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"Taste of Kalamazoo" to celebrate 30th Anniversary this year

"Taste of Kalamazoo" to celebrate 30th Anniversary this year

Townsquare Media announced today that it has acquired “The Taste of Kalamazoo” from Events, Inc. and Wayne Deering. Taste of Kalamazoo is one of the downtown areas’ most successful events each year.

2015 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the “Taste of Kalamazoo.” The event will take place at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place on July 23 – 25. Townsquare is intent on keeping this popular event downtown with the most delicious food from a wide variety of vendors along with great entertainment.

Last year Townsquare Media along with Arc Community Advocates, produced the annual Kalamazoo Ribfest, a partnership that was the most successful Ribfest since it began. This year they are hoping it will grow even more.

My Town Kalamazoo: Attractions offer free admission deal during May

My Town Kalamazoo: Attractions offer free admission deal during May

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Enjoy some of Kalamazoo’s top attractions for free next month, as the Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange returns. 

The program is open to members of The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center or Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.  Throughout the month of May, these five organizations will team up to welcome each others’ members. Each attraction will also be offering additional activities, however there may be additional costs for special activities and programs.

Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange was created last year as a way to celebrate the region’s cultural richness while introducing community members to new experiences. 

My Town Kalamazoo: Library to offer lab passes to non-residents

My Town Kalamazoo: Library to offer lab passes to non-residents

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It’s no joke; on April Fool’s Day, Kalamazoo Public Library will begin offering non-residents $10 monthly passes to its digital lab.

The library decided to open up its lab to outsiders based on demand.  The lab, dubbed The Hub, features hardware and software to digitize and edit photos and videos; preserve old LPs, cassettes or VHS tapes; produce podcasts, videos, music and animations. A complete list of services provided by The Hub is available on the library’s website.

Kalamazoo Public Library opened The Hub in May 2014.  The lab is free to resident patrons.

My Town Kalamazoo: Celebrating a promise kept for a decade

My Town Kalamazoo: Celebrating a promise kept for a decade

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A decade ago, Kalamazoo made a promise, which has now sent thousands of teenagers to college.

The Kalamazoo Promise is marking its ten-year milestone this year. Officials with the program say it is responsible for 4,000 scholarships totaling more than $60 million. 

The Kalamazoo Promise, which sparked a national movement, pays the full tuition of Kalamazoo Public School graduates who attend any college or university in Michigan.  Nearly 50 communities across the country have since adopted the free tuition model.

“In our city, that has meant changing our culture, knocking down barriers and raising expectations. We’ve really just begun, but we’ve accomplished so much already that the 10-year anniversary is a milestone we need to mark and leverage as we set the stage for the next 10 years,” said Von Washington Jr., The Kalamazoo Promise executive director for community relations.

My Town Kalamazoo: Chefs transform pantry goods into feasts in culinary competition

My Town Kalamazoo: Chefs transform pantry goods into feasts in culinary competition

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Local chefs will transform pantry foods into three-course feasts when a favorite competition returns to Kalamazoo next week.

Chefs Against Hunger will take place at Cityscape Events Center Tuesday, March 24.  Chefs must use ingredients from Ministry with Community’s pantry.  They’ll be assisted by a local celebrity sous-chef.

Chefs Against Hunger runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online or at the door.  The event will also feature a silent auction, raffle and a big announcement from Ministry with Community.

My Town Kalamazoo: $2 million gift means upgrades, scholarships for art school

My Town Kalamazoo: $2 million gift means upgrades, scholarships for art school

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Studio upgrades and a new series of scholarships are coming to the Kirk Newman Art School, thanks to a $2 million gift from a Kalamazoo couple.

Rosemary and John Brown announced their donation to the school during a reception at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts earlier this month.  Kirk Newman, who was a longtime director of the art school, was in attendance.

"Our decision to give to the Kirk Newman Art School at the KIA is based on our admiration of Kirk as a person and on our desire to validate his legacy," said Rosemary Brown. "Our hope is that the school will continue to thrive and to have an ongoing positive influence on the cultural life of the Kalamazoo area."

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The start of spring usually signals the return of the Girl Scouts’ traditional boxed treats, but cookie connoisseurs will have to wait even longer this year.

The Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore says local cookie deliveries will be delayed by four weeks.  Little Brownie Bakers, which churns out the treats, blames unexpectedly high demand for cookies.

"[Our forecast] has resulted in a tightness in cookie inventory and an inability to meet cookie orders at the dates originally requested," explains sales director Brenda Smith. "The situation was made worse by winter weather that resulted in a plant shutdown for two days in February and an ingredient delivery delay in late February."

Little Brownie Bakers is working around the clock to fill all orders.  All requested boxes should arrive in West Michigan the week of April 13.