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My Town Kalamazoo: Local bar among Top 21 Thrillist theme bars

My Town Kalamazoo: Local bar among Top 21 Thrillist theme bars

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Kalamazoo Beer Exchange) — Fresh off their win as RateBeer’s “Best Bar in MI,” the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange – the only on the list in Michigan - has been named one of Thrillist’s 21 Best Theme Bars in America.

“Everyone who pays us a visit has a great time with The Exchange,” said Johanna Kelly, PR and Event Coordinator for The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. “Whether you’re a Kalamazoo native or visiting from the other side of the globe, we’re the perfect place to discover incredible craft beer at ridiculously low prices in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Standing alongside established bars in large cities from Brooklyn to San Francisco, the inclusion of The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange reaffirms Kalamazoo’s status as a rising star in the Midwest’s cultural and craft beer movements, as well as highlighting the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange’s place as a cornerstone of Downtown Kalamazoo cool.

Old Crow Medicine Show Tickets go on Sale

Old Crow Medicine Show Tickets go on Sale

Old Crow Medicine Show tickets will go on sale at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI., Friday, April 18th at 10:00am. You may also buy tickets at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at: 1-800-745-3000

The group will be appearing at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 8:00pm.

It has been about 15 years since the band started on tour, selling over 800,000 albums and appearing as frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and playing renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella and the Newport Folk Festival.

On September 17, 2013, Old Crow Medicine Show received the great honor of being inducted as the newest members of the historic Grand Ole Opry. Other highlights included winning the Grammy Award for “Best Long Form Music Video” for the film, Big Easy Express and having their classic single, “Wagon  Wheel” receive the RIAA’s Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

HOLLAND – A total of four Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation.

Senior Caitlin Ploch of Redford received a fellowship through the program. In addition, 2013 graduate James Bour and 2012 graduate Hilary Bultman also received fellowships, and 2013 graduate Meagan Elinski received an honorable mention.  Bour and Bultman had each received honorable mentions last year.

Hope students or graduates have received fellowships or honorable mentions through the program every year for more than 20 years, and this is the seventh consecutive year that multiple graduating seniors or recent alumni have been recognized.  The NSF awarded 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year.

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

KALAMAZOO, MIch.-- On Thursday, April 3, students at Paramount Charter Academy had the opportunity to duct tape their principal to the gymnasium wall.

The students have been logging their reading hours throughout March for a chance to duct tape their principal or dean as a reading reward. For each book read, the students earned a duct tape raffle ticket. The top reader in each wing got to choose who they wanted to duct tape to the wall.

The event is a way to celebrate the end of a successful March is Reading Month.

Paramount Charter Academy, located in Kalamazoo, is a free public charter school serving students in young 5s through eighth grade.

My Town: Collegiate Vocal Competition April 6

My Town: Collegiate Vocal Competition April 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Students from Aquinas College, Hope College and Grand Valley State University will hit a high note Sunday, April 6 with Opera Grand Rapids' Collegiate Vocal Competition.

The event begins at 7 p.m. inside the Betty Van Andel Opera Center, located at 1320 E. Fulton in Grand Rapids. Guests can also listen to the Second Division winners from Western Michigan University and Hope College.

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—West Michigan will be well-represented during the Detroit Tigers’ opening weekend at Comerica Park.

During the game against the Orioles Saturday, April 5, the 120 children that comprise the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus will sing the national anthem.  Taylor Stevens, an alumna of KCC, will be directing the chorus.

"This is so exciting for the children and for me," Stevens said.  "We've never done anything like this before."   

During the game, Mona Shores High School’s ball teams will also be accepting a $10,000 Grand Slam Grant check.  Coach William Lent will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.