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Candy Cane Hunt Returns

Candy Cane Hunt Returns

The Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Department invite community children up to 8 years old to take part in this hunt for nearly 5000 candy canes.

Bring the family out to Homer Stryker Field located at 251 Mill Street in Kalamazoo from 12:00pm through 2:00pm on Saturday, December 3. Along with the candy cane hunt, there will be an opportunity to do arts & crafts, write letters to Santa, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate & coffee provided by Tim Horton's and visit with Santa Claus.

Bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program here in West Michigan. All children that donate a toy will receive an additional 2 entries for the Santa sack drawing. (1 prize per child).

Call: (269)337-8191 or visit www.KzooParks.org for Candy Cane Hunt start times.

17th Annual Classic Synchronized Skating Competition

17th Annual Classic Synchronized Skating Competition

More than 2000 skaters, making up 133 teams are coming to Kalamazoo this weekend performing exciting figure skating!

The Wings Event Center located at 3600 Vanrick Drive in Kalamazoo, Michigan comes alive with synchronized skating programs performed by 8-20 skaters together at a time.

Practice takes place in the later afternoon on Friday, November 18. Saturday’s competition, November 19 begins at 8:00am through 8:20pm and Sunday’s, November 20, starts off at 8:30am through almost 2:00pm.

Cost is $10, $9 for Senior’s (62 & over), no charge for children 5 & under and active military with proper ID.

Call: (269)345-1125 or visit http://greaterkzooskate.org/kick-off-classic/ for more details.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.

Fall Expo & Craft Show on September 24

Fall Expo & Craft Show on September 24

Signs of autumn to children back in school, a favorite shopper’s pass time emerges this weekend.

Crafters, Artists, along with other vendors from across Michigan welcome guest’s presence in the Kalamazoo Expo Center, south this Saturday, September 24 beginning at 9:00am through 4:00pm. One-of-a-kind items make shopping a treat for the upcoming holidays, ahead.

Visit www.kalcounty.com for Expo Center calendar details.

MudFest

MudFest

Kalamazoo Nature Center located at 7000 N. Westnedge Avenue invites the community to Get Dirty this Sunday.

Community guests have the opportunity to experience mud fun at Natures playground. The family can jump into a giant mud pit, race down the giant slip n slide, along with visiting fun learning stations during this down & dirty event. For an additional fee, the Zip Line is a real treat. (Rider’s must be 4th grade & up)

There is Free Admission to the Mudfest with a general KNC admission on Sunday, August 28 from 12pm – 5pm. Guest passes are not valid for this special event.

Call: (269)381-1574 or visit www.naturecenter.org for more information.

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Parents want the best education for their children. Increased engagement with their child’s school gives them an opportunity to see that through. School choices continue to emerge, with online education thriving amongst families in the United States with a 58 percent increase in enrollment since 2010.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a tuition free school serving students in grades 6-12. As an online school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy allows local families from communities like city to learn from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever there is an internet connection. Enrollment numbers continue to increase with this learning model because of satisfaction with virtual education, the level of expertise through online institutions and the rigorous curriculum of the offered programs. One of the primary benefits of Great Lakes Cyber Academy is the level of parent engagement across all grade levels.