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Woman Hula Hoops For Health

Nov 13, 2017
Shani Blueford holds up interlaced hula hoops
J. Gabriel Ware/WMUK

You might think that hula hoops are just for kids, but one woman is using hula hoops to promote healthy living and wellness.

Gary Stroutsos with Zuni drummer Florentine Johnson
Jan Nickman

This year’s Michigan Festival of Sacred Music will feature a performance by Gary Stroutsos. He’s a flutist from Seattle possibly best known for playing Native American styles. Stroutsos will play Saturday, November 11th at 11 a.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. 

A scene from "Atrophy"
courtesy of Jason Slingerland

Ever wonder why you don’t see a lot independent films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres? Or set in the future or the past? That’s because it’s hard to make those things look realistic without a whole lot of money. 

Kathy Jennings (left) reads her poem inspired by Michael Dunn's (right) drawing that he's holding
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

“I sit in waiting rooms of doctor’s offices and airports - and whenever normally you’re getting impatient or frustrated, I’m drawing,” says Kalamazoo architect and artist Michael Dunn.

Dunn’s drawings are layered with many images, popping out at you from a fog of scribbles. They’re part of a new exhibit at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center called “Drawing on Words” - which will have its opening reception during Friday's Art Hop.

Wendy Habermehl of Milwaukee looks into the magical treehouse at the Midwest Miniatures Museum in Hickory Corners
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

From dollhouses to bite-size toy soldiers, people have long had a fascination with tiny things. According to the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, the tiny toys were used to teach boys war strategy and teach girls how to manage a household. Archeologists have even found miniatures in ancient Egyptian tombs. They were representations of what the person enjoyed in life.

WMUK visited the Midwest Miniatures Museum on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners.