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Events at Kalamazoo Expo Center on Saturday

Events at Kalamazoo Expo Center on Saturday

There is something for everyone at the Kalamazoo Expo Center this Saturday! Whether you like to shop, enjoy pets or support an organization, this is the place to be on January 21.

If you enjoy shopping, there is the Indoor Flea & Antique Market taking place from 8am – 3pm in the Main Expo Center. There will be 75 booths with antiques, handcrafted plus new & use items and more or the Winter Expo & Craft Show from 9am – 4pm in the South Expo Center where admission is free. There will be big giveaways and fun for everyone.

The chance to give your support for 4-H is possible at the 4-H Leaders Council Benefit Auction taking place in the North Expo Center starting at 10am, where admission is free. Plus the famous Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Pet Show in Room A from10am – 3pm. Interested, patrons can buy, sell or trade small mammals, reptiles, amphibians or buy supplies & food.

Visit www.kalcounty.com for more details.

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

Winter Expo & Craft Show on January 21

Winter Expo & Craft Show on January 21

Mark your calendar for the first craft show of the season coming to town!

The Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street will house vendors, offering special deals on their 2016 stock. There will be grab bags to the first 50 shoppers and giveaways throughout the day during this free event.

This exciting event takes place on Saturday, January 21 from 9:00am through 4:00pm.

Call: (269)903-5820 or visit www.facebook.com/events/191627444601761/

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

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.