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My Town: Award-winning NPR production comes to Kalamazoo

My Town: Award-winning NPR production comes to Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-  The popular NPR production, “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” is coming to Kalamazoo this week.

The fast-paced, humorous news quiz  will unfold at Miller Auditorium Thursday, March 20.  The production will be one of legendary newsman Carl Kasell’s last, after he announced his retirement earlier this month.   Host Peter Sagal will also be on hand for the Peabody Award-winning show, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews, comedians Brian Babylon and Bobcat Goldthwait and newspaper columnist Amy Dickenson.

 It appears tickets to the show are sold out, but Miller Auditorium has been having problems with its ticket-selling site, so interested fans are encouraged to call (269) 387-2300 for more information.

The show will be taped and then air on March 22 at 10 a.m. ET on public radio stations nationwide.

My Town: Two communities join Great American Meatout Day

My Town: Two communities join Great American Meatout Day

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The City of Kalamazoo will recognize the Great American Meatout Day this Thursday, March 20.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell recently signed a proclamation encouraging community members to skip the meat and opt for meals filled with vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. His proclamation discusses the health, environmental and animal welfare benefits.

This is the 30th year for the Meatout campaign, organized by the national nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement.  FARM says the lives of 8,000 can be spared if 30,000 people commit to going meatless for one full day.

Holland’s Thai Palace Restaurant also plans to show its support for the event with a vegan “feed-in” Thursday.  The restaurant plans to serve up free samples of vegan food to patrons. Thai Palace is located at 977 Butternut Drive.

My Town Kalamazoo: Maple Sugar Festival returns March 15-16

My Town Kalamazoo: Maple Sugar Festival returns March 15-16

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The 49th annual Maple Sugar Festival is a great opportunity for the Kalamazoo community to experience the taste of maple at its finest, the weekend of March 15-16.

Begin your day with a delicious pancake breakfast starting at 9 a.m., served until 2pm. Catch tours, demonstrations, a kids carnival and crafts throughout the day. Don’t forget there is ice cream with maple syrup from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for everyone! It's all happening at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, located at 7000 North Westnedge Ave.

For more information, call (269) 381-1574 or visit www.naturecenter.org.

My Town: Beauty schools collect donations for domestic violence victims

My Town: Beauty schools collect donations for domestic violence victims

WALKER, Mich.—Three West Michigan beauty schools are joining a nationwide drive to help victims of domestic abuse.

Throughout this month, Empire Beauty Schools in My Town Grand Rapids North, My Town Walker and My Town Kalamazoo are collecting donations, including food, clothes, home cleaning and beauty supplies.  The Empire Gives Back campaign involves all 110 Empire schools in 21 states.

“We are thrilled to be able to support these local programs making a difference in the communities throughout our footprint,” says Frank Schoeneman, chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group.  “Through the efforts of our Empire Gives Back campaign we are supporting thousands of women and children affected by domestic abuse.  We are proud to be able to help these families rebuild their lives.”

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My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers plan a 'Salute to Selfies'

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers plan a 'Salute to Selfies'

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It’s a term you probably didn’t even know five years ago: the selfie.

Now the Kalamazoo Growlers are preparing to honor the social media meme with a Salute To Selfies night during their July 24 home game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks.  The team will wear special jerseys filled with fan “selfies”  submitted to the Growlers via social media.  To submit, follow the instructions below:


  • Take your selfie!
  • Like the Growlers Facebook page here by clicking the link
  • Find and click “Share Photo”
  • Choose your selfie
  • Tag the Growlers and use the hashtag #SaluteToSelfie


WMU med school to be named after Dr. Homer Stryker

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM/AP) -- Western Michigan University's new medical school will be named after the founder of the medical technology company Stryker Corp.

Officials made the announcement Tuesday in Kalamazoo.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine will be housed at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus downtown and welcome its first class this fall.

Dr. Homer Stryker was a Kalamazoo orthopedic surgeon and medical device innovator.

The medical school is being named in his honor thanks to his granddaughter, Ronda E. Stryker, and her husband, William D. Johnston, a Western Michigan University trustee.

Stryker and Johnston are the donors who made a founding anonymous gift in excess of $100 million to the university three years ago to launch the medical school initiative.

Marvin Sapp not a suspect in Teleka Patrick disappearance

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- In recent weeks rumors have circulated suggesting Grand Rapids pastor Marvin Sapp is a suspect in the disappearance of Teleka Patrick. But Kalamazoo County Sheriff's investigators say the rumors are false.

Patrick, a 30-year old Kalamazoo doctor, disappeared December 5 under unusual circumstances. It was later revealed that Sapp was granted a personal protection order against Patrick three months prior to her disappearance. In September, Sapp, an acclaimed gospel recording artist and pastor at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, alleged Patrick claimed to be his wife, contacted his teenage children and had been to his home. He said she had joined his church after moving from California.