocolate pairing, and beauty tips are among other activities for participants. Click here for a full list… Read more...
The Michigan League of Conservative Voters will host an event for Moms Clean Air Force West Michigan on March 6 at 7 p.m. Moms, dads, grandparents, or just concerned citizens can attend the introductory Meeting of Moms, an informational session on the Moms Clean Air Force in Grand Rapids. The meeting will be held at The Tree Hugger Store, 947 Wealthy Street SE. Moms Clean Air Force is a nation-wide initiative to support the "right to clean air."  Join the West Michigan chapter Tuesday for wine, hors d'oeurvres, and discussion. Click here to RSVP, or for more information, e-mail Starla. Read more...
The twenty-third annual Huntington Pillar Awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 14 will be the site of award winning recognition. Attend the luncheon at the JW Marriott Hotel International Ballroom where the Women's Resource Center will present the 2012 recipients, Aquinas College, Axios, and Herman Miller. These West Michigan employers demonstrated committment to empowering women at work through best practice strategies. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit comprehensive employment programs provided by WRC for disadvantaged women. Tickets are $50 per person. Purchase them online, or contact Sharon Caldwell-Newton for more information. Source: Women's Resource Center Read more...

Go Red for Women

February 16, 2012
A Luncheon sponsored by Go Red for Women will be held on Friday, February 24 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Noto's Old World Italian Dining & Banquet/Conference Facility. The event kicks off with a series of lectures. From 9:30-10:30 a.m., breakout sessions will allow attendees to learn how to live a longer, healthier life. From 10 a.m.-12 p.m., bid on items from local merchants in a silent auction. A medical panel will speak on heart-health from 10:30-11 a.m., and from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. keynote speaker Dr. George S. Abela will give a lecture on heart disease and stroke risk. Abela… Read more...
The Women's Division Chamber of Commerce Muskegon presents "Dancing with the Local Stars" at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor February 23-25. Proceeds will benefit West Michigan-area food pantries. Performances will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., and performaces start at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets for $40 per person. Saturday Matinee: Social begins at 12 p.m. and preformances begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. The Women's Division Chamber of Commerce donated more than $114,000 to thirty-three Muskegon area food pantires as a result of their "Dancing with the Local Stars" fundraiser… Read more...
Don't have a date for Valentine's Day? Make plans to attend "In the Heat of Passion: Femmes Fatal" murder mystery event at San Chez on Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m. San Chez and MP Talent Management Group collaborated on the event that includes a full-course tapas meal served at 7:30 p.m. and interaction with West Michigan's own Red Hand Company theatre troupe. Tickets are $55, call 616-774-7284 or go online for reservations. Come for a night of solving mysteries, great food, and mystifying celebration. MP Talent Management Group is a women-owned business in Grand Rapids. Photo: Kathi B. Read more...
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