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New Year, New Events for Ladies!


Oh ladies, it’s a new year, which means we’re all trying our best to make positive changes and have a little fun as the post-holiday months settle over us. This January is packed with fabulous events for women and girls of all ages around West Michigan, so let’s sprinkle as much girl time into the new year as we can!

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids @ The Public Museum, Grand Rapids

1-31 January 2018

This exhibit at The Public Museum in Downtown GR is an awesome family activity for mothers and daughters (and anyone else in the fam who wants to tag along!) The exhibit features both models and replicas of the mystical specimens, in addition to fossils of real prehistoric animals that help explain how some of these otherworldly creatures may have been inspired. This show is running all of January and into the spring months, and it's such a fun way to tie science and fantasy together!

WPBA: Grand Slam Event @ Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt Pleasant  

3-7 January 2018

This tournament is hosted by one of the longest-running women's professional sports organizations in the world--The Women's Professional Billiard Association. If you want to see some awesome women compete in what is often considered a male-dominated sport, stop by Soaring Eagle for this action-packed weekend of billiards and babes doing their thing.

Crazy Ladies Quilting Circle @ Coopersville Farm Museum

4-25 January 2018 (Thursdays)

Maybe you're looking to pick up a new hobby this year, or maybe you're already an avid quilter--either way--join the fun at Coopersville Farm Museum every Thursday of the year! The primary focus may be quilting, but anyone interested in crocheting, sewing, or anything else textile related should come out and get to know the crazy ladies. Don't be intimidated if you don't have any experience; every level of knowledge is welcome to join!

Princess Tea Party @ Henderson Castle Inn, Kalamazoo

14 January 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Though we may all have a princess inside us, this event is for the little ones! Your little princess and her friends will have the most perfect make-believe afternoon pretending to be princesses in the historic and extravagant Henderson Castle Inn. The afternoon will include photo opportunities with the princesses, storytelling, ballroom dancing, and a guided tour of the castle. Wait, are grown-ups allowed on this adventure?

Y-102 Bridal Show @ Ferris State University Center, Big Rapids

14 January 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you or anyone you know is planning her big day in 2018, you can't miss this show. Honestly, even if you're not planning your big day, who doesn't love a little wedding daydreaming? There will be door prizes, cash giveaways, free food and drink, a fashion show (!?), enough said.

Women in Healthcare Leadership Conference @ The Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids

18 January 2018, 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This is your year to get motivated and work your booty off! With that being said, what better way to jumpstart that motivation than by surrounding yourself with other hard-working women. The conference will feature two keynote speakers who share their stories (one on healthcare and one on finance) and then lead several hands-on activities to help you engage and connect! The theme of this year is Educate & Empower, and what could be better than that?

Eat More Cake @ Mod Bettie, Grand Rapids

18 January 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A BODY POSITIVITY CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN! Do away with those self-defeating New Years Resolutions and discover 2018 Reasons to Love Yourself More! Join us for an evening of cake, cocktails and conversations about Body Positivity, Self-Worth and Girl Power. There will be a panel discussion, vendor tables, pop-up shops, photo booth, small bites, vision boarding, and special giveaways. We encourage you to arrive picture perfect in a wardrobe that makes you feel sexy and empowered. Click here to purchase tickets!


Ultimate Ladies Weekend and Vintage Market @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center

20-21 January 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wait you're telling me there's a ladies weekend and a vintage market popping up at the same place on the same weekend?! Count me in! These two events include LuLaRoe and other craft vendors, demonstrations, and giveaways, plus two full rooms packed with antiques, shabby chic, boutique clothing, vintage, home decor, and more! What else are you going to do with all the Christmas money if not spoil yourself with an amazing shopping weekend with the girls?

Let us know if we've missed anything going on this month! 

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Calling All Ladies: November Events for Women


It goes without saying that here at Mod Bettie, we celebrate and support women from all walks of life. We're always learning from, laughing with, and growing alongside one another, so here's our list of women-centric November events around West Michigan to check out. Let's fill every month with as much girl power as we can get!

Women's Only Weekend @ South Haven

9-12 November 2017

What could possibly be more fun than a roaring 20s themed weekend just for us gals? Don't miss out on this weekend in South Haven as the town is transformed into a flapper festival! Some of the events include: speakeasy night, dueling pianos, murder mystery, Charleston dance contest, costume contest, and more! The 20s were a profound time for women--the beginning of a long battle for better rights and equality--so why not celebrate some of our revolutionary roots in style! 

Ladies Night Out @ Mount Pleasant

11 November 2017, 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Spend Saturday evening in Mount Pleasant treating yourself to some awesome deals from local shops while also contributing to The Women's Initiative and Women's Aid Services--two charities that fight abuse and provide resources for local women. There are numerous participating businesses offering discounts on massages, yoga, tea and coffee, merchandise, dining, and more! Spend a little time on yourself, all while helping to make a difference in other women's lives. 

Princess Tea Party @ Henderson Castle Inn, Kalamazoo

12 November 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Though we may all have a princess inside us, this event is for the little ones! Your little princess and her friends will have the most perfect make-believe afternoon pretending to be princesses in the historic and extravagant Henderson Castle Inn. The afternoon will include photo opportunities with the princesses, storytelling, ballroom dancing, and a guided tour of the castle. Wait, are grown-ups allowed on this adventure?

Business MasterMind! @ Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids

14 November 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Hosted by Unstoppable Women GRthis event is the perfect networking brunch for all our girl bosses out there! This mastermind session is all about growing your business. Rivka Kawano (social media marketing specialist) is hosting the event, and she'll be taking everyone through introductions and discussion topics. What a great opportunity to meet other professionals in a casual setting, and get real work done for your business! 

Boxwood Wreath Class @ W. K. Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners

16 November 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This event isn't specifically exclusive for women only, but it sounds like a peaceful crafting activity to get us in the holiday spirit! In this class, you'll be instructed by landscape expert, Sherri Snyder on the art of wreath-making with boxwood evergreen fronds. The wreath will last from Thanksgiving all the way through to Christmas. Just add a red bow and you're good to go!

A Drag Queen Christmas @ DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

19 November 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

You won't want to miss out on this performance! This holiday extravaganza is starring Sasha Velour, Shea Coulee, Aja, Latrice Royale, Farrah Moan, Chi Chi DeVayne & Eureka O'Hara. It's an evening of songs and marvelous drag performance, and all ages are welcome. Plus, with the purchase of VIP tickets, you'll have the opportunity for a meet and greet with the queens, plus an official tour poster and other goodies. Don't skip The Naughty Tour this year!

Women Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu @ Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

1 - 26 November 2017, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Until the end of the month, you can see this empowering exhibit at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Woman Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu, is a collection of twenty mixed-media, painted, and photographic works centered around female strength in the face of persecution. Liu’s work focuses on Chinese women throughout history--from concubines, to warriors, to survivors of the Cultural Revolution, like herself.

Let us know if we missed any!

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