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GOOD SAMARITAN


A Good Samaritan is someone who steps up when others do not. He is the first to lend a helping hand no matter the situation and will give the shirt off his back to someone in need. BY KE L L I KOLAKOWS KI


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A Good Samaritan is al- ways up for lending a helping hand and volun-


teering for the Salvation Army is the perfect way to spread goodness. The Salvation Army is in constant need of holiday volun- teers, whether red kettle bell ringers, distributing gifts to nursing homes or adopting an angel for the Angel Tree pro- gram. All you need to do is create a volunteer profile and they’ll find the fit that’s right for you.


Salvation Army


1700 S. Burdick Street, Kalamazoo tsakalamazoo.org, (269) 344-6119


DRINK


By drinking Uncommon Grounds fair trade or- ganic coffee, Good Samari-


tans can rest assured knowing they’re supporting local farmers, the local com- munity and helping to improve the lives of workers in countries like Honduras and El


Salvador. “We have a program in Honduras; we went last February, my staff and I, to a region in Honduras and tasted coffee from 15 different farmers,” said Guy Darienzo, co-owner of Uncommon Grounds. “The six we liked most, we went to the farmers and looked at their crop and how they pro- cessed and picked the coffee. Four out of the six, we bought their whole crop. It’s their income for the whole year. A small shop like Uncommon Grounds can help support those families.”


Uncommon Grounds


127 Hoffman St., Saugatuck uncommongroundscafe.com, (269) 857-3333


EAT


CityFlats Hotel Holland is the first hotel in the Midwest to achieve LEED


Gold Certification and its fifth floor boasts CityVu Bistro: a contemporary yet casual dining hotspot. Good Samaritans will relish the sustainable atmosphere and unique


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dining experience at CityVu, while enjoying the rooftop views of Holland’s scenic downtown, Windmill Island and Lake Macatawa. Menu items include flatbreads, breakfast options, small plates and a full bar with more than 100 wine bottles and 24 wines by the glass.


CityVu Bistro, CityFlats Hotel Holland 61 East 7th Street, Holland cityflatshotel.com, (616) 796-2100


Fronted by local do- gooders and lovebirds Seth Bernard and May


Erlewine Bernard, the Starlight Six also features Michael Shimmin, and Rachael, Dominic and Joshua Davis. Join them for a special New Year’s Eve performance at Wealthy Street Theatre Dec. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show.


Starlight Six New Year’s at Wealthy Theatre Dec. 31 Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids grcmc.org/theatre, (616) 459-4788 x130


WATCH


The holiday season is a time of kindness, giving and thankfulness and no


one knows that better than Good Samari- tans. Treat yours to a traditional Christmas- time story performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Nearly 200 years after the story was written, its message contin- ues to resonate as greedy Ebenezer Scrooge is made to change his wicked ways thanks to the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.


Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Saugatuck Women’s Club 303 Butler Street, Saugatuck Dec. 9-11, 16-18 saugatuckdouglas.com, (269) 857-1701


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