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Discover Kalamazoo launches Craft Brewery Trail

Discover Kalamazoo launches Craft Brewery Trail

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Kalamazoo’s first official beer trail will launch on May 28, 2015. The Give a Craft beer trail is designed to promote the nearly one dozen breweries that call Kalamazoo home.  

                  “Since 1985, residents and visitors alike have been able to enjoy some of the nation’s best craft beer right here in Kalamazoo.  With the explosion of new establishments throughout Kalamazoo County over the past two years, the launch of the Give a Craft beer trail is the next step toward creating an exciting destination for craft beer enthusiasts to discover,” said Greg Ayers, president and CEO of Discover Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

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Some 3,000 of the world's leading scholars on all aspects of the Middle Ages are on the campus of Western Michigan University starting today to attend the 50th gathering of the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

        The medieval roots of modern culture, from law and climate change to ISIS and veterinary medicine, will be the topics of more than 500 presentations, panels, workshops, fine arts performances and living history demonstrations. Activities for the May 14-17 congress begin each day at 8 a.m. and run late into each evening to accommodate more than 100 meetings of professional organizations, programs and publishers.

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

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

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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.

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Ticket sales for the Erykah Badu performance at Miller Auditorium go on sale Wednesday, May 13, 2015 on line at www.millerauditorium.com or by phone at 269-387-2300/800-228-9858 or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. Group discounts are available at 269-387-2312.

Grammy Award-winning neo-soul musician, Erykah Badu will grace the Miller Auditorium stage for a one night only performance. Performance time is Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:30pm.

This artist is best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music. She is a soul singer and songwriter. Her first album, Baduizm, released on February 11, 1997, was certified triple platinum and spawned the singles “On & On,” “Next Lifetime” and “Other Side of the Game.”

Additional information on Erykah Badu can be obtained at her website, http://www.erykah-badu.com/.

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.

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools is Hiring. They are looking for Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Ed Personnel and Support Staff.

The Job Fair for these positions is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the W. Main Professional Development Center, located at 1627 W. Main in Kalamazoo, MI.

If you would like to pre-register and be considered for interviews on May 12th, please RSVP before May 1st at hivelynl@kalamazoo.k12.mi.us or visit the website at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

"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.