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Terry Todd International Speaker Series: Joel Salatin - Folks, This Ain't Normal

Terry Todd International Speaker Series: Joel Salatin - Folks, This Ain't Normal

Saturday, October 6 at 6:30 pm, Chenery Auditorium, 714 S Westnedge Ave.

Tickets:  $7 Members, $10 Non-members
Purchase tickets online, or call (269) 381-1574 ext. 0


Joel Salatin is a third generation organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.  A prolific author, Salatin's seven books to date include how-to and big picture themes presented in an entertaining and humorous fashion.  The farm features prominently in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller Omnivore's Dilemma and the award-winning documentary, "Food, Inc."

Community coming to life with flowers

Community coming to life with flowers

News Release:

KALAMAZOO, MI – This is a busy time for Kalamazoo in Bloom, who is getting ready to plant flowers in Kalamazoo and Portage as part of their annual planting season. Since 1984, Kalamazoo in Bloom has highlighted the area’s world renowned hot bedding industry, first with flower festivals under the name of Kalamazoo County Flowerfest, and now with community planting days.

Hundreds of volunteers are recruited from schools to garden clubs, to help plant over 90,000 flowers across the community, and to plant familiar structures, the peacock in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park and the canoe on S. Westnedge, across from Old Westnedge Avenue in Portage.

WMU students win national green-vehicle competition

WMU students win national green-vehicle competition

A group of engineering students from Western Michigan University has won this year's national Human Assisted Green Energy Vehicle design competition sponsored by the Parker Hannifin Corp.

The four-member team finished first, second or third in nine out of the 10 judging criteria in the overall competition, which featured an initial phase to determine the quality of the participating schools' designs and a concluding phase April 11 and 12 in Irvine, Calif., to test how well those designs perform.

The WMU Broncos and their BroncoBike entry bested 11 other teams from schools including the universities of Cincinnati, Illinois and Minnesota and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Case Western Reserve, Northwestern and Purdue universities. Minnesota came in second overall and Cal Poly third.

DNR is holding meetings on fishing regulation proposals

DNR is holding meetings on fishing regulation proposals

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit in Fisheries Division has announced meetings in the Lansing, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids areas to discuss local and statewide fishing regulation proposals.

The meetings will be held on the following dates in the following locations:

  • Monday, March 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Delta Township Library (5130 Davenport, Lansing)
  • Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Portage Library (300 Library Lane, Portage)
  • Monday, April 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Plainfield Charter Township Office (6161 Belmont Ave, NE, Belmont)

Several local regulation proposals will be discussed at the meetings, including the following:

  • Removing Bluejay Creek (Berrien County) and Spring Creek (St. Joseph County) from the Designated Trout Streams list.
  • Removing Spring Creek (St.

Lakeshore State Parks Need Volunteers in April

Lakeshore State Parks Need Volunteers in April

Join in the effort to protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Muskegon to Berrien Counties. State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of April, which include opportunities to celebrate Earth Day and Global Youth Service Week throughout Western and Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Two of the parks in need of volunteers are P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County and Fort Custer Reacreation Area in Kalamazoo County.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers are needed to help map locations and remove garlic mustard, an invasive, non-native plant that grows in the forest understory.

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Resources:

Join in the effort to Go Get Outdoors and protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Berrien to Muskegon Counties! State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of February as part of the new Volunteer Steward program in Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO-Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers can make a big impact by removing invasive, non-native shrubs in natural areas within state parks and recreation areas. Targeted invasive species include:  honeysuckle, autumn olive, barberry and Lombardy poplar.

Kalamazoo Chamber quarterly meeting to feature former Rep. Pete Hoekstra

Kalamazoo Chamber quarterly meeting to feature former Rep. Pete Hoekstra

February 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Holiday Inn West (2747 S. 11th St.)

With 16 years experience in Washington, former Representative Pete Hoekstra, will share his perspective on whether today's political climate differs from the past and how business leaders should collectively address any changes. Based upon his travels around the state for U.S. Senate, he will share what he is hearing directly from business owners.

Hoekstra will talk about the economic implications of indecision, over-regulation and uncertainty from Washington. Additionally, he will address whether business owners and decision-makers are rightfully cautious about capital investment, hiring or expansion in 2012.

11-11:30 Registration
11:30-12:10 Lunch served
12:10-12:25 Chamber Update
12:25-12:50 Rep. Hoekstra Keynote and Q&A
12:50-1 Closing remarks

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