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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.

Thousands of glowing orbs will lift into the air on Friday, September 21 from three downtown Grand Rapids locations as part of an epic ArtPrize entry: Lights in the Night: Where Hope Takes Flight. The lantern launch will be symbolic of the hopes and dreams of hundreds of Grand Rapidians and visitor volunteers alike, when eco-friendly Chinese sky lanterns will ascend into the sky at dusk as thousands look on in what will be the most awe-inspiring and breath-taking ArtPrize experience in history.

Wine Women and Chocolate 2012 invites you to partake in delectable eats and drinks all in the name of charity! The sixth annual Wine Women and Chocolate reception will be held on Thursday, October 11, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth SW, Grand Rapids. Proceeds will benefit the comprehensive employment services offered by Women’s Resource Center. Tickets are priced at $30.
At Wine Women and Chocolate guests will enjoy a strolling cocktail party with a variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres, wines, and gourmet chocolates. The evening will also consist of a silent auction and raffle along with an inspirational story from a woman who has improved her life thanks to Women’s Resource Center services.  
Wine Women and Chocolate is sponsored by Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Panera Bread, Steelcase Inc, and Flex Checks.
Women’s Resource Center walks alongside women in transition, supporting their career and life goals by teaching skills for workplace success and imparting the confidence to pursue their goals.

Click here for more information about Women’s Resource Center.  To Purchase tickets for Wine Women and Chocolate, click here or contact Terri Demeter at 458-5443 ext. 114.

San Chez is teaming up with MP Talent Management Group again to present "Night of Illusions: Halloween Style" at San Chez Bistro on October 31. Hosted by GR’s own crazy-scary Sarah Jean Anderson, it’s a fiercely fabulous way to spend your Halloween night! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and show and tapas begin at 7:30 p.m. Arrive dressed in your most elaborate Halloween garb for the freakishly fun costume contest judged by the Queens and a couple VIPs. Prizes will be awarded, including a tiara for the winner!

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