We've been quite proud to see some of our creators get bumped up a little by being seen on the Muskegon Channel.  We've had some be auditioned for cable shows on major networks.  We had a book deal happen.  We've seem more than one business rely on us to share the story of how they came to be and the purpose of their work.  This is a first for us however.  Olaf, the star of "Dog Blessed" has been bit by the acting bug and this weekend, it's curtains up at "Annie" at Muskegon Catholic Central for 3 shows. 

To help those who need a hand the most is where we often find ourselves.  We're pretty proud of the idea that large or small events all make up what it takes to provide in our community and to spread the word about the work and get you updated on the necessity of the cause, well, that's what it's all about.  Every Woman's Place of Muskegon helps those effected by domestic or sexual violence and has been doing so for over 45 years.  In a perfect world, no community would need a domestic crisis shelter, but, we don't live in a perfect world and EWP is there.  To keep EWP there, we all need to pitch in and help.

It's called the "Premiere Talent Show Along the Lakeshore" and it's a fitting title, but it's such an expansive program and time honored tradition here in Muskegon that it's really so much more.  It's a reason to celebrate the young people who share talent that reaches into the arts and academics of their high school careers and yes, there's room for athletics too, and over 30 area schools convene on the Frauenthal Center on March 20th and 21st to show off their achievers.

There's an exciting announcement this week!  Our dear friend Olaf has been bitten by the acting bug and is on his way to the stage at Muskegon Catholic Central to star as "Sandy" in the upcoming production of "Annie".  The buzz from media outlets like Entertainment Tonight and TMZ so far has been incredible and as the opening date draws closer, Muskegon will certainly see an uptick in paparazzi...so please take not that there might be camera's, satellite trucks and maybe even an appearance by Ryan Seacrest.

Bringing a group together 16 or so years ago based on the idea that inclusion means everyone.  A daughter who wondered why she didn't have sleepovers like the rest of the kids in the family sparked the idea in Cyndi Blair that the kid was right, "why doesn't she get to do the same thing other kids do?"  As old as the story is, there's no stopping a mom on a mission.  Getting a few friends together for sports events became a regular thing and then came the miracles.  These kids began to interact with peers their age with more "normal" ability levels and the idea of "No More Sidelines" shattered all thoughts on what barriers meant.

There's a minute or two of history and shared stories about to happen.  Jeff Brinn is an amazing accomplished photographer who I go back with to almost the beginning of my career.  Jeff and I have been in places that most don't get to be a part of and through our work have shared some times that we've expressed in different ways over the years.  I try to share the stories, and honestly, it's getting harder to do.  All that was....it's hard to talk about without sounding like a name dropper or braggart.  I really struggle.  Jeff on the other hand, was behind the camera and of all those experiences, he's got the photo proof and he's opening it to the public for the first time March 8th at the Doo Gallery!

If you are a responsible pet owner, we're going to assume you knew it was "Responsible Pet Owners Month".  If you are a responsible pet owner who didn't know it's "Responsible Pet Owners Month" well, that will cost you a couple of treats...and we mean the good ones, like Jodi talks about and gives Olaf all the time.  How about some great practical advice that you my not otherwise think of this week on Dog Blessed?  Brought to you by Must Love Dogs pet boutique in Grand Haven and Clock's Timeless Pets. 

Right out of the stating blocks this week, you are going to be rewarded by being a pet owner!  Congratulations on that!  Jodi comes right out with some cold hard facts about you and your pet, especially if it's a dog, and just how that relationship is paying off incredibly already just by you being together!  There are also more incredible tips on how you and your pet can extend that symbiotic wellness relationship this week!

As if we didn't have enough to buy greetings cards for, we now have National Pet Dental Helath Month.  Ok, it might be a Hallmark Holiday, however Jodi is here this week to explain the necessity of proper dental care for your pet as well as dispell some common misconceptions as to what is really an effective treatment for cleaning those choppers, here we go! 

Well, the groundhog has come and gone and he's predicted an early spring.  However, with the exception of Kolton Woods who does Muskegon Channel's weather, have you ever met a forecaster that was right?  Us either. Jodi is here this week with some awesome tips and ideas that you can use to help your dogs out in the winter months, which could very well go into April....because, Michigan.....we're sure you get it.

The Bling Thing!  Imagine a community so smart, so inventive and so focused on the idea of making things happen in their own community that even old jewelry can become a fundraiser for some of the most essential things any community hold dear?  Well, Muskegon has figured out how to do it and the Friends of the Hackley Library hosts the sale at the Barclay Place Events Center February 9th and 10th.