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

News Release:

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.

Post card, antique glass shows on Saturday, April 11

Post card, antique glass shows on Saturday, April 11

Enthusiasts of postcards and antique bottles or glass are invited to the Kalamazoo County Expo Center for two interesting shows this Saturday.

The Southwest Michigan Post Card Club Show & Sale takes place at Expo North 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be a number of  tables with more than a million postcards from 1890 to present.

The Antique Bottle & Glass Show takes place 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Room A, showcasing all types of glass from dairy bottles to medicine and flasks, with the chance for free appraisals.

The Kalamazoo County Expo Center is located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo.

Call (269) 383-8778 or visit www.kalcounty.com for more event information.

Dog Walk Promises Howlin’ Good Time Returns

Dog Walk Promises Howlin’ Good Time Returns

News Release:

More than 3,000 dog lovers and precious pooches will gather for the 31st annual Dog Walk & K-9 Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at Vicksburg’s Prairie View Park.

The popular event, sponsored by the Kalamazoo Humane Society, features dock jumping, disc competitions, an obstacle course and much more, along with children’s activities, pet adoptions and pet microchipping. It is KHS’s biggest fundraiser of the year, aiming to raise $75,000 in vital support for its programs.

"Whether you’re a dog owner, dog lover or just looking for a fun family event, the Dog Walk is the place to be," said Aaron Winters, executive director of KHS.

Food, music and pet-product vendors will be on hand as well, Winters added.

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.