‘Tis the season to take some time and help make someone else’s day better. Get involved, in a big or small way, by donating food, supplies, toys, money or time to one (or more) of the local and national charities here in West Michigan. Here’s just a short list of the many places where you can lend a hand this holiday season — or any time of the year.
What day is it, Tuesday? Does that mean there’s t-ball practice or a PTO meeting? Crap, it’s both, isn’t it? Well, whatever. After a week filled with fundraising and uniform washing, the Soccer Mom has a sitter lined up this weekend for some much-needed “me” time.
The Foodie knows the name of every local farm within a 50-mile radius and has an heirloom tomato greenhouse on speed dial. Never lowering him or herself to eating at chains, the Foodie demands to speak with the chef to ask “what inspired this dish and what percentage of your food comes from local farms?”
The Buzzkill is kryptonite to conversation and plutonium for parties. You don’t know she’s there until everything is dead around you. Keep her busy this holiday season feeling miserable and full of doom, but just keep Buzz Killington far away from you.
The Fitness Freak never slows down. Even with a packed schedule, she still finds time to hit the gym, trails, pool, climbing wall, yoga mat, bike, kayak, slopes… you get the idea. If it involves endorphins, she’s down. She’s also not-so-patiently waiting for REVUE’s Fit Issue to come out in January.
The Beer Snob has become the superlative connoisseur of the 21st century. Craft beer is at an exciting apex of popularity and the Beer Snob is at the center of it all, guiding the journey toward vibrant tastes — all while catching a warm buzz.
One of the best and worst things about the holiday season is Christmas music. While there are plenty of great Yuletide tunes that make you tap your toes and pull at the heartstrings, there are a lot of folks who have no desire to waste another minute listening to holiday dreck from Kenny G, Mannheim Steamroller or Mariah Carey. So if you want to add some new flavors to your Christmas mix, consider these albums and put a fresher twist on the songs of the season.
No matter where you live in West Michigan, there are local and national charities looking for people to get involved — or even just open their wallets. These do-gooders often seek some combination of donations of money, toys, food, supplies and/or time — do you have any of those? If so, here are just a few ways to bring some cheer to those in need.
You might not believe in Santa Claus, but what about bar-hopping Santa Clauses? Now in its eighth year, SantaCon Kalamazoo aims to spread holly-jolly merrymaking across the streets of downtown for one night a year — as well as to give something back to those in need, just like good old Kris Kringle would.
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