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‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

News Release:

KALAMAZOO—First Day Shoe Fund is excited to announce the return of its "Brews & Shoes" event on Wednesday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arcadia Brewing Company, 701 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for First Day Shoe Fund’s mission, generate additional supporters and volunteers, and collect monetary and shoe donations in support of future work in the community.

Admission to the event is a minimum donation of $10 or a new pair of athletic shoes per person. Preferred shoe sizes are youth size 11 through adult size 10.

Event attendees will receive one drink ticket and light appetizers.

Each year, First Day Shoe Fund works to distribute a new pair of athletic shoes to children in Kalamazoo, Comstock, and WoodsEdge schools who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

Master Gardener Plant Sale Returns

Master Gardener Plant Sale Returns

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Would you like gardens that are the envy of the neighborhood?  Let us help you at the 8th annual Plant Sale on Friday, May 8, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday, May 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This sale, sponsored by Kalamazoo Master Gardeners, will be inside the Walnut Room in Kalamazoo County’s Health & Community Services (HCS) building located at 3299 Gull Road (in the Nazareth complex), Kalamazoo.

Taste of Portage Logo and T-Shirt Design Contest

Taste of Portage Logo and T-Shirt Design Contest

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The Taste of Portage celebrates the history, unique restaurants, brew pubs, and traditions that make the City of Portage an amazing place to live, work, and enjoy. Taste of Portage encourages the citizens and community to love where they live. In addition to all the local food and entertainment at the event, we are pleased to announce our headlining bands, Big Al’s Basement Band and The Spazmatics. This fundraising event supports the Portage Athletic Foundation and takes place July 18, 2015 from noon to 10 pm at Overlander Band Shell. Entry to the event is free from noon until 4 pm. From 4 pm to 7 pm, a $5 cover fee will be charged. From 7 pm to 10 pm, a $10 cover fee will be charged upon entry to the event.

Rock, Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show this Weekend

Rock, Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show this Weekend

Rock to Mineral enthusiasts can explore & discover this year’s show themed “A World of Agates”, which adds an extra dimension of interest. Activities include polishing a Petoskey stone, learning about silver smithing, crack open a geode, pan for gold and so much more.

Visit Expo South at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street this weekend, Friday from 4pm-8pm, Saturday from 10am-6pm or Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Cost: Adults - $3, Children under 12 are free

Call: (269)979-3348 or visit www.kalcounty.com for more information.

"It's in the Bag" purse sale & raffle

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On April 18, 2015, the Friends of the Portage Senior Center will host the first "It’s in the Bag" purse sale and raffle. Gently used purses and tote bags, both name brands and knockoffs, will be available for purchase at bargain prices. The sale will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

"Folks have donated more than 700 bags of all shapes and sizes," said Senior Center Manager, Kim Phillips. A variety of new name brand bags, donated by generous sponsors, will be raffled off during the event. Raffle tickets are available for sale at the Portage Senior Center (PSC). Proceeds from the raffle and the purse sale will support operations at the PSC.

"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.